Matches begin at 12:30 Pacific today, 6 December, 24 CLE. They will be streamed at twitch.tv/LeagueFactions.
The full schedule is posted here.
Come watch! We may also have need for last-minute fill-ins in case someone drops their Summoner sphere.
I’ve added an interim update to the Krocylea page. Here’s an extremely condensed version. (Updated after a recount on the Freljord’s vote.)
Long story short: the Shadow Isles summoned Aatrox and attacked the Freljord on Krocylea. Both sides resorted to forbidden Rune Wars magic in an attempt to gain an advantage. Both invocations did severe damage to the island and the local ethereal foundations, but the Freljord’s spell was much more destructive, tearing open a Void rift and flooding the island with extradimensional energy. All four factions joined forces to destroy the Void threat and close the portal.
There was a bone dragon. There was a skeleton army led by Mordekaiser wielding the cursed iron gauntlet of the millennium-tyrant Kaius, whom Elise slew in single combat on Neritum. There was Rune Wars magic. Mordekaiser was struck down by some kind of insane nexus-breaking death-lightning. Aatrox seized the gauntlet from the fallen Murder-King and took command of the undead legions and seriously, is nobody writing this down for the lyrics to a power metal song? There was cosmic horror. There were zombies. There were two mirror kingdoms that had slaughtered one another for a thousand years. It was metal.
The Void monsters didn’t even stand a chance. The Valoranians destroyed them and closed the rift. They didn’t even have to endure a bunch of
pop culture references spontaneously manifesting transdimensional symmetries to do it, this time.
The Shadow Isles then turned on the Krocyleans, intent on slaughtering them all in order to raise them again as their undead thralls. Bilgewater’s Champions fell back to their ships, unwilling to face this horrific corpse-army on an open battlefield. The Shadow Isles made no attempt to pursue them.
Ionia, led by Soraka, valiantly formed a battle line with the Krocyleans as the Starchild declared them under her protection. Aatrox, holding Mordekaiser’s Neritian gauntlet high, sneered at this “deformed runt” of a half-celestial and ordered the attack. Bilgewater’s navy opened fire on the Isles as they charged, while Soraka and the Ionians stood together with the Krocyleans. Facing nearly certain death, they declared that they would hold true to Karma’s vow: they would do all in their power to protect the Nyrothians from the scourge of Valoranian avarice that had twice ravaged Ionia.
After the Void rift was closed, the Shadow Isles had instantly turned on the Freljord. Ashe had led her troops in a tactical withdrawal, with most of them escaping alive. (It seemed that the Isles showed the Freljord considerably more animosity than they showed Bilgewater.) However, just as the Isles charged forth into the Ionian formation, the Freljord redeployed its army in a flanking maneuver, joining on Ionia’s side.
…and that’s where we are right now.
We’re converting Saturday’s Featured Matches into “battle-matches” between Ionia (and the Freljord) and the Shadow Isles. The victor will gain a significant bonus to their fighting strength on Krocylea. Although the Shadow Isles has Ionia considerably outnumbered, if Ionia prevails in these matches, it might just stand a chance. The Krocyleans will live or die here: the warped thaumic matrix of the mainland is lethally toxic to Nyrothians, and there are in any event nowhere near enough ships to ferry even most of them to safety.
Matches begin at 12:30 Pacific (1:30 Mountain, 2:30 Central, 3:30 Eastern). They will be streamed at twitch.tv/LeagueFactions.
Ionia will have access to Ashe for this match, since she’s on the battlefield. Freljordian Summoners will also be allowed to fill in for Ionian Summoners as needed.
Health PSA: Avoid High Sodium
Based on past experience in Shon-Xan and Hextech Revolution, it seems that faction versus faction battles, while exciting and memorable, also sometimes bring out a lot of salt. Please remember that there’s a difference between in-character/in-universe (IC) animosity and out-of-character/out-of-universe (OOC) animosity. The former is fine, and even fun. The latter is highly toxic. Call each other “Ionian scoundrels” or “undead monstrosities” all you like, but recognize that at the end of the day you’re both here to have fun, and you might well end up on the same side next arc.
Rules Issues Thread
I’ve created a thread to ask Naggarok, who as World Systems lead will be handling this battle, any questions you have—and you obviously have some. Again, keep it civil. Understand that he’s going to have to make some calls that will make one side or the other unhappy. Raise issues, but again, don’t make it personal.