Originally Posted by kitae
We wanted to tell a new story, an "origin story", about Katarina.
So to answer your question really directly - the new story wasn't about Garen, it wasn't about Sion, so they weren't mentioned in it.
But what about the old story? See next answer.
Okay, that much I can understand. Understanding where a character comes from is an important aspect of their origin. However, I would ask why you believed that mentioning Katarina's rivalry with Garen, for example, was somehow not a part of "her story." By this I mean, her rivalry with Garen is a part of who she is (or was depending on how one chooses to interpret the new lore).
In addition, wouldn't mentioning her father as being "The powerful and feared General Marcus Du Couteau" be even more applicable to an "origin story" than simply leaving that more or less up in the air? Don't get me wrong. I understand your intent, but it seems like the execution of the intent did not live up to what you had initially attempted to accomplish by rewriting it from an "origin" standpoint.
Katarina's father is a very big part of where she comes from, and to remove him like that, I think, was an error on your part if you were intending for it to be an "origin story" for Katarina.
I do like that we know where Katarina got her scar. I like that we have a bigger idea of her personality rather than simply a list of traits like, "ruthless," "Sinister" etc. However, I feel like the flavor of Katarina as she fits into the world and the other aspects of her complete character have been lost with the rewrite.
If you want a real opinion, I would suggest writing a League Judgement for every single champion rather than a complete rewrite in most cases. Those gave us untold amounts of insight into the personalities, motivations, and aspects of the characters that a single two-paragraph bio simply couldn't touch. I know they were a lot of work, to be sure, but they gave us so much information about events that shaped these characters! Nothing else you've ever created has had such an impact on your characters and how we understand them than those Judgments.
Think of it. By writing those, and a task it would be, I'm sure, you can give life to champions you never could before. You can tell origin stories in those, like you did with Xerath. You can recall defining moments, like with Riven's Judgment. And, better yet, by doing things in that way, you ADD to the characters you already have, and TAKE AWAY NOTHING. Other than the loss of some time, you gain a tremendous amount of freedom to tell the stories of these characters.
You could tell a larger story with Katarina's NEW Judgment. You could tell the story of her rise through the ranks, her training at the hands of her father, Marcus Du Couteau, and even mention how her first encounter with Garen served to show her that despite all her lessons, she would always have more room to improve and prove herself on the Fields, for Noxus, her family, and for herself, if that is truly where you wish to take her.
THAT is how a character is developed. THAT is their origin, the story of how they came to be the person that they are at the current moment. A character's personality is a combination of their life experiences, and you can only capture that with a bio more similar to the old one, and with a Judgment like you had done before, not in something so simple as a two-paragraph summary of a single event.
I'm sorry I'm rambling, but I feel very passionately about creating characters and telling stories. That's, in part, why I applied to Riot a few months ago, because I felt I could bring that passion to bear to help telling stories like Katarina's, and to allow others to really get to know these characters that you've created, now numbering over 100.
In any case, I think you could create a more suitable version of Katarina's origin story, if that was your goal. And, I've outlined a way in which you could get the most out of the character. I'm just a concerned lore fan that sees the beginnings of these changes, and does not like where things are headed.