Originally Posted by TGKodama
Some things to note about Swain in the game; Both in the art and his in-game models his daemonic and natural human form have the bird perched on his shoulder and his head having six eyes.
If that doesn't scream unnatural to somebody on Runeterra, I don't know what does. Personally, I think Swain and the bird share a symbiotic relationship, or the bird is an extension of Swain's power(As evidenced by with his death, the remainder of his "life force" simply departs. Kind of poetic).
What does this say? Swain is more likely to be a giant daemonic bird who's true intentions are unknown to everybody around him. Not unlike a certain Chaos God from the Warhammer 40,000 and Fantasy Battle universes.
Coincidentally, the whole Warhammer thing was the first thought to cross my head when I saw that the Raven had 6 eyes.
The wound was of some kind of importance, I agree. For him to not want any magic to come near it does hold the implication of the wound being more important than just being the reason why he limps around.
At this point, some people may be correct; their relationship may be symbiotic. Or the monster is the real Swain and the bird is one of his children.
For the record, I don't think that Swain -hates- Demacia so much as he's apathetic towards its ruination at the hands of Noxus. His obsession with power and killing Jarvan IV aren't correlated to a hatred of the opposing city-state, but rather a desire to use the death of Jarvan to increase his own power-base in Noxus. At this point, while he's a Noxian at heart, Swain just doesn't give a **** about anywhere else.