Here at RTNN (Runeterra News Network) we have recently received breaking news from the Institute of War: the newest admitted combatant, Urf, has been slain. While normally death on the fields of justice is just a temporary setback, the normal safety spells set into place to ensure the continued survival of champions were dispelled. After the tragic event, all fields of justice were closed down and placed under close scrutiny. Though High Councilor Heywan Relivash refused to comment, his aides hinted at stricter regulation of the summoners involved in enchanting the fields of justice.
“This problem [with the fields of justice] has never happened before; we conduct exhaustive daily tests…including the use of dummy champions animated from the same materials as minions,” Craven, senior secretary to the High Councilor, commented. “It has become apparent, however, that we must be even more vigilant in the future and implementation of more and better protocols.”
These protocols were not elaborated upon, but with the Institute’s reliable and honest past, Runterra can expect a quick and permanent solution. Meanwhile, the masses are calling out for the blood of none other than Warwick, the blood hunter himself. Crowds have been gathering outside of the Institute with signs and slogans galore calling for justice on the fields of justice.
“Turf on Urf! War on Warwick!” was echoed throughout the halls of the Institute as Warwick made his shameful exit from the battle arena. Institute security could barely hold back the bloodthirsty mob from the worn and weary werewolf as he attempted to leave the scene. This network only narrowly managed to get a statement from the wanted man.
“I…I didn’t know,” Warwick sobbed to our on site anchor “I thought I would just catch this new champion early and teach him a lesson in who owns the space between the lanes, but I could never imagine, oh Gods, what have I done?”
Further comments were not forthcoming, but our reporters did catch Warwick speaking to his sponsors about keeping Urf’s memory alive through some sort of improvised costume.
While Ionians are calling for legal action, Zaun remains adamantly opposed to prosecution. Though this may be of no surprise given Warwick’s origins, the response of General Boram Darkwill of Noxus has proven to be the most surprising. While still one of Warwick’s most adamant supporters, he has chosen to remain neutral in the proceeding political butting of heads.
“Though Noxus prides itself on its ruthless efficiency and a history of successful conquest, the loss of noble Urf has shaken the state in an unprecedented way,” General Darkwill revealed in an on the spot press conference. “Warwick is a national hero of Noxus: a man possessed of great scientific knowledge and shrewd business sense and while we stand behind his character, should the esteemed Institute of War choose to press charges, we will stand in full support and compliance with it.”
Politicians may be the most heard, but it is the family of the victim that truly tells the tale. Urf’s father, Gurf agreed to make a brief statement about their opinion of the state of affairs (his mother, Elanurf, refused to comment).
“Though it is easy to give into feelings of rage and vengeance, we feel that Warwick is not responsible for our son’s death,” Gurf’s composure was admirable as he addressed our travelling reporters “It was an accident and I was there at the Institute to see Warwick kill our son…the look in his eyes as he realized what he had done instantly absolved him in my mind and though I will miss my son forevermore, I know that he would have wanted to die this way-fighting for the glory of his people in the Institute of War in the same fields of his lifelong role model and hero, Jax.”
Coincidentally, Jax was spotted comforting the sorrowful parents of the late champion and avid fan and perhaps his words best sum up the passing of such a promising new member of the institute: “There is no greater honor than dying with a spatula in one’s hand.”