Originally Posted by Fayd
We cannot, however, live with our heads in the sand... we summoners are highly visible individuals. The conduct one sets becomes accepted behavior for all. While Nidalee herself is one of the more apolitical Champions, this sets a dangerous precedent. We cannot deny our humanity, this is true, but we also have to consider that our conduct reflects on more than our own character; it reflects upon the League itself. If the League's impartiality is called into question, it is conceivable that the more radical members of various factions (Noxus and Demacia in particular) may consider the League to be a failed experiment, and we could have yet another Rune War on our hands.
Do you want that?
Adjudicator Fayd! I am somewhat shocked that someone in your position would have such strong opposition to something so many summoners imerse themselves into. It would be foolish to think many summoners would have the same impartiality as, say, an Adjudicator such as yourself. This may be why you were chosen for your position and we are but summoners to be tugged and strung along by the laws of The League which you must enforce. However, this does not make your statement any less rude and near-sighted!
We summoners, who are strictly summoners, take pride in our bonds and relationships formed with the champions of The League. We become better summoners if we learn the intricacies of those we summon. The opening of minds becomes much simpler when you can navigate those you control with familiarity rather than confusion and uncertainty. I know there are champions whom I have made pacts to whom I do not understand just yet, and those I do not wish and simply keep in case there is a time in which I must
call them to aid me, but for those that I have frequently called upon there is only one simple reasoning I can give to our lasting success: the bond of commradery.
Those champions whom i call my closest allies - Jax, Pantheon, Garen, Akali and Vladimir (even if I have not gained enough favor for me to summon him on any occassion) - are those whom I have a deep respect for. We share common interests, even if one may go about them in a very visceral way, and meld well together in both ideals and practice when it comes to the Art of War. But you would suggest I would faulter when they are chosen to the other side? I would no sooner spit on their faces than think of the act! They are great warriors, ones who steep their life in combat to resolve issues that would prevent much more blood shed than what they will spill on the Fields of Justice. To hesitate for even a moment would be a shame I would never live down infront of my allies, for they would not hesitate knowing I was the summoner behind the champion they just smote. They relish the ideals of combat, doubly so for my friend Pantheon, and would be deeply insulted to know I could not uphold those same ideals by holding back a spell or directing my champion to strike another on the Fields of Justice due to some pang of guilt. There is a mutual respect between my legendary friends and I, that this is the life we chose and that war can be a fickle mistress. That if we stand on opposite sides of the field, we fight with the same honour as we would working together, which means every strike is a killing blow, every spell is cast with the intent to kill and every thought and guided action is with the ends to watch my chosen champion step over my comrades on the opposite side of the field.
Adjudicator, you may have been given your position because of your neutrality and feel that this neutrality will benefit all because it has benefitted you in your position, but those of us who choose to summon and simply summon are not wrong in becoming deeply involved with particular champions. Nay, I would say that we must
become involved with them so that we may prosper as proper summoners; to protect them on the Fields of Justice when we call them to arms and know there is no ill will when we strike them down. Your ways are your own and the ways of the summoner are our own. When we summon, we summon of our own accord, not that of the Adjudicators, unless this has now become a restriction within the League? If so, I would very much enjoy the debates we shall have against one another as I attempt to appeal such a law being put into place.
In conclusion, I harbour no ill will towards you, Adjudicator Fayd, but I do disagree strongly with your views on summoner to champion relations. I believe we need to embrace the bond we share with each individual that comes into The League, not simply shunt it aside for the sake of neutrality. Yes, this may lead to some summoners that will slowly form opinions and prefer certain conflicts over others, however, there are those that enter The League with such prejudice already in place, yet we do not shun them from our society of summoners. And so, Adjudicator, I rest my case. Think of it what you will, but I do hope you consider the position from the stand-point of one such as I and can use my words as a fresh perspective on the matter.