Originally Posted by Harrow
Sympathy is a personal thing...not everyone is going to empathize with every character. But I sympathize with Syndra because she was a young person with no malice or ill-will in her actions, just a joy for exploring the gifts she had been born with. But the response from the Elders, while understandable in its own way, was extremely heavy-handed. They basically decided that she was never going to mature in her use of her talents and took her from her home and family.
Who's to say what would've happened if she'd just been left alone? I feel like the Elders never saw her as a person, just a problem that needed to be solved. Maybe they were right, and she was a legitimate danger to everyone around her. But I can't help but wonder if they've just created the thing they feared she would become.
Now, while she's outwardly controlling and selfish, it seems like a lot of her actions could be driven by fear. From her perspective, they tried to control her and then, when they couldn't, tried to take the one joy from her life.
But this is all open to interpretation.
You're d*mn right it's open to interpretation!
My impression of Syndra has always
been that she's reckless, selfish, constantly endangering everyone around her with not the slightest care for their (perfectly justifiable) concerns. There were no implications of joy and PLENTY of malice inherent in her lore. She refused all suggestions that she might need to tone it down a bit until they had to trick her into being controlled, because the choices were to either do that, or to imprison or even kill her. She completely
failed to learn anything
about restraint during her time studying under the old master and when confronted with the final, blunt truth that the entire world doesn't revolve around her
she reacted with a murderous temper tantrum. Now she wants to slaughter the leadership of Ionia for some petty justification about them being "weak" (Excuse me, b*tch? Where were YOU when these people were fighting and dying -literally, in Irelia's case- to protect Ionia from Noxus?) and still has no actual GOALS apart from power for power's sake.
And you wonder why we think she's selfish, bratty, immature, unlikeable and a complete and utter b*tch?
Maybe this wasn't your objective when you wrote her lore. Maybe you intended her to be more sympathetic, less black and white. In which case it's my sad duty to inform you that you failed
in every conceivable way. We told
you this repeatedly
before her release with multiple threads outlining our issues. If you intended her to be motivated by genuine fear of having her power taken away, for the use of her power to be the greatest joy in her life, the thing she lives for above all else, why didn't you write that into her lore?
As it is she has less depth than a Saturday children's cartoon villain.
So, since this is an AMA, here's my question: what the bloody hell
were you thinking when you wrote her lore? Because it is the single WORST thing Riot's lore department have EVER turned out.