So I think most of us are aware of the current lore issue to some degree: not enough of it is in the client. The new Quinn journals and Zac previews were nice, but these have the problem of not being in the client itself and therefore don't reach the players who don't visit the forums. At first I entertained the idea of a 3D client that allowed players to wander around the Institute itself and had commands to immediately que for games or go to the shop, view profile, etc. to keep it convenient for the players, but that seemed like too much work and probably wouldn’t be implemented in the end. I tried to come up with a way to put more information in the champion window itself, which probably gets the most hits in the way of views and readers.
And then I thought, what if instead of the single page of bio we get right now, the Lore/Information tab on the champion window contained a "file" on the champion, compiled by summoners, for the eyes of other summoners and employees of the League.
There are all sorts of cool little facts you can drop about the champions in the file that help bring the character to life for the players. Like height. I'd love to know how tall Twisted Fate is for example, given how tall and lanky he looks in-game. Is he taller than Graves? Is he taller than me? How does he measure up when compared to the other human champions? What about likes and dislikes? What quirky little details about our favorite champions are just waiting for us to uncover in that file? Things like hobbies, likes/dislikes, favorite foods/drinks, what they prefer when it comes to gifts of thanks or bribes...
And the lore reason for these files existing? Well, when you're trying to bargain with or ask a favor of someone, isn't it better to know how to make them like you and how to avoid ticking them off? It could also help summoners create synergized teams of champions that work the best together. It could have two separate sections to it: Public information that is available to everyone, and Classified information that is meant only for the eyes of other summoners. Just noting what’s public and what is not could be helpful to fan fic writers, role players, and people debating various topics on the lore forums as well as being an interesting bit of information in and of itself. And when the League doesn't know an awful lot beyond what's made public? You can specifically note that more information is needed, suggest to the readers that there is still much to discover about this character that can be carried out beyond the bio files.
Another thing you can put in there, besides the general facts discovered by summoners, is testimonies and stories from other champions or important political figures. It would be interesting to see what other champions, be they friend, foe or neutral, think of the champion in question. Who are they friends with? What sort of company do they generally keep? Do they visit the Institute's library a lot, follow their own studies, or write the very books that others will be reading in the future?
Like the Quinn journals and Zac teasers, these could also contain pictures and small bits of paper that other summoners added to note various curiosities or mysteries in regards to a champion. Make it look like an actual file that you would retrieve from an Archives filing cabinet at the Institute.
And please remember, just because it has all this fun extra stuff doesn’t mean that the already-written stuff should be dumped. This is just adding to what we already have, for the sake of the players’ entertainment if they decide they want to find more about the champion they main or commonly play. I think it’s preferable to having to hunt everything out on a wiki, anyway...
(Grand Viper's Thoughts and Examples Below)
Other companies with long established histories have realized this through their years of being in business. Look up almost any character in Street Fighter and you will find some basic information on them, from Ryu to Dan Hibiki. You can write summaries as simple as and concise as Capcom, or you can go into more detail like SNK does for its KoF franchise and the majority of their characters. Even Namco does it for Tekken and Soul Calibur, and it lends a better idea as to who these people are.
Full Name: Wolfgang Krauser von Stroheim
Height: 200 cm (6'7")
Weight: 145 kg (320 lbs)
Blood type: A
Family/Relatives: Micheal Stroheim (great-grandfather, deceased), Rudolph Krauser Von Stroheim (father, deceased), Elza Stroheim (mother, deceased), Geese Howard (half-brother, deceased), Rock Howard (half-nephew)
Job/Occupation: Earl of Stroheim
Dislikes: Vanity, falsehood
Hobbies: Medieval antique collecting
Favorite food: Rare meat; anything (Fatal Fury 2)
Forte in sports: Not interested in sports (but able to do anything)
Special skill: Playing the piano/organ
Pet Peeve: Weak opponents
Favorite music: Classical music, Opera
Fighting style: Kampfringen (He was also German Professional wrestler)
Full name: Makoto Rindou
Birthdate: July 1st
Weight: 110 lbs (50 kg)
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Black
Blood type: B
Fighting style: Rindoukan Karate
Dislikes: Pickled ginger, being mistaken for a boy (Due to her appearance and her lack of fashion sense)
Rivals: Fei Long, Ibuki, Elena, Ryu
Hildegard von Krone
Birthplace: Wolfkron Kingdom, Holy Roman Empire (Present day Germany)
Birthdate: August 13th, 1573
Age: 18 (Soul Cal IV), 35 (Soul Cal V)
Height: 5’3” (160 cm)
Weight: 110 lbs (50 kg) (SC IV), 119 lbs (54 kg) (SC V)
Blood type: AB
Weapon(s): Short sword and Lance
Fighting Style: Grobe Erbschaft
Family: Father, King of Wolfkrone (MIA)
Sworn Ally: Siegfried Schtauffen
If one goes into monsters, Lizardman and Astaroth both have some basic information on them, but for something like Nocturne?
Admittedly, you cannot do much, but you can put in what it likes and dislikes, what its maximum length/height is when it chooses to do so, some observations made of it, but what about Cho’Gath? One can write what his maximum height and weight he has attained so far is, possibly due to an incident involving Kog’Maw and a pie factory explosion. It helps humanize some characters and dehumanize and make other ominous characters more ominous.
So what would one of these profiles look for our League champions? Let’s take two of them as an example, Twisted Fate because he was mentioned earlier, and Irelia because a certain someone is a fan of hers.
Full Name: Twisted Fate (True name could be unknown or classified, we really don't know)
Birthdate: October 3rd (His VU release date)
Blood Type: A
Height: 6' (182.88 cms)
Weight: 160 lbs. (72.5 kg)
Family: Unknown <There appears to be more to this entry, but it has been obscured by thick black ink>
Occupation: Ex-conman, Dance Teacher, League Champion
Likes: Cats, cheating other cheaters
Dislikes: People touching his hat, snoops
Hobbies: Dancing, card games, cooking
Favorite Food: Southern food, otherwise anything spicy
Friends/Allies: Associates with many, but allows very few to actually get close to him
Rivals/Enemies: Malcolm Graves, Evelynn, the Void, the Shadow Isles
Special Skill: Good at storytelling, rarely uses this
Forte in Sport: Never bothered with sports
Pet Peeve: Bad luck
Favorite Music: Jazz, Swing, Hextech Swing
Fighting Style: Unique, uses teleportation and specially-made enchanted cards
Special Note: Seems to have exceptional “luck”, even when confirmed not to be cheating
Full name: Irelia Lito (If Lito is her last name. I think it is, could be wrong)
Birthdate: November 16th (Her release date)
Birthplace: Shon Xan region, Ionia (Making region up, it’s just an example, but it pulls a correlation with Riven by mentioning this)
Blood type: O
Height: 5’7” (170 cms)
Weight: 135 lbs (61 kg)
Family: Father - Master Lito - Deceased
Mother - Unnamed - (Assumed) Deceased
Brother - Zelos - Missing
Occupation: Captain of the Ionian Guard, League Champion
Likes: Her sword, modesty, tranquility
Dislikes: Fighting, instigators, dresses/revealing clothing, egotists, brash people
Hobbies: Painting, dancing, training
Favorite Food: The spicier the better
Friends/Allies: Karma, Soraka, Shen, Akali, Kennen, Lee Sin, Udyr (Tentative), Janna, Caitlyn, Ashe, Amumu, Ezreal, Nunu, Kayle (Just a few examples)
Rivals/Enemies: Katarina Du Couteau, Swain, LeBlanc, Morgana, Sejuani, Viktor, Gangplank, the Void, the Shadow Isles (Few examples)
Special skill: Can sing despite no formal training
Forte in sport: Never played formal sports, but if forced would choose an offensive position
Pet peeve: People surprising her
Favorite Music: Will say traditional Ionian music, owns a Pentakill nightie
Fighting Style: Hiten (Flying Heaven) martial arts
Special Note: Summoner Morello has been assigned to keep constant vigilance on her performance as requested by her fellow Ionian due to possible mental and health concerns.
I know that it’s not implied or said in her lore that Irelia has mental concerns, but she was an adolescent who was thrown into war and went on to become the hero of Ionia by defying death and facing the Noxian/Zaunite armies head first. There’s bound to be “an issue or two”, no matter how well she hides it. And in regards to physical, well, she defied death (Not forgetting about Soraka, Irelia still defied death).
If you have any thoughts or suggestions you’d like to add, please let us know. The bios for Twisted Fate and Irelia that we added are just examples of some of the extra tidbits that could be added. The real “meat” of the file would be the champion testimonies and summoner notes.