When I started playing LoL a while back, I immediately fell in love with it, not just for its addictive gameplay, but also for its setting and incredibly diverse cast. However, I feel that it could use more attention. The champions' backstories and the info on all the different locations in Runeterra are intriguing, but there hasn't been much done with them. Sure, there's the JoJ, but that just gave us brief views into the characters' lives and the development of the world. The journalistic style also gave the entries a very impersonal tone that kinda made it hard to maintain interest. The Judgements did a better job of accomplishing the former, but they only focused on a very specific part of the champions' lives... so yeah, you get my point. Lore's been getting the short end of the stick lately. I mean, I can understand why, the competitive scene is massive. However, I was very surprised to see that Riot is still willing to put more attention to it at some point. I know it may not be for some time, but hey, the chance is there. Best not to ignore it.
I've been wondering; what could be done to make the lore matter more again? No guarantees on what Riot will do, but I think I found an option: stories. Nothing like the articles from the Journal sparsely linked in an arc; I'm talking about full-fledged tales, told from the perspective of the champions themselves, rather than columnists from the Institute. Think about it; we have over a hundred characters in this game. They all have their own distinct personalities, backstories, skills, relationships, appearances and beliefs. There are plenty of heroes, villains and neutrals to be found here. Riot said that their goal was to make their cast as diverse as possible, and they certainly succeeded at that. Add a world run by empires and city-states who tend to butt heads quite often over their ideological differences, and are only kept in check by the League, for fear of utterly ruining a world already wounded by the rampant misuse of magic in war, and you've got something special on your hands. Stories focusing on champions could give us deep insight into their lives and make them truly complex. They could flesh out their relationships with fellow champions, along with their aspirations, fears, histories, quirks, and of course, the impact they make on both the League and the rest of the world.. Speaking of which, Valoran is rife with conflict and political intrigue. Plenty of fun to be had there, and that's not even counting places like the mysterious Shadow Isles, the anarchistic port city-state of Bilgewater, and the Void that threatens to consume Runeterra.
If Riot went the extra mile and started churning out good stories, they could really help revitalize the development of lore. Comics or novels, both are fine. I dunno if any staffers will read this, but that's alright. Just wanted to share my two cents' worth. So, what are your thoughts?