Though you say you're done with this thread Kitae, I hope that only means that you're done responding to it, not that you're done reading it.
Originally Posted by kitae
No, but it makes the stories better becuase it gives us more options for storytelling.
Your own posts point out that a blood feud between Rengar and Kaz'zix doesn't make sense if they are fighting in the fields of justice where neither can "truly" die. This is one example of a type of story we'd be unable to tell if we focused narrative on the Fields of Justice.
So then why is this the story you've chosen to tell with these characters? The story could be told just as easily with characters who do not exist in-game, characters created specifically to suit the story. It would have just as large an impact on the world. Except you'd have nowhere to tell it of course.
A champion's bio is the only piece of lore that actually can be found inside the game client. Even the actual lore button in the client just opens up links to the website, and things like these AMAs aren't able to be located from within the game client at all. More than any other piece of lore, a champion's bio should actually relate to the game in some way, because that's where so many will actually see it. It should be a place for facts and details, and most of all, it should be made clear why a champion is actually a character in-game, why they're there, and why we should play as them.
Every single champion AMA, I've seen at least one person ask the exact same question every time. They have asked 'what is this character's reason for joining the league'. And if people are asking that every time, then it's something that should be made clear in their bio. And the answer given is the same about 75% of the time: 'We don't want to do one-liners about them joining the league anymore', which is a non-answer. It's a relevant question that doesn't need a one-liner to answer it. It's an answer that could be given during AMAs (but frequently isn't), or it's something that could be explained in a bio with more than one line
. You guys used to do League Judgments, which were whole short stories practically dedicated to explaining why a champion has joined. The 'story' you include in the bio could feature details like that, or you just fill in enough details about the champion that the answer is obvious and doesn't need explanation. But if the answer isn't clear, and somebody needs to ask about it, then we're not being given enough detail.
We're not being given pertinent information, in the name of giving us a 'better story'. But we could be getting an even better story still by actually releasing alternative sources of lore and giving us these bio stories in more depth through these alternative sources, freeing up the bios to deal in facts. And you say they're coming, but I'd argue they're not coming fast enough. Getting more lore out sooner should be a higher priority than retooling old bios. That way you'd actually have some way to tell these stories in a manner that's more satisfying for everyone involved. And then, if you did that, and actually had some lore going outside of the game, it would feel more justified when you tell stories that have no relation to gameplay. Though even then I would still maintain my claim that every single champion should have a valid and clear reason for being a member of the League.
In other words, a champion's story should make sense
I'm sorry if I come across as 'toxic', or 'raging', as that's certainly not my intent. This is a topic I feel very strongly about and I simply don't know any other way to convey my feelings on the issue.