Hey, I'm TypingTaco and this is the WIP thread for my second entry for the Riot Creative Contest 2017 in the Narrative Section.
story I present here ("Fate Worse Than Death
") is a bit different from
my other submission ("Stellar Black Hole
") and flows in a less
structured manner. The story is largely a character piece, mostly
focused on Viktor. The Kindred also make an appearance albeit not in
their traditional forms. I believe they manifest differently for each
person and figured that Viktor would see them very differently from
In fact, in the story he "sees" them and doesn't at the
same time. He's not aware of what they truly are but he knows he should
recognize them in some capacity, they feel peculiar to him. His gradual evolution into a machine is
slowly purging who "he is" as a living being (like Illaoi's in-game quote to him suggests) and, therefore, his own
perception of Death and the Kindred is something different. This wasn't
necessarily something I explored too heavily especially given size
constraints and how these champions don't tend to interact often.
it'd be interesting to have a Viktor/Kindred (or Lamb more accurately,
Wolf does not speak in this piece, he has better things to do than chat)
interaction since Viktor is, in some ways, all about beating death. He
wants to improve on life itself, he wants to help Zaun grow into new
heights. He's League's poster child for Transhumanism and I felt that
was a cool angle to tackle, especially when it directly pertains to
Runeterra's resident embodiment of Death.
Now a few things to
note, this piece was significantly more "rushed" than my first
submission (hence the late thread and post) and, while I've worked on a
few drafts over the last couple of days, I can't really say I've
iterated on a particular direction for the final product. Mostly
attempted to create an enjoyable dialogue that would transmit a few of
the champions' key notions (and dialogue is certainly not my strong
suit), the main goals being:
- Emphasize Viktor's
Glorious Evolution and how Death is fundamentally the "enemy" in many
ways, even more than emotions in many ways. Viktor wants to improve on
mankind, not out of a desire for power or glory but out of genuine
compassion and empathy. He helps people in the story and also explores a bit of his ideology to some extent to show this.
- Show that Lamb is genuinely curious
about Viktor's work, the Kindred know (and hate) undead but how do they
feel regarding people who "lose their humanity" in a much less magical,
much less profane, manner? I didn't necessarily want to give an answer
but I did want to play up the idea that Lamb knows a lot and is
generally curious about what those silly humans are up to this time,
especially when it impacts her job. At what point does evolving and
using technology to improve one's life become "cheating death"?
also a few things that I should note on how I envisioned both
characters. I imagine Viktor as being in a stage of his evolution where
he's effectively superhuman in many regards. He's smarter than a typical
human, his senses are improved and his body is stronger than that of an
ordinary man. I wanted to give emphasis to this on having him feel
humans trapped in the rubble or working while talking.
related to Viktor, I pictured the Kindred as children in his view since
that's how I imagine he feels about mankind to some extent: they're not
done growing, they're still "children" in the grand scheme of things.
Machines don't really "die" so what Viktor is seeing is a reflection on
his own thought about humanity and mortality: they're imperfect notions
that can be improved on and transcended, people can "grow" via the
I definitely think there's an interesting
dialogue with great thematic explorations to be added in a
Viktor/Kindred story and, while I'm not entirely content with how this piece
turned out, this was my best shot (under the limitations and guidelines
provided). Also, the Dredge explosion is a tie-in with Urgot's lore and
Janna is mentioned at one point which I figured were nice nods to the rest of Zaunite history.
I chose the explosion of the Dredge for
the story's setting since it's a fairly recent catastrophe in Zaun and
would naturally attract Viktor, an "important" Zaunite figure, and would
give pretense for the Kindred to manifest there (like they did in a
" to meet Magga).