In League of Legends, your character is in fact a CHAMPION who has been SUMMONED to do battle in the arena of the League by a powerfull magic user dubbed a SUMMONER (who is supposed to be you as a person). The minions of the arena we know, are mindless soulless constructs. The champions however, are real living breathing people in the games lore.

What happens to say, Katarina for example, if Karthus (also for example) slays her in a League Match?

P.S. - I dont mean in real life, because I know your champion will respawn after a set time, I meant in the game's lore. Does Katarina actually die? Or somehow get whisked from death to respawn in the game's lore as well?

  • good question! I think that they can be revived or so, because there is a lot of magic involved. Dec 26, 2012 at 11:39
  • Why the downvote? As I've said before, downvoting without commenting is just malicious, please tell me what you dislike about the question so I can improve it, and further questions I ask.
    – Ender
    Dec 26, 2012 at 17:29
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    As an update, the lore for LoL has been updated and the Institute of War, summoners, and "League of Legends" no longer exists. Officially, the game of LoL is not canon, just a fun way for us to interact with the heroes and villains of a fantasy world. Riot has stated they changed the core lore because it was very limiting for champion designers to always need to come up with a motivation for why a given champion would want to join the League in the first place.
    – Mage Xy
    May 11, 2017 at 18:28

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This has been hinted at in sever issues of the now discontinued "Journal of Justice" (still available by clicking the feather icon in the game client).

As far as I remember the champions are magically bound to the active field of justice, which also allows them to exist twice during a fight. They can get hurt and they feel pain, but they also don't really die "completely" (magic keeps their soul from disappearing/ascending/whatever if you want so) and their body is restored by the platforms. Outside the fields of justice they're as mortal (or immortal) as they'd be and they can be hurt permanently, like Lee Sin's blindness for example.

The player doesn't actually become the champion, he controls them like a string puppet. These bindings are temporarily and they lose their strength, which also explains while champions have to level up again from level 1 each round. As such the respawn time (greyed out screen) could be considered the time it takes for the platform to rebuild the champion as well as "reestablishing" the link to the summoner.

JoJ Mail Bag on "Why to retrain every time?" (end of page)

JoJ Mail Bag on "Traumata after dying over and over again?" (end of page)

  • Can you link to said issues of the Journal that souce this?(they can be found in forums too)
    – Ender
    Dec 26, 2012 at 12:35
  • No idea, sorry. I think it's been in one of the mail bags, so you wouldn't have to read all issues as a whole.
    – Mario
    Dec 26, 2012 at 12:47
  • Found two short related questions/answers. While not offering a complete answer, they definitely hint at the right direction.
    – Mario
    Dec 26, 2012 at 12:50

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