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    Summary

    • 1 General
    • 2 Development
    • 3 Lore
    • 4 sentences
    • 5 Aspects
    • 6 Relationships
    • 7 References

    General

    • Riven is one of 22 champions without a single Ability Power ratio on any skill: aatrox, Akshan, Camille, Darius, Dr. World, trot, We are, Kalista, kayn, Kindred, Kled, Olaf, Pyke, Riven, Samira, Set, Talon, Urgot, Vayne, Xayah, But, Zed.
    • Riven was released when the 2011 Season ended.
    • Riven's dance resembles the Water Dance of Braavos from Game of Thrones.
    • Runic Sword used to be called 'Art of War' (can be seen in Riven's Champion Prerelease) while Ki Burst used to be called 'Ki Shout'. [1]
    • During development she was simply called "Marth" or "Exile".
    • Riven is the past participle of the English verb to rive "to divide or tear violently" <PIE * h₁reyp. [2]
      • Riven, the Outcast could be referring to Myst.

    Development

    • Riven is voiced by Liliana Barba in LATAM, who is also voiced by Annie and the Dama de la Niebla and by Celia De Diego in EUW, who also doubles to Irelia and Leona
    Riven Original
    • Riven was a redesign of a concept for the champion  Avasha.
    • Riven's abilities were inspired by Marth (her production name) from Fire Emblem ( Broken Wings reference to Dancing Blade from Super Smash Bros. Melee)
    • Riven appeared on PC Gamer shortly after she was announced (her title was changed to 'The Shattered Outcast' when her 'Champion's Look' was released, then reverted to the current one when her 'A New Champion' preview was released).
      • His preview of 'A New Champion' was accidentally leaked and was quickly replaced with the Golden Joystick Awards 2011 nomination announcement.

    Lore

    Riven the Outcast
    • The bandages he wears are there to hide the permanent scars he obtained from Zaunite chemical technology explosives during the Invasion of Ionia.
    • Ki Burst of Riven, is one of the fighting forms of a combat technique known as Ki. Shen also uses one of the techniques, the Ki barrier.
    • Broken Wings and Sword of Exile also have effects similar to the wind techniques of Yasuo and Yone.
      • However, this may be mainly due to the magic of his sword.
    Riven Original
    • Riven's theme is that of an exile who still believes in the ideals of his homeland and wishes to fight for them while restoring the true Noxian way.
    • Riven's initial story had her being 'better than a good Demacian' who was exiled for helping Noxian refugees escape persecution (her current one was inspired by Rurouni Kenshin's Seta Sōjirō and could refer to Aragorn from Lord of the rings and / or Meetra Surik from Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords).

    Phrases

    Riven
    • "A broken blade is more than enough for you!" he could be referencing Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach ("One dull blade is more than enough for you!").
    • Riven and Xerath share the quote "Sacrifices must be made" (his voice echoes faintly when Sword of Exile is active).
    Dawnbringer Riven
    • Some of his interactions with his counterpart, Yasuo Bringer of Dusk, have references to two poems written by the British poet George Gordon Byron (Lord Byron).
      • His murder dates to Yasuo Duskbringer, "They don't know I knew you, who knew you too well" and "Cold your kiss", as well as her mockery towards him, "How should I greet you?" - "With silence and tears." They are from Lord Byron's poem "When We Part Two".
      • His tease with Yasuo Duskbringer, "The sword exceeds the scabbard." - "And the soul wears out the chest." It is from another poem by Lord Byron entitled "So We Will No Longer Go a Tramp".

    Aspects

    Riven
    • The scene depicted shows it using Sword of Exile.
    • His illustration was changed four times before his release (five counting the one that appears during the previews of his appearances in his 'Champion presentation') which caused him to not appear in an 'Art Presentation'.
    Riven Redimida
    • His sword can be seen during the Mac Version game trailer.
      • The game blade features a turquoise light that outlines the area where it was shattered.
    • It could be referencing her initial backstory where she was a Demacian exile.
    • His clothing featured up to three different colors (red in the concept art, blue in the initial illustrations, teal in the game).
    • It looks like War from Darksiders.
    Crimson Elite Riven
    • This skin shares the Crimson Elite theme with:
      • Crimson Elite Talon
    • He is a member of the Noxian counterpart to the Demacian commandos.
    • She was the second skin to celebrate the end of a season without requiring players to reach Gold + rank to unlock (the first is Kayle Justiciera).
    Riven Bunny Warrior
    Chromas: Amethyst, Astral, Catseye, Emerald, Granite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire
    • She was released in celebration of Easter 2012.
    • It refers to a Playboy Bunny.
    • She was conceived as' Riven Conejo Girl 'by the player base and was later hinted at during April Fools' Day 2012 (she briefly appeared as "not available" in the customer profile before being fixed shortly after).
    • Swain Tyrant (before his release) Talon, Urgot before the redesign, Vladimir and Zac (before his release) can be seen in the background.
    Championship Riven
    • This skin shares the World Championship theme with:
      • Challenging Ahri
      • Challenger Nidalee
      • Championship Ashe
      • Championship Kalista
      • Championship Kha'Zix
      • Championship LeBlanc
      • Championship Ryze
      • Championship Shyvana
      • Championship Thresh
      • Championship Zed
      • Championship Riven 2016
      • Enlist Conqueror
      • Conqueror Jax
      • Conquering Karma
      • Nautilus Conquistador
      • Conqueror Varus
      • Jax Conqueror Prestigious Edition
      • Jarvan IV Worlds 2021
    • As a limited event or promotional skin, it was delivered at conventions and gaming events and will never be available for purchase in the store after Worlds 2012. [3]
      • She has the unique distinction of being the only Limited Edition Championship Skin, as the others are Legacy Skins.
    • She was released in celebration of the Season 2 World Championship. [4]
      • It was only obtainable through in-store purchase during that time, as well as for free through achieving a Perfect Pick in Worlds Pick'em 2015. [5]
      • It started out as a normal skin that had to be redesigned for the season two finals.
    • During the Season 6 World Championship, he received visual adjustments, namely a crown on his head, and additional particle effects were added to his sword for those who unlocked it in Season 2. [6]
      • This was done to differentiate it from another version of this look, Championship Riven 2016 which was also released for Worlds 2016. Additional details are listed below in its own skin trivia.
    • It refers to the Roman II, who appears on his chest and back while Valor is active, and his sword breaks into two pieces.
    • His sword was inspired by the blue fire crater of Ijen and resembles the Roman I during Sword of Exile.
    • Other limited edition skins that were re-released in another form include:
      • Sivir PAX (via Sivir Neo PAX)
      • Urf the Manatee (via Urfwick)
    Riven Espadragón
    Chrome: Golden
    • This skin shares the Kingdoms at War theme with:
      • Dragonblade Talon
      • Azir Kingdoms at War
      • Garen Kingdoms at War
      • Jarvan IV Kingdoms at War
      • Katarina Kingdoms at War
      • Nidalee Kingdoms at War
      • Tryndamere Kingdoms at War
      • I saw kingdoms at war
      • Xin Zhao Kingdoms at War
    • On behalf of the On the way to freedom, she was released in celebration of the 2014 Lunar Revel (Year of the Horse) along with:
      • Diana Lunar Goddess
        • She represented the path of truth.
      • Tryndamere Kingdoms at War
        • It represented the path of power.
    Riven de Arcadia
    Chrome: KO
    • This skin shares the Arcadia theme with:
      • Ahri de Arcadia
      • Caitlyn de Arcadia
      • Arcadia Corki
      • Arcadia Ezreal
      • Hecarim de Arcadia
      • Kai'Sa de Arcadia
      • Miss Fortune de Arcadia
      • Sona of Arcadia
      • Deputy Chief Blitzcrank
      • Brand Deputy Chief
      • Deputy Chief Malzahar
      • Deputy Chief Qiyana
      • Yasuo Deputy Chief
      • Ziggs Subjefe
      • Final Boss Veigar
      • Caitlyn of Arcadia Prestigious Edition
    • Your right glove looks like the right glove of Final Boss Veigar.
    • Refers to a fighting game (your illustration refers to a character select screen while 'KO!' Aka 'knock out!' Appears when you die in the game).
    • Su arma se parece a la Ultra Sword de Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
      • She scrolls through all versions of her sword (The one from Riven and Dawnbringer Riven are missing) while retires.
    Championship Riven 2016
    Chrome: Golden
    • This skin shares the World Championship theme with:
      • Challenging Ahri
      • Challenger Nidalee
      • Championship Ashe
      • Championship Kalista
      • Championship Kha'Zix
      • Championship LeBlanc
      • Championship Riven
      • Championship Ryze
      • Championship Shyvana
      • Championship Thresh
      • Championship Zed
      • Enlist Conqueror
      • Conqueror Jax
      • Conquering Karma
      • Nautilus Conquistador
      • Conqueror Varus
      • Jax Conqueror Prestigious Edition
      • Jarvan IV Worlds 2021
    • She was released to celebrate the Season 6 World Championship. [7]
      • It became a Legacy Skin like all other Championship skins after the event, while the The original Championship Riven remained a Limited Edition skin.
    • With its release, she along with a special loading screen border for the Original Championship Riven were automatically awarded to all owners of the original appearance. [8]
    • She is the 'original incarnation' model of the original look therefore lacks the crown and the extra particle effects on his sword.
    • Other re-released versions of limited edition skins include:
      • Sivir Neo PAX (de Sivir PAX)
      • Urfwick (de Urf the Manatee)
    Dawnbringer Riven
    Chrome: Paragon
    • This skin shares the Chaos and Order theme with:
      • Dawnbringer Karma
      • Dawnbringer Morgana
      • Dawnbringer Nidalee
      • Dawnbringer Soraka
      • Dawnbringer Vex
      • Yone Bringer of the Dawn
      • Divine King Darius
      • Garen Divine King
      • Aphelios Duskbringer
      • Duskbringer Kayn
      • Lee Sin Bringer of Dusk
      • Duskbringer Lillia
      • Duskbringer Soraka
      • Duskbringer Tryndamere
      • Vladimir Duskbringer
      • Yasuo Duskbringer
      • Duskbringer Kayn Prestigious Edition
      • Lee Sin Bringer of Dusk Prestigious Edition
    • During the development period, the skin was called "Riven Angelic Sword".
    • It looks like Patroklos of Soulcalibur V.
    • The mythological inspirations are possibly the Indo-European Dawn Maiden Hausos and the Semitic angels.
    • Dawnbringer Riven is the original Being of Order.
      • Dawnbringer Soraka / Duskbringer Soraka was born from the aftermath of the battle between her and Yasuo Duskbringer and regards Riven as his mother.
        • Dawnbringer Soraka summons a sword similar to hers when she uses Star Invocation.
      • She is also an ancestor of Garen Divine King.
    • His empowered form appears after using Sword of Exile.
    Riven Pulse of Fire
    Chrome: Chrono
    • This skin shares the Pulse of Fire theme with:
      • Fiddlesticks Pretoriano
      • Praetorian Graves
      • Lucian Pulse of Fire Prestigious Edition
      • Thresh Pulse of Fire Prestigious Edition
      • Caitlyn Pulse of Fire
      • Ekko Pulse of Fire
      • Ezreal Pulse of Fire
      • Fiora Pulse of Fire
      • Lucian Pulse of Fire
      • Pantheon Pulse of Fire
      • Shen Pulse of Fire
      • Thresh Pulse of Fire
      • Twisted Fate Pulse of Fire
    • Is chasing Twisted Fate Pulse of Fire, as seen in the background of his illustration.
    • Riven Pulse of Fire and Twisted Fate Pulse of Fire can be seen in the background of the illustration Shen Pulse of Fire, teleporting towards him.
    Brave Sword Riven
    • This skin shares the Immortal Journey theme with:
      • Irelia Divine Blades
      • Talon Perpetual Thread
      • Yi Eternal Sword
      • Lee Sin Fist of God
      • Jax Divine Staff
      • Majestic Empress Morgana
      • Riven Brave Sword Prestigious Edition
      • Wukong Radiante
      • Janna Holy Sword
      • Fiora Crescent Sword
      • Magnificent Staff Nami
    • The skin was released alongside:
      • Majestic Empress Morgana
      • Magnificent Staff Nami
      • Riven Brave Sword Prestigious Edition
    Riven Brave Sword Prestigious Edition
    • This skin shares the Immortal Journey theme with:
      • Irelia Divine Blades
      • Talon Perpetual Thread
      • Yi Eternal Sword
      • Lee Sin Fist of God
      • Jax Divine Staff
      • Majestic Empress Morgana
      • Wukong Radiante
      • Janna Holy Sword
      • Fiora Crescent Sword
      • Magnificent Staff Nami
      • Brave Sword Riven
    • The skin was released alongside:
      • Majestic Empress Morgana
      • Magnificent Staff Nami
      • Brave Sword Riven
    • The aspect represents a possible future when Riven Valiant Sword defeats Majestic Empress Morgana and becomes an Empress.
    Spiritual Flower Riven
    Chromas: Catseye, Emerald, Night Blossom, Obsidian, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Tanzanite
    • This skin shares the Spiritual Flower theme with:
      • Teemo Spiritual Flower Prestigious Edition
      • Ahri Spiritual Flower
      • Cassiopeia Spiritual Flower
      • Kindred Spiritual Flower
      • Lillia Spiritual Flower
      • Teemo Spiritual Flower
      • Thresh Spiritual Flower
      • Vayne Spiritual Flower
      • Yasuo Spiritual Flower
      • Yone Spiritual Flower
    Riven Centinela
    Chromas: Citrine, Emerald, Pearl, Resolute, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Tanzanite, Turquoise
    • This skin shares the Saga of the Ruined King theme with:
      • Pantheon Ascended Prestigious Edition
      • Ruined Draven
      • Ruined Karma
      • Miss Fortune Arruinada
      • Ruined Pantheon
      • Ruined Shyvana
      • Diana Sentinel
      • Sentinel Graves
      • Irelia Centinela
      • Olaf Sentinel
      • Pyke Centinela
      • Rengar Sentinel
      • Vayne Sentinel
      • Thresh Unleashed

    Relationships

    • Riven was a Noxian soldier sent to Ionia during the invasion of the empire. A traumatic experience during the campaign involving chemicals from Singed made her question her devotion and sever her ties to Noxus, rambling ever since.
      • Yasuo suspects that Riven was the one who killed the cornflower Souma, whom Yasuo was supposed to protect ("Wait, that technique... eh", "¿Eh, three quick blows ... "," Another blade of wind? "," Who taught you that?")
      • Riven eventually confessed to inadvertently killing Elder Souma: Desperate to erase her past as a Noxian invader and assassin, Riven begged the Elder Master of the master wind to shatter his runeblade, which is the memory of the past. Souma was successful, but a lost fragment struck his neck and killed him.
        • The confession cleared Yasuo of the murder, but not of his personal guilt in leaving his post which led to Souma's accidental death and having to kill several brothers, including 7 his own brother.
    • His sword was enchanted by LeBlanc, who is apparently trying to get her back.
      • Riven Arrel's war sisters Marit and Teneff were assigned to search for her and managed to get her back to  Noxus, where she was sentenced to life in prison.
        • LeBlanc sent the group's leader, Tifalenji, to retrieve the sword. She was angry when she found out it was broken (and possibly LeBlanc is too).
        • Draven finds her a worthy opponent.

    References

    1. ↑ Riven: Champion Presentation | Gameplay - League of Legends
    2. ^ G. Kroonen, Proto-Germanic Etymological Dictionary, p. 412
    3. ↑ Guide to Legacy and Limited Skins
    4. ↑ Celebrate season two with Championship Riven
    5. ↑ Pick'em | League of Legends World Championship 2015
    6. ↑ An update on Championship Riven
    7. ↑ WORLDS HITS THE RIFT
    8. ↑ An update on Championship Riven


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