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    " "The whole world is a river, and I am its king."
    - Soot Kench

    Known by many names throughout history, the demon Tahm Kench travels through the waters of Runeterra while feeding his insatiable appetite on the misery of others. Although he may seem particularly charming and proud, he goes through the physical world like a vagabond in search of his next innocent prey. its Tongue can stun even a heavily armored warrior a dozen paces away, and landing on his belly is reaching an abyss from which there is little hope of escaping.



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    • 1 King of the River
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      • 2.1 Champion protagonist
      • 2.2 Alternative Universes
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    King of the River

    The channels of Valoran are ancient, but the demon Tahm Kench is even older. From the muddy gambling awnings on the banks of the Serpentine River, through the salt-crusted gambling halls of Bilgewater, to the gold-plated gambling tables of Piltover and Zaun ... all who have looked with a hint of they lust for someone else's riches, they know the endless anxiety that comes from an encounter with the King of the River.

    The first accounts of the creature were told by travelers sailing the Serpentine. They warned of a giant fish, with a huge mouth, who lured the dissatisfied with the promise that they would get more. One of these stories was that of a young man known for his honesty. Despite being born under the customs of a boatman, he wished to have a life beyond the river that he knew so well, and the King of the River promised him an unforgettable experience in exchange for telling a little lie. It seemed somewhat harmless, so the ferryman modified the truth in a conversation with his brother. That night, the demon appeared, revealing a fork in the river that the ferryman had never noticed. He followed her to a camp in a foreign town, who offered him food and drink, and very pleasant company. As dawn approached, and the ferryman was satisfied and ready to return to his people, the demon reappeared, promising an even more wonderful experience, in exchange for another lie. His interest was piqued and the man accepted the pact, telling falsehoods to his guests. The river forked again, taking him to an evening of great luxury. This continued night after night, until the once-honest boatman's deceptions were as easy to tell as it was to breathe.



    When the river flowed into the sea, he found himself alone and lost ... there was no one left to lie to. So many dark decisions, all made by himself, had left him with no way to return home.

    The brackish rivers of the mainland were responsible for carrying the stories of the King of the River to the Islands of the Blue Flame, where the creature made a name as its legend grew: Tahm Kench. In Bilgewater, fortunes are on the rise or on their decline, with riches flowing in and out with the flow. Many tavern stories tell of Tahm, a water demon with an insatiable appetite for gambling, so much so that the talkative beast became a symbol for many of the city's gambling dens and sin houses.

    When the Sun Gates facilitated trade between Bilgewater and Piltover, Tahm Kench's stories became more popular in the City of Progress, and in his underworld, Zaun. There the children know Tahm as "Double Coat", a fish so huge that it needs two coats attached. With a cheerful hat and a broader smile than Piltover himself, he generates envy among the young craftsmen. It is said that he came during a Progress Day to meet a Piltovian inventor and offered her an idea that would surely attract the attention of a wealthy clan. The only thing he asked for in return was a lock of her hair. The ambitious woman accepted the pact and, certainly, thanks to her work she landed a lucrative contract. But a single invention would not be enough, and Double Coat did not go away, this time he asked for her charming braids. In order not to disappoint her new bosses, the inventor agreed, and Double Coat devoured them in the same place. However, the woman was not able to find a great innovation that could give her prestige. The demon re-emerged, offering a deal where he would stay with the tip of one of his fingers. The following week it was an ear. A year passed and, by that time, there was very little left for the woman to offer. Finally, he called Double Coat, begging him to stop everything.



    He laughed, opening his huge jaws, and told her that he would protect her from herself, and immediately swallowed her.

    The King of the River. The one with the big chin. The old boring pot-bellied man. Double coat. The demon Tahm Kench is known in many ways, but everyone who utters them has learned only one truth: no matter how fascinating his words are, you will be lost in his mouth.

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    Champion protagonist

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    Narration

    The Gambler's Misfortune

    Por Anthony Reynolds Lenné

    Wow, that's some great loot you got there! You won it at the tables, didn't you? Well, let's toast to your great health. Health.

    Starring: Soot Kench

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    Video

    The King of the River (Video)

    Desperate times mean desperate measures. I offer you a deal that is very convenient for you… but you will have to pay the price.

    Starring: Soot Kench

    alternative universes

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    Short story


    The Man with the Smiling Shadow

    By Jared Rosen

    "Are you the commissioner?" Asked the river man; his features were an unreadable patina of lowland dust and dried bottlebrush needles, covered in mud from the bottom of an ancient lake bed. He was standing at the entrance to Lucian's private train cabin, small and large at the same time, dressed in gold rags collected from a thief killed on the outskirts of Progreso.

    Starring: Alistar, Karthus, Lucian, Senna, Thresh, Urgot


    Mentioned: Blitzcrank, Cassiopeia, Hecarim, Jhin, Kayle, Kog'Maw, Miss Fortune, Ornn, Skarner, Soot Kench, Twisted Fate, Viktor, Yasuo

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    Comic

    Grips and Soles: Series 1

    By Risu

    Starring: We, Zyra

    Mentioned: Ahri, Alistar, Annie, Ashe, Blitzcrank, Brand, Braum, Caitlyn, Darius, Diana Dr. World, Echo, Evelynn, Ezreal, Gangplank, We are, Gnar, Gragas, Graves, Heimerdinger, Janna, Jinx, Karma, Katarina, Lioness, Lucian, Malzahar, Miss Fortune, Us, Nasus, Nunu y Willump, Quinn, Renekton, Rumble, Ryze, Sejuani, Sivir, end, Soraka, Soot Kench, Taliyah, Taric, Teemo, Tibbers, Trundle, Tryndamere, Twisted Fate, Twitch, Value, Varus, Vel'Koz, Vladimir, Volibear, Warwick, Willump, Wukong, Zac, Ziggs

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    alternative universes

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    Short story

    The Man with the Smiling Shadow

    By Jared Rosen

    "Are you the commissioner?" Asked the river man; his features were an unreadable patina of lowland dust and dried bottlebrush needles, covered in mud from the bottom of an ancient lake bed. He was standing at the entrance to Lucian's private train cabin, small and large at the same time, dressed in gold rags collected from a thief killed on the outskirts of Progreso.

    Starring: Alistar, Karthus, Lucian, Senna, Thresh, Urgot

    Mentioned: Blitzcrank, Cassiopeia, Hecarim, Jhin, Kayle, Kog'Maw, Miss Fortune, Ornn, Skarner, Soot Kench, Twisted Fate, Viktor, Yasuo

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    Comic

    Grips and Soles: Series 1

    By Risu

    Starring: We, Zyra

    Mentioned: Ahri, Alistar, Annie, Ashe, Blitzcrank, Brand, Braum, Caitlyn, Darius, Diana Dr. World, Echo, Evelynn, Ezreal, Gangplank, We are, Gnar, Gragas, Graves, Heimerdinger, Janna, Jinx, Karma, Katarina, Lioness, Lucian, Malzahar, Miss Fortune, Us, Nasus, Nunu y Willump, Quinn, Renekton, Rumble, Ryze, Sejuani, Sivir, end, Soraka, Soot Kench, Taliyah, Taric, Teemo, Tibbers, Trundle, Tryndamere, Twisted Fate, Twitch, Value, Varus, Vel'Koz, Vladimir, Volibear, Warwick, Willump, Wukong, Zac, Ziggs

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