Varus / Curiosities

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Summary

  • 1 General
  • 2 Lore
  • 3 Development
  • 4 sentences
  • 5 Aspects
  • 6 Relationships
    • 6.1 Varus, the Arrow of Castigp
    • 6.2 Varus
  • 7 References

General

  • Varus is voiced by Oliver Magaña in LATAM, who is also voiced by Dr. World, Brolas, Kog'Maw, Nautilus, Rammus, Talon, Thresh, Veigar and Ziggs, and by Fernando De Luis in EUW.
  • Varus means "bent outward, legs arched" in Latin, in contrast to valgus "bent inward, striking the knees"; [1]
    • The ancient Romans used this adjective as a cognomen to describe people with the anatomical deformity who bowed their legs outward like arches.
    • Humorously, the fact that his name is the term for a knee deformity and the fact that Varus is an archer could be a reference to the famous "Arrow to the Knee" meme from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  • Varus was the first champion to be released in Season Two with only an alternate skin, with subsequent champions following this pattern.
  • The temple of Palas refers to the epithet Παλλάς, which means "youth, girl", of the pre-Greek goddess Athena. [2]
    • Later Greek writers re-identified Pallas as a Titan killed by Athena, interpreting Pallas as "Carrier", from πάλλω pállō.
  • Varus is, along with Blitzcrank, Caitlyn, Lissandra, Rumble, Sion, We, Xerath y Ziggs, one of the few champions who can apply crowd control on themselves.
  • Varus' body style is similar to Solus, the leader of T'Lan from the game Breakdown.
  • Varus is the first of three dark-themed champions with a light-themed skin, the second being Syndra and the third is Aatrox.
    • Of these three, the Varus aspect is the only one that does not belong to the Justiceman theme.
  • Varus (along with aatrox, Anivia, Aurelion Sol, Evelynn, Kindred, Urgot, Zyra, and all the champions of the Empty) are technically naked. The "pants" he is wearing are actually the manifestation of corruption.
  • Varus is supposed to be ambidextrous, as evidenced by having two aspect illustrations that have him holding his bow in his left hand and the other two in his right hand.
    • However, it is highly likely that Varus dominates the right eye, as archers traditionally wield his bow according to his mastery of the eyes rather than his mastery of the hands, due to the fact that he only holds his bow in his hand. left in the game.

Lore

Varus, the Arrow of Punishment





  • Varus is around 3496 years old as he rose during the Icathia rebellion against Shurima.
  • Kai is a common Navorian name with many variations, so the late brother of Irelia Kye is not the same  Kai who lives inside Varus. [3]
  • He is currently on a quest to find other remaining Darkins in Shurima. [1]
Varus Original
  • Its namesake could be the infamous Roman general Publius Quinctilius Varus, who foolishly led three Roman legions to their demise during the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. While Varus from League of Legends defends his position but loses everything to the Noxian invaders, to which he swears revenge.
  • Varus is in a state of transformation. He made the decision to sacrifice his humanity (in fact, his own self) to obtain the means to achieve revenge. The pants are the manifestation of the corruption that reaches him. You only have a long time before I catch up with it. [4]
  • His pale appearance is that of a man whose life is slipping away or being emptied. As for his face, he could find people with many different appearances in all the respective regions of Valoran. [5]
  • The Owl insignia on his chest has been passed down through generations of "watchers." [6]
    • In Greek mythology, the Greek goddess Athena is associated with the Owl.
  • His story has some similarities to Samurai Jack's ruined archers.
  • The talisman that he wears on his chest is a memory of his family.
  • His headdress is an adornment of his position.
  • Varus would be considered Legal Neutral, or Legal Anti Noxian Invaders. [7]

Development

  • During development it was called "Jubei".
  • Piercing Arrow of Varus is a reworking of the old skill In the sights of Tristana who (while active) would slow her movement speed to increase range.
  • The League of Legends art team worked with Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade to make a "special edition" champion preview for Varus. [8]
  • Riot wanted to convey some of the creepy, fluid feel of corruption, it was important to give Varus a powerful, solid, strong weapon that you could identify with rather than feel that (as you do, for example, with the T1000 from Terminator 2 ) the bow was just one piece in a big bag of tricks. Also, the visual impact of his animations with a sturdy bow was extremely satisfying. [9]
  • The visual effects designer for the Varus login screen was Anthony Possobon.

Phrases

  • "I do what I must." is similar to "We do what we must."
  • "Beware of a man who has nothing to lose" is based on an Italian proverb "Beware of someone who has nothing to lose".
  • "Don't back down." is similar to "Don't back down now." and "There is no way back"

Aspects

Varus
    • Her appearance and skill animations were inspired by the Princess Mononoke anime movie.
    Cursed Crystal Varus
    • He could be a reference to the MMORPG World of Warcraft, where the undead would use light crystals just like the ones in the illustration to corrupt other creatures.
      • "I am abandoned" is also spoken by the undead from the same MMORPG.
    Varus Arc of Light
    • This skin shares the Arc of Light theme with:
      • Brand Arch of Light
      • Vayne Arch of Light
      • Vel'Koz Arch of Light
      • Yorick Arch of Light
      • Aatrox Justice
      • Syndra Justiciera
    • This aspect may be a nod to the previous Ascended form of Varus.
    • It is the second light-themed skin for Dark Ionian champions, the first is Syndra Justiciera.
    • Varus's bow in this respect is similar to the Bow of Light from The Legend of Zelda game series.
    • The bow on his back resembles the bow from The Savior from Devil May Cry 4.
    Varus Arctic Operation
    • This skin shares the PsyOps theme with:
      • Gragas Operation Arctic
      • Kennen Arctic Operation
      • Caitlyn Arctic Wars
      • Swain Nordic Front
      • Volibear Storm del Norte
      • Ezreal PsyOps Prestigious Edition
      • Ezreal PsyOps
      • Kayle PsyOps
      • Maestro Yi PsyOps
      • Pyke PsyOps
      • Samira PsyOps
      • Shen PsyOps
      • Sona PsyOps
      • We PsyOps
      • Viktor PsyOps
      • Zed PsyOps
    • It has a design similar to that of the soldiers in the "Battlefield" video game series.
    Heartseeker Varus
    • This skin shares the Heartbreaker theme with:
      • I saw Heartbreaker
      • Heartbreaker Fiora
      • Ashe Heartseeker
      • Jinx Buscacorazones
      • Lucian Heartseeker
      • Orianna Buscacorazones
      • Quinn Heartseeker
      • Vayne Buscacorazones
      • Yuumi Heartseeker
      • Sweetheart Annie
      • Rakan Cariñosito
      • Sweetheart Sona
      • Sweetheart Xayah
    • He was released in celebration of Valentine's Day 2015 along with:
      • Sweetheart Annie
    • This look is directly inspired by Eros, the Greek god of desire, erotic love, attraction, and affection; among whose paraphernalia were the bow and arrows. His Roman counterpart is Cupid.
    • This skin was proposed by deviantART's SuperKusoKao.
    Varus Swift Lightning
    • This skin shares the Rift Mission theme with:
      • Zion the Barbarian
      • Bard the Bard
      • Braum Lionheart
      • Nunu and Demolisher Willump
      • Gragas Rompebarriles
      • Brighthammer Jayce
      • Karthus Curse of Light
      • Lord Mordekaiser
      • Garen Hard Type
      • Ryze Barbablanca
      • Sejuani Dawn Huntress
      • Mirkwood Talon
      • Radiant Paladin Taric
      • Twitch Strider
      • Weigh Barbagrís
    • was released together with:
      • Braum Lionheart
      • Gragas Rompebarriles
      • Ryze Barbablanca
    • Refers to a traditional tabletop role-playing game.
    • Varus has the Greatsword tied to his quiver.
    • His appearance resembles the Night Elves from the "Warcraft" series.
    • He also bears a strong resemblance to Drizzt Do'Urden: Protector of the North of the World from The Forgotten Realms in the Dungeons of Dragons series.
    Dark Star Varus
    Chromas: Antimatter
    • This skin shares the Event Horizon theme with:
      • Lux Cosmic
      • Master Yi Cosmic Sword
      • Hecarim Cosmic Cavalry
      • Rakan Cosmic Dawn
      • Xin Zhao Cosmic Defender
      • Nami Cosmic Destiny
      • Cosmic Devourer Vladimir
      • Xayah Cosmic Twilight
      • Cosmic Charming Lulu
      • Anivia Cosmic Flight
      • Cosmic Hunter Varus
      • Nidalee Cosmic Huntress
      • Cosmic Summoner Illaoi
      • Ashe Cosmic Queen
      • Kassadin Cosmic Reaper
      • Cosmic Stinger Skarner
      • Jhin Cosmic Darkness
      • Lissandra Cosmic Darkness
      • Lux Cosmic Darkness
      • Cho'Gath Dark Estrella
      • Jarvan IV Dark Star
      • Dark Star Karma
      • Kha'Zix Dark Star
      • Dark Star Malphite
      • Dark Star Mordekaiser
      • Orianna Dark Star
      • Shaco Dark Star
      • Dark Star Thresh
      • Xerath Dark Star
      • Malphite Dark Star Prestigious Edition
      • Dark Star Rhaast
    • Its illustration composition slightly mirrors that of Cosmic Hunter Varus.
    • In the lore, Cosmic Hunter Varus was created in the image of Dark Star Varus to hunt down the latter, so they are not the same entity.
    Conqueror Varus
    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
      • Championship Riven 2016
      • Enlist Conqueror
      • Conqueror Jax
      • Conquering Karma
      • Nautilus Conquistador
      • Jax Conqueror Prestigious Edition
      • Jarvan IV Worlds 2021
    Varus Infernal
    Chromas: Catseye, Pearl, Peridot, Rose Quartz, Ruby
    • This skin shares the Inferno theme with:
      • Aurelion Sol Lord of Ashes
      • Charred Maokai
      • Warwick Firefang
      • Ahri Fire Fox
      • Akali Infernal
      • Alistar Infernal
      • Amumu Infernal
      • Infernal Diana
      • Infernal Gallium
      • Karthus Infernal
      • Know Infernal
      • Mordekaiser Infernal
      • Infernal Nasus
      • Shen Infernal
      • Vel'Koz Infernal
      • Rammus Fundido
      • Malphite de Obsidiana
      • Renekton of Scorched Earth
      • Xerath of Scorched Earth
      • Kindred Shadowfire
      • Volcanic Wukong
      • Zyra Wildfire
    Cosmic Hunter Varus
    Chromas: Catseye, Emerald, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Turquoise
    • This skin shares the Event Horizon theme with:
      • Lux Cosmic
      • Master Yi Cosmic Sword
      • Hecarim Cosmic Cavalry
      • Rakan Cosmic Dawn
      • Xin Zhao Cosmic Defender
      • Nami Cosmic Destiny
      • Cosmic Devourer Vladimir
      • Xayah Cosmic Twilight
      • Cosmic Charming Lulu
      • Anivia Cosmic Flight
      • Nidalee Cosmic Huntress
      • Cosmic Summoner Illaoi
      • Ashe Cosmic Queen
      • Kassadin Cosmic Reaper
      • Cosmic Stinger Skarner
      • Jhin Cosmic Darkness
      • Lissandra Cosmic Darkness
      • Lux Cosmic Darkness
      • Cho'Gath Dark Estrella
      • Jarvan IV Dark Star
      • Dark Star Karma
      • Kha'Zix Dark Star
      • Dark Star Malphite
      • Dark Star Mordekaiser
      • Orianna Dark Star
      • Shaco Dark Star
      • Dark Star Thresh
      • Dark Star Varus
      • Xerath Dark Star
      • Malphite Dark Star Prestigious Edition
    • Its illustration composition slightly mirrors that of Dark Star Varus.
    • In the lore, Cosmic Hunter Varus was created in the image of Dark Star Varus to hunt down the latter, so they are not the same entity.
    • In the background of his illustration, you can see a planet that has been attacked by the Piercing Arrow of Dark Star Varus, which implies that they are fighting.
    • It was inspired by the constellation Orion.
    PROJECT: Varus
    Chromas: Amethyst, Catseye, Emerald, Obsidian, Pearl, Reckoning, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire
    • This aspect shares the PROJECT theme with:
      • iBlitzcrank
      • PROJECT: Irelia Prestigious Edition
      • PROJECT: Sylas Prestigious Edition
      • PROJECT: Zed Prestigious Edition
      • Camille Program
      • Programa LeBlanc
      • Programa Lissandra
      • Programa Nami
      • Programa Soraka
      • PROJECT: Akali
      • PROJECT: Ashe
      • PROJECT: Ekko
      • PROJECT: Fiora
      • PROJECT: Irelia
      • PROYECTO: Jhin
      • PROJECT: Jinx
      • PROJECT: Katarina
      • PROJECT: Leona
      • PROJECT: Lucian
      • PROJECT: Mordekaiser
      • PROJECT: Pyke
      • PROJECT: Renekton
      • PROJECT: Sejuani
      • PROJECT: Senna
      • PROJECT: Sylas
      • PROJECT: Vayne
      • PROJECT: Vi
      • PROJECT: Warwick
      • PROJECT: Yasuo
      • PROJECT: Zed
      • PROJECT: Yi
    • On May 8, 2021, the official Twitter of  League of Legends leaked a portrait of this look when they were celebrating their birthday.

    Relationships

    Varus, the Arrow of Castigp

    • It is hinted in his lore that Varus may have been imprisoned in his bow, by a possible previous avatar of the Aspect of the Sun.
      • This warrior queen used it to destroy the gateway to the Darkin World, and then sealed the archway in the land that would later become known as Jonia.
    • Varus was freed from his prison by two Ionian beast hunters, Valmar and Kai.
      • Valmar hoped that the well that imprisoned Varus would heal Kai. He did, but freed Varus and fused their bodies.
        • Now they are in a constant state of fighting to gain control of their fused body, although it seems that Darkin is winning.
      • In the censored version, Kai and Valmar are close friends rather than lovers.

    Varus

    • Varus used to have a wife and a son named Theshan who were killed by the Noxian army during their invasion.
    • It is understood that Riven was part of the troop that destroyed her home.

    References

    1. ^ DeVaan, M. Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other cursive languages, p. 652, 655
    2. ^ Beekes, RSP Etymological Dictionary of Greek, pp. 29, 167, 1147
    3. ↑ Kai as an Ionian name
    4. ↑ Varus dev blog 2
    5. ↑ Varus dev blog 3
    6. ↑ Varus dev blog 4
    7. ↑ Varus dev blog 5
    8. ↑ Varus' Penny Arcade Sneak Peek
    9. ↑ Varus dev blog 1


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