Noxus諾克薩斯

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諾克薩斯 is a city-state on the eastern part of 瓦羅蘭.

傳說

The human city-state of 諾克薩斯 is in many ways the moral antithesis of 蒂瑪西亞; it is a settlement where the physically and mentally strong acquire power through any means, regardless of the consequences to their fellow citizens.

Culture

The citizenry of 諾克薩斯 generally stands behind the principle that “only the strong survive", regarding the qualities of benevolence and compassion as signs of weakness. Strength begets strength, at least as far as the humans of 諾克薩斯 are concerned. This seeming cruelty, however, is not an indicator of chaos. As is naturally and necessarily the case with humankind, 諾克薩斯 is an orderly city-state, where rules protect the citizenry from harm… at least from their peers. In 諾克薩斯, however, those with power are clearly protected by the law more than those without it. Where other human settlements tend to welcome non-humans into their midst, Noxians are decidedly xenophobic. Non-humans are, at best, made to feel unwelcome within the borders of this city-state. There are exceptions to this, but only after the non-humans in question have proven themselves to be either useful or feared (or both). Human visitors and immigrants to 諾克薩斯 are made to feel only slightly better, again proving themselves only by either demonstrating competence or inspiring terror in their enemies. Prior to the formation of the League, 諾克薩斯 was renowned for a spectacle called The Fleshing. It was a gladiatorial event with a cruel twist: as a fighter wins their matches, the number of opponents they fight simultaneously, generally other prisoners of war, would increase. This meant eventual death for every contender, though also unparalleled glory. Both  趙信, the Seneschal of 蒂瑪西亞, and  亞歷斯塔, the Minotaur, are survivors of the spectacle, with 趙信 holding the record for defeating the most opponents, though it is rumoured that Xin的 survival of his encounter with ‘The Fleshing’ is linked to a hidden relationship between him and a member of the Du Couteau family.
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Noxian crest

Government

The ruling political organization of 諾克薩斯 is called the Noxian High Command, and it acts as the head of the military. In 諾克薩斯, the military controls every aspect of the political landscape; there is no separation between the warfare and politics. The eternally youthful-looking leader of the High Command, General Boram Darkwill, had ruled 諾克薩斯 for countless years. General Darkwill had far exceeded his average lifespan as a human; it is rumored that he was kept alive through necromantic magic. Such a conclusion would seem to make sense, especially when considering that he had ruled the Noxian High Command since before the time of King Jarvan I of 蒂瑪西亞. His seemingly endless hunger for power and conquest has d雷玟 諾克薩斯 to be the nightmarish threat to its neighbors that it is today. In more recent times, the Noxian government was in a transition state. General Boram Darkwill was assassinated, and Noxian High Command was in the process of selecting the next Grand General. There was a power struggle between the different Generals, and political squabbles between their supporters had broken out across 諾克薩斯. Finally, by defeating 無畏挑戰r Keiran Darkwill,  Jericho 斯溫 assumed the position of Grand General of 諾克薩斯. He was able to overcome the odds of the duel with his cunning and quick wits. With the support of his allies, namely  達瑞斯, he sei劫 the highest position in 諾克薩斯.

Military

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卡特蓮娜, an assassin of the Noxian military
Military service in 諾克薩斯 is compulsory for a period of six years, with all of its citizens retained as 主動 reservists until their golden years. The Noxian High Command reserves the right to draft any of its citizens, regardless of age, into military service in times of dire need. 主動 Noxian military personnel are afforded a higher level of citizenship in Noxian society, and it is not uncommon for most citizens to remain 主動 in the military for ten or more years. There is seldom a lack of work in the Noxian military, even with the forced quasi-peace that exists between 諾克薩斯 and their eternal 仇敵, the 蒂瑪西亞ns.

Demographics

諾克薩斯 is a city that resembles its inhabitants – dark and sinister. The foundation of the city was built into a granite mountain, and a fair portion of the city lies underground. Structures are built on top of and into the mountain itself. A tremendous man-made moat, filled with a witches’ brew of foul and putrid liquids, circumnavigates the city; the moat serves as a powerful means of cutting off access to 諾克薩斯 through all but a few key points, which are heavily guarded. At the top of the granite mountain resides the headquarters of the Noxian High Command; the mountain itself vaguely resembles a demonic skull from a distance. Beyond the huge city walls lie the Noxian denizens that are too poor (or not lucky enough) to live inside. The subterranean city level of 諾克薩斯 is almost as large as the top level, with numerous shops, taverns, and 居住地s comprising the seedy underbelly of the notorious city-state. 諾克薩斯 contains the largest network of dungeons anywhere on Runeterra, with numerous Noxian nobles claiming ownership over the various labyrinthine passages and subterranean rooms.

Link to the League

The Noxian High Command strategically chose not to oppose the formation of the 英雄聯盟, and even went as far as to give tepid support for its activities. It was clear to Valoran的 power brokers that 諾克薩斯 could read the writing on the wall: to oppose the League, especially with the vast majority of Valoran behind its formation, would have been tantamount to suicide. By supporting its formation, 諾克薩斯 achieved two ends. Firstly, 諾克薩斯 would have some degree of forced peace between itself and 蒂瑪西亞. This would allow 諾克薩斯 to 全神貫注 its efforts on conquest elsewhere, though its track record in this conquest since the formation of the League has been considerably underwhelming. Secondly, 諾克薩斯 would 全神貫注 its considerable magic talent into the League, allowing for a potentially greater degree of success in conflicts against the 蒂瑪西亞ns. To date, the endless war with 蒂瑪西亞 has been just that – endless. The Noxian conflict with 蒂瑪西亞 has, for the most part, surrogated itself into the Fields of Justice for considerably less cost in material and manpower. While its mortal foe has been able to relax some, 諾克薩斯 has been able to relax considerably more without the iron fist of 蒂瑪西亞 looming overhead. In more recent times, the Noxians’ Barbarian Pacification Campaign was halted when the barbarians allied themselves to 弗雷爾卓德, the newly ascended city-state. The Noxians were forced to recall their troops in abidance to the League rules. 諾克薩斯 had also lost its rematch against 愛歐尼亞 and returned their hold on the southern provinces back to the island city-state. 諾克薩斯 later got into a short war with 蒂瑪西亞 in the village of 卡拉曼達. Escalation of the war was prevented due to League R[神聖庇護].

Ties with 佐恩

The city shares a friendly relationship with the city-state of 佐恩. The Noxian High Command would often summon 佐恩ite 英雄 to fight in the League on their nation的 behalf. In addition, 諾克薩斯 assists  蒙多醫生, the Madman of 佐恩, in his ambition to create the perfect science-enhanced killer. They have provided the doctor a laboratory within their city and have given him free reign to pursue his life的 work in his spare time. Mercenaries from the city were also recruited by 諾克薩斯 during their invasion of 愛歐尼亞, the two most heinous of them being  辛吉德, the Mad Chemist, and  沃維克, the Blood Hunter. The 布蘭德 of mass death and 毀滅 these two madmen unle艾希d remains a festering scar on 愛歐尼亞n history. When the necromantic reanimation of  烏爾加特, the Headsman的 Pride, proved problematic for 諾克薩斯 due to his lifetime of injuries, a prevailing scholar of 佐恩 named Professor Stanwick Pididly provided the solution by forging a new body for the headman.

History

佐恩ite Trade Relations Improve

At the base of the 鐵脊山脈, along the main trade route between 佐恩 and 諾克薩斯, there lies two smaller villages: Askay and Meland. For generations the people of those villages had been embroiled in a bloody feud. The lawlessness of the region had complicated the development of trade agreements between the two city-states, limiting their interaction to wartime pacts serviced by mercenary contracts and alchemical weapons. However, after some Noxian R[神聖庇護], both Askay and Meland have put aside their differences and declared their allegiance to 諾克薩斯. With the conflict resolved, 佐恩 and 諾克薩斯 were now free to pursue more thriving peacetime trade relations.

Boram Darkwill departs from 諾克薩斯

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A carriage believed to be carrying General Boram Darkwill departs from 諾克薩斯.
The 蒂瑪西亞n soldier who publicly confessed to conspiracy and sabotage in 卡拉曼達was found dead in his cell yesterday, a victim of Nyzer poisoning. Investigations are underway, but as of yet 卡拉曼達 officials are at a loss as to how such a poison managed to elude the notice of its guards. With news that the prisoner的 interrogation was scheduled for later this weekend, suspicious eyes are being cast at the visiting delegations of 諾克薩斯 and 蒂瑪西亞. Though representatives from both city-states denied any wrongdoing, military activity had visibly increased in both camps over the last few weeks. Perhaps most disturbing of all, a carriage believed to contain General Boram Darkwill himself was seen departing 諾克薩斯 soon after the prisoner的 fate was discovered. By all accounts, the ageless, reclusive leader of 諾克薩斯 hasn’t set foot outside of the castle since the formation of the 英雄聯盟 over two decades ago.

Boram Darkwill 刺殺ated

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斯溫 holds vigil as the bodies of fallen Noxian soldiers are put to flame.
General Boram Darkwill and his accompanying platoon of Raedsel Guardsman were found 擊殺 on the roads not far from the village. Analysis of the scene indicated that the entire troop was eliminated with Q[恐懼]ing efficiency. Noxian scouts were unable to find any t種族s of an attacking force or any signs of survivors. 斯溫 later ordered the bodies of every 擊殺 Noxian soldier be put to fire, as is the Noxian ceremony for fallen ranking officers in wartime conditions. He then accused 蒂瑪西亞 for the assault, as they are the only other military on this continent which was capable of it. In a public response, King Jarvan III of 蒂瑪西亞 decried the attack, and stated that he did not order the assassination. 斯溫 declined Jarvan的 invitation to discuss the situation, which may indicate that the damage was already done. The last remaining natives of 卡拉曼達, including the mayor and his councilmen, were evacuated from the region.

War in 卡拉曼達

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Prince 嘉文四世 and General 斯溫 battle amidst the chaos erupting in 卡拉曼達.
The collective fears of Valoran were reali劫 in 卡拉曼達 as the standoff between 諾克薩斯 and 蒂瑪西亞 escalated to all-out war. Initial estimates placed casualties in the hundreds. It appeared that Prince 嘉文四世 of 蒂瑪西亞 struck the first blow against General 斯溫 of 諾克薩斯. According to eyewitnesses, 斯溫 was making his usual rounds of the Noxian camp when he was Q[潛伏]ed by Jarvan. The two became locked in combat, and soldiers from both camps immediately engaged each other in efforts to come to their aid. Though battle between these embittered 仇敵 has been heated, ambassadors from both sides pledged that their forces would refrain from the use of unsanctioned magic. Chancellor Malek Hawkmoon, spokesman for 諾克薩斯, called it a “steel and slugs" engagement, a Noxian military term for a physical-only wartime operation. Neither army gained a significant advantage over the other. The bulk of the fighting took place on the fields just outside the village的 primary dig site, though the contested area gradually expanded. Prince Jarvan was not seen on the battlefield since his initial clash with 斯溫, though 諾克薩斯’ Master Tactician was seen in the front lines, issuing commands and urging his troops onward. Jarvan的 absence caused a great degree of speculation that the Prince may have been killed or captured, but the 蒂瑪西亞n forces did not falter. Their morale was bolstered by 蓋倫 and the Dauntless Vanguard, whose efforts stymied the Noxian 攻擊 at nearly every turn. King Jarvan III reportedly donned his own royal armor, although his exact position remained a mystery. It was likely that  趙信, the Seneschal of 蒂瑪西亞, was with him.

卡拉曼達 Pacified

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League R[神聖庇護] in 卡拉曼達 leaves warring soldiers suspended in time.
In an unprecedented show of force, the 英雄聯盟 conjured a temporal stasis bubble over the entirety of 卡拉曼達, trapping the warring forces of 諾克薩斯 and 蒂瑪西亞 in a mid-battle state of suspension. The soldiers inside were to be extracted and returned to their homes, but the League pronounced the village and its immediate surroundings uninhabitable. The League had sent four hundred summoners to the far edges of the 卡拉曼達 conflict, transporting with them a small nexus that was, according to scholars of the Arcanum Majoris, a centerpiece of the Arcanum E[完美奇襲]. Utilizing ancient 厄提斯坦i techniques refined by League 英雄  極靈, the Chronokeeper, these summoners undertook an enchantment the magnitude of which hadn’t been seen in Valoran since the Rune Wars. A great deal of care was devoted to ensuring that Runeterra sustained the least possible 毀滅 as a result of the spell. Though experts believed the damage to Runeterra is minimal, they have determined that the area occupied by the bubble will be 魔法ly unstable for decades. Soldier extraction had begun, and would continue for several weeks. It was a slow and intensive process, as 極靈 believed improper extraction may lead to chrono-displasia, a disease he himself endured. League surveyors were dispatched to the village to assess the true extent of the damage, as well as to determine if there would be any way to speed its restoration. The League made ar範圍ments for the families of 卡拉曼達 residents, accepting responsibility for restricting them from their own homes. Ambassadors from 諾克薩斯 and 蒂瑪西亞 took 居住地 in 戰爭學院 and negotiated the safe return of their soldiers, as well as terms for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

諾克薩斯 Cries 浩劫

While a history draped in the glory of combat has hardened the citizenry of 諾克薩斯 with the expectation of loss, 諾克薩斯 stands in the wake of a truly unprecedented event in 諾克薩斯’ proud nation的 history. Never before has a General of the High Command been struck down so cruelly or senselessly. 諾克薩斯’ ancient 仇敵 – having stooped lower than ever in their thirst for our blood – have awakened in us a rage beyond comprehension. Day and night, the howl of our citizen soldiers can be heard echoing through the streets and alleys amid the drums of war and the sharpening of blades. The forges shall burn long into the night as the war machine of 諾克薩斯 turns! While the High Council of Equity has, in their infinite wisdom, seen fit to intercede against 諾克薩斯 on behalf of these violators of the League的 peace, the people of 諾克薩斯 remain defiant as ever. With our Eternal General Boram Darkwill struck down, we rally to the side of our esteemed council of commanders. The members of the High Command have put aside their personal vendettas for honor的 sake, instead 全神貫注ing their efforts on a single, shared agenda: to revenge a wrongdoing against our Empire and the people的 pride that cannot be allowed to stand. While 諾克薩斯’ counterattack might be stymied by League R[神聖庇護] for the time being, they cannot change the resolve that beats in the heart of this defiant warrior of the Empire. Proclaiming 諾克薩斯 fervor unmerited, they would bid us do nothing while they squabble and debate over the right course. If this is an unjust war it is one begat through the hypocrisy of a state founded pretense of virtue, but the practice of treachery. It was 蒂瑪西亞的 own crown prince that struck the first blow after 諾克薩斯’ legions held their disciplined reserve following their leader的 assassination. The League的 accusations of warmongering are as slanderous as they are unfounded, and their refusal to serve justice against these self-righteous murders will not be soon forgotten within our hallowed walls. The time for discourse has passed. A storm is coming. And our memory is long. Forever strong!

Ivory Ward Marketplace Destroyed

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A midnight battle leaves 諾克薩斯’ Ivory Ward Marketplace in a state of ruin.
During the night, a battle erupted within 諾克薩斯‘ famous Ivory Ward marketplace late last week, devastating the area的 main square. Noxian authorities have ruled the fight a political squabble related to the turmoil still raging in High Command after the death of Boram Darkwill. The black of night shrouded the whole of the Ivory Ward when guards responded to the disturbance in the marketplace area. The Ivory Ward itself is one of the oldest and most wealthy districts in 諾克薩斯, and military-assigned guards in the area are sparse because its tenants typically hire private security. 諾克薩斯 has seen an increase in outbreaks of violence since the assassination of Boram Darkwill, as his death has High Command in turmoil over the rightful successor to his title. The power struggle has trickled down into the rest of 諾克薩斯 as citizens take arms in support of the various Generals vying for the seat of the Grand General. The compromised marketplace remains under investigation by Noxian authorities, and residents of the Ivory Ward have drastically increased their security. No casualties have been confirmed, but one merchant whose stock was destroyed, Vexus Nirac, has not been seen since the day before the marketplace battle.

斯溫 returns to Noxian High Command

The turmoil in 諾克薩斯 following the death of Grand General Boram Darkwill intensified this week when  Jericho 斯溫 returned to High Command. Upon his arrival, the Master Tactician gained the immediate support of 諾克薩斯的 prominent military figures, positioning him as the strongest rival to Keiran Darkwill for leadership of 諾克薩斯. The seat of the Grand General has remained vacant since the death of Boram Darkwill. Over the past weeks, the controversy over Darkwill的 succession turned to outright hostility. Many of 諾克薩斯的 notorious and powerful soldiers stepped forward in an attempt to lay claim to the title. Thus far, none have remained alive long enough to maintain control over the city-state. Keiran Darkwill, the late Grand General的 youngest son, remains one of the more ruthless aspirants in this dispute. He has successfully thwarted several assassination attempts, struck down his 無畏挑戰rs, and rallied significant support behind his name. Only  達瑞斯, one of 諾克薩斯的 most respected and feared Generals, has earned as much of a following within High Command as Keiran Darkwill. Many predicted the two would inevitably clash and that the victor would rise to the throne. Upon Jericho 斯溫的 return, General 達瑞斯 forged an immediate alliance with the famed Master Tactician and with this, High Command has become even more divided with those siding between Keiran Darkwill and Jericho 斯溫.

斯溫 Seizes Power in 諾克薩斯

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卡特蓮娜 and塔隆 arrive in 諾克薩斯 to witness 斯溫的 coronation as Grand General.
 Jericho 斯溫 defeated Keiran Darkwill in a duel contesting the leadership of 諾克薩斯last night, winning the support of High Command. Despite rumors of involvement with the戰爭學院的 scandal in 卡拉曼達, 斯溫 has been named Grand General – the highest position in 諾克薩斯.
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斯溫 as the Grand General of 諾克薩斯
High Command remained divided in support between the two men since 斯溫 returned earlier this month. Keiran Darkwill 無畏挑戰d 斯溫 to a duel to settle the dispute, claiming that such a standstill was a “coward的 game." Many members of High Command believed this to be a strong move and expected Keiran, a notoriously skilled 不屈鬥魂, to win. Keiran intially had the upper hand but due to 斯溫的 魔法 tactics, Keiran surprisingly lost. The gathered members of High Command unanimously agreed to swear loyalty to the Master Tactician. With none remaining to protest his claim, High Command named Jericho 斯溫 the Grand General of 諾克薩斯.While High Command has emb種族d his rule, 斯溫的 leadership remains controversial in 諾克薩斯的 lower houses. Some accuse 斯溫 of willing participation in Heywan Relivash的 scheme to obtain 卡拉曼達.

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瑣碎小知識

  • The city-state motto for Noxians is, “Forever strong!"
  • The former leader of 諾克薩斯, General Boram Darkwill, was believed to have been assassinated by 蒂瑪西亞n forces shortly before the major conflict in 卡拉曼達.
  • 諾克薩斯 has a team called the “Crimson Elite", which is the Noxian counter to the 蒂瑪西亞n “Commandos".  塔隆 was the first member revealed to be on the team, the second one being  雷玟.
    • The skins are likely not part of the official 傳說.
    • 卡特蓮娜 has an unreleased Crimson Elite skin, meaning she is likely a part of the Crimson Elite.
  • The name “諾克薩斯" may be based on the Latin word “Nox", which means “night" or “darkness".
  • The  荊棘之甲 and the  吸血鬼權杖 are artifacts of 諾克薩斯.[1]

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City-State 英雄

英雄 Ties
 卡莎碧雅, the Serpent的 Emb種族 出生地; former Noxian temptress
 達瑞斯, the Hand of 諾克薩斯 出生地; 主動 duty Command General
 蒙多醫生, the Madman of 佐恩 居住地; infamous 佐恩ite reQ[火焰烙印]cher
 達瑞文, the Glorious 劊子手 出生地; famed Noxian entertainer
 卡特蓮娜, the Sinister Blade 出生地; renowned Noxian assassin
 勒布朗, the Q[欺詐魔術]r 出生地; Matron of the Black Rose
 魔甘娜, the Fallen Angel 居住地; owner of Sinful Succulence[2]
 辛吉德, the Mad Chemist Infamous 佐恩ite alchemist
 Sion, the Undead 英雄 出生地; former Noxian field commander
 斯溫, the Master Tactician 出生地; Grand General of 諾克薩斯
 塔隆, the Blade的 Shadow 出生地; assassin serving General Du Couteau
 烏爾加特, the Headsman的 Pride 出生地; former High 劊子手 of 諾克薩斯
 弗拉迪米爾, the Crimson Reaper 出生地; powerful Noxian hemomancer
 沃維克, the Blood Hunter Infamous 佐恩ite manhunter[3]

Associated 英雄

英雄 Ties
 亞歷斯塔, the Minotaur Former prisoner of 諾克薩斯
 安妮, the Dark Child Daughter of the Gray Order exiles
 伊莉絲, the Spider Queen An ally of the Black Rose[4]
 古拉格斯, the Rabble Rouser Sojourns into the city for supplies
 伊瑞莉雅, the Will of the Blades Demanded an early rematch between 諾克薩斯 and 愛歐尼亞
 Jarvan, the Exemplar of 蒂瑪西亞 Nemesis to  Grand General 斯溫
 卡瑪, the Enlightened One Single-handedly defeated the Noxian army invading her village.
 凱爾, the Judicator Seeks to defeat her sister,  魔甘娜
 李星, the Blind Monk Protested against the Noxian 職業 of 愛歐尼亞
 易大師, the Wuju Bladesman Seeks revenge for the 毀滅 of his village
 葵恩 and  Valor, 蒂瑪西亞的 Wings Captured a Noxian assassin
 雷玟, the Exile 出生地; former Noxian poster child
 希維爾, the Battle Mistress Defected from the Noxian military
 逆命, the Card Master Former card shark
 法洛士, the Arrow of Retribution Seeks vengeance for the R[萬魂屠城] of his village
 汎, the 夜之狩獵 Investigates the Black Rose的 activities
 維迦, the Tiny Master of Evil Went mad from imprisonment
 趙信, the Seneschal of 蒂瑪西亞 Known as Viscero; escaped the Fleshing

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