League of Legends’ newest champion Renata Glasc joins the game Thursday in Patch 12.4. In recently published Champion Insight, the designers and creators of the new support champions gave fans a glimpse into their ideas around the creation of Renata Glasc, including her backstory and how she fits into the wider lore of the game.
The developers of Renata Glasc liken her to an Elon Musk figure who is a hyper-capitalist and uses her power and influence to simultaneously uplift the poor in Zaun while also condemning them to death. Using her name and her parents’ technology, she quickly became a titan of industry in the undercity and has a unique way of bending people to her will.
“Work with her, and be rewarded beyond measure. Work against her, and live to regret it. But everyone comes to her side, eventually,” Renata Glasc’s lore page reads.
This description of the new champion sounds similar to a certain character from the Netflix series “Arcane,” and that is mostly intentional, according to Champions Team Lead Ryan “Reav3” Mireles.
“We explored Silco really early in the ideation process, but we just didn’t feel like he hit the bar of a League champion,” Reav3 said in the Champion Insight.
Renata Glasc’s back story
The Chem-Baroness’ fortune was built off of her parents, who gave medical care to the poorest of Zaun without asking for anything in return. This meant that Renata would go hungry and end up resenting her parents while pursing the antithesis of their humanitarian goals.
Her ambitions seem to know no bounds, as the designers have stated that, at some point, she would like to control the Sun Gate — the portal that controls global commerce and trade in Runeterra.
“Nothing will ever be enough. Once Renata achieves her goal, she’ll always find something bigger to dream about … She’s an endless, gaping maw of ambition and greed. I could see her saying, ‘All right. I guess it’s time to hire some mercenaries and take over Noxus, maybe. Who knows? It’s a Thursday,’” Narrative Writer Dana Luery “griddlebones” Shaw said.