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League of Legends Champion Lore: Cassiopeia, the Serpent's Embrace

Lore 26-05-2024 10:00

Cassiopeia is such a unique and cool champion. What is her League of Legends lore though? We're going to take a look. 

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Cassiopeia is one of the most interesting champions thanks to her lore. | © Riot Games

Cassiopeia has an uncanny resemblance to the mythological Greek figure Medusa. Riot was heavily influenced by her and ended up creating this venom-spitting champion. But is her champion lore also influenced by Greek mythology?

With so many champions in League of Legends, there are multiple background stories that bring them all together in the world of Runeterra. Cassiopeia’s champion lore starts in Noxia, where she grew up with her family.

League of Legends Champion Lore: Who Is Cassiopeia Related To?

Cassiopeia is related to another famous League of Legends champion. She is the younger sister of Katarina, who is an AP Assassin famously found in the mid lane. Both girls are the young daughters of General du Couteau.

While Katarina grew up following her fathers' footsteps, Cassiopeia took to her mother. Eventually, the family had to relocate to Shurima, where the rest of Cassiopeia’s lore takes place.

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Cassiopeia is so cool! | © Riot Games

Her mother raised her, but unfortunately, collapsed one day, prompting her husband to send home any and all household staff, afraid that his wife had been poisoned. General du Couteau did not stay with the family for long afterward, though, being called back to Noxia to help with the Ionian invasion. Katarina went with her father, leaving Cassiopeia behind with their sickly mother.

It was then that the truth was revealed to Cassiopeia, her mother was part of the Black Rose.

Who Is The Black Rose?

The Black Rose is a secret organization, mostly stationed in Noxus. They are led by Noxian aristocracy who work and scheme from the shadows – going as far as to guide the throne of Noxus.

In her champion lore, it says that Cassiopeia was initiated into the Black Rose after she managed to track down those who poisoned her mother and killed them. After her initiation, she learned of the greater plans the organization had for Shurima.

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LeBlanc is part of the Black Rose as well. | © Riot Games

As wars continued to wage, Cassiopeia was urged by her mother to find godlike power which was hidden in one of the various temples which were scattered throughout Shurima. Alongside a mercenary named Sivir, she scoured the desert looking for said power.

She set out with a crew and found an old tomb of a mythical Ascended. Within the tomb she also found the power she’d been looking for and went on a rampage, killing Sivir. Before she could continue her mutiny, a stone tomb guardian attacked her.

Fangs buried themselves in her flesh and she was poisoned.

She was carried back home by her hired soldiers and then confined herself for weeks within her home. During this time she transformed into the hideous beast she is known as in League of Legends. Her beauty was replaced by a monstrous slithering creature.

As stated in Cassiopeia's lore, with her new visage, she also gained unparalleled power which she’ll use to aid the Black Rose.

Sabrina Ahn

Sabrina Ahn is the League of Legends and Riftfeed Lead. During her time at Concordia University in 2014 she fell in love with League of Legends and esports and has been playing LoL since then – how she hasn't lost...