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Lore info: Hextech crystals have been known to be extracted from Brackerns (Skarner’s race) at least since 2016 and Skarner’s story. Every hextech crystal is a piece of a dead Brackern, and every hextech-powered device is powered by the magic/soul of a giant crystal scorpion, it’s not only Seraphine

LeagueofLegends11 - Lore info: Hextech crystals have been known to be extracted from Brackerns (Skarner's race) at least since 2016 and Skarner's story. Every hextech crystal is a piece of a dead Brackern, and every hextech-powered device is powered by the magic/soul of a giant crystal scorpion, it's not only Seraphine
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From Camille's bio on universe

Clan Ferros understands sacrifice.

Most of the family’s wealth came through harvesting a rare crystal from the brackern, a creature native to Shurima. These hex-crystals—or “first crystals”—contained power normally only wielded by those born with innate magical ability. After Camille’s great-great aunt lost an arm during an early expedition, her sacrifice inspired the Ferros family motto: “For family, will I give.”

The brackern were a limited resource, and Camille's family had to augment the crystals they’d accumulated. Utilizing shadow investments in chemtech and runic alchemy, they developed less powerful, but easier to make, synthetic hex-crystals.

And from Jayce's lore

As Jayce studied in solitude, Clan Giopara’s explorers discovered a raw, blue crystal deep within the Shuriman desert. <...>

Something inside the crystal called to Jayce. No, more than that – it sang to him. He couldn’t explain why, but he knew the Shuriman gem still held mysteries yet to be discovered.

He spent many months running every variety of test on the crystal. He braced it into a cogwheel centrifuge; he superheated it and deep-froze it; he tinkered, and observed, and hypothesized, and beat his head against his copper pantograph. <...>

Skarner's story Dreamsong(go read it, it's good!)

She aims her weapon again and I shake with horror as I see the paling namestone strapped to it. Her weapon drains our life energy. They are wasting crystals to power their terrible song. <...>

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I don't have a good memory for details so this might have been known even before Dreamsong, and maybe I'm missing some important details (I'm sure if that's the case, someone will correct me), but basically, as I understand it:

  • Brackerns get their life force from "namestones", which are crystals infused with magic.
  • The only alive Brackern at the moment is Skarner, all others are in a slumbering state beneath the Shuriman deserts
  • Piltovians go to Shurima to dig up sleeping Brackerns and extract the namestones from them (killing them in the process)
  • These namestones are then refined and turned into hextech crystals. Hextech crystals are used to power magic items that can be used by non-magic users
  • Most wealthy Piltovan families built their empires on hextech crystals

So: Cait's rifle? Powered by a nameston (dead Brackern). Jayce's hammer? Same. Ekko's time-thingy? Ditto. Camille's heart? Blitzcrank? Orianna? All hextech.

Seraphine is the first champ where it's stated in one place that her hextech crystal is extracted from a Brackern and that it basically is alive, but that's always been the case. The difference with Seraphine is that she can hear the soul trapped in the crystal itself, and while I agree that her not giving a damn about the Brackern isn't the best choice for a positive character, I see people in this subreddit reacting as if it's a new thing, but it really isnt.

EDIT: as it says in the Camille lore piece I quoted, the Ferros Clan actually also makes synthetic, less powerful hextech crystals. This means not every hextech device is powered by a Brackern namestone. I still think it's safe to assume all actual champion characters are powerful or special enough to have their tools powered by a "first crystal", as the Ferros call them. I wish i could edit the title, I hope mods don't take the thread down… again xD

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