The story of Udyr - New BIO
Today, let's have a look at the updated bio of Udyr!
The new Udyr BIO
Whenever the moon rises into a wintry sky round and red is blood the spirit walkers of the Freljord know that another one of their kind has been born into the world. One attuned to the wilds and the land one who walks within and besides the spirit that best matches the shape of their heart.
On the night of Udyr's birth there was nothing in the crimson moon that suggested anything different than that. Nothing that would suggest Udyr was already the most powerful walker to ever live.
Every being has a spirit whether person or beast, plant or animal, dead or alive or deathless. But unlike his brethren Udyr's power of spiritual connection was not limited to one type of spirit. He could hear them all — the needs and wants of everything around him constantly flooded his mind, making it impossible to hear anything above their roar.
His parents did not know how to help him. Their war mother sent for other spirit walkers to train the boy, but each said the same thing — spirit walker training focused on opening oneself up, not closing oneself off.
The first time Udyr tapped into his powers with purpose was the night the frost guard came for him.
Young Udyr terrified hit in the forest. He did not expect to feel the life ripped from everyone. His entire tribe slaughtered in an instant howling with sadness and rage, Udyr took power from the spirits of the forest.
With the swipe of his claws and the beating of his wings he brought the mountain down on the frost guard. Alone, grieving and overwhelmed, Udyr wandered the wastes for years doing what he had to in order to survive. He did not interact with humans again until he landed the killing blow on a wild claw that was troubling a winter's claw hunting party.
Impressed they brought Udyr back to the camp, war mother Hejian sent him to be trained in the ways of war, alongside her daughter Kalkia. The wild boy showed the lonely daughter how to live in the wild and she showed him how to live among people.
Soon the Winter's Claw began to almost feel like a home, but that changed when a pack of starved and diseased rimefang wolves skulked close to the camp.
Udyr lost himself in the fog of the peck's madness and hunger attacking and nearly killing a child. It took Kalkia and her mother's true eyes to stop Udyr.
After the wolves had all been slain Hejian banished Udyr from the winter's claw. Udyr returned to the mountains far from those he could hurt. Kalkia would visit whenever she could get away until she was eventually called upon to lead her tribe.
She joyfully lifted Udyr's banishment but he refused to return. He still had no control over the spirits whose wants and needs howled inside his mind, but swore he would always be there to protect Kalkia and the people she loved.
That was the last time they saw one another. Everything changed when a foreign monk sought him out, saying he had come to train with the spirit walkers so that he may learn how to subdue the dragon spirit that burn within him.
Udyr refused, but the monk challenged Udyr for the right to train with him. They fought to their limits but in the end neither won.
The monk introduced himself as Lee Sin and said that this battle had shown him they both had much to learn. He invited Udyr to train in his homeland of Ionia.
With nothing left to tie him to the Freljord, Udyr agreed. The two men grew close during their journey, taking time each day to spar together and to speak of the spirits.
But when they finally arrived at Hirana monastery, they found it besieged by Noxian invaders.
Calling upon the spirits of Ionia, Udyr leapt into the fray. After their victory the two men asked the abode for guidance and how to learn control. The abode told them that self-mastery had no guaranteed end, but agreed to train them both.
For the first time Udyr's mind was quiet enough for him to hear his own thoughts. He and lee trained together to master the spirits within and beside them. With new knowledge and understanding Udyr was able to help lee and his dragon find balance with one another.
Through this endeavour, Udyr came to understand that harmony and interdependence created a state of balance in Ionia. In contrast balance in the Freljord was based on the sense of struggle and conflict of growth and change, where the fight to struggle against the uncaring and dangerous environment lived deep in the soul of every Freljordian.
After several years Udyr's powers plateaued. He was faced with the choice to stay and train in Ionia or return to the struggle of his homeland, where he could continue his growth.
In the end the choice was obvious. Lee gave Udyr one of his blindfolds to keep with him as a reminder of his commitment to self-mastery and asked for a promise — that once Udyr had achieved what he was looking for in the Freljord, he would return the blindfold to Lee in person.
Udyr wrapped the blindfold around his hand before setting off across the world, once again to take up the mantle of spirit walker.
A new conflict between an Avarosan and Winter's Claw war mother greeted Udyr upon his return to the Freljord. The Avarosan wanted to unite the people of the Freljord under a single banner putting an end to their struggles.
Udyr understood that such action would harm the spirit of the land and he decided to offer council to the other side — the winter school. It was Kalkia's headstrong daughter Sejuani who received him and he could feel her need for guidance.
The young woman accepted Udyr's help but Sejuani's trust was not hard won for she had grown up hearing tales of the spirit walker and his bloodlust. Udyr came to appreciate Sejuani's drive and cleverness though her ruthlessness worried him.
Sejuani saw wisdom and a warrior's heart in Udyr, but his frequent absence grated her nerves.
In time they came to view one another like family — a surrogate oath father and daughter, though they would never say it aloud.
Before long the other spirit walker summoned Udyr down to the south but fate intervened when he met a strange old woman in an enormous coat.
She asked for his health with several impossible tasks that he inevitably failed. Entertained by his attempts she rewarded his efforts with the bread so salty that he choked and water so cold that his veins turned to ice.
The old woman laughed at his reaction and shrugged off her coat and the spiritual power hit Udyr like an avalanche. He passed out and woke alone, but he could feel something had changed within him — a new power had awakened.
He didn't realize it but the seal sister in one of her many disguises had tested Udyr and given him her blessing. Still unnerved by this odd encounter, Udyr joined his brethren in the south and listened as they told him of a strange spiritual shift they each felt.
They feared the Freljord was dying. The spirits of the land itself crumbling from within. Udyr believed that it was the Avarosans in their efforts to unite the Freljord.
That was causing this pain. He told the other spirit walkers as much and asked them to fight against the Avarosans in advance.
Alongside the winter school, many were skeptical but others afraid that Udyr might be right agreed.
With his new spiritual power flowing within him Udyr raced back to the Winter's Claw to help end this existential threat to the Freljord once and for all.
Those of you who remember the original bio may have noticed some differences: first of all in the story “Silence for the Damned” — it was hinted that Udyr was Sejuani's father.
It would make sense since Udyr spent a lot of time with Kalkia and throughout the stories everyone was leaning towards this. But then Udyr's updated voice came out where he mentioned that he would be protecting Kalkia's daughter not his own daughter and now in the updated bio, it is also mentioned that he is like an oath father to Sejuani.
So after this update even though nothing is still confirmed or denied, we are leaning away from the fact that Udyr would be Sejuani's father. But again, remember, nothing is confirmed and Udyr himself probably doesn't even know if he's the father.
This is still something that will be probably later confirmed.
Anyway the new bio also added in his encounter with the seal sister.
We assume this happened after all the other stories, especially the one where he dealt with the corrupting mind of the Volibear. Since after his encounter with the seal sister Udyr's mind became calmer.
And lastly whenever something appears in legends of Runeterra it is not necessarily canon until it is mentioned in the core universe. The moment something from legends of Runeterra is mentioned in a story it becomes canon, which means that this new updated story confirmed all the other spirit walkers in Legends of Runterra.
Since at the end there before he met the seal sister he was summoned by the other spirit walkers.
Overall the new story is pretty good! It took the already really solid foundation of Udyr's story and just gave him even more flair, and among all the flair there is also the new edition of morden bro relationship with lee sin.
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