Сона не помнит своих настоящих родителей. Ее нашли малышкой на пороге
ионийского приюта; девочка лежала на изысканном футляре, в котором
обнаружился древний музыкальный инструмент неизвестного происхождения.
Вначале работники приюта не могли нарадоваться на чудесное поведение
новенькой сиротки: она была необычайно послушным, всегда тихим и
спокойным ребенком. Все были уверены, что Сона очень быстро найдет себе
родителей, но вскоре выяснилось, что ее чудесное поведение - отнюдь не
следствие чрезвычайной одаренности. Сона попросту была немой. Она
оставалась в приюте до подросткового возраста, безмолвно наблюдая, как
другие дети покидают сиротский дом со своими новыми родителями. В это
время ее опекуны решили продать таинственный музыкальный инструмент,
чтобы, когда Соне придется покинуть приют, у нее были средства к
существованию. Но это оказалось невозможным: каждый раз, когда очередной
богатый коллекционер покупал инструмент, тот неизменно возвращался к
Соне. Иногда инструмент привозили обратно сами покупатели, а иногда его
просто обнаруживали на пороге детского дома, как много лет назад.
только эта история дошла до состоятельной демасийки по имени Лестара
Бювелль, она тотчас же отправилась в Ионию, чтобы своими глазами увидеть
бессловесную сироту и ее таинственный музыкальный инструмент. Опекуны
Соны показали Бювелль предмет, который они столь тщетно пытались
продать. Женщина бросила на него беглый взгляд и, не говоря ни слова,
направилась прямиком к комнате его владелицы. Бювелль без раздумий
удочерила Сону и оставила приюту щедрое пожертвование за то, что тот
сохранил ее инструмент. Лестара стала наставницей и другом Соны, с ее
помощью та сумела открыть волшебную связь между этвалем - так Бювелль
назвала загадочный инструмент - и собственной душой. Со временем музыка
Соны приобрела чудесные свойства: звон этваля приносил успокоение
сердцам слушателей или, напротив, беспричинно волновал их. Всего через
несколько месяцев молодая исполнительница уже была звездой, собиравшей
полные залы. Сона никогда не играла с листа, она импровизировала, будто
играла на струнах души, легко управляя чувствами слушателей. Но была и
другая, тайная и более жестокая сторона ее мастерства: Сона научилась
использовать этваль в качестве смертоносного оружия. При особой игре ее
инструмент был способен рассекать предметы на расстоянии. Сона
оттачивала свое темное искусство в одиночестве и, достигнув совершенства
как музыкант и воин, пришла в единственный в мире концертный зал для ее
смертоносных симфоний - на Поля правосудия.
''Ее мелодии тревожат душу, ее молчание терзает сердце''.
-- Джерико Свейн после концерта Соны
Because Sona cannot speak, these responses are understood to be magical telepathy with her summoner. This is seen in the fact that her external interactions (taunt, joke) are musical cues rather than words, meaning that, as stated, only her summoner can hear her words.
Play"Только ты можешь слышать меня, Призыватель. Какой шедевр мы сыграем сегодня?"
Sona glides forward on harmonious winds, her elegant robe billowing softly behind her as she enters the Great Hall. Her hair fans out on an invisible breeze, swaths of aqua dissolving into golden strands at the ends of her long ponytails. She could easily be a fair maiden of magic anywhere on Runeterra, if not for the strange instrument floating before her, appearing to simultaneously protect and guide her.
The building creaks ever so slightly, the foundations resettling themselves on the bonds of strong magic. She angles her ear towards the sound, holding still for a moment after the sound has long since faded. One can tell that the sound still resonates in her head, being analyzed for tonality, intent, and above all, danger. She doesn’t even bother to glance at her surroundings; the building’s own internal symphony tells her all that she needs to know about this place.
With the faintest movement, she expertly plucks a single string on her instrument and the double doors in front of her blast open. She enters without hesitation.
The darkness unfurled around her, as deep as the endless chasm of silence that afflicted her. She felt no fear so long as the etwahl was in her grasp. Her arms curled lovingly around the instrument, her fingers expertly trailing along the hammered brass and taut strings. Pressing it against her cheek, she closed her eyes and waited. It was at times like this that she could feel the instrument alive in her arms, taking slow and measured breaths as it guarded its master. She treasured these moments, when she could be alone in the world with her beloved instrument, wrapped in its protective cocoon.
Suddenly, the etwahl stiffened. She caressed the smooth curve of metal questioningly. Before she could cull an answer, a husky voice rang out.
Sona’s eyes flew open at the only sound she loved more than music itself. She found herself at the doorstep of a Demacian estate, staring into the open doorway with the same wonder on her face as on the day she was brought to her new home. Lestara Buvelle stood before her, adorned in a handsome velvet robe. Dripping in jewels and her usual heavy perfume, Lestara moved forward, her round face bright with happiness.
“My darling, look at you! You are a grown woman now, and you have made much of yourself.”
Lestara embraced Sona and leaned back to appraise her.
“Truly, you have made me proud. My heart sings when I look upon you. Come in and sit with me awhile.”
Lestara turned to walk down the long hallway, her footsteps clicking a staccato rhythm on the tile floor. Sona’s heart swelled with happiness, and she reached for her instrument’s reassuring steel.
Her hands clutched nothing but air.
Sona turned, looking for the etwahl. Had she mindlessly placed it aside just now?
Suddenly, a chord rang out, piercingly askew. Sona spun around to see the etwahl drifting swiftly down the hallway. Sona called the instrument back to her, but for the first time, it paid no heed. The single note played over and over as it drew closer to Lestara’s back.
It was out for blood.
Sona flew frantically into the hallway, but she was too far away to reach Lestara in time. Her only chance was to scream a warning. She strained her throat, but no sound would come forth, just as it never had in her entire life.
The etwahl’s strings strummed a terrible noise that would forever be embedded in her memory. A vibration trembled through the air, and a rush of razor-thin air scythes tore through Lestara’s body.
Sona reached Lestara’s side in time to catch her as the body fell to the ground in a pool of blood. Tears streamed down Sona’s face as she tried to scream, but no sound would come out.
The hallway dissolved into blackness, leaving Sona crumpled around Lestara’s body, with the etwahl lying innocently at her side. Lestara’s eyes rolled open, and she asked weakly, “Why do you want to join the League?”
Sona’s mind reeled, unable to comprehend what was happening. Suddenly, she felt the tingle of arcane magic in her throat, an overwhelming sensation that brought tears to her eyes. The breath passing in and out of her body tickled inside her, trying to draw sounds out with every exhale. Sona stared incredulously at Lestara, who nodded at her and bade her to speak.
Opening her mouth, she began to speak for the first time in her life. Her breath caught in her throat, short of uttering her first sound, when a booming voice from the recesses of her dim memory resounded in her mind.
This instrument will be the key to unlocking the world. It will speak for you more truly than a voice ever could. Nothing else – not us, them, or any magic in this world will ever own you again.
Almost of its own accord, her hand flung outwards and slammed down on the ethwahl next to her. Dissonance erupted, deafeningly loud, drowning out any sounds that might have spilled forth from her lips. As the tones faded away, so did the foreign tingling in her throat. The enchantment was gone, never to return.
Lestara’s voice grew loud, booming into the ether. “Why do you want to join the League, Sona?”
The ethwahl’s strings shivered and began to play on its own, but Sona pressed down with her palm to silence the instrument. It resisted for a tense moment and fell quiet. Slowly, her fingers began to trickle across the strings. Hesitantly at first, testing her instrument’s yield, she played a defiant progression in response to her question.
“How does it feel, exposing your mind?”
Her fingers danced across the strings, urging forth a melody of loneliness and isolation. It was the song of those who had lived their lives hidden in plain sight, always passed over despite trying desperately to be noticed. It began pensively, mournfully sad, and gradually grew to a crashing, raging crescendo. The last notes echoed with a tone of quiet acceptance, but above all, catharsis.
A smile raked across Lestara’s face. “Welcome to the League, Maven of the Strings.”
Lestara disappeared, and the darkness fell away to reveal Sona floating in front of ornate double doors. She knew they led to the League of Legends.
Her ethwahl molded reassuringly to her hands, lying in wait for its master’s command. Sona moved through the doors without a second glance.
Announcement made in the sneak peek by ByronicHero:
If you happen to be one of those people who is a sucker for musical types, you’ll be pleased to find out that we’ve got a musician waiting in the wings. Whether you’re longing for a melodious ballad or headed off to a headbanger’s ball, it’s likely that your heart will flutter as soon as you lay eyes on this little lady. Meet Sona, the Maven of the Strings. She’ll definitely tug at the old heart strings.
With PAX Prime around the corner, it seemed like the right time to celebrate the gamer in all of us. Arcade Sona offers an old-school gaming perspective on support with her arcade control panel (complete with joysticks), chiptune sound effects, and a colorful rainbow spectrum model. With her new arcade-inspired spell effects, including an ultimate that will make your enemies dance-dance, Arcade Sona will get you in the game.
These abilities were part of Sona's original kit, in use from her release in V188.8.131.52 until her rework in V4.13.
Sona's basic abilities use the stance mechanic. In addition to their activation effects, her basic abilities each grant a unique and persistent aura until she activates a different basic ability to change stance. The previous aura persists for 1 more second after Sona enters a different stance. Changing stances sets off a 0.5 second cooldown on Sona's basic abilities.
When Power Chord is ready, Sona gains a ring around her. This ring will have a different color depending on the last ability used (blueblue, greengreen or purplepurple). The effect does not change if abilities are used while the projectile is in motion.
If Power Chord reaches its third charge using CrescendoCrescendo, its effect will be that of the active aura at that time, or that of whichever ability Sona uses thereafter.
If no song is playing when Power Chord is ready, it will have no effect and the buff is consumed after the next autoattack.
Sona's auras will only affect allied champions, not minions or pets.
Sona plays the Hymn of Valor, granting nearby allied champions bonus Damage and Ability Power. Additionally, casting this ability sends out bolts of sound, dealing magic damage to the nearest two enemy champions or monsters.
Sona plays the Aria of Perseverance, granting nearby allied champions bonus Armor and Magic Resist. Additionally, casting this ability sends out healing melodies, healing Sona and a nearby wounded ally.