I had this pitch for a blacksmith champion kicking around for a few years. He was an all-in-one smithy shop and warrior. Every once in a while I would revisit it and make some new art because I loved the idea and it continued to gain interest. Earlier this year the stars aligned and the champion team used it as a springboard for a new top lane tank. Thus the first version of Ornn was born, and many other talented people contributed to building him. His personality, gameplay, music, and game art almost universally exceeded my hopes.
Shoutout in particular to Chris Campbell and Danny Orive-- ultimately they shepherded the character design through the process and we got to do some awesome collaboration towards the end. Also thanks to Eric Canete for the lineart of the one swinging the mace-- Eric was a big help and a great mentor during this time.