Valorant's first-ever Scottish character revealed in Edinburgh mural

Edinburgh locals will be able to visit the mural in Leith’s Old Town throughout April.

A video game played by millions has unveiled its first-ever Scottish character with a mural in Edinburgh.

Riot Games unveiled the new installation to celebrate the addition, Clove, in their popular online game, Valorant.

Locals will be able to visit the artwork, completed by prominent Edinburgh street artist Elph, at Quality Yard in Leith’s Old Town from April 3 until April 30.

Clove, who was introduced to the game on March 27, is described as taking inspiration from Scotland’s “bold and independent spirit without falling into typical stereotypes”.

Clove joins a bill of characters from locations around the world such as the US, Norway, France and more, all of which have unique abilities inspired by their home countries.

Riot Games said: “Clove is a modern, young, non-binary Edinburgh native with a rebellious streak, but who is also fiercely loyal to their friends.

“Clove’s unique ability allows them to come back from the dead after defeat, giving them another chance at life, and tying into Edinburgh’s well documented tradition of ghost stories.”

The four panels of the mural are accompanied by cinematic projections, to illuminate the piece at night with each panel telling a different story of Clove’s journey from death to rebirth, tying in with their “unique in-game power of self-revival”.

Edinburgh university’s Esports society, Eclipse, gathered for the mural’s reveal with president Alex Fung saying: “We are all big fans of VALORANT and play the game competitively in the university Esports circuit.

“Some of players on the team are non-binary, so it feels extra special to see ourselves represented on multiple levels in the game that we love.”

Isla Campbell, the voice over artist behind Clove, spoke about their experience bringing the agent to life.

“Voicing Clove and working with Riot has just been the best experience.

“Getting to be unapologetically and authentically Scottish, not a stereotype, not overplayed, is so important and such a privilege that people like my friends who play VALORANT will hear Clove’s voice and go, “hold on that’s actually how I speak.”

“Scottish accents are a common stereotype in the media so getting to speak in my voice while putting my own little stamp on it makes the character so much more authentic, which is just great.

“I know that it’s going to make a lot of people feel seen, and that’s just an amazing feeling. I hope everyone enjoys meeting VALORANT’s new little Scottish troublemaker!”

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