I honestly don't think Leona _could_ win, even if she was capable. Leona was chosen by the Sun for refusing to complete the Rite of Kor, a fight-to-the-death. She is a shield. She would refuse to kill Diana.
I'm always interested in the interactions between characters who have a past together, and this is no exception. I like this all the more because I am a long-time fan of the dynamic that is showcased here; the opposition of the sun and moon, and particularly the oppression of the latter. But, I digress. The landscapes are beautiful, the armour and weapons are dazzling, the hair flows well and has a nice sheen, and I love what you've done with Leona's shield by making it the centerpiece of the image. Though, I must be honest, Leona's face seems... how should I put this... a bit lifeless. She seems more like a mannequin than the Chosen of the Sun. The shading of Diana's face, plus her tattoos/warpaint and her moon emblem, help her avoid this problem. Plus, she looks to be in motion and more energetic than Leona, whereas Leona looks more stoic and stationary. Now, that is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a bad thing, but Leona's stoic nature in this piece contributes to her lack of... humanity, let's say.
All in all, a great piece viewed by someone who is way too picky.
Thanks so much! I always wondered if I should fix Leona's expression; it would be minor, but I agree, it seems more lifeless. Leona displays more of a strong composure, but I do think something is missing. Thanks again!
Well from what I can remember at the moment, Diana found out or discovered there were followers of the moon; the Lunari, as opposed to the Solari (who worship of the sun). Unfortunately, the Solari denies the following/existence of this group. Diana becomes exiled after almost facing execution for presenting the evidence. As a League champion, she carries on to keep the Lunari's existence and moon's presence alive.
Diana was a member of the Iron Solari (Leona's order) but then became a heretic. Though their lores do not mention any direct interaction between them, Diana and Leona are obviously opposed, chosen of the Sun (Leona) vs chosen of the Moon. Riot toyed with that in their kits - Leona's W and Diana's W (their respective shield) share a rather similar mechanic (bonus shield duration/refresh if it detonates properly on enemies), Leona' E pulls her towards one enemy, and Diana's E pulls every enemies in range towards her (reverse complete reverse mechanic).
They share a quote, "Twilight fades", and Diana also have quotes to mirror Leona's, "The moon also rises" mirrors Leona's "The sun always rises", Diana will say "Chosen of the moon" and Leona "chosen of the sun", and Diana's "Dusk approaches" mirrors Leona's selection quote, "The dawn has arrived".