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General

  • Kayn is one of 18 champions without a single Ability power icon ability power ratio on any ability: Aatrox OriginalSquare Aatrox, Camille OriginalSquare Camille, Darius OriginalSquare Darius, Draven OriginalSquare Draven, Garen OriginalSquare Garen, Kalista OriginalSquare Kalista, Kayn OriginalSquare Kayn, Kindred OriginalSquare Kindred, Kled OriginalSquare Kled, Olaf OriginalSquare Olaf, Pyke OriginalSquare Pyke, Riven OriginalSquare Riven, Sett OriginalSquare Sett, Talon OriginalSquare Talon, Urgot OriginalSquare Urgot, Vayne OriginalSquare Vayne, Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah, Zed OriginalSquare Zed.
  • He is the seventh dark-themed Ionian-affiliated champion (albeit Noxian-born), after Shen OriginalSquare ShenVarus OriginalSquare Varus, Syndra OriginalSquare SyndraZed OriginalSquare Zed, Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah & Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin; as well as the second-known member from the Order of Shadow.
  • His given name Shieda is pronounced /ˈʃi:da/, and is Ionian in origin.[1]
    • By coincidence, his surname Kayn resembles:
      • Biblical Cain, from Semitic root q-y-n "smith"[2] < "spear" < "reed" *qanay.[3]
      • Irish surname Kane, Anglicized from Gaelic Ó Catháin, from Proto-Celtic *katus "fight, battle".[4]
  • His stint as a child-soldier references conscription of children;
    • Not all Noxian commanders condone their colleagues' callousness, though they at least turn a blind eye.
  • While in Darkin form, the Kayn's ability tooltips change to read "Rhaast" instead of "Kayn".
  • His dance references the Reebok dance.
  • If you are tied in orbs for The Darkin Scythe The Darkin Scythe, you will be defaulted to Rhaast OriginalSquare Rhaast.[5]
  • Although patch V7.16 made it so the portrait of the selected skin would be used in the central portion of the in-game UI, transforming into Shadow Assassin OriginalSquare Shadow Assassin or Rhaast OriginalSquare Rhaast always uses their base portraits for all skins.

Development

  • Kayn is voiced by Robbie Daymond.
  • Rhaast is voiced by Sam A. Mowry.
  • Blood splatters from Kayn’s weapon started as water splatters in Riot’s campus showers.[6]
  • During development, he was called Nemesis.[7]
    • He was originally supposed to be the Nemesis to Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah and Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan

Lore

  • Kayn is around 20 years old.
    • He was 'no more than 10' when Zed OriginalSquare Zed had taken him in into the The Order of The Shadows Crest Shadow Order.
  • Rhaast is between 3496 and 4396 years old.
  • The blue streak in Kayn's hair is the result of using Rhaast. [8]

Quotes

  •  
    Kayn.killZed01
    Rhaast: "Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead." quotes Pulp Fiction.
  •  
    Rhaast.killAatrox02
    Kayn OriginalCircle Rhaast "And then there were four? I think." is a reference to an old minstrel song which was made famous in Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None"*, which counts down 10 children dying one by one. After the sixth child dies, four remain, hence "and then there were four".

Skins

Kayn OriginalCircle Original Kayn
  • His appearance was inspired by Amon from the manga and anime series Devilman.
    • The method in which Darkin possess human bodies is similar to how Demons possess humans in Devilman. Humans in both instances can also overpower the demon/darkin and use their power as their own.
  • His appearance pays homage to both Dante and Vergil from Devil May Cry, with Vergil's Shadow Assassin OriginalSquare bluish color scheme and Dante's casual & confident attitude that he can subdue any demonic weapon to his will.
  • Kayn may be a possible reference to Ling Yao, a character from the anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Both characters share similarities in that a superhuman entity reside in them which vies for control of their bodies (Rhaast, a Darkin inside Kayn and Greed, a Homunculus inside Ling Yao). Moreover, Kayn shares quite a lot of similarities in character design with Ling Yao.
  • Kayn could also similar to Masane Amaha, a character from the anime Witchblade (An adaptation of the comics of the same name). Both wield weapons that are sentient in nature and try to take control of their bodies (Kayn's Scythe contains Rhaast, and Masane's gauntlet contains an unnamed entity), as well as both of them possessing supernatural powers.
Kayn SoulhunterCircle Soulhunter Kayn
  • The Shadow Assassin form seems to reference the Abyss Watchers from Dark Souls 3.
  • Alternatively the long white hair, red cloak with a tricorne hat and the spell book clasped to his waist could serve as a reference to Final Fantasy's Red Mage.
  • In the Russian localization, he is called 'Showerhunter Kayn' due to a naming error.[9]
Kayn OdysseyCircle Odyssey Kayn

Relations

  • Kayn OriginalSquare Kayn was raised by Zed OriginalSquare Zed in the Shadow Order after Zed and the other order members stumbled upon Kayn during the Noxian invasion of Ionia.
    • He is also Zed's favourite pupil and was chosen by Zed himself to be the next Shadow Order's leader should something happen to him.
  • Kayn, Zed and some members of the Shadow Order were attacked by Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin.
  • Kayn may have a crush on Akali OriginalSquare Akali.
    • Akali OriginalSquare Akali knows Kayn and finds him hot but too crazy for her taste.


References

  1. Naming New Champions
  2. A. Murtonen, Hebrew in Its West Semitic Setting, Part I, p. 375
  3. Agmon, N. Materials and Languages, p. 38-39
  4. University of Wales, English - ProtoCeltic wordlist, p. 44
  5. Rovient on Kayn Orb Ties
  6. The Stories Behind Leagues SFX
  7. Ask Riot
  8. [1]
  9. /DEV: KAYN AND THE SHOWERHUNTER
  10. K/DA Ahri and Odyssey Kayn
  11. Rhaast is not from the Odyssey universe
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