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Kinkou Keeper of Masks

"On this day, yours will become the face of discipline, training, humility, and balance. Today, you become Kinkou."
— Keeper of Masks

The The Kinkou Order Crest Kinkou Order is an ancient organization of Ionia which is dedicated in preserving a balance between the physical world and the spirit realm, without showing a preference of ether.

Lore

Champions of The Kinkou Order


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  • Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin was a serial killer previously hunted and imprisoned down by Master Kusho, Shen OriginalSquare Shen, and Zed OriginalSquare Zed.
  • Karma OriginalSquare Karma fought alongside Akali OriginalSquare Akali and Kennen OriginalSquare Kennen during the second Noxian invasion.
  • Kayn OriginalSquare Kayn is a member of the Shadow Order and as such is a enemy of the Order.
  • Sion OriginalSquare Sion fought against Akali OriginalSquare Akali and Kennen OriginalSquare Kennen during the second Noxian invasion.
  • Yasuo OriginalSquare Yasuo fought alongside Akali OriginalSquare Akali and Kennen OriginalSquare Kennen during the second Noxian invasion.
  • Zed OriginalSquare Zed was a former member of the Order and the original heir to the Eye of Twilight, before he killed his master and made his own Shadow Order.

History

The Order

"Good and evil are not truths. They are born from men and each sees the shades differently."
— Master Kusho

The Kinkou Order is an ancient clan originating in the Ionian Isles and are the self-appointed keepers of Ionia’s sacred balance. The order’s loyal acolytes walk the spirit and material realms, mediating conflicts between them and, when necessary, intervening by force.

The Order employs a triumvirate of shadow warriors to uphold its causes in the world. The three warriors are each entrusted with one of three sacred duties: the pure impartiality of Watching the Stars, the passage of judgment in Coursing the Sun, and the elimination of imbalance by Pruning the Tree. 

Zed OriginalSquare Zed, who trained under Master Kusho, Shen's father, later killed his master and destroyed the old ninja order. Now both Shen OriginalSquare Shen and Zed belong to their respective ninja clans. Shen is currently rebuilding the Kinkou Order, and Zed is the master of his own clan, the Order of Shadows.

Government

Keepers of the Sacred Balance

Ionia The Kinkou

The Kinkou are the self-appointed keepers of Ionia's sacred balance. Their acolytes walk both Runeterra and the spirit realm, mediating conflicts between them and, when necessary, intervening by force. During the war with Noxus, the Kinkou Order was ousted from its ancient temple by the followers of Zed, himself a former acolyte.

Roles

The Kinkou Order members follow a single leader bearing the title of the Eye of Twilight. However there are different titles and roles within the order.

  • The Fist of Shadow, entrusted with the sacred duty of Pruning the Tree - eliminating those who threaten the equilibrium of Valoran. Before going rogue, Akali OriginalSquare Akali was supposed to inherit the title from her mother Mayym Jhomen Tethi.
  • The Heart of the Tempest, entrusted with the sacred duty of Coursing the Sun - tirelessly conveying the justice of the Kinkou. Kennen OriginalSquare Kennen is the current Heart of the Tempest.
  • The Eye of Twilight, entrusted with the sacred duty of Watching the Stars - exercising judgment untainted by prejudice. Shen OriginalSquare Shen is the current Eye of Twilight, inheriting the title from his deceased father Kusho.

Trivia

  • The Order's name "Kinkou" (きんこう) comes from the on-yomi reading of Chinese 均衡, literally "even measures", & thus "balance" and "equilibrium".
  • Other known order members are / were Althon (Shen OriginalSquare Shen's cousin), Mayym and Tahno Jhomen Tethi (Akali OriginalSquare Akali's parents). Some Kinkou trainees also appear in Legends of Runeterra.
  • Akali OriginalSquare Akali is currently a Ronin / Rogue Ninja of the Order, still part of it, but operating outside of its rules and regulations.[1]
    • She and Shen OriginalSquare Shen parted on neutral terms. Neither hates the other but both disapprove of the others methods. [2]

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