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This article has recently been converted to the new character-focused layout but it needs a lore enthusiast to help fill-out the sections. In addition, 'Relations trivia' and 'Lore trivia' have been moved here but need restructuring into article content - lore is no longer trivia.

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This article was last edited by Ruwbz on 10-May-2022 19:44.
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"Good and evil are not truths. They are born from men and each sees the shades differently."
— Master Kusho, The Virtuoso
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Master Kusho was the former leader and Eye of Twilight of the Kinkou Order Crest.png Kinkou Order of Ionia Crest icon.png Ionia, who served as a mentor for his son Shen Shen and Zed Zed, whom he adopted into the order. He sent the two to investigate the killings of the Golden Demon, later revealed to be the serial killer Khada Jhin Khada Jhin, and stopped Zed from killing Jhin. After faking his death with Zed's assistance, Kusho worked under the shadows to lead the Serrated Dirk item.png Navori Brotherhood, desiring to unite all of Ionia under his rule.

Background

Early Life

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Contemporary History

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Recent Events

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Appearance

When young, Kusho was a large imposing person of a muscular build. Pale skinned with ginger hair (rolled in a bun) and blue eyes, he wore traditional attire common for the Kinkou Order. During the time he was tracking Jhin, he would considerably age due to the stress of the task as well as the horrors he witnessed. Less kept clothes, his hair would also turn pale white and kept in disheveled manner (with only a hairband holding it together). He would grow a mustache (similar to a real life fu manhu mustache) that he would continue to wear throughout remainder of his life.

After his staged death and becoming the leader of the Navori Bortherhood, he would be less muscular, adorning more formal attire, as well as ornate accessories such as a stylized crown. Due to his dabble in Shadow Magic, he would have shadow tattoos etched all over his body.

While in shadow form, Kusho would be jetblack, with additional black liquid-like limbs protruding from his body and his tattoos.

Personality

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Abilities

  • Leader: Kusho is a competent leader. Respected amongst Ionians, he would do whatever was necessary to keep the peace during his time as the Kinkou Order Crest.png Kinkou leader. After his history with Jhin and the Noxian Invasion, Kusho would have more extremist isolationist views for his nation. Forming the Serrated Dirk item.png Navori Brotherhood, he would be a direct opposition towards movements such as those of Irelia Irelia. He would have considerable political sway even outside of Navori, as indicated by his ability to free Jhin Jhin from Tuula in Zhyun.
  • Spiritualist: Like most members of the Kinkou Order, Kusho had a deep connection with the Spirit Realm. As the former Eye of Twilight, he was tasked in keeping the balance of both the spirit and physical worlds.
    • Shadow Magic: Later in his life, Kusho would dabble in shadow magic through the powers of the Tears of The Shadow artifact. He would show impressive displays of shadow powers. However, the shadows would gradually degrade his phyche, eventually leading to his downfall.
  • Teacher: As a father of Shen Shen and adoptive father of Zed Zed, he would be their primary mentor in life, teaching them the ways of the Kinkou Order, as well entrust them in tasks far beyond their age.

Relations

Shen Shen

Kusho taught Shen about the culture of Ionia from an early age, raising him to be the future leader of the Kinkou Order and become the next Eye of Twilight. When he intervened in Zed's urge to kill Jhin, Shen agreed with his father's decision. Though Shen grew hateful toward Zed under the belief that he killed his father, Kusho felt no remorse toward manipulating Shen or nearly getting him killed by Jhin, telling Zed that he considered him more of a son than Shen.

Zed Zed

“You were more my son than Shen ever was.”
— Master Kusho, Zed: Issue 6
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Back when Zed was an abandoned child known as Govos, Kusho adopted him and gave him the name Usan. Kusho mentored him alongside his adoptive brother Shen, but their relationship soured when Kusho stopped him from killing Jhin despite his monstrous crimes, leading to Usan becoming disillusioned with the Kinkou Order. During Ionia's war with Noxus, Zed made a deal with Kusho to fake his death so he could unite Ionia to fight in the war, but later went against Zed's wishes by freeing Jhin from his imprisonment and destroying Ionia's culture from the inside. After Jhin hinted that his master was someone Zed knew, he confronted Kusho, who absorbed the power of the Tears of Shadow to torment Zed with his sins, but the latter managed to kill him for real.

Jhin Jhin

“People want to forget the war and go back to the way things were— so now we must remind them of the horrors of the war. The sort of mass carnage and terror that you were unwilling to do or even allow.”
— Master Kusho, Zed: Issue 6
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Kusho spared Jhin from being executed by Zed, claiming that Jhin's human qualities would shake the Ionian philosophy and it would influence others to commit similar crimes. Though Jhin was initially resentful towards Kusho for imprisoning him, he freed him to terrorize Ionia so he would take over. Kusho told Zed that he freed Jhin because he wanted to terrorize the Ionians into abandoning their ways of peace, and Jhin's atrocities made him perfect for this objective.

Kayn Kayn

Kusho manipulated Kayn into serving him and ordered him to kill Zed, but Kayn remained loyal to Zed due to the latter being his mentor whom gave him his new purpose in life.

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Starring Champion

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Comic

Zed: Issue 1

By Odin Austin Shafer, Edgar Salazar, Lorenzo Ruggiero, Chris O'Halloran

Zed is lured back to a village where he and Shen once encountered a great evil, a brutal killer from their past resurfaces: the magically gifted psychopath Khada Jhin!

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Zed: Issue 2

By Odin Austin Shafer, Edgar Salazar, Lorenzo Ruggiero, Chris O'Halloran

Zed is under attack from all sides! He and his band of assassins are ambushed by the twisted Khada Jhin! In order to survive, Zed will be forced to confront his past sins and seek the aid of his most bitter enemy--the Eye of Twilight, Shen!

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Zed: Issue 3

By Odin Austin Shafer, Edgar Salazar, Lorenzo Ruggiero, Chris O'Halloran

In order to survive, Zed will be forced to confront his past sins and seek the aid of his most bitter enemy--the Eye of Twilight, Shen!

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Zed: Issue 4

By Odin Austin Shafer, Edgar Salazar, Lorenzo Ruggiero, Chris O'Halloran

Khada Jhin's master plan comes together in a most explosive and deadly manner! But even if Zed and Shen survive, they might just kill one another! Only one will be left standing by the end of this issue!

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Zed: Issue 6

By Odin Austin Shafer, Edgar Salazar, Lorenzo Ruggiero, Chris O'Halloran

It's all led to this: Zed and Shen, united in a final battle with the psychopathic murderer Khada Jhin! And the life of the captive Akali hangs in the balance! Then--Shen and Zed's greatest enemy will stand revealed…and you'll never guess who it is! Shocking secrets about the past AND the present will be unveiled…and whoever survives will be left to pick up the pieces!

Mentioned Champion

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Short Story

The Bow, and the Kunai

By Joey Yu

The air of southern Shon-Xan was rife with raw magic.

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Biography

The Eye of Twilight

By Michael Luo

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Biography

The Heart of the Tempest

By Ian St. Martin

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Biography

The Master of Shadows

By Michael Luo, Ariel Lawrence

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Biography

The Rogue Assassin

By Michael McCarthy

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Biography

The Virtuoso

By Odin Austin Shafer, Ian St. Martin

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Comic

Zed: Issue 5

By Odin Austin Shafer, Edgar Salazar, Lorenzo Ruggiero, Chris O'Halloran

Zed has been captured and is at the mercy of his most bitter enemy--and once most trusted friend--Shen! Meanwhile Akali sets out on her own in search of the deadly Jhin--a journey that may lead her to her own doom! But what is Jhin's endgame?

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