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Zed OriginalSquare Zed and the Shadow Order

The Order of The Shadows Crest Shadow Order, or The Order of Shadows, was founded by Zed OriginalSquare Zed and the former disciples of the Kinkou Order. Their task is to rule over Ionia and crush any enemy that threatens their rule.

Lore

The Order of Shadow

These assassins have taken it upon themselves to defend Ionia from all outsiders, and to move aggressively toward the total a militarization of their homeland. Members of the Order traditionally spend several years learning the forbidden arts of shadow magic.

Those that master the shadow arts have their bodies physically altered by the use of the magic, some more drastically than others. Members that use shadow magic are in constant threat of being consumed by the shadows, becoming demonic monsters or being consumed by demons from the spirit realm.

Champions of the Shadow Order


Other Related Champions

  • Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin was a serial killer previously hunted down by Kusho, Shen OriginalSquare Shen, and Zed OriginalSquare Zed, before Zed broke away from the Kinkou Order.
  • Shen OriginalSquare Shen is a former ally of Zed OriginalSquare Zed turned enemy.
  • Akali OriginalSquare Akali is a former member of the Kinkou Order. She is currently an independent wandering warrior; given her ideological clash with Shen, it is possible that Zed may try to recruit her.
  • Kennen OriginalSquare Kennen is a member of the Kinkou Order, and as such is an enemy of Zed.
  • Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah and Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan are Vastayan freedom fighters who have thwarted several of the Order's plans, particularly where pent-up magic is concerned.

History

Master of Shadows

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Zed, the Master of Shadows

Beneath Ionia’s veil of harmony lie the tales of those left behind. For Zed, his story began as a boy on the cold steps of the home of the Kinkou Order.

Taken in by Great Master Kusho himself, Zed found his place within the temple’s ancient walls. He dedicated himself to understanding the Kinkou’s spiritual tenets, quickly outpacing his peers both in combat and study. Even so, he felt overshadowed by another—his master’s son, Shen OriginalSquare Shen. Though Zed’s passion shone through in every technique he perfected, he lacked Shen’s emotional balance. In spite of this, the two pupils became like brothers.

In time, they journeyed together with their master to track down the infamous Golden Demon. When they finally succeeded in capturing this feared “monster,” it was revealed to be a mere man named Khada Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin. The young Zed marched forward with his blades held high, but Kusho stopped him, ordering that Jhin be imprisoned instead.

Returning to their temple, Zed’s heart bloomed with resentment, and he began to struggle in his studies. He was haunted by the memories of Jhin’s grisly murders, and rising tensions between Ionia and the imperialistic forces of Noxus only worsened his disillusionment. While Shen was growing to adopt his father’s dispassion, Zed refused to let lofty notions of balance stand in the way of punishing evil.

He ventured deep into the temple’s hidden catacombs, and there he discovered an ornate, black box. Even though he knew it was forbidden to any but the masters of the order, he peered inside.

Shadows enveloped Zed’s mind, feeding his bitterness with contempt for the weak, and hinting at an ancient, dark magic.

Returning to the light of the temple, he came face to face with Great Master Kusho. Zed demanded the Kinkou strike at the Noxian invaders with every means at their disposal. When Kusho refused, Zed turned his back on the order that had raised him.

Unbound by Kinkou doctrine, he raised a following of warriors to resist Noxus. Any soul who threatened his homeland, or stood idle in its defense, was marked for death without mercy—including native vastaya who wavered in their allegiance. Zed urged his followers to embrace the fervor of war, but soon enough he realized his own abilities would never match his ambitions without the black box.

Amassing his new acolytes, he returned to the Kinkou temple, where he was met by Kusho. The elderly man laid his weapons at Zed’s feet, imploring his former pupil to renounce the shadows in favor of a more balanced path.

Moments later, Zed emerged back onto the temple steps. In one hand, he grasped the box—and in the other, his freshly bloodied blade.

The Kinkou, frozen with shock, fell in droves as Zed’s warriors cut them down. He then claimed the temple for himself, establishing his Order of Shadow, and began training his acolytes in the ways of darkness. They etched their flesh with shadowy tattoos, learning to fight alongside shrouded reflections of themselves. ...

Though he did not reconcile with Shen and the remaining Kinkou, now scattered throughout the provinces, they reached an uneasy accord in the aftermath of the war. Zed knew what he had done could not be undone.

Trivia

  • It is somewhat ironic, given the nature of real-world ninjas, that shadow techniques are considered both taboo to discuss and evil to practice within Runeterra's Ninja Order.
  • Nocturne OriginalSquare Nocturne was made to be by the same shadow magic the Shadow Order uses.

Media

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Zed, the Master of Shadows - Login Screen

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