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Among the secretive, Ionia Crest icon.png Ionian warriors known as the Runeterra Crest icon.png Kinkou, Shen Shen serves as their leader, the Eye of Twilight. He longs to remain free from the confusion of emotion, prejudice, and ego, and walks the unseen path of dispassionate judgment between the spirit realm and the physical world. Tasked with enforcing the equilibrium between them, Shen wields blades of steel and arcane energy against any who would threaten it.

ShenSquare.png"The Eye is blind to fear, to hate, to love - to all things that would sway equilibrium."  Shen
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  • Shen leads the surviving Kinkou which has a great conflict of interest with Zed's Zed's Order of Shadow and its defiance of Ionia's sacred balance.
    • Kennen Kennen remains by his side while Akali Akali went rogue.
      • She and Shen Shen parted on neutral terms. Neither hates the other but both disapprove of the other's methods.[1]
        • After Akali Akali and Zed Zed made their choice, Shen is starting to doubt whether the old way still works.
  • Shen and Zed Zed are childhood friends and used to consider each other as brother before Zed Zed "murdered" Master Kusho.
    • Master Kusho, Shen, and Zed were responsible for capturing and imprisoning Khada Jhin Khada Jhin, but were traumatised by the Golden Demon's actions in the process.
    • Later on, when Jhin was set free again, Zed sought out Shen in order to inform him about Jhin's reappearance and to team up with him to stop him. Shen, despite still wishing to avenge his father's death, accepted the truce for the greater good.
      • The duo later saved a captured Akali Akali from Jhin Jhin and caught him.
      • Shen is torn between killing Zed to avenge his father Kusho (the Kinkou's previous master and wielder of the spirit blade spirit blade) and enforcing equilibrium with the spirit realm (his duty takes priority, but he won't hesitate if given the chance).
    • Zed could have revealed the truth about Kusho to Shen but then decided it was better for Shen to be disillusioned with Zed than to be disillusioned with his own father. That's probably not fair, and maybe Shen has a right to know. But Zed is flawed... and blinded by his need to feel he's worthy and honorable.[2]
  • Shen was arranged to be married to Yevnai but the engagement was called off after Zed Zed "killed" Master Kusho.
    • Zed Zed and Yevnai were at one point secretly in a relationship even when forbidden by Master Kusho, unknown to Shen though he possibly suspected it.[3]

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The Eye of Twilight

By Michael Luo

Starring Champion

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The Bow, and the Kunai

By Joey Yu

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

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The Lesson

Akali learns an important lesson from her former Kinkou master, Shen, when they encounter a young woodcutter upsetting the balance of Ionia.

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True Neutral

By John O'Bryan

It was no tempest. It was a spirit' said the fisherman, still rattled by the shipwreck he'd barely survived two nights ago. The man told of his fishing vessel being sunk by a creature, large as a house and quick as the wind.

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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 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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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!

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Between Light and Shadows

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Kennen had not slowed since setting off from the Great Temple of Koeshin.

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Leaving Weh'le

By Michael McCarthy

“Ah— Hey! Bo'lii!” I cry out. “Cut me a little deep, don't you think?”

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The Heart of the Tempest

By Ian St. Martin

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The Master of Shadows

By Michael Luo, Ariel Lawrence

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The Rogue Assassin

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The Virtuoso

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IGNITE

By Numerous creators

Since its inception, Worlds has grown and evolved. Each unbelievable play and phenomenal match created moments and memories that will never be forgotten. In these iconic moments, players and teams reached for something incredible within themselves and brought it to life on the Summoner’s Rift...

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No war stays hidden for long.

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Road to the Cup

As the 2013 League of Legends World Championship final draws near, we showcase the biggest heroes in esports from around the world. Many teams fell by the wayside in epic battles, and now only two remain: Korea's SK Telecom T1 and China's Royal Club. Who will rise?

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Two teams have risen above their peers. Ten warriors have laid claim to the Summoner’s Cup. Five champions will etch their names in history.

Trivia

  • Shen means spirit, holy, or deity;[4] from Mandarin shén [ʂə̃n˧˥] 神 < OC *m-lin.[5]
  • The Eye of Twilight is the title for the leader of the Kinkou Order, entrusted with the sacred duty of Watching the Stars - exercising judgment untainted by prejudice.
    • Ionia Crest icon.png Ionia considers twilight as a time of when dark and light are in balance.
  • Zed Zed was originally considered for the title The Eye of Twilight before he left the Order, which forced Shen to take it.
    • Shen wanted to leave the Kinkou Order to defend Ionia Crest icon.png Ionia from Noxus Crest icon.png Noxus during the first invasion but chose to stay mostly because of Zed Zed leaving the order. "With Zed having been cast out and his father fighting a political battle within the Kinkou. If Shen left, or was caught helping the war effort, he would be really, really stabbing his father in the heart. He and Zed were exceptional, they were the presumed next generation of leaders (akali was still a child). He was needed by the Kinkou. 'Cause basically somebody still had to fight demons and ghosts. So I think Shen was really, really unhappy then and wanted out, but he stayed. His friend had left, his girl was leaving him (or had left), and the family and organization he'd grown up in was fighting internally. Maybe not in violence, but we can assume many angry emotional arguments were happening in the Kinkou's halls. So would you walk away from your dad? Your family? And the organization your family gave its life to? When they needed you the most? This is why I think Shen is a hero. Not because he obtained some perfect Buddha like state or wisdom... but exactly because he didn't. Because that job is hard... and Shen saw that someone had to do it. And even more importantly because Shen didn't want any of this: Shen didn't want to be the Eye of the Twilight. He doesn't want to limit all of his emotions. He doesn't want to look at the big picture. He doesn't want to be a leader of the order. He didn't want to stay with his dad. None of it. But for all of these things... he tried to be calm and do what he believed and what he had been taught to believe the right thing was. So... both now and back then, I think Shen is a man desperately trying understand what the right thing to do is. And I think Shen is a man desperately trying to do the right thing, even though its cost him everything he ever wanted... Because ultimately i just think that is a more heroic and human character than a perfect Buddha. (Not that I don't like Buddha... but you get the idea.)"[6]
  • He uses 2 blades: the Spirit blade to cut the spirits and the steel saber to cut the living.
    • The spirit blade has a vessel on his back that only comes off when he attacks. He can separate the blades power for his shield without moving the vessel.
  • He is between 33– 35 years old.
    • He was the same age as present day Akali Akali (or around 19 years old) when he first caught Jhin Jhin.
  • Shen's Ki Barrier Ki Barrier, previously known as Ki Strike Ki Strike, is one of the fighting ways of a combat technique known as Ki. Riven Riven also seems to have mastered the technique of Ki Burst Ki Burst.

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