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Lore

  • Zed means "Holy Justice" or "God's Justice" in Ionian.[3]
    • Zed's original name was Govos, but was changed to Usan "strength of compassion" by Master Kusho. Zed is the name he chose himself.
      • Thus, Zed resembles, form-wise & meaning-wise, Hebrew צדק Ṣedeq "justice, rightness", from West Semitic ṣdq[4] "to be(come) just, right".
    • By coincidence, the name Zed also resembles:
      • A dialectal English name of Letter Z, from Semitic letter Ṣade, from root ṣ-y-d "hunt"[5] > Arabic صياد ṣayyād, Hebrew צַיָּד ṣayád, etc."hunter".
      • Hebrew זֵד zed "upstart, villain, scoundrel", from another root z-y-d "to seethe".[6]
  • Zed was born from a peasant family in Kéthé, Ionia. His father left his family when he was about 4 years old and never returned. He later rejected his own mother to stay with the Kinkou.
  • Zed worked as a servant in Kinkou Order's Thanjuul monastery for over 2 years until Master Kusho decided to take him as his student after Shen OriginalSquare Shen purposefully let Zed hit him when Kusho wanted to test Zed's potential.
  • Zed is using a Forbidden Technique called shadow magic. He is also using shadow's tears which are a magical ichor which gives Zed and his followers the ability to use shadow magic— (when tattooed or ingested). His tattoo can be seen here.[7]
    • According to Shen OriginalSquare Shen, Zed's shadow clones are shaped by his guilt and hatred and are controlling him instead of vice versa.
  • Zed is around 34 to 35 years old.[8]
  • Zed appears to be ambidextrous.
  • Zed was originally considered for the position of the Eye of Twilight before.
  • The armor Zed wears in-game is considered his war armor and not what he wears during stealth missions or in his day-to-day life.[9]
  • Zed has a rudimentary understanding of healing from performing surgeries and healing magic.[10]
  • It was believed for a long time that Zed killed Master Kusho to obtain the Tear of the Shadow for the power the Shadow Order members needed to fight back the Noxian army. This was later revealed to not really be the case, as Zed convinced Kusho to take part in the war and helped him fake his death.
  • Some of the known draft scenes and cut scenes in his comic series include:
    • Zed killing a Vastaya elder that knew Kusho to take his magic in Zed: Issue 1. This was later relented as Marvel editors thought it made him too unlikeable.[11]
    • A flashback scene where we see Akali OriginalSquare Akali being dragged away while her father tries to buy time for her and some other Kinkou members to escape. Zed doesn't think much of Akali's father, and wants others to escape so he sends his weakest student against him. But Akali's father dies anyway.[12]
    • Shen OriginalSquare Shen and Zed had a talk during the war. Shen was worried about Zed (thinking he was taking too many risks), angry at his father's inaction, but also suspected Yevnai had feelings for Zed and that had something to do with the marriage being called off.[13]
    • Some Akali OriginalSquare Akali's scenes including a fight between Akali and Kayn OriginalSquare Kayn and some investigating scenes.
    • Some scenes which would have been too hard to do with rating's restrictions.
    • Three different scenes where Zed/Kayn were doing horrible stuff to monks and/or Vastaya.
    • A couple flashbacks with Kusho... specifically one when Zed got banished from the temple for using the ichor while Yvenai and Shen OriginalSquare Shen watched helplessly.
    • Two scenes which combined with other clues in the various issues created a little map based mystery where people to use the map to figure out where Jhin was going next—if they put together all the clues.
    • Three scenes across two issues where Zed was scanning the crowd looking for Jhin. And if you put the clues together you could figure out which face was Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin's.[14]
    • There was no "Kusho is alive" in that draft. The original finale had Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin taking the temple Zed OriginalSquare Zed was prisoner in. The comic VO was their convo. Shen OriginalSquare Shen arrives--revealing same trap they'd used to catch Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin years before. [15]

Quotes

Zed OriginalCircle Original Zed
Zed GalaxySlayerCircle Galaxy Slayer Zed
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    Zed GalaxySlayer LongMove 10
    "Before us, there was nothing. Before nothing, there were monsters." references The Lich from Adventure Time.
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    Zed GalaxySlayer R 0
    "You're already dead." references Kenshirō from Fist of the North Star.
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    Zed GalaxySlayer KillZed
    "Look at the skills, look at the moves. Zed, what was that?" is a reference to the famous fight between Faker and Ryu at the HOT6iX 2013 Summer Finals, both which where playing Zed.

Skins

Zed OriginalCircle Original Zed
Zed ShockbladeCircle Shockblade Zed
Chromaskins Chromas: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Catseye, Emerald, Rose Quartz, Ruby
Zed SKTT1Circle SKT T1 Zed
Zed PROJECTCircle PROJECT: Zed
Chromaskins Chromas: Reckoning
Zed ChampionshipCircle Championship Zed
Chromaskins Chromas: Golden
  • He was released in celebration of the Season 6 World Championship.
Zed DeathSwornCircle Death Sworn Zed
Zed GalaxySlayerCircle Galaxy Slayer Zed
  • This is his first skin to reveal his complete facial features, however it is not his canonical face in the main universe.
  • In his joke animation, Zed pierces a Odyssey Arcraptor Skitterbeak concept 02 butterfly arcrapter on blue volcanos.
    • The blue volcanoes are a reference to the Blue Mountain profileicon, one of the oldest summoner icon.
Zed PsyOpsCircle PsyOps Zed
Chromaskins Chromas: Emerald, Hunter, Obsidian, Ruby, Sandstone, Sapphire, Tanzanite, Turquoise

Relations

  • Zed and Shen OriginalSquare Shen trained together in the Kinkou Order, led by the latter's father Kusho. Both students saw each other as rivals, but also respected the other, seeing him as a brother and best friend. Shen OriginalSquare Shen was even a bit jealous of him (Kusho was less strict towards Zed as he saw Zed having far better potentials than his son). Master Kusho raised Zed as his own son and chose him to be the successor of his title, while Zed also looked up to him and his son as his own family. After Zed obeyed Kusho to betray the order, his relationship with Shen soured and became ambivalent.
    • Zed, Shen OriginalSquare Shen, and Kusho worked to discover and capture Jhin OriginalSquare Khada Jhin for his brutal murders. All three of them were severely traumatized during the investigation and, when they finally caught the 'Golden Demon', Kusho spared his life. Zed couldn't believe such a monster was offered mercy, finding himself question his master's teachings to the point of heavily resenting him.
    • Zed's resentment towards Kusho led him to delve into the shadow arts, founding the Order of Shadow. However, he later convinced Kusho to defend Ionia Crest icon Ionia from Noxus Crest icon Noxus and helped the later fake his death. While he believes in the necessity of the Kinkou Order and their rule of scales, he seeks to abolish the old ways of balance while spreading his 'no restraint' philosophy.
      • He tried to minimize casualties when killing Kinkou members (though he needed enough people dead so the Kinkou would hate him and his new order.) Unfortunately, violence quickly got out of hand into an ugly and brutal feud.[16]
      • Zed leaving the Kinkou and "murdering" Kusho led to Shen being forced to take up the title The Eye of Twilight which he never wanted.
    • In spite of their animosity, Zed sought out Shen and to inform him about Jhin's release, in order to stop him together. They later captured him the second time in Zaun Crest icon Zaun.
    • After learning that Kusho was behind Jhin's release, Zed returned to Zhyun and killed his former mentor.
    • 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.[17]
  • Zed kissed Shen OriginalSquare Shen's fiancé, Yevnai, before leaving the Kinkou Order and later "killing" Master Kusho.
    • At one point they secretly harbored feelings for each other even though Kusho forbade Zed OriginalSquare Zed from it.
      • Yevnai once begged Zed to run away with her, but he refused.
    • The engagement of Shen OriginalSquare Shen and Yevnai was called off after Zed "murdered" Kusho.
  • Zed wants Gangplank OriginalSquare Gangplank dead after he ransacked the Temple of the Jagged Knife.
  • Zed, his order, and the Navori Brotherhood are extremists. They believe the magic of Ionia is for the Ionians... meaning they should be able to use it however they like. So limits on using that magic don't sit well with them. The fact that some of the Vastaya tribes fought for Noxus, and many tribes stayed neutral during the war (at least until Noxus started burning down their lands) doesn't sit well. In Zed's view those tribes are traitors and should be killed.[18]
    • Both Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan and Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah have encountered Zed OriginalSquare Zed and his ninja clan in an attempt to save a grove from losing all its natural magic.
  • Akali OriginalSquare Akali wants Zed dead for what he did to the Kinkou Order in the past, including the supposed death of her father Tahno.
    • When she was captured by Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin, Zed and Shen saved her from him.
  • Zed favorite pupil is Kayn OriginalSquare Kayn, whom he treats as his own son and chooses to be his successor.
    • Long ago Zed chose to be the sort of mentor and master he was to Kayn. And that choice is ultimately what separates him from Kusho. Zed realizing he wasn't a piece-of-shit master and father figure would be significant moment in his life. Especially because Zed has a lot of guilt. He knows he's fucked up mentally. Zed knows what he's doing isn't exactly heroic most of the time... but it had to feel good to really, really know he trained Kayn well and earned his loyalty.[19]

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