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General

  • Kayn is one of 18 champions without a single Ability power icon ability power ratio on any ability: AatroxSquare Aatrox CamilleSquare Camille DariusSquare Darius DravenSquare Draven GarenSquare Garen IllaoiSquare Illaoi KalistaSquare Kalista KaynSquare Kayn KindredSquare Kindred KledSquare Kled OlafSquare Olaf PykeSquare Pyke RivenSquare Riven TalonSquare Talon UrgotSquare Urgot VayneSquare Vayne XayahSquare Xayah ZedSquare Zed.
  • Kayn is voiced by Robbie Daymond.
  • Rhaast is voiced by Sam A. Mowry.
  • He is the seventh dark-themed Ionian-affiliated champion (albeit Noxian-born), after ShenSquare ShenVarusSquare Varus, SyndraSquare SyndraZedSquare Zed, XayahSquare Xayah & JhinSquare Jhin; as well as the second-known member from the Order of Shadow.
  • Blood splatters from Kayn’s weapon started as water splatters in Riot’s campus showers.[1]
  • During development he was called Nemesis.
  • His given name Shieda is pronounced /ˈʃi:da/, and is Ionian in origin.[2]
    • By coincidence, his surname Kayn resembles:
      • Biblical Cain, from Semitic root q-y-n "smith"[3] < "spear" < "reed" *qanay.[4]
      • Irish surname Kane, Anglicized from Gaelic Ó Catháin, from Proto-Celtic *katus "fight, battle".[5]
  • His stint as a child-soldier references the real-world conscription of children;
    • Not all Noxian commanders condone their colleagues' callousness, though they at least turn a blind eye.
  • While in Darkin form, the Kayn's ability tooltips change to read "Rhaast" instead of "Kayn".
  • His dance references the Reebok dance.
    • A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
  •  Kayn was never in relationship - "This being said I truly believe that Kayn didn't really have time or preoccupation for romance, but I do believe that one day he will meet a very special person who will be capable to teach him what love is."

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Skins

Kayn OriginalCircle Classic Kayn [S|L]
  • His appearance was inspired by Amon from the manga and anime series Devilman.
    • The method in which Darkin possess human bodies is similar to how Demons possess humans in Devilman. Humans in both instances can also overpower the demon/darkin and use their power as their own.
  • His appearance pays homage to both Dante and Vergil from Devil May Cry, with Vergil's Shadow AssassinSquare bluish color scheme and Dante's casual & confident attitude that he can subdue any demonic weapon to his will.
  • Kayn may be a possible reference to Ling Yao, a character from the anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Both characters share similarities in that a superhuman entity reside in them which vies for control of their bodies (Rhaast, a Darkin inside Kayn and Greed, a Homunculus inside Ling Yao). Moreover, Kayn shares quite a lot of similarities in character design with Ling Yao.
  • Kayn could also similar to Masane Amaha, a character from the anime Witchblade (An adaptation of the the comics of the same name). Both wield weapons that are sentient in nature and try to take control of their bodies (Kayn's Scythe contains Rhaast, and Masane's gauntlet contains an unnamed entity), as well as both of them possessing supernatural powers.
Kayn SoulhunterCircle Soulhunter Kayn [S|L]

References

  1. https://nexus.leagueoflegends.com/en-gb/2018/07/the-stories-behind-leagues-sfx/
  2. https://nexus.leagueoflegends.com/en-us/2017/12/naming-new-champions/
  3. A. Murtonen, Hebrew in Its West Semitic Setting, Part I, p. 375
  4. Agmon, N. Materials and Languages, p. 38-39
  5. University of Wales, English - ProtoCeltic wordlist, p. 44
  6. /DEV: KAYN AND THE SHOWERHUNTER

References

  1. https://nexus.leagueoflegends.com/en-gb/2018/07/the-stories-behind-leagues-sfx/
  2. https://nexus.leagueoflegends.com/en-us/2017/12/naming-new-champions/
  3. A. Murtonen, Hebrew in Its West Semitic Setting, Part I, p. 375
  4. Agmon, N. Materials and Languages, p. 38-39
  5. University of Wales, English - ProtoCeltic wordlist, p. 44
  6. /DEV: KAYN AND THE SHOWERHUNTER