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The Kinkou Order is an ancient organization which sole task is to protect peace and balance within Ionia.
"Good and evil are not truths. They are born from men and each sees the shades differently."― Master Kusho
The Kinkou Order is an ancient clan originating in the Ionian Isles dedicated to the preservation of balance. Order, chaos, light, darkness—all things must exist in perfect harmony, for such is the way of the universe. The Order employs a triumvirate of shadow warriors to uphold its causes in the world. The three warriors are each entrusted with one of three sacred duties: Watching the Stars, Coursing the Sun and Pruning the Tree. Being open minded in regards to their choice of students, the Order is willing to train individuals from other nations, so long as those individuals prove to be best suited in carrying out the duties entrusted to them.
Zed, who trained under Master Kusho, Shen's father, later killed his master and destroyed the old ninja order. Now both Shen and Zed belong to their respective ninja clans. Shen is currently rebuilding the Kinkou Order, and Zed is the master of his own clan, The Order of Shadows.
- Akali, the Fist of Shadows, entrusted with the sacred duty of Pruning the Tree - eliminating those who threaten the equilibrium of Valoran.
- Kennen, the Heart of the Tempest, entrusted with the sacred duty of Coursing the Sun - tirelessly conveying the justice of the Kinkou.
- Shen, the Eye of Twilight, entrusted with the sacred duty of Watching the Stars - exercising judgment untainted by prejudice.
- The word "Kinkou" (均衡 (きんこう)) in Japanese translates to "equilibrium" and "balance".