None escape their shadow.

Independent roleplaying blog for Zed, the Master of Shadows from the League of Legends universe. Feel free to send me any form of starter, or ask questions. I will attempt to tend to anything you may want with me.
Brave the shadows, find the truth.
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#out of shadows

Out of shadows - out of character

Truth in darkness - headcanon/headcanon-oriented prompt

Brave the shadows - in character

Death marked - to be deleted

(( Character Dev questions: To what degree does Zed think he has controlled the events in his life thus far? Is there anything mundane that Zed does much differently than most people (if so, why)? What position does Zed sleep in (and is it the sleeping position that came naturally to him)? Is there anyone or anything Zed would currently be prepared to die for? ))

1. Zed thinks his life finally fell under his own control after he discovered the forbidden shadow techniques. They changed him completely, and liberated him from the restrictive balance that the Kinkou order sought. He finds his decisions, and the consequences they brought, to have been expected/under his control/planned.

2. Zed dislikes sitting in chairs properly. If possible, he will turn the chair around and rest his head on the back of it instead of leaning backwards on it. It was originally a challenge from Shen, years back, a challenge where he had to sit like so for a month. Eventually, it became habitual, and he now prefers it that way; despite its origin.

3. Zed sleeps on his side, normally with an arm under his head or pillow. Additionally, if he can, he sleeps with his back pressed against the wall. This is to ensure he will react quickly if abruptly woken up because there will only be one direction he has to look.

4. Zed is not willing to die for anything; not even his ambition. He doesn’t want to become a martyr or a late symbol, but the incarnation and figurehead of his order. If his life is threatened, he will do anything to escape with it. He has strong survival instincts.

✁ Shen or Akali?
Anonymous

"Akali always played a… unique role in my life. I would let Shen die, and let Akali live; if only for the opportunity to give her the chance to embrace the shadow once more."

✁Shen, Kennen
Anonymous

"Kennen was always a nuisance; a pest that kept bothering me. Shen may have been the target of my jealousy and envy, but he was also a worthy opponent; though in the end, despite being the Eye of Twilight, he still cannot see the truth. Kennen shall die, Shen may live so that I may behold his crushed and desperate face once more."

✁Swain, Darius
Anonymous

"I care little for either; Noxian affairs are irrelevant. Their campaign in Ionia was still an intrusion, defiling my land. The bird-man, Swain, shall perish. I would allow the Hand of Noxus to live, so that I may challenge him. He possesses remarkable strength, strength I would outdo with ease."

(Source: mavrofidi)

"The Kinkou order lies shattered, Irelia; Shen will not be able to restore it to its former power, and will be carved out by me and my students. Ionia is destined to embrace the superior power, yet you still attempt to purge my order?"

willoftheblades-irelia:

Irelia’s emerald eyes regarded the Master of Shadows with a calculated gaze, yet it held no visible animosity of any sort. In casual clothing, without her typical battle wear, the Will of the Blades looked remarkably normal, aside from the prominent scars gouged into either side of her face. Tapping a calloused finger to her forearm in thought, she was silent for a few moments before opening her mouth to reply.

"Shen is far from alone in his efforts to rebuild our home. As your own Order grows, so does his, as well as the might of the rest of the nation behind their backs. You make it seem as if he is traveling the path alone, and if that is the case, you are most certainly mistaken." The captain spoke in fluid Ionian, the words as smooth as honey. "My reasoning behind my decisions? Simple. I wish to keep the nation at this standpoint of peace for as long as I can. While I have not taken sides between the Kinkou and the Shadows, I see many faults in either side. 

I have not tried to oppress you, but I have not helped you. Such is the way of how I act, and if you question me further, you shall receive the same answer again.”

((embrace-the-shadow))

The ninja’s red gaze narrow onto the woman. Her reasoning was simple, logical, and neutral. Her lack of a clear moral was amusing, but also infuriating. “The nation is at peace because they are cowards? Your unwillinglyness to make a decision; take a stand, has left you trembling at any event of chaos or uproar. Is your kinsmen so terrified of action that they would hardly stand up for the realm?” He spat the words as his grew increasingly frustrated and disappointed in his so-called countrymen. 

"I was exiled from the Kinkou, just to return stronger than any could ever imagine, for then to claim the temple to myself due to my unmatched prowess. Does that not speak to you? Your people? Action is what changes the world, not idleness and ‘patience’!"

"Exactly what do you fight for, Varus? You have been betrayed, you have betrayed others, yet you fight for an obscured goal! Your dedication is admirable, but misplaced - how are you even recognised as a champion with such an inferior power of will?"

livingvengeance:

embrace-the-shadow:

livingvengeance:

{ embrace-the-shadow }

"I fight for vengeance, Zed. They did not betray me, neither did I. I swore to protect the corruption, and embracing it is still another way of protecting it, because I carry it around as mine. As a matter of power of will… You will never find someone as me, I can assure you of that. I won’t stop until every single one of them is dead."

"HAH!" cackled Zed, "your blurred vision is beyond salvation, archer! You constantly speak of those who shall fall to your arrows, to your vengeance, yet you never make it clear what you hunt. Do you hunt defiled beings; slay yourself, for what is writhing within you is evidently malignant. Do you hunt evil? Who are you to claim what is right and what is wrong? My blade, my students are all striving to form a utopian Ionia; one we can call our own!" The ninja’s monologue was already tiring to anyone who listened, but he was not about to finish.

"Do you hunt the wicked? Those who have committed wrong? Killed the innocent? What if those sacrifices were necessary for the survival of others?"

"YOU DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU SEEK TO STRIKE DOWN, FOOL!" Zed roared.

"I do, I just didn’t felt the need of making it clear for you." 

 He said simply as stared down at his, well, claws, since the nails were covered by the corruption. To be honest, he didn’t bother to listen to half of what the ninja said. 

"I don’t hunt evil, or desire a better world. I only want to kill the noxians that invaded my city."

With confident steps, Zed moved over to the archer and drew his blade just below his chin. “And what beyond that?” Zed asked, “what will you do once you supposedly slay all Noxians? Your corruption is chronic; what will you use those cancerous powers for once there is nothing to hunt?” The assassin made a hissing noise from behind the mask. “Again I will say; you lack purpose. Once you obtain it, and use it to fuel your actions; only then will I recognise you as a worthy opponent!”

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"Exactly what do you fight for, Varus? You have been betrayed, you have betrayed others, yet you fight for an obscured goal! Your dedication is admirable, but misplaced - how are you even recognised as a champion with such an inferior power of will?"

livingvengeance:

{ embrace-the-shadow }

"I fight for vengeance, Zed. They did not betray me, neither did I. I swore to protect the corruption, and embracing it is still another way of protecting it, because I carry it around as mine. As a matter of power of will… You will never find someone as me, I can assure you of that. I won’t stop until every single one of them is dead."

"HAH!" cackled Zed, "your blurred vision is beyond salvation, archer! You constantly speak of those who shall fall to your arrows, to your vengeance, yet you never make it clear what you hunt. Do you hunt defiled beings; slay yourself, for what is writhing within you is evidently malignant. Do you hunt evil? Who are you to claim what is right and what is wrong? My blade, my students are all striving to form a utopian Ionia; one we can call our own!" The ninja’s monologue was already tiring to anyone who listened, but he was not about to finish.

"Do you hunt the wicked? Those who have committed wrong? Killed the innocent? What if those sacrifices were necessary for the survival of others?"

"YOU DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU SEEK TO STRIKE DOWN, FOOL!" Zed roared.