Creative Design AMA - Zed, the Master of Shadows

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RiotRunaan

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11-06-2012
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Hello, summoners!

We're back with another Creative Design AMA, and this time we'll be talking about Zed, the Master of Shadows. For the next 24 hours, I'll be answering questions about Zed's lore and the creative efforts and goals behind his character.

If you haven't seen it yet, here's Zed's bio:

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Zed is the first ninja in 200 years to unlock the ancient, forbidden ways. He defied his clan and master, casting off the balance and discipline that had shackled him all his life. Zed now offers power to those who embrace knowledge of the shadows, and slays those who cling to ignorance.

An orphan, Zed was taken in and trained by a great ninja master. Only one other student appeared to be Zed's equal - the master's son, Shen. It seemed Zed could never win the favor of the master, as every match between the rivals ended in a draw. Frustrated and jealous, he sought an advantage. The young ninja ventured into a sealed part of the clan's temple, where he found an ornate, foreboding box. Sensing the dark knowledge within, Zed knew he should not open it, but he peered inside nonetheless. In an instant, shadows touched his mind, revealing techniques that had long been hidden. Now armed with a secret edge, he challenged Shen, and this time he defeated the master's son. He expected praise and recognition in his moment of victory, but somehow the master knew Zed had used forbidden ways, and banished him.

Humiliated, the young ninja wandered for years. His bitterness turned to ambition, and he began to train others in the style of the shadows. As his power grew, so did his circle of followers, but he knew that without the box, his technique would never be perfect. One day, Zed looked at his followers and saw that his students were now an army. He led them back to the temple to claim his prize. At the gates, he was surprised to find the old master waiting, receiving Zed and his disciples as if they were welcome guests. The old man laid his sword at Zed's feet, declaring that he had failed Zed as his master. By banishing his former student, the master had doomed Zed to the shadows, instead of leading him to the balanced path. The old man implored Zed to enter the temple, destroy the box, and lead his followers to balance. The dark ninja followed the master inside. Moments later, the assembled ninjas heard Zed cry out in pain. Mysteriously, he emerged unscathed, and threw the severed head of the master at Shen's feet. Screaming in rage, Zed commanded his followers to slaughter the master's students and seize the box.

That day, the old ninja order fell. Though many students died, some escaped thanks to Shen's heroic efforts. Now the temple is a dark training ground for the Order of the Shadow. Zed rules as the Order's master, and his edict is simple: perfect one's technique, and kill all ninjas who refuse to embrace the shadows.

''Balance is a lie - we are the true ninjas.''
-Zed
Please remember to keep the discussions here constructive! Ask away!


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SotLTravis

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11-06-2012

Not a question, just wanted to say that Zed seems pretty cool. I like his bio.


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Harry Dresden

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11-06-2012

Can you elaborate on the situation with Shen's father?


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MrHarz

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11-06-2012

Okay.

What makes the ability to create shadow clones of yourself, and by extension, the box, so "forbidden"?

Just seems like another tool, like teleportation, or stealth, both of which the other ninjas have no problems using.


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Xandure

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11-06-2012

What caused Zed to cry out in pain after following his old master into the temple?


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Parasauralophus

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11-06-2012

Why is his name Zed? That sounds more like a hilly billy than a ninja to me.


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Zerglinator

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11-06-2012

What does Zed think of Yordles?

Does Zed know anything about Hiten Style, Zelos, Irelia, or anything in that regard?

What does Zed think of Syndra, and vice-versa?

Does Zed get annoyed by Talon being called "The Blade's Shadow"? And does Talon dislike Zed for ripping off his style?

What does Karma think of Zed, and what does Zed think of Karma?

Is Zed interested at all in the SHADOW Isles?

And finally, does could Zed and Nocturne have a potential partnership of darkness?


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Bowieneko

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11-06-2012

When does Zed's story take place in relation to Shen joining the league?

Will the other three ninjas have a story rework?

Does Zed's story hint at a possible second ninja triumvirate?


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Orbital Nuke

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11-06-2012

Is the current design goal to always introduce champions that have enemies (lorewise) either in the league or with planned champions?


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Bejango

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11-06-2012

for once will you guys just tell who the voice actor for Zed is please. rumor is it's Steve Blum


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