The Asterkinj is a living creature called a Kinj that relies on the survival of a Blackblood host to stay alive. It gives its host the ability to open portals, specifically to the Plane of Ashes. It is one of seven original Kinj's, however, the Asterkinj and one other are the only ones that remain.
The One that the prophecy foretells can use the Asterkinj to release the Lu-Qiri and Blackbloods from the plane of ashes. Because of this, many believe that they should be the true wielder of the Asterkinj.
In "We Only Kill to Survive", Rebb attempts to carve the Asterkinj out of Talon's forehead. However, the creature moved to Talon's hand to avoid being removed forcefully. When Talon awakened, the creature returned to her forehead.
In "Not In My Kingdom", Talon meets with Rebb to transfer the Asterkinj to Rebb. Talon places her hand on Rebb's forehead and the Asterkinj travels from Talon's forehead to her fingertips. The transference is interrupted and Talon keeps the Asterkinj.
In "Where You Go, People Die", the Asterkinj opens a portal to the Plane of Ashes and Talon is sucked through. When she awakens, she experiences physical pain stemming from the Asterkinj. Another portal appears and she jumps through it, arriving back on her plane once more.
In "The Only Way", Talon speaks about learning to control her Kinj. At first, it sensed when she was in danger and protected her. But now, she just has to concentrate on what she wants and a portal opens. Later, Zed attempts to use his Kinj to manipulate her mind but the Asterkinj refuses to allow Talon to be manipulated. She can feel it protecting her from the Kinj's interference.
The Asterkinj can’t survive outside a host's body. The creature wants to survive like any other living thing, so if the host dies the Asterkinj can leave the host and find a new one.
Alternatively, the Asterkinj is passed down from parent to child. The current owner of the Asterkinj must place their fingers on the next holder's temple and the Asterkinj will flow to the new owner.
When Rebb tried to remove the Asterkinj from Talon by cutting it out, the creature moved inside Talon's body until Rebb stopped.
Notes and Trivia
- The forehead placement of the Asterkinj changes depending on the situation. When Talon was a child, the creature was on her right temple. The older she got, the creature moved to her left temple.
- When active, the Asterkinj glows blue with a purple aura.
- When active in the Plane of Ashes, the Asterkinj glows bright blue with a white aura.
- It is one of seven Kinj's that originated from the Seven Warriors of the Old.