|“||We believe there are seven of these Blackblood Gods, or so they call themselves, and seven kinjes. In the ancient language, the word "kinj" roughly translates to a similar concept in the human belief of a soul - sort of an essence. It also carries their special powers which is why it gives you powers.||”|
A Kinj is the equivalent of the human concept for a soul or an essence. It carries the special powers of their originators, who were deemed Gods in the Blackblood culture. These kinjes are semi-living beings that require a host in order to both survive and exhibit powers. There were seven kinjes in existence, each of a different color. The kinjes grants their hosts different and incomparable abilities. The Seven began to awaken as their kinjes, or souls, were returned to them.
There are seven known Kinjes that originated from ancient beings from another world, who were called Gods because of the immense power they wielded. The kinjes were the keys to their souls, their being, and sources of strength, and being separated from their kinj put them to sleep. The so-called Gods were separated from their kinjes by the betrayer of their group, Aster, who had grown fond of the humans. He collected the kinjes and brought them to Vor-Anden, where he sealed them away in compartments within a podium. He spread the rest of the Seven across the realm in sarcophagus' buried in underground caves. Aster's kinj, however, was given to a Blackblood to be the Guardian of it. The Blackblood would pass the kinj down their bloodline so it would remain safe and protected, in case the time ever came to awaken Aster. The Asterkinj remained in a Blackblood bloodline for centuries.
According to Blackblood lore, the kinjes were bestowed upon seven great warriors that were tasked with protecting the kinjes and doing with them as they deemed fit. Over time, others sought the Kinjes powers for selfish gain and stole them from the shrine. A notable example of the theft are The Three, who are not Blackbloods, yet wielded a kinj to help them stay in power.
Certain kinjes were deemed too powerful to risk falling into the hands of those who would abuse its powers, notably the Terakinj and Vortakinj. They were sealed away presumably by the Blackbloods for the betterment and protection of the world. The Vortakinj was secured in a citadel locked within a Yindrian labyrinth. The labyrinth tested the seeker's abilities both mentally and physically, while also testing their emotional traits to ensure they were suitable to bear the power of the kinj. The Terakinj, however, was sent to the Plane of Ashes by a Blackblood family to protect their village.
When the Blackbloods were imprisoned in the Plane of Ashes, the humans built over the Blackblood citadel and created a lowly Outpost they called Gallwood. Because of this, the Vortakinj was forgotten by mankind for hundreds of years.
The exact physiological elements of a kinj remain much of a mystery. They somehow contain the souls of their originators and carry a portion of their powers. These tiny beings are the subconscious minds or souls of their original host. When expelled from its host, it is shown to be the size of a bean. The kinj will do whatever it takes to survive and will abandon a dying host to transfer to a healthier option. They also protect themselves from being forcefully removed by an enemy, as seen when Rebb tried to carve the Asterkinj out of Talon. The Asterkinj traveled through Talon's body to avoid removal.
The physiology of Yavalla's Kinj is fundamentally different than that of any other Kinj. Her Kinj can procreate and infect others who are then enslaved to her and obey her above anyone else. These offspring do not protect their hosts from the manipulation of other Kinjes, unlike other kinjes. The six other kinjes rejected the introduction of any additional Kinjes or their powers.
After the hosts of the Terakinj and Vortakinj connected with each other, the hosts were destroyed. The kinjes than returned to their original host and awakened them from their slumber. A similar process happened when the bearers of the Janyakinj, Kultorkinj, and Levarekinj died.
Powers and Abilities
Kinjes share universal powers and abilities outside of their individual gifts, such as the following.
- Survival Instincts: Kinjes have a unique survival instinct, as shown when they migrate from one healthy host to another. To avoid death, they move within the host's body to avoid being cut, burned, or surgically removed.
- Kinj Immunity: Hosts of a kinj are also immune to the effects of other kinjes, such as pain-inflicting from the Kultorkinj or Hive infection from the Vortakinj. The only exceptions are the terakinj, which kills everything it touches include the kinjes inside a host, and the yellow kinjes which are offspring of the Vortakinj and are susceptible to the effects of all kinjes. The reason the yellow kinj is not immune to the effects of the other kinjes is that it is not one of the seven original kinjes.
- Enhanced Healing: Every kinj gives their host advanced regeneration, presumably to save its own life. The kinj helps quicken the host's healing process. This is limited, however, as the host can still be killed. The exceptions to the host's death are the Terakinj and Vortakinj kinj, which both grant their host immortality. The yellow kinjes are also exempt from the regeneration ability, as they are not one of the seven original kinjes, but rather, offspring of the Vortakinj.
- Memory Containment: Because the kinjes are a piece of their originators souls, it contains critical moments from their lives that can be accessed through the Skevicor device beneath the Yindrian Labyrinth. The memories are often seen in flashes that are hard for the receiver to understand. However, Janya was able to access Two's memories without the use of the machine.
- Host Death: Despite their survival instincts, a kinj can die when their host no longer becomes a suitable option. When expelled from a host, the kinj bounces off the ground before disintegrating.
- Main article: Asterkinj
The blue-tinted Kinj, also known as the Asterkinj, allows the host to open portals to the Plane of Ashes. When the portal is open, the Blackbloods and Lu-Qiri imprisoned there can escape. Because of this, the blue-tinted Kinj was sought after by many Blackbloods and even humans who feared the escape of the Plane of Ashes inhabitants. The blue-tinted Kinj was originally hosted by a Blackblood woman, who later passed it onto her daughter, Talon. The host of the Kinj is written into the ancient prophecy.
- Main article: Golukinj
This purple-tinted Kinj, also known as the Golukinj, was kept in the Blackblood shrine Vor-Anden. The shrine was once a sacred place used to store the Kinjes but was forgotten about over the course of history. Zed visited Vor-Anden and used a key to unlock a podium which revealed seven compartments. Within a compartment was this Kinj, which gives him the ability to manipulate the minds of all living beings. The victims are aware of their manipulated actions but are unable to do anything other than look in horror. However, the kinj can only be used on one person at a time, and from a relatively close range. The only people immune to its powers are those with a Kinj of their own.
- Main article: Kultorkinj
This red-tinted Kinj was previously owned by One, a member of The Three and co-ruler over the realms. The Kinj allows the host to inflict immense pain on living beings, even to the point of their deaths. One used the Kinj to torture people who dared to speak out against the Three's orders. Before he died, he transferred the Kinj to Sana, who in turn, gave it to One's handmaid. The handmaid was killed by Jaaris on the way back to The Capital. The Kinj was used by Jaaris to inflict pain on Lu-Qiri and the residents of Gallwood Outpost, though it drained him to abuse the Kinjes power. Jaaris was eventually killed, though the Kinj survived the death of its host and managed to crawl into Falista a few seconds later. Falista struggled to learn how to control her power. She didn't realize she even had the power until she used it on Rosmund and Garret. Her emotions are tied to her kinj's power - if she becomes angered by someone her power hurts that person.
- Main article: Janyakinj
This green-tinted Kinj, also known as the Jaynakinj, was hosted by Two, a member of The Three and former co-ruler over the realms. The Kinj allows the host to resurrect people who have died. However, the Kinj demands a sacrifice for it to be used. The host must absorb the life of another in order to resurrect their target. The absorption process is triggered when the host extends their hand and focuses. Their target's life force is then drained from their body in a green smoke and absorbed by the host, who then releases it into the person they wish to resurrect. The longer a person has been died, the more lives that are required to resurrect the deceased. After Tera killed Two, the kinj flew back to its original host Janya.
- Main article: Levarekinj
This Orange-tinted kinj was once hosted by Three, a member of The Three and former co-ruler over the realm. Upon his death, he transferred the kinj to Tobin Aegisford. This kinj allows the host to teleport from one location to another. Three used the kinj to escape The Capital when The Hive overthrew The Three.
- Main article: Vortakinj
This white-tinted Kinj, also known as the Vortakinj, was once hosted by Yavalla, a Blackblood high priestess. The Kinj was hidden away in a Blackblood citadel under Gallwood Outpost for thousands of years. The Yindrians designed a labyrinth to test the morality of anyone who sought it, due to the dangerous and infective nature of the kinj. It reproduces yellow kinjes that allow the original host to control the minds of the infected, forcing them into a collective consciousness called The Hive. Those under the manipulation of the Vortakinj lose their sense of independence and free-will. Once reunited with Vorta, the Vortakinj connected the seven kinj-bearers through telepathy. Vorta also stored the yellow kinjes in her arm.
- Main article: The Hive/Naviaspore
When utilizing the reproductive aspects of the Vortakinj, Yavalla infected thousands of people with The Hive. The yellow kinj, later known as a Navisapore, reproduced twice per day in a human It forced the human host to pass on the newly reproduced kinj to a new host. Failure to immediately pass it resulted in continued pain to the host. Each time it reproduces, it drains the humans life force, and within thirty days, the host was drained to the point of death. Yavalla was killed by the Terakinj which freed all of the infected. The Naviaspore were never intended for humans to possess. The Naviaspore's were meant to be used on the Kahvi to reconnect them to the minds of the Masters, enslaving them once again.
- Main article: Black Kinj
This is the seventh and final kinj, also known as the Terakinj. It is a black-tinted kinj with a white glow to it. This kinj has only one clear purpose; to kill anyone it comes into contact with. The host of the kinj can kill anyone with just a mere touch, donning its name the "death kinj". Unlike the other kinjes, people with kinjes inside them are not immune to the power of the death kinj. Sai-vek Redwan described that the Terakinj kills the host before it kills the kinj. It is the counter-opposite to the Vortakinj. The Terakinj was ultimately passed from Sai-vek Redwan to Gwynn Calkussar, who used the kinj to destroy Yavalla and the Vortakinj. The cost of destroying the kinjes was steep, as it killed both hosts and unknowingly sent the kinj to its first host, Tera.
The original seven kinjes can't survive long outside a host's body, and can only crawl into another host who is a few feet away. The creature wants to survive like any other living thing, so if the host is dying it can leave the host and find a new one. How and why the kinj transfers hosts might be selective to each kinj, seeing as how Talon inherited the Asterkinj from her mother, while Zed and Yavalla received their kinjes from animals that turned to dust as soon as the kinj passed into them.
- The following characters have possessed one of the seven kinjes. This list does not include members of The Hive.
|Kinj||Power||Status||Final Host||Former Host(s)|
|Asterkinj||Opens portals to other worlds||Alive||Talon||Talia|
|Golukinj||Mind manipulation||Destroyed||Golu||Vor-Anden Insect|
|Vortakinj||Telepathy/telekinesis/creates a Hive mentality||Destroyed||Vorta||Blue Snake|
|Terakinj||Touch of death||Destroyed||Tera||Dragman|
- The placement of the kinjes on their host varies. The Three, who possessed the red, orange, and green kinjes, have their placement in the center of their foreheads. Zed and Talon's kinjes are on their temples. Furthermore, the placement of One's kinj fluctuated from his temple to his forehead.
- The placement of the kinjes on all The Seven is the center of their forehead in a slit.
- Every time a kinj is used in the series, a chime can be heard. This also applies to the offspring kinjes of the Vortakinj when they are ready to reproduce or be passed on.