Zed is a Blackblood who was imprisoned in the Plane of Ashes, but recently freed and let loose on the world. He managed to befriend Talon and even begin a romantic relationship with her before they traveled to Vor-Anden. Once there, he consumed a Kinj with the ability to manipulate minds. After betraying Talon, she banished him back to the Plane of Ashes.
Zed was born to a prestigious Blackblood family. He used to lie on the ground at night with his mother and look at the stars. She was later killed in the war which was hard for Zed to come to terms with. He also had a sister who was murdered by Rebb and they were enemies before they were trapped in the Plane of Ashes.
In "Regarding the Matter of Garret Spears", Zed is freed from the Plane of Ashes when Talon summons another Lu-Qiri. They engage in a fight and Talon is knocked to the ground. With Zed having the upper-hand, he asks where Rebb is. He later elaborates that Rebb murdered his sister and they are enemies.
Zed explains that Rebb doesn’t want to free his clan because he and his clan believe they can live in peace with humans. Janzo deducts that this is why Rebb killed the Dragman. With all the names destroyed she can choose who to bring through the portal leaving her enemies, including Zed, behind. Zed is surprised when Talon tells him that Rebb killed the Dragman. Talon surprises Zed and regains equal leverage. She asks him to relinquish the control of his Lu-Qiri to her with her promise to return him after. When Zed refuses and wants to go along to kill Rebb, Talon refuses and makes him stay behind.
Zed ignores Talon's warning and uses a crossbow to mortally wound Rebb's Lu-Qiri, Ekkundi. The fighting Lu-Qiri falls out of the window and the distraction saves Talon's life, and by extension, Gwynn's. After the fight, Talon returns his ring that controls his Lu-Qiri, as she said she would. Zed asks Talon if she trusts him now. She says that she might, and he asks her to catch him up on the history that he's missed. She takes him to The Nightshade Inn so they can talk over a drink.
In "The Blade of The Three",
In "Because She's Worth It", Zed finds The Key in Talon’s things and they argue about it. Zed remembers the stories from his childhood but only remembers that it is somehow involved in a stone wall and stars. He wants to know where the rest of it is but Talon doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He hands her a paper with the key printed on it and tells her to look at the stone in the middle. The stone is missing from the key Talon has. She remembers seeing the stone around Varlek’s neck when he attacked her as a child. She doesn’t tell Zed what she remembers and simply tells him that is all the Dragman gave her.
In "There Will Be a Reckoning", Zed and Talon are walking through the woods, making small talk. A creature shoots across the path carrying a baby in its mouth. Zed saves the baby by shooting the creature in the side, causing it to drop the child. He then shoots the creature in the head to kill it. The mother thanks them profusely for saving her child, while the father tells the woman not to speak to Zed. Zed is visibly hurt and tells Talon that even when they save humans children, they still hate Blackbloods. They then continue on their travels.
Zed and Talon rest for the night by looking up at the stars. Zed forgot what they looked like while she remarks that she takes them for granted. He tucks her hair behind her ear leaving it exposed, and asks how old she was when she cut the points off. She tells him she was around ten at the time, and only did it to fit into society. At the time, she thought she was the last Blackblood. He asks if she regrets it now that she knows there are more of them, but she doesn’t as it kept her alive. She rolls to her side and touches the points of his ears, saying she hasn’t touched one since she was a child. He realizes she’s never touched a Blackbood man before, but she doesn’t see how it’s different than a human man. He tells her that there is a bond between Blackbloods that she’ll never have with a human. A moment passes before she kisses him. They begin kissing and he sits up so she’s on his lap. They undress and continue to kiss.
The next day, Talon and Zed are sleeping when the father from the day before whispers to Prime Order guards that Zed is the one with Devil’s ears. The soldiers begin surrounding the duo and are closing in when one steps on a twig that snaps. Zed and Talon are on their feet in seconds, fighting off ten guards. It isn’t long before they overwhelm the guards, killing them all. Talon tells the village man to run and he does. Zed remarks that fighting alongside another Blackblood was fun, to which she admits that it was kind of nice.
Across the realm, Zed and Talon have arrived at the place where the key might be. They discuss the Blackbloods, to which Talon claims people were peaceful but Zed thinks it’s only because they rejected the Blackblood ways and underestimated humans' capacity for hate. He wants to start a remote place away from humans to start fresh with the rest of their people. He wants to bring Vikka back through since the only humans are days away, but she refuses. He shrugs saying he had to at least try.
In "The Only Way", Zed and Talon arrive at Vor-Anden and he explains its history to her. He claims that the power they need to save their people is inside, to which Talon reminds him that they're also saving the Queen. He tells her of course and continues inside. Talon uses the necklace's blue light to reveal markings on the floor leading to the wall. A beautiful chalk portrait is revealed on the wall. A constellation is among them. He explains that he is looking for Bellator, the greatest Blackblood warrior of all time. Talon is surprised that he can read the stars, to which Zed explains that when he was younger he and his mother would spend hours just looking up at the stars, so he learned to read them. She died during the war before he was banished. Talon expresses her sympathies and Zed places the necklace in the wall. It causes a tremor throughout the cave. The ground splits open and a chunk rises from the ground in a spiral.
In the podium are several hollow holes that are seemingly empty, which enrages Zed causing him to hit the cave wall. Talon notices that one has a second hole, to which Zed digs his knife into it to find whatever managed to chew its way out. A small insect emerges with wings. Zed touches the insect and it flutters then glows purple, emerging into his skin. It forms a ball and travels up to his temples. He mutters that he’s got it then leaves.
Once outside he explains that there are seven Kinj's but over time the Warriors must have returned for them, meaning that only his and Talon's remain. He wants to know how she uses hers so she explains, then asks what his Kinj does. He claims to have no idea how it works or what it does.
Talon awakens beside Zed believing she heard something. Upon realizing she didn’t, she lies her head back on Zed’s chest. He strokes her hair as she talkies about being close to the Greyskin border. She’s not scared of the Greyskin’s, more so the Prime Order who patrol the border. But it wouldn’t be stupid to worry about the Greyskin’s either. Zed agrees but has to leave to go to the bathroom. While sneaking out he notices a camp of humans and hides as he watches them. His Kinj glows and he telepathically tells the human to put his hand in the fire, and the human obeys. Zed ensures he keeps it there long enough to burn.
During their trek back to Gallwood, Zed admits he wants to return to Vor-Anden and rebuild the ruins together to make it a safe place for his people. He wants to ascend with her. She tells him they will ascend with Gwynn’s blessing - separate lands, separate people. If he brings her his Kinj and they fight for her she will give them her blessing. They argue over trusting humans as they disagree on the matter.
Talon is almost attacked by a Greyskin when Zed uses his Kinj to save her. He telepathically commands it to freeze and stay still. She jumps to her feet and impales it. She then confronts Zed about what just happened, realizing that he lied to her about not knowing what his Kinj does. He tries to use his Kinj on her, commanding her to open the portal to release their portal. It doesn’t work on her and she realizes his Kinj can manipulate people's minds. This enrages her so she attacks him. His Kinj doesn’t work on her as the Asterkinj won’t let it. They begin sword fighting with Zed realizing that the Kinj's are protecting their hosts. She slices open his arm then snidely remarks that he doesn’t seem to be very protective. They brutally fight with Talon having the upper hand until he takes her down then slices her ribs open, seemingly winning. He tells her that using her was the only way. He offers to help her up but she throws dirt in his eyes the continues the onslaught of attacks. She has her blade to his neck wanting to kill him but instead, she opens the portal and kicks him through it. He screams something at her in Blackblood seconds before the portal closes.
Zed is a manipulative person with negative impulses. His hatred for humans clouds his judgment and leads him to make rash choices such as mentally manipulating an innocent human to burn his hand. He is patient, able to play the long game when manipulating Talon. He made sure to win her trust in the hopes that she would eventually free the Blackbloods trapped in the Plane of Ashes. He pretended to care for her and kept the ruse going to the point where she slept with him and began to develop romantic feelings for him. Zed doesn't care who he has to hurt to achieve his end goal.
Zed has long, curly black hair and brown eyes. He is a little taller than Talon and has an athletic yet slim build. He has minimal facial hair and double-pointed black ears that show he is a Blackblood. Zed wears heavy metal armor that is worn from decades of being trapped in the harsh environment of the Plane of Ashes.
Powers and Abilities
Zed possesses all the standard powers and abilities of a Blackblood.
With the use of a specific Kinj, Zed was bestowed certain abilities. When he focuses on a being of any species, he can use Mind Manipulation to force them to do whatever he wants. He used the ability on a human, Greyskin, and attempted to use it on Talon. However, her Asterkinj refused to allow her to be manipulated and protected her.
- Talon: Zed first met Talon when she freed him and his Lu-Qiri from the Plane of Ashes. When Zed revealed that he hated Rebb as Talon did, they formed a mutual alliance with neither trusting each other fully. They began to form a bond over their mutual heritage, as Zed is the first Blackblood that Talon has communicated with since she was a child. They butted heads over Talon's hesitation to release the Blackbloods from the Plane of Ashes, while Zed wants her to release them now. As they continued to bond, they eventually became friends when Talon committed to helping him free their people. One night, while they were stopped for a rest, they were watching the stars when the discussion turned intimate. She kissed him and they proceeded to sleep together. After his betrayal she banished him back to the Plane of Ashes.
Season 2 (8/13)
- Regarding the Matter of Garret Spears
- The Blade of The Three
- Because She's Worth It
- Where You Go, People Die
- A Crown For The Queen
- There Will Be a Reckoning
- The Only Way
- This Is Our Outpost