"Utterly ruthless and without mercy, Zed is the leader of the Order of Shadow, an organization he created with the intent of militarizing Ionia’s martial arts traditions to drive out Noxian invaders. **During the war, desperation led him to unlock the secret shadow form**—a malevolent spirit magic as dangerous and corrupting as it is powerful. Zed has mastered all of these forbidden techniques to destroy anything he sees as a threat to his nation, or his new order."
I know Riot is in the midst of updating the long-biographies of champions, but Zed's reasoning for "unlocking" his shadow abilities is notably different between short and long biographies with the updated lore. The long biography, which is still his older lore, notes that he sought the Shadows due to feeling inescapably inferior to Shen and wanted power. The short biography, on the contrary, notes that the war drove him to desperation in order to unlock the secret Shadow form. That leaves a few questions with me:
* Did Zed still kill Kusho *in the same fashion as the old lore* and massacre most of the Kinkou Order?
* Was Kusho's demise and the Kinkou Massacre done before (pre-Shadow), during, or after the war?
* Can we expect nominal changes to how Zed's betrayal occurred (like Varus), or simply the basis of his motives (from jealousy to desperation)?
Some might not think it pertinent to discuss the details, but keep in mind how much influence Master Kusho and the Kinkou Order had throughout Ionia - even Shen (Eye of Twilight) is massively revered throughout Valoran. If Zed did slaughter the Kinkou during the war, wouldn't that massively impact Ionia's defensive strength? Did Zed betray the Kinkou Order due to their potential apathy towards the Invasion, given the Order's primary responsibility was to regulate conflicts between the Spirit and Mortal worlds? How long did it take Zed to amass an order of his own during war time against Noxian invasion, teach them the art of the shadows, and further overthrow the highly trained ninja of the Kinkou Order?