Auron and Kinoc.Auron: That Kinoc, a maester?Kinoc: I heard that, Auron.
Appearance and Personality
Kinoc is a Maester of Yevon and the commander of Bevelle's army who oversees Operation Mi'ihen. He was once a Warrior Monk and good friend of Auron. Following Auron's fall from grace within the clergy, Kinoc took the promotion for second-in-command originally meant for his friend and rose to the title of Maester within ten years. Though he gained wealth and power, Kinoc began to hunger for more while fearing of losing it. One of his exploits as Maester was the formation of an "elite" military force for Yevon, the Crimson Squad. Prior to making himself known at the Mushroom Rock where Operation Mi'ihen was taking place, Kinoc assigned the candidates to investigate the mysterious Den of Woe that has been closed off for a thousand years.
Overseeing Operation Mi'ihen, Kinoc is glad to see Auron who expresses his disbelief at Kinoc having been made a Maester. Noticing that Auron has changed, Kinoc learns that all but three of his candidates and their sphere recorder died in the Den of Woe, and orders for the quartet's execution to conceal his failure.
Kinoc later oversees the wedding of Yuna and Maester Seymour Guado in Bevelle, attempting to have the Fahrenheit shot down before enlisting his Warrior Monks to hold off Yuna's guardians. Holding the party at gun point so the marriage would resume, Kinoc almost decides to kill Auron once the ceremony ended when he calls him hypocrite for using machina while claiming to be acting for Yevon's will. Yuna's escape on Valefor allows the guardians to flee with Rikku's flash bomb to meet up at Bevelle Temple. After Yuna obtains the aeon Bahamut, Kinoc arrests Yuna and her guardians with the promise of a "fair trial".
After the mock trial Kinoc is ordered by Maester Mika to throw Yuna and her guardians in the Via Purifico. When Seymour offers to personally ensure Yuna and her guardians are killed if they escape, Kinoc offers to accompany Seymour out of distrust. By the time Yuna and her guardians escape, Kinoc has been unceremoniously killed by Seymour as his way of relieving the maester "of all fear'. Seymour absorbs the pyreflies from Kinoc's corpse to evolve into Seymour Natus to apprehend Yuna himself.
Two years later the Crimson Spheres detailing Kinoc's attempted formation of the Crimson Squad and the attempt he made on the lives of Nooj, Gippal, Baralai, and Paine surface. While investigating the Via Infinito, Yuna, Rikku and Paine find Kinoc's restless spirit before he transforms into the fiend Aranea.
Kinoc's fiend form, Aranea, is fought as an optional boss in Via Infinito.