Auron: That Kinoc, a maester?Kinoc: I heard that, Auron.
Auron and Kinoc.
Wen Kinoc (ウェン＝キノック, Wen-Kinokku?) is a non-playable character in Final Fantasy X who has a cameo role in Final Fantasy X-2. He is a Maester of Yevon and friend to Seymour Guado. He is a commander in the Bevelle army and 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.
Kinoc assembled the Crimson Squad under the guise of fulfilling the society's demand for a stronger army, but his true intention was to privatize the Crusaders by inserting his hand-reared Crimson Squad members. Feeling threatened by the newly appointed Maester Seymour who was gaining power, Kinoc set his eyes on the Vegnagun, a mysterious machina weapon of ancient times. Rumors of a vengeful presence inhabiting the Den of Woe below Mushroom Rock circulated with reports of people seeing the illusion of a "gigantic machina" within intrigued Kinoc and he sent the Crimson Squad aspirants into the den to collect information on the Vegnagun on the same day as the Operation Mi'ihen he was also overseeing so any casualties would go unnoticed, as he knew the operation would be a disaster.
Overseeing Operation Mi'ihen, Kinoc is glad to see Auron who is now travelling with Yuna as one of her guardians, who expresses his disbelief at Kinoc having been made a Maester. Kinoc notices Auron has changed.
At some point, Kinoc learned that all but three of his candidates and their sphere recorder died in the Den of Woe, and ordered for the quartet's execution to conceal his failure as it could place his position in jeopardy. Kinoc ordered the Den of Woe sealed with magic.
Kinoc later oversees the wedding of Yuna and Maester Seymour 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 ends 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 trial Kinoc is ordered by Gran 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 him 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. After his death, Auron swears to avenge the man he once knew, vowing that Seymour will pay for Kinoc's death.
Two years later the Crimson Spheres detailing Kinoc's attempted formation of the Crimson Squad and the attempt he made on the lives of the surviving Crimson Squad candidates 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 in Final Fantasy X-2.
- Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania Omega p080