- "That Kinoc, a maester?"
"I heard that, Auron."
- —Auron and Kinoc
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. It is revealed in Auron's Sphere that Kinoc was made second-in-command, a title originally meant for Auron.
Following Auron's fall from grace within the clergy, Kinoc continued to take his place and within ten years, had risen swiftly to attain the title of Maester. Along with this title came a wealth of power, and Kinoc began to hunger for more, but feared losing it. One of his exploits as Maester was the forming of the Crimson Squad, which ended in failure.
Kinoc is first introduced during Operation Mi'ihen, where Auron expresses his disbelief at his being made a maester. After that, he and his Warrior Monks guard the wedding of Yuna and Maester Seymour Guado in Bevelle and try to shoot down the airship, with Yuna's guardians (including Auron) aboard, as they were trying to break up the wedding.
The guardians crash the wedding and Yuna summons Valefor to escape into Bevelle Temple, while Rikku uses an Al Bhed flash bomb to escape with the rest of the guardians while Kinoc and the monks point their guns to them. After Yuna obtains the aeon, Bahamut, Kinoc and monks arrest Yuna and her guardians and after the trial, which he attends, is ordered by Maester Mika to throw the refugees in the Via Purifico.
Following Yuna and her guardians' escape from the Via Purifico, Kinoc accompanies Seymour to the exit to apprehend the traitors, but along the way he is unceremoniously killed by Seymour, who had 'relieved him of all fear,' believing death was the only thing that could save Spira. Shortly after, Seymour absorbs the pyreflies from Kinoc to evolve into Seymour Natus to apprehend Yuna himself.
Yuna, Rikku and Paine discover an unsent who looks like Kinoc in the Via Infinito, two years after the beginning of the Eternal Calm. Kinoc transforms into the fiend Aranea. Kinoc can also be seen in a sphere when he commands Nooj, Gippal, Baralai, and the others to explore the Den of Woe.