Kina was the goddess of death of Taglios. She was asleep for centuries but was constantly planning her return. Her worshipers were called Stranglers or Deceivers. Her cult was forbidden as it included human sacrifices. Even the Free Companies of Khatovar were actually her servants and were sent out to choose the location of her return during the prophesied Year of Skulls.
Her body was sleeping in an ice cave beneath the Plain of Glittering Stone. Kina was a beautiful woman. She was sleeping naked and her body had the perfect proportions, but was covered in scars. However in the dreams that Murgen and Lady had about her, she appeared as a colossus with four arms and demonic face.
Her messiah was the Daughter of Night, who was helped by the living saint of her cult, Narayan Singh. Those two failed to resurrect her. Kina was wounded gravely by Goblin, who pierced her with the Lance of Passion. She was later attacked again by Goblin, who pierced her skull with One-Eye's spear, and was disintegrated by Croaker when he detonated Goblin's rheitgeistiden in her chamber.
It was hinted that even with the Companies supposedly trying to bring her back there had been several other attempts. Great powers that essentially attempted to bring on the Year of Skulls knowingly serving her or not.