Other Ninja

Japan's ninja - and possibly China's Lin Kuei - weren't the only ones in Asia with training in disguise, stealth, and espionage. Many other groups mixed these tactics with the martial arts to help deal with enemies.

The 7th-century Korean kingdom of Silla had a group known as the sulsa: commando-like warriors trained in irregular operations. Unlike ninja, it appears that the sulsa were deployed alongside other forces and used as an integrated part of the army. They were held in high esteem -much like modern special-ops troops. Like the ninja, colorful and equally unverifiable legends about their skills and prowess abound. In a cinematic campaign, any claim that's true for the ninja should also be true for the sulsa.

In Thailand, groups of monks were trained in the art of stealth, subterfuge, and survival, as well as in the martial arts. Their role is unknown, but their potential to the Siamese kings as spies, irregular troops, and scouts is obvious.

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