The Mongkohn have learned the mysteries of existence and have spent centuries contemplating the paths of harmony and of conflict. The outside world has always been ignorant of the noble culture of the Jade Empire, but the innocent years of the past have long gone. The outside world has come in - interlopers, trespassers, and worse. Khong-To has now left the Path of Harmony, determined to preserve his people and their freedom for once and for all. The cycles of nature have come around; the time of peace and meditation is over. The time for war has begun, and only through turbulence will calm return once more to the surface of the Pool of Life.