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Kaede is a ninja, or shinobi (and a female, thus making her a kunoichi). Her name means maple leaf. Ninjas were covert agents or mercenaries in feudal Japan, who were skilled with unorthodox warfare. The functions of ninjas were espionage, sabotage, infiltration, and assassination. Their covert methods contrasted with the samurai. It is unlikely she was affiliated with the ninjas of the event "The Ninjas' Elegy" in any way.