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* Unusually, the ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'' trilogy centers around the founding of an ancient order. In Viking times, the village of Berk domesticated dragons, which up until then had been predators hunted by humans. Unfortunately, the concept of 'wildlife conservation' didn't really exist back then, so in order to protect dragons from warmongers and trophy hunters (like the one who [[spoiler:almost drove Night Furies to extinction]]), the Berkians sent them back to live wild in the cavernous 'lost world' from which they originated. They settled an island nearby, vowing to keep the lost world hidden [[TheWorldIsNotReady until]] humanity was ready to respect its inhabitants. [[spoiler:Similarly, the dragons passed down respect for humans through the generations.]]

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* In ''[[VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles Mystery Case Files: The Countess]]'', there was a knight order which only purpose was to guard the mirror in which [[MirrorMonster the Shade]] was trapped and prevent this terrifying entity from being released at any cost. Unfortunately, this order disappeared at some point in history, leading lady Gloria Codington to find the mirror and become corrupted by the Shade.


* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Paladins seeking [[DropTheHammer The Silver Hand]] learn of it from the Tyr's Guard, and ancient and secret order who have charged themselves with keeping the resting place of the Titan Tyr secure and hidden. The Legion's invasion renders their purpose moot, forcing them out of secrecy, assisting the [[PlayerCharacter Highlord]] in securing the artifact.

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Paladins seeking [[DropTheHammer The Silver Hand]] learn of it from the Tyr's Guard, and an ancient and secret order who have charged themselves with keeping the resting place of the Titan Tyr secure and hidden. The Legion's invasion renders their purpose moot, forcing them out of secrecy, assisting the [[PlayerCharacter Highlord]] in securing the artifact.

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Paladins seeking [[DropTheHammer The Silver Hand]] learn of it from the Tyr's Guard, and ancient and secret order who have charged themselves with keeping the resting place of the Titan Tyr secure and hidden. The Legion's invasion renders their purpose moot, forcing them out of secrecy, assisting the [[PlayerCharacter Highlord]] in securing the artifact.


* ''Film/BattleForTerra'': The Elders are a case this HidingInPlainSight, they are the leaders of their people, but they also suppress the development of new technology, and they keep their people from discovering [[spoiler: the ancient war machines that nearly destroyed them centuries ago.]].

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* ''Film/BattleForTerra'': ''WesternAnimation/BattleForTerra'': The Elders are a case this HidingInPlainSight, they are the leaders of their people, but they also suppress the development of new technology, and they keep their people from discovering [[spoiler: the ancient war machines that nearly destroyed them centuries ago.]].



* ''TabletopGames/KingdomDeath'': The order of the Twilight Knights guard what precious little history humanity has managed to gather. White Speakers may also qualify.

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* ''TabletopGames/KingdomDeath'': ''TabletopGame/KingdomDeath'': The order of the Twilight Knights guard what precious little history humanity has managed to gather. White Speakers may also qualify.



* The FFC in EscapeFromEdenPark, a fraternal order that attempted to record paranormal disturbances and, if possible, correct them.

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* The FFC in EscapeFromEdenPark, ARG/EscapeFromEdenPark, a fraternal order that attempted to record paranormal disturbances and, if possible, correct them.


* ''VideoGame/Fallout'': The Brotherhood of Steel, full stop. They were founded by a military security detail protecting a supersoldier laboratory. When security discovered that the scientists were mutating P.O.W.s into what would eventually be named Super Mutants (which are an immortal, violent, dumbass horde of orcs that ravage the wasteland for 210 years), they executed the scientists and went rogue - on the very day that the apocalypse happened. Resolved to never let unregulated technology fall into the wrong hands and bring about a second apocalypse, the Brotherhood hoards all advanced technology to prevent scientists from playing god. Unfortunately, they stagnate over 200 years and by the time they're officially Ancient, they also hoard lifesaving tech from the commoners out of tradition, and generally shoot down scientists who know too much.

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* ''VideoGame/Fallout'': ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'': The Brotherhood of Steel, full stop. They were founded by a military security detail protecting a supersoldier laboratory. When security discovered that the scientists were mutating P.O.W.s into what would eventually be named Super Mutants (which are an immortal, violent, dumbass horde of orcs that ravage the wasteland for 210 years), they executed the scientists and went rogue - on the very day that the apocalypse happened. Resolved to never let unregulated technology fall into the wrong hands and bring about a second apocalypse, the Brotherhood hoards all advanced technology to prevent scientists from playing god. Unfortunately, they stagnate over 200 years and by the time they're officially Ancient, they also hoard lifesaving tech from the commoners out of tradition, and generally shoot down scientists who know too much.

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* ''VideoGame/Fallout'': The Brotherhood of Steel, full stop. They were founded by a military security detail protecting a supersoldier laboratory. When security discovered that the scientists were mutating P.O.W.s into what would eventually be named Super Mutants (which are an immortal, violent, dumbass horde of orcs that ravage the wasteland for 210 years), they executed the scientists and went rogue - on the very day that the apocalypse happened. Resolved to never let unregulated technology fall into the wrong hands and bring about a second apocalypse, the Brotherhood hoards all advanced technology to prevent scientists from playing god. Unfortunately, they stagnate over 200 years and by the time they're officially Ancient, they also hoard lifesaving tech from the commoners out of tradition, and generally shoot down scientists who know too much.


* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Indy encounters the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword an ancient order dedicated to protecting the location of the HolyGrail. Later they unsuccessfully attempt to prevent Donovan’s party from reaching the Grail’s hiding place.

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* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Indy encounters the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword Sword, an ancient order dedicated to protecting the location of the HolyGrail. Following a traditional playing of the trope, they try to kill Indy (and Elsa [[spoiler:the FemmeFataleSpy]], whom he's with). He captures the leader, Kazim, and finds out what their purpose is; they realise that they both want to protect the Grail from the Nazis, and [[EnemyMine make peace]]. Later they unsuccessfully attempt to prevent Donovan’s party the Nazis' armed convoy from reaching the Grail’s hiding place.place by ambushing it while it travels through a valley. They are brutally slaughtered. Indy finds one of them (apparently Kazim himself) and tugs at the collar of the shirt to reveal the cruciform sword [[TattooTropes tattoo]]. Indy doesn't say anything, but it's clear that he appreciates their sacrifice, or at least their intention.


* ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'' has the Medjai, the descendants of the royal guards of Pharaoh Seti I who attempt to drive off any who might awaken Imhotep. Interestingly, while they know that the gods of Ancient Egypt are real, all the tribes of the Medjai have converted to Islam. And no, they were not ''invented'' for the movie; they're actually based on [[[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medjay an Ancient Egyptian elite paramilitary police force of the same name]].

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* ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'' has the Medjai, the descendants of the royal guards of Pharaoh Seti I who attempt to drive off any who might awaken Imhotep. Interestingly, while they know that the gods of Ancient Egypt are real, all the tribes of the Medjai have converted to Islam. And no, they were not ''invented'' for the movie; they're actually based on [[[[https://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medjay an Ancient Egyptian elite paramilitary police force of the same name]].


* ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'' has the Medjai, the descendants of the royal guards of Egypt who attempt to drive off any who might awaken Imhotep. Interestingly, while they know that the gods of Ancient Egypt are real, all the tribes of the Medjai have converted to Islam.

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* ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'' has the Medjai, the descendants of the royal guards of Egypt Pharaoh Seti I who attempt to drive off any who might awaken Imhotep. Interestingly, while they know that the gods of Ancient Egypt are real, all the tribes of the Medjai have converted to Islam. And no, they were not ''invented'' for the movie; they're actually based on [[[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medjay an Ancient Egyptian elite paramilitary police force of the same name]].

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* Season 3 of ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'' introduces the Knights of Sumeria, an order of knights who have been fighting the Deadites for centuries.


This is the Ancient Order of Protectors, an organization whose purpose can be defined as “keep this knowledge out of everyone else’s hands by any means necessary”. This usually means that the heroes will be forced to fight them one or more times along the way, since PoorCommunicationKills, but this does not necessarily mean they are evil. Quite often, after misunderstandings have been cleared up, the heroes will [[EnemyMine team up]] with the Protectors to fight the BigBad or work with them to prevent a global catastrophe.

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This is the Ancient Order of Protectors, an organization whose purpose can be defined as “keep this knowledge out of everyone else’s hands by any means necessary”.hands no matter who they are”. This usually means that the heroes will be forced to fight them one or more times along the way, since PoorCommunicationKills, but this does not necessarily mean they are evil. Quite often, after misunderstandings have been cleared up, the heroes will [[EnemyMine team up]] with the Protectors to fight the BigBad or work with them to prevent a global catastrophe.


* ''Film/BattleForTerra: The Elders are a case this HidingInPlainSight, they are the leaders of their people, but they also suppress the development of new technology, and they keep their people from discovering [[spoiler: the ancient war machines that nearly destroyed them centuries ago.]].

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* ''Film/BattleForTerra: ''Film/BattleForTerra'': The Elders are a case this HidingInPlainSight, they are the leaders of their people, but they also suppress the development of new technology, and they keep their people from discovering [[spoiler: the ancient war machines that nearly destroyed them centuries ago.]].


* In ''Series/MythQuest'', there is an unnamed Chinese secret society that exists to prevent anyone from accidently releasing Gorgos, a trickster god, from his stone and wreaking havoc on the mythology of the world.

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* In ''Series/MythQuest'', there is an unnamed Chinese secret society that exists to prevent anyone from accidently accidentally releasing Gorgos, a trickster god, from his stone and wreaking havoc on the mythology of the world.

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* The Vassals of the Morning Star in ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'' are an order of vampire hunters that for decades has protected the world from vampires. Its revealed that they have existed for far longer and used to fight against more than just vampires. More specifically, they were founded during the ancient Mesopotamian times to fight against an EldritchAbomination that terrorized the world with its spawn. They were but were unable to destroy it since their leader became a FallenHero and turned into the Beast's [[TheDragon protector]], but they have kept it locked up for ages and only when the vampires emerged that they were reorganized to defend humanity against it.

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