Order of Zugzwang

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The Order of Zugzwang (光の教団 hikari no kyōdan) is a religious organization in Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride. Founded by King Korol, their creed is create a "White King's Paradise" to save everyone from the coming darkness. In reality, they worship Grandmaster Nimzo as a god and is a front for infiltration by the forces of Nadiria.

Their main temple, Crocodilopolis, was built on Mount Azimuth using slave labour in the place of a demolished temple to the Goddess. Both The Hero and Prince Harry spent ten years labouring as slaves until they managed to escape.

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Zugzwang is German for "compulsion to move". In chess, zugzwang is used to refer to a situation where any move would put a player in a disadvantageous position, but the rules of the game compel them to move anyway. The chess theme extends to each member of the organization, whose titles and names are derived from chess pieces.