The ninja known as the West Wind belongs to an ancient order called the Four Winds, serving their spiritual leader the Master of the Four Winds. When his leader, also known as Timothy Lee, was framed for killing a prostitute, the West Wind was summoned and sent to New York to slay the man who was truly responsible, Richard "Pig" Malone. Malone was under police protection because he agreed to testify against Lee in court, and Elektra was hired to make sure Malone remained in one piece. The North Wind found Malone first but was killed by Elektra. West Wind noticed North Wind’s mark on Elektra through the wound his fallen teammate gave her before his demise and tracked her along with the South and East Winds. West Wind could sense the darkness in Elektra's soul and knew it was the magic of the Hand that protected her from the fatal touch of North Wind's icy sword. The other two Winds attacked while West Wind deployed a smokescreen to confuse Elektra, but she nailed his feet to the floor with her twin sai. The West Wind blacked out from the pain, but he was left alive.