Assassin’s Creed. The true story of the Assassins… In that tragic (and epic) world of the Crusades appeared The Assassins, maybe they learnt style and rules from the Crusaders. In fact, there aren’t reliable evidences of them before the First Crusade, around 1080. Their first Grandmaster was Hassan-i Sabbah (1050 –1124).
Hassan-i Sabbāh was a Nizārī missionary who converted a community in the late 11th century in the heart of the Alborz Mountains of northern Persia, and who extended his doctrine through Egypt, Syria, and The Middle East. The Headquarter was in Alamut, a castle destroyed by the Mongols in 1256.
It seems that he wrote an autobiography (now lost) and was devoted to living austerely. He studied philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, alchemy, and medicine.
Then, how did Assassins turn into criminals? For example, Marco Polo depicted them as trained killers, responsible for the systematic elimination of opposing figures, especially Christians.
When Marco Polo knew them, two centuries had passed, and two centuries of wars, hank, and looting. The hatred between Christians and Muslims was exacerbated. Everyone wanted to possess Jerusalem, and the Christian military orders (Templars for example) were not exactly ‘pacifists’. Also, keep in mind that most of the testimonies were written by his enemies. For example, the accusation that they smoked hashish is probably unfounded and malicious. A confusion of their name Assassins, from Arabic Ḥashshāshīn, with the name of the drug.
In any case, in an atmosphere of insecurity, it is logical that the old missionary trained his followers in the discipline and art of war… The rest is legend.
**Assassin’s Creed is a historical fiction action-adventure video game series. It consists of seven main games and a number of supporting materials. They have appeared on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, iOS, HP webOS,Android, Nokia Symbian Windows Phone platforms, and the Wii U.
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