The imposter of Barnabas (died 1193) was a Templar agent serving under Armand Bouchart who impersonated the Cypriot rebel Barnabas upon murdering him. In this capacity, he sought to sabotage the Cypriot Resistance's operations from within, particularly by misleading the Assassin Mentor Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad.
The agent's mission was to infiltrate and sabotage the Cypriot Resistance, which he achieved by killing Barnabas and impersonating him. Under this guise, he misled the Assassin Mentor Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad by convincing him to kill Jonas, a merchant in Kyrenia, for betrayal. Because Jonas was in reality a highly respected local, his death caused the Kyrenians to riot, providing a pretext for the Templars to massacre them.
Later, the agent was responsible for killing Demetris, a Templar ally that the Altaïr had intended to interrogate. It was only after seeing the severed head of the real Barnabas, that Altaïr confirmed the man he met in Kyrenia was a Templar mercenary.
Finally, the agent killed Alexander of Limassol, the leader of the resistance, and prepared a trap for Altaïr in the courtyard of the Limassol Castle, near the entrance to the Templar Archive, by unleashing the mob of angry citizens upon the Assassin, whom they believed to be a traitor to the resistance.
There, the agent revealed himself and professed his ability and intention to kill Altaïr, in order to take the Apple of Eden which Altaïr used to pacify the citizens and send them away. However, before the agent could execute his plan, Maria Thorpe suddenly impaled him from behind with her sword, before pushing his corpse off the battlements.
Personality and characteristics
The agent was a stealthy killer and talented spy, who was able to escape from Altaïr on multiple occasions. He wore his Order's uniform most of the time, typically with a hooded mask which obscured his features. Altaïr was uneasy of his casual attitude towards death, as seen when he laughed upon hearing of Jonas' death.