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"But a man you trust with anything... can take everything."
―Basim recalling Odin's betrayal to Eivor Varinsdottir, c. 875[src]-[m]

Basim Ibn Ishaq was a member of the Hidden Ones from the Abbasid Caliphate who operated during the 9th century, working primarily in foreign nations on their behalf. He was also the reincarnation of the Isu Loki.

Biography

Early life

Basim was the inheritor of the memories of the Isu Loki, who had seeded his genetic code into humanity's genepool to circumvent the Great Catastrophe that would destroy the First Civilization and be reunited with his lover Aletheia, whose consciousness was preserved within the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus.[1]

Basim himself was the son of an architect, who constructed the Great Mosque of Samarra but was exiled and died in poverty after someone else took credit for his work. During his youth, Basim was a frequent visitor of the Grand Library of Baghdad.[1]

Basim joined the Hidden Ones at a young age and trained to become a Master assassin. Years later, he became a father, but his son was taken from him by a close friend. This led to Basim becoming unable to trust anyone again, being described by his allies as a person of danger and intrigue.[2]

Meeting Sigurd

In 870 CE, while stationed in Constantinople, a fellow Hidden One informed him of Ammon's mission in Bulgar and his death. Disappointed in his acolyte's death, his interest was piqued when the Hidden One told Basim of a Norseman with a mark on his neck.[3] He then set out to meet Raven Clan Viking leader Sigurd Styrbjornson in Constantinople and befriended him.

Settlement in England

Two years later, Sigurd brought him and Hytham over to Norway, where he met Sigurd's adoptive younger sibling, Eivor Varinsdottir.[4] While in Norway, he was present to watch certain members of Raven Clan decide to move to England and escape the rule of Harald Fairhair under a unified Norway.[5] In time, he told Eivor of a greater conspiracy by a hidden enemy to control the Norse as well as all of England.[6]

Imprisonment

In 877, Eivor and Sigurd traveled to a fjord in the north of Hordafylke. There they found an ancient Isu ruin containing Yggdrasil, an Animus-like supercomputer. Consumed by Loki's memories, Basim attacked them. Eivor, herself the reincarnation of Odin, won the fight and Basim was trapped within the device.[1]

Awakening

By 2020, as the Earth's magnetic field began to strengthen beyond normal, Basim managed to send an audio message to the present-day Assassins, directing them to Eivor's remains in New England. Through use of the Animus, Layla Hassan synchronized with Eivor's memories and discovered the location of the Yggdrasil site. Venturing in with the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus for protection against the lethal radiation in the chamber, she discovered Basim's body still connected to the machine. She connected to the device and discovered that Basim's consciousness had been retained inside the shared simulation. Layla sacrificed her corporeal form to enter the Grey with The Reader but Basim was freed and managed to grasp the Staff to rejuvenate his body. Communicating with Aletheia's consciousness within the Staff, he confirmed that the Odin was long dead and that Layla had fulfilled her purpose.[7]

Traveling to Layla's safehouse, Basim met with Rebecca Crane and Shaun Hastings, members of Layla's Assassin cell in New England, where Eivor had been buried. After enduring the couple's anger at Layla's fate, he then remarked how his brotherhood of the Hidden Ones had renamed themselves as the Assassins, and requested a face-to-face meeting with their Mentor, William Miles, to discuss action against the Templars, the successors to the Order of the Ancients. After the couple had departed the cabin, Basim visited Eivor's grave, remarking how he managed to outlive his adversary before accessing the Animus to take advantage of the Bleeding Effect in the hopes of finding his missing children.[7]

Personality and characteristics

Equipment and skills

Basim wore the standard attire of the Hidden Ones in the Middle East of that time. His red sash signified his rank as a master assassin.[8] Upon emerging from Yggdrasil in the 21st century, Basim wore a grey hoodie, a black t-shirt with a wolf and moon design on the front, brown cargo pants and brown shoes with red laces.

Behind the scenes

Basim Ibn Ishaq is a character that appears in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. He is voiced by Canadian actor Carlo Rota.[9] He also makes an appearance in the third issue of the comic mini-series Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Song of Glory.

Etymology

Basim is an Arabic name meaning "one who smiles", derived from بَسَمَ (basama) meaning "to smile". His nasab ibn Ishaq means "son of Ishaq" with Ishaq, the Arabic form of Isaac, meaning "laughing".

Appearances

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Assassin's Creed: Valhalla [citation needed]
  2. Assassin's Creed: RebellionDatabase: Basim Ibn Ishaq
  3. Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Song of GloryIssue #3
  4. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Prodigal Prince
  5. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Seas of Fate
  6. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaA Cruel Destiny
  7. 7.0 7.1 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaModern day
  8. The Art of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla – Chapter 1: Characters
  9. Twitter.png Darby McDevitt (@DarbyMcDevitt) on Twitter "Please welcome mister @CarloRota into the AC family. He plays the mega handsome Basim."

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