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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 the Brotherhood's 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 the Viking, 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

Layla Hassan found Basim's remains still hanging from the now irradiated Yggdrasil site when she journeyed there with the Staff of Hermes in 2020. 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 the Staff repaired his body. He then visited Rebecca Crane and Shaun Hastings, members of Layla's Assassin cell in New England, where Eivor had been buried. The Hidden One sent the couple away to bring Assassin Mentor William Miles to him, then accessed the Animus to take advantage of the Bleeding Effect while he awaited his face-to-face meeting.[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]

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

Gallery

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. 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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