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"But a man you trust with anything... can take everything."
―Basim recalling Odin's betrayal to Eivor, 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, and retained all his past memories.


Basim 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 great library of Baghdad.[1]

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, he interest was peaked when the Hidden One told Basim of a Norseman with a mark on his neck.[2] He then set out to meet the Viking, Sigurd Styrbjornson in Constantinople and befriended him. Two years later, Sigurd brought him and Hytham over to Norway, where he met Sigurd's adoptive younger sibling, Eivor Varinsdottir.[3] 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.[4] In time, he told Eivor of a greater conspiracy by a hidden enemy to control the Norse as well as all of England.[5]

Personality and characteristics

Equipment and skills

Basim wore the standard attire of the Levantine Assassin of that time. His red sash signified his rank as a master assassin.[6]

Behind the scenes

Basim Ibn Ishaq is a character that appears in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. He is voiced by Canadian actor Carlo Rota.[7] He also makes an appearance in the third issue of the comic mini-series Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Song of Glory.


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".




  1. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
  2. Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Song of GloryIssue #3
  3. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Prodigal Prince
  4. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Seas of Fate
  5. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaA Cruel Destiny
  6. The Art of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla – Chapter 1: Characters
  7. 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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