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Hytham was a Hidden One from the Abbasid Caliphate who operated during the 9th century.

Holding the rank of acolyte, Hytham followed the Master Basim Ibn Ishaq to combat the Order of the Ancients in Northern Europe.

Biography

Following Basim

Originating from Syrland in the Abbasid Caliphate,[1] Hytham joined the Hidden Ones some time prior to the 870s. At the suggestion of Mentor Rayhan, Hytham accompanied his fellow Hidden One and Master Basim Ibn Ishaq to Northern Europe to combat the growing power of the Order of the Ancients, who had entrenched themselves deep in the various kingdoms' administrations.[2]

While in Constantinople[3] in 870 CE, Hytham and Basim met and befriended the Raven Clan Viking Sigurd Styrbjornsson, who sought to make a name for himself during a two-year journey across the wider world. The two accompanied Sigurd back to Norway, where they were introduced to Sigurd's adoptive younger sister, Eivor Varinsdottir. Hytham took issue with Eivor being gifted with the Hidden Blade[4] that belonged to the late fellow Hidden One Ammon,[5] and the fact that she proudly wore it on her outer wrist rather than concealed as the Hidden Ones did, but Basim overruled him.[4]

As Eivor and Sigurd joined forces with Harald Fairhair in an assault against Kjotve the Cruel's fortress, Basim chose to inform Eivor of the conflict between the Hidden Ones and the Order of the Ancients, of which Kjotve was a member of the latter. Though Kjotve was Hytham's target, Eivor made it clear she deserved the kill, and he and Basim agreed to let her do it. During Kjotve's honor duel with Eivor, however, Hytham went back on the agreement and leapt at Kjotve when he fell into a pit with Eivor, intending to assassinate him. To Hytham's horror, Kjotve caught and hurled him against a wall, incapacitating the Hidden One but allowing Eivor to land the killing blow.[6] Hytham would heal from his injuries, but never fully recover.[7]

Settling in England

Hytham requesting Eivor to help him take down the Order

Later on, Hytham and Basim accompanied the two siblings and select members from the Raven Clan as they left Norway to escape the rule of King Harald, whom they refused acknowledge as king in his efforts to unify the nation after endless wars and dwindling resources.[8] On their arrival in England, the Hidden Ones convinced Eivor to build a bureau in the new settlement of Ravensthorpe to serve as their base of operation to combat the Order of the Ancients in the region. After the bureau's construction, Hytham encouraged Eivor to hunt Order members to ensure alliances with the Raven Clan could be achieved more easily. He then coached Eivor in taking her first Leap of Faith from the cliff across Ravensthorpe. After returning to the bureau, Hytham urged Eivor to hunt down the Order members operating in Lunden, as well as search for Hidden One bureaus throughout England.[2]

During his years operating the Ravensthorpe bureau, Hytham received a letter from his Brotherhood's Mentor, Rayhan. In his letter, Rayhan commended Hytham for accepting Master Basim's invitation to cleanse Northern Europe of the enemy. Rayhan affirmed his belief that Hytham was the right Hidden One to accompany Basim and recommended Hytham follow the example of his elder "brother" if he wished to rise through the Hidden Ones' ranks.[2]

Basim's Betrayal

In 877, following the betrayal and apparent death of Basim, Hytham received a second letter from Mentor Rayhan expressing his dismay, but not surprise. Rayhan went on to explain in the letter that Basim's adherence to the Creed had recently seemed secondary to what he described as a personal mania he had been afflicted with for many years. Hytham was then invited to council housed by Mentor Fuladh of the Justanid Brotherhood in their newly constructed fortress of Aluh-Amut in two summers time to give a full accounting, and to confer a new rank, as the rank of Acolyte was no longer suitable for the young Hidden One.[9]

Trade with Ireland

In 879, Hytham met and maintained contact with a Persian trader named Azar who was based in Dublin, Ireland. Sharing a similar culture, the two became friends and mutually agreed to establish a trade post in both Ravensthorpe and Dublin. Upon Azar's arrival, she was received by the jarlskona Eivor instead of Hytham, who shortly arrived thereafter. Hytham introduced Eivor to Azar, who then informed Eivor of an invitation from King Bárid mac Ímair to Ireland.[10]

Legacy

Hytham's existence was speculated by Shaun Hastings to have been known to Edward Kenway, possibly influencing the naming of his son, Haytham Kenway.[11]

Personality and characteristics

Hytham is shown to be an idealistic Acolyte of Hidden Ones. Although he initially against his master's idea of involving Eivor and even bequeathed her an ornate Hidden Blade, she quickly mastered to gain her trust and with it, forming an alliance between their faction and Ravensthrope. Hytham eventually saw her as a valuable ally in the fight against the Order of the Ancients. [citation needed]

Behind the scenes

Hytham is a character appearing in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, where he is portrayed by Amir Sám Nakhjavani, who also provides additional voice to various NPCs.

Etymology

"Hytham" is a transliteration of the Arabic name هيثم, meaning "young eagle".

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Appearances

References

  1. Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Geirmund's Saga
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaTo Serve the Light...
  3. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaWhere Legends Are Born
  4. 4.0 4.1 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Prodigal Prince
  5. Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Song of GloryIssue #3
  6. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaA Cruel Destiny
  7. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaBirthrights
  8. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Seas of Fate
  9. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaViking Expansion notes: "A Letter from Mentor Rayhan"
  10. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaWrath of the DruidsIrish Trade
  11. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaShaun's notes: "The Hidden Ones"

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