The Indian Brotherhood of Assassins is the branch of the Assassin Brotherhood in operation in India. From the inception of Mentor Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad's reforms, the branch was constituted as an Assassin Guild, and during the 16th century, they were responsible for defending the region from incursions by the Portuguese Rite of the Templar Order from its base in Calicut. Nevertheless, they failed to hold back the tide of British conquests in the 19th century, a development that led to clashes between British Templars and Sikh Assassins over Isu Temples and Pieces of Eden in Punjab and Afghanistan, most notably the Koh-i-Noor.
Unique to the Indian Brotherhood was the strategy of exploiting fear to minimize the need for bloodshed. To that end, they developed a myriad of tools and techniques specially tailored for instilling fright in their enemies, innovations that they shared with the British Brotherhood in the latter half of the 19th century.
During the early 16th century, the Indian Assassins received help from the Italian Assassins to fight off the Portuguese employed by Manuel I of Portugal in Calicut, who was puppeteered by the Templars. They set Pedro Álvares Cabral's storehouses and shops on fire, and took out several key commanders of his army. After Cabral's departure, the Assassins found out that they knew the location of the Calicut Assassins Guild.
After Manuel I sent Vasco da Gama to Calicut to enforce the Portuguese rule, the Indian Assassins hid several relics and documents and evacuated their family and friends. They established an army of disguised Assassins, and killed most of Gama's commanders in plain sight, forcing them to flee.
In the mid 19th century, the Indian Assassin Arbaaz Mir was in search of an artifact – the Koh-i-Noor diamond – which was possessed by the Sikh Empire's ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh; this artifact was also sought after by the British Templars, notably General Francis Cotton. While the Templars' plan to assassinate Singh were successful, transgressions led to the Koh-i-Noor being shattered into many shards.
In 2013, Jot Soora stumbled upon secret coding which allowed him to see the memories of himself and his girlfriend whose ancestry intertwined through that of Arbaaz Mir and his servant, Raza Soora. With this information, Jot was highly sought out by both the Templars and the Assassins, having told the latter that he was Mir's descendant. The Assassins sent agents Siobhan Dhami and her brother Jasdip while the Templars sent a strike team led by Juhani Otso Berg. The Assassins were ultimately successful in retrieving Jot and plugged him into the Brahman V.R. to obtain the location of the Koh-i-Noor. To their dismay, Jot had in fact lied about his heritage and thus provided them with nothing. The Templars soon found them, killing Siobhan in the process. Jasdip managed to escape with Jot, triggering an explosive in Siobhan's Hidden Blade so Abstergo Industries couldn't extract her DNA, causing Jot to become separated from him.
Jasdip later came to Jot's rescue after he and Monima Das were abducted by Abstergo, accidentally causing their vehicle to plunge into the water. Jasdip managed to rescue Jot, though Monima tragically drowned. Jasdip brought Jot to a safehouse run by Dinesh. Jot soon connected the Brahman to their computers, which alerted Abstergo to their location. Dinesh then discovered that Monima was Arbaaz Mir and Pyara Kaur's descendant. Realizing her genetic memories could lead to the Koh-i-Noor, Dinesh backed up the data and wiped it from the Abstergo Cloud. The Templars soon attacked, killing Dinesh, but Jasdip and Jot separately escaped, the latter having gotten away with the phone containing the information that could lead to the Koh-i-Noor. With the Brahman destroyed and the false information on the cloud, the Templars were led to believe that they were no closer to finding the Koh-i-Noor than the Assassins.
In 2015, Jasdip was assigned to find Álvaro Gramática's laboratory, with no success. However, unbeknowst to the Assassins, Jasdip had defected from the Brotherhood and joined the Instruments of the First Will.
Weapons and gadgets
Arbaaz Mir was equipped with a variation of the Hidden Blade known as the Trident Blade, though other Assassins employed the traditional blade.
The Indian Assassins were equipped with typical Assassin gear, as well as a variety of knives like the kukri. After marrying Henry Green and moving to India around 1868, Evie Frye was introduced to fear-inducing weapons including spikes and fear bombs. Initially nonlethal, Evie used these tools in London while tracking Jacob's former apprentice in 1888. Indian Assassins in the late 19th century also seemed to use a fear-inducing hallucinogenic in their clothing that they could release at will, such as during brutal, nonlethal takedowns of enemies or on conjunction with their spikes. Indian Assassins in the late 19th century also tended toward, if not using a kukri, instead utilizing golden discs known as fighting karas in close combat in a manner akin to that of brass knuckles.
The Indian Assassins practices were heavily influenced by the culture in which they lived. They were known to execute those members of their own Order who were seen to have breached the Creed, either through dangerous incompetence or by bringing attention to the Order, as in the case of Jayadeep Mir in 1860, though on this occasion the execution was ultimately suspended.
Allies and puppets
- Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy (mentioned only)
- Assassin's Creed: Brahman (first appearance)
- Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (mentioned only)
- Jack the Ripper (mentioned in Database entry only)
- Assassin's Creed: Underworld
- Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy – Contracts
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Assassin's Creed: Brahman
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Syndicate – Jack the Ripper (DLC) – Database: Assassin Intel 5
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Uprising
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Syndicate – Jack the Ripper
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Syndicate – Jack the Ripper
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Underworld