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- "Laa shay'a waqui'n moutlaq bale kouloun moumkine."
- ―The maxim of the Creed stated at every Initiation.[src]
The Initiation to the Assassin Order is a ceremonial tradition held within the Assassin Order. It is a rite of passage when an Assassin becomes a full member of the Order, and vows to commit their life to safeguarding the freedom of humanity. Through the centuries, there have been different renditions of the ceremony.
Although the full details of the initiation into Order during the 12th century are unclear, the ceremony includes the amputation of the ring finger, as a sign of commitment to the Creed. Afterwards, the hidden blade is installed, and the Assassin is prepared to participate in any assassination missions bestowed upon them.
During the Renaissance, the initiation involved the Grand Master of the Assassins, (usually accompanied by several other Assassins) standing around a lit brazier, while speaking the words of the Creed, "Laa shay'a waqui'n moutlaq bale kouloun moumkine." After the initiate repeated the words, rather than remove the left hand's ring finger as was done in the past, their ring finger was simply branded with the mark of a ring using metal tongs heated in the aforementioned fire. Following the branding, the initiation speech is given:
"Where other men blindly follow the truth, remember... Nothing is true. Where other men are limited by morality or law, remember... Everything is permitted. We work in the dark to serve the light. We are Assassins. Nothing is true, everything is permitted."
After this, the newly appointed Assassin must take a Leap of Faith, completing the ceremony. At that point, the initiate is now considered as a full-fledged member of the Order and is granted the use of the robes of a Master Assassin.