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The Levant is a geographic and cultural region at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea, consisting of Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Cyprus and parts of southern Turkey.

Throughout much of recorded history, the region has been a cultural and spiritual center, birthing the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Due to this, however, it has also been embroiled in countless wars and conflicts as different nations have attempted to control the land. The Third Crusade was one such conflict, taking place in the late 12th century. 

The Levant was also home to one of the oldest branches of the Assassins: the Levantine Brotherhood. Based in Masyaf, the Assassins there were a public organization, openly fighting the Knights Templar in the Crusades before declining into obscurity after the Mongol siege of Masyaf in 1257. Notable members of the branch included Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, his wife Maria ThorpeMalik Al-SayfAbbas Sofian, and the Mentor Al Mualim.

History

In 870 CE, Oisel, a young member of the Frankish Brotherhood of Hidden One based in Chinon's local bureau, received a letter from Basim Ibn Ishaq, the Mentor of the local branch of Hidden Ones in Constantinople, which asked him to follow Basim's travels in the Levant, starting in Antioch.[1]

In 1191, at the time of the Third Crusade, the Assassin Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad killed several influential individuals, both Crusader and Saracen alike, who were secretly members of the Templar Order. Some of these were located in the Syrian capital of Damascus, and ultimately, their deaths caused the Templars to flee to the island of Cyprus. After each assassination that the head of the Levantine Assassins, Al Mualim, ordered him to carry out, he would return to the Assassin fortress located in the village of Masyaf.[2]

In 1511, Ezio Auditore arrived at the city of Masyaf to find it abandoned. In the fortress however, he was ambushed by Templars, where he was greatly outnumbered, injured and captured, as well as having one of his Hidden Blades destroyed. After escaping from a death by hanging, Ezio found the gate to Altaïr's library, and after assassinating Leandros and acquiring a journal from his body, he learned that the Masyaf Keys were hidden in Constantinople, where he traveled afterward to find them.[3]

Upon finding every key, Ezio returned to Masyaf with Sofia Sartor and entered the library, though he didn't find any books, much to his surprise. Instead, he found the corpse of Altaïr, holding a final key that contained his last memory: sealing himself and an Apple of Eden in the library, and his subsequent death.[3]

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