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The Persian Brotherhood of Assassins[1] was the branch of Assassins that operated in Iran.

The Persian Brotherhood was originally a branch of the Hidden Ones who followed in the footsteps of a similar group of assassins from the region led by the Darius, killer of Xerxes I of Persia. In 1050 CE, the Persian branch reorganised itself as a public state known as the Assassin Brotherhood.

History

Achaemenid Empire

In 465 BCE, a Persian man named Darius assassinated the Achaemenid King of Kings Xerxes I who was supported by proto-Templars.[2] His deed became renowned among the later Assassin Brotherhood, for it went down in their history as the earliest recorded usage of the Hidden Blade, their iconic weapon. For this reason, Darius was posthumously honored as one of their predecessors.[1][3]

Assassin state

In 1050, Hassan-i Sabbāh reorganized the Assassin Brotherhood into a public state based in Alamut, a castle in northern Persia.[1][2] In 1162, during the reign of Hassan the Younger, an Assassin later known as Al Mualim was sent to the Levant to expand Assassin influence, establishing another branch autonomous from Alamut.[4]

Under the tenure of Al Mualim's successor Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, paramount responsibility for the Assassins as a whole rested with him while he led from Masyaf in the Levant.[5][6] As a consequence, when he later dissolved the state to lay the seeds for the various Assassin Guilds around the world, the original Persian branch was retroactively grouped with the Levantine branch as the Levantine Brotherhood.[1]

Afsharid dynasty

In 1747, Salah Bey, the captain of guards for Nāder Shāh assassinated the Iranian ruler and hoped to retrieve his Piece of Eden, the Koh-i-Noor diamond. However, the Koh-i-Noor had already been passed off to Ahmad Shāh Durrānī, an Afghan chief, who therefore became the next target of Salah Bey.[7]

Members

Achaemenid Empire

Afsharid dynasty

Allies

Achaemenid Empire

Afsharid dynasty

Appearances

References

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