- "I followed my orders, believing in my cause. Same as you."
- ―Sibrand's final words to Altaïr, 1191.[src]
Master Sibrand (c. 1157 – 1191) was the Grand Master of the Knights Teutonic and, secretly, a member of the Levantine Rite of the Knights Templar. He was the eighth of nine Templars killed by the Assassin Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad during the latter's quest for redemption.
Like his Templar brothers, Sibrand's death was commanded by Al Mualim. As the Grand Master of the Knights Teutonic, Sibrand held authority over the port area of Acre's middle district, until his death in 1191.
By 1191, Sibrand had become the first Grand Master of the newly-founded Knights Teutonic. Having obtained this position of great power, Sibrand was desperate to remain in charge, and would do anything to prevent his power from slipping away.
As he was incapable of securing his position, Sibrand became plagued by paranoia of conspiracies and plots against him, so much so that he unnecessarily doubled the patrols, and even threatened to pull knights from battle to protect him.
He remained consistently vigilant, searching for signs of trouble. He took control of the docks in the city of Acre, where he also acquired the services of many ships. He planned to use these vessels to form a blockade that would prevent the "fool" kings and queens from sending aid once the Templars initiated their plan to usurp control of the Holy Land.
Sibrand joined the Templars around this time, and was one of the men that guarded the Apple of Eden's secrets and capabilities.
- Altaïr: "You'll be safe now. Held in the arms of your God."
- Sibrand: "Have my brothers taught you nothing? I know what waits for me, for all of us."
Having locked himself away in Acre's docks, Sibrand waited to perform his role in the "liberation" of the Holy Land. He patrolled the district, scolding two guards he came across, and threatening to double their shifts if they would not get back to their posts. Unknown to him, the Assassin Altaïr eavesdropped on him, to prepare for his assassination.
Sibrand then moved to the docks themselves and, remembering the white-robed Assassin that had been hunting his brothers, began to publicly abuse and torment a scholar, who was clothed similarly to the Assassins. After taunting and eventually killing the scholar, Sibrand warned the citizens not to aid the Assassins.
Sibrand then donned his horned helmet, and set off for his personal ship, prompting Altaïr to follow. Unfortunately, one of Sibrand's sentries spotted him and though he managed to kill him with a throwing knife before he could raise the alarm, the sentry's body fell into the water with a loud splash, alerting Sibrand.
In his manic refusal to be killed, the Templar began wildly firing arrows in every direction, shooting down birds in the process, all the while shouting loudly that he would take care of the Assassins himself if no one else would. Altaïr stealthily climbed aboard the ship as he did, and put an end to Sibrand's life.
With his last breath, Sibrand explained the role assigned to him by the Brotherhood, and claimed that he had proof that nothing waited for him after his life. Having told the Assassin all he knew, Sibrand perished.
Personality and characteristics
At the time he was appointed as the Grand Master of the Teutonics, Sibrand was a fierce man, who never failed to strike fear into the crowds. He was both a skilled swordsman and archer, making him a dangerous opponent. However, as he witnessed more of his Templar brothers dying, he became paranoid and cowardly.
His paranoia became such a burden to him that he doubled the patrols in his district, killed men simply for wearing clothes that were similar to the Assassins' garments and wildly shot arrows at birds, believing they were spies and a form of communication for the Assassins. Sibrand always kept a keen eye on the crowds surrounding him, always expecting his murderer to emerge from them.
Like his fellow Templars, Sibrand did not believe in God or the afterlife, claiming that the Piece of Eden had been proof otherwise. He feared death, believing that there was nothing to await him once he passed away.
- Sibrand is the only target in Assassin's Creed that can be seen during an investigation memory, though he disappears once the cutscene has finished.
- It is possible to throw Sibrand into the water, though doing so caused desynchronization.
- A glitch may occur, during which Sibrand may not be wearing the helmet he put on after killing the scholar.
- Historically, Sibrand was only considered to be the creator of the would-be Teutonic Knights and was not really called a Grand Master since the Teutonic Order itself didn't become a military and Christian order a year after his death in 1192.
- Also, there is no historical account that he seized the boats of the people of Acre, nor did he plan to betray the Crusaders.
- Like Talal in Jerusalem and Jubair al Hakim in Damascus, vigilantes attempt to stop Sibrand if he tries to escape from the docks.
- In the non-canonical mobile version of Assassin's Creed, Sibrand is the very first assassination target; he is air assassinated by Altaïr while presiding over an execution at the gallows, similar to the official trailer for the console version. Unlike in the console version, his assassination takes place in 1189 instead of 1191.