Adéwalé grew up a slave on a Trinidadian sugar plantation. He always had a strong sense of justice, and he was aware from an early age of the wrongness of what was being done to his people. He gained his chance for escape during a pirate raid on the plantation, during which he killed his slave master, looted a crate of sugar cane, and aided the pirates in getting in and out. They accepted him as one of their crew.
Captured by the Spanish in 1715, Adéwalé made the acquaintance of Edward Kenway. They escaped, freed the other captives, and together they stole a small brig they would name The Jackdaw, and took to the sea as pirates. When the age of piracy was done, he left Kenway’s side to captain his own ship, and continue to take the fight to the Templars. Adéwalé would take a prominent role in history, aiding the Maroon Rebellion in Saint Domingué and fighting the Templar-backed Royal Navy at the Siege of Louisbourg.
Adéwalé’s stoicism and shortness of speech belied a big heart, deep compassion, and respect for life. He was a skilled sailor, a deadly fighter, and archetypal member of the Brotherhood.
Aguilar de Nerha was a member of the Spanish Brotherhood of Assassins during the Renaissance, who dedicated his life to fighting the Knights Templar and the Inquisition led by Tomás de Torquemada.
Born to two members of the Brotherhood of Assassins, Aguilar refused at first to embrace his parents' Creed, preferring to live his life free of commitment. Unfortunately, tragedy struck when both his parents were captured and burned at the stake by the Templar-led Inquisition. Full of regret, he then officially joined the Brotherhood to avenge them, but also to honor their Creed that he now fully understood.
During his training as an Assassin, Aguilar showed great talents for combat and acrobatic feats, quickly becoming one of the finest members of the Brotherhood.
Aguilar was an essential driving force in the expansion of the Assassins in Spain and in their success against the Templars, and he eventually became the new Mentor of the Spanish Brotherhood.
The Mentor of the Levantine Brotherhood in the twelfth century in the time of the Third Crusade, Al Mualim was a wise, secretive man who established the Assassin fortress of Masyaf.
Referred to as the "Old Man of the Mountain", Al Mualim emphasized education and peace, both between warring factions and within an individual. He was a deeply respected Mentor, training such Assassins as Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Malik Al-Sayf, and Abbas Sofian.
Under his leadership, the Brotherhood became a legendary organization held apart from the people - both literally, as in the Masyaf community, and figuratively, becoming feared throughout the land.
Despite a positive influence on the Assassins, Al Mualim was secretly driven by a lust for power. His desire to obtain an Apple of Eden for his own use led to him secretly working with the Knights Templar, sworn enemies of his own Brotherhood.
After killing the Templar Grand Master Robert de Sablé, Altaïr returned to Masyaf to find that Al Mualim had used a recovered Apple of Eden to sway everyone to his will; only a few Assassins were unaffected. Altaïr killed Al Mualim for his betrayal, replacing him as the Mentor of the Levantine Assassins at Masyaf.
Born in Constantinople during the fifteenth Century (sic), Aleksei Zima was an Orthodox priest of Russian origins and a member of the Ottoman Brotherhood. Driven by faith and a desire to help his fellow Orthodox Christians, Aleksei became a priest of the Greek Orthodox church at a young age, but soon discovered it was plagued by rampant corruption. Disgusted, he was easily convinced by agents of the Byzantine Rite of the Templar Order that the Ottomans were at fault, and restoring the Byzantine Empire was the solution. Hopeful it would change things for the better, Aleksei joined the Templars.
However, Aleksei's trust in the Templars was broken when he saw them ruthlessly killing an entire family of Orthodox commoners that had been witnesses to the murder of an Ottoman noble. He then realized that the Templars would stop at nothing to achieve their goals, no matter the costs to innocent lives.
Deeply disturbed and not knowing what to do, Aleksei was approached by Murat Bin Husn who introduced him to the Assassins' Creed. Murat explained the Assassins' timeless feud against the Templars and their dedication to defending the innocents regardless of religion, nationality or origin. Realizing they shared the same sincere beliefs, Aleksei defected from the Templars and joined the Ottoman Brotherhood.
Thanks to his public identity as a priest of the Orthodox Church and his past connection with the Byzantine Templars, Aleksei proved to be an invaluable informant for the Ottoman Brotherhood.
In 1495, this led him to uncover a Byzantine Templar plot about to unfold in Spain, and to accompany Ishak Pasha and his most loyal Assassins into a foreign land.
A descendent (sic) of King Leonidas of Sparta, Alexios was a Greek Misthios (mercenary) who fought in the Peloponnesian war during the fifth century BCE. Born a fierce warrior, his unique lineage also allowed him to wield the broken Spear of Leonidas, a weapon of legend possessing extraordinary properties.
When Alexios was seven, his sister was born and tragedy struck his family. A prophecy that the baby was cursed and would bring darkness to their world led to the baby being cast out of Sparta. When Alexios tried to save his sister, he too was cast out.
Forced into a life of exile, Alexios grew up on Kephallonia, an island of outcasts and misfits, fighting for shelter and food. Robbed of a childhood, Alexios grew up in isolation, training to be a mercenary.
Alexios was eventually drawn into the Peloponnesian War, selling his services to both the Athenian or Spartan sides depending on the situation and his personal beliefs or need at the time.
When he later embarked on a quest to find and reclaim his family, Alexios crossed the path of the Cult of Kosmos, an organized secret society that sought to spread chaos in Greece to further its own mysterious agenda.
Born during the Renaissance, Alonso Pinto was a seasoned sailor with a wise cracking wit and a cynical sense of humor.
Alonso acted as bosun on over a dozen ships, climbing the main mast, leaping from ropes and hanging from the sail in the heaviest of gale winds. While in a fight, his talent for acrobatics stunts made him a difficult and unpredictable opponent.
He was once a member of the Spanish Navy, but his tendency towards laziness and insubordination to his superiors earned him a formal discharge. After he left the Navy, Alonso joined Rodrigo de Mendoza's pirate crew, and found a kinship with his new captain and lifestyle.
When Rodrigo joined the Brotherhood, Alonso followed suit, hoping for a chance to face off with his former commanding naval officers.
The Legendary Eagle
A legendary Assassins and Mentor of the Levantine Brotherhood in the twelfth century during the Third Crusade, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad was born into a Brotherhood family and trained by Al Mualim, the Assassin Mentor of Masyaf.
At the age of 25 Altaïr was the youngest person yet to achieve the rank of Master Assassin. After arrogantly breaking all the three tenets of the Creed during the mission Al Mualim sent him on to acquire an Apple of Eden, he was demoted to the rank of Novice. Altaïr then worked to redeem his honor and rank by engaging in a series of tasks to stop Templars from seizing control of the Holy Land during the Third Crusade. He finished by assassinating Robert de Sablé in a duel in front of King Richard of England.
Altaïr then discovered that Al Mualim had betrayed the Brotherhood by using an Apple of Eden to control the Masyaf Assassins for his own plans.
Altaïr defeated Al Mualim and recovered the Apple, going on to become the new Mentor of the Levantine Assassins.
During his tenure, he implemented several reforms to create a more egalitarian and open Brotherhood. He made many contributions to the Brotherhood's legacy, including redesigned equipment, information gleaned from studying the Apple of Eden, and his Codex, a valuable record of his wisdom and experiences.
Altaïr eventually disbanded the closed Masyaf community, sending the Assassins out to live among the people they defended instead of keeping themselves insular and apart.
Born during the Renaissance, Álvaro de Espinosa was an experienced Spanish mercenary and leader of a small band called the Lobos Silenciosos, The Silent Wolves. His group was contracted by the Spanish crown to make war against the Moorish Kingdom of Granada.
In his many travels, he met a tomboy, peasant girl named Andrea Cortés, and seeing her desire for more out of life, he took the girl under his wing. Over the years he taught her everything he knew about combat, eventually regarding her as the daughter he never had.
Unlike other mercenaries or Spanish soldiers, Alvaro respected the Muslims and their culture. He expressly forbid the defamation or ransacking of Muslim homes, which was common after the fall of a city or village.
As Spain marched closer to victory, the crimes and atrocities committed by the Inquisition in the name of God increased. Alvaro grew more and more disgusted by their actions and insisted on respecting his fallen enemies. With the exception of Andrea, his men slowly began to abandon him, not sharing his reticence towards their enemies.
With few men still at his command and no desire left to fight the Muslims, Alvaro ended up in Guadix, where he was approached by the old mercenary General Domingo de la Torre. Sensing Alvaro's discontent, Doming offered an invitation to join forces with the Brotherhood. And fight for a cause larger than nations or religions. Knowing of Domingo's legendary accomplishments and impressed by the man, Alvaro was convinced by his words and agreed to fight for the Assassins' cause.
Born during the Renaissance, Andrea Cortés was a young mercenary girl who came from an extremely poor Spanish upbringing.
The daughter of peasant pig farmers, Andrea was the only girl of the family's seven siblings and hated her impoverished life on the farm. A staunch tomboy and ruffian, she spent all her days attending the pigs, sword fighting and wrestling with her brothers who were members of the local militia.
One rainy night, a group of mercenaries called "The Silent Wolves", led by Álvaro de Espinosa, offered to pay more gold than she had ever seen for a single night of shelter on her family's farm. After hearing their stories of gold and riches, she packed her things and left with Alvaro the next morning. As a mercenary, Andrea learned a lot from Alvaro, and over time she grew to consider him like a second father.
When Alvaro attempted to convince his mercenaries to serve the cause of the Assassins, most of them disagreed and left, but Andrea decided to stay and join the Brotherhood with him.
Born during the Renaissance, Angela Carillo was a young courtesan who worked in a renowned brothel in Seville called La Reina Sonriente, or The Smiling Queen.
The Smiling Queen was owned and operated by the Spanish Thieves' Guild and attracted many rich and powerful patrons.
One of the most desired women in the establishment, Angela's popularity was second only to Flora de la Cruz, her best friend. A clever girl known for her humor and skill as a cunning conversationalist, it was said that Angela could bring a smile to a dead man's face. Many of the Smiling Queen patrons gave up every secret they had for just one more moment with her.
Through their connection with the Thieves' Guild, the Assassins approached Angela and asked her to lend her talents to their cause. The Inquisition soldiers' constant pressure and abuse of the courtesans of Seville convinced her to accept the Brotherhood's invitation.
After joining, Angela spent many nights drawing information from the tongues of rich nobles and officers, gathering intel for the Brotherhood.
Egypt's Adopted Son
Apollodorus of Sicily came to the court of the thirteenth Ptolemy in Alexandria as a young man. There, he quickly formed a bond of friendship with the Pharoah’s elder sister, Cleopatra. Apollodorus eventually learned that Ptolemy was under the influence of a cult called the Order of the Ancients, who had fostered fear and jealousy of Cleopatra in the Pharoah’s heart. Apollodorus ushered Cleopatra out of Alexandria and into hiding in order to protect her from her brother’s wrath.
The Sicilian set about building a vast network of spies and informants throughout Egypt, which he used to keep tabs on the Order of the Ancients. Upon his eventual return to Alexandria, Apollodorus made the acquaintance of Aya, and the two worked together to topple the Order. He would aid her and her husband, Bayek of Siwa, in their quest for revenge on many occasions and would remain loyal to them even when Cleopatra turned to the Order of the Ancients’ side.
Apollodorus was a shrewd courtier and brilliant strategist who could navigate and manipulate the apparatuses of rulership. Though he preferred to work behind the scenes, he was no coward, and had been well trained in the use of arms.
Shadow of Alexandria
Serving as an agent of Cleopatra for years, Aya of Alexandria was also the wife of Bayek of Siwa, and a descendant of Kassandra the Misthios. Like her husband, she spent her life seeking revenge against the Order of the Ancients for the death of their son, Khemu.
A vital instrument during the Alexandrine Civil War, Aya eventually became disillusioned with her service to Cleopatra. Her queen joined forces with Gaius Julius Caesar, and thus also the Order of the Ancients. Betrayed and dishonored, Aya was dismissed from her service.
Aya founded the Sect of the Hidden Ones alongside her husband, becoming one of the very first Assassins alongside him. She would leave an indelible mark on history, and was skilled and dangerous woman.
Born during the Renaissance, Baltasar de León was a humble knight-errant of modest noble lineage from Castile. Raised on the chivalric tales of heroic knights like El Cid, Baltasar dedicated himself to virtuous pursuits like wisdom, glory and honor while forsaking material riches.
In his quest, he roamed the country in a life of humble service, protecting the weak, righting wrongs and aiding the poor. Over many years, the injustices at the hands of the Inquisition he bore witness to weighed heavily on his soul.
In his many travels, he eventually met with members of the Brotherhood who introduced him to the Assassin's Creed. Seeing the similarities between his beliefs and their own, Baltasar joined the Order and swore to fight against the injustices committed by Torquemada and his Dogs of the Lord.
Bartolomé Ortiz was a master blacksmith during the Renaissance, renowned throughout Spain for creating the highest quality weapons from the finest Toledo steel. His great size, strength and penchant for wine earned him a reputation as loud mouth. (sic)
However, underneath his boorish, muscled exterior, Ortiz was a kind-hearted man who took great pride in, and accountability for, the weapons he created.
It anguished him to see the Inquisition soldiers using his steel to oppress the disenfranchised people of Toledo. As a result, he agreed to go into business with his best friend Diego, and give up making weapons for all time. His retirement was premature thanks to the Inquisition, who executed Diego for trying to protect an innocent young girl they were harassing.
Outraged by his loss, Ortiz joined the Assassins to lend them his strength, and to create weapons they could use to avenge his friend.
The Last Medjay
A Berber-Egyptian born and raised in the oasis of Siwa at the end of the Ptolemaic era in the first century BCE, Bayek was the last of the Medjay, the protectors of the old kingdom of Egypt, and the husband of Aya, with whom he co-founded the Hidden Ones organization. A caring father and a loving husband, Bayek also had a strong faith in Egyptian tradition, which did not hinder him from being open-minded and welcoming of strangers.
When members of the sinister Order of the Ancients arrived in Siwa and demanded access to the locked Vault under the Temple of Amun, Bayek's life was shattered by the senseless murder of his son. This drove Aya and Bayek apart, with Bayek embarking on a quest for vengeance, hunting down the masked men one by one. But Bayek's motivation slowly evolved into a drive to see right championed for its own good, fighting the Order of the Ancients to defend justice and the wellbeing of the population.
Bayek's personal ethics and morals were rooted in a strong sense of responsibility and duty to protect those unable to protect themselves. Bayek and Aya shaped the creation of the organization grounded in this ethical system and devoted to justice, known as the Hidden Ones, which would later evolve into the Brotherhood of Assassins.
Born during the Renaissance, Beatriz de Navarrete was a Spanish noblewoman from Barcelona with a total lust for life that had no sense of discrimination. From her early teens, she craved more than her vapid, proper noble life could provide. She actively chased adventure, learning how to hunt and swordfight from her brothers, to the disapproval of her parents.
Beatriz loved to sneak out of her family's villa to roam the streets of Barcelona and enjoy the city's nightlife. During those nights out, Beatriz befriended all manner of people, commoners, Moors and Christians alike.
On one such night of revels with her friends, she made the acquaintance of Sayyid al-Abbas, a Moorish Assassin also living in the city, and the two fell madly in love.
Mortified by her actions, Beatriz's parents attempted to force her into an arranged marriage with a captain of the Spanish army. Her parents warned that if she did not comply and fully reform, she would be cut off financially and disowned. Beatriz did not comply, and instead decided to run away with her Assassin lover to pursue a more kindred life with the Brotherhood.
Claudia Auditore da Firenze was a Florentine noblewoman during the Renaissance, and the sister of the legendary Assassin Ezio Auditore.
A strong-willed and resourceful girl with a knack for business management, Claudia proved quite useful to her brother over the years. When Ezio and Claudia had to leave Florence and flee to the safety of their uncle Mario's villa in Monteriggioni, she became the financial accountant of the town, which then flourished under her care.
Later in her life, Claudia followed her brother in his travels, including Rome, where she once again proved to be an essential asset for the Brotherhood's finance.
After also proving her ability to fight, she was eventually inducted into the Brotherhood as a full-fledged Assassin by her brother.
Born during the Renaissance, Constanza Ramos started her life as a street thief in Seville, before becoming a fearless and daring young Assassin.
Constanza lost her parents at the age of 13 to an extremely rare case of the Black Death, and became a street urchin doing whatever she could to survive. Fearless and with nothing left to lose, Constanza began executing high-risk robberies of rich merchants, using her incredible acrobatic skills to escape capture. Eventually Constanza bit off more than she could chew, and was arrested and imprisoned.
While in prison, she met an Assassin who was planning an escape and invited her to come along with him. After their successful escape from Seville dungeon, the Assassin introduced young Constanza to the Brotherhood and its Creed, and offered her to join them. Discovering a new family in the Brotherhood, Constanza gladly accepted.
Born during the Renaissance, Corvo Antonelli was an Italian mercenary by day, but moonlighted as a gladiator in underground arenas of Rome that mimicked the blood sport of old.
Known in the arena as "The Crow", Corvo was deeply respected by his fellow gladiators, many of whom he had beaten but spared. He was regarded as the unofficial champion of the underground gladiatorial scene.
Corvo's path crossed with Bartolomeo d'Alviano on multiple occasions. First, by working as a mercenary in one of his companies, and then in the underground gladiator scene, as Bartolomeo's Mercenary Guild also managed the fight clubs and arenas of Rome. Taking notice of Corvo's ruthless combat abilities, and finding a kindred spirit in his proud and direct personality, Bartolomeo invited him to join the Brotherhood.
Having always chafed at the norms of hierarchy and the entitlement of nobility, the Brotherhood was a perfect fit for the rough but idealistic Corvo. His resilience and ferocious combat skills proved very useful.
Once known as Artabanus, Darius was an Elite warrior and proto-assassin who lived in Persia during the 5th century BCE. The Persian Emperor, Xerxes I, was a pawn of the Order of the Ancients, and fulfilled their whims at the expense of the Persian people. Darius saw this, and joined with some of his fellow warriors to oppose the Order. Darius constructed and used a precursor to the Assassin's hidden blade to assassinate Xerxes.
Artaxerxes I, Xerxes' son, succeeded his father and Darius moved to assassinate him before he fell to Order corruption. Darius' allies disagreed with his aggressive stance. Darius' closest friend and confidant, Amorges, betrayed him to the Order, and Darius was declared a traitor. Darius chose to flee Persia with his family rather than face the Order alone.
Despite his efforts to protect his family, the Order eventually caught up with them, and Darius' wife and daughter were killed. Driven further west, Darius and his remaining son, Natakas, settled in Greece and hid from the Persian Order of the Ancients in the wilderness of Makedonia.
Darius was a self-sufficient assassin and warrior of great skill. He preferred stealthy tactics to open conflict, but was more than capable of holding his own in a fight. He was slow to trust, and short of words, but also a staunch ally.
Darius never ceased being obsessed with defeating the Order of the Ancients and took any opportunity to exact what revenge he could upon them.
Wise Old General
Born during the Renaissance, Domingo De La Torre was a Mercenary General from Zaragoza with a four-decade career of leading soldiers into battle, before eventually becoming a Master of Arms for the Spanish Brotherhood of Assassins.
A calm and resolved man, Domingo began his career at a young age as a conscript of the Spanish army and rose through the ranks at an unprecedented speed. A natural charismatic leader and peerless combatant, he left the army to form his own mercenary group named Los Hijos Del Leon, or Sons of the Lion, and earn his fortune. Their reputation spanned over two decades, serving as bodyguards to Spanish nobles and participating in countless battles.
Despite his unrivaled tactical and combat skills, the war machine claimed many of Domingo's companions, leaving him alone and despondent. After twenty five years of bloodshed, he disbanded the Sons of the Lions, filled with regrets that medals and gold could not heal.
Domingo's guilt set him on a pilgrimage, during which he came across a group of Assassins. Over a long night of conversation, he learned of the teachings of the Brotherhood and saw a true opportunity for his own redemption. Domingo embraced the Creed, believing this would be his last chance to fight for something virtuous rather than the interests of warmongering nobles, and dedicated his remaining days to the Brotherhood.
The Pirate Assassin
Edward Kenway, originally born in Swansea, Wales in 1693, would eventually become one of the most feared pirates on the Spanish Main. He would sail alongside legendary names such as Benjamin Hornigold, Edward Thatch, Calico Jack Rackham, and Charles Vane. Introduced to the Assassin Brotherhood by James Kidd, AKA Mary Read, Edward Kenway aided them in their fight against the Templars and joined their cause to keep the knowledge of the Sages out of Templar hands.
Eventually pardoned for his crimes, Edward would return to England, where he would marry and start a family. During his time as a pirate, Kenway was an accomplished sailor,a deadly swordsman, and an honorable man.
Scourge of the Seas
Edward Thatch, once a privateer in service to British Crown during the War of Spanish Succession, would go on to become possibly the most terrifying presence in the Caribbean. He turned pirate soon after the end of the War, serving as Benjamin Hornigold's quartermaster. He would quickly rise to his own captaincy, at which time he began to cultivate a fearsome appearance, which would earn him the moniker "Blackbeard." His ship, Queen Anne's Revenge became one of the greatest predators of the Spanish Main.
The persona of "Blackbeard" was more theater than reality, a façade to aid in the bloodless capture of terrified merchant vessels. Thatch was a staunch and loyal friend who joined Hornigold and Kenway in championing the independence of Nassau. He fought as hard as anyone to preserve it, and had great disdain for the English bureaucracy.
The Italian Mentor
Born during the Renaissance, Ezio Auditore da Firenze was a Florentine nobleman, and eventually became the Mentor of the Italian Brotherhood of Assassins.
A member of a family closely tied to the Brotherhood, Ezio remained unaware of his Assassin heritage until the age of 17, when he witnessed the unjust hanging of his father and two of his brothers by Templar hands. Forced to flee his birthplace, Ezio took refuge with his uncle Mario in the town of Monteriggioni, who helped him begin his Assassin training.
Quickly learning about the Creed and mastering the Order techniques, Ezio revealed his natural talents and became a Master Assassin. Ezio then set about on a quest for vengeance against the Templar Order and their Grand Master, the Spaniard Rodrigo Borgia who had ordered the execution of his kin.
During his various travels to fight the Templar Order, Ezio travelled to Spain and helped the local Brotherhood fight the Templar-led Inquisition.
Born during the Renaissance, Faris al-Saffar was a brilliant craftsman and engineer from Morocco. He left his home for Granada to sell his incredible tools and devices to the wealthy nobles of the city.
As a skilled inventor, Faris spent his days tinkering with complex tools and volatile explosives, always trying to push the limits of current technology. Many of Faris' experiments were not technically legal, so he was often required to break the law in order to pursue his craft and acquire the forbidden materials that his plans required. To do so, he struck up a deal with the local criminal underground, providing them bombs and tools in exchange for favors.
This arrangement continued until Jariya al-Zakiyya, Sultan Muhammed XII's personal spy, discovered him. Also a member of the Brotherhood, Jariya immediately saw Faris' skills could serve the Assassins. Jariya convinced the Sultan to forgive Faris' innocuous crimes, on the condition that he would join the Brotherhood and provide his incredible tools and devices exclusively to them.
Born during the Renaissance, Flora de la Cruz was the top courtesan at a renowned brothel in Seville called La Reina Sonriente, or The Smiling Queen.
Famous for her beauty and grace, Flora loved to surround herself with fine and beautiful things, toying with men's hearts to achieve her desires. Despite her many admirers, only her best friend and fellow courtesan Angela Carillo had the ability to truly make her laugh.
Unknown to most, Flora also worked as a spy and informant for the Thieves' Guild, going unnoticed thanks to her nimble body, and acquiring secret knowledge for Seville's underworld.
Flora came to join the Brotherhood begrudgingly after being caught spying on two of their Assassins. Her best friend Angela, a new member of the Brotherhood, intervened and convinced the Assassins to spare Flora's life on the condition she swore to work only for their cause from now on.
Gaspar Donozo started his life as a young medical student during the Renaissance, born of a modest merchant family near Seville. Blessed with steady hands and a feather-like touch, he was able to stitch grievous injuries and set bones to mend with ease.
He was sent to the academy at Madrid by his family, who had invested much of their fortune to pay for the tuition. It was his father's wish for Gaspar to become a renowned doctor and bring honor and wealth to his family's name.
Once alone and away at school however, Gaspar became enamored with the night life of Madrid and took to drinking and debauchery, depleting his family's savings on dice and wine and women. During his time he also won the friendship of several local Assassins, for whom he would on occasion bind a wound or stitch a cut.
Dead broke and unable to complete his medical training due to his vices, Gaspar was inevitably expelled from the academy. Unwilling to face his family's disappointment, he left school and sold his skills as a street doctor to the poor and sick.
His Assassin friends didn't forget about him, however; seeing his predicament, they invited him to lend his talented hands to their cause. Gaspar gladly accepted, and being a free-spirit himself, he did everything he could to uphold the Creed and support the Brotherhood.
Georgios Cardoso was a popular street fighter in Renaissance Spain. Resilient and tough, he participated in underground prizefighting matches for fame and glory as well as the gold. Very much a solitary man, his unsubtle signature style was to hit hard, stay standing, and keep punching.
As his fame grew, he began to gamble and his debts accumulated rapidly. He went to the Thieves' Guild for a loan, and they paid all his debts in return for a favor: they asked him to work with the Spanish Brotherhood on their behalf.
While the Brotherhood would not have been Georgios' personal choice, he grudgingly respected their ideals. At times he chafed at the need for stealth, preferring to gladly engage when the Assassins needed a heavy hand in combat.
Gershon Deloya was a Jewish alchemist living in Renaissance Spain. A careful planner fascinated by numbers and calculations, he enjoyed tinkering with creations, but specialized in the mixing of elixirs and tonics, which he sold at his shop. Having built up a comfortable business with regular customers, Gershon then began to experiment after hours with increasingly odd and exotic ingredients for his elixirs, which an exclusive, private clientele began to purchase off the record.
During a wave of targeting Jewish citizens, the Inquisition confiscated Gershon's business and assets. When his back-room deals came to light, the Inquisition tortured him in an attempt to force him to reveal his business contacts for the exotic ingredients. He was eventually freed when one of his wealthy exclusive patrons paid for his release.
However, the loss of everything he had and his experiences in prison left their mark on his sanity. Broken, he sought revenge on the Inquisition for ruining his life, and decided to join the Assassins.
Even though he had no particular talent for fighting or stealth, using his skills in alchemy to help the Brotherhood gave Gershon the chance to strike back in his own way.
Girolamo Da Lucca was a Master Assassin from Florence, and an expert in melee and stealth during the Renaissance. His background remains a mystery to this day, but it is believed he had strong ties to the Medici family and a personal vendetta against the Borgias of Spain.
He began his career working as an assassin for hire and developed a reputation for his obfuscation and infiltration skills. He would perform mass assassinations, killing twenty men without detection or sign of entry. His deadly talents and his ability to disappear without a trace earned him the title "The Ghost of Florence".
Ezio became aware of his growing reputation and approached him to join the Brotherhood. Girolamo felt an affinity for the Creed and accepted.
When Ezio gave notice of his departure for Spain, Girolamo insisted on traveling with him, possibly to pursue his own agenda.
Born during the Renaissance, Hamid al-Jasur started his life as a skilled Moorish armorer from the town of Malaga, where he lived with his wife and daughter.
A peaceful and unbiased man, he sold his finely crafted armor to anyone interested, regardless of ethnicity or religious beliefs. This changed when the forces of the Reconquista recaptured and sacked Malaga, torturing and killing the Muslim population as punishment for its resistance, among them his wife and daughter.
Alone and distraught, Hamid fled to Granada where he joined the local Assassins. He found a sense of solace in their cause and continued to use his skills to provide armor to aid in the battle against the Inquisition.
Horacio de Heredia was a heroic and beloved Knight Hospitalier of Rhodes during the Renaissance.
Descended from Spanish nobility, he was regarded as one of the most virtuous men of his order.
During Torquemada's rise to power, Horacio's noble house refused to support what they saw as an inexcusable abuse of authority by the Inquisition. Not to be trifled with, Torquemada used his influence over the king and queen to have his family branded as heretics and executed.
Outraged and heartbroken by the news, Horacio decided to abandon the Knights Hospitalier in Rhodes and to return home to avenge them. Getting wind of Horacio's return to the country, the Spanish Assassins approached him and invited him to join them in their fight against the Inquisition.
While working for the Brotherhood, Horacio was invaluable to the cause. His upbringing, garb and knowledge of Templar lore allowed him to infiltrate many locations without suspicion, posing as a Templar knight. Likewise, his amazing armor and two-handed sword prowess made him a bulwark in combat.
Born during the Renaissance, Inigo Montañes was the bastard son of a Spanish noble and his courtesan lover who suffered a difficult upbringing. After the premature death of his mother, Inigo left Seville to become a wandering mercenary.
A naturally talented fighter, Inigo was hired in his teens by a mercenary company called The Silent Wolves, led by Álvaro de Espinosa. The young man struck up a kinship with Andrea Cortés, another member of the band, bonding over their mutual desire to be rich. Inigo also grew to respect Alvaro's leadership and wisdom, treating him as the father he never had. Together they fought for the Spanish monarchs and amassed more wealth than Inigo could have ever imagined.
Life seemed good in Inigo's eyes, but after years of perpetuating injustices in the name of the Reconquista, Alvaro could no longer bear the burden on his soul. In a heartfelt plea, Alvaro attempted to convince his group to fight for something more virtuous than wealth by joining the Assassins. Inigo felt betrayed and abandoned by this sudden change of heart, and left to pursue further fortune on his own.
Eventually, Inigo's own conscience buckled under the guilt of abandoning his only true family, and he was reunited with Alvaro and Andrea when he returned to join them and the Assassins.
The Ottoman Mentor
Ishak Pasha was an Ottoman general, statesperson and Grand Vizier during the late fifteenth century. He was also secretly the leader of the Ottoman Brotherhood of Assassins.
One of his notable successes was in 1476 when he participated in the Ottoman military crackdown on a Hungarian uprising, defeating the rebel leader, a Templar named Vlad Tepes.
Ishak Pasha was largely responsible for the established peace between the Assassins and the Ottomans during the early sixteenth century, as well as being the individual responsible for finding and recruiting Yusuf Tazim, who would go on to be a key Master Assassin and Ishak Pasha's successor as the leader of the Ottoman Brotherhood.
In the late fifteenth century, Ishak Pasha traveled to Spain on a secret mission, bringing with him a small team of his best and most loyal Assassins to support the Spanish Brotherhood.
A cocky, well-connected Spanish nobleman of the Renaissance, Jaime Del Rada was a skilled fighter who pled the lack of personal troops to avoid participating in the Reconquista war. He had extensive social connections and a busy social life, attending parties and functions held by other nobles and the Spanish monarch, but his true allegiance lay with the Brotherhood.
One of Jaime's grand passions was for art, moving within a social circle of fellow aristocratic art collectors and art merchants. His weakness was gambling, often recklessly so. Lupo Gallego, King of Thieves, knew of Jaime's love of gambling and contacted him with an offer to sell him a valuable work of art that had been acquired illegally. Lupo's instincts were right: Jaime was intrigued by the thrill of the illegal transaction.
Lupo was subsequently impressed by Jaime's commitment to his values, which were in line with the Brotherhood's, and recommended that he be recruited. Jaime admired the Assassins' goals, and willingly joined them.
Working closely with his friend Lupo, Jaime then expanded his amateur dabbling as an art dealer, willingly selling art "recovered" by the Thieves' Guild to fund the Brotherhood's fight against the Templar Order.
Jariya al-Zakiyya was a half-Moorish sly and cunning Assassin from Granada who was raised in the Sultan's court during the Renaissance.
A woman of great beauty, she was reputed to have been the secret child of the former Sultan Abu al-Hasan Ali and his Christian slave lover. As a result, Jariya was raised by the women of the sultan's harem.
Jariya also became the childhood friend of Boabdil, who would eventually become the Sultan Muhammad XII.
Trusting Jariya as a loyal confidant, (sic) Boabdil asked his friends and allies the Assassins to train her as one of their own. Jariya then served as Muhammad XII's personal spy for many years.
When Granada fell and Muhammad XII had to surrender his kingdom to the Spanish Monarchs, he made Jariya swear on his life that she would flee Granada and join the Spanish Brotherhood to avenge him.
Born during the Renaissance, Jean Delacroix was a noble French knight at the court of Charles VIII. A powerful warrior and highly religious man, Jean lived by a strong moral code based on the Christian philosophy of love and compassion.
The pervasive corruption of the church distressed him and he spoke out wherever possible. As a result, the Templars used their political influence to have Jean stripped of his title and disgraced.
During his trial, Delacroix met Machiavelli who educated him about the philosophy of humanism and the Templars' hidden activities. It was then that he learned of the Brotherhood and their mission.
Machiavelli invited Jean to travel to Spain, where his strength and faith could be of service to a local Brotherhood in their fight against the evils of the Inquisition. Eager to fight this symbol of a lost and corrupt church controlled by Templars, Jean accepted and set out to start anew in another country.
Born during the Renaissance, Jorge Díaz was a Spanish knight from Murcia. The last surviving member of a ruined family, Jorge had nothing to offer a noble lord but the sword and armor on his back.
Due to his lack of titles and riches, he was regularly ridiculed by his arrogant Spanish peers; many of whom were secretly members of the Templar order. Being an outcast among the nobility, Jorge had to work as a mercenary to survive.
One day, as Jorge was digging through his last family heirlooms hoping to find something he could sell for a few coins, he stumbled upon his great-grandfather's ancestral sword, bearing the Brotherhood insigna. (sic)
Intrigued, Jorge tracked the origins of the sword, and eventually met with the Assassins.
After realizing his family's past allegiance to the Brotherhood, Jorge decided to join them. He would fight alongside the Assassins while seeking vengeance against all those who had shamed him and his family's name.
A descendent (sic) of King Leonidas of Sparta, Kassandra was a Greek Misthios (mercenary) who fought in the Peloponnesian war during the fifth century BCE. Born a fierce warrior, her unique lineage also allowed her to wield the broken Spear of Leonidas, a weapon of legend possessing extraordinary properties.
When Kassandra was seven, her brother was born and tragedy struck her family. A prophecy that the baby was cursed and would bring darkness to their world led to the baby being cast out of Sparta. When Kassandra tried to save her brother, she too was cast out.
Forced into a life of exile, Kassandra grew up on Kephallonia, an island of outcasts and misfits, fighting for shelter and food. Robbed of a childhood, Kassandra grew up in isolation, training to be a mercenary.
Kassandra was eventually drawn into the Peloponnesian War, selling her services to both the Athenian or Spartan sides depending on the situation and her personal beliefs or need at the time.
When she later embarked on a quest to find and reclaim her family, Kassandra crossed the path of the Cult of Kosmos, an organized secret society that sought to spread chaos in Greece to further its own mysterious agenda.
Born at the end of the Ptolemaic era in the first century BCE, Kensa was a Nubian gladiator in the Faiyum Oasis and a friend of Bayek. A fierce warrior, Kensa also had a bright and optimistic outlook.
Kensa and Bayek became close friends as children when Kensa's nomadic Nubian tribe camped outside of Siwa. Even though they were both young, Kensa taught Bayek survival and hunting skills that proved to be essential.
One of Bayek's earliest mentors, Kensa was insightful regarding people and their motivations, a skill she taught to him along with more battle-related ones.
Kensa was captured by slavers during a raid on Siwa. She later escaped slavery, fighting her way free.
During his investigations of people working for the Order of the Ancients, Bayek met Kensa again in the Faiyum, working as a gladiator in the Krokodilopolis Arena. They teamed up as the Siwan Warriors to enable Bayek to infiltrate the gladiators, believing two of them to be responsible for a murder.
When Bayek's mission was complete, Kensa offered to help him, but he refused, distrusting her mercenary nature. Kensa therefore remained a free warrior, working as a bodyguard and gladiator.
After the formation of the Hidden Ones, Bayek revised his judgement of her and invited Kensa to join them. She accepted gladly, pleased to be able to reunite with her childhood friend.
Lucas Bellini was a Roman Master Assassin during the Renaissance, who staunchly supported Ezio's restoration of the Brotherhood in Rome. Born from a family of Assassins, Lucas developed an immediate kinship with Ezio and followed his orders without question.
A normally calm and friendly man, Lucas was fiercely protective of his brothers in arms. In combat, Lucas would enter a legendary rage which transformed him into a juggernaut, able to shrug off horrific wounds until every last enemy present was dead.
His fondness and respect for Ezio was so great he considered it an honor to be selected to accompany him on a mission to Spain.
Born during the Renaissance, Luciano Cavazza was an Italian Assassin from Venice noted to be an extremely efficient, stone-cold killer. Hailing from a family of Assassins, he and his younger sister were both trained from an early age to eventually join the Brotherhood.
During a botched mission, Luciano's sister was caught and interrogated mercilessly by members of the Templar Order. Despite being severely tortured, she refused to divulge any of the Brotherhood's secrets; she was killed and her body dumped unceremoniously into the local canal.
Blaming himself and the Templars for her horrible death, a deep hatred blossomed inside Luciano, causing him to methodically hunt and kill every Templar he could uncover. His violent, sometimes careless tactics nearly caused him to be expelled when his body count and lack of discretion drew too much attention to the Italian Brotherhood.
After Ezio became Mentor of the Italian Brotherhood, he decided to send Luciano to Spain to support their local Brotherhood, hoping to prevent him from attracting additional attention to the Italian Assassins.
Luis Chico was the young leader of a small Spanish gang of thieves during the Renaissance. An orphan abandoned in the streets of Madrid at an early age, Luis had to become a thief to survive.
Thanks to his audacity and charisma, he formed his own gang with other young thieves, calling themselves the Cien Ojos, or the Hundred Eyes.
Together they robbed wealthy merchants, nobles, and even Inquisitors, which ended badly when all of Luis' friends were killed during a failed attempt to rob a Templar villa.
Luis then decided to avenge them by joining the Brotherhood of Assassins and dedicating his talents to stealing exclusively from Templars.
Luisa Gallego was a highly respected Spanish thief during the Renaissance, and sister to Rosa Gallego. She was the youngest and more reserved daughter of Lupo Gallego, the Spanish King of Thieves and founder of the infamous Thieves' Guild of Madrid.
As a child, Luisa trained rigorously in the arts of thievery, acrobatics and free-running while stalking the rooftops of Madrid. Her athletic prowess and grace were unmatched. Her specialized training allowed her to leap any hurdle or ascend any wall. No location was unreachable to her.
Luisa and her sister Rosa joined the Assassins willingly when her father swore loyalty to them on behalf of the Thieves' Guild.
The King of Thieves
Lupo Gallego was known throughout Spain as the legendary King of Thieves during the Renaissance. He was the founder and leader of the Spanish Thieves' Guild based out of Madrid, which earned a massive fortune while paying tremendous bribes to corrupt officials and members of the Inquisition to ensure continued operation. Lupo was a reasonable man who was only concerned with profits, never politics.
Reputed to be the greatest thief who ever lived, accounts state that Lupo was able to pilfer anything, from anyone, at any time without warning or detection. He eventually became the father of two beautiful daughters, Luisa and Rosa, who he trained in the countless secrets of his family business.
As the Inquisition grew in power, King Ferdinand, through the influence of Torquemada, claimed an example needed to be made in name of the Church. This set in motion a bloody conflict between the Thieves' Guild and the Inquisition soldiers that Lupo knew he could not win alone. In desperate need of allies, Lupo and his Guild sided with the Brotherhood of Assassins, embraced the Creed and never looked back.
Born during the Renaissance, Magdalena Suárez was a young and well-known seamstress from Toledo who became a dedicated Assassin. She was renowned for her bright personality and charm, and was a close friend of Bartolomé the blacksmith, who hailed from the same district of Toledo as she did.
One night, she was cornered by drunk Inquisition soldiers looking for a good time. Before they could act, she was rescued by the mysterious Assassin María, who was in town to handle a mission for the Brotherhood.
After seeing the incredible Assassin in action, Magdalena begged María to train her, her only desire being to also protect the helpless from the injustice the way María had done for her. Liking the girl's spirit, María invited her to join the Brotherhood, where Magdalena trained diligently, hoping to become María's equal.
Over time, she learned to adapt her nimble hands, feet and mind of a seasoned seamstress into a respected disciple of the Brotherhood.
The One-Armed Assassin
Malik Al-Sayf was raised from a young age to be an assassin. Skilled in all of their arts, Malik nonetheless was envious of his peer Altaïr's position of favor with Al-Mualim.
Malik's ill will toward his fellow assassin reached its peak when Altaïr breached the tenets of their Creed in the temple of Solomon and allowed Robert de Sablé to make off with a crucially important relic. An encounter which cost Malik his left arm.
As Altaïr worked toward redemption, Malik's opinion of him softened, and eventually became one of his most stalwart allies. Al-Sayf came to Altaïr's aid when The Eagle went against Al-Mualim, and deposed the corrupted Assassin Mentor.
Malik was an exemplar of the Assassin's Creed, and was often placed in positions of leadership in Altaïr's absence. Despite his injury, Malik is still a force to be reckoned with, and a formidable agent of the Brotherhood.
María was a Master Assassin of the Spanish Brotherhood during the Renaissance, as well as a close ally and lover of Aguilar de Nerha.
A measured individual who rarely revealing (sic) her true feelings, María had an unwavering commitment to the Assassin's Creed. She dedicated her life to fighting to prevent the damage Templar influence was doing to her country.
Exceedingly quick and light on her feet, she excelled at silent assassination missions.
María's origins remain shrouded in mystery. She was probably of mixed Spanish and Moorish descent, as exhibited by her henna tattoos and clothing style.
Born an English noblewoman during the twelfth century, Maria Thorpe was a strong and rebellious woman who did not adhere to the social norms of her time.
Disgraced after an annulled marriage, she disguised herself as a man to join the Third Crusade, seeking glory. In the Holy Land, she distinguished herself and caught the attention of Templar Grand Master Robert de Sablé, who made her his personal steward.
Altaïr met Maria when she acted as Robert's decoy in Jerusalem. After Robert's death at Altaïr's hand, Maria's position within the Templars destabilized and she grew disillusioned with their philosophy. She then established an uneasy alliance with Altaïr to help him bring down the new Grand Master, Armand Bouchart, and seek the Templar Archive of Precursor information and artifacts.
Maria ultimately chose to leave the Templar Order. After their adventures together, Maria and Altaïr grew romantically involved; they married, and he admitted her into the Brotherhood, a move that shocked more conservative Assassins.
Born during the Renaissance, Mario Auditore was the leader of the Italian Brotherhood of Assassins, a condottiero, and the ruler of Monteriggioni, the town in which the Brotherhood had its headquarters.
A boisterous man with a love for drinking and combat, Mario's skills as a tactician and a swordsman were renowned among the Assassins. He was trained from a very young age, and cared deeply for the Brotherhood and his family.
As a mercenary leader, he successfully held off the Florentine army from advancing on Monteriggioni.
When his brother Giovanni and his sons were executed for treason as part of a Templar plot, Mario became responsible for his nephew Ezio's introduction to the Brotherhood and subsequent training as an Assassin.
Near the end of his life, Mario traveled to Spain to extend his support to the Spanish Brotherhood, lending his expertise at Ezio's request and making his mercenary connections available to the Spanish resistance.
Mary Read learned her trade in the British Royal Navy, posing for years as a man while she worked as a sailor. It was during her service that she met her first husband. He was killed, however, shortly after they married, and seeing no future for herself in Europe, Mary crossed the Atlantic to the West Indies. She once again began dressing and living as a man, and presented herself as James Kidd, son of the famous, though dubious, pirate, William Kidd.
Shortly after the founding of the Republic of Nassau, Read met the Assassin, Ah Tabai. Convinced of the righteousness of their creed, Mary was quick in becoming one of them.
Upon meeting and getting to know Edward Kenway, Mary Read set to work recruiting him into the Caribbean Brotherhood. She aided in his search for The Observatory, describing it as a sort of 'Fountain of Youth,' and convincing him of the danger it posed in the hands of the Templars.
Mary Read is nimble and elusive, a fierce swordswoman, and a loyal member of the Assassins.
Born during the Renaissance, Mateo Galan was a solemn young assassin recruit, hailing from a small peasants (sic) village outside Murcia. Mateo and his family were Assassins sympathizers, but enjoyed a simple life before the influence of Torquemada befell Spain.
While away on a trip to Murcia to sell his family's wares, a known criminal who was being tracked by the Inquisition forces hid in his village. Upon finding the criminal, the Inquisition soldiers set fire to the village and murdered every single soul present for harboring the notorious traitor without question.
When Mateo returned and found his entire village and family butchered, he could do nothing but weep silently. A day later, the Assassins found him lying in the ashes, still clutching his dead mother's body. Feeling pity for the poor boy, they decided to take him in.
The Assassins trained Mateo in the ways and ideals of the Creed, but the boy grew more and more sullen as time went on. As he grew older, Mateo became a stoic and solemn Assassin, who refused to speak except to reaffirm his vow to serve the Creed and seek vengeance against the forces of the Inquisition.
Born during the Renaissance, Máximo Barrosa was a dedicated young Assassin recruit who grew up in the same village as Aguilar de Nerha. Máximo was light-footed with a natural ability to move silently and without detection.
From a humble peasant upbringing with no ancestry of Assassin heritage, Máximo looked up to Aguilar. He constantly tried his best to imitate him and grew to love him like an older brother.
When Aguilar's parents were burned at the stake by the Inquisition, Máximo was a witness to the horror and shared in his friend's grief and anger.
Later in his life, when Aguilar returned to his hometown after joining the Brotherhood, he told Máximo of the Assassins' Creed and their fight against the Inquisition. Eager to follow in his friend's footsteps, Máximo decided to join the Brotherhood as well.
Born during the Renaissance, Mayya al-Dabbaj was a sly and cunning Moorish fortune-teller from Marbella.
Always traveling from city to city, Mayya would practice her fortune-telling art while simultaneously gathering information she could sell to interested parties.
Her mother was her inspiration, a sympathizer to the Brotherhood, she often told Mayya about their exploits and the tenets of the Creed.
After witnessing Aguilar rescue a Muslim family from being cut down at the hands of Spanish mercenaries as sport, Mayya approached the Assassin.
She found an instant respect for the man, which added to her admiration for the Creed, and offered her services to the Assassins.
Aguilar accepted and inducted her into the Brotherhood.
Born during the Renaissance in Constantinople Murat Bin Husn began his career as an Ottoman Janissary, part of the specially trained elite soldiers who made up the standing army as well as the Sultan's household troops.
His performance caught the attention of Ishak Pasha, the Ottoman general, who chose to assign Murat to be part of his own personal guards.
After a period of using Murat as his bodyguard, Ishak Pasha introduced him to the Ottoman Brotherhood, noting that his keen eye, skills, reflexes, general attitude and unwavering loyalty would be an excellent addition to the Assassin cause. Murat distinguished himself in Brotherhood missions as well as in his Janissary duties, and was almost invariably part of any team Ishak Pasha assembled.
In the late fifteenth century, Ishak Pasha traveled to Spain on a secret mission, bringing with him a small team of his best and most loyal Assassins, among them his trusted bodyguard Murat Bin Husn.
After the death of Ishak Pasha, Murat hid his armor, rumored to have mystical powers, in a tomb under the Hagia Sophia.
Muza ben Abel Gazan was a renowned Moorish warrior and military advisor to Sultan Muhammed XII during the Renaissance. His deeds as a cavalry leader during the defense of Granada are legendary.
Muza was famous for his light armor and speed of movement in battle, earning him the moniker the Asp.
He was responsible for fighting year-long campaigns to drive back Reconquista forces and hold Granada from falling under Spanish control.
Heartbroken by his Sultan's decision to surrender the city of Granada to Spain, he left to continue his fight against the Spanish forces. He sought out the Brotherhood and learned that the Templars were the true warmongers behind the bark of the Inquisition, and dedicated his life to defeating them.
Born into a noble Moorish family of the Kingdom of Granada during the Renaissance, Najma Alayza eventually became an Assassin of the Spanish Brotherhood.
Najma grew up in comfortable surroundings, protected and safe. Her mother vanished when she was very young, leaving Najma and her older brother Ubayd in the care of their father, an influential philosopher and astronomer in the Granada cour who was also a Brotherhood ally.
When Najma's father was murdered, the only clue was a dagger left on his body. Among his effects Najma found a letter addressed to her, marked to be opened in the case of his death. In it her father instructed her to go to Libya, where her mother would take care of her. There her other, a member of the Libyan Brotherhood, revealed that their family had a long-standing Assassin allegiance. She identified the dagger that had murdered her husband as belonging to Najma's brother Ubayd, once also an Assassin before having defected to the Templar Order, theorizing that the two had quarreled over Ubayd's treachery and the son had killed his father in anger.
Najma decided to join the Brotherhood and train as an Assassin with her mother, in order to hunt her brother and avenge her father's death. After the fall of Granada, she relocated to support the Spanish Brotherhood, eager to fight the Templar Order's oppression of Moors in Spain.
Driven from his home by the Order of the Ancients alongside his father, Darius, Natakas was the sole survivor among Darius' family. The two drifted, eventually finding themselves in Makedonia and making the acquaintance of the famed mercenary, Kassandra.
With an idealistic and gentle nature, Natakas was able to convince Kassandra to help his father rid them of their pursuers, the Order of the Hunters. Natakas fell for Kassandra during their ordeal, and gave her a son named Elpidios, from whose line Aya of Alexandria would eventually be born.
Despite his generally nurturing personality, Natakas was trained by his father, probably the deadliest man in the Persian Empire. Natakas is a deceptively deadly opponent, when driven to violence, though he prefers to work in support of others.
The Illustrious Scholar
Niccolo (sic) Machiavelli was a Florentine diplomat, philosopher, humanist and writer, and a member of the Italian Brotherhood of Assassins during the Renaissance.
A rather mysterious, secretive and cautious man, Niccolo was nonetheless a decent swordsman in addition to being a wise scholar. Inducted into the Brotherhood and trained at a young age, he worked with his ally Ezio Auditore to lead the Italian Brotherhood in its fight against the Templars and their leaders, the corrupted Borgia family.
As a Florentine ambassador, Machiavelli was sent to the courts of France and Spain, which gave him the opportunity to lend a hand to those countries' local Brotherhoods.
Born in Renaissance Venice, Perina was a daredevil burglar and con artist who adored flamboyant disguises and loved being the center of attention. She was particularly talented at misdirection and sleight of hand, which, when paired with her elaborate costumes, raised her cons to an art form. The carnival-like atmosphere of Venetian masquerades, during which she often wore a Hellequin costume to easily blend into the crowd, were her favorite hunting grounds, wherein she could prey on the partying nobility.
Perina has always had a penchant for being the center of attention, and so preferred to work alone. She was never one to share the limelight.
However, during one of her long deceptions, she found Antonio de Magianis, leader of the Venetian Thieves' Guild, working the same target. There was some conflict and both of their cons failed as a result.
While at first annoyed with her interference, Antonio quickly realized that her unique abilities had immense value. He invited her to join his Thieves' Guild. Perina initially refused, but Antonio kept a close eye on her activities. When one of her jobs was about to go bad, he stepped in and helped turn it around. She then realized the value of having co-conspirators.
She joined the Guild willingly, and became a close friend of Antonio. Perina's flamboyant personality was a constant source of entertainment for Antonio, and she often flirted with him by claiming that his luxurious mustache had captured her heart.
Born during the Renaissance, Qasim al-Dai was a stoic and solemn Moorish warrior from Granada. Born to devout Muslim parents, he was bred from a young age as a bodyguard for the Moorish Prince Ali of Baza. An ardent and devoted Muslim, Qasim considered his service to the Prince a test of faith.
When the Reconquista eventually led to the fall of Baza, he was outnumbered and badly wounded by Spanish soldiers. While unconscious and left for dead, his master was captured and executed.
Completely ashamed at his failure, he sought out the Brotherhood to join them in their fight against the Inquisition, and to redeem himself and avenge the death of his prince.
Born during the Renaissance, Rodrigo de Mendoza was a hedonistic captain for hire who said and did whatever his heart desired.
His love of freedom transformed his legitimate merchant business into a clandestine pirate operation. Stealing from foreign ships and unloading their cargo under the guise of good business, Rodrigo and his crew became rich and notorious.
Unfortunately, Rodrigo's decadence and wealth caught the attention of the Inquisition, who demanded massive tithings from him. Unwilling to share his riches, Torquemada branded Rodrigo and his crew heretics and shut down his operation.
After sacrificing his entire secret fortune as penance to te Inquisition to avoid a harsher sentence, Rodrigo and his crew joined forces with the Brotherhood, hoping to get their revenge.
Rosa Gallego was a highly respected Spanish thief during the Renaissance, and sister to Luisa Gallego. She was the oldest and most extravagant daughter of Lupo Gallego, the Spanish King of Thieves and founder of the infamous Thieves' Guild of Madrid.
From a young age, Rosa underwent rigorous training in thievery and stealth while prowling the streets of Madrid. Her knack of blending into her surroundings was so great that even her love of flamboyant and revealing outfits could not hamper her ability to move unnoticed.
Rosa and her sister Luisa joined the Assassins willingly when her father swore loyalty to them on behalf of the Thieves' Guild.
Born during the Renaissance, Sayyid al-Abbas was a Moorish Assassin from Barcelona, with a calm temperament and cool disposition. Descended from a long line of Moorish Assassins, Sayyid was trained by the Brotherhood from an early age.
A kind and charming man, Sayyid also possessed an almost preternatural calm during situations of high pressure, allowing him to come up with the best tactical decisions to direct his fellow Assassins on high risk missions.
Thanks to his knowledge of Barcelona, Sayyid acted as the local bureau informer for the Brotherhood, keeping close tabs on Inquisition activities in the city.
During one of his routine trips to the Spanish sectors, he made the acquaintance of a young, rebellious noble girl named Beatriz de Navarrete, and they fell madly in love. Sayyid later asked her to become his wife and join him in the Brotherhood.
Shakir al-Zahid was a Turkish warrior and headhunter famous for always fulfilling his contracts during the Renaissance.
Shakir was a tough and resilient man, familiar with the tactics of criminals; he was able to hold his own against multiple attackers. His dedication to capturing his prey was so great that he travelled thousands of miles to the kingdom of Granada in pursuit of a vicious Turkish murderer who fled there to continue his killing spree.
Shakir dispatched him and brought his body to the local authorities for payment.
Muhammad XII, the Sultan of Granada, caught wind of his dedication and offered him a king's ransom to work for him exclusively. Shakir accepted and performed his duties with ruthless efficiency. Trusted greatly by the Sultan, Shakir sometimes received information on the criminals he was hunting from the Assassins, the Sultan's allies.
After the fall of Granada Shakir was left jobless, and with no love for the Spanish, he sought to honor the memory of his former employer. He contacted the Brotherhood through his previous contacts and offered his services to them in hunting their Templar enemies.
Born during the Renaissance, Shao Jun started her life as a concubine and personal spy of the Chinese Emperor Zhengde. When the Emperor died and a Templar faction called the Eight Tigers started to take over the country, Jun was rescued by the Assassins, and she decided to devote her life to their cause as a result.
When Jun was 19, the Eight Tigers ordered a purge of all their opponents, and she had to flee the country. She traveled to Italy to receive training and help from the famous Assassin Mentor, Ezio Auditore. An avid learner who loved to experience new cultures and societies, Jun also travelled around Europe to further her training.
Later in her life, Shao Jun eventually returned to China to fight the Eight Tigers and restore the local Brotherhood, of which she became the new Mentor.
Born during the Renaissance, Tariq al-Nasr was a Moorish pit fighter, born in Malaga to a poor Muslim family.To aid his family, he worked as an enforcer for hire in the city's underworld. Not a violent or cruel man by nature, Tariq was known for his love of competition and sparring.
When Torquemada's influence drove the forces of the Reconquista to sack the city of Malaga, all of Tariq's people were killed or enslaved to be sold to Spanish nobles. Not willing to be anyone's slave, and outraged by the Spanish actions, Tariq fled the city.
Tariq eventually met the Assassins, and joined the Brotherhoodso he could bring justice and freedom to the Muslims of Spain.
Tereysa de Lyaño was a tavern girl in the Spanish port of Denia during the Renaissance. Born to a farming family, Tereysa made her way to Denia seeking a more vibrant and exciting life. She found great satisfaction in talking to the pirates who came into the tavern, finding their tales invigorating and inspiring.
When she met Rodrigo and Alonso, she shared her hope that she could one day sail with a pirate crew, and they invited her to join them.
A fast learner and very nimble, Tereysa settled into the life of a pirate very quickly. Her bravery, agility, and quick grasp of swordfighting skills earned her the respect of her crewmates.
When Rodrigo joined the Brotherhood after having his holdings confiscated by the Inquisition, Tereysa followed him unhesitatingly.
Born during the Renaissance and raised by a modest merchant family in Valencia, Ysabel Lomelin was a young, well-educated Assassin recruit.
A true humanist by nature, Ysabel believed that peace would eventually find a home in the world. Driven by a love of books and knowledge, she spent her days perusing old books stores and monastery libraries, searching for the next rare kernel of knowledge she could devour.
This lust for rare information brought her into contact with the mysterious Assassin known as María, who saw great potential in the girl and her natural affinity for the Creed. They became friends, and María invited Ysabel to join the Brotherhood.
With her curiosity piqued, Ysabel agreed to join, to better understand the secrets of the Creed while defending its moral ideals.
Yusuf Tazim was a member (and eventually leader) of the Ottoman Brotherhood of Assassins based in Constantinople during the Renaissance. Yusuf was a skilled warrior, but also a light-hearted and cheerful man that would often laugh in the face of danger.
Born the son of an Assassin, Yusuf was raised on the streets, and joined the Brotherhood in his late teens after meeting their legendary leader Ishak Pasha.
With him, he might have travelled to Spain on a secret mission for the Brotherhood.
Later in his life, Yusuf was involved in the fight against the Byzantine Templars, and aided Ezio Auditore during his stay in Constantinople.