- "There comes a time in every man's life when he realizes that his time has ended, when he has finished his mark on history. As a boy I dreamed of the amazing things I would do as an Assassin, and I have, but no more. No more."
- ―Imran to Altair in Masyaf, 1212 after the death of Maria of Montferrat.
19 January 1168
3 April 1249 (age 81)
Imran Al-Fadi (1168-1249) was a Palestinian Assassin of the Levantine Brotherhood, during the High Middle Ages, and the Rafiq of the city of Nablus from 1212 until his death in 1249. He is the ancestor of numerous Assassins throughout history, including Vincenzo Rosetti da Roma, Gabriel North, Henry North, and Matthew Knight. By Mcspark100
- "There comes a time in every man's life when he realizes his time is at an end, when he has finished his mark on history. Our son Hafa, he is our mark. He is what we leave to this world. And if he is to grow into the man we hope him to be . . . we must let him go."
- ―Akil Al-Fadi to his wife Hafa in 1180.
Imran was raised in the city of Nablus by two Musilm parents, Akil and Hafa Al-Fadi, unknown to his father's profession as the city's Rafiq. In 1180, when Imran was 12, he accompanied his mother, Hafa, to the city market. There, the two watched amongst the crowd as Nablus' 8 year old princess, Isabella I rode into the city alongside her mother Maria Comnena. Upon seeing her, Imran was captivated by her beauty and grace, awestruck by here apparent purity. Though the reception was soon interrupted, as the princess and queen were attacked by Templar assassins sent by Agnes of Courtenay, as a ploy of vengeance for the annulment of her marriage to Isabella's deceased father after his children were legitimized as Jerusalem royalty. However, the assassination failed as a result of Imran's intervention. Imran managed to prevent one of the Templars from killing Isabella, and in turn gave her and her mother enough time to escape.
The Templars were forced to retreat after the city guard arrived and Imran and his mother escaped the ensuing chaos unharmed. Upon learning of this, Akil knew that the Templars would have seen his face and Imran would no longer be safe in the Nablus. So, Imran was able to arrange for him to be brought elsewhere. The arrangement being; Imran would be brought up safely in Masyaf, but would be trained as an Assassin, and not a scholar like his father. The day before his departure arrived and he told his father that he was sorry for his actions. In return, his father left him with one thought: "...You only did what was right, my son. Never apologize for that." Imran left for Masyaf the next day.
Training as an AssassinEdit
- "Prove it. Prove to me that you are stronger than you are, because you will not survive here long if you do not."
- ―Altair to Imran in 1180, after meeting Abbas.
Weeks later, Imran arrived in Masyaf, only to be greeted by Abbas Sofian and a group other young Assassins in training. Abbas attempted to intimidate him, but Imran was unimpressed and only provoked a fight from the group. He was then swiftly beaten by Abbas, clearly out matched by his skill. Before Abbas could cause further harm, he was stood down by Altair Ibn-La'Ahad. After the Abbas and the other trainees left, Imran asserted that he could have handled them. Altair rebuked that Imran was a fool for thinking so and warned him that he would not help him again. He then advised Imran to prove himself if he ever wished to be more than what little he was. Imran then made his way to the office of Al Mualim, where then nature of the Assassins Order was explain to him, as well as what was expected of him.
For the next 10 years, Imran trained rigorously day and night out of spite for Altair treating him like a child. At first he loathed his training, but grew to love and enjoy it, eagerly awaiting the day when he would be able to do amazing things like the older Assassins. During those ten years, Imran gained a friend in Kadin Ma'ruf, a fellow trainee Assassin, together the two rose through their training and became Assassin's in the year 1190. Imran was at the age of 22. After which, a day came where Imran requested Altair to participate in a combat demonstration for the novices, but Altair stated that he didn't train with children. Insulted, Imran engaged in a dual with Altair, that left the two bruised and bloodied. In the aftermath of the fight, the two laughed off their pain, and complemented each other's skill. Imran then explained that he was always grateful for Altair's assistance with Abbas, but was just trying to seem stronger than he was, and that all his work for the past decade was to prove himself to him. Altair brushed off, Imran's admiration of him and said he that he was still a child, but a slightly stronger one.
Siege of MasyafEdit
- Jamal: "Forgive me . . . I d-did only . . . what I-I thought was r-right."
- Imran: "You are . . . forgiven, brother. Go now. Find peace with your God."
- ―Imran and Jamal as the latter dies in 1191.
Imran joined Altair again a year later in July 1191, during the Defense of Masyaf. He and Kadin were among the Assassin's defending townsfolk during the initial assault of the Templars. When Robert de Sable had arrived at the gates to the Assassins fortress, Imran, along with Altair and Rauf, took part in a plan to ambush Robert's men by pretending to throw themselves into a ravine by preforming a Leap of Faith into haystacks located in the lower cliffside. However, their plan was almost thwarted as Imran preformed the leap incorrectly and broke his leg when he hit the bottom, but Rauf told him to be silent and relocated his leg, Rauf told Altair to go on ahead while he tended to Imran. As Altair departed, Imran cursed himself for almost failing the mission and acting like a child infront of Altair. Rauf consoled him, by telling him not to dwell on it as no man is perfect, and even Altair once broke his leg when he first took a Leap of Faith. Imran pretended to seem convinced, but still remained self-loathing. Later, Imran watched in horror, as Al Mualim seemingly stabbed him dead, but surprisingly, along with Kadin, saw him walk out of Al Mualim's study, unharmed, while on his way there after being summoned.
In his study, Al Mualim discussed with Imran the nature of how he obtained his injury. Imran explained that he had not yet performed an assassination for the Order, and along with wanting to prove himself to Altair, he accidentally slipped before he leaped into the ravine. Al Mualim states that Rauf had recommended he rest for the next two months to heal his leg, but Imran refuted that could still preform his duties to which Al Mualim agrees. He told Imran that it was time for to take a life for the Order, and reveals that there was a second individual who betrayed the Assassins to the Templars, a guardsman named Jamal. Al Mualim tasked Imran with confronting, capturing, and bringing Jamal to him for judgment. Imran complied and did so dutifully, though once he confessed his wrong doings in front of Al Mualim, he was sentenced to die. Imran then, hesitantly, drove his Hidden Blade into Jamal's throat, killing him. As he died, Jamal begged forgiveness, saying he only did what what he thought was right. Realizing he was in a similar situation he was once in with his father, Imran forgave him and gave him peace as he passed.
Al Mualim congratulated Imran, finally becoming a true Assassin. As he stood over Jamal's body, he was shocked at his revelation that he took the life of what appeared to be an innocent man, appalled at the true nature of assassination. He then collected himself, thanked Al Mualim, and stated that he would abide by Rauf's advice after all, resting for the next few months.
Rise to Master AssassinEdit
Retaking of MasyafEdit
- Imran: "I wish not to understand how you have the power to do this, but why on this earth, you find the need to!"
- Al Mualim: "The fact that you do not know, is evidence in itself."
- ―Imran and Al Mualim on the piece of Eden.
Imran woke with a startle two months later, in September, being dragged out of his bed by his fellow Assassins. They brought his struggling self to the study Al Mualim, where he demanded to know why he was being treated like a prisoner. Al Mualim explained to him, that due to the current situation, he was. Al Mualim had used the Apple of Eden he had taken from King Solomon's Temple, dominate the weak minded inhabitants of Masyaf, but some the stronger minded citizens and members of the Order, were taken prisoner in an attempt to be broken. Imran expressed his confusion as to why his master would do this. He explained that men are weak and stupid and require either the guidance of wisdom, or the mercy of death, then orders Imran to be taken to the dungeons. As he was dragged away, Imran cursed his former mentor, claiming he had broken his own Creed.
Disarmed and chained, Imran awaited torture in his cell for hours. However, thanks to an unknown commotion that distracted his cell guard, Imran was able to subdue his guard and unlock his restraints, freeing himself. In the course of rearming and escaping, Imran came across Malik and his men besieging the fortress. Originally, they believed him to be one of the thralls, but were convinced otherwise by one of Malik's men who luckily was Kadin. Convinced of Imran's true allegiance, Malik and his men joined Imran as they tore through the fortress, eventually coming across a victorious Altair, standing over a dead Al Mualim and the Apple of Eden displaying unnatural power.
In the aftermath of the battle, Altair had Imran prepare a pyre to burn Al Mualim's body. Though the burning of bodies was considered sacrilege in his religion, he trusted Altair's judgement and did so. He then in-trusted Imran with the delivering of the news of Al Mualim's death to Acre, which complied he to. Upon his return, the Assassin's began to squabble over who was to lead the Order. Most allied with Altair, but others were unconvinced due to his past disloyalty. In a public speech, Imran stated that Altair had returned to grace, just as easily as he fell from it, redeeming himself in the eyes of the Order. This was the final pushed needed and Altair became Mentor of the Assassins.
Assassination of ConradEdit
- Imran: "Malik, I am confused. This is a crucial mission, yet I am the one who is chosen to undertake it. I who have no experience."
- Malik: "You have skill, this I am certain of, but Altair chose you for your loyalty. To him and the Order. This task, as you said, is crucial and the master would have no one else carry it out. You have always wished to prove yourself to him, do so now."
- ―Imran and Malik in 1192.
A year had past, and on April 25, 1192 Imran was summoned by Malik, who at the time was serving as leader of the Assassin's in Altair's stead. Malik explained that he had recently recently received a letter from King Richard, expressing his concern in a political matter. During the election for the kingship of Jerusalem, all of the barons unanimously elected Conrad of Montferrat as king. Richard was suspicious of this event, so he requested the Assassin's look into the situation. Conrad's late father being William of Montferrat, a known Templar who both attempted to betray Richard in the past and spoke of his son's dangerous ambition, Malik had conferred with Altair via letter, and he believed it was enough evidence to at least provoke an investigation. Imran was confused by this task, seeing as it was not the way of the Assassin's to accept contracts. Malik convinced him otherwise, saying that the time for the Assassins seclusion had ended, and that is was time for them to start forming alliances. Imran was eventually convinced of this fact, but was curious as to why he was the one chosen to perform this mission, as he had no prior experience, but Malik asserted that due to his trip to Cyprus, Altair needed some one he could trust. Imran acccepted on the grounds that he could take Kadin Ma'ruf with him, as he was an invaluable archer. Malik agreed to his terms and both he and Kadin set off for Acre.
The two arrived in the city a day later, on April 26. There, they immediately traveled to the Assassin's Bureau, and it's Rafiq; Jabal. Upon entering they were surprised to find King Richard himself within the bureau's walls, conversing with Jabal. Jabal explain that his allowance into the bureau was a sign of good faith as ordered by Altair. Though the two Assassin's were cautious, they greeted the king with respect, and he gave them the same, thanking them for coming on short notice. Richard explained the situation to them, saying that Conrad is to be crowned king of Jerusalem in three days, and that any evidence of treason he has committed must be found before then. He also stated that he is to be in no way implicated in their being within the city; if they are caught, they die. Imran and Kadin agreed to his terms and inquired Jabal about where to begin. Jabal, noted that he would not be surprised if Conrad had forced his way into kingship. He made an example of Conrad's brutality by telling them of an Assassin ship that once got lost in a storm and found it's way into Acre's harbor. Conrad had the ship stripped and sunk, and had the entire crew tortured. Understanding the gravity of the situation, the two formulate a plan to interrogate one of the barons who elected Conrad.
An hour later, Imran and Kadin tracked one of the barons leaving Sunday mass with only one escort. Taking advantage of the situation and their newly learned Assassin tactics taught to them by Altair, Imran air assassinated and discretely disposed of the baron's guard while Kadin forced the baron into a closed of alleyway, where the two proceeded to assault him. When the two made their point and ceased their beating of the baron, he pleaded that he had already agreed to Conrad's "terms." Confused, Imran and Kadin revealed themselves as Assassins, not Conrad's men. Upon learning this he fearfully begged for his life, but the pair stated that he would only live if he answered their questions. They asked why he would think that they worked for Conrad, and the baron explained that a few months prior to Conrad's election, after the Siege of Acre, Conrad met with him, explaining that after the former king of Jerusalem, Guy of Lusignan had lost his wife and children in the siege, so he had lost all claim to the throne. Therefore Richard would need to elect a new king. Conrad then attempted to bribe him into electing him as king. When the baron refused, Conrad and his men had assaulted him his chambers and threatened both his life and his family, he had no choice but to agree. Surprised by this revelation, the Assassins then asked if he had done the with same with the rest of the barons, to which he assured that Conrad had. With no more questions, they let the baron live and began to plan their next course of action. Kadin, had brought up that though this was incriminating evidence, it would unlikely Richard would condemn Conrad to death without physical evidence. Imran agreed and brought up that the two would need to search the citadel if they were to find their needed proof, so they left for the fortress.
Upon their arrival at the citadel, Imran and Kadin had realized that due to Conrad crowning being only three days away, the entire fortress was heavily fortified. From the rooftops, they could see that a guard detail was posted at every window, entrance, side, and roof of the building. Kadin exasperate that getting in would be suicide for any one, save for Conrad's private guard. This gave Imran an idea, the two of them could take out two of Conrad's men outside the fortress, steal their clothes, and sneak into the citadel disguised as them. Kadin was initially taken back by this plan but agreed to it, calling the idea "revolutionary." Following this idea, the pair killed two of Conrad's guard, dawned their armor, and were welcomed through the palace gates as loyal soldiers.
Once inside, the two split up, both searching different sections of the fortress for evidence of Conrad's actions. Imran entered the inner complex of the citadel, eventually coming across the king's chambers, hoping to find some evidence. Before he could open the door, it opened from the inside. Emerging from the chambers was a beautiful young women who was startled by him so much, she fell back. Imran caught her before she could fall. He felt terrible for almost hurting the poor women, and felt even more so when realizing she was greatly pregnant. Imran apologized for this, helping her to a bench in the hall where she could collect herself. She claimed she was fine and needed no help, but in insisting his help, he notice the sleeves of her gown concealed bruises, which she was quick to conceal. Believing her to be an abused servant, he began to converse with her, lying that he was looking for his "lord" Conrad. The woman, told him that the intrusion was no trouble and that he was not the first of her husband's men who had intruded on her, but the first to do so involuntarily. Surprised by her referral to Conrad as "husband," the woman believed Imran to be new to the city. The woman reveal herself to be Isabella I, future queen of Jerusalem.
- Imran: "Princess Isabella?! Forgive me, your ladyship! I should have recognized you. I have not seen your wondrous self since you were but a child, and I have not been to Nablus' gates in many years."
- Isabella: "I knew I heard your accent correctly. A fellow Palestinian, and one of Nablus no less. God favors me this day! I too have long since seen even the slightest sign of home, Lord knows I would welcome it."
- ―Imran and Isabella meeting for the first time in twelve years.
Shocked to see his former princess a grown woman, Imran decided to introduce himself and reveal his birthplace to her, in the hopes that he could fulfill his childhood desire of getting to know her. Isabella welcomed a fellow member of her homeland, happy to find some small piece of home in her new foreign life. Imran expresses confusion, as she called Conrad husband, when the last he saw her, she was to be married to Humphery IV of Toron. She explains to Imran that after seven years of marriage, during which she grew to love her first husband, she was abducted by Conrad and her step-father, after she refused to divorce Humphrey to be married to Conrad. Hoping her husband would fight for her, Humphrey was challenged to a trail by combat for Isabella, but sadly betrayed her love and consented to the divorce. The marriage was then annulled in 1187 on the grounds of Isabella being under age at the time, and she was wedded of to Conrad and was now pregnant with their first child. Imran expressed condolences for her betrayal and stated that Humphrey did not deserve her, to which she responded half heartily that it was alright, as she had Conrad.
At that moment, Conrad came barreling down the hall with his in blind rage with his sworn drawn, seeing his wife with another man. Conrad held his sword to Imran's neck and questioned his motives in speaking to his wife. Imran stammered, not knowing how to explain himself, but before Conrad could kill him, Isabella came to his defense. She introduced Imran, and claimed she chose him as her bodyguard, as he and she shared a birth place. As she did this he noticed Isabella's expression, she bore the look of a tortured prisoner not a loving wife, fearful of her husband's very presence. At that moment, Imran knew where Isabella's bruises came from, and he quickly grew to hate his target. Conrad, considered his wife's plea and eventually decided to let Imran live, with the warning that if any harm come to his heir, that he would "tear him in half." Conrad and his leave, save for one who is revealed as Kadin, holds up a letter and gestures for the two leave immediately. Seeing this, Imran requests a leave of absence from Isabella, claiming he wishes to "visit his brothers" in the city. Isabella grants him this, under the condition that he return to her the morning of the next day. He agrees and the two flee the citadel.
Outside Kadin explains that he was given a letter by Conrad, to be delivered to the Catherdral of the Holy Cross in the city. The letter is addressed to one called "Gilbert" who Conrad addresses with authority. Conrad describes that his part in the plan is almost complete as he will soon deliver, the Jerusalem into the hands of the Templars, and afterward England, as soon as Conrad "deals" with Richard the Lionheart. Immediately convinced of this letters significance in incriminating Conrad not only of extortion, but of high treason against Richard, the two set off to inform Jabal.
At the Bureau, Imran and Kadin found Jabal and Richard, and informed them of the situation. Jabal did not seemed surprised by this story as he bore no love for Conrad. Richard, however, found their tale hard to believe. Kadin then presented the letter to Richard, who upon reading it, was in raged by Conrad's treason and after a elongated outburst, was brought down by Imran who inquired Richard about what is to be done with Conrad. Richard explained that he could not simply present such evidence and sentence him death as Conrad will simply direct it back at Richard, inquiring how he even came across such evidence, possibly even implying he hired the Assassins to forge it, referring to his association with Altair from the Battle of Arsuf. Jabal asserted that Conrad could not be allowed to live and carry out his acts of treason, to which Richard agrees. The kings state that the only course of action was to assassinate Conrad and his Templar conspirators with out anything tying to Richard, and doing so before the soon to be king was crowned in two days. Imran and Kadin both stated they would be honored to eliminate Conrad, and that Richard need only provide a location and time where Conrad was most vulnerable. Richard thanks them, but stated that he did not know when or where Conrad would be available to assassinate, as he had not taken to leaving the citadel at any time and was under heavy guard at all times. Jabal asserted that there have must be some one close to him who could have had such knowledge. This gave Imran a dangerous idea.
He mentioned that he knew of one who might have such knowledge, Isabella, Conrad's wife. He explained that she has already been acquainted with her as her personal guard, and that the two will meet again the afternoon of the next day. Richard was skeptical to believe a loving wife would willing reveal such personal knowledge. Imran was very defensive of Isabella, calling her "far from a loving wife" to Conrad. He never the less stated that he would find some means. Richard trusted his judgement, and prepared to depart for the castle. Kadin offered to watch over Richard until Conrad was ready to be dealt with, in case the traitor planned harm him at any point. Richard accepted and the two departed. That night, as Imran slept within the Bureau walls, he was kept awake with thoughts of Isabella. He felt a strange feeling when thinking of killing Isabella's husband, he thought it was guilt, but soon realized that it was an unsettling feeling of eager anticipation. He was disturbed by this and forced himself to sleep the rest of the night.
Imran awoke early the next morning, and left for the citadel. Imran met with Isabella in the courtyard where she planned to take a ride throughout the city in her carriage. Imran obliged her wish and rode with her. Along the way, Imran and Isabella had engaged in a personal and intimate conversation, which Imran had been lost in for hours. By the time they reached the poor district of the city, the conversation had drifted to the topic of her marriage, she attempted to describe the nature of her marriage to Conrad, but was unable to find the words to describe him, as if fearful of punishment. Imran felt no small amount of pity for her situation, but never the less was dutiful of his mission. But as he was about to ask Isabella about Conrad, the carriage came to a sudden halt. A dozen deranged beggars assaulted the carriage, killing the drivers. Imran told Isabella to wait in the carriage and engaged the attackers. After the bout with the beggars that consisted of an array of his Assassin skills, Isabella was pulled out of the carriage by one stray beggar. Before he could do her harm, he disarmed, subdued, and drove his hidden blade into the beggars neck. Afterward, Isabella was visibly shaken by the array dead bodies in the street, but then experienced contraction and believed she was going into labor. Panicking, Imran cut one of the carriage horses free and rode off with Isabella to find shelter.
Safe in the Middle District of the city, Imran sent a messenger back to the citadel to receive help. However, Isabella then told him she was not going into labor, it being a false alarm. The two then sat and waited in the ruins of and old, abandoned house. Isabella then asked Imran how he learned how to fight, but Imran evaded the question, so Isabella then asked how he managed to kill the beggar that attacked her, as she saw no blade cut his throat. Imran dismissed her again, but she frustratingly grabbed his bracer and forced him to reveal his hidden blade. Angry now, Isabella reveals that she knows of the Assassins, as her step father had dealing with one in the past. (referring to Imrans father, Akil) From the way he fought and the blade he used, she was able to deduce he was an Assassin, not one of her husbands guard, then accused him of lying to her. Imran asserted that the only thing he lied of was his true profession, but Isabella was unconvinced, demanding to know his purpose in Acre. Imran explained that his purpose was kill Conrad, and sent Isabella into an outrage. Imran, however, was unconvinced of her anger, knowing that she secretly resented Conrad, but continued to make excuses for his treatment of her. Imran couldn't take this and forced to see the truth by showing her the bruises on her arms, telling her that Conrad was sadistic, power hungry, sociopath that had done nothing but beaten her and deserved to die. Isabella was brought by tears to this and in her grief, Imran tells her that she didn't need suffer just because fight back. After a prolonged silence between the two, Imran asked her if Conrad would be in a vulnerable position at any point before his coronation. Isabella coldly responded that every day after her hamman, she and Conrad meet for dinner and was ever late, he would dine at the house of his friend Philip, the Bishop of Beauvais. When traveling back to the citadel, he only takes a small personal escort in an effort to make it to the fortress before nightfall. Upon hearing this, Imran regrets making her cry. But just before he could apologize, Isabella stopped him and merely said: "Just . . . make him bleed." With that, the escort arrived and Imran left Isabella in their care, instructing her to be sure she is late for her hamman, more determined than ever to see Conrad dead.
Imran returned to the bureau, where he had Jabal send word to Kadin. Upon his arrival, he explained the situation to him as well as the information he has gathered. The Assassins then worked out a plan, the two of them would stake out Philip's estate and wait for Conrad to leave, then take his life.
- "I assure you Assassin, my life means nothing compared to the vision of our brotherhood. I have failed, but their shall be others who will not. Richard will die and in his wake this land shall be reborn."
- ―Conrad's dying words to Imran.
The next morning, April 28th, 1192, Kadin left for the house of Philip, Baron of Beauvais. For hours upon hours, the two awaited for Conrad's arrival. When he did arrive, the two awaited his completion of his dinner with Philip. Upon his exit from the estate with his guard, the two struck. Kadin dispatched most of Conrad's guard with a volley of arrows, while Imran descended from the roof tops and chased him through the streets. After a long and brutal chase, Kadin was able to ambush ambush him, injuring him in his side. This surprise attack gave Imran the chance to run his hidden black through Conrad's back. With his dying breath, Conrad claimed that the Assassins had changed nothing and that Richard will die one way or another. After this, the Templar guard arrived and chased Kadin and Imran through the streets. Kadin sadly shot in the throat with an arrow, choking on his own blood. Imran, in a fit of rage, engaged all of the Templar attackers, killing them by the score until he was finally subdued and knocked unconscious.
Discovering the ConspiracyEdit
- "Look around you. The Holy Land, our Holy land, is littered with you heretics. Day after day I watch you disgusting Arabs walk on God's sacred ground, claiming it as your own. And as you walk it you have the audacity to preach the words of a false god! No more, you wish this land, then you will die upon it! As we speak Richard, our king, plans to ride to Arsuf and fraternize with the Arab king. He tells me he wishes PEACE with the bastards! Such treason to God is punishable only by death, the Order will find a king who shall deliver to us what we deserve. THIS LAND SHALL BE PURIFIED IN THE FIRES OF HEAVEN! And you Assassins will be the first to burn."
- ―Gilbert's rant to Imran about the impending end to the Fourth Crusade.
Hours later, Imran awoke in confined room, tied to a chair. Over the course of the next two days being tortured by the Templars, repeatedly beaten and questioned. Through and through, Imran stayed true to the Creed and kept a vow of bitter silence, not wishing to yield to Kadin's murderers. On the evening of the second day, April 30, 1192, Imran was visited by three Templar officials, one appearing to be a young French man, the second appeared to be an elderly man speaking an unknown language, and the third appeared to be a slightly aged Spaniard. The Spaniard, who appeared to be the one in charge announced himself as "Gilbert." (Gilbert being the one who Conrad wrote his letter to.) Gilbert revealed that he already knew Richard had ordered Conrad's assassination, and that it didn't matter, considering Conrad was just the first of many attempts to usurp the throne of England. Gilbert went on to rant his plans to a silent Imran. He claimed distaste for Arabs and the impending end to the Crusade, and went on to explain that Richard was unfit for a king, and that he planned to usurp the throne of England from him and usher in a new era for the Holy Land. Gilbert concluded with the fact that, though it was forbidden, he cremated Kadin's body. This was the last straw, Imran broke his silence, and had started yelling in a hysterical rage. Cursing and swearing to end his life, all the while trying to break free. Gilbert and the other Templars then all left the room laughing.
It took some time but Imran was finally able break free and kill his Templar captures. Imran collected his equipment from a table in the room but noticed a Kadin's wooden bow also on the the table, the same bow that he had fletched himself when he was young. Knowing how much it meant to him, Imran took the bow with him and intended to use it in honor of him. Imran then escaped the Templar building and left for the Bureau. There he met with Jabal, and told him of his misfortunes. Jabal expressed condolences for Kadin's death and directed Imran to the citadel where Richard was at court with the nobles.
Imran left the Bureau and arrived at the court of Richard's court, hidden among the crowd and spoke to him in secret. Richard thanked him for his work and expressed regret for Kadin's death, but brought the hope that it was not for nothing. Imran revealed to him that their were other Templars involved with Cornad and he would do well to be wary of himself in the coming months. Richard vaguely acknowledged him and went on to his business. Imran continued to watch among the crowd as Richard called the court to order as an apparently cold looking Isabella entered the room and onto her throne. Richard proclaimed that he wished to deal with the succession to Jerusalem's monarchy. Out of nowhere, a man appeared from the crowd and claimed first rights to "a dead man's wife." This man is revealed to be Henry the II of Champagne, Richard's nephew. After consideration, and seeing no better opportunity to marry Isabella off to some one within his family, he had no choice but to accept. Imran both recognized him as the Frenchman from the Templars who interrogated him. So not wishing to see Isabella once again married to another evil man, began to make his way through the crowd. However, just as he was about to assassinate Henry, Isabella noticed him. She stared directly at him, her eyes giving him the notion that she doesn't want Henry dead. Taken aback by this, Imran stood down as Isabella rose from her throne and consented to the marriage, much to Henry's delight but Imran and the crowd's discontent.
- Imran: "What is the meaning of this Isabella?! I did not spend the time that I have and lost as much as I have freeing you from Conrad, only to have you-""
- Isabella: "STOP trying to save me! YOU CANNOT SAVE ME! I am not some captive princess, whose tower you may climb whenever you please, and whose life you feel it is your responsibility to save. I am a grown woman and you are nothing but a murdering heretic. Leave Imran Al-Fadi, and do not return! Ever!"
- ―Imran and Isabella after her third engagement.
After the court was adjourned, Imran decided not to inform Richard of Henry's affiliation, as he had no proof. Instead, he scaled the outside of the citadel and made his way to Isabella's room. Imran confronts Isabella, citing that she didn't have to ruin her life just because it served her people. Isabella, upset, yelled at him. She told him that she was not his responsibility and that she never wanted to see him again. Her tears show she was insincere, but Imran was still deeply hurt by this, he accepted her wishes and left for Masyaf.
Upon arrival, he immediately informed Malik of the events of the past week. Malik expressed regret for Kadin's death but was more concerned with the growing Templar conspiracy for control over the English monarchy. He claimed that he would write Altair about this immediately and recommended that Imran rest. A funeral was conducted by the Assassins for their fallen brother Kadin. Throughout the service, Imran shed no tears. In fact his mind never drifted to Kadin once. The only thing that filled his mind was the three men who took his life, the three men who ruined Isabella's, the three men who he vowed would not walk the Earth long.
Death of SaladinEdit
- "Men, by their very instinctive nature, crave control. If not fought, it drives them to an addiction of the mind, a primal urge to fill the emptiness in their souls with any form of power they lust for. It is ironic, I think. To crave something they truly have none of."
- ―Imran reflecting on the Templar conspirators in 1193.
Six months later on September 2 ,1192, Imran received word that Richard had signed the Treaty of Ramla, effectively ending the Third Crusade, but gave Imran nothing but dread as he was sure that Gilbert and his followers were no doubt scheming the king's downfall. His fears turned out true as John, Richard's brother, and King Philip of France were already causing unrest in England as John attempted to take the throne, which prompted Richard to make a secret and fast return to home. However, three months later upon entry into Austria on Christmas Eve, Richard disappeared. Imran was unsettled by this because of his respect for Richard and his wish to see him unharmed. However, Imran couldn't be deterred by this as he had conspirators to kill.
His plans for vengeance were detoured as Imran had received an invitation to the wedding of Altair and Maria Thorpe in Cyprus in January 1193. Wanting not to miss his old friend's wedding, Imran left Masyaf for Cyprus. Arriving the day of the wedding, Imran embraced Altair as a brother and the two spent the hours leading to the ceremony catching up. Altair eventually admitted that he had not just called him to Cyprus to see his wedding, but to inform him that he wished to take immediate action against the Templars scheming to take the English throne, now that Richard was missing. Imran was pleased with this desire and proclaimed that he would play whatever part that he was needed to play. Altair proposed a plan in which Henry is invited to Masyaf as a gesture of peace and with the proposition of a false alliance. Henry, unknown to the fact that the Assassins knew of his true allegiance, arrives and is eliminated within their own walls. Imran proclaimed the plan as brilliant and said it would be done. After the wedding ceremony and wishing Altair and Maria good will on their new life together, Imran swiftly returned to Masyaf.
The plan was then brought together and after two months, Henry's caravan arrived in Masyaf in March 2, 1193 in the dark of night. However, much to the dismay of the Assassins waiting at the fortress gates to ambush Henry, found a woman instead in Henry's place. The woman was brought before Imran and Malik in the fortress, and was revealed to be Isabella, much to Imran's surprise. Not only was she in his presence but also no longer pregnant. Isabella proclaimed that her husband sent her in his stead while he was on a trip to France, no doubt not caring if she was alive or dead by the end of it. Imran assured her that she would not be harmed and admitted that the invitation was to only lure Henry out to kill him. Surprisingly Isabella was not unnerved or infuriated by this and that claimed that she had knowledge she wished to share with the Assassins as a reward for freeing her. Malik begged her to share her knowledge, but she refuted that she would only do so if it was with Imran, whom she trusted. Frustrated, Malik accepted these terms and left the study. After another initial silence between the two. Imran opened by commenting on her beauty and that it was nice to see her once more. Isabella, flattered, made note of this and explained that she never truly thanked him for saving her life. Isabella went on to say that she took Imran words about her not having to suffer for the sake of her people to heart, and it made her a stronger person. Imran was pleased with this to no end. Isabella digressed and informed him that her husband had received a letter of correspondence from the Arab king Saladin, thanking him for the information of a supposed attempt on his life by rouge Templar Knights. The letter also explained that Henry would be absolved from the impending conflict he wished to reignite with England. Imran deduced that Templars were making good on their word and were attempting to restart conflict with Saladin. Imran thanked her for her help, to which she took her leave. However, he stopped her at her carriage and wished her safety and peace, kissing her forehead. Isabella wished him the same but kissed him on his lips instead, and then swiftly departed. Dumbfounded, Imran watches in wonderment as she leaves. Malik's inquiries on her information bring him back to reality. He tells Malik of the Templar deception and then rides for Damascus immediately after.
The next morning, March 3 1193, Imran arrived in Damascus and immediately sought out the rafiq of the Bureau there. On the way there, he witnessed an old man being mugged in the middle of the street, no one taking notice. Imran managed to intervene and beat the mugger into fleeing. The old man expressed his gratitude an introduces himself as Muhammad. He swore he would repay his debt to him, Imran thought nothing of this but politely shrugged the old man off and the two parted ways. Imran then found his way to the rafiq who informed him that he had already received word of Imran's arrival and immediately prepared for such an occasion. The rafiq directed him to a scholar that works within Saladin's court, one Imad ad-Din al-Isafahani. Imran complied to this and left for the middle district of the city and infiltrated the Madrasah Al-Kallāsah, once belonging to Jubair al Hakim, now belonging to al-Isafahani. Upon entering into the school, he was ambushed by the student scholars of the school, strangely armed with swords and bows. Imran was forced to surrender, and was approached by Muhammad, the old man from the streets who revealed himself as Imad ad-Din al-Isafahani. Imad, dismissing his students, beckoned Imran in to his study. There, he apologized for his deception, as he was informed of there meeting and wished to determine what kind of man Imran was before dealing with him. Upon Imran asking what he determined, Imad simply replied that he was still unsure. Imad went on to explain that he was contacted by Assassins two years prior with the intention of enlisting his help in creating a stronger presence within Damscus, claiming they would share with him the knowledge of their order in return for his assistance. Curious of the Assassin's way of life and not sharing in his Sultan master's dislike for the Order, he accepted, bought the Madrasah, and converted it into a school for Assassin rafiq's and scholars, and an archive to house the history of the Order. Satisfied with this explanation, Imran wished to know what was to be done to convince Saladin of the Templar deception. Imad had provided Imran with a bill of purchase that he acquired from a local Germanic black market merchant in the Sarouja Souk. The items listed as purchased were enough weapons and armor to arm a score of forty men, and the bill was addressed to and individual going by the name "The Dom." Imad explained that The Dom was a name given to powerful and infamous member of the Templars, known for his brutality, military skills, and vast wealth. Imad tasked Imran with finding out the identity of The Dom by searching the Souk, while he conversed with Saladin about the impending attack on his life.
Imran scoured the Sariuja Souk in search of the Germanic merchant in whom the bill of purchase belonged to, eventually coming across a small rug shop bearing the same insignia as the bill. Imran, under the guise of a Templar, dropped the bill on the counter, which the merchant read and in a German accent, ranted on about how he was given an improper payment, and stormed of to see himself properly compensated. Convinced he was the black market merchant, followed him undetected to the square of the Umayyad Mosque. There, he eavesdropped on a conversation between the merchant and what appeared to be a withered old man whom Imran recognized as the foreign Templar he saw during his interrogation in Acre, two years prior. The merchant claimed that the old man had only paid half the promised sum of the arms her supplied and demanded compensation, revealing the old Templar as The Dom. The Dom calmly said that he would see to it that the merchant was given "his due," and lead him inside the Mosque.
- Imran: "There are days where I wonder why the heavens gave me a life I was not meant for. Had I simply allowed Isabella to die, I would be home studying books and stacking shelves, living the life my father intended for me. Instead I am here, on holy ground, halting a war."
- Imad: "I pride myself in my intelligence my young Assassin, but even I am not all knowing. What I do know is that everything in this world was created for a purpose. The torch in my hand was carved so that we may banish the darkness from our path, the stone in the wall was built to keep the ceiling from falling on top of our heads, I was made to teach the past so others may learn from it. I know not what Imran, but some higher force gave you the courage to save your princess. You were born for something, whatever it may be."
- ―Imran and Imad ad-Din al-Isafihani beneath the Umayyad Mosque in 1193.
Unable to safely follow them from behind, Imran returned to the Madrasah, and informed Imad, who was unsuccessful in convincing Saladin that it was Templars who were planning the attack, of the The Dom's location. Imran expressed disbelief that a wealthy and brutal Templar warrior was an old man. Imad stressed that The Dom was not to be underestimated. Imad then explain the second stage of there plan, he had suspicions that the Umayyad Mosque was being used to house Templar soldiers and prepared a detailed map of the Mosque, including a detailed secret entrance beneath the building. Imran then returned to the Mosque with Imad and entered the lower reaches of the Mosque via a hidden grate on the backside of the building. The pair then navigated their way through the maze of Assassin catacombs beneath the Mosque. Along the way Imad inquired of his origins, hesitantly Imran told him of his life's tale, up to the present moment, seeing it as an excellent means to pass the time. Imad spoke of his intrigue of Imran being scholar, but was given the life of an Assassin. Imran to said that it gave him such confusion, and that he longed for his true purpose.
Imran and Imad finally came across a metal grate in the floor, beneath was room containing the Germanic merchant from the Souk, The Dom, and the infamous Gilbert. The merchant ranted on about how his cousin told him that The Dom was a man who always paid his debts, referring to him as Gualdim Pais. Gualdim simply said that his cousin lied. Gilbert, offended by a foreigner giving him demands, orders Gualdim to kill the merchant. Gualdim complied and threw back the cloak that shrouded his body to reveal that he was tall and massively built for his age. He then threw the merchant against the wall and hacked him into pieces with one of the merchant's own broadswords. Gilbert then dismissed the, claiming that they had a war to ignite at dawn. Having witnessed this Imran and Imad fled to the Mosque and headed to the Citadel of Salah Al'Din, to warn the sultan.
- Imran: "Forgive me your lordship, I had hoped it would not have to come to this."
- Saladin: "Yet here we are Assassin. You know, all my life I strove for peace, peace for my people, for my culture, for my city, and even for my own conscience. I was a fool, and my foolish ideals die with me."
- ―Saladin's dying words.
Imran and Imad had successfully reached the citadel before the Templars. As Imran watched Imad from the shadows, Imad met with Saladin himself in the courtyard with his palace guard. To no end, Imad begged Saladin to reconsider his pleas for the sultan to take shelter. Saladin once again brushed Imad off and argued that the Christians know he would go to war with them if they tried anything. Imran then noticed an archer lining up a shot at Saladin. Reacting, Imran scaled to the roof and struck the archer down, who yelled out in pain. Saladin, taking notice of this, misunderstood his intentions and ordered an attack on the Assassin as half the guard in the courtyard revealed themselves as the fourty Templar warriors. A battle began between the Templars and the Sacrens. Saladin, immediately struck down Imad, claiming that he was in league with the Assassins. But, before he could kill him, Imran intervened and crossed swords with Saladin. The two then dueled mercilessly, but ended as Saladin exposed his center as Imran had no choice but to run his Syrian Sabre through his stomach. As he died, Imran begged forgiveness as he took no pleasure in taking his life. Saladin confessed he wished that he had been able to succeed in helping his people and that perhaps he judged the Assassins to hastily as Imran proved himself a worthy opponent. As a parting gift, Saladin gave him his last most valuable possession, his personal Scimitar, for him to do with as he so pleased.
After that Saladin's death, the Templars retreated having lost the man who was to incite the next crusade, and the Sacrens retreated having lost their king. Imran seized this opportunity to retreat with an injured Imad, to the latter's Madrasah. There, upon being tended to, Imran apologized for having killed Saladin, to which Imad for gave him as there was no other option. Just the a slave woman of Imad's comes in with news of King Richard of England that Imad instructed be delivered to him. The slave woman explained that the king had been under captivity by the Duke of Austria and was now under the captivity of the Henry the VI, the Holy Roman Emperor, who had order a ransom of 150,000 marks which the crown had no intention of paying. Distraught by this, Imad had asked if the Assassins could put up the money. Imad said it could be possible but it would take a good deal of time to acquire. Imran was not deterred an offered up Saladin's sword as pension to be sold. Imad was taken aback by this but agreed to fence the sword to make up for part of the money. With the intention of returning to Masyaf to continue his work in tracking down the remaining conspirators as well as raise the rest of the money needed to free Richard, Imran parted ways with Imad, but not before the chronicler could tell him that he was still unsure of what to make of Imran, but swore he would find out.
Search in PortugalEdit
- "One should never chain a lion, lest they feel his wrath upon freedom. The Dom hides in Tomar, Portugal. Do with it as you please. Thank you."
- ―Richard's message to Imran in 1194.
Over the course of the following eleven months, Imran worked tirelessly, organizing the assembly of the funds needed to free Richard, which was met with success on February 4, 1194. Richard was freed from captivity and returned to London where he absolved his brother John of his treason. In the following weeks, Imran received a message from Richard detailing the location of Gualdim Pais. Imran soon left for Imran, under order's of Malik to discover the identity of the Templar master. Imran chartered a ship to Portugal, where assumed to guise of a Palestinian monk on a pilgrimage. Imran spent the next few weeks abroad, traversing the foreign lands, extracting any information he could from the local Templars, but none was found. He eventually took up refuge in a small Roman Catholic monastery outside the city of Tomar after the monks had rescued him from a violent storm. He spent the next year within the monastery, finding himself naturally drawn to the lifestyle as it closely resembled his father's work. Over the course of the next year he felt it polite to both learn their language and indulge in their religion, and over time was tempted to convert to Roman Catholicism, but could not out of respect to his family.
In December 1195, Imran had all but completely forgotten about his life as an Assassin and all the discomfort it had brought him. However, Assassin ways soon resurfaced as the Knights Templar soon came to the walls of the monastery under the will of Gualdim Pais. The announced they were in search of a Palestinian pilgrim that was rumored to take refuge within the monastery, the monk being Imran. He saw no other choice but to relinquish himself to the Templar, but was surprised by the refusal of the monks to relinquish him. The Templar's soon became frustrated with the monks and labeled them all heretics, locking them inside the monastery and setting fire to it. Imrans Assassin self finally had resurfaced, using his old equipment and skills to break out of the monastery, subdued the guards, and freed the captive monks. However, most of them did make it out of the building alive and burned to death in the flames. As Imran watched as his blissfully ignorant life of peace burned along with the monastery, he bid the remaining monks farewell and left for the city of Tomar with the intent of killing Gualdim Pais, fashioning himself a makeshift Poison Blade, for the occasion.
- Imran: "Hush now, you need not fear, you may now be at peace. Free yourself from the burden of guilt and sin. Give me the name of the man that leads you. So that he to may find peace."
- Gualdim: "*coughing*. . . G-G-Gilbert . . . H-Horal. . ."
- ―Gualdim Pais' dying words.
Imran entered the city and made his way to the Convent of Christ, where it was well known as the Templar's base of operations in Portugal. Imran entered the building under the guise of one of the priests. He made his way to the chambers of Gualdim. He revealed his identity and began to battle the hulking Templar, only to find he was greatly outmatched by the man's strength and that his blade strikes against the man had no affect. Gualdim then had him in a choke hold, but as his breath seeped out of him, he was able strike his Poison Blade in the man's neck. The poison soon took hold, as Gualdim collapsed to the floor, slipping into death. Imran beseached Gualdim to clear his conscience and tell him of his master's name. He uttered, Gilbert Horal, and embraced death. Imran now had a name to put to a face, his next target.
Return to AcreEdit
- "Evil is not born or breed, it is chosen. All mortals give themselves to it even if they do not realize it. I have met men in my life who have shown themselves as evil, but have confessed their wrongs. Why have I been chosen to take their lives? Why have these men needed to die?"
- ―Imran reflecting on the lives he's taken.
Imran returned to Masyaf by mid January 1196, with a surprising reception. Imran had found that not only had Altair had returned to Masyaf, but had already had an infant son with his wife Maria. Upon greeting as old friends, Altair expressed his surprise at Imran's arrival as he had been assumed dead for over a year. Imran had explained the events leading up to Gualdim's death as well as the identity of Gilbert Horal, the current Grand Master of the Templars. Altair had expressed his concern with this revelation as Gilbert had made it publicly known throughout the holy land that he wanted nothing besides peace between the Christians and Muslims, that being why the Order had no intentions of having him assassinated. Imran was frustrated by this, having not come so far only to be sidetracked by a technicality. Altair, however, did trust Imran's judgement and decided to assign him to the Assassins in Acre currently planning the assassination of Henry II of Champagne. Inspired by both the fact he will both able to find evidence of his nemisis' evil intentions, but see Isabella once more.
Imran immediately left for Acre the next day and met with the new rafiq of the city, strangely, a dwarf by the name of Scarlet. Imran expressed disbelief in a dwarf both being an Assassin and leading a group of them. Scarlet had brushed of this insult, claiming that after Jabal had passed away a year prior, he named him, his protege, as his successor. Imran explained that he had not intended to insult him, but was once again met with a brush off, Scarlet claiming that he had been insulted his whole life and now would have been no different. Scarlet went on to say that he had no intention of bearing ill to Imran, as long as he proved himself. Scarlet briefed Imran that Henry was do back in Acre weeks prior and his current location was unknown, so as half the Assassin on assignment were abroad searching for his location, those remaining in Acre were to gather information and await his arrival no matter how long it may take. Imran requested he investigate the count's wife Isabella. Scarlet agreed to this but explained that he might not get anything from her, as she had been in sullen depression for the past year and a half, even after the recent birth of her child.
Distraught by this Imran immediately makes his way to the citadel, only to find Isabella distantly looking out her window and at the sea. When Imran reveals himself to her, she breaks down and tears and slaps him. She explains that she had waited four years for him to return to Acre and that she was told by the Assassins that he was assumed to be dead. Imran attempts to apologize, but before he could she kisses him and once again dumbfounds him. After a long hour of catching up Imran finally reaches the topic of her husbands location. She claimed that he was still in France and would be there for some time. Returning to Scarlet with this information, he immediately sent word to the Assassins abroad and said that the best they could do is to wait and prepare if Henry ever returns to the city alive.
Over the next year the Assassins of Acre could only wait and attempt to undermine Templar rule in the city. Scarlet took up work as servant within the citadel as did some other Assassins. Imran was charged with aiding the portion of the Assassins undermining the Templars, committing numerous acts of assault and assassination. Though the most eventful of that year was Imran and Isabella's blossoming romance. The two spent day after day in each others company, eventually the two became overwhelmed by their feelings and engaged in a night of intimacy, the first of many. Imran was soon introduced to her children by Henry, Marie, Alice, and the infant Phillipa. All whom Imran bonded well with, but especially so with Isabella's child by Conrad, Maria of Montferrat, despite her barring too much of a resemblance to her father for Imran's liking. Eventually, Imran gave into Isabella's constant pleading and converted to her religion, Roman Catholicism. The two had finally rediscovered the bliss they had as children, in each others arms, oblivious to the raging world around them. However, this did not last.
After another night of intimacy in September 1197, the two were awoken by a furious arrival of Henry who had returned from France. Henry grabbed Imran by his neck and threw his against the wall. Isabella attempted to defend him, but was only thrown aside. This enraged Imran as he was quickly able to recover his Hidden Blade and sword. The two fought, which eventually lead to Imran slicing open Henry's gut. As he laid bleeding, Imran begged him to confess any evidence he might have that would convict Gilbert of his conspiracy, as he seemingly laid dying. Henry arrogantly cursed him, and shoved a knife he had, into Imran's shoulder, wounding him. Imran stumbled back and Henry took this opportunity to kick Imran out the window and off the balcony. Imran hit the balcony, slightly fracturing the stone loose, and stumbled over it, but was able to catch the ledge before falling. Henry attempted to force him off the edge, but Scarlet, who found his way into the room, had climbed on the count's back, forcing him from the ledge. Henry was still able to grab hold of Imrans leg before falling, as fell as dangling Scarlet by the collar of his shirt. Henry claimed that the only way to save Scarlet was to pull them both up.
- Imran: "Forgive me for this. Safety and peace onto you."
- Scarlet: "To you as well! I will greet you again, IN HELL!"
- ―Scarlet and Henry's dying moments.
Scarlet asserted that Imran could not, lest the all three of them would die as the balcony was breaking. The only way the anyone would survive would be for Imran to drop the both of them. Frustrated by this, Imran agreed and shook Henry loose of him, watching as the two fell to their deaths. Imran struggled to pull himself up, but was assisted by an injured Isabella. Imran, now safe, watched as a slowly bleeding Scarlet crawled to the alarm bell on the lower streets and signaled the Assassins in the citadel to escape. Imran quickly dressed, armed himself, and bid Isabella a tearful goodbye as he fought his way out of the citadel with his fellow Asssassins. The Assassins fled the fortress and took to their horses, escaping the city of Acre.
Fall of the Lion Edit
- "A lion has truly has died by an ant this day, and soon the vultures shall descend upon his corpse."
- ―Imran after the death of King Richard.
Upon their return to Masyaf, Imran had informed Altair of the success they had in killing Henry, but failure in acquiring the evidence needed to prove Gilbert of his crimes. However, one Assassin had overheard the conversation, and admitted that he was able to recover the personal documents of Henry before fleeing Acre. On one was a map of France detailing troop movements and attack patterns, most likely belonging to the king Richards army as they were currently warring with French rebels in that specific region. Imran had deduced that all of the patterns were freshly drawn, therefore Henry's time spent in France was spent with his uncle Richard for some unknown purpose. Seeing this a danger, Altair gave Imran leave to travel to France and ensure Richards safety in the coming battles. Believing that this task would take a great deal of time, Imran bode his old friend farewell, and rode for the nearest port.
Weeks later, Imran had arrived in France October 1197. And immediately found himself on the war front in the Limousin province. In the currently being constructed Chateau Gaillard, after desperately making his way across the besieged battlefield, Imran met with king Richard who welcomed him as his ". . .guardian Angel, sent from God almighty." The two met as old friends and Imran was introduced to Richard's local mercenary lieutenant, Mercadier. Imran informed him of his nephew's treason and death to which he was indifferent towards, as he bore no love for him. Upon Imran's explanation of him being there, Richard laughed at the notion that his nephew could plot his death so easily and that his spineless brother John could even think of trying to have him killed. Though not in need of protection, Imran was welcomed to join Richard's forces in the war against Philip. Imran had then spent close to two years fighting by Richard's side, safeguarding him to no end. However, on May 1198, mid way into the construction of Richard's chateau, the land was hit with an ill omen, a rain of blood. On this day, Imran was given an unnatural feeling by this sight and begged Richard to cease construction, of the chateau and fall back from the land. Richard, however, could not be dis-waded and the building continued with seemingly no ill outcome, but this only caused Imran's fears to grow.
Come the day of March 25, 1199, Richard's forces had all but taken the region, and made no secret of his pride in this. Imran believed his work almost completed, until he was attacked out of the blue by soldiers supposedly under Richard's command. Imran fought of these attackers with ease until only one remained, who fled. Imran gave chase throughout the Chateau and eventually into the open fields where he subdued the man with a arrow to his leg. Bleeding, he interrogated the injured man who revealed that he was hired by his commander, Mercadier, to distract him while Richard and his men combated the remainder of the French forces. When asked as to the purpose of this, the man simply replied that Richard's time had come. Imran left the bleeding man in the field, and made his way back to the Chateau and found Mercadier dressed in his full body armor on the battlefield. He killed the mercenary, only to find it was not Mercadier, but somebody else entirely, wearing his armor. Shocked, Imran spied Richard walking on the ramparts without his chain mail being shot at by a young rebel with a crossbow. He then watched in horror as Mercadier emerged from the shadows and struck Richard in the neck with a cross bow. As chaos broke out Imran gave chase to Mercadier through the Chateau, only to have him escape on horseback. The horse barring the symbol of Gilbert Horal.
- "I never wanted to be king. Did I ever tell you that? I am a soldier, not some bloody statue they can prop up on a throne until I decay and crumble to pieces. There is only one thing I know how to do right, fight, because I am a warrior not a God damn politician. Now John, he is a politician, but with a boy's heart. I know he is not perfection, no earthly man is. But he does not yet know what it means to be king, the burden that I carry. Give him but one chance my comrade, and I swear to you, he will change."
- ―Richard's death speech to Imran in 1199.
Imran had remained with an undoubtedly dying Richard for twelve days as the life in him ebbed out. During one of these days, the young boy who had taken part in Richard's death was captured and brought before Richard. He exclaimed that Richard caused the death of his entire family with his war and deserved his fate. Richard, who respected the boy's tenacity and sent him on his way with 100 shillings. Imran questioned the boy on the men who put him up to assisting the Templar's as he left the Chateau. The boy explained that he was given the request head of their order Gilbert Horal who offered fame and glory to any rebel who volunteered for the task. When he was selected he was given his orders by Mercadier, after the mercenary first assigned to Richard's forces when the captain came with the Count of Champagne, Henry II, five years ago. From this, Imran deduced that Henry's time in France was spent planning his uncle's murder and that Mercadier had been planted by Henry as an attempt to get close to Richard, to make for more certain the death. On the evening of April 6, 1199, Richard sat at the bed side of Richard as he bode his old friend a final farewell. Richard revealed that he named his brother John as his heir and that he requested that he give his brother a chance to change his Templar ways. Begrudgingly, Imran accepted and left him in his mother's arms, watching from the doorway as one of the greatest men he would ever know left this world. Imran swore he would not leave alone.
Defending the OrderEdit
- "God as my witness I have tried, tried with every bone in my body and fiber of my being to defend the people we Assassins swore to protect. But, the more I try to preform this duty, the more I seem to fail."
- ―Imran on the success of Gilbert's conspiracy in 1200.
Imran had returned to Masyaf, feeling defeated. Altair had been informed of Richard's demise and had already made preparations for Gilbert's assassination. Imran approved this but was far from uplifted. In the coming weeks he had received word that the young boy Richard had absolved from the blame from his death, had been flayed alive by Mercadier after Richard's death, no doubt to conceal the plot to kill Richard. On April 10, 1199, Richard's brother John was crowned king, just as Richard intended with aid from the Templars, defeating Arthur I of Brittany who was backed by the Assassins. After a year spent tracking Gilbert and Mercadier, the Assassins finally came to a break in there mission. Mercadier had entered the service of King John, no doubt as a reward for his service to the Templar cause, and had been under his employ for the last year. Mercadier was found assassinated by a bridge in Bordeaux by Brandin, another mercenary under John's employ who found no further use for him, on April 10, 1200.
As the year crept by, Imran regressed into despair, having lost another dear friend to the Templars. He had convinced himself that he had failed as an Assassin, as Gilbert's conspiracy had succeeded in killing Richard and Imran was no closer to defeating them as he was when he began. Altair had noticed Imran's regressive behavior and decided to give him some to recuperate his mind. Altair had assigned him to return home to Nablus and assist with the Order situated there on April 21, 1200. Imran was brought to life by the idea of seeing his parents once again and immediately set out for home. Imran arrived at home in the passing week finding that his home had not changed. He arrived at the Nablus Assassin's Bureau, his child home, only to find his mother Hafa running at the rafiq's position, not his father Akil. After a tear filled reunion between mother and son, his mother explained his father had passed away two years ago and with no successor to the rafiq's position, she had been managing the city ever since. Imran felt this unfortunate and remained in Nablus for the next two weeks to help his mother, falling naturally into the work that he had been brought up to perform. While sifting through his father's old papers one night, he came across a journal entry his father had written in his final days. The document detailed his father's discovery of Gilbert's conspiracy from Maria Comnena, the very same conspiracy that Imran and fought to stop. The only exception to the detailed description of the plan was Gilbert's intentions after Richard was dead. Gilbert had planned to convince the new Pope Innocent III to attempt to once again retake the holy land, after he had John crowned as king. However, in the event that Gilbert failed in this, his follow up plan was to rally Templar support from the divisions of the brotherhood in England and Spain, as well as France, Portugal, and Austria. As each had lost a key member of their order to the Assassins. (Henry, Gualdim, and Conrad.) With the knowledge that Imran had been with Richard day of his death, he intended to deceive his brothers into thinking that the Assassins had caused his death and deserved punishment, their first intended target being the Order itself, in Masyaf. Having no doubt that these actions had no doubt taken place, he had no choice but to leave for Masyaf. He bode his mother a tearful goodbye and she had gifted him with his father's Hidden Blade, to which he adorned on his opposite wrist, in honor of him.
- Gilbert: "What now heretic? Shall I now confess my supposed sins to you and God? Shall I speak the words of regret and sorrow?"
- Imran: "No, you lost the right to speak a long time ago."
- ―Gilbert's dying words to Imran.
Imran arrived in Masyaf in May 1200 to see the entire city in the midst of a siege. He traversed the battle enthralled city to make his way to the frontal of the assault at the gates of the fortress, where Gilbert, on horseback, and his invading force stood assembled while Altair and the remainder of the Assassins stood atop the gates. Altair and Gilbert exchanged words, a scene much resembling Al Mualim and Robert de Sable nine years prior. Imran took the opportunity to strike through the ranks of the Templars, hijack one of there horses, rode it through the soldier, leaped off, and assassinated Gilbert off his horse. The Assassins took this opportunity and unleashed a volley of arrows on the Templar ranks, forcing them to retreat. As Gilbert lay dying, he sarcastically asked what he was supposed say. Imran flatly replied that he lost the right to speak a long time ago. he then proceeded to launch and arrow at point blank range, right into his throat with Kadin's bow. And as he lied there, poetically choking on his own blood, a thought occurred to him. This was it. This was the moment he had worked up to for eight years of his life. This was the moment where Kadin, Saladin, Scarlet, and Richard would all be avenged. This was the moment that, for the longest time, he thought would give him peace. It did not.
Imran was welcomed back into Masyaf as a hero, praised by his fellow Assassins. He was brought before Altair, who congratulated his success, but asked him what he had felt when he killed Gilbert. There was a time where Imran would have given all matter of answers to that question. But that time had since past. He had only one answer for Altair, pity. Altair had once again congratulated, but this time for finally realizing what it meant to be an Assassin and truly understanding the nature of what they did. In honor of this, Altair publicly promoted him to Master Assassin.
The Fourth CrusadeEdit
Quest for the ShroudEdit
- "To Imran Al-Fadi, I leave three things. First I give my 'Kitab al-Barq al-Shami, the unabridged history of our mutually respected fallen sultan. Inside I have included an essay on the nature of why he needed to die, may the Assassins forever keep the truth. Secondly, I give to him a sketching. Nearly a month prior to my writing this I had awoken in the night, my mind filled with images that I had once seen in the Order's Apple of Eden, when his master Altair had my students and I study it to no end. I have a feeling that this was meant for him. And lastly, I give him the chance to be what he was denied. He once told me that his father could never give him the affection that he desired from him. Three years ago, my slave was ravaged by a mass of muggers, bestowing upon her, a young daughter, Nadia. She cannot give the poor girl the life any child requires, even if she returns home. I give her to him in good faith, a chance to ensure a child has what he never did."
- ―Imad al-Isfahani's will.
A year after his promotion Imran had received news of Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani had passed away in Damascus, in November 1201. Imran arrived at Imad's funeral to see the old chronicler lowered into the ground. Heartbroken, he was prepare to leave, but was soon stopped by one of Imad's students who told him that he had been requested to attend the reading of Imad's will. The only other person in attendance was Imad's slave woman, whom he had acquainted with during his last visit to the city, with a baby in her arms. The will is read, revealing what Imad had left to whom upon his death. He had given his school and students over to Altair Ibn-La'Ahad, to do with as he pleased. To his slave, he had given freedom and a chartered ship to return her to her home village. To his slave's young daughter, Nadia, he had given a "future," which he went on to define in his gift to Imran. To him, he had left a biography of Saladin, a mysterious Apple of Eden induced sketching of a man lying down and draped in cloth, and the ownership of Nadia along with the parting thought that had had still not been able to determine what to make of Imran, and stated that no man ever would. He went on to say that he had took pride in his abilities as a chronicler to be an excellent judge of a man's purpose in life, but Imran's purpose had not yet been shaped and that it was his responsibility now to discover what that was. Imran gladly accepted the first two of the three gifts, but refused to take responsibility of a child not his own. However, the girl's mother pleaded with Imran to give her daughter a chance to live. Sympathizing with the woman, realizing that her situation was almost identical to his fate as a child, he accepted responsibility for Nadia under the condition he raises her as his apprentice, not his daughter. The mother agreed and gave her to him. The two left for Masyaf the next day.
At Masyaf he watched over Nadia, feeling a sense guardianship for her as the months rolled by. During these months news of John of England's growing cruelty toward his people, as well as Pope Innocent III unwavering determination in beginning a Fourth Crusade on the holy land, strangely because he had refused Gilbert Horal's will to begin his crusade. Come November 30, 1202, the crusade had all but begun as the new leader of the crusade, Boniface of Montferrat, the late Conrad's younger brother, had already laid siege to the city of Zara and was on approach to Egypt. That night in his quarters, Imran had examined Imad's sketch over and over again, struggling to determine how it was of value to him. He then accidentally dropped the paper on top of a map of Israel that laid upon his desk. Imran the discovers that the ripples in the drawn cloth could align to the borders of the land. When fully aligned, the face of the man in the sketch had centered in and around a specific area outside Jerusalem, the left eye set directly over a mountain area north of a hill famously known as Calvary, site of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Imran had recognized the site and immediately put the facts together in his head. The Apple had showed a message, to be delivered to the Assassins, the drawing was a manifestation of what the message of entitled. The Apple had showed them the way to the long forgotten tomb of Jesus Christ. Imran brought this news forth to Altair and Maria in their quarters. Though Altair was skeptical, as he was not a religious man, he was willing to trust in the fact that the Apple had something to show them. Altair had decided that this problem needed to be handled personally and decided to arrange for both he and Imran to leave for Jerusalem as soon as possible.
Imran and Altair had arrived in Jerusalem the next day, only to find that crusade had beaten them there. The Crusaders had already brought the bulk of there force to the outskirts of the city and were currently occupying the territory for an unknown purpose. After a great deal of effort, the two managed to sneak into the city undetected. Once inside they met with the leader of Bureau, who had informed them that the Crusaders had been occupying the hills of the city for the past week and showed no signs of departing to their intended destination, even going as far as to set up an encampment outside the city walls, near Calvary. The rafiq went on to explain that another strange occurrence in the city was the arrival of it's recently appointed king, Amalric II, and his new wife Isabella. Upon hearing this, Imran insisted that they make contact with Isabella to inquire what her husband is doing with the Crusaders. Though Altair was reluctant to make this detour, but ultimately agreed as he knew what it was like to be apart from someone beloved.
- Isabella: "You have chosen the wrong women to assault heathen. Who are you?"
- Imran: "Just a man who can't help but rescue his beloved princess from her tower."
- ―Imran and Isabella meeting again after three years.
Imran and Altair tracked Isabella to Solomon's Temple and followed Isabella out of Sunday service. Imran had made contact with Isabella, only to be greeted at knife point, assumed to be a mugger. Though once revealing his identity, the enjoyed a passionate reunion. Imran admitted that he and Altair were in the city on business, that business involving her husband's business with the Crusaders. Isabella explained that her recently born child by her husband, Amuary, had been stricken ill since birth and was not expected to live past infant hood. Over the course of the next year, Amalric had become obsessed with curing Amuary, his obsession eventually leading him to the remnants of an archive on the island of Cyprus. One of the documents unearthed from the ruins of the archive detailed of an object, said to be owned by Jesus Christ himself, with the power to heal any wound or cure any disease. Along with the forgotten document was general area to which this Shroud of Eden was hidden. Altair and Imran deduced that this would mean that the Apple was not the only Piece of Eden is existence, and that if the Templars wish it and the Apple lead them to it, it would be best if the acquired it. The two formulated a plan to infiltrate the Templar encampment in the hills near Calvary and steal the Shroud out from under them. Imran parted ways with Isabella but swore that they would meet again. He gave her direction to the Assassin's Bureau in the city, informing her to meet him there.
Imran and Altair rode to the outskirts of the city and managed to infiltrate the Crusader encampment. They had eventually made their way to the dig site unnoticed and hid themselves among the scaffolding as the two were able to spot a conversation between Boniface of Montferrat and Amalric II. The conversation revealed them both as Templars and Amalric's partnership with the Pope to unearth the Shroud for the Crusaders. A courier interrupted their conversation and informed them that they had finally unearthed the entrance to the tomb. Imran took this opportunity to do away with the two and put and end to the crusade. He launched a volley of arrows at the two, but was thwarted when Boniface caught wind of the assault and leaped out of the way with Amalric. Both Altair and Imran were exposed and fled to hire ground as the Crusader force in it's entirety was raised in alarm and scrambled to arms. Imran and Altair found it best to divide there attention. Altair departed to find a means of escape while Imran recovered the Shroud. Imran traversed the battle consumed dig site and eventually lost his pursuers as he was locked himself inside the unearthed tomb of Christ.
- "GENETIC VERIFICATION REQUIRED. VERIFYING . . . VERIFYING . . . GENETIC COMPOSITION VERIFIED. WELCOME MESSENGER, I HAVE AWAITED YOUR ARRIVAL. BEGINNING TRANSFER. TRANSFERRING . . . TRANSFERRING . . . TRANSFERAL COMPLETE. THE MESSAGE HAS BEEN DELIVERED."
- ―The Shroud as it spoke to Imran.
Imran entered the tomb to find the Shroud lying on a grave pedestal. When Imran picked it up, all his injuries appeared to vanish in an instant. He then heard an inhuman voice emit from it. The voice told that it had waited for him, considering him as a messenger of a sort. The voice proceeded to "give" him a message, followed by a massive shock that ran through out his entire body which disoriented him. The voice fell silent. Imran was flabbergasted by these ungodly events but was interrupted as the Templars attempted to break down the door. Upon achieving this, Imran carved through their ranks and took a leap of faith of the cliff side and into a pile of hay below. He fled his pursuers and happened upon Altair riding past on a horse drawn war carriage, beckoning him upon it. Imran managed to climb aboard the carriage as the two broke threw the Templar advancement an rode off to the city, losing their pursuers as Amalric swore to find him and "tear the Shroud from his corpse."
Imran and Altair regrouped at the Assassin's Bureau where they found Isabella had arrived. Imran brought forth the Shroud and told him of the miracles and inhuman feats it performed. Including the "message" it had delivered to him, unknown of it's true meaning. Altair surmised that power such as this should not belong in any man's hands, let alone the Templar's as they were on the brink of war. Imran requested that he take the Shroud out of their reach, and hide it until the Crusade had ended, taking it north (in the opposite direction of the Crusade) to an undisclosed location, so that none but Imran know of it's location. Altair agreed with this and intended to send twenty Assassins and a ship to take them to wherever he intended to go. Upon hearing Imran's impending departure, Isabella volunteered to go with him. Imran was appalled by this as she had children, a kingdom and a husband. Isabella argued that her children by Conrad and Henry no longer need her, and her children by Amalric have only need for their father, whom she is not in love with. Imran was overwhelmed by this and was convinced to take her with him, with Altair's blessing.
Journey to ConstantinopleEdit
- "I devoted eight years of my life, watched countless men both honorable and cruel die, to prevent this war from coming. It came regardless."
- ―Imran on the Fourth Crusade in 1203.
Imran and Isabella traveled to Acre and took an ship with the promised group of Assassins that Altair had provided him. Over the course of Imran set sail from Acre, across the islands of Greece, through the Aegean Sea, down the Canakkale strait, across the Sea of Marmara, and happened upon the city of Constantinople in December of 1202. Imran had heard that this was of the most diverse in culture and would go completely unnoticed by the Templars. On their arrival, the Assassins settled themselves in the Galata district. After a few months spent in city, the Assassin's secretly made contact with the city's current Byzantine emperor, Alexios III Angelos, and requested assistance in protecting the Shroud in return for assistance in protecting the city against any impending threat his nephew Alexios IV. Alexios III, considered this and allowed the Assassins to hide the Shroud in the Imperial Library of Constantinople in exchange for their help. Imran and Isabella almost instantly fell back into their natural affection toward one another. Barely leaving one another's side. However, once again, this would not last.
By 1203, the Templars were able to track the general location of the Shroud to Constantinople. Boniface and the Crusaders allied themselves with the exiled prince of the city, Alexios IV, who swore fealty to them. In exchange for giving him the throne, he would use his power to oust the Assassins in the city and recover the Shroud. The Templars inacted this plan on July 7, 1203, beginning The 1203 Seige of Constantinople. The Crusaders landed on the shores of the Galata district, and then assaulted the city. Imran and his Assassins assisted the Greeks in mounting a defense of the tower, which was meant with initial success. But, as soon and the Crusader forces rallied, the Byzantines surrendered the tower and the Assassins were forced to divert their attention to the rest of the invading force. Arriving from the now open Golden Horn, was the Venetian fleet laying was to the city shores. The Assassins lost hope in repelling the invading forces and focused their attention on evacuating the citizens. By July 11, the Crusaders laid waste to the city and had begun to siege the Blachernae, the royal palace at the time. Alexios IV boisterously paraded himself outside the walls of the palace, which served as a rallying cry to the citizens, opposing them to Alexios III. By July 17, the palace was weathering all matter of pressure from the Crusaders and Venetians. Imran and his Assassins managed to infiltrate the palace and assist the Varagian Guard in defending the palace. Alexios III finally took to the offensive and ordered the Guard and the Assassins to launch an assault out of the St. Romanus Gate, vastly out numbering the Crusaders. Though brave, and initially successful in ousting them from the bulk of the city, the Crusaders eventually repelled them and retook the city with barely a fight. On July 18, 1203, the Crusader and Venetian forces won the city and Alexios III fled to Thrace in exile. The citizens then freed Alexios IV's father, the blind Isaac II, and proclaimed him emperor. By August 1, both he and his son co-ruled the Byzantine Empire, forcing Imran and the defeated Assassins into hiding.
With the situation with the new Byzantine order made the situation in Constantinople more dangerous than ever. As a result, Imran and no choice but to send Isabella home to Acre for her safety. Isabella agreed to this under the condition that if her son by Amalric need die, he would at least be given peace. Imran agreed. Meanwhile the new co-emperors of the city were struggling to properly hold dominion over the city. Alexios IV found it difficult to keep the promises he had made to his Templar allies, unable to compensate their financial support, forcing him to order treasured city icon and monuments to be melted down, upsetting the citizens. Alexios IV also had difficulty recovering the Shroud and ousting the Assassins, causing the Templars to take matters into their own hands. Staging numerous riots in the city as a means of searching for the Assassins. By September 1203, the city was wrought with fear for their safety and spite for their monarchy. Imran took this opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his Master and began inducting locals into the Order, filling their dwindling ranks. The Assassins then took to the offensive in coming months, even staging the Great Fire, as a means of burning down the Rich district of the city in an attempt to further incite the rage of the Byzantine citizens. By the end of the year, the rise of the Order garnered the attention of one of the city's noblemen, Mourtzouphlos. Mourtzouphlos, proposed a deal with the Assassin's in exchange for providing them with opportunity to kill the emperors, they would support his claim for the throne. Accepting of these terms, Imran agreed to this.
- Imran: "Brothers and Sisters, hear me! The hour is upon us. It is here and now that the heart of Templar oppression meets the ends of our blades! So take heart, take will, take courage! For my father once told me that there comes a time in every man's life when he realizes that his time is at an end, when he has made his mark on history. This is that time, this is were you leave your mark, a mark that shall be a thing of legends for generations to come! Now I ask you this my fellow Assassins. IF NOTHING IS TRUE!?"
- Assassins: "EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED!!!"
- ―Imran to his Assassins in 1204.
Come the eve of January 28, 1204, Imran gathered his Assassins and besieged the Blachernae, during a riot Mourtzouphlos incited. Stealing into the castle throne room, having the palace guard turn against their emperors, the Assassins struck down Issac and had Alexios IV arrested. Mourtzouphlos took to the throne later that day under the name Alexios V Doukas. Afterward, the Assassins worked with the newly appointed emperor in strengthening the city, as the Templar's were sure to exact some sort of retaliation. There victory, however, was short lived. Two months later, the Templars enacted a second siege of the city. By April 8, 1204 the Crusaders had marched into the Galata district and began to ravage the city from the streets and Golden Horn. For four days the Assassins attempted to assist in the protection of the entire city but were unfortunately provided no progress, so Imran ordered their efforts to be confined to the already abandoned, and Crusader overrun, Galata district. By midday, of April 13, 1204, the weather had finally proceed to capture the city. By this time, Alexios V had already fled to Thrace with his wife and mother in law. In the midst of the battle wrought Galata district, Imran had surprisingly run into the last person he thought to find in the city, Altair. After a brief reunion and fight with the Crusaders, Altair had explained that he was on a pilgrimage to spread the influence of the Assassins, but was apparently beaten to it. After scaling the buildings to find safety, Imran and Altair watched as the Crusaders withdraw from battle a flee to the palace, no doubt preparing to make there final push. The two were then approached by on of Imran's injured students who had proclaimed the Templars were currently burning the Great Library, which still hid the Shroud. Panicking, Imran and Altair made there way to the Library only to find it too late to save it, as it was engulfed in flames. Emerging from the flames came Amalric baring with him the Shroud of Eden. Defeated and out numbered, the two retreated to Galata with the other Assassins as the Crusaders took control of the city. Thus began the Byzantine Templar rule.
After finally regrouping, the Assassins received word that Amalric had been seen departing the city on his ship, no doubt with the Shroud. Seeing this failure as his responsibility, Imran volunteered to follow Amalric's ship and reclaim the Shroud as Altair made home for Masyaf. Imran elected that his Assassins remain in the city to combat the new Templar regime, to which they all dutifully agreed.
Recovering the ShroudEdit
- "This power was not meant for the hands of mortal men. God did not give us these gifts, he challenged us with them, he gave us a candle to see if we could enlighten the world or burn it to the ground."
- ―Imran on the Pieces of Eden.
For the next year, Amalric's movements were spread out over Asia and Europe, as Imran tracked his target all across the known lands. Eventually Imran had caught up to the ship carrying Amalric, only to find that the man he assumed was Amalric, was not him at all. That, and that Amalric was hiding in his family's estate in Palestine. Imran took this information and made his way to the city as soon as possible.
Imran arrived in Palestine on February 2, 1205 and made his way to the Palestinian country side and the Lusignan family estate. He infiltrated his way inside the estate and upon entry, he was able to eavesdrop on a conversation Amalric was having with his eldest son Burgogne of Lusignan. In the conversation, his son begged his father to cease use of the Shroud on his children and fulfill his debt to the Pope Innocent III and turn it in to him. Amalric dismissed his son's concern and claims that the Pope will be given it when his purpose with it is complete. Burgogne refuted that he has denied the Pope his Shroud for months, and now threatened war with him. He also goes on to say that the Shroud had done nothing but harm their family, causing the deaths of three fever stricken sons of Amalric's: Alix, Guy, and John, while also seeming worsening Amaury's severely sickened condition. Amalric angrily dismissed his eldest son, obviously distraught ever how true his son spoke an retreated to his study.
- Amuary: "Please sir . . . it hurts. I-I hurt . . . so much. I w-want it to s-stop."
- Imran: "(sobbing) Shhh. Hush now my child . . . I'm here to make the pain go away. Just close your eyes . . . now picture a place, a calm and peaceful one, free of sin, of sorrow, of burden. Good. Now think of your mother . . . your angelic, comforting mother. Your in her arms, she is stroking your head, lulling you to sleep. She is singing you a lullaby. She has a lovely voice, like a warm summer wind was given speech, the kind you would picture an angel's serenade would be. You . . . you find yourself drifting away, falling into eternal, beautiful calm. It is warm and inviting, you let yourself slip away. But, before you let go you hear your mother whisper three simple words, words you have long wished to hear her say. I love you."
- ―Amuary's death.
Imran seized the opportunity and stole into Amalric's study only to find he had beaten him there. The only person there was a small body cloaked with the Shroud of Eden. When Imran removed the Shroud from the body, he was appalled to gaze upon the young Amuary of Lusignan. The young boy was pale, sweating, and panting for breath as a sign of his sickness. Out of place were a series of bloody gashes in his skin and welts upon his body, no doubt evidence of his father's improper use of the Shroud. Imran was brought to tears by this pitiful sight and spoke the Shroud begging it to reverse the damage it had performed. The Shroud's inhuman voice claimed it would obey him, but that the boy was already beyond healing and was in a sense dead. The Shroud recommended the only course of action was to end the young child's suffering. Imran refused with every moral in his being, but these very morals knew that if he did not, the boy would die regardless, only in suffering. Amuary spoke to him, telling him of his pain. Imran acknowledged this and began to speak to him the words his mother once spoke to him as a child when he was afraid. Succeeding in comforting the boy, bringing him to sleep, he fought back every urge in his body and ran his Hidden Blade through the boy's chest, killing him. Imran fell to his knees, his act of mercy completed, his promise to Isabella fulfilled, and every thing that kept his mind hinged broke lose. He screamed hysterically in anger until his voice gave out, pounding the ground in front of him until his hands bleed. He was a shell of his former self, so far gone he did not even resist as the estate guards dragged him away. He watched mournfully as Amalric wept over his son's corpse, screaming that he hoped Imran was satisfied as he had to now live with what he had done. Imran was doubtful that he could.
- Amalric: "Why . . . why must I suffer this? We have been gifted with the grace of the heavens. The divine power to cure any disease, heal and wound. This Shroud was placed in the hands of we mortal men, so that we may save ourselves. Why does it only kill us? Why does it not listen to me!?"
- Imran: "You are not God."
- ―Amalric's final words.
Imran remained lifeless and emotionless for the twenty-hours he was chained in the dungeons of the Lusignan estate. He was eventually visited by Amalric who had the intention of slitting his through right then and there for stealing the Shroud, killing his son, and kidnapping his wife. Imran had simply responded in the face of death by asking Amalric if he loved Isabella. Confused, Amalric admitted that her did not. Imran then proclaimed that if he did not then he did not deserve her. Imran coldly took his chance, disarmed Amalric, strangled and bludgeoned his bodyguards to death, unlocked his chains, and gave chase to a fleeing Amalric. Amalric lead a long and complex chase throughout his estate. This chase concluded with Imran running a sword through Amalric's gut when the latter was cornered in his study. A slowly dying Amalric crawled his way over to the Shroud of Eden. Imran watched in pity as he wrapped himself in the Shroud, desperately clinging to his life. The Shroud ultimately rejected his wish to be healed and instead amplified his injury, completely slaughtering his entire body. Imran was disgusted by this but remained stern faced as. The estate guards looked upon him in fear, thinking he had caused Amalric's unnatural demise. Fearful, the guards made no effort to apprehend Imran as he sullenly walked collected his belongings and exited the fortress. Walking to the only place he felt he should be.
- Imran: "No. NO! Do not leave me my love, I beg of you! Please! I have the Shroud, it listens to me, it obeys me, it can save you!"
- Isabella: "No, don't trouble yourself. . . You told me once that objects such as these . . . do not belong in the hands of mortals. . . I haven't lived a long life, I haven't lived a happy life. But I lived it, because you were there . . . You were always there, always rescuing me. Don't rescue me this time . . . Rescue her, save your daughter from this life . . . save her from my unhappiness . . . save her from my life. My love, go, live . . . don't watch your princess die . . ."
- ―Isabella's last words to Imran in 1205.
Imran walked for miles, refusing to part take in any other form of transportation, working effortless for four days until he had finally arrived at his destination. He walked into the city of Acre, finally awoken from the daze he had put himself in. He was tired, pained, starved, but he refrained. For he still had to see to his business. Imran arrived at the gates to the Citadel of Acre on the morning of April 5, 1205. He had once again scaled the fortress walls in stole his way into Isabella's room once again, but didn't just find Isabella, he found her going in the middle of child birth. Imran rushed to her side and was informed of the situation. Not long after being sent back to Acre, she had discovered her pregnancy. Having been with only with one man at the present time, Imran was the only possible father. Seeing as the child would clearly be illegitimate to the public as the both she and Amalric had not been together is some years, the pregnancy was shielded from the public. Imran stood by her side all through the birth. until their child, a girl, is born. However, there were complications with the birth and Isabella slowly and internally bleeds to death. With her dying words, she asked Imran to take the child away and see to it that she lived a life away from the burden and unhappiness of royalty. Imran accepted just before she passed away.
Imran returned to Masyaf with the Shroud and his young daughter in tow. Upon arrival, he relinquished his daughter so that she may have been brought to a nurse and relinquished the Shroud so that it would be sealed away. Imran broke words with Altair, who congratulated him on his success. But, Imran lamented only his regret at the actions that he was forced through. Imran spent the next seven years in empty thought. He had refrained from any form of work other than assisting in the training of the young Assassins. Most of his days were spent with his young protege Nadia, (Who was by now 14 and spent her days as Imran's apprentice.) and his young daughter, whom he named Ysabella in honor of her mother and was 7 at the time. Interestingly, Imran had taken to having recurring and disturbing dreams of a voice that seemed to be beckoning to the west, but had thought them nothing more than dreams and dismissed them. One day in July 1212, Imran had received an invitation to Tyre, Lebanon, the court of Maria of Montferrat, Isabella's eldest daughter. The invitation detailed Maria's memory of Imran from her childhood and how close he was to her mother. The message goes on to request Imran's presence in her city so that the two could further discuss the nature of their relationship. Imran requested that Altair give him leave to depart to Tyre so that he may meet with Maria. Altair gave him leave to depart but warned him that due to the time that the letter was delivered, that it was most likely a trap. Imran flatly responded that he knew.
- Maria: "Seven years. I have waited seven years to see this day come. I have learned of my enemy, amassed all the necessities needed to enact my vengeance, and planned every detail to the letter, so that I may see this day. The day my family receives justice for the havoc you have unleashed upon it. MY FATHER!! Whom you stole from me before I had ever the chance to see him! And my mother . . . My mother! Whom you defiled and tortured with your very existence! You AND the BASTARD you killed her with! Do you know what my mother was like every time you abandoned her! She was cold, distant, unhappy, a broken shell of a human being. . . You destroyed her life! You destroyed MY LIFE! . . . Speak . . . DAMN YOU SPEAK! HAVE YOU NO SHAME?! HAVE YOU NO REMORSE FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE?!"
- Imran: " . . . I . . . have lived my life to the best of my ability. I have split the blood of the unjust, of the righteous, of the innocent. I have watched the rise and fall of lions. And despite my best efforts to keep her at bay, I fell in love with purist women who will ever walk this earth. . . My father gave me but one life lesson in the short time I knew him. Never apologize for doing what is right. Do I regret the life I have lived? Yes. Do I wish to take back everything I have done to this very moment? Yes. Do I regret what I have done to your mother and father? No. . . I will not beg for my life, so by all means, take it."
- ―Imran and Maria in 1212.
Imran arrived in Tyre a few days later, but upon his arrival at the city gates in the dead of night, the city guard ambushed him and beat him into unconsciousnesses. He awoke, bound and on his knees, guards on either side of him in the Tyre palace throne room. All while in the presence of Maria of Montferrat who was currently and visibly stricken with puerperal fever. She drew a knife and spoke of her intent to kill him for ruining her family, and how it took years to amass enough power and influence to kill Imran without. During her long speech Imran hung on her every word in cold silence, deterred at the sight of the monster he inadvertently created. She finally asked if he had any remorse for what he had done, he did not and gladly would give his life. However before she could react, she was thrown into a coughing fit. She fell to her knees gasping for air as her fever began to take her life right before Imran's eyes. As a mass of people began to storm into the throne room, his presence was soon forgotten. As he watched Maria's dying gaze center on him with tears running down her face, he got up and backed slowly into the crowd, disappearing.
Imran returned to Masyaf in lament. He had informed Altair that he was finished with the life of an Assassin and wished to no longer take lives at the behest of the Order. Altair could do nothing but understand what he had been put through and granted his old friend his wish. Imran continued to care for Ysabella who was 7 at the time and had taken Nadia, who was 14, on to be his full time assistant. He was officially retired.
- "I look upon her face and I see all that I gained, as well as what I have lost. She grows to look more like her mother every day. So beautiful, kind, innocent. Oh, her innocence, the Order shall strip that from her soon. I long to see her live as her mother intended her to live, but as I deny her the life she would have been burdened with, I force another upon her. My life, my burden. I do not wish her the turmoil I have endured. Oh, how this FRUSTRATES me so! . . . She sings. She loves to sing. Just like her mother. . . I cannot despair. I will not fail her again. She will be stronger. Stronger than her mother was. Stronger than I ever was. She WILL be happy. God help any mortal man who dares prevent it."
- ―Imran reflecting on his role as a father to Ysabella in 1213.
September 1212, five months had gone by since Maria's death and Imran was no better than he was five months prior. He abstained himself from all human contact, save for raising Ysabella. Still true to his claim, Imran had not returned to work in assassination, but had restricted his time spent to the libraries of Masyaf. His decline into isolation would have been inevitable if it wasn't for a message he recieved from his mother in Nablus. In it she expressed her wish to see him again as her work as the rafiq of Nablus was taking it's toll on her in her old age. Concerned for her health, he requested Altair give him leave to visit her at home. His wish was granted and he had left for home immediately with Nadia. He left Ysabella in Masyaf so that she would be able complete her training. Imran and Nadia had soon arrived in Nablus, and found Imran's mother Hafa in an ailing state. Weakened by her old age. Imran immediately took over the work load as the rafiq while Hafa remained bed ridden, tended to by Nadia. At the beginning it seemed he would only stay a short time and return to Masyaf. However as time rolled by, Imran showed to signs of leaving. Acting as full rafiq in his mother's stead, finally coming full circle as his father had hoped. Life as a rafiq felt natural to him as he had always assumed it would. Though on a less conspicuous note, Imran was still plagued by the dreams that had haunted him for years. Only recently they appeared more powerful in message, urging him to travel west, haunting with images of those he had loved and lost. With all his will Imran shut out these messages and trudged on with his life.
Work was not as constant as it was when he was a child. The Palestinian Assassins were slowly regressing. All residing members either moved to Syria or had abandoned the Order entirely. Templar activity was next to none in the region and the only contact they made with the Order was through the occasional Assassin passing through. Imran maintained contact with Ysabella and Altair via regular correspondence. Imran had written Ysabella with continual promises to return home, promises he could not keep. He was home, Nablus was where he belonged, he could not leave. If Ysabella was ever to live free, she needed to over come the rest of the obstacles ahead of her, on her own. All in all life was quiet, for two years.
Liberation of EnglandEdit
- "I had thought my demons had gone from me. I was wrong. It appears I must cleanse my mistakes from this world one last time."
- ―Imran coming out of retirement in 1214.
In Early May 1214 the Assassin's Bureau was infiltrated by a young Englishman named Will Scarlock. After initial hostilities of a foreigner making his way into the Bureau, Will explained that he had come from London, as part of a group of English Assassins who had gathered in retaliation of the rule of King John of England. Their efforts to depose the king were less than successful, but he had heard of the Order of Assassins from an Arabian merchant, as well as their fabled accomplishments. He had traveled intended to travel to the Holy Land in search of the Order, but had heard talk of an Assassin stronghold in Nablus while passing through the city. After a few days worth of investigating, he had found them with the intent of requesting aid. Imran, upon hearing this, was provoked by the thought of John's tyrannical rule and had come to the hard decision of righting the wrongs of Richard the Lionheart. He knew of Altair's frustration in dealing with growing hostility in Mongolia, he decided to take it upon himself to bring John to justice on his own. He offered his assistance to Will, which was graciously accepted. He had left Nadia to the care of the Bureau and his mother. The two left for London the next day.
Imran and Will arrived in London Harbor a weeks later. All Imran knew England was that it was the ruling land of his long dead friend Richard, judging by the manner of Richard, Imran assumed his homeland to be the proud and mighty world empire befitting it's dead King. However, Imran perceived London to be a grey and dreary place, streets packed with the poor and the diseased, general oppression from the crown running rampant as merchants were shaken down and soldiers intimidated citizens. Imran inquired as to how the English Empire had come to this. Will explained that it was the sum of several influences over the past decade. King John had been in the midst of waging a war with France for over domination of the isle of Normandy. England was in a losing stance in this war, losing territory after territory to the French. This lead to the increased demand for war funds which ran into trouble as his policies in terms of economics had been less then effective, leaving his only choice in being the raise of taxation. Not many of the common folk had supported these decisions which lead to discontent. That coupled with King John's numerous affairs among the married noblewomen, had lead to near over flowing tensions with the Barons of England. King John believed he was left with no alternative but to keep a firm grip on the people if he was to prevent civil war, but Will was convinced he was only furthering it's development. As Imran watched these acts of tyranny, he felt utter shame. He had been so preoccupied with his own altercations that he had been absent minded to these people. He believed he had truly dishonored Richard's memory, but more so than he, John had dishonored Richard, and he swore justice.
Imran and Will purchased horses had rode out of the city and north into the countryside, eventually ending their journey in the county of Nottinghamshire. Imran noticed the farther they ventured from the city, the more beautiful the land appeared. Upon noting this to Will, he responded that his group of rebels had defended the people from John's tyranny long before Imran arrival, Imran believed that perhaps there was hope for England yet. Will eventually lead Imran into the Sherwood Forest where they were seemingly ambushed by what appeared to Imran as a band of thieves. Before preparing for battle, Will halted Imran and conversed with masked men and they were eventually allowed passage, though Imran and wary eyes on him at all times. They had eventually came to a clearing with what appeared to be a massive tree , beyond normal size, at it's center a large campsite filled with dozens of rouges. As they entered into the camp, Imran was given dirty looks and evil glares from all whom they passed. Imran surmised that he was both not expected and not welcome. They stopped at the base of the large tree and Will greeted a rugged man of his thirties with an embrace. With great dignity, Will introduced the man as his uncle and leader of their band of rebel Assassins, one Robert Hode, though popularly referred to as Robyn Hode. At first, Robyn displayed himself as a proud and arrogant man laughing off his nephew's "childish attempts" to help their cause. Imran argued with Robyn over his so called "successful" rebellion, where Imran believed he and his men were nothing but organized vagabonds. Robyn's pride won over him and allowed Imran to stay, only to prove to him that his men were better than the Assassins expectations.
Imran soon became associated with the Merry Men, as Robyn's ironically called themselves. A group of thirty or forty men and women all owed the English crown ill will. Among them were a young miller's son named Much, a poacher named Arthur a Bland, a wrestler named David of Doncaster, a downtrodden and portly friar by the name of Tuck, Allen A'Dayle a roving minstrel, and Marian Hode, Robyn's second in command and devoted wife. Not long after he had settled in, the Merry Men found him distasteful on account of his heritage. Also, the Merry Men found his name near unpronounceable, especially with Imran's thick accent. To lessen the tension, Will suggested he take an outlaw name and offered John as an insult to the king he intended to dethrone. Imran found it satisfactory, but the Merry Men soon twisted it into Little John as an insult to Imran's short stature. Though deterred by this, Imran wore this title like a badge of honor, even more determined to prove himself to the Robyn and his men. Initially, with the acts of rebellion they performed, Robyn's tactics of battle were uncompromisingly brutal. (i.e. the locking and burning of English forts and slaughter of Royal caravans). Imran knew these were acts in the pursuit of freedom, but they were carried out in anger. Imran knew that even Assassins knew the meaning of mercy. Robyn saw no flaws in his plan but instead in Assassin logic. Will eventually revealed to him, the origins of the rebel leader. As it turns out, Robyn, along with the entire Hode family, were once barons of Wakefield who became unsatisfied with the rule of King John. Eventually, Robyn attempted a political coup against John by way of the other barons. John found this out and declared the entire Hode family traitors to the crown. The family manor in Wakefield was assaulted and burned as a result. Robyn and Will managed to survive the ordeal, but at a cost. Robyn lost his first wife only son to the flames, as well as his sister and brother-in-law (Will's parents). Imran still did not respect Robyn, but he at least understood why he was so iron willed and cold hearted.
- Robyn: "I cannot bear to allow myself to remember them, every time I do I only feel the rage and pain of their loss. That is not how I wish to remember them."
- Imran: "Take my word for it Robyn, let out the pain. The world is a dark enough place as it is. You do it no favors by making it darker."
- ―Robyn confiding in Imran in 1215.
Imran and the Merry Men began to perform coordinated attacks against numerous Royal forts, encampments, and industries. Slowly spreading their area of rebellion toward the city of London. These numerous misadventures were chronicled and composed into ballads by the minstrel, Allen A'Dayle, who felt it better that he be Imran be presented as a giant besides a foreigner. Imran also attempted to spread the teachings of the Assassins among the Merry Men, to no end as they seemed to only trust the willingness of Robyn. Will however, was eager to learn more of the Assassins exploits, reminding Imran of himself when he was his age. Imran found himself teaching him hours upon hours of Assassins's history and philosophy. Ranging from the creed to hidden blades they use. Granted he had given him more information than a stranger to the Order should possible know, but Imran could not help but teach. Seeing his nephew inspired and taken off the death of his parents, Robyn began to trust as well as confide in him and the Order's teachings. As result, Imran's skill and knowledge became respected among the Merry Men. By July 1215, a document was presented by the feudal barons to King John. This Magna Carta was their attempt to regulate the monarchy's power and halt war. John however rejected this and as a result, war and erupted. Not long after the barons rebellion, the Merry Men were contacted by the feudal baron of Little Dunmow, Lord Robert Fitzwalter, who was impressed with the anarchy they had achieved for the Assassin's caouse and had promised the restoration of the Hode's to Wakefield in exchange for their consultation and expertise in the terms of rebellion. Robyn, was conflicted on this but ultimately agreed.
From the start, it appeared that the rebel barons were out numbered and out matched by the monarchy, so an alliance with one of England's adversaries was the only option. Though the idea was opposed by many an Englishmen in the rebellion, Imran proposed an invitation of invasion to Prince Louis of France. As the son of King Phillip II , he retained the French monarchy, but also blood relation to English royalty as the grandson-in-law of the late King Henry II. It took months of convincing, but Lord Fitzwalter was finally persuaded in to sending a proposition to France. By November the only aide that was sent was a contingent of knights. Regardless of the princes agreement, the war raged on and both sides showed no sign of victory. It wasn't until May 1216 that any significant change came about, when the French arrived at the shores of Kent and began their march on London. John saw this and immediately fled London, to the Saxon capital of Winchester. The Prince and his forces paraded through the streets of London as the barons received them and the citizens celebrated. All the while, Robyn felt nothing but disgust for the Prince's "victory" as well as his uncrowned kingship over England. Imran comforted him, saying that if the Prince proved to be more a problem than an asset, he would die. Robyn questioned the legitimacy of Imran's claim to kill the ruler of now two nations. Imran simply stated that he had killed far greater men, and if there was one thing that he learned from them is that they were all capable of the same thing; bleeding and dying.
The tide of the war assumed to turn, however no evidence was provided. After Louis, had initial difficulties in providing any real progress in his occupation of Kent and siege of the castle of Dover. He declared a momentary truce and retreated to London in early October. Meanwhile, John slowly but surely began to retake his lands through a strategic siege of Rochester, which was thanks in no small part to John's Templar benefactors, as the king himself was capable of no such feat. Imran had already had knowledge that John still retained his Templar benefactors throughout his rule, as such, they probably had no such wish as to forfeit the English throne. The Assassins sought to aid Fitzwalter and the rebels once the siege came about. The rebels gave all the effort the could must but ultimately were forced to retreat. In the midst of the assault, Robyn was struck by a poisoned dagger a was of the first of the casualties evacuated from battle. Imran too was forced to abandon the battle as Robyn refused any bodyguard other than he. In his carriage, he had a prioress perform a bleeding, however little did he know the prioress was actually an assassin under Templar employ. Unfortunately, Imran was so caught off guard, the prioress was able to land a killing blow to Robyn, sealing his fate. As Robyn lay dying in front of Imran, he revealed that he had a feeling that that day would be "the day." As a final request Robyn was carried out of the carriage, was given a bow and a single arrow, fired his final shot into the air, and requested to be buried where ever the arrow landed. As the Merry Men all gathered round their fallen leader. Imran viciously order them bury his body as he took off for Nottinghamshire with one soul purpose, the death of King John of England.
- John: "Please . . . (sobbing) mercy."
- Imran: "Mercy! MERCY! I GAVE YOU MERCY! HE SAID YOU WOULD CHANGE! BUT YOU DIDN'T CHANGE! YOU NEVER CHANGED! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!!!"
- ―The murder of King John of England.
Imran wasted no time in traveling to the outskirts of Newark Castle, the King's place of residence and there he awaited his arrival for a week, biding his time. Eventually on the night of October 18, John arrived at home with his entourage. As his carriage entered the castle courtyard, Imran disregard all means of stealth and secrecy, and out right assaulted the fortress guard, fearful of his life, John fled into the castle. In a blood rage, Imran pursued, carving his way through any guards in his path. He momentarily lost his pursuers and cornered John in his own room by striking fatally in the back. As he laid before him, John wept and begged for his life. Imran's rage was brought to it's peak as he viciously stabbed John to death. As the king lied dead and bloody before, in the aftermath of his rage, Imran looked in horror at what he had become. What his life had turned him into. Imran managed to escape the guards by a thread and returned to the Sherwood forest, where the Merry Men held a vigil in Robyn's honor. Will expressed gratitude for all that Imran had done for them, and claimed that Robin named him as his successor. Imran turned down the offer, claiming he was never meant to lead. Imran explained that it was a mistake to return to his life as an Assassin, saying England will have to save itself and expressed his wishes to return home. But not before he initiated Will into the order and charged him with finishing the fight for peace that his uncle had begun. Imran left for home at dawn, with a heavy heart and a broken spirit.
- "You are the Messenger and true to your name, you carried a message. This message was not meant for your eyes, nor your ears, nor to be held in your hands. But within your heart, sown into your soul, carried within your very being. Everything you are and were was tragic, but necessary. But now your time has come and passed, your work done. And though you now fade to dust, you shall live on in the blood of your blood. They shall watch him, guard him, and carry him through out the ages, until the final days are upon us. And when he is finally ready, The Guardian shall know what must be done. Go now Messenger, deliver your final message."
- ―The Keeper in the Westminster Abbey Vault in 1249.
Imran found himself back in Nablus, only to find the now 17 year old Nadia managing the Bureau by herself, lamenting that Hafa had passed away in her sleep, months earlier. Though depressed at her passing, he took solace in the fact that she died peacefully. Imran soon began to return to his work as Rafiq, with Nadia as his quiet assistant and only company. The years slowly crept by and Imran was no better than he was before. Nadia had observed his sanity slowly regressing. While he believed he was alone, he would sometimes speak to figures who were not there, such as Isabella, Richard, Kadin, Robyn, and so on. Writing appeared to be his only coping mechanism. Imran would write letters to all matter of people, some of which were long dead. In these letters to the dead he would not confess regret for their deaths, but instead would speak write of average conversation as if they were still alive, or perhaps if he was dead. Though, prominently he maintained correspondence with Altair and his daughter Ysabella, who would had finally finished her Assassin training.
Six years into the aftermath of his travels to England, in January 1221, Imran's strange dreams haunted him further. At first he assumed the beckoning west that the dreams entailed was his guilt over the unfinished business he had with John, but no such luck came about. Imran soon received a series of letters from Ysabella over the next few years detailing her what her exploits. Ysabella had graduated from her Assassin training at the age of 16 and decided to travel the world as a trobairitiz, and secretly spreading Assassin wisdom. In 1222, Ysabella traveled brought her to Lombardy where she met a charming Assassin and troubadour, by the name of Elias Cairel and began to work along side him. Months later she eventually sent word to Imran that she and he had developed a relationship and requested his blessing for the two to marry. Pleased to see his daughter getting on with her life, he consented. They were married a year later in 1223, and were expecting their first child by 1224. Unfortunately, Elias had contracted dysentery not long after the child's conception and died long before the child's birth, that same year.
- "My child, there comes a time in every man's life when he realizes that his time on this earth is at an end, when he has finished his mark on history. Now I have lived a long life. I have murdered kings, spilled the blood of warlords, and have seen the fall of many great men . . . and women. To my regret, I have taken many things from this world. But you, you are the only thing I ever gave it. You are what I wish to be remembered for. I have lost the will to go on my child, but you have not. All I have done, was to prepare you for the moment where my life would be yours to do with as you please. Ysabella . . . my time is done, and your's is far from over."
- ―Imran to Ysabella in 1228.
Four years later in 1228, Imran received word from Masyaf that Abbas Sofian had staged an overthrow of Altair's leadership and had lost all contact with his old friend. Though infuriated by Abbas' act of betrayal, he lamented his inability to assist his him or influence the Order. He felt utterly useless, having lost the motivation to live the life that had slowly been tearing him to pieces. In the end, he did nothing. He and now adult Nadia were then visited by the 23 year old Ysabella and her 4 year old son, Delmont Cairel. She had come to reprimand her father for his abandonment of both her and the Order. Imran though, agreed with everything she had to say but could define his actions in no other way than to tell her the story he had told time and time again of what her heard from his father as child. Though confused, as she did not yet understand the meaning behind telling her that, she accepted that her father was no longer able to save the Order and tearfully departed. Though disheartened by shutting his daughter out, attempted he convince himself it was for the best. He did not succeed.
In the years following Altair's fall, the Nablus Bureau was left untouched and forgotten with Nadia as the only active Assassin. Imran found his days empty and without meaning. All this changed when the Bureau was broken into by a local thief. Though easily bested by Imran's skill, the thief showed potential and was offered to be taken under Imran's wing. Seeing no better alternative, the thief named Sahib accepted. Finding solace in teaching, Imran began recruiting the poor who showed potential from the city streets. Within a few years the Bureau was a buzz again. Come the year 1235, Ysabella had sent him a letter detailing her and her son's travels to Tuscany, Italy and her marriage to a Tuscan painter by the name of Giuseppe Brindani. By then she had given her husband two sons, Giancarlo and Tomasso. By the year 1249, Imran received joyous news from Masyaf, the downfall of Abbas Sofian and the return of Altair as Mentor to the Assassin Order.
- "Tell me spirit. Why? What is the purpose of all this? What is my purpose?"
- ―Imran to the Keeper in 1249.
All seemed well with Imran until two years later, his strange dreams had reached their apex. In the dreams Imran was showed a picture of a large chapel to the west that had been a house where kings and queen were born and died. He finally decided that he was to old to have regrets and decided to put his dreams to rest once and for all. He had left his charge of the Bureau and Palestinian Assassin's to Sahib and Nadia, now married, and left for his pilgrimage to Europe. Within weeks he arrived in England in March 1249, and made no attempt to contact the local Assassins. His only objective was the chapel from his dreams, which he found to be Westminster Abbey which at the time was under heavy construction. Upon entry way into the abbey he was greeted warmly by the monks, who he had convinced that he was there to seek enlightenment, which wasn't a total lie. He decided to pray in the nave of the abbey for guidance, which he was met with as he the seems between the cobble stones of the floor began to glow into a strange path of white light that strangely the monks did not notice. He saw this as a sign from God and followed the path into the lower reaches of the abbey. There he happened upon a door of light, which upon his touch, opened. As he crept inside the door shut behind him and unveiled a vast hall of majesty beyond his comprehension. At the end of the hall stood a single pillar. There Imran was greeted as the Messenger, by a spirit with the appearance of muscular man in a lion skin, but made out of light who called itself The Keeper. The spirit spoke to him of what it was, the guardian of the guardian. He who had safeguarded the message that would be taken to it's rightful owner by the Messenger. When Imran inquired why and what the purpose of it was, The Keeper perplexed him further. It told him that he was chosen to be molded into "his" guardian over countless ages so that the Guardian would know what to do when the time was right. The spirit then gave him his "final message" as the pillar separated and unveiled another Apple of Eden. Imran, though tempted, refused it, knowing only the pain and suffering it and other like it brought, but The Keeper told him that is exactly why he had to take it. Giving in, he took the Apple and The Keeper disappeared along with the light from the Temple.
- Imran: "My brother, it was beautiful! Simply beautiful. All it said to me, all it showed, all it revealed. I had never known such happiness. It wasn't for nothing, none of it was. (laughing) None! . . . Oh, but the dark days, the dark days that come, they are dark indeed. They will come to burn. This world shall be swallowed whole. But you and and I, we will not be alone. We will be untied in the end, our blood shall be carried through out eternity. And we shall face oblivion together! Ha, ha! TOGETHER! (laughing then coughing) . . . Oh, Altair. Mighty Altair . . . shed no tears for me. I am happy . . . truly happy. Though I must know . . . one thing. Am . . . I a man yet? . . ."
- Altair: "More."
- ―Imran's last words.
The Apple had mentally instructed Imran on where it wished to be taken. Imran wearily complied, charting a ship to take it to the Bosphorus. All throughout the journey, the Apple seemed to take pity on a deteriorating Imran and his lack of purpose in life. So the Apple imparted it's knowledge of days to come on to Imran's mind, showing him the ramifications his life would create throughout history. Enlightened yet weakened, Imran thanked the Apple and hide it beneath the eventual site of the fortress, Rumelihisari, to be discovered. Imran, feeling himself at death's door, walked. He took a ship back to the main land and walked. He walked on for days on the sheer force of will his body had. He wanted to deliver one final message.
He finally arrived in Masyaf, the morning of April 5, 1249 and collapsed at the gates of the Assassin Stronghold. In the commotion of his arrival he was carried to the courtyard where Altair had come to greet him and instructed him to be brought outside. Imran refused and asked to be set down in the sunlight. There, he sighed, as if to relieve himself of the troubles of his life. He spoke what seemed to be nonsense to Altair, but in reality was the information he learned from the Apple. In his speech he seemed to be filled with unexplained joy at the revelation of his purpose in life. But at the end of his emotional tirade, he began to laugh hysterically and asked Altair if he was a man yet. Altair simply responded "more." Imran then looked up and stared into the light of the sun with a gaze of both wonder and fear. Within moments, his life slipped away from him and he passed from this world.
- "You're like me, my friend. We don't need to be remembered, we need to matter."
- ―Robyn Hode to Imran in 1216.
Upon his death, a funeral procession was held in Masyaf with most of Imran's remaining loved ones, as well as nearly half the Brotherhood in attendance, including Ysabella and her family. Altair presided over the gathering and gave testimony to their fallen brother. In commemoration for his life long dedication and service to the Brotherhood, Altair offered Imran one of the highest honors, to have his remains buried in the catacombs beneath the fortress. Ysabella was thankful but denied this, as his final wishes were to buried alongside his mother and father in Palestine. Altair respected this, but proclaimed that in his honor, the Palestinian Brotherhood would no longer be looked down and forgotten as it had been in the past. The time had come for the Assassins to expand beyond Masyaf. From that day forward, the Palestinians would be its own welcomed division of the Brotherhood, with Nadia as it's leader. Nadia and her bloodline would go on lead the Brotherhood in Palestine for generations, with descendants still surviving to the modern day.
Ysabella returned to her life in Tuscany with her family, who would go on to sire numerous descendants in the countryside. Ysabella herself tried to distance herself from the Assassins after he father's passing. One of her father's life long struggles was with the mindless violence he was brought up in and was forced to raise her in. Advocating her father's wish for a life of peace, having traveled to places like Egypt, Africa, China, England, and France, she retired, satisfied with her husband in his villa. Taking her father's final words to heart in understanding that she had done her part to contribute to history, she passed away on a quiet Sunday afternoon of old age in 1275.
Sadly, contrary to Altair's words, Imran's life would go on to be forgotten within a century. Contemporary sources obviously forgot his contributions to history, but even the Assassins went on to loose track of him for a time, until the 21st century, like most of his descendants. He also is credited to being the leading figure which established an Assassin bloodline that would become tentatively known as The Guardian Bloodline, by some modern Assassins. True to his role as The Messanger, however, the "message" he carried found its owner, as it could only be retrieved by an Animus. Which was done so by one of Imran's descendants, Matthew Knight, a young Assassin who would learn from Imran's life and disillusionment with the Assassin profession, and wold take those lessons and skills with him on his future endeavors.
Personality and Characteristics Edit
- "An Assassin's purpose is to kill others yes. But, not because he wishes to. In fact, I believe an Assassin should never want to kill another person. It is a responsibility only. We kill for the sake of others. So that they will never burden themselves with the pain and sin we carry."
- ―Imran teaching his daughter, Ysabella, in 1212.
As a boy, Imran was an adventurous child. Always hearing stories from the Assassins that visited the Bureau in Nablus, he was filled with such pride, to be an Assassin, in spite of his father's wish that he remain in Nablus and become the next rafiq. When he finally did become an Assassin, with each life he took, no matter how noble the cause behind it, he felt the weight of the guilt of his deeds pile up within him. Culminating to point where he retired from a life of violence and returned to the city of his birth and lived the life of peace his father always intended for him. With age came wisdom, as he soon saw the true meaning of being an Assassin, and took his responsibilities as one very seriously from then on. This wisdom would go on to haunt him with questions as to what the purpose for his seemingly meaningless fight in an unending war to peace.
Imran was considered a fiercely loyal and dedicated to the Assassins Brotherhood, despite the discrimination he received at the hands of many of hisSyrian brothers for being a Palestinian, and considered all those who fought beside him and in favor of their cause where welcomed brothers in arms whom he would give his life for. His loyalty to the cause he was raised to dedicate his life to, would be the force that would drive him to complete near impossible tasks throughout his life in the name of the Assassins. Yet this dedication was never soured by hatred. In spite of losing so many fallen friends to their enemies, Imran was never quick to anger, and was considered and abnormally kind and quite man. Yet even this was subsidized by the passion that came out in him when he fought for his friends or for his cause, and even the rare moment of weakness when his anger would get the best of him.
In addition, Imran remained a devoted Muslim, which was a served as a driving force in his life. He believed that as an Assassin, the Brotherhood's purpose was heavenly ordained to bring peace to all people by baring the weight of the sin that was required to guard against the evils of the world. But such faith, he tried to pass on to his daughter, yet ultimately believed it was her right to choose what she wish to believe in, and needed only instruction in what it took to believe in something, as he did. As a father, Imran was not the most skilled. Despite his best efforts to guide his daughter, she ultimately chose her own path through life, and forwent many of his lessons along the way. He was never strict with her, to be certain, and allowed to make these mistakes so that she may learn from them. Something that would lead to his daughters eventual monuments respect for him at the twilight and end of his life.
Skills and equipment Edit
Imran's dedication to becoming an Assassin resulted in obtaining a great amount of skill in comparison to his fellow Assassins. He was greatly capable in preforming feats of acrobatics and combat, showing not even the slightest trace of fear in the face of danger or peril. Though shorter compared to his brothers, what he lacked in size and strength, he made up for in speed and agility. This also gave him increased his proficiency in stealth and assassination. Growing up in an Assassin's Bureau, he was received a great deal of education from his father, and was greatly intelligent and inquisitive by nature. In addition to an adept writing ability, he was found to be fluent in both Arabic and English. By the time he obtained his title of Master Assassin, he had obtained skills such as: climbing, urban acrobatics, eavesdropping, interrogation, pickpocketing, archery, hand-to-hand, knife, and sword based combat. Until the end of his life, he did not know it, but he possessed the ability known as Eagle Vision, an ability that had not fully awakened in him until he received the message from the Shroud and followed it's meaning to the Westminster Temple.
Until his ascension to Master Assassin, he wore the white robes and leather armor of a novice Assassin, and bore with him a Syrian Sabre, his father's old seax, a set of throwing knives, and a single Hidden Blade. After the death of Kadin, Imran took his bow and used it throughout his career in honor of his fallen friend. During his visit to Portugal, he adapted the use of a crude version, that would later become, the Poison Blade. When he did become a master, he wore longer, black robes and used two hidden blades. After his retirement and upon coming to England during the First Baron's War, he wore a tattered set of robes and used a longsword, before finding letters between King Richard the Lionheart and his advisors, who crafted a set of armor which was to be presented as gift to the Assassins, as a show of good faith. It's delivery, however, was halted with his death and the armor locked away. After gathering all the letters scattered around archives throughout England, Imran uncovered the location of the armor, as well as Richard's sword, in vault beneath London. Reading in Richard's letters of how deeply he treasured their friendship and how he hoped to see him wear it someday, Imran dubbed them the Armor of the Lionheart and the Lion's Claw, and used them in battle until he returned to retirement and gifted them to the English Assassins.
Romantic life Edit
Imran's reserved and quite nature earned him little romantic relationships. Temptations offered themselves, but his own piety and reservations kept him celibate for most of his early adult life. In fact, the only romantic relationship he would ever cultivate in his life, would be the with his lover Isabella, Queen of Jerusalem. The earliest known instance of the affection he had for her, was as a child when he saved her from an assassination attempt in the streets of Nablus in 1180. That encounter would stay with him until the two met again while he was on his mission to assassinate her second husband, Conrad of Montferrat in 1192. While the attraction between the two was obvious, neither could bare to tell the other. And so their romance commenced slowly for quite a few years, behind the backs of her various husbands. He saw in her a woman with the greatest light of hope he had ever seen, a woman who deserved all the happiness that could be afforded to her. She saw in him a man who believed in true justice and peace, willing to die for both. A man who would stop at nothing to be with her. Finally, the two could no longer deny their feelings and became lovers, resulting in the two running away together to Constantinople. This coupling eventually resulted in a daughter, Ysabella, whose birth would cause Isabella's death in 1205. Imran would never love again, and would remark that he believed that God meant for the two of them to be with one another, and that he did think he could ever find that again. Her death would be one of the many factors which caused him to abandon his life of violence in favor of one of peace.