Assassins Creed

Popular game based on Hassan Sabbah

One of the hottest video games in the world today is the Assassin's Creed! This game was designed and written partially based on the true story of the 11th. Century Persian Nationalist and Ismaeli cult leader of the post-Islamic era, Hassan Sabbah. The English word "assassin" comes from the Persian term used to describe Sabbah's followers who used Hashish to prepare themselves for political killings; (Hashashin -> Assassin). Here's the trailer for theis game.


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From Wikipedia: **The Old

by Al-Tair (not verified) on

From Wikipedia:
**The Old Man of the Mountain was a name given to Rashid ad-Din Sinan, one of the leaders of the Syrian wing of the Hashshashin sect and an important figure in the history of the Crusades.** Al-Tair belongs to this group of hashashins.

Latin sources from the crusader states call him Vetulus de Montanis, derived from the Arabic title Shaykh al Jabal, which means prince or elder of the mountain.

According to his autobiography, of which only fragments survive, Rashid came to Alamut, the centre of the Hashshashins, as a youth and received the typical Hashshashin training. In 1162, the sect's leader Hassan II sent him to Syria, where he proclaimed Qiyamah, which in Nizari terminology meant the time of the Qa'im and the removal of Islamic law. Based on the Nizari stronghold Masyaf, he controlled various districts in northern Syria, namely Jabal as-Summaq, Ma'arrat Masrin and Sarmin.

His chief enemy was the Sultan Saladin, who ruled over Egypt and Syria. Saladin twice managed to elude assassination attempts ordered by Rashid and as he was marching against Aleppo, Saladin devastated the Nizari possessions. In 1176, Saladin laid siege to Masyaf but he lifted the siege after two notable events that transpired between him and the old man of the Mountain. One night his soldiers had found the old man of the mountain and his personal guard wandering the mountains but failed to attack him because as the soldiers reported they were held back by some mystical power. Saladin suffered terrible dreams and one night Saladin awoke to find freshly baked hotcakes, the type only the Assassins made, and a poisoned dagger next to his bed. He believed the old man of the mountain himself had laid them there. Saladin promptly lifted siege and had to accept the independence of the Hasshashin principality.

His last notable act occurred in 1192, when he ordered the assassination of the newly elected King of Jerusalem Conrad of Montferrat. Whether this happened in coordination with King Richard I of England or Saladin remains speculation.

Rashid enjoyed considerable independence from the Nizari centre in Alamut and some writings attribute him with a semi-divine status. He died between 1192 and 1194 and was succeeded by men appointed from Alamut, which regained a closer supervision over Masyaf.


Not a Nationalist

by sourena on

Sabbah was not a nationalist, he was only a cult leader.


EVEN Another interpretation...

by Faribors maleknasri M.D. (not verified) on

If it was the same hassan E sabbah who bought the Alamut castle for a cow-leather so is his name for me undisconnectable with the Alamut castle and Ghazvin city. In the aera of his majesty, the most last Perserkaiser, were alamutis a family with high influence. one alamuti was Minister. Minister/Secretary of Justice. the same alamuti was a very important person in the central comitte of Todeh party. Was´nt it wonderfull? After the Islamic Revolution were Barbeque parties on the castle with meat, alcoholics Drugs and open air sex - where the natives had no food and were obliged to observe how the Democracy gets spreaded in their country - suddenly at end. It seems never again Party time returns back. Not only in alamut castle but also not in the whole country. Isnt it wonderfull? Greeting


Not true

by Gamer (not verified) on

The game is about a brotherhood of crusaders and not Hassan Sabah's assassins.

However, the company who made this game is the one that made the Prince of Persia games. Don't mistakenly mix up these games.


Another interpretation...

by Anonymous-today (not verified) on

of the origin of "assasin" is that in fact it's a mispronouciation of the word "asaas" meaning base, as in base of resistance. It's my suspicion that the folks at the US Justice Department who invented the term Al-Qaeda in the mid-ninties to prosecute the US embassy bombings in East Africa, had this meanig in mind, as Al-Qaead also means the base. And yes, the old man of Alamut is the most facinating and misunderstood of Iran's historical figures; mytholigized and demonized all at once.


Etymology of the word "assassin".

by Nader on

The name "assassin" is commonly believed to be a mutation of the Persian "haššāšīn" (حشّاشين); however, there are those who dispute this etymology, arguing that it originates from Marco Polo's account of his visit to Alamut in 1273[2] It is suggested by some writers that assassin simply means 'followers of Hassan' (or Hasan-i Sabbah, the Sheikh of Alamut (see below)).

The word Hashish (of probable Persian origin) refers to resin collected from cannabis flowers. Important to remember, however, is that drugs such as cannabis are "Haram," forbidden, by most schools of Islam. Therefore, it is possible that the label or attribution of Hashshashin to drug use was to portray them negatively.


looks nice working game and animation

by artist (not verified) on

I am animators and looks to me was great


Just a little correction

by Cameron Batmanghlich (not verified) on

There is a big misconception about the root of the word assassin.

Contrary to what most people believe assassin is not referring to hashish. Hassan Sabbah organized his group around the fort of Alamut. This area was famous for its agriculture. What Hassan Sabbah did was that he encouraged his followers to plant medical herbs. Hassan Sabbah and his organization become a major exporter of medicine to Middle East with their biggest market in Syria. They earned the name 'Hashashin', which means medicine men. This was one way to finance his operation.

It is true that hashish was used, but only when the suicide candidates were castrated. They voluntarily became castrated as they believed that sexual temptation was the single biggest obstacle to carry out their missions, in infiltrating and kill prominent Arab rules and/or Iranian collaborators with the Arabs.

Also, many of the suicide agents could dress as women, since they stopped growing facial hair.

All the assassinations were in the public eye with a dagger which had a poisoned tip, causing the target a slow death over few days.

They spread fear among Arab rulers and became the number one enemy of then Arab rulers. However, due to their strategic location of their fort, and an extremely disciplined armed force, they were invincible. So, they Arab rulers started a slander campaign making people believe that in the 'Alamut fort', Hassan Sabbah and his followers were indulging in smoking hashish and orgies.


Not Hashashin

by MKB (not verified) on

I think you will find the term “assassin” actually come from the word “Azzizan” ( the dear ones).and not “Hashashin” which is commonly and incorrectly believed.
Hassan Sabbah could not call his most loyal followers “ ghatelin” so he used the term of endearment “Azzizan” for his “Political Killers”.
Sabbah was a fire brand, charismatic, radical semi cleric ( Muqtada Al Sadr of his day, if you will)who operated a sect, and I am not sure sitting around rolling joints (or any other recreational drug) on back of Pink Floyd’s “Wish you were here” album was allowed in Ghaleyeh Alamoot.


Resurrection day (for Iran) Hasssan Sabah’s speech

by Salar (not verified) on

On the resurrection day Sabah gave an speech and ordered all its followers to stop tagheh (pretense) from that day and reveal themselves and their beliefs to all society. In his speech he ordered “stop your namaz and roozeh, for god does not need what is called hagh ol alah, but he needs your sacrifice to free your land. Stop reading, writing and speaking in Arabic and know that Arabs have inflicted cruelty on you, know that your forefathers for thousand of years before Arabs worshiped one god and believed in tohid and all Islam’s philosophy comes from Iranian scholars and Arabs did nothing for islam after hejrat, you must rise and free yourself from the yoke of Arab ...”

He was a true nationalist. Iranians should rediscover him and likes of him and their beliefs.