It may be apparent by now that I like to discuss my nerdy hobbies on Sundays. These include video games, manga and books. Last week, I told the story of my progress through the first Assassin’s Creed game. As I had little time to spend on my hobbies this past week, I can’t give you a book review, yet (I swear one is coming though). Today, I’d like to continue our venture into the experiences of Altaïr during the Third Crusade of the Holy Land.
Talal, the slaver of Jerusalem, was next on Altaïr’s list. He kidnapped the low lives of the city – beggars, whores and thieves – and sent them to Garnier De Naplouse.
Altaïr went to the slavehouse where Talal was said to be and found his presence was expected. Talal happily commanded his henchmen to kill the assassin while he watched safely from a platform above. Defeating the guards proved to be an easy task for Altaïr and he soon gave chase to the fleeing slaver.
Running across rooftops and through city streets, Altaïr caught his victim and dealt the fatal blow. In the moments before his life left him, Talal confessed he wasn’t a slaver at all. The people he sent to Jerusalem were unfit to be slaves. He believed he was helping these people by sending them to Garnier. His experiences had led him to believe nothing existed after death.
Talal’s Last Words: Wall off your mind, eh? They say it’s what your kind do best. Do you see the irony in all this? [Pause] No, not yet, it seems. But you will…
Abu’l Nuqoud of Damascus would be the next to fall. A wealthy and self-centered man, he hated the poor and frequently threw lavish parties to gain the favor of those who ‘mattered.’ Upon his arrival in the city, Altaïr learns of one such party. During the event, Abu’l appears at his balcony and proposes a toast. As people drink, his speech turns condescending. He calls them hypocrites for their support of Salāḥ ad-Dīn, commander of the Muslim armies, and their war against the Crusaders. Soon, it becomes clear the drinks were poisoned. Abu’l orders his men to ensure no one escapes and walks toward the back of his mansion. The chaos is Altaïr’s opportunity to strike. He catches up with Abu’l and fulfills his assassination orders.
The last words of Abu’l are strange to say the least. He explains that he joined the Templars in order to create a better world, adding that he couldn’t follow a god that considers him an abomination. He even dares to question Altaïr about his willingness to kill at the word of any order.
Abu’l’s Last Words: You cannot stop us. We will have…our new world.