Today we’ll look at the origins of Basim ibn Ishaq, who stars in 2023’s Assassin’s Creed Mirage. While his character was explored somewhat in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, little is known about his backstory and who he was before he washed up on the shores of England. Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be a prequel to Valhalla, primarily focusing on Basim’s youth and rise through the ranks of the Assassins. It takes us back to the golden age of Islam in the lumbering city of Baghdad, Basim’s hometown and favorite location for hidden blade murders. Here’s everything you need to know about who Basim is in Assassins Creed Mirage!
Who is Basim in Assassin’s Creed Mirage?
Basim ibn Ishaq was the son of the great mosque architect of the Abbasid Caliphate. His father was the victim of deception as the credit for his work was given to someone else, resulting in him being exiled and then dying. Because Basim’s mother had previously passed away, he was orphaned and left to steal on the streets of 9th-century Anbar, near Baghdad. Baghdad was a rich city of knowledge and learning, where Basim often went to the library called the House of Wisdom. He describes himself as a man possessed by a passion for understanding, which led to his thirst for knowledge among scholars and scholars. We can see that this library is a major point of influence in the game and possibly contains images of real-life scholars such as Al-Khwarizmi that you can meet and talk to.
How did Basim join the Assassins?
Around the age of 17, Basim met a person who changed the course of his life. He was saved from imminent capture by none other than Master Assassin Roshan during a botched theft. Roshan not only saved him from the guards, but also accepted Basim into the ranks of the Hidden Ones (read: Assassins) and took on the role of his Mentor. This is the beginning of his life as an assassin. He continued his training in the Hidden Fortress of Alamut. After years of preparation, he is sent back to Baghdad, determined to dismantle the Order, a secret group seeking to manipulate the world from behind, which later evolved into what we now know as the Templars.
In Assassin’s Creed Mirage, players witness Basim’s evolution from novice to mentor. The story is particularly reminiscent of the past Ezio trilogy that fans have loved for so long, but we’ll have to wait and see if Ubisoft delivers on its promises for a “classic” Assassin’s Creed game.