Created By: Koveras on September 2, 2010 Last Edited By: lordGacek on November 22, 2010
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The Hashshashin

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You know, that Islamic community in The Middle East around the time of The Crusades, who both named and codified the Assassin archetype, though only few know to what extend their image has been Flanderized since then.

Originally an esoteric Islamic cult founded by Hassan-i Sabbah, it developed into a society of assassins operating from unreachable mountain fortresses and terrorizing the region's rulers with their attacks. Allegedly, the recruits were drugged with hashish, led to a paradaisical garden, and then told that only the "Old Man of the Mountain" had the means to let them return, which resulted in their fanatical devotion. Their downfall came when one of their strikes reached the Mongols, who (probably seeing it as a challenge in Evil Citation Needed) razed Hashshashin main fortress, Alamut.

In fiction, The Knights Templar are often positioned as their Rivals and Arch-Nemesis (and the two are often found alongside each other in Conspiracy Kitchen Sinks). Compare Ninjas, the Far Eastern counterpart.

References to the Hashshashin in fiction:

Film

Literature
  • The Destroyer series of novels, being about assassins with a ancient heritage, naturally mention the Hashshashin.
  • In Foucault's Pendulum, the Templars learned from the Hashshashin during the Crusades to discover the secret of harnessing the power of telluric currents.
  • Not sure about the context, but there were a few Flashbacks featuring the Hashshashin in The Illuminatus! Trilogy.
  • The Dragon from Angels & Demons invokes this reference by calling himself "Hassassin" (in addition to being of Arabic descent).
  • Parodied in Disc World with the hashishim, who are a bit too heavy on the hashish bit.

Tabletop RPG
  • The Dungeons & Dragons Al-Qadim setting has numerous "Holy Slayer" groups inspired by the Hashshashin. Adventure ALQ2 Assassin Mountain has the Everlasting, a cult that live in a mountain that are clearly based on them.

Video Games
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • September 2, 2010
    G-Kaiser
    Part of the antagonist force in the Prince Of Persia movie.
  • September 2, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    Headed by Rashid ad-Din Sinan, "the Old Man of the Mountain." The Other Wiki gives a list of his appearances in fiction.
  • September 2, 2010
    Koveras
    ^Addition: Rashid ad-Din Sinan led the Hashshashin long after Hassan-i Sabbah, the original founder.
  • September 2, 2010
    Fanra
    The Destroyer series of novels, being about assassins with a ancient heritage, naturally mention the Hashshashin.
  • September 3, 2010
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • The Dungeons And Dragons Al-Qadim setting has numerous "Holy Slayer" groups inspired by the Hashshashin. Adventure ALQ2 Assassin Mountain has the Everlasting, a cult that live in a mountain that are clearly based on them.
  • September 3, 2010
    Frank75
    Parodied in Disc World with the hashishim, who are a bit too heavy on the hashish bit.
  • September 3, 2010
    lordGacek
    Bad Guys in Lionheart, the bugged, released before it was finished fantasy version of Fallout.
  • September 8, 2010
    Koveras
  • November 21, 2010
    lordGacek
    I Bumped it a bit.
  • November 21, 2010
    foxley
    In Vampire Themasquerade, the Assamite clan of vampires had their origins in the Hashshashin.
  • November 21, 2010
    LeeM
    Music: referred to in Hawkwind's "Hasan i Sabha" (aka "Assassins of Allah")
  • November 21, 2010
    rodneyAnonymous
    Did you know that the Hashshashin practice of eating a ball of resin before going on a mission is where the word hashish comes from? The More You Know!
  • November 22, 2010
    ShadowAI
    In the book Angels And Demons The Dragon fancies styles himself as one.
  • November 22, 2010
    Koveras
    @lordGacek: Thanks, I almost forgot about this one. ^^; You can launch it if you want.
  • November 22, 2010
    Blork
    Broken Sword featured a mysterious murderer who turned out to be a Hashshahin trying to foil the plot of the Knights Templar villains.

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