Early 19th century
Arbaaz Mir was born in Kashmir in northwestern India during the early 19th century to a Muslim family. His home region was conquered by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Sikh Empire in 1819, leading to the death of numerous Muslims in Kashmir, including some of Arbaaz's kin. This led Arbaaz to grow up with a resentment towards Singh, considering him a cold-blooded killer.
Search for the Koh-i-NoorEdit
In 1839, Hamid tasked Arbaaz with the recovery of a map detailing First Civilization artifacts, most notably the Koh-i-Noor diamond, a powerful Piece of Eden. Upon his safe return to the Assassin headquarters in Amritsar, Hamid informed Arbaaz of the legend surrounding the Koh-i-Noor, and that the British Templars were attempting to obtain the artifact. The Koh-i-Noor had been in the possession of Ranjit Singh since 1830, who kept it safe from the hands of his enemies, but was nearing the end of his life.
As Singh's heirs were not as interested in the diamond as their father, the British Templars were attempting to take Singh's life. Hamid tasked Arbaaz with ensuring Ranjit Singh's protection, an objective he reluctantly agreed to, but only for the sake of the Brotherhood. Before leaving, Arbaaz bought Hamid's slave Raza Soora from him, noticing the harsh treatment he was receiving from Hamid.
Arbaaz instead intended to find the Koh-i-Noor himself ahead of the Templars. Taking up the disguise of an emissary from Kashmir and his servant, Arbaaz and Raza entered the imperial palace, where Ranjit Singh held a feast. Believing the Koh-i-Noor to be kept in a hidden chamber underneath the palace, Arbaaz told Raza to look out for Singh's treasure keeper Bustee Ram. After being allowed to join the feast, Arbaaz was greeted by William Hay Macnaghten, assistant to the British Governor-General of India, and General Francis Cotton. Arbaaz recognized the Templar insignia on Cotton's chest, though Cotton also identified Arbaaz as an Assassin by his movements. After Macnaghten left, Arbaaz ensured Cotton that they were not enemies, telling the Templar that he had his own reasons for Singh's death.
Arbaaz's attention was quickly caught by Princess Pyara Kaur, Ranjit Singh's granddaughter. Upon noticing Singh handing Ram a diamond, Arbaaz told Raza to follow him and that he would find him later, deciding to follow Pyara instead. Arbaaz tracked her to the palace courtyard, handing her a flower he stole from the palace's dining room. The two later shared a moment of intimacy, after which Arbaaz proceeded to find Raza, who led them to the hidden chambers underneath the palace. Exploring the caverns filled with statues of Hindu gods, Arbaaz found the chest containing the diamond, but discovered it was a replica. Upon further exploration, they stumbled upon statues and illusionary walls left by the First Civilization.
Raza found the real Koh-i-Noor in a pool of water in the hands of one of the statues; unbeknownst to them, their progress had been tracked by Cotton. Upon their return to ground level, Arbaaz was arrested by Singh's men, who had been alerted by Cotton and Macnaghten. Raza managed to escape with the real Koh-i-Noor, while Singh's men took the replica.
Conflict with CottonEdit
Singh's men placed Arbaaz in a cell, though Pyara Kaur and Raza Soora released him from his imprisonment, after Arbaaz told Pyara he was tasked with ensuring her grandfather's safety. To Arbaaz's disapproval, Raza had given the Koh-i-Noor to Pyara, thwarting Arbaaz's plan to escape with the artifact. After Pyara informed Arbaaz that Singh was drinking tea with the British, Arbaaz and Raza hurried to the imperial palace.
Scaling the structure, Arbaaz eliminated the patrolling guards and told Raza to wait for him on the rooftops. Arbaaz infiltrated the palace and leaped down the main hall, knocking Macnaghten over upon his landing and attacking Cotton with a chakram. Following this, Arbaaz knocked the tea out of Singh's hands, realizing that it was poisoned. In response, Singh took out his blade to attack Cotton, but he was already weakened by the poison. Cotton instead called the guards, yelling that the Maharaja was being attacked by an assassin.
Arbaaz fled the hall, followed by Cotton and Singh's men as he made his way to the courtyard. There, while Arbaaz was fighting imperial guards, Cotton tried to kill Pyara and take the Koh-i-Noor, but was halted by Raza. Pyara then activated the Koh-i-Noor, taking up the appearance of a member of the First Civilization, sending a message for humanity to Jot Soora, who was reliving Arbaaz's memories through the Brahman V.R. in 2013. Cotton instead attacked the entity, firing at it with its gun, and accidentally destroyed the Koh-i-Noor. Seeing the entity become enraged, Arbaaz took Raza and dove into the water, before the entity released a burst of energy across the area, killing Cotton and all the remaining guards.
Arbaaz later had a child with Pyara Kaur and became an ancestor to actress Monima Das, the fiancée of Jot Soora.
- Arbaaz in Urdu means "eagle", while Mir is a Punjabi clan or tribe between present day India and Pakistan. Mir is also a loanword from the Arabic emir, amir, and thus has the meaning of "leader, commander, prince" in aforementioned places.