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The Manual of Style is the codified set of standards for writing and formatting across all articles here at the Assassin's Creed Wiki where we strive for a level of professionalism as diligent as any other academic medium.

As with any style guide, the aim of this page is to ensure clarity, coherence, and consistency throughout our articles through efficient organization, thereby rendering our content readily accessible to the audience. Although we share common principles with conventional styles of professional writing, our manual of style is specially adapted to the unique goal of synthesizing Assassin's Creed lore and presenting it in an encyclopedic format. Those familiar with composing scholarly works need not refrain from drawing strategies from that background when contributing to this wiki. However, it should also be remembered that Assassin's Creed Wiki is a special platform of its own with distinct standards that have been developed by convention and consensus to best fit our specialty.

Perspective

More than just a typical guide on a video game series, Assassin's Creed Wiki is dedicated to compiling and maintaining the lore of the entire franchise. To that end, our first and foremost priority is to synthesize the metanarrative of not only each game, but also across the diverse range of transmedia. We meticulously incorporate every piece of information on the series' universe, no matter how minor, and weave them together into a unifying whole, so that fans may witness how its world truly manifests.

Because our encyclopedia revolves more around the series as a world and less on the series as merely games, it is essential that articles are written from an in-universe perspective rather than an out-of-universe one with few exceptions.

In-universe

When an article is written from an in-universe perspective, it is roleplaying as a document in the world of Assassin's Creed itself. Imagine that you are an Assassin who, eager to research the history of the Hidden Blade, consults a digital database which has begun to archive all this information. This database is Assassin's Creed Wiki, and although it does not actually exist within the series' canon, for our purposes, we act as though it does when writing. We pretend as though we, the writers, are within the universe of Assassin's Creed rather than fans existing outside of it.

This perspective of writing manifests in the following ways:

  • All subjects must be treated as though they are non-fictional rather than fictional.
  • The historical past tense is used unless the subject still exists in the present moment in the series.
Under conventional grammar rules, plot summaries for fictional works are written in the literary present tense. Because we imagine the Assassin's Creed world to be that of reality, however, even fictional characters who have since died in the story (e.g. Haytham Kenway) are treated as actually having existed at one point before passing away. When writing about them, they should therefore be described in the past tense. Conversely, subjects that still exist at the current time in the story (e.g. the Animus, Rebecca Crane, Rome) should be described in the present tense as usual.
  • As a general rule, the current year in the real world is the current year in the series' story even in the absence of a new release in a particular year.
The series is essentially set in a parallel universe to that of reality, with every historical event in the story mirroring that of actual history. As a result, if a subject, be it an individual, a city, or a war, currently exists in real-life, even in the absence of an explicit reference to its current status in the Assassin's Creed universe, its status is presumed to be the same.
Thus, if you are unsure if Masyaf still stands as a city in the present day of Assassin's Creed and no source in the series gives a clear answer, refer to its real-world status to find out. The exception to this rule is if within Assassin's Creed lore itself, it has been made explicit that the subject no longer exists even if it still does in the real world. In the event of such a deviation, one must of course defer to the Assassin's Creed version.
  • Refrain from describing a detail as "unknown".
Details which are unknown to us may not necessarily be unknown to characters within the Assassin's Creed world.
  • Refrain from gameplay language.

Avoiding gameplay language

Simply avoiding any explicit references to the subject's fictional status while describing gameplay does not qualify as IU-writing. For instance:

"A Brute's regular attacks could also be countered through a disarm maneuver, which left him open to a lethal, follow-up attack."
In this example, the historical past tense is used as is appropriate, but to write from an in-universe perspective requires more than just correct tense usage; one must capture the point-of-view with respect to content and rhetoric as well. The sentence alone is not technically out-of-universe, as it is true that within the Assassin's Creed universe, a regular attack from a Brute can be countered by disarming him, just as in real-life, an attack from a soldier can be countered and disarmed.

However, it is not realistic to single out this detail as though it were a unique scenario. What distinguishes a "regular" attack from any other form of attack in real-life? Can't any individual be countered by being disarmed in real-life—is this detail specific to a Brute? Won't any counter leave an enemy open to a follow-up attack in real-life? Would it necessarily always be lethal?

Awkward in a non-fictional context, this statement is still in essence written from an OOU-perspective. Its point makes sense only as a matter of describing gameplay mechanics even if it can disguise itself by being technically correct if a Brute were to exist in real-life. In-universe writing should not be superficial.

Out-of-universe

The opposing counterpart to in-universe is out-of-universe (OOU) where an article is written from the normal perspective of reality. In this case, the writer does not imagine himself as situated within the franchise's universe; the subject matter is approached as part of a fictional work as usual.

Although by default, an IU-perspective takes precedence, certain subjects might call for an OOU-perspective to be adopted instead. The articles of such subjects are referred to as real-world pages and deal with game developers; voice actors; the actual games, comics, and novels themselves; etc. Subjects which appear within the Assassin's Creed universe but which have a real-world equivalent (e.g. Niccolò Machiavelli, Firearm, France) should still be written from an IU-perspective and should principally be presented in terms of the franchise's lore.

All IU articles have a Trivia section at the end which in essence is a less formal equivalent to the Behind the Scene sections of other wikis. As such, items in Trivia may be written from an OOU-perspective even when the article as a whole is not. This is necessary if a trivia point describes gameplay elements of the subject, such as the way it functions or bugs involving it. Because Trivia is a pool for miscellaneous OOU and gameplay points, this is the only section in IU articles which permits OOU-perspective writing.

Naming convention

When naming an article, abide by the following steps in this order:

  1. Use a canonical name whenever possible
  2. Use the legal name of an individual whenever possible, omitting titles and epithets
  3. If no canonical legal name is known, use a canonical common name.
  4. If no canonical common name is known, use a canonical nickname and add {{Nickname}} to the top of the page. (e.g. Noob and Numbskull)
  5. If the subject has no canonically verifiable name, but it has a real-life equivalent, use its real-life name
  6. If the subject either does not have a real-life equivalent, or its name in real-life is otherwise unknown, devise a conjectural name and add {{Conjecture}} to the top of the page.

This means that if a subject has a real-world counterpart, the name by which it appears in the canonical source takes precedence.

Example: Julius Caesar instead of Gaius Julius Caesar

Whatever the conjectural name, it should be one that can most rationally be identified with the subject (e.g. Zhang Zhi's father). A descriptive title may therefore be employed instead, but whichever title is chosen, it must still be in-universe. Hence, a character whose name is not given should never include words such as "unnamed" (e.g. "Unnamed Guard Captain") or "character" in its article's title.

Article title format

In accordance with this wiki's designated language, all titles should be in English to maintain consistency. An exception can be made for the following:

  • If the name is romanized, but lacks an anglicized variant. (e.g. Ratonhnhaké:ton).
  • If the name uses the Latin alphabet in its native form, but its anglicized variant is not conventionally used. (e.g. Lorenzo de' Medici not "Lawrence of the Medici")
  • Both the native name and its anglicized and native variants are widely used, but the former is the one used in the subject's most prominent and/or central appearance. (e.g. Jeanne d'Arc instead of "Joan of Arc")

Titles must also:

  • Be at least romanized even if it cannot be anglicized. (e.g. Wei Yu instead of 魏羽)
  • Be a noun or noun phrase.
  • Be in singular, not plural case, unless the subject is a plurale tantum (e.g. Americas), or its very subject matter discusses a class or group. (e.g. administrative subdivisions such as "Nomes of Egypt" or people groups)
  • Be in sentence case, i.e. with only proper nouns and the first word capitalized.
  • Avoid including a grammatical article, definite or indefinite, at its beginning except when it is a component to a work's title (e.g. The Canterbury Tales) or the subject's formal name (e.g. Le Chasseur).
  • Use the full name of the subject, spelled out, rather than an abbreviation.
  1. Use the official name if the subject is an organization

The exception to the third point are the articles on Assassins and Templars which, per the convention in the series, are titled as people groups despite referring to the formal organizations.

Disambiguation

Disambiguation is applied when two or more articles have competing, identical titles.

There are three, principal disambiguation scenarios:

  1. The page at Maria is a disambiguation page, leading to all other uses of "Maria".
  2. The page at Assassin's Creed is about one particular usage, called the primary topic, and there is a hatnote leading readers to Assassin's Creed for all other uses of that name.
  3. The page at Desmond is the primary topic, with a hatnote linking to the other use, Desmond (dog). No disambiguation page is needed because there are only two competing pages with one taking precedence.

A primary topic for a term is a subject which has far greater likelihood of being the one sought after by a reader than all the other competing subjects combined; it is indisputably the most notable usage of name. It may also otherwise have a long-term significant claim to that title (e.g. although Assassin's Creed might more commonly refer to the series, its name is derived from the original game that spawned the series).

These three examples illustrate the three different means of disambiguation, in which a primary topic is present in the latter two, but absent in the first. In the first case, at least two usages of that name (i.e. Maria Thorpe and Maria Auditore da Firenze) has approximately equal notability and significance, so the base term is used as the disambiguation page.

When an article must be distinguished with another, in the absence of a better alternative, typically a parenthetical descriptor is used. An exception is place names, where, if the disambiguating term is a higher-level administrative division, it should be separated by commas rather than be set within parentheses (e.g. San Marco District, Florence and San Marco District, Venice). Pluralizing one of the titles, adding an unwarranted definite article, or violating the grammatical format in any other way is an absolutely improper way of disambiguation.

Section headings

Section headings, like article titles, must use sentence case, where only the initial word and proper nouns are capitalized, and all subsequent words after the first are not provided they are general nouns.

Use equal signs around a section heading ==Title== to create a primary section; ===Title=== for a subsection; and so on to =====Title=====.

The heading must be on its own line, with one blank line before it. While a blank line just after the heading is optional and can be ignored, two or more blank lines after the heading is prohibited, for it creates unwanted, visible space.

In addition:

  • Headings should not refer redundantly to the subject of the article. (e.g. "Early life" instead of "Desmond's early life" or "His early life")
  • Headings should normally not contain links.
  • Citations should not be placed within, or on the same line as, section headings.
  • Headings should not contain images.
  • Headings should not be phrased as questions.

Capitalization

As aforementioned, titles of pages and headings should employ sentence case.

Assassin

As a demonym for the Assassin Brotherhood, Assassin is a proper noun and should always be capitalized when referring to a member of this organization. When used as a general noun by referring to any individual who attempts an assassination, "assassin" should not be capitalized. Hence, the combination of "Templar assassin" describes a member of the Templar Order who targets the life of an individual for political reasons without being aligned with the Assassin Brotherhood.

Hidden Blade

Since the Hidden Blade is a specific weapon that should not be confused as a descriptor, it should always be capitalized.

Miscellaneous weapons

Capitalization for weapons depend on whether or not the name is referring to a specific weapon model or a weapon type in general. The Florentine Falchion is capitalized, for instance, because it refers to a falchion with its particular design. Virtually all weapons which can be equipped are capitalized accordingly, and they should be analogized to standard models of firearms such as the Heckler & Koch Mark 23 or AK-47. Hypothetically, one can write of a Florentine falchion referring to a falchion from Florence not necessarily the model of falchion named the Florentine Falchion.

Care should be taken in regards to weapons which have names identical to its weapon type. Examples of this abound, including Scimitar, Mace, and Falchion. One should not be fooled by the exceptionally generic names of their models; when writing about such weapons, taking Mace as an example, Mace capitalized refers to a specific model of mace under that name from Assassin's Creed: Origins or alternatively from Assassin's Creed: Unity as there are two different maces with that name. Neither of these refer to maces in general as they are distinguished from other models of maces with more unique names which sit on the same tier of categorization. In contrast, mace without capitalization refers to maces in general.

An exception to treating a gameplay weapon as a weapon model is when a weapon has a generic name identical to its weapon type and there is no other instance of that type of weapon in the series under other names. A primary example is the Katana from Unity where currently, there exists only one page for katanas in general because there are no other models of katanas which would warrant dedicated pages.

Dynasties

When part of a dynastic name, dynasty should never be capitalized unless the name is derived from a number. Hence, the d in dynasty in the names Song dynasty, Ming dynasty, and Ptolemaic dynasty are all lower-case while it is upper-case in Eighteenth Dynasty and Fourth Dynasty.

Language and grammar

English is the official language of this Assassin's Creed Wiki. Versions of this site in other languages are also available, and each page should include interwiki links at the bottom directing readers to its counterparts in other languages.

Assassin's Creed sources primarily use Canadian English, and articles should principally adhere to the spelling used in the source material for consistency, especially when naming articles. However, when in doubt, American English spelling is conventionally preferred for this wiki. Spelling aside, editors should refer to British English grammar norms.

Possessives

In English grammar, a possessive is formed with plural nouns by adding an apostrophe followed by an s at the end of the word (e.g. sword's), but if the noun already ends in a pronounced s, the extra s should be dropped (e.g. swords' but not women's or mice's).

While it is not universal whether or not this latter practice should be carried over to singular nouns ending in a pronounced s, for the purposes of consistency, the extra s should always be added when forming a possessive with these nouns (e.g. Haras's; Silas's) unless doing so makes the noun awkward to pronounce with an extra sibilant, i.e. an /s/ or /z/ sound (e.g. Achilles' or Socrates').

Regardless, the additional s should never be dropped on the basis of the noun ending in an s alone. The above exception with singular nouns can only begin to be considered if the s were pronounced in the first place. In French names such as Thomas or Dumas, where the s is silent, the omission of the extra s would be incorrect as they deprive them of an ending sibilant to indicate possession when read aloud.

Name usage

When mentioning a character for the first time in an article, they should be introduced with their full name and not just a title. (e.g. Ezio Auditore da Firenze instead of 'Ezio'; Louis-Joseph Gaultier, Chevalier de la Vérendrye instead of 'de la Vérendrye'; James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan instead of 'the Earl of Cardigan')

Subsequent mentions

In most academic sources, the practice is for subsequent mentions of an individual to refer to them only by their surname. Because this would be highly awkward with respect to characters fans are intimately familiar with (e.g. Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Ezio Auditore, and Desmond Miles), the practice in this wiki is to employ their personal names for subsequent mentions instead. By and large, this applies to a majority of characters and not just the main protagonists.

However, there remains a host of characters who, by convention, the audience would be more accustomed referring to them by their surnames for short. These are generally historical figures such as George Washington, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Benjamin Disraeli. Still, readers may prefer using the personal names of other characters with real-world counterparts like Cesare Borgia, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Caterina Sforza. Therefore, whether a character should be referred to by their surname, their personal name, or another name in subsequent mentions along an article depends upon one's intuition. Although this may seem subjective, it would most likely be a faithful reflection of conventional usage. In the rare event that it may be in dispute, editors may discuss among one another to reach a consensus on it.

Names of Chinese emperors

In English, the common names for Chinese emperors depend on the dynasty they lived.

Emperors of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) and Qing dynasty (1644–1912) are conventionally referred to by their era names which, beginning from the Ming, spanned the entirety of an emperor's reign when formerly, emperors would have multiple era names throughout their individual reigns. This meant that era names now became a convenient way of identifying each emperor, but at the end of the day, era names are names of each emperor's reign not the emperor himself.

Hence, it is grammatically incorrect to shorthand the common names of Ming and Qing dynasty emperors, such as the Jiajing Emperor and the Shunzhi Emperor, to 'Jiajing' or 'Shunzhi'. An analogy would be to refer to Pope Alexander VI by the name 'Renaissance' because he ruled during the Renaissance era, neverminding that the Renaissance spanned across many popes' terms.

Assassin's Creed works frequently commit this error, notably in Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China. Instances of 'Jiajing', 'Zhengde', etc. should be taken as grammatical mistakes owing to inadequate research, not canonical names.

When referring to Ming and Qing dynasty emperors by era names, it is mandatory that the names be written out in their entirety, with the addition of the definite article. (e.g. 'the Jiajing Emperor', meaning 'the Emperor of the Jiajing-era').

Italics

There are fives principal uses of italics.

  • Titles of works
Titles of works such as video games, books, paintings, and movies should be italicized, not underlined, bolded, or set in quotation marks (e.g. Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brahman, Assassin's Creed: Heresy, Marriage of the Virgin). On the other hand, titles of smaller or component works such as memories, letters, chapters, songs, etc. should be set within quotation marks. (e.g. "Requiem", "A Door of No Return", "La Marseillaise")
  • Names of vessels
Names of specific vehicles, be they aircraft, spacecraft like Beagle 2, or watercraft such as Jackdaw, Aquila, and Altaïr II should always be italicized.
  • Foreign words
Non-English words which are not proper nouns should be italicized. These include taxonomical names in the Latin binomial nomenclature (e.g. Homo sapiens divinus), foreign words which have not become established in English (e.g. calificador as opposed to coup d'état), and quotes in a foreign language (e.g. "Requiescat in pace").
  • Mentioning an English term
When mentioning an English term, especially to introduce it for explanation, the word should also be italicized. For the sake of consistency, refrain from alternative methods such as quotation marks for indicating that a word is being mentioned, not used. The above mention of coup d'état and here again is an example of an English term—though technically a French one embedded in the English language—being mentioned and italicized appropriately.
  • Emphasis: "The Auditore are not dead. I'm still here!"

Singular use of they

When the gender of a singular antecedent is indeterminate, they and its inflected derivatives must be used as the pronoun.

The singular use of they is contentious, particularly within American academia.[1] Nevertheless, it is the consensus of the Assassin's Creed Wiki community that owing to the long history of they as a gender-neutral singular pronoun in literature,[2] there is nothing erroneous about this and that it is preferable to clumsier alternatives such as he or she, he/she, s/he, or refraining from using a pronoun at all. Employing only he or she as a substitute for an indeterminate antecedent may, on one hand, connote gender bias or, on the other, misinform readers that the antecedent's gender (e.g. Noob or Numbskull) has been canonically established.

Date and time

Day

All dates should be formatted as [day]-[month]-[year] (e.g. 21 December 2012). Do not use numerical date formats such as 11/01/1165 as this can refer to either 11 January or November 1.

Year

Years should be marked with BCE or CE in accordance with the Common Era notation system. CE should be omitted from a year if there is no need for such clarification within the context of the writing.

If a year is an approximate estimate, it should be preceded with circa abbreviated as c. and not ca. or approx.

Range

When expressing a simple year–year range, the correct format is to use an en dash ( or ALT+0150) not an em dash or a hyphen.

The birth–death range should be provided in parentheses immediately after the first mention of a character's name. Only the years should be specified.

Depending on whether the individual is still living or whether one of the years are unknown, the format may change. Follow by these examples:

  • For an individual who is still living: Shaun Hastings (born 1985) not Shaun Hastings (b. 1985) or Shaun Hastings (1985–)
  • For an individual for which only the death year is known: Warren Vidic (died 2012) not Warren Vidic (unknown–2012) or Warren Vidic (d. 2012).
  • For a deceased individual for which only the birth year is known: Shao Jun (fl. 1505–1567)

Precision

Whenever a new event is introduced, context to the time it occurred should always be given when possible. This context should also be as precise and accurate as can be.

  • Correct: On 1 September 2012, Desmond Miles was abducted by Abstergo Industries.
  • Incorrect: In modern times, Desmond Miles was abducted by Abstergo Industries.

Naming an era rather than providing a specific date is vague, especially as there is often no consensus on the exact start and end to an era. Although Assassin's Creed fans understand "modern times" as referring to the present day as distinguished from regressions, conventional historiography defines the modern era as beginning approximately in the early 15th century with the Renaissance.

On the other hand, when an event occurs over a period of time or a subject existed over a range of time, it would be inaccurate to refer only to a particular date for it.

Though it is not technically incorrect, to write that the "Janissary Kijil was in use in 1511 and 1512" might imply that it was specific to these years. While it is true that the sword's canonical appearance, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, is set in 1511–1512 and those are the only years where its appearance can be verified, it is reasonable to assume that the weapon was in use for far longer than that. To write instead that the "Janissary Kijil was in use in the early 16th century" would include those years without suggesting that the range is known. It also does not preclude that the Janissary Kijil was not used in any other period aside from the early 16th century as the sense of approximation does not carry that connotation. Hence, accuracy should not be sacrificed for precision.

Quotations

Every article should begin with a relevant quotation that illustrates a central quality or plot point about the subject, often spoken by the subject themselves if it is a character. Most sections in the body of the article should also begin with quotations though preferably not at every section so as not to clutter the page. Flexibility is allowed for how often sections are headed by quotations.

When inserting an introductory quote to a page or section use the {{quote}} template.

Faithful reproduction

When quoting, the original text should be copied verbatim with deviations only when necessary. A common example of such an exception involves replacing a pronoun to clarify its antecedent when it cannot be identified from the quote alone while another similar case involves adjusting the pronoun to the sentence quoting it. Changes made in reproduction should always be enclosed in square brackets. Otherwise, alterations should be kept to the utmost minimum.

Quotations outside of this usage should follow this general format:

  • If the quote is less than four lines long, simply including it in the article's body with quotation marks will suffice.
  • If the quote is at least four lines in length, or a dialogue, it must be a block quote:

"This is a blockquote. To insert one, enclose the quoted text between <blockquote> and </blockquote>. Quotation marks have to be applied manually as well. Blockquotes are similar in structure to the {{quote}} template but do not require a speaker and source to be specified."

That quotes should be reproduced as faithfully as possible does not require that the original format must be retained as well. Converting purely typographical elements of a quote to conform to Assassin's Creed Wiki's formatting does not distort the meaning of the quote by any means. A key guideline to this is that alterations should not change the text that is read aloud. Examples of this include correcting hyphens to dashes, changing the style of quotation marks, and expanding abbreviations. However, bold, italics, all caps, and other typographical styling used to express emphasis or a particular tone should be preserved as it is.

Neutrality

A quotation should never be used to express one's personal opinion about the validity of a view. It is permissible, however, that they be used to present the emotive opinions of a particular character in their exact words.

  • Correct: Altaïr said the Assassins stood for "justice, that there might be peace".
  • Incorrect: The Assassins stood for "justice" and "peace".

Even when a quotation is attributable to a character, the use of quotation marks around simple, descriptive terms may still imply something especially dubious about the quoted words; readers may construe it as sarcasm even if none was intended. Hence, one should be conservative about quoting in such a manner.

  • Permissible: Haytham argued that the Templars only sought order.
  • Unnecessary and may imply sarcasm: Haytham argued that the Templars only sought "order".
  • Best: Haytham argued that the Templars sought "order, peace, direction" and "no more than that".

Quotation format

In this wiki, double quotation marks is the standard for quotes, and multiple quotations should alternate between single and double marks. Glosses which translate or define terms should employ single quotation marks instead.

While the use of double quotes is in accordance with American English, the order of punctuation should abide by the logical quotation style of the British whereby punctuation marks are included within the quotation marks only if that is what appears in the original quoted text. Otherwise, punctuation must be placed outside the closing quotation marks.

Examples of logical quotation

Take these examples derived from the following two quotes:

"I understand now that our Creed does not command us to be free. It commands us to be wise."
Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad[src]
"You are wrong. Our belief in humanity rests at the heart of the Assassin Brotherhood."
Ezio Auditore da Firenze[src]

When quotes are fragments employed within an original sentence, the logical placement of the punctuation is outside the quotation marks.

"The Creed", according to Altaïr, "commands us to be wise".
The Assassins' "belief in humanity", according to Ezio, "rests at the heart of the Assassin Brotherhood".

When quoting direct speech exactly, the period goes within the quotation mark at the end because this is true to the original quote. However, the first comma goes after the quote mark because punctuation here is not in the original text.

"I understand now", said Altaïr, "that our Creed does not command us to be free."
"Our belief in humanity", said Ezio, "rests at the heart of the Assassin Brotherhood."

In this last example, the first comma goes within the quotation marks because in the original text, this is the location of a full stop. The comma substitutes for the period because under no condition may a period be used in the middle of a sentence.

"I understand now that our Creed does not command us to be free," replied Altaïr, "it commands us to be wise."
"You are wrong," said Ezio, "our belief in humanity rests at the heart of the Assassin Brotherhood."

A a question mark or exclamation mark, on the other hand, can be retained mid-sentence without being altered into a comma. Once again, the exclamation mark at the end is set within the quotation mark because it is present in the original text.

"Do you understand now?" asked Al Mualim. "The Red Sea was never parted, water never turned to wine. It was not the machinations of Eris that spawned the Trojan War, but this! Illusions, all of them!"

Placement of punctuation relative to quotation marks alters the meaning in regards to question marks, exclamation points, and any other punctuation aside from commas and periods.

Desmond said, "don't be racist"?
No, he said, "Hey, wassa matta you, Altaïr?"

Article sections

Introduction

The lead section of every article, the introduction should always begin by introducing the name of the article's subject in bold with a statement summarizing its main, defining characteristic as per Wikipedia convention.

Ideally, a complete introduction should summarize all the main points of the article, such that a reader unfamiliar with the subject can walk away having read only this opening section and have an immediate understanding of all the most crucial details of the article.

References

  1. Garner, Bryan A. Garner's Modern English Usage. Oxford University Press, 2003.
  2. Huddleston, Rodney; Pullum, Geoffrey. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge University Press, 2002.