Assassins Guilds were organized groups of Assassins based in cities across the globe. The guilds formed the basis of the Assassin Order's command structure after Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad disbanded the Order from Masyaf in 1257, with each guild coming under the control of a Master Assassin.
The Assassin guilds recruited their members in a number of ways - in the city of Rome, for example, the guild recruited from the city's disaffected population; those who had suffered at the hands of the Templar House of Borgia flocked to the guild when approached by a member. Once members, recruits trained through experience; they would embark on actual missions across the globe and aid in the progression of the Order's goals. Communication both between and within the guilds was facilitated through use of pigeon coops.
Each guild provided its recruits with a wide array of weapons and armor qualities. These usually improved in step with the apprentice's rank; higher ranked Assassins would gain access to weapons such as the pistol and smoke bombs. Additionally, the number of ranks in a particular guild varied between cities; the guild in Rome, for example, only had ten ranks, whilst the guild in Constantinople had fifteen.
In Rome, the ranks progressed as follows:
- Recluta (Recruit)
- Servitore (Servant)
- Assistente (Assistant)
- Milite (Soldier)
- Discepolo (Disciple)
- Mercenario (Mercenary)
- Guerriero (Warrior)
- Veterano (Veteran)
- Maestro (Teacher)
- Assassino (Assassin)
Whereas in Constantinople the ranks were:
- Assassin First Rank
- Assassin Second Rank
- Assassin Third Rank
- Assassin Fourth Rank
- Assassin Fifth Rank
- Den Master
Upon reaching the rank Assassino, an initiation ceremony would be held. This ceremony marked an assassin's passage from apprentice to a full member of the Assassin Order. In Rome, these ceremonies would take place within the Tiber Island headquarters. Following the ceremony, the Assassin would don the official garb of Order, similar in style to Mentor Ezio Auditore da Firenze's.
Constantinople, Ottoman EmpireEdit
The guild in Constantinople worked to prevent the Byzantine Templars from influencing Sultan Bayezid II's actions, or taking control of the Empire's military. They also worked to remove Portuguese spies from the migrating Jewish population, who had been offered refuge in the empire by Bayezid II.
The principal guild during the 16th century, the guild in Rome was led by the Italian Assassins' Mentor, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Although based in Rome, the guild's presence was spread across northern Italy, influencing the politics of cities such as Venice and Florence.
The guild in Calicut joined with their brothers from the guild in Rome, though to protect their own survival. Combating Vasco da Gama, the Assassins managed to survive the assault, but were unable to uncover the source of Da Gama's information.
St. Petersburg, RussiaEdit
- Main article: Narodnaya Volya
- In Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, the Assassin mark is not visible on the recruits' ring finger after the ceremony.