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The grappling hook was a tool used by members of the Assassin Order at multiple points in history.
In 1190, Rafik, the bureauleader of Damascus, gave Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad a grappling hook to aid him in his quest for the Chalice. It allowed the Assassin to traverse gaps and chasms too wide for him to freerun over and proved indispensable at various points in his mission. He also improvised by using it to pull enemy guards towards him—in much the same manner that later Assassins would employ the rope dart—allowing him to catch enemies from afar.