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"I have found the Achaemenid, and he gave me the secret of his poison. Not as fast as I would have hoped, but always fatal. Ironically, Alexander will die by the poison of those whom he had vanquished in battle."
―Iltani in a message for the Brotherhood.[src]

Iltani was a legendary member of the Babylonian Brotherhood of Assassins at the zenith of the Macedonian Empire. Her fame owes to her assassination of Alexander the Great through poisoning she procured from an Achaemenid alchemist after having failed to reach him in Herat.

Biography

Hailing from the Babylonian Brotherhood of Assassins, Iltani lived in a time when the namesake of her Assassin branch had ceased to exist as a sovereign state due to its conquest by the Achaemenid Empire of Persia. During her lifetime, Persia, in turn, was conquered by the Macedonian Empire under Alexander the Great, and she watched as the ambitious, young king swept through her homeland with a Staff of Eden provided to him by the Templars.[1][2][3]

Assassination of Alexander

Determined to put an end to Alexander's path of conquest, Iltani tracked him to Herat in modern-day Afghanistan, where he was holed up in a mighty Citadel. Despite its high walls, she managed to infiltrate the citadel but remained apprehensive that she would be able to eliminate him through force. Sure enough, she became aware that through cunning, Alexander had somehow divined her presence within the fortress. Realizing that the risks were too great, she aborted her mission and withdrew from Herat.[3]

Her failure did not disrupt her resolve, and she quickly devised an alternative plan, one that involved meeting with a renowned Achaemenid alchemist who was then being hunted by the Greeks. After a perilous journey, she arrived in Babylon, where she found the alchemist and acquired the secret formula for a deadly poison. While the poison was not as fast-acting as she had hoped, it was virulent enough to guarantee death.[3]

Throughout her mission to kill Alexander, she had left messages for her fellow Assassins across the lands she traveled, including in India and Herat. These messages chronicled her quest and could only be deciphered through Eagle Vision. In the event that her assassination were to fail, she even left behind the recipe of the poison on her last message.[3]

This proved unnecessary, as in June 323 BCE, Iltani successfully poisoned Alexander the Great after infiltrating the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II. True to the slow nature of her poison, Alexander withered away over several days until he finally perished.[4][2]

Tomb

By the time of the Italian Renaissance, Iltani's sarcophagus had been moved to the spire of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. The Italian Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze explored her tomb and took the seal from her sarcophagus, allowing him to unlock th Armor of Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad that was sealed in a vault under the Villa Auditore in Monteriggioni.[2]

In the year 2000, a statue of Iltani stood in the Mentor's office in Dubai.[5]

Trivia

  • Iltani is the feminine form of a Babylonian word meaning "lucky" or "favored by the god(dess)". It is also the Babylonian name for the north wind.

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