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Altaïr infiltrates Kantara Castle

Kantara Castle, located in Kyrenia, was a residence temporarily used by the Templar Order and a location visited by the Assassin Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad during his search for the Templar Archive.


Kantara Castle was a personal stronghold for Moloch, a religious zealot and Templar commander, who spent a great deal of time in the church of the compound. Maria Thorpe seemed incredulous when learning that Altaïr planned to infiltrate the castle, presumably because of the tight security it possessed. However, she refused to tell this to the Assassin, cryptically mentioning "You'll see."

The castle itself was inhabited by both guards and aggressive religious fanatics, with the former apparently untrusting and suspicious of the latter, which could be gathered when they conversed with each other, stating that "one can't even look one these fanatics in the eye without spilling some pious nonsense."


  • The actual Kantara Castle was built by the Byzantines in the 10th century and served as a lookout post against Arab raiders. It acted as the easternmost structure of a network of castles in the Kyrenia mountain range, and stands 630 metres above sea level. Kantara Castle's first historical mention was during Richard the Lionheart's capture of Cyprus in 1191, and at the time, the Byzantine Governor of the island, Isaac Comnenus, had taken refuge in the landmark.


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