Altaïr entered the Bureau and was greeted by its Rafiq.
- Rafiq: Altaïr, my friend! Welcome, welcome! Whose life do you come to collect today?
- Altaïr: His name is Abu'l Nuqoud. What can you tell me about him?
- Rafiq: Oh, the Merchant King of Damascus, richest man in the city. Quite exciting, quite dangerous. I envy you, Altaïr. Well, not where you were beaten and stripped of your rank, but I envy everything else! Oh, except for the terrible things the other Assassins say about you! But yes, aside from the failure and the hatred, yes, aside from those things I envy you very much!
- Altaïr: I do not care what the others think or say. I'm here to do a job. So I ask again - what can you tell me about the Merchant King?
- Rafiq: Only that he must be a very bad man if Al Mualim has sent you to see him. He keeps to his own kind, wrapped in the finery of the city's Noble District. A busy man, always up to something. I'm sure if you spend some time amongst his type, you'll learn all you need to know about him.
- Altaïr: And where would you have me begin my search?
- Rafiq: If I were you, I'd start with the Umayyad Mosque and Souk Sarouja, both of which are west of here. Further to the northwest is Salāḥ ad-Dīn's citadel. It's a popular meeting spot, and has proved a reliable source of loose tongues in the past. Yes, these three places should serve your needs.
- Altaïr: My thanks for your guidance, Rafiq. I'll return when I've gathered the necessary information.
After gathering all the knowledge he could, Altaïr returned to the Bureau.
- Rafiq: Peace be upon you, Altaïr. How may I serve you?
- Altaïr: I've done as asked and learned all I need to know about my prey.
- Rafiq: Then you must share your knowledge with me.
- Altaïr: Abu'l Nuquod is corrupt to the core and despised by his own citizens as a result. It appears he's been stealing money meant for the people of Damascus and spending it on himself. Even as we speak, he flaunts his greed preparing for a lavish party. His guards and servants should have their hands full dealing with the guests. They won't even know I'm there.
- Rafiq: Most impressive, my friend. The others said you'd make a mess of things, but not I, no. I was sure you'd come through and come through you have. The Bureau's yours to do with as you please until you're ready to begin.
The Rafiq placed a feather on the counter, and Altaïr took it.
Altaïr shared his knowledge on Abu'l Nuqoud with the Rafiq, and was given leave to assassinate the target.