Forged with a wide, double-edged blade, the weapon's most notable feature was its unconventional cross-guard. Unlike the straight cross-guards on most swords of the time, the terminals of the cross-guard on Maria's sword tapered towards the blade. Another peculiar feature was the unusually large and spiked écusson protruding from the cross-guard. The middle of the cross-guard was decorated with an ornamental red cross.
High Middle AgesEdit
The first known use of the weapon was in a duel atop one of the Acre Citadel's balconies. After the assassinations of nine prominent members, the Templars sailed to Cyprus but left Maria behind, her standing in the Order having fallen significantly since Robert de Sablé's death. When Altaïr came to speak to her in hopes of learning the Templar's plan, she believed he wanted her dead and engaged him in a duel, but was bested by the Assassin, who took her prisoner.
As a captive, Maria was separated from her weapon. After escaping Altaïr's custody in Kyrenia, she retrieved her weapon and went into hiding. She resurfaced in Limassol in 1193, where she killed the mysterious Templar agent who aimed to take Altaïr's Apple of Eden for himself, impaling the man from behind with her blade. Though still suspicious of Altaïr's intentions, Maria took him to the Templar Archive beneath Limassol Castle. Reaching the Archive before Altaïr, Maria briefly fought the waiting Armand Bouchart, but was knocked unconscious. She kept her sword after Bouchart's defeat, but had stopped using it by the time she returned to Masyaf with Altaïr in her later years.
During the Renaissance, the Italian Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze acquired this weapon and placed it on a special rack in the armory of the Villa Auditore in Monteriggioni alongside other weapons of the Cypriot Templars.
- Maria's Longsword is visually identical to the Roman Longsword, despite Ezio not encountering the weapon design until his time in Rome.