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This article is about a rank of the Assassins. You may be looking for Rafik, the bureau leader of Damascus in 1190.
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The Bureau, a Rafiq's home

Rafiq, also known as Keepers,[1] were graduated scholars of the Levantine branch of the Assassin Brotherhood.

Rafiq were responsible for coordinating Assassin missions in assigned cities from Assassin bureaus. In this capacity, they provided valuable information for agents in their field work, such as the locations where information could be obtained about assassination targets, and determined whether or not the assassination could be conducted.

RoleEdit

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Altaïr and the Rafiq of Damascus

The primary duties of the Rafiq were as teachers and field contacts to the Assassin visitors of their city, in turn providing them with suggestions on where and how to gather information. Rafiq also coordinated and gathered the information learned by the Assassin informants of the city, who also acted as contacts in specific city districts.[2]

Upon receiving a contract from the Mentor, lower-ranked Assassins were required to report their findings about their target to the Rafiq before being allowed to proceed with the assassination. If the Rafiq deemed that the Assassin possessed the proper information—including where, when, and how—to stage a successful assassination, he or she would present the agent with a feather marker to be stained with the target's blood. This would later be shown to the Rafiq as evidence of success, and as such simultaneously serves as a token of approval for the assassination.[2]

Aside from bureau responsibilities, each Rafiq held a particular skill or talent that they could teach, in addition to philosophy, religious doctrine, or adherence to the Assassins' Creed. The skill would be translated into a profession, with the Rafiq establishing a business as a front for the Assassin bureau. For the Rafiq, this business was in itself legitimate, such that their stores served not just to disguise Assassin operations, but also as means to generate income for themselves and the order.[1][2] For instance, the bureau leader of Jerusalem in 1191, Malik Al-Sayf, was a cartographer;[2] the Rafiq of Damascus in 1190, Rafik, was a silk merchant[1] and his successor, a potter;[2] Hamid of Tyre was a carpet merchant,[1] and the Rafiq of Acre, Jabal, was a scribe.[2]

DaiEdit

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Altaïr with Malik, the Dai and leader of the Jerusalem bureau

The Dai was a rank only slightly higher than that of Rafiq and was the direct representatives of the Imam, the exalted spiritual leader of the people. [citation needed] Though superior to Rafiq, they possessed similar responsibilities and duties.[2]

Upon preparing for the assassination of Majd Addin, Altaïr spoke to Malik, the Bureau leader of Jerusalem, with the address of "Dai." This suggested that Malik had been elevated to the rank of Dai after he had successfully completed the mission to retrieve the Templar treasure from Solomon's Temple, surpassing Altaïr's previously higher rank as Master Assassin and field instructor.[2]

Some time before the retaking of Masyaf, while devising a plan on how to approach Al Mualim, Malik in turn referred to Altaïr as Dai, suggesting that Altaïr held this rank before his earlier demotion and had since re-attained it.[2]

TriviaEdit

  • Both Jabal and the leader of Damascus were often addressed merely as "Rafiq," rather than by their name.
  • Scholars, who were teachers of a higher rank than Rafiq, were based at the library in Masyaf, and wore attire similar to the Rafiq; though their djellaba were white with red decorative markings.
  • Rafiq did not appear in Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines, but key members of the Cypriot Resistance, such as Alexander of Limassol and Markos, acted in a similar manner to them, and were situated in Resistance safe houses similar to Assassins' Bureaus.
  • During modern times, "Rafiq" was used as a codeword, which coupled with a photograph of a feather as a receipt, to gain access into Assassin safehouses.[3]
  • Rafiq, رفيق, is an Arabic word meaning "friend."

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