- "People are confused, Maria. They're lambs begging to be led. And that's what we offer: simple lives, free of worry."
- ―Shahar to Maria Thorpe, 1192.[src]
Shahar was first seen giving a speech to the citizens of Kyrenia, mistaken by Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad as Shalim. Shahar told his audience of Armand Bouchart's wishes and the consequences for those who did not obey. After his speech, Shahar made his way into Saint Hilarion Castle, disappearing. Altaïr, having found a quick route into the castle by following a group of courtesans, with Maria Thorpe disguised among them.
Inside the castle, Maria interrogated Shahar about the Templars' goal and an Apple of Eden, soon to be disrupted by the intruding Assassin. At that point, as Shalim joined Shahar, Altaïr discovered that they were in fact twin brothers, and not the same person as he had believed them to be.
Maria fled shortly after, leaving the Assassin to fight the brothers alone. As adept swordsmen, Shalim and Shahar were confident they would quickly overwhelm their opponent. However, Altaïr was able to defeat both of them eventually, and escaped the Saint Hilarion Castle by performing a Leap of Faith, shortly after.
Personality and characteristics
In contrast to his brother, Shahar was a very calm, well-studied, and religious man. He was truly loyal to the Templar idea of a perfect world. Altaïr did not know about Shahar until the very moment the two brothers joined forces to combat the Assassin.
- Shahar is a variant of the name Shachar, שַׁחַר, meaning "dawn" in Hebrew.
- In the ancient Canaanite religion, Shahar and Shalim were twin deities, the gods of dawn and dusk respectively.
- Shahar's practice of dual-wielding a sword and a dagger was also utilized by his brother, as well as the 18th-century Templar, Shay Cormac.