The Syrian sabre, or old Syrian sword, was a sword used by Assassins of the Levantine Brotherhood during the Third Crusade. As one of the deadliest swords in their arsenal at the time, its usage was restricted to those who had attained the rank of Master Assassin. The sword continued to be utilized throughout the many centuries that followed, spreading even to the shops of blacksmiths in Italy, though its prestige and efficacy significantly diminished.
As a sabre, the Syrian sabre differed from other swords in the Assassin arsenal during the Crusades by being curved and single-edged. It boasted a keen blade superior to that of the typical straight swords of this period in the Levant. The hilt itself was of elegant gold and an elaborate, majestic design. Notably, the crossguard was asymmetrical, with the rear bar tapering behind in a serpentine shape while its front counterpart curved downwards to connect with the pommel to serve as a full handguard.
As a powerful weapon granted only to Master Assassins, it was the weapon-of-choice for Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad during his operations in 1191. He wielded it in his mission with Malik and Kadar Al-Sayf to Solomon's Temple and in the defense of Masyaf against the Templar invasion that followed, only to be deprived of it upon his demotion by Al Mualim for his transgressions in the former mission. Upon climbing the ladder back to the Master Assassin rank, he was bestowed with the sword once more by Al Mualim. Immediately afterwards, he took it to his attempted assassination of Robert de Sablé in Jerusalem, dueling the Templar Grand Master's decoy Maria Thorpe and then at the Battle of Arsuf where he finally slew de Sablé in a trial by combat. It was with this sword that he defeated the traitorous Al Mualim upon his return from Arsuf.
In the year that followed, however, he returned to employing the typical eagle-pommeled, double-edged sword of intermediate Assassins, eventually favoring it as his iconic, personal weapon. The Sword of Altaïr, as it became known, ultimately superseded the Syrian sabre for Altaïr when it was refined to become one of the deadliest blades until at least the 15th century.
Syrian sabres were sold by blacksmiths in Italian cities such as Florence, Venice, Forlì, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, and Rome during the Renaissance. Unlike those crafted by the Assassins in the Third Crusade, these Syrian sabres were inferior in efficacy to many contemporary Italian swords. During this period, the blacksmiths of Constantinople in the Ottoman Empire also provided these sabres to their patrons.
|12th century Syria||4*||4*||4*||N/A||Block 8|
|15th century Italy||1||2||3||2,300ƒ||Sequence 2|
|16th century Rome||3||4||1||7,920ƒ||Sequence 6|
|16th century Constantinople||2||4||3||11,960||Sequence 5|
*In the Animus 1.28, there were no specified Damage, Speed or Deflect statistics. Weapon strength was based on ranks, with the Syrian Sabre being the last out of four.
- In Assassin's Creed II, Ezio is seen wielding this sword during the execution of his father and brothers despite the fact that he had earlier retrieved the Common sword from his father's hidden room.
- The Syrian Sabre is the best sword in Assassin's Creed. However, its capabilities are considerably weaker in subsequent games of the Assassin's Creed series.
- Olivier Garneau, the CCO of Abstergo Entertainment, possessed a silver replica of the Syrian Sabre, which was displayed in his office in Montreal.