Characters: Aetiun a 17 year old rank Five Assassin just high enough to be an Apprentice he is yet to be chosen though.
Teven: A Novice who is near to getting his first sword and is twelve years old.
Jevan: A 18 year old Assassin Apprentice preferring strong attacks and backhand wielding with his Short blade.
Nivian: A 17 year old Apprentice who prefers fast but light attacks with his Short blade.
Desh: An annoying 16 year old Apprentice who doesn’t like Aetiun.
Aetiun awoke to the sound of bells ringing out from atop Masyaf’s tallest tower, he quickly rolled out of bed and pulled on his gray robes gathering his sword and strapping it on he prepared himself for a long day of boring guard duty on Masyaf’s fortress walls he had gotten himself into that position when he tripped a novice into a Master Assassin which got them both on wall duty, for that Aetiun felt a little better but that soon disappeared when he got outside, it was boiling hot and wall duty would not be fun, he was distracted from his thoughts when he heard the yell of the Taskmaster “Hurry up Aetiun while we’re young!” this elicited a few badly concealed laughs from the other Apprentices who were already lined up ready for wall duty, he lined up with them and with that the Taskmaster sent them off to wall duty. Aetiun trudged up and down the wall determined to do his job well he was relieved when he got to do one of the tower shifts instead of the open wall, he concealed it from the other Apprentice who he was switching with because he knew in an hour he would have to switch with a different Apprentice and he would be back on wall duty with most of the other young low ranked Assassins, he started climbing the ladder ‘I wonder why its called the Tower of Trials’ he thought to himself whilst climbing he had nearly reached the top of the ladder when he started and nearly fell off the second to last rung on the ladder when he heard a voice next to his head “Aaahh little Aetiun so you finally got yourself put on wall duty and why would that be?” he looked up to see an older Assassin guard looking down at him “Well at least I’m not up here nearly the whole day three days a week” he retorted, the guard made a grumbling noise and didn’t say any more, Aetiun finished climbing the ladder and went to one of the platforms that stuck out from atop the tower, the birds scattered when he sat down on the platform peering over the edge cautiously ‘Wow that’s high’ he thought to himself, he looked a bit harder and saw huge stacks of hay below “What are they for” he asked the nearest guard whilst pointing down “This tower is where the high ranking Assassins jump from to become Masters” the guard replied ‘Hmmm well that clears that up’ Aetiun thought, he looked right and saw the narrow path that lead up to the Fortress and saw a messenger running full speed trying not to run into anyone which he failed at and tripped he staggered trying to keep his balance and whacked into someone else falling over the messenger hurriedly got up quickly muttering and ran into through the gateway, Aetiun was curious but couldn’t see anymore so he sat down he took his sword out of its scabbard and started cleaning the blade slowly like he had been taught to do after he finished cleaning the blade he moved onto the hilt and crossguard once they were clean he went to put the sword away when in the reflection on the blade he saw a eagle swooping by he looked up fascinated by how it worked its way through the air he watched it until it dived down into the ravine filled with water “I bet it dived to catch a fish or something” he muttered to himself before sheathing his sword and standing up, it was nearly time to change shifts he looked out into the ravine one last time when something caught his eye he peered harder trying to see what it was ‘it reflects sunlight so it must be metal or something’ he thought to himself, he walked towards the ladder he swung himself down onto the ladder and went down it slowly in no hurry to be out on the walls again ‘I know ill ask to be put on water duty later then I might get to see what it was’ he thought to himself as he let go and dropped the last two feet to the ground he turned around and walked towards the doorway, just then the Novice who would be on the tower shift burst through the doorway nearly bumping into Aetiun “Whoops sorry” the boy around twelve said out of breath, Aetiun stood for a minute letting the boy catch his breath “Your Teven right?” Aetiun said “Yes that’s me anyway I was sent to tell you by the older boys that another group of Apprentices have been chosen for wall duty they knocked someone onto the Master Assassin table at breakfast and Miridis wasn’t happy with them and sent them for wall duty” the boy said grinning slightly “That’s good, no more blistering heat” Aetiun stated heading slowly for the door “Well that’s not really true” Teven said slowly and hesitantly “Hmmm wait what?” Aetiun demanded “Well as you missed training because of wall duty you have to train when you get back” replied Teven quickly Aetiun sighed “Oh well ill have to go to the bath house after training then” he said “The shadows mostly over the training ring though” the boy said “Ah well that’s good anyway we best be going don’t want to have to wait for training” Aetiun replied lightly pushing the boy forwards by the shoulder, soon they reached the courtyard where training took place, Aetiun walked up to the edge of the training ring where the other Assassins were waiting to be trained, he looked into the ring to see who was training it was two Apprentices Jevan and Nivian they were fighting with short blades Jevan was fighting backhand and Nivian was fighting forehand, Nivian swung first bringing his blade down in an arc Jevan quickly brought his blade up above his head to deflect the blow the blades connected sending out a loud clang, Jevan aimed a kick at Nivian’s stomach which Nivian narrowly twisted out of the way of avoiding the kick, Jevan left an opening with the failed move and Nivian exploited it he swung his blade right to left the blade cut into Jevan’s thick tunic nearly drawing first blood Jevan jumped back in surprise and Nivian came forwards stabbing fast Jevan used his strength to his to advantage knocking the blow away leaving Nivian wide open Jevan swung his fist into Nivian’s side which caused the younger Assassin to stagger sideways Jevan swung his leg into the side of Nivian’s shin and tryed to trip his opponent up but Nivian seemed to be expecting this as he let his leg swing with it causing Jevan to swing too far causing him to spin around Nivian saw the opportunity and swung hard enough to cut but not enough to badly wound, the blade swung towards Jevan’s side but missed by an inch because he was off balanced Jevan reached down and grabbed Nivian’s arm and pulled him forwards causing Nivian to fall on his face Jevan crouched down with his blade laying on the back of the younger Assassins neck “Dead” he pronounced standing back up they both walked out of the ring and another Apprentice walked in “Aetiun you and Desh!” yelled the Combat Master, Aetiun swung himself over the side of the ring and pulled his sword from it’s scabbard holding it in front of him Desh did the same, Aetiun carefully watched his opponent he saw Desh's eyes flick left he prepared himself to block a blow from the left without it seeming so, Desh swung Aetiun ducked under the blow kicking Bevon as he spun around Desh tripped sideways nearly falling over the rail that ran around the edge of the ring he pushed himself off the rail Aetiun saw his chance and swung down hard Desh brought his blade up to block which he barely managed Aetiun saw the blow nearly break through the younger assassin's defence 'Sorry Desh' he thought sympathetic to what he was about to do, he kicked Desh right between the legs Desh bent over and Aetiun brought his pommel down on his head hard enough to knock him to the ground but not enough to knock him out “Dead” he pronounced “Nicely done Aetiun smooth and quick” called out the Combat Master, Desh pushed himself up off the ground grumbling and rubbing the back of his head “Go get some ice Desh” said Aetiun helping him to his feet the younger Apprentice took the help but shrugged Aetiun off once he had gotten to his feet and stormed off, Aetiun swung himself out of the ring and headed for the castle once inside he headed for the path that led down into the ravine, it was a steep and winding path with lots of sharp corners he nearly bumped into a few servants getting water on the way down but managed to flatten himself against the wall in time to not trip them over and cause a mess, eventually he reached the bottom of the path barred by a metal reinforced gate he took the key from the wall hanger and opened the gate, he walked down the sandbar on the other side of the door to the waters edge and saw the object he had seen from the tower earlier it was in the on the other side of the deep fast moving water on a on a large sandbank under the shade of the cliff on that side it was obscured by a rock but it seemed box shaped, he reached down into the water testing the depth it was cold and deep “Hmm about waist height” he said to himself he took a last look at the gate behind him before turning around and wading into cold water it was and it seemed ages before he got to a sandbank in the middle of the river to rest he sat looking at the object curiously wondering what it was he stood up and once again stepped into the water he nearly tripped twice but managed to keep his balance he knew if he tripped it would be his last move because about a hundred feet down the river there was rapids and after that a fifty foot waterfall with flat hard rocks at the bottom, he finally reached the over side and carefully looked around the rock he dodged back narrowly avoiding the sword that swung past his head, he drew his sword and quickly stepped around the rock to see a Templar Knight his armor torn and a deep gash down his side and dried blood on his tunic he recoiled in surprise but then forced his fear down he had to stay calm if he was fighting a Templar Knight if he didn’t the Templar would defeat him easily but if he stayed came he had a fair chance with the Templar being injured, Aetiun watched the Templar, carefully waiting for him to swing but the Templar looked determined not to swing first “Take a swing if you think you can beat me boy!” the Templar taunted, Aetiun swung at the insult angered by the knights words the Templar must have been expecting this though as he easily sidestepped and kicked Aetiun viciously in the back of the leg he fell to the ground and the Templar brought his sword down Aetiun managed to roll sideways to dodge the blow and kicked at the mans shin “Ugh you little pest!” exclaimed the Templar recoiling in pain Aetiun quickly jumped to his feet readying his sword to block the knights next blow the man swung hard left to right Aetiun ducked under the mans arm and swung at the back of the his legs the blow landed hard knocking off one of the armoured plates that rested on the back of each boot, the Templar nearly tripped grunting with the force of the blow to the back of his leg, Aetiun quickly sprung away as the angry Knight spun around swinging his sword wildly “Hah not so big and mighty now are we” Aetiun taunted knowing that the Templar would most likely lunge wildly he was right the Templar stabbed forwards Aetiun dodged left and grabbed the Knights arm and threw him over his shoulder into the rock that the Templar had been hiding behind his head connected making a loud BONG! Aetiun quickly brought his sword down ensuing a fast and painless end for the Knight, he walked over to the stricken knight picking up his sword and taking his helmet “Ah so this must have been what the glinting was” he said holding up the helmet in the light, he searched the Templar’s pack finding a few coins a knife or two and a bit of bread he took the coins and the knives and saw a vellum wrapped letter hidden beneath the knives pulling it out he examined the seal “This looks important I should bring this to the Master” he muttered to himself whilst stowing the knives coins and letter in his bag, he took the bread and chewed on it before crossing the fast moving water careful to keep the bag containing the letter above his head,
He eventually made it to the door and was glad he hadn’t shut it behind him he closed it and locked it behind him he started walking up the passage way dripping as he went when he reached the top he was mostly dry he wrung his hood out before leaving the passage and went to the main area of the Castle he told the guard that he needed to see the Master and was sent up the stairs, he walked carefully so he didn’t bump into any of the numerous Assassin Scholars pouring over their books combing them for any knowledge that might have been missed or forgotten he reached the Masters desk the Master was discussing something with the one armed rafiq known as Malik, he listened knowing he shouldn’t but all he pieced together was that the Master wanted Malik to go back to Jerusalem, when they had finished Malik walked away and down the stairs the Master turned to Aetiun “Yes?” the Master asked Aetiun bowed his head quickly before replying “Master I found this” and handing the vellum wrapped letter to the Master “Where did you get this?” the Master asked quickly “I found a Templar down the ravine where the servants collect the water he attacked me but I bested him because of his injury” Aetiun replied trying to conceal the pride in his voice, at this the Masters eyebrows went up slightly
“Impressive do you have anything of this Templar Knight?”
“I have these” Aetiun pulled out the helmet from his bag and the sword from his belt putting them on the table “Interesting” the Master said slowly and thoughtfully “You are dismissed good job with the Templar that was very...brave” the Master said somewhat distracted “Thank you Master Altair” and with that he jogged down the stairs and went to the kitchen to pester the Mistress for some scraps of bread and soup for a snack as it was two hours to lunch,
He ran full speed out of the kitchen as one of the servants tried to hit him with a broom he swiftly dodged it and nearly tripped on the step but recovered and continued running down the hall until he reached the fortresses Main Hall “Aetiun%2