Lead by: Badr ibn Sharif al-Miraj
Second in Command: Amir
Main Headquarters: Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Known Artefacts held: Malik’s short sword, Altair’s blade, Altair’s Apple
The Middle East Brotherhood Chapter is one that has a certain feel of a more historical style of management. Look closely and you will see the indicators of what was once the Levantine Assassins symbol littered about. This sense of history is enhanced with its training area. Ran by Badr those of the Middle East Chapter tend to be disciplined, and will follow an order – even if it would apparently risk death. They are equally highly loyal to Badr, and the creed. While they rely less on computers, and have no initiates assigned to them – therefore removing the requirement of an initiate contact that is not to say that they do not use an informant network.
Ranks and Garb
All Assassin’s apart from those transferring would start as a Novice. Those being transferred in would be assigned roles depending upon their experience
As a Novice they are banned from holding any weapon, and equally they are forbidden from picking their own clothing. A novices garb is white, to symbolise new birth, and to symbolise a clean page, the washing away of the past, and the birth into a new family. They are allowed a simple belt – either brown or black leather, with no tooling. They spend their days learning the skills from their mentors, either as a group or assigned to an assassin as required. It is vital that they have a firm grasp of culture and discipline as well as a rounded education before they are started to be trained in the use of weapons, and just as old the training room will often be heard to have the rattle of wooden training swords against each other. Novices are only allowed to leave the headquarters, or their assigned training location with their mentor with them, or else with a more experienced assassin.
The next rank up is Disciple. As with the novice rank they have no say in their clothing, however beneath their simple belt they are permitted to wear a sash of grey. Their garb is still however white. Some disciples may be allowed to add small stripes of colour to indicate either mastery in a particular skill deemed beneficial or else to indicate that they have requested a preference for a particular path in the assassins. They are occasionally asked to assist with training of novices, and may also be sent out to gather information – though this is always with an Assassin or Master Assassin standing guard. It is expected by this point that they have finished much of their basic studies that aren’t related to weaponry, and they may start to select a weapon to specialise in.
Following this is Assassin. While they are no longer expected to wear white robes unless they chose to (and it is advised if only because they are a very adept way at handling the heat), they are expected to retain a primarily white colour scheme, they are now allowed to either wear a red armband or else have a sash of red beneath their belts. They are now expected to take full responsibility for their own actions. They are also no longer required to continue with any formal education, other than their own personal self set studies. Some assassins may chose to specialise in being trainers, these assassins get a black sash to wear over the red when they are educating their charges. It goes without saying they are expected to keep up their own weapon training.
The final rank is Master Assassin – at this rank and this rank only is an assassin given full autonomy over what clothing they wear. This is a rank gained by proving ones worth on missions more than anything else – and as thus it is possible for the Master Assassin to be demoted back to Assassin rank should they chose a course of action that would be ill advised. Master Assassin’s may chose to become Dai’s in the order, and they have their own specific tasks assigned to them directly by Badr or Amir. It is common for a Master Assassin in the Middle East Brotherhood to mentor at least one novice, occasionally more.
A typical Day
Typically the day starts with the call to morning prayer, while some allowances are made for varying faiths, it is expected of all assassins to use this time either in formal prayer or else in quiet meditation. With this time passed (and this prayer starts as the morning light appears across the full width of the sky and ends as the sun starts to rise), it is then onto breakfast. It is expected that assassins mingle with the novices and disciples. The next prayer is the Midday prayer, again all activities cease for this prayer, and it is again expected for those who do not follow islam, or any other religion to at the least spend it in quiet meditation. It is acceptable to spend the time in quiet study of a book. In the afternoon there is little activity, other than what is required, with all the weapon training being restricted primarily to morning and late evening. Most assassins chose to spend this time in quiet self directed study in subjects that interest them, for novices and disciples this is when any classes are taught that are taught with the pen rather than the sword.
Another prayer is called in the afternoon – primarily when the shadow of an object is the same length as the object itself, and lasts until sunset. It is preferred to pray before the sun starts to turn orange, however it is considered a necessity to cease between the time the sun turns orange to sunset. As with all other marked prayer periods those who do not follow a religion, or those whose religion is less strict in terms of times of prayer are required to spend the time quietly or in meditation. The day continues as usual, in this case it is allowed for individuals to observe this set break at any point they feel is suitable without disturbing their schedules – but for those who wish the start and end times are marked. Next is the sunset call prayer time – and this is called between the times of the suns setting, up until the red light has left the sky in the West. Following this prayer there may be the resumption of more physical training as is required. The last required time of meditation is the night prayer, starting from when the red light is gone from the western sky until the rise of the white light – though it is preferred this period of peace or prayer happens before midnight.
Fridays, the midday prayer is replaced by a mandatory congregational prayer for those who follow Islam. Those who do not follow Islam are permitted to meditate or pray in their own way.. Around meal times if there are those present who believe in offering prayer openly to give thanks for the food it is expected of all members to be respectful of this. Woe betide any assassin who fails to show this respect.