The order believed in a strong set of values that strictly governed their way of life. This Creed consisted of three tenets:
1. “Stay your blade from the flesh of an innocent.
2. “Hide in plain sight, be one with the crowd.”
3. “Never compromise the Brotherhood.”
These tenets permeated every aspect of the Assassins’ daily life, as well as their fight for “peace in all things.” The Assassins carried out their duties through political, strategic assassination, in the hope that killing one individual would lead to the salvation of thousands. The Assassins believed that they fought on the behalf of those who did not possess the abilities, resources, or knowledge to speak out against those who abused their power.
Despite their service to those who would otherwise suffer, the Assassins were still feared by the general populace, due mainly to their method of ensuring peace. The Assassins were mostly feared due to their terrifying reputation for taking life in public before many witnesses—so as to bring fear into the hearts of those who might abuse their power or corrupt the innocent—before vanishing into the crowd without atrace. To aid in this, the Assassins used a particularly efficient weapon for assassinations: the HiddenBlade, a single thrust from which could end the life of its victim. They were, however, forbidden from using poison as it was considered “a coward’s tool”.
However, in order to ascertain which death might best assist the Assassins’ goals, extensive political knowledge was required for target selection. Thus, the Assassins endeavored to remain in tune with the ever-changing politics surrounding them. Obtaining information on this was the job of low-level members of the Order, who would be stationed throughout the cities of the world. These spies would watch the local nobles and rulers, looking for signs of corruption, or for membership in the Templars. Once gathered, any information was passed on to the Assassins responsible for the actual assassination.