The three great ironies were observations that described the contradictions between the Creed, and the actions of the Assassins who followed it. They were:
1. The Assassins seek to promote peace, but commit murder.
2. The Assassins seek to open the minds of men, but require obedience to rules.
3. The Assassins seek to reveal the danger of blind faith, yet practice it themselves.
Though seemingly hypocritical, the ironies did not undermine the Assassins’ cause. Rather, they demonstrated the way in which they embraced contradiction, “that one may be two things – opposite in every way – simultaneously.”