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History
Early use
AC Altair hidden blade
Altaïr with his Hidden Blade extended

The first recorded use of the Hidden Blade was dated during the 5th century BCE, in the area known as modern-day Iran, when Darius used it to assassinate King Xerxes I. The Hidden Blade's history of use was extended further in Egypt during the Ptolemaic Kingdom when Darius' Hidden Blade was given to his descendant Aya by Cleopatra to aid in their quest to take down the Order of the Ancients; Aya in turn later gave it to her husband, Bayek. It was the accidental severing of Bayek's ring finger that began the custom of removing said finger.

During the 9th century, the Viking Eivor possessed a Hidden Blade which, like Darius’, had the blade on top of the wrist, rather than below it albeit over their left forearm rather than their right.

By the 12th century, Assassins were regularly outfitted with a Hidden Blade as part of their equipment. The blades saw a wide and extensive use for assassinations, as they could be easily kept out of sight and allowed for quicker and stealthier eliminations.

Following his rise to the position of Mentor of the Levantine Brotherhood in 1191, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad was inspired by the Apple of Eden to redesign the Hidden Blades so that they could be used without the removal of the ring finger. A construction that became common thereafter


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