Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the latest entry in the franchise, takes players on a journey with Basim Ibn Ishaq, a character who begins as a street thief and eventually transforms into a master assassin.
This game is the first one to bring a side character from a previous title, Basim from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, to feature as the protagonist in their own mainline game.
The plot unfolds in the turbulent times of 9th-century Baghdad, amidst the historical context of the Anarchy at Samarra.
Visions and escape
Basim’s early life in Anbar is overshadowed by haunting visions of a jinn, adding a mystical dimension to his story.
After the failed attempt to steal a chest from the palace in Anbar, Basim’s close companions are murdered.
This compels him to leave Baghdad, leading him to join the Hidden Ones, forebears of the Assassin Brotherhood, marking a pivotal turn in his life.
Mentored by Roshan, Basim delves into the Hidden Ones’ secretive practices and philosophical tenets.
This phase is as much about perfecting his assassin capabilities as it is about unraveling his intrinsic identity and aligning with the Creed, fundamentally reshaping his destiny.
Period of conflict and enlightenment
Mirage takes Basim’s escalating prowess and draws him into the fray between the Hidden Ones and the Order of the Ancients, a precursor to the Templar Order.
This era is instrumental for him, as he seeks to demystify the Order’s enigmatic schemes and safeguard the brotherhood.
The identity twist
The story takes an unforeseen turn with the revelation that Nehal, Basim’s close companion, is in fact a fragment of Basim’s psyche.
This discovery unfolds as Basim encounters a First Ones’ stasis pod, unveiling Nehal as a manifestation of his suppressed memories, connecting him to the Norse god Loki.
The lore of the Isu, a primeval civilization in the Assassin’s Creed saga, significantly enriches this plot twist.
Choosing to integrate with Nehal, Basim fully accepts his Loki identity, unlocking his concealed memories. However, this choice precipitates Roshan’s resignation, who is unable to reconcile with Basim’s altered persona.
This revelation links directly to the events and characters in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, where Basim is shown to be the reincarnation of Loki.
Vengeance as a motive
In the game, Basim undergoes a profound transformation. He starts his journey seeking to unravel the mysteries of his past and confronts a figure known as the Snake, who is tied to his tragic past.
His quest leads him to defy his mentor Roshan’s warnings, leading to the critical turning point where he discovers his connection to Loki.
This discovery propels him onto a path of revenge against Odin, another Isu reincarnation (Eivor from AC Valhalla), and the Norse god who imprisoned Loki.
The game’s ending is a culmination of this transformation, setting the stage for Basim’s eventual journey to Scandinavia in Valhalla. It points to the confrontation between Basim and Eivor.