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jdowny
08-04-2016, 07:30 PM
I just got back from a long trip around the Middle East - Lebanon, Cyprus and Turkey mainly, coincidentally crossing off more Assassin's Creed locations off the list (also managed to go to Syria before the war - including Masyaf and Damascus - but that's by the by).

Anyway, I was in Diyarbekir in southern Turkey and just so happened to come across this, hidden in an old khan. I saw others like this in the city, as well as in other cities like Mardin and Gaziantep. Which got me thinking of the Levantine Assassin's insignia. Weirdly I don't recall ever seeing this in Syria, but it's an interesting feature nonetheless. I always wondered what it meant and where it came from. Any ideas welcome!

http://i.imgur.com/T8f7flO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/s5bPXIU.jpg
http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/assassinscreed/images/a/ad/Syrian_Insignia-R2.png/revision/latest?cb=20111119204248

Ureh
08-04-2016, 08:06 PM
Iirc, it's based on kufic calligraphy (when you draw a line through the maze you're forming the character). It's a flipped mirror image two of arabic characters, but how I interpret it is that it represents the idea of the Creed, our free will, our mind.

jdowny
08-04-2016, 10:36 PM
Huh, that's genuinely interesting! Thanks.

Ubi-Banshee
08-04-2016, 10:37 PM
wOW I love your interpretation!

RinoTheBouncer
08-04-2016, 10:49 PM
Wonderful find!

cawatrooper9
08-04-2016, 10:50 PM
how I interpret it is that it represents the idea of the Creed, our free will, our mind.
Ah, I like that!
But it does come with some dark implications. We do have free will... to follow a predetermined path through the characters, guided along a path rather than truly trailblazing. :rolleyes: