House Ibn-La'Ahad ~ (Assassin's Creed)Available as prints, phone cases, pillows, totes, t-shirts & more on RedBubble
Peace in all things.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------About the Piece:
Having already done a house sigil for Ezio and the Auditore Family (see my House Auditore piece)
, I knew I wanted to try my hand at doing something a bit different and giving Assassin's Creed
's original hero, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, a sigil banner as well. I've never played the original Assassin's Creed
, but given its setting in the 12th century middle east and heavy political influence regarding Christianity vs. Islam, the game sounds like one that needs to go on my life "to-do list", for sure.
Without having played the game, though, I wasn't sure about how to really put this banner together and I will let you all know right now that there is another [very different] version of this piece; this one ultimately won out for the Sigil Series, though.
Although I'm familiar with middle eastern art history, I focused on researching Islamic illuminations to make sure the piece had an overtly Islamic influence. The original version of this banner was just that but had strong rectangular borders, highly defined spaces, and other attributes that made it look like it was strictly meant to be in a book. I really like
the original version and I think it screams "Islamic art" more than this one does, but at the end of the day I felt this one matched the rest of the Sigil Series pieces and thus looked more like a sibling vs. a cousin. All the pieces are more open in the center and give the emblems a lot of room to shine - none of them look like a book illustration and so this one couldn't, either. :-p I enjoy how this one came out, though, and I'm actually really happy with it. I chose the color scheme based on 1) Altaïr's robes, both as an Assassin and as a Mentor (they are emerald)
, as well as the presence of green throughout middle eastern and Islamic cultural heritage. The border at the top as well as the floral design behind the emblem are, in fact, from genuine mid-ages Islamic illuminations albeit with some aesthetic modification. The green symbol in the center is a part of the Levantine Assassin's insignia and thus one closely tied to Altaïr and his family given their extensive work in establishing the Order there. It might be hard to see in small sizes, but the corners also have the Assassin logo in them.
As for the house "motto", I chose the phrase "Peace in all things" as finding and understanding peace seems to be a continuous question for Altaïr throughout his quests and something Al Mualim pushes in lesson a lot, for example:Al Mualim
: Do you remember, Altaïr, what the Assassins fight for?Altaïr
: Peace, in all things.
: Yes, in all
things! It is not enough to end the violence one man commits upon another. It refers to peace within as well. We cannot have one without the other.
Peace is brought up a lot throughout the game, from what I have read, and so I felt the phrase was one that fit with Altaïr and his family very well. Altaïr is the son of a Christian woman and Muslim father, but also goes on to marry Maria Thorpe, an Englishwoman and his former Templar enemy - proving that peace, indeed, can be in all things.
I think it fits pretty well. I hope other AC fans agree and I hope everyone enjoys this Sigil piece!More from the Sigil Series: