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The day was bright and sunny and the pleasant warmth of the late afternoon held its sway over the settlement of Masyaf. In the shadows of the fortress walls, enjoying a pleasant and rare moment of solitude, Maria quietly watched as the instructor taught some of the novices in the training ring.
As the two of them had traveled east, Altaïr had decided to return to Syria to help rebuild the Assassins after the death of their Master, Al Mualim, taking his place as the Master of Masyaf. He had told her she was free to continue her journey alone. She, however, had declined and chose to remain with him instead.
It had not been an easy choice. Many of the other Assassin had distrusted her and frankly, she couldn't blame them. She had been a Templar after all and not just any member of the Order, but the lover of Robert De Sable, the former Grandmaster and their sworn nemesis. As far as she was concerned, they had good reason not to greet her with open arms.