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|Jafar says: Read my lips and come to grips with the reality!|
|“||But a man you trust with anything... can take everything.||„|
|~ Basim recalling Odin's betryal to Eivor.|
Basim Ibn ishaq is one of the two main antagonists in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla alongside Alfred the Great.
He was a Master Assassin of the Hidden Ones branch located in Constantinople, known to the Norse as Miklagard. Basim met and befriended Sigurd and traveled back with him to Norway to spread the teachings of the Hidden Ones and combat the influence of the Order of the Ancients in Norway and England.
He was originally presented as a mentor figure to Sigurd and Eivor, but it was revealed much later that he was in fact the reincarnation of Loki, one of the Isu. Unlike Sigurd or Eivor, Basim had inherited his previous incarnation's memory and sought vengeance upon Odin for killing Fenrir. He is also the mastermind behind the Viking's invasion against England, in an attempt to destroy the Order of the Ancients, forcing Alfred the Great to keep the Order around to protect his land and people.
Loki comes from a species called the Isu, who were highly advanced race of humanoids and was part of the sub-division of the Æsir, which would find itself rooted into German mythology. He would marry a woman named Sigyn, but started to have affairs with the Dikastes and Angrboða due to being dissatisfied with his marriage. The Dikastes would have Loki's children, Hel, Jörmungandr, Fenrir, and the latter was imprisoned by Isu Odin. Angered that Odin imprisoned his child on what he claimed was false grounds and later caused his death, Loki tricked Höðr into killing his brother Baldr with a mistletoe arrow.
When Loki and Angrboða learned that Juno, Minevra, and Jupiter were planning another method to creating Yggdrasil for salvation, he decided to use the Isu technology for his plans. Before going through his plans of using the Yggdrasil, he had Angrboða's mind be transferred into the Staff of Hermes. During the Great Catastrophe, Loki went to the Yggdrasil and placed himself into the computer, thus allowing himself to be reincarnated. As eons went on, Loki became to known as the god of mischief, and became associated with Norse mythology.
Basim Ibn Ishaq was the reincarnation of Loki, who was an Isu and member of the Æsir, and inherited the memories of his the Norse god of mischief. Basim was the son of artifact who was exiled after someone took the credit of his work, the Great Mosque of Samarra. Basim's father and other family would die, and he became a member of the Hidden Ones at a young age, and would later fall in love and have a child. His child was taken away by one of his close friends, thus causing Basim to make himself mysterious and become distrustful and paranoid. Basim would become a master assassin of the Hidden Ones, and around 870, was stationed in Constantinople and had his acolytes complete missions. He befriended the Viking Sigurd Styrbjornson, as he believed that Sigurd was a reincarnation of Odin.
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
Traveling to Norway, Basim worked with Sigurd to spread the teachings of the Hidden Ones and stop the Order of the Ancients' influence. Meeting Sigurd's adoptive sister Eivor Varinsdottir, Basim told her of the Order and witnessed the Raven Clan escape from the rule of Harald Fairhair by moving to England. While helping Eivor and the Raven Clan, Basim started to tell Sigurd that he was a reincarnated God, and would set up trying to have the Vikings invade England so he could destroy the Order of the Ancients. In 877, Basim traveled to the Yggdrasil with Eivor and Sigurd, and when he realized that Eivor is Odin's reincarnation, started to attack her. Though Basim wounded Eivor, she trapped him in the supercomputer, returning his consciuss into the Yggdrasil.
- Basim is an Arabic name meaning "one who smiles", derived from بَسَمَ (basama) meaning "to smile". His nasab ibn Ishaq means "son of Ishaq" with Ishaq, the Arabic form of Isaac, meaning "laughing".
- Due to being a mentor figure-turned-main antagonist in a pivotal plot twist, Basim's role is a reminiscent to Al Mualim in the first Assassin's Creed installment.
- Unlike Eivor and Sigurd with Odin and Tyr respectively, Loki is Basim's dominant personality to the point that they're pretty much one and the same. It's implied he was this way long before meeting either of them, as Basim tells Eivor that he changed after a meeting with al-Khwarizmi in Baghdad.