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I followed my orders, believing in my cause, same as you.
~ Sibrand's final words.

Sibrand is one of the secondary antagonists from the video game Assassin's Creed.

Publicly, he is the leader or Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights and the regent of Acre's port district. Secretly however, he is a member of the Order of the Knights Templar, working alongside eight fellow traitors to bring the Holy Land under the Templar's direct control. For this reason, he was targeted and ultimately assassinated by Altaïr Ibn La'Ahad in 1191.

He was voiced by Arthur Holden who also voiced Emilio Barbarigo in Assassin's Creed 2.

Personality

Unlike some of his fellow Templar's, Sibrand is not motivated by petty revenge or material profit. He genuinely believes that the Templar's are doing a good thing for humanity and is determined to see their ambitions fulfilled. That being said, he is a completely ruthless man who fails to see the hypocrisy in the violent methods he employs in order to create this new world.

Once a faithful man, Sibrand's life is now dominated by fear and paranoia. He fears death above all other things, having lost his faith in both God and the afterlife. As a result of this he is extremely vigilant to the point of paranoia. He sees plots and enemies where there aren't any and is determined more than anything not to share the fate of his Templar brethren, a task, which he completely failed at.

History

Becoming a Templar

A Crusader Knight serving under King Richard the Lionheart during the Third Crusade, Sibrand helped to establish the Order of the Teutonic Knights, becoming its first leader or Grand Master. At some point during the conflict, he was contacted by Robert De Sable, the Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Templar. Here, De Sable showed him and other men on both sides of the conflict the Apple of Eden and shared its secrets with them.

The "knowledge" imparted from this artifact, caused all of the men present, including to Sibrand, to renounce their faith and join De Sable. Agreeing on the futility of their conflict, they formed a Brotherhood, betrayed their respective leaders (Richard and Saladin) and secretly plotted to bring the entirety of the Holy Land under their direct control.

Amongst Sibrand's fellow conspirators, were William De Montferrat and Garnier De Naplouse (the Grand Master of the Knights Hospitalier). Together these three men were given direct control over three specific areas within the city of Acre. Sibrand was given control of the middle district, which linked to the port. Here, De Sable ordered him to gather as many ships as possible for the coming war, which Sibrand did willingly, much to the disgust and confusion of Acre's citizens.

Assassination

{{Quote|Please, don't do this.| Sibrand pleads with Altair after being mortally wounded by the Assassin|}}

Throughout 1191, several of Sibrand's "brothers" were assassinated by the assassin Altaïr Ibn La'Ahad, upon the order of the Levantine Assassin mentor, Al Mualim. Knowing that it was only a matter of time before he himself was targeted, Sibrand became increasingly vigilant and ultimately paranoid. He began ordering his men to carry out frequent patrols. Alert for even the slightest signs of danger, Sibrand began to suspect several innocent people (including his own men) of conspiracy and collusion. These fears were ultimately somewhat justified, as unbeknownst to anybody including Sibrand himself, Altaïr eventually began stalking him.

As he had done with his previous targets, Altaïr gathered as much information as possible about his target, learning Sibrand's routine and movement. After being granted permission from the bureau leader, Altaïr went to the docks to find his target. There, he witnessed Sibrands paranoia, watching as the crazed and fearful man accused an innocent scholar of being an assassin, simply because the man is dressed in white clothes. Declaring that he would not make the same mistakes that William and Garnier had, Sibrand killed the scholar, told his men to stay vigilant, before donning his helmet and returning to his ship. Even from here, Sibrand did not consider himself safe. Drawing his bow, he would frequently shout at his soldiers that if they would not protect him, he would deal with the issue himself. He then wildly shot at birds and non-existent figures to keep himself safe.

Unfortunately for Sibrand, Altaïr used the latter's paranoia to his advantage. Creeping along the docks, Altaïr successfully managed to reach Sibrand's ship without being detected. There he waited and when the Grand Master was distracted, the Assassin clambered onto the deck and plunged his hidden blade into the Templar's body, fatally injuring him.

As he was lowered onto the deck, Sibrand pleaded for his life, acknowledging the assassins assessment that he was indeed afraid. Altaïr tried to comfort the dying Templar, reassuring him that his suffering was over and that he would soon be looked after by the Christian God. Sibrand however, rebuked this kindness, before asking Altaïr if he had learnt nothing from the already dead members of the brotherhood. Confused, Altaïr asked what he meant? Sibrand then revealed that he and the other members of the Templar Brotherhood were atheists. They did not believe in God anymore nor any form of afterlife.

Shaken Altaïr then asked Sibrand about his role in the Templar's conspiracy. With nothing to lose, Sibrand admitted that Robert had ordered him to gather as many ships as possible to form a navy. He said that when the Templar's began their plan to "free" the Holy Land, Sibrand's armada would have been able to "keep the fool Kings and Queens from sending reinforcements" allowing the Order to succeed in its ambition.

Taken aback by this declaration, Altaïr pointed out the hypocrisy of Sibrand's actions. Whilst he spoke about liberty, Sibrand and the other Templar's besieged cities, whilst murdering and brainwashing any that opposed them. Undaunted, Sibrand vehemently declared that like Altaïr he was just a man following a cause that he genuinely believed in.

This declaration proved to be the Master of the Teutonic Order's last words. Succumbing to his injuries, Sibrand's treachery and life were ended. As with all of his victims, Altaïr gave his victim the last rites, marking a feather, which he later presented to the head of the bureau, confirming the completion of his task. Sibrand's death ended the Templar's influence over the Teutonic Order and Acre. Al Mualim, later used Sibrand's image, alongside those his "brothers", during Altaïr's final confrontation with his treacherous master at Massauf castle.

Trivia

  • Along with some of the other characters, like Robert De Sable, Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, William De Montferrat, and Garnier De Naplouse, Sibrand is based off of a real historical figure. Although many details of his life remain unknown, the real Sibrand helped to found the Order of the Teutonic Knights and established a hospital in Acre during 1191.
  • In the game, Sibrand is the only member of the Templar Brotherhood to plead for his life.

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