Over the years, since the release of its first chapter way back in 2007, the Assassin's Creed franchise has accustomed us to taking part in different eras. But where does Assassin's Creed Mirage take place? The new game of the very famous Ubisoft saga takes us straight to ninth-century Baghdad, to be precise in the early years of the Abbasid Caliphate.
Although these are very well-known places, especially to those who are also great history buffs, in this article, we have decided to explain to you in as much detail as possible where and when Assassin's Creed Mirage is set. Consequently, once you reach the end of this reading, this historical period and its related geography will no longer have any secrets for you.
Assassin's Creed Mirage Alamut Castle
Players will get to know this place as soon as Assassin's Creed Mirage protagonist Basim, played by Lee Majdoub, joins the Hidden Ones. In fact, he will be transported to this remote castle in the snowy mountains and, surely, long-time fans of the franchise will recognize this setting. In fact, it is the very place where the first Assassin's Creed begins.
But where is Alamut today? It is a small region in the northwestern part of Iran. To be precise, it is located in a complex of mountains just south of the Caspian Sea and, since it has always been a very difficult area to cross, castles have been built since ancient times that could simplify everything for human beings. However, the region takes its name from Alamut Castle, making it clear that this castle actually existed during the ninth century. However, its builders were not the Hidden Ones, but the person who commissioned its construction is Wahsudan ibn Marzuban, whose dynasty reigned in that area in those times.
Assassin's Creed Mirage Baghdad
Most people know the city of Baghdad since it is the capital of present-day Iraq. However, Baghdad was also a capital during the Abbasid Caliphate, the period in which Assassin's Creed Mirage is set. For those who are familiar with these historical notions, you will surely know that the previously ruling caliphate had Damascus as its capital, now the capital of Syria, but the Abbasid caliphate decided to build a new capital.
However, the most attentive players may have guessed how Assassin's Creed Mirage takes inspiration from The Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest story that historians have been able to find in the course of their studies. In fact, Basim's first adventure companion compares him to the hero described in the story, just as his eagle takes the name of Enkidu, or Gilgamesh's best friend. Although the story of Gilgamesh was written more than 2000 years before the events of Assassin's Creed Mirage, it is very likely that the citizens were able to pass things down over time and this would explain these similarities.
Assassin's Creed Mirage Anbar
Finally, part of the story of Assassin's Creed Mirage takes place in Anbar, a small city where the Abbadids dynasty had a winter palace, according to the game's timeline. However, Anbar is a city that actually existed and was the capital of the caliphate before the city of Baghdad was built in 762.
As for its potion, in the game Anbar is the closest city to Baghdad and the distance is very close and the one that separates the two cities in real life. Its ruins are not that far from Fellujah, a city also very close to Baghdad. However, despite these similarities to real life, it should be noted that both Anbar and Fellujah are located on the Euphrates River rather than the Tigris River.