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They went with out demur and did the bidding in their lord. Then, after they had killed the guy, they again to courtroom – these of them that escaped, for a few have been stuck and positioned to demise. after they had back to their lord and advised him they had faithfully played their activity, the Sheikh may make an exceptional dinner party of their honour. And he knew rather well which ones had displayed the best zeal, simply because after every one he had despatched others of his males as spies to file which was once the main bold and the easiest hand at murdering. Then, that allows you to lead to the demise of the lord or different guy which he wanted, he could take a few of these Assassins of his and ship them anyplace he may want, telling them that he was once minded to dispatch them to Paradise: they have been to move for that reason and kill such and this sort of guy; in the event that they died on their venture, they'd pass there all of the . those that bought this sort of command obeyed it with a correct solid will, extra easily than anything they may were known as directly to do. Away they went and did all that they have been commanded. therefore it occurred that nobody ever escaped while the Sheikh of the Mountain wanted his demise. and that i can guarantee you that many kings and lots of lords paid tribute to him and cultivated his friendship for worry that he could lead to their loss of life. This occurred simply because at the moment the countries weren't united of their allegiance, yet torn via conflicting loyalties and reasons. i've got advised you concerning the Sheikh of the Mountain and his Assassins. Now allow me inform you how he used to be overthrown and via whom. yet first i'm going to let you know whatever else approximately him that I had passed over. you want to be aware of that this Sheikh had selected as his subordinates different Sheikhs, who followed all his practices and customs. this sort of he dispatched to the neighbourhood of Damascus, the opposite to Kurdistan. allow us to now flip to the topic of his overthrow. It occurred concerning the yr of Our Lord’s nativity 1262 that Hulagu, lord of the Tartars of the Levant, figuring out of the entire evil deeds this Sheikh used to be doing, made up his brain that he could be beaten. So he appointed a few of his barons and despatched them by contrast fort with a strong strength. For totally 3 years they besieged the fort with out having the ability to take it. certainly they by no means could have taken it as long as the besieged had whatever to devour, yet on the finish of the 3 years that they had no nutrition left. so that they have been taken, and the Sheikh, Alaodin, used to be positioned to loss of life with all his males. And from that point to this there were not more of those Sheikhs and less Assassins; yet with him there got here an finish to all of the energy that have been wielded of previous by means of the Sheikhs of the Mountain and the entire evil they'd performed. Ceylon and the Islands of the Bay of Bengal whilst the tourist leaves Lesser Java and the dominion of Lambri and sails northwards for roughly one hundred fifty miles, he reaches islands, one among known as Nicobar. during this island there is not any king, and the folk reside like beasts. I guarantee you that they move stark bare, women and men alike, with none masking of any style.