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Assassin's Creed Mirage ending explained: What exactly happens?

 If you have already seen the end of the Assassin's Creed Mirage story, but you are left with more questions than answers, here we explain what the meaning of the last scenes is.

The story of Assassin's Creed Mirage takes us to the initiation journey of Basim, a young thief from Baghdad in the 9th century, who joins the Hidden Ones to hunt down the Order of the Ancients in these lands. Throughout various main investigations, players will end up getting to know Basim better during his transformation into a master assassin and also his own internal demons that torment him, until we finally reach the game's epilogue, in which we will experience several revelations of great impact for the character.

It is likely that once the credits roll, many players will be intrigued by what they just saw in the last few minutes. The ending of AC: Mirage may leave us with numerous questions, but if this is your case, below we have prepared this entry in which we will explain to you what exactly happens at the end of the game. This way you can better understand Basim's story, his past, and his future.

  • Note: Obviously, the following article contains plot spoilers for the ending of Assassin's Creed Mirage. You're warned.

To understand the end of the Assassin's Creed Mirage story we must first look at what happens during the final stages of the mission "The Serpent's Nest", when Basim confronts Qabiha, the leader of the Order called Al-Bahamut.

During this scene Qabiha reveals to our protagonist that he is "the key" to what is hidden in the temple of Alamut. During this time, Basim has been looking for Qabiha, but she was also looking for him. And when Basim entered the Winter Palace to steal the mysterious artifact, Qabiha's son saw that Basim was able to activate the disk with his hands.

Because of this, Qabiha discovers that Basim has a direct relationship with the Isu civilization, an ancient civilization that ruled the world before the era of humanity on Earth.

The secrets of the temple under Alamut

Qabiha urges Basim to explore the secrets beneath the temple of Alamut, something the young assassin eventually proceeds to do in the game's epilogue. After a long journey, Basim finally arrives back at the temple where he became Hidden long ago, and after fighting Roshan he prepares to open the great doors with his friend Nehal.

The secrets of the temple under Alamut

To open the doors of the temple, Basim makes a cut in the palm of his hand. With his blood, the doors react and allow him to enter. Thus, Basim explores an impressive chamber that is very reminiscent of the style of the Isu civilization (previously in other games in the saga many chambers of this same style have been seen).

Deep in the chamber Basim finds what appears to be some kind of capsule or sarcophagus. There, a disturbing revelation occurs: Nehal is inside the sarcophagus and, even more disturbing, Nehal is actually Basim, both are the same person.

That is, as if he were a second personality of Basim, Nehal has been Basim all this time. Everything she did, he was really doing. The revelations continue immediately, but things get complicated for players who have not played Assassin's Creed Valhalla since what follows is closely related to what was seen in the previous game in the franchise.

Who really is Basim, Nehal and the genie?

  • Note: we will move on to talk about spoilers for the end of AC: Valhalla. You're warned.

Basim also appears in the Assassin's Creed Valhalla story, about twelve years after the events seen in Mirage. In Eivor's Norse Epic game it is discovered at the end that Basim is the reincarnation of the Aesir Loki .

In this way it is understood that Nehal represents, in a certain sense, the memories of the original Loki that had been locked in Basim's memory.

How is it possible that Basim is Loki? Well you see, the Isu were threatened in the past, thousands of years ago, by an apocalyptic event. This caused them to develop a technology called Yggdrasill that allowed them to survive by uploading their consciousness into a kind of supercomputer for a long time later to "transplant" it into the genetics of the human race.

That is, the Aesir survived the apocalypse and were reborn in human bodies later . Loki, specifically, occupied Basim's body , and Nehal is that blocked part of her memories as seen at the end when she activates a disk in the temple.

In the holograms on the disk we can see that Basim, or rather Loki, was tortured and was a prisoner. Loki's jailer was the genie that has been tormenting him forever. A "spectrum" of his past life and his time in prison.

In Norse mythology and its myths it is said that Loki was tied to a stone inside a cave as punishment for poisoning Odin's father. Precisely, during Assassin's Creed Valhalla and the expansion 'Dawn of Ragnarok' it is discovered that Loki also poisoned Odin's father in the games. Theories then suggest that Loki's jailer could be Odin , and as you already know if you have played Valhalla, Eivor, the protagonist of that game, is the Isu reincarnation of Odin .

Anyway, what a mess... eh? After all this, Basim manages to bring order to his mental chaos and becomes one with Nehal. He no longer needs her because he already remembers her past, because now Loki is fully aware of himself again and his reincarnation is complete. And likewise, the genie disappears now that Basim has made peace with his tormented self.

In the end we also see how Basim is rejected by Enkidu, as the bird somehow recognizes that its true master is no longer here. And it is true. Now Basim is Loki.

The Aesir, reborn, swears revenge on those who tortured him , something that as we already know will lead him to confront Eivor/Odin several years later in the events of Assassin's Creed Valhalla. But that is another chapter in this vast story.