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  • Also, this Old Man of the Mountain is a great murderer, of whom even all the princes of the East are terrified, for he speaks a word to his fedais -- or servants -- who are initiated, and they go forth and bring to death any whom he hates.

    The Brethren

  • Only I warn you all -- and myself also -- to walk warily, since, if I know aught of him, Sinan's fedais will henceforth dog the steps of every one of us, striving to bring us to our ends by murder.

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  • In the courtyard they found the horses, Flame and Smoke, as they had been told, also a mounted escort of four fierce-looking fedais and an officer.

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  • Lozelle struck first and Godwin caught the stroke upon his buckler, but before he could return it the fedais of either party rushed between them and thrust them asunder.

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  • Now, you messengers of Salah-ed-din, begone, lest I send you on a longer journey, and tell your master that if he dares to lift his standards against my walls my fedais shall speak with him.

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  • On the city side the brethren pulled up laughing among the astonished fedais who had waited for them there.

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  • Well, this heretic sultan is my enemy whom Satan protects, for even my fedais have failed to kill him, and perhaps there will be war on account of you.

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  • Thrice they passed round the city thus, the last time by themselves, for the captain and the fedais were far outstripped.

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  • From the walls of Masyaf, day by day, fedais went out to murder this great one, or that great one, at the bidding of their lord Sinan.

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  • "Gallant riders and swift, well-trained steeds," answered one of the fedais, with admiration in his voice.

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  • "'...they are still a very dangerous body, even though the fedais, the actual killers, amount to only a few score...'"


    "'Yes: and a truly devoted band of fedais might do Napoleon's cause an incomparable service by removing Schwarzenberg or Barclay de Tolly or an imperial prince or indeed any of the thinking heads....'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 20, 21

    A Sea of Words:

    fedai One of the fidayoun, literally 'men of self-sacrifice,' a member of the Assassins. (195)

    March 20, 2008