|“||WE ARE LEGION.||„|
|~ Ra's al Ghul, leader of the League of Assassins.|
The League of Assassins (also known as the Society of Shadows, the Society of Assassins, and the League of Shadows) is a vast global cult-like organization of professional assassins and trained killers that followed their founder and leader, Ra's al Ghul. They are a terrorist group that fight Batman and other DC superheroes from time to time.
The League of Assassins was founded by Ra's al Ghul. The time which however is unknown. It was created to be "the fang that protects the head". Some of the most dangerous assassins in the DC universe such as Lady Shiva, David Cain, and master archer Merlyn have all been members of the League of Assassins.
Doctor Darrk aka Ebeneezer Darrk, was the first known individual assigned by Ra's al Ghul to head the League of Assassins and seconded by the martial arts master The Sensei from Hong Kong. Darrk relied upon careful planning and manipulation, ambushes and death traps, concealed weapons and poisons, and the League at this time reflected his personal methods, but for many years the League has been filled with some of the greatest martial artist in the DCU. Ra's was never revealed as the leader of the League until Ra's and Darrk had a falling out and Darrk kidnapped Ra's' daughter, Talia Al Ghul, and Ra's kidnapped Robin so that Batman would help him in finding his daughter. Darrk died while trying to kill Batman and Talia.
The Sensei became the second leader of the League using many of Darrk's tactics, but lead the group in a more brutal way. The operative known as the Hook was assigned to murder Boston Brand who became Deadman after his death. Professor Ojo was able to brainwash Ben Turner into becoming the Bronze Tiger. Bronze Tiger was able to defeat Batman, but due to his training from O-Sensei he didn't kill him and he left the team. Sensei would later go insane and wanted to raise assassination to an art and attempted to cause an artificial earthquake in order to kill a number of diplomats gathered for peace talks.
Batman traced Ben Turner to a hospital, foiling a League attempt to assassinate the man. Turner could not fully remember the actions of his alternate personality but he was able to aid Batman in uncovering the Sensei's latest plot. Although Batman was unable to prevent the earthquake, ultimately it was only the Sensei himself that died in the disaster, and control of the League returned to Ra's.Ra's had grown tired of disloyal servants and ordered David Cain to create a perfect bodyguard ("The One Who Is All"). After trying to raise such a person resulted in hopelessly psychotic children, Cain decided that he needed a genetically suited child and began searching for a possible mother.
To this end he assassinated Carolyn Woosan/Wu-San, one of two astonishingly talented martial artist sisters Carolyn's sister, Sandra, swore revenge and tracked Cain down, only to be subdued by the combined might of the League. However, she was frightened by the levels of skill she was attaining now that she was no longer held back due to her sister; Sandra agreed to be the mother of Cain's child in return, the League spared Sandra's life, and assisted her in further training. By the time Sandra gave birth, she had surpassed the entire League in skill and left immediately following the birth of her daughter, Cassandra Cain, renamed herself Lady Shiva. The League attempted to train Cassandra from birth to be the ultimate assassin, unknowingly giving her the skills she would use as the hero Batgirl.
After the death of Ra's, his first born daughter Nyssa Raatko formed a new League. Lady Shiva was recruited to serve as Sensei to this incarnation of the League with the intent that Cassandra would lead the warriors themselves.Reflecting Shiva's emphasis for martial arts, the known members of Nyssa's League were all skilled in this area, and included the warriors Shrike, Kitty Kumbata, Wam-Wam, Joey N'Bobo, Tigris, Momotado, Krunk, White Willow, the twin warriors Los Gemelos, Ox, "The Mad Dog", Alpha, and Cristos. The new League was present when Mr. Freeze's wife Nora Fries was brought back to life as the monstrous Lazara, and several members died in the resulting chaos.
Due to the conflict between their loyalty to Shiva and Nyssa and their near-worship of Batgirl as "The One Who is All", the League split at that point, with Ox, White Willow, and Tigris pledging themselves to Cassandra. Several more members of the League (including all the defectors except Tigris) died when the insane "Mad Dog" went on a killing spree. "The Mad Dog", it was revealed, had been one of David Cain's early attempts to create Ra's' perfect warrior. The Mad Dog had been considered useless as a child, since Cain's methods had driven him murderously insane, and Ra's had ordered the child be killed. Nyssa, however, knew that the servant ordered to carry out this execution had instead released him into the wild, explaining how it was possible to recruit him. The Mad Dog was successful in killing Batgirl (who gave her life to protect the burqa-clad assassin Tigris). She was quickly restored to life in a Lazarus Pit by Shiva, in order that the two could face each other in a final battle.
After the Infinite Crisis, the League has been split in two. One faction being lead by Cassandra Cain and the second being lead by Talia al Ghul after the death of her sister.
Ra's Al Ghul has recently returned from the dead and has taken control of the League back from his daughter and is currently fighting with the Sensei for control of the League of Assassins.
- Ra's al Ghul founder and Leader
- Merlyn the Archer second-in-command
- Talia al Ghul heir to the organization
- Nyssa Raatko (Nyssa al Ghul)
- Lady Shiva
- Kyle Abbott
- Bronze Tiger
- Professor Ojo
- Ebeneezer Darrk
- The Hook
- David Cain
- Cassandra Cain
- The Mad Dog
- Arkady Duvall
- Silver Monkey
The in-some-ways-cult-like-and-cult-resembling organization known to be called by names such as the likes of examples like "The League Of Assassins", "The Society Of The League Of The Assassins Of The Shadows" as well as even "The Society Of Shadows", "The League Of Shadows" and other such names is considered by some to have been happening to be, and in some ways in fact was and is heavily influenced by legends about that in turn were inspired by a historically-existent-organization that was and is called by many names by many peoples' groups, with its names including "The Hashashins" and also in fact even "The Assassins". Founded in The Middle-East as a matter of fact, whilst in parts of Iraq and Iran in the years when they were known together as parts of just The Lands Of Persia, at the points taking place whilst during the years of Ancient-And-Medieval Human History within enough time before the beginning of The Crusades, by a man called Hassan i-Sabbah, of whom some consider Ra's to have similarities to, even though this results from matters of reputations given to Hassan - some of which were bad and some of which were good - and in either case were heavily influenced by myths and legends influenced by as well as stories told of him - some of which especially among the ones giving Hassan a bad reputation were brought about in part in attempts to publicly discredit him by Hassan's adversaries. That said, some similarities can be pointed out in how - like how Ra's Al Ghul's followers were and are willing to die for him to the point of risking their lives to protect him - certain sources of described types describe Hassan i-Sabbah's followers - called by these described names - and those affiliated to them - as having at least something similar in regards to willingness to remain committed to described affiliations.
- One example is in how in according to certain Persian and other Middle-Eastern Sources including Arab types, in an attempt to demonstrate the amount of authority held over his followers and those affiliated to them and him being to the point where they would risk their lives to protect those within their groups and likes thereof and Hassan as well before ever doing anything for adversaries of them, Hassan i-Sabbah himself had ordered a man in his services jump off such a high place that it caused that man to fall to his death.
- Some among these certain sources say it was so Hassan could demonstrate this amount of authority he had to visiting dignitaries, some among these certain sources say it was so Hassan could still demonstrate this but to individuals coming to speak on behalf of and others among these certain sources say it was so Hassan could still demonstrate this but to individuals laying siege to him and those with him, etc., at one of their main residing locations.
- That said, whether or not any of that had ever actually happened whether like that or not still remains a mystery of unknown nature.
- Both Hassan i-Sabbah, Ra's Al Ghul and the organizations they respectively are known to have served as "founders" and/or "original leaders" for were and are known to be of Middle-Eastern in regards to background and nature of background type. One difference, however, was that Ra's Al Ghul, a fictional character who might have been possibly partly inspired by the bad reputations given to Hassan i-Sabbah, was and is of Arabian Background whereas Hassan i-Sabbah, a historical figure who merely became so widely known and/or widely known and remembered whilst he was alive and even after death that he had went down into History and Legends and the likes of them alike, was and is known for being of, in turn, Persian Background.
- Both the organization under Ra's Al Ghul's leadership and the organization under Hassan i-Sabbah's leadership are known to have individuals within membership who are known for being highly skilled in rooftop running, the likes of it, multiple forms of martial arts combat, multiple forms of physical combat generally speaking, perception used to enhance senses, and whilst in certain comic book incarnations of the organization under Ra's Al Ghul's leadership were said to have been extremely disciplined thanks to being given a chemical-form of a herb that supposedly enhances their senses - which is one of the very things that was and is what caused those under Hassan's leadership to be even called "The Hashishins" - although there is no evidence to even suggest that it ever was actually so in regards to the ones called "The Hashashins" or that they even used drugs like "Hashish" like how many sources had accused them of having done so whilst at least certain comic book incarnation-depictions of the ones called The Members Of The League Of Shadows and The Members Of The League Of Assassins using such things - like as how it was referenced to in "Batman Begins" - was and is a possible reference to what Hassan i-Sabbah and those under his leadership through the ones called "The Hashashins" and "The Assassins" were known to be accused of doing. Also, the organization under Ra's Al Ghul's leadership having places to reside at including from within areas located on mountaintop types which also serve as places of residence for them and for Ra's Al Ghul is a possible reference to Hassan i-Sabbah and his organization-leadership-successors being called as a truly factual matter by titles such as "The Old Man Of The Mountain".
- Certain comic book incarnations of the organization under Ra's Al Ghul's leadership imply that perhaps, that very organization was formed some point that was during the heyday-like years of existence of or during the years before the start of the foundations of the organization under leadership of Hassan i-Sabbah, which has been sometimes also called like in actual history whilst according to some sources and/or legends, etc., names like "The Ancient Order Of The Assassins" - from which Ra's Al Ghul had at one point in fact split from to form the organization under his leadership as a means of a successor movement. In some of these, some differences were that whilst the ones by names like just The Assassins were known to focus on main objectives as an organization to act in semi-catalyst-like fashion in order to put stops to sectarian religious conflicts and other types from amongst religious conflicts along with other conflicts of various types including and not including wars, etc., putting stops to injustices, tyranny, corruption, decadence etc., throughout The Middle-East and beyond from within "the world", the organization under the leadership of Ra's Al Ghul was formed to act in a similar matter yet whilst unlike The Assassins acting in such a catalyst-like way that it would potentially threaten the lives of too many innocent people.