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Ancient Assassins on AHC features elite men from a wide swath of history who were trained to perfection, skilled with a devastating array of weaponry.
Vlad the Impaler, one of the most ruthless and brutal rulers in medieval Europe, inspires the fictional character of Dracula.
In 327 BC, Alexander the Great confronts a rebel warlord in an impregnable mountain stronghold called Sogdian Rock. He dispatches 300 hand-picked warriors to scale the sheer rock face, at night, without being detected. It's a brutal test of climbing skill and raw courage. The warlord is Oxyartes of Bactria, whose daughter Roxana later marries Alexander the Great.
In Twelfth-Century Japan one samurai humiliates all the others – a woman. As lethal as she was lovely, Tomoe Gozen defeated the finest swordsmen, battled tyranny and innovated on the battlefield.
Batavians, an amphibious Roman unit, lead the invasion of ancient Britain in 43 AD in a desperate mission deep in enemy territory that may hand the emperor an unlikely victory.
English King Edward I invades Scotland in 1296 and only William Wallace is prepared to stand in his way as he grows from outlaw to army general.
Backed with overwhelming force, Pagan Vikings wrestle King Alfred for control of 9th century England.
In 1644 China, Ng Mui escapes from Beijing as the Manchus conquer the Ming dynasty capital. Taking refuge in a Shaolin monastery, she learns their Kung Fu and develops a new form of the martial art, Wing Chun.
The Swiss Guard, founded January 22, 1506, is the elite bodyguardfor the Pope. It protected Pope Clement VII on May 6, 1527 during the Sack ofRome by 20,000 German and Spanish mercenaries commanded by the Duc de Bourbon. Whenthe Habsburg Emperor was unable to pay this army, the mercenaries' contractallowed for looting. Bourbn decided to attack Rome, full of riches and almostdefenseless. The Swiss Guard consisted of 189 men, lead by their Captain,Kaspar Roist. The unit lost 142 men including Roist while killing 900mercenaries. The remaining Swiss Guard evacuated Pope Clement VII to CastelSant' Angelo using the "Passetto", a secret corridor constructed under PopeAlexander VI along the top of a wall between the Vatican and the Castel.
Sir John Hawkwood, a medieval English knight, leaves the Hundred Years War to become a mercenary, and with his army, the White Company, becomes the scourge of Italy, though often without a single blow being struck.
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