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Mesi Natifah (born c. 1997)[1] is a former member of the League of Assassins, and a former prisoner of the extremist sect Onslaught. After escaping from Onslaught, Mesi was found by The Canary and Nyssa al Ghul, who brought her to Nanda Parbat where she joined the League of Assassins and was renamed Talibah (which translates from Arabic as "seeker of knowledge", or "student").

Biography

In 2014, Mesi was captured by the extremist sect Onslaught at her school in Kahndaq. She comforted a fellow student, Kamilah, as the leader of the Onslaught, Khem-Adam, entered the cave they were kept in the Ahk-Ton Desert, and made an announcement via recording.[2]

Sometime later, a Kahndaqi general was allowed by Khem-Adam to pick a wife from the group of women. Though he initially picked Kamilah, Mesi intervened, suggesting that she was more suitable.[3]

The two left and made camp elsewhere in the desert. Mesi proceeded to pray to Allah, though the general entered and branded her as blasphemous. He ordered her to stop, though she instead clubbed him with a boulder. Stealing a key from him, she set off through the desert. Before long, she became dehydrated and collapsed. However, she was quickly found by The Canary and Nyssa al Ghul, who promised that they were there to help.[4] They took Mesi and a tied up Khem-Adam to Nanda Parbat, Nyssa's home.[1]

Mesi was brought before Ra's al Ghul, who dubbed her "Talibah" and assured that she could learn more in Nanda Parbat, without the persecution she has previously received. He brought forth Khem-Adam, allowing her to seek vengeance on the mere mortal man. Ra's handed Mesi his sword, which she swung at Khem-Adam,[5] presumably killing him.

Training as an assassin

Talibah soon began her training as part of the League. During one such training fight, she lost her footing and had a sword held to her throat. Ra's approached, giving her advice, before returning her sword to her and returning to Oliver Queen.[6][7]

Coup against Malcolm Merlyn

While Malcolm Merlyn was out of Nanda Parbat, Talibah helped Nyssa break out of captivity along with a few loyalists. Later, Talibah followed Nyssa to Japan in search for the Lotus.[8] After returning to Star City, Talibah participated in the fight against Merlyn and his followers in League's civil war. Following Malcolm's defeat by Oliver, Nyssa assumed the control of the League. Soon after though, Nyssa disbanded the League of Assassins, releasing all of its members, including Talibah, of their vows.[9] Talibah's whereabouts after the League's disbandment are unknown.

Abilities

  • Peak of human physical condition: As a former assassin, Mesi is in top physical condition.
  • Expert hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist: As a former member of the League of Assassins, Mesi is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist, having gone through the same training that all League members do.
    • Master swordswoman: As a former member of the League of Assassins, Mesi is a master swordswoman. She was able to subdue several fellow League members using a sword.
    • Master archer: As a former member of the League of Assassins, Mesi is a highly skilled archer, capable of shooting several arrows with great precision.
  • Multilingual: Mesi is capable of fluently speaking Arabic and English.

Appearances

Arrow

Season 3

Season 4

Comics

Arrow: Season 2.5

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Assault"
  2. "Following"
  3. "Transitions"
  4. Blood part 11
  5. "Assurances"
  6. "The Offer"
  7. marcguggenheim - Tumblr
  8. "Unchained"
  9. "Sins of the Father"
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