I discovered that AC1 miraculously does not crash (as it did for the longest time??) on my computer anymore so I took the opportunity to replay it and this comes with a new wave of feels. I love the story and the characters a lot. ♥ Altair's change of heart and growth as a person, and the constant seek for and doubt of truth make this game special and beautiful to me.
I ship both Altair x Malik and Altair x Maria, as you can see. The comic thing happened after browsing through The Secret Crusade and snickering about love struck Altair and his journal.