Apple of Eden #1 was one of the Pieces of Eden, a piece of ancient and technologically advanced equipment created by the Isu to control humanity. It was the first among several other Apples of Eden. It was relatively small compared to the other Apples.
- Isu (? – ?)
- Suger of Saint-Denis (11th – 12th century)
- Arno Dorian (1794)
- Al Mualim (1794 – c. 1799)
- Napoleon Bonaparte (c. 1799 – ?)
- Harry Houdini (? – 1926)
- Templars (1926 – ?)
The artifact was originally stored within the artifact later known as Head of Saint Denis, a human-made lantern of unknown origin locked inside an Isu temple beneath the Basilica of Saint-Denis near Paris, France. Constructed by the First Civilization, the artifact was capable of empowering the Head of Saint Denis' to project severely terrifying illusions and imbue weapons with its mystical power.
At some point during the 12th century, the two objects were discovered by the abbot Suger, who used the knowledge he gained from the Apple to create the Eagle of Suger, a powerful sword; moreover, his architectural redesign of the Basilica, generally considered to be the first Gothic church, also came from visions induced by the artifact.
In August 1794, Napoleon Bonaparte employed a group of tomb raiders led by Philippe Rose to find the Temple and the artifact stored within. Arno Dorian was able to open the temple ahead of the raiders and retrieve the Head of Saint Denis, using its power to repel the raiders and make his escape.
Unwilling to let the artifact fall into Napoleon's hands, Arno removed the Apple from the lantern and passed it to a member of the French Brotherhood of Assassins, with instructions to bring it to Al Mualim in Cairo. In 1798, Napoleon led an expedition to Egypt, and returned home after acquiring the artifact.
19th and 20th century
The next known owner of the Apple was Harry Houdini, a Hungarian-American magician and escapologist. He used the Apple to execute stunts that, even to this day, are considered impossible. While Houdini officially died from peritonitis from a ruptured appendix, Clay Kaczmarek's Glyphs suggested that Houdini had been killed by Templar agents who wished to take possession of his Apple.
The Apple was later used in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, to cause the "Phantom on the Hill" effect. This effect created the illusion of a second gunman on the grassy knoll of Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. The goal of this illusion was to make it more difficult to persecute Lee Harvey Oswald – a Templar sleeper agent – later on, and to disguise the true intentions of the Templar-executed assassination from later investigation.
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- Assassin's Creed II - Glyph #3 "Descendants"
- Assassin's Creed II – Glyph #9 "Hat-trick"
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