- Charles Lee: "Why do you persist...? You put us down. We rise again. You end one plot – we forge another. You try so hard... But it always ends the same. Those who know you think you mad and this is why... Even those men you sought to save have turned their backs on you. Yet you fight. You resist. Why?"
- Ratonhnhaké:ton: "Because no-one else will!"
- —Charles Lee and Ratonhnhaké:ton discussing the conflict between their factions, 1782.[src]-[m]
The Assassin–Templar War is an ideological, sometime military, conflict between the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order, that has spanned across the entirety of known human history. The two factions often took part in, or even precipitated, military conflict between nations to further their own agendas within their war, largely in the shadows of conventional politics.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Mythical origins
- 1.2 Contestation of the Order
- 1.3 The Hidden Ones versus the Order of the Ancients
- 1.4 As public organizations
- 1.5 Renaissance
- 1.6 Reaching new lands
- 1.7 Reforms during the Long nineteenth century
- 1.8 Wars of the 20th century
- 1.9 Further conflicts
- 2 Alliances
- 3 References
The conflict between the Assassins and the Templars traced back millennia ago, taking its roots in the Isu Civilization, a race of highly advanced precursor who ruled the Earth centuries before Humans.
Creation of the hybrids
During Isu Era, the Isu Authority in Eden launched the Project Anthropos, whose aim to create the human race as a docile slave workforce. The Isu Phanes was the first in succeeding to create humans, but as they weren't subservient, the Isu used Apples of Eden and implanted neurotransmitters into human brains to control them. However, Phanes fell in love with a female human, removing her neurotransmitter, and fled with her to Atlantis. Together, they had a daughter, Eve, the first of the hybrids, a subspecies of humans immune to Pieces of Eden and having access to the Sixth sense.
Some Isu interbred with humans, leading to a generation of hybrids. Other Isu, like Juno and Aita, feared that the human could be the doom of their civilization. In 75 010 BCE, with the hybrid Adam, Eve stole an Apple of Eden and led the Humans in a war against the Isu. Ten years later, the war ended with the Great Catastrophe, a cataclysmic event that destroyed Earth and left only few survivors on the two sides. Isu, hybrids and humans worked together to rebuild the world. The hybrids and humans perpetuated while the last living Isu disappeared on Earth. 
Some data linked the hybrids as the ancestors of the Assassin Brotherhood, due to their capacity to resist Pieces of Eden and their Eagle Vision.
Foundation of the Order of the Ancients
Circa 1334 BCE, the Pharaoh of Egypt Smenkhkare founded the Order of the Ancients, a secret organization dedicated to imposing order and peace on society, as they saw humans as inherently predisposed to chaos and violence. As the Order tried to emulate the Isu civilization, who were seen as gods from different pantheons, the Pieces of Eden were a key part of their New World Order. The Ancients saw the hybrids as a heresy and a source of chaos, referencing them as Tainted Ones, and trying to eliminate them.
Contestation of the Order
With time, the Order of the Ancients infiltrated different empires, influencing their leaders, while some descendants of the hybrids were perceived as heroes and protectors of the people. Many factions were created across the centuries to thwart the influence of the Order.
For decades, the Order of Ancients had a firm grip on the Achaemenid Empire, influencing its kings. Darius I of Persia and Xerxes I of Persia led two invasions of Greece on the advice of the Order. In 480 BCE, the king Leonidas I of Sparta, a descendant of the hybrids, wielded a spear of Eden and led his troops at the Battle of Thermopylae against the Persians. Even if the king of Sparta was killed with his soldiers at the battle, his sacrifice permitted to the Greek cities to repel the Persians at the Battle of Salamis.
In 464 BCE, a group composed of the Persian officials Artabanus, Amorges and Pactyas planned to assassinate the king Xerxes to protect Persia from the Order. Feigning a massive attack, Artabanus stealthly approached Xerxes and assassinated the king with a weapon of his creation, the Hidden Blade.
As Xerxes' son Artaxerxes became the new king, Artabanus feared that the Order manipulated him and decided to assassinate the new king. Amorges and Pactyas were against his plan and joined the Ancients to impeach this. Amorges prevented his former friend to kill Artatxerxes and Artabanus was forced to flee Persia with his family as the Ancients tracked them. This led to the deaths of his wife and children by the hand of the Order. With his last son Natakas, Artabanus hid for many years, taking the name of Darius and moving regurlarly.
In 429 BCE, Pactyas led the Order of Hunters in Makedonia to kill the misthios Kassandra of Sparta, deemed as a Tainted One as she was the granddaughter of Leonidas I. Burning the village of Potidaia to attract her attention, the Order was confronted by Kassandra but also Darius and his son who were hiding in the region. The three joined their forces and eliminated the Order of Hunters, killing Pactyas and his lieutenants. After that, Darius and Natakas left Makedonia while Kassandra resumed her odyssey through Greece.
Later, the Order of the Storm led by the hybrid Phila located Darius and Natakas in Achaia, organizing a maritime blockade of the region. Darius sent a letter to Kassandra who helped him once again, destroying the fleet of the Storm and killing Phila and her lieutenants. Together, they decided to settle in the village of Dyme and Natakas and Kassandra had a son Elpidios. As Amorges discovered that, he led an attack with the Order of Dominion on Dyme, killing Natakas and abducting Elpidios.
In Messenia, the Order entrusted Elpidios to the Prince Darius who served as his guardian on a small island near Messenia. Searching the child, Kassandra and Artabanus joined their forces to confront the Order of Dominion. During their assault, Darius killed Amorges who revealed in his last breath the location of Elpidios but warning them that he wasn't in safety with Kassandra. Reuniting with her son, Kassandra agreed with Darius to be separate from Elpidios to protect him. Darius went in Egypt with his grandson to investigate the Order of the Ancients while Kassandra stayed in Greece.
Empires of the East
By 333 BCE, the Order of the Ancients allied with the Macedonian king Alexander and gave him a Staff of Eden with the Trident of Eden, permitting his conquest of Achaemenid Empire. A secret Babylonian organization saw Alexander as a great danger. One of its member, Iltani, poisoned Alexander, killing him in 323 BCE. She also tried to recover the Staff but it was buried with Alexander in his tomb in Alexandria, Egypt.
By 221 BCE, the Order of the Ancients reached China and helped the king Qin Shi Huang to reform the first Empire of China. In 210 BCE, the individual known as Wei Yu assassinated the emperor with his spear to end his tyrannical rule.
Hunt of the Medjay
Under the Ptolemaic dynasty, the Order of the Ancients tried to unify Egypt through hellenization. As the Medjay, an elite group who protected the Pharaoh and people of the Old Kingdom, was a symbol of the Ancient Egypt, the Order wanted their elimination.
In 70 BCE, the Ancient Raia hired the mercenary Bion to exterminate the last three bloodlines of the Medjay. After he killed the Medjay Emsaf and Hemon and their families, the last Medjay Sabu of Siwa trained his son Bayek to become a Medjay. He taught him every technics of the group, even the Leap of Faith. Bayek passed his knowledge onto his lover Aya, a descendant of Elpidios. In 56 BCE, Bion killed Sabu and kidnapped Aya, as she was pregnant of Bayek. Bayek killed Bion and Raia, protecting for a time his family from the Order.
Alexandrine Civil War
- Main article: Alexandrine Civil War
In 51 BCE, after Ptolemy XII Auletes' death, the Order of the Ancients controlled Egypt via their puppet Pharaoh, Ptolemy XIII. Led by the Roman Proconsul of Cyrenaica Flavius Metellus, the Order had control on the royal court, the Saqqara Nome, the Faiyum Oasis and used the Gabiniani as their military force. In 49 BCE, the Order of the Ancient led a war against the Queen Cleopatra, Ptolemy's sister and wife, as she refused to join them.
The same year, the Order uncovered an Apple of Eden. Metellus and four other masked Ancients went in Siwa to open the Isu vault under the Temple of Amun. They abducted Bayek and his son Khemu to force the Medjay to open the vault. A fight occurred between Bayek and Metellus, resulting in the accidental death of Khemu. The Ancients fled the Temple leaving Bayek for dead.
After their son's death, Bayek and Aya decided to avenge him. During a year, Bayek tracked the Ancients, killing the nomarch Rudjek and the Oracle of Amun Medunamun, recovering the Apple. Meanwhile, in Alexandria, Aya entered in the service of Cleopatra and her trusty follower Apollodorus, killing the Ancients Actaeon and Ktesos.
After killing the Royal Scribe and Ancient Eudoros and his ally the Phylakitai Gennadios with Darius' Hidden Blade, Bayek was made Medjay of all Egypt by Cleopatra, who tasked him to kill the Ancients in the region of the Nile. Bayek killed the Ancients Taharqa, Khaliset, Hetepi and Berenike while Aya secured and alliance with the Roman Consul Pompey.
In September 48 BCE, after their heavy loss, the Ancients planned to assassinate Cleopatra and executed Pompey. Bayek and Aya protected the Queen against the Ancient's agent Venator and killed him. As they discovered the death of Pompey, they went to Alexandria with the Queen to secure an alliance with the Roman Consul Gaius Julius Caesar. Even if Ptolemy fleet attacked them on their journey, they arrived at the Ptolemaic Royal Palace where Cleopatra met Caesar. Becoming her lover, the Roman consul sided with Bayek and Aya in their confict against the Ancients. In February 47 BCE, Aya and Bayek opened the sealed tomb of Alexander the Great for Cleopatra and Caesar while the Ancients took the Staff of Eden in Alexander's sarcophagus.
Later, the Ancients with Ptolemy army besieged Alexandria. Bayek and Aya helped Caesar and fought on the side of the Romans during the Battle of the Nile. Bayek killed the Ancient and regent Pothinus, while Aya was tasked by Cleopatra to kill Ptolemy. Aya stopped her mission when she saw a crocodile attacked the pharaoh's boat, drowning him. As Bayek defeated the Ancient and Gabiniani leader Lucius Septimius in a duel, he was stopped by Caesar on the advice of Metellus, who secured an alliance between the Order, Caesar and Cleopatra, entrusting them for a time the Staff of Eden. After that, Bayek and Aya were dismissed by the two leaders.
The Hidden Ones versus the Order of the Ancients
With Caesar in their ranks, the Order of the Ancients controlled the Roman Republic. Furious of their misjudgment, Bayek and Aya met the allies they made during their journey: the Captain Phoxidas, Aya's cousin and poet Phanos the Younger, the High-Priest Pasherenptah and the huntress Tahira. Together they decided to form a brotherhood to fight the influence of the Ancients and defended the people against tyrants.
Birth of the Hidden Ones
As Apollodorus protected the Apple of Eden, the Ancients killed him and took the artifact. With the Staff and the Apple, Metellus and Septimius attacked Siwa, killing Bayek's friend Hepzefa and opening the vault. This activated the powers of the Apple that Metellus used to control Cyrenaica while Septimius secreted the Staff to the Order. Following the Ancients, Bayek went to Cyrene to confront Metellus while Aya went to Alexandria to track Septimius. In the Temple of Mars, Bayek fought Metellus who used the powers of the Apple, but he succeeded to kill the Ancient and took the artifact.
In Alexandria, Aya met the Roman senators Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus and allied with them to fight the Order in Rome as Septimius and Caesar went there. When Bayek hid the Apple of Eden in the den under the Library of Alexandria, he discussed with his wife trying to convince her to stay in Egypt. Understanding that their cause was more valuable than their love, they broke up and officially formed the Hidden Ones, a secret organization dedicated to kill the tyrants of the world to protect human liberty. Bayek became the Hidden Ones's Mentor in Egypt and installed a bureau in Memphis while Aya became the Mentor in Rome.
In 46 BCE, the priest Menkhtu impersonated Medunamun as the Ibis Reborn and formed with the remnant of the Order of the Ancients the Sect of the Ibis Reborn to take control of Egypt. As they entered the Isu complex under the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hidden Ones killed Menkhtu and his followers.
Assassination of Caesar
- Main article: Assassination of Julius Caesar
On 15 March 44 BCE, Aya, Brutus, Longinus and other senators planned the Assassination of Julius Caesar. Aya killed Septimius in a fight and gave the first stab at Caesar before being followed by the other senators and Brutus gave the final blow. Three days later, Aya warned Cleopatra to leave Rome and to become a good queen for Egypt, or otherway she will kill her. Cleopatra followed her warning and dissociated with the Order. Aya renamed herself Amunet to forget her past and dedicate to the Hidden Ones.
After Caesar's death, the Order was led by his adopted son Octavianus. Allying with Marcus Antonius, he tracked the Hidden Ones responsible of Caesar's death, especially Brutus and Longinus. This led on 3 October 42 BCE to the Battle of Philippi, where Augustus and Antonius defeated the troops of Brutus and Longinus, who committed suicide.
Confrontation in Sinai
By 38 BCE, the Order of the Ancients led by the Roman General Gaius Julius Rufio took control of the region of Sinai, pillaging the monuments, temples and inspiring fear in the population. Tahira installed a bureau in Klysma Nome and helped the Nabatean revolt led by Gamilat against the Romans. After the Order killed two Hidden Ones, Bayek arrived in Sinai and helped the bureau and the Nabateans. Bayek assassinated the Ancients Tacito, who executed the population, Ampelius, who blocked the economic roads, and Ptahmose, who organized the pillaging of the temples.
After this, the Order burnt the Klysma bureau and captured the Hidden Ones. Bayek was saved from crucifixion by Amunet. Together they liberated the other Hidden Ones but Tahira died due to her burnings. Bayek and Amunet led an attack on the Roman soldiers to reach their fleet. Bayek infiltrated Rufio ship and killed him, liberating the Sinai from the Order for a time.
Conflicts in Roman Empire
In 30 BCE, Octavianus was the de facto ruler of the Roman Republic and led a military campaign against Antonius and Cleopatra. The leader of the Ancients wanted to capture the queen and kill Caesarion, the son she had with Caesar. On 12 August, Amunet infiltrated the palace and gave to her former ally poison to commit suicide and promised to protect her son, inducting Caesarion as a Hidden Ones. The queen accepted her fate, ruining the plan of Octavius to capture her alive.
By 41 CE, decades after Octavianius founded the Roman Empire, the Order of the Ancients influenced the emperor Caligula, who was a bloodthirsty tyrant. On 21 January, the Hidden Ones Leonius and other members stabbed the emperor to death, liberating for a time the Empire from the influence of the Ancients.
In 975 CE, the Scandinavian iteration of the Hidden Ones poisoned the harsh King of Svealand Olof Björnsson. Their Mentor Torgny the Lawspeaker elected on the throne Olof's brother, Eric the Victorious, instead Styrbjörn the Strong, who was too much like his father Olof. Taking refuge in the Kingdom of Denmark, Styrbjörn allied with the King Harald Bluetooth who was a member of the Order of the Ancients. Understanding that Styrbjörn was a descendant of the hybrids, Harald gave him the prong of Devotion to lead his army against his uncle.
Styrbjörn defeated Palnatoke, the founder of the Jomsvikings, taking the control of the faction with their former leader as his second-in-command. Circa 984 CE, the armies of Styrbjörn and Eric fought at the Battle of Fýrisvellir. The Hidden Ones Thorvald Hjaltason killed Palnatoke and recovered the prong of Devotion after Styrblörn died during the battle. To protect the artifact, Thorvald gave it to the farmer and warrior Östen Jorundsson who hid it near his house.
As public organizations
At the turning point of the 12th century, the Hidden Ones and the Order of the Ancients reorganized themselves to become public organizations. In 1090, under the leadership of Hassan-i Sabbāh, the Hidden Ones became the Assassins, installing their headquarters in the fortress of Alamut in Persia and establishing a network of strongholds through the Middle-East. In 1129, it was the turn of the Ancients under the leadership of the abbot Bernard de Clairvaux to become the Order of the Knights Templar, a monastic-military order officially founded to protect the pilgrims and the Solomon's Temple of Jerusalem. The Templars also established a network of fortresses and a financial infrastructure in Europe and Levant. Even if officially, the Templars sided with the Crusaders and the Assassins with the Saracens, the two factions had members and allies on the two sides. As a result, the two factions fought more directly in battles and sieges.
Assault on Masyaf
In 1189, during the Third Crusade, the Assassin Haras joined the Templars and led an assault on Masyaf, the headquarters of the Levantine Brotherhood of Assassins. He captured the Mentor Al Mualim and other Assassins as hostages. Al Mualim's disciple, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, repelled the Templar attack and killed Haras, saving the Mentor who granted him the title of Master Assassin.
Quest for the Chalice
- Main article: Quest for the Chalice
In 1190, as the Templars tried to find the Chalice, an artifact that could unify Holy Land under their banner, Al Mualim assigned Altaïr to recover it before them. As the Chalice was locked in the hidden Temple of Sand, the Grand Master of the Templar Order Basilisk had one of the keys of the Temple. Altaïr traveled in Damascus, Tyre and Jerusalem, collecting the two other keys, stealing the third one and recovering the map leading to the Temple of Sand.
Arriving in the Temple of Sand, Altaïr was confronted by Basilisk who explained that the Chalice was in fact a woman. The two enemies escaped from the collasping Temple, and later fought in Tyre. Wounded, Basilisk revealed that the Chalice was in Jerusalem but also that the Templars planned to poison the water supply of Acre to end the siege. Altaïr twarted the Templar's plot before going to Jerusalem. He discovered that the Chalice was his lover Adha and he decided to leave the Brotherhood for her after his mission.
As Harash, the second-in-command of the Assassins, secretly joined the Templars and prepared an attack on Alep, Altaïr killed the traitor. Adha went to Tyre to leave Holy Land with Altaïr, but she was captured by Basilisk. Altaïr fought the Grand Master and killed him, but the Templars left the city with Adha on a ship. Later, the Templars killed her but Altaïr avenged her death.
Hunt for the Nine
- Main article: Hunt for the Nine
In 1191, Al Mualim secretly allied with the Grand Master Robert de Sablé and his lieutenants Tamir, Garnier de Naplouse, Talal, Abu'l Nuqoud, William of Montferrat, Majd Addin, Sibrand and Jubair al Hakim. Together, they discovered Bayek's Apple of Eden in the ruins of the Solomon's Temple. The Templars wanted to use the artifact to control an army which will conquer the Holy Lands. But as Al Mualim wanted the artifact for himself, he sent Altaïr and the brothers Malik and Kadar Al-Sayf to recover the Apple before the Templars. Due to Altaïr harsh actions in the Temple, Kadar died and Malik lost an arm but he recovered the Apple. The Grand Master besieged Masyaf to recover the artifact but the Assassins repelled the Templars by activating a trap.
To secure his plan, Athe Mentor revoked Altaïr from his title of Master for the events in the Solomon's Temple and tasked him to kill the nine Templars to recover his rank. Travelling in Damas, Acre, and Jerusalem, Altaïr killed the eight lieutenants, breaking the Templar influence in these cities, preventing the assassination of the King Richard I of England and thwarting their plan to create an army.
With all his men dead, Robert decided to secure an alliance with Richard I and Saladin to ally them against the Assassins as Altaïr killed men in both sides. On 7 September, Robert's lieutenant Maria Thorpe served as a decoy to lure Altaïr in Jerusalem while Robert went to Arsuf to met Richard and Saladin who prepared to battle. After Altaïr discovered the truth, he went to Arsuf and dueled the Grand Master, killing him. In his last breath, Robert revealed the treachery of Al Mualim. Returning to Masyaf, Altaïr killed his Mentor, taking the control of the Brotherhood and recovering the Apple.
Confrontation in Cyprus
In October 1191, the new Grand Master Armand Bouchart decided to relocate his troops on the island of Cyprus where the Templar Archive was located. As his men left Acre, a team of Assassins led by Altaïr infiltrated the city and captured the Templar Maria Thorpe. Altaïr went to Cyprus with the Apple to stop the Templars and took Thorpe as a hostage.
The actions of the Templars on the island provoked the creation of the Cypriot Resistance. In Limassol, Altaïr allied with the Resistance, killing the Templar Fredrich the Red. In Kyrenia, Altaïr killed Bouchart associates, the fanatic Templar Moloch, the Dark Oracle and Moloch's twin sons Shalim and Shahar.
While Altaïr was in Kyrenia, the Templars began to remove the content of the Archive in Limassol. As one of Armand Bouchart's agent impersonated the Resistance leader Barnabas and misled Altaïr to kill the merchant Jonas, the Assassin was suspected to be a traitor. After the agent killed the Resistance leader Alexander and framed Altaïr, the population turned against the Assassin who used the Apple to convince them that the Templars were their true enemies. The agent was killed by Maria, who joined the Assassins cause during their journey. In the Templar Archive under Limassol Castle, Maria confronted Bourchart but was knocked out. Altaïr killed Bouchart, ending the rule of the Templars on the island.
For the next three decades, the island of Cyprus was under the control of the Assassins. Circa 1228, the Templars attacked the Assassins who protected the Archive. As the Mentor Abbas Sofian didn't send reinforcement, the Templars killed the Assassins.
First Barons' War
By 1215, the Templars influenced the King John of England. As the King refused to apply the Magna Carta, the Assassin Robert Fitzwalter rallied the barons and led a civil war against the King, allying with the Kingdom of France. The Assassin William of Cassingham sided with John and his son Henry as a lesser of two evils as he was against the French alliance.
With the rising of the Mongol Empire under Genghis Khan who possessed a Sword of Eden, the Assassins and Templars took interest in the new empire. In 1227, Altaïr, Maria and their son Darim allied with the Mongolian Assassins Qulan Gal and Nergüi to kill Genghis and his son Jochi Khan. On 9 April 1241, during the Battle of Legnica opposing the combined forces of Poles and Moravians against the Mongols, a young Templar was captured and brought before Genghis' son, Möngke. The Templar taught him about the Templar Order and Möngke became the founder of the Mongolian Rite of the Templar Order. On 11 December, Nergüi assassinated Genghis' son Ögedei Khan while Qulan Gal killed Chagatai Khan on 1 July 1242.
In November 1256, with his great father's Sword, Hülegü Khan led the siege of Alamut. The Assassins surrendered without a fight. A year later, his troops arrived in Masyaf but Altaïr repelled one of their assault using the Apple of Eden. Preparing for years the dismantlement of the Assassins as a public organization, Altaïr ordered the evacuation of Masyaf on 12 August 1257. Before locking himself in his library with the Apple, Altaïr gave his codex and his library keys to the brothers Niccolò and Maffeo Polo, two Venetians explorers that were inducted as Assassins. On their way to found an Assassin Guild in Constantinople, the Polos were attacked by Mongols who stole the Codex. The brothers tried to recover the book for a decade in vain.
By 1259, Möngke Khan became Khan of the Mongol Empire and had the Fear prong. Between February and August 1259, he led the siege of Diaoyu Castle in China. A commander of the Song dynasty who was also an Assassin attacked with his archers the Mongols troops at Diaoyu Castle. The Mongol Bayan killed the Assassin on 10 August. The next day, Zhang Zhi, the Assassin's daughter, infiltrated the Mongol's camp and killed Möngke Khan. Bayan crippled the Assassin apprentice and later joined the Templars as he was inducted by Möngke's son Asutai.
The death of Möngke Khan, who was buried with the prong, led the Mongol Empire in two civil wars with the Assassins manipulating each side. On 14 November 1263, Nergüi assassinated the Prince of Novgrad Alexander Nevsky as he was allied to the Golden Horde. On 8 February 1265, Nergüi killed Hülegü Khan in retaliation for the fall of Masyaf.
In 1271, the Polo's brother went to Asia with Niccolò's son Marco. In May 1275 they arrived before Hülegü's brother Kublai Khan, founder of the Yuan dynasty of China. Marco entered in his service for 17 years and recovered Altaïr's Codex, bringing it to Venice.
Persecution of the Templars
- Main article: Persecution of the Templars
In 1307, the Mentor of the French Assassins Guillaume de Nogaret allied with the King Philip IV of France to arrest the Templars. On 13th October, the Master Assassin Thomas de Carneillon and Assassins disguised as Flemish mercenaries attacked the Temple, the Templar headquarters in Paris. The Grand Master Jacques de Molay tasked his advisor to hide a Sword of Eden and his Codex Pater Intellectus before being arrested. The advisor hid the two artifacts in the de Molay's vault before being killed by de Carneillon.
The Templars were charged with many crimes, including heresy, blasphemy, and the worship of a deity known as Baphomet. In 1312, the Pope Clement V, under the influence of the Assassins, disbanded the Knights Templar in his papal bull, Vox in excelso. Jacques de Molay, who was a Sage of Aita, went to reform the Order as a secret organization and sent nine of his trusted men, who possessed knowledge of the Templars, the Isu, and the Assassins, out into the world to continue his work. De Molay hid in his cell the Heart that enhance the power of the Sword. On 18 March 1314, the Grand Master and Geoffroi de Charney were burnt at the stake before King Philip and Pope Clement, that the Sage cursed until the thirteenth generation.
With the Order officially disbanded, Thomas de Carneillon who was then a Mentor, traveled through Europe for a decade tracking with his Assassin brethren the last Templars. Their actions broke the power of the Templar for a century in Europe.
As the two factions returned to the shadows, their war resumed through conspiracies, political manipulations, and fight by proxy groups. As the two organizations were less centralized, many Templar Rites and Assassin Guilds fought their counter-part at a regional level. Regularly, the Assassins and the Templars implemented themselves in a preexisting conflict between two factions. While under Altaïr's reforms the Assassins focused more on the humankind Freewill rather than peace, de Molay's reforms were corrupted at the end of the 15th century, the Templars seeking control for power and not order.
War in shadows
By 1321, the Assassin and Florentine writer Dante Alighieri planned to travel in Spain to hide Altaïr's Codex. As he was killed by the Templars on 14 September, his disciple Domenico pursued his mission. The Templars hired pirates to attack Domenico's ship at Otranto to recover the Codex. The Assassin broke the spine of the Codex and placed its pages into various boxes and containers of the ship. The pirates sexually assaulted Domenico's wife Isabetta, before killing her. They also stole the cargo, oblivious of its contains, and threw Domenico and his son Renato overboard.
Domenico and Renato survived and returned to Venice. In January 1324, the Templars killed Domenico's father and Marco Polo as they were Assassins. Discovering their bodies, Domenico relocated in Monteriggioni, a walled-city in Tuscany. Using Polo's fortune, Domenico founded the House of Auditore, impersonating a noble Florentine family of bankers who became the rulers of Monteriggioni. He constructed the Villa Auditore which became the headquarters of the Italian Brotherhood of Assassins. He also trained his son as an Assassin and tried to recollect the Codex pages, becoming a family duty.
In 1348, a group of Templars known as the Brothers of the Cross was in the German city of Essen which was hit by the plague. As the group promised his protection against the disease, the German Assassin Lukas Zurburg investigated as he believed they had the Ankh, a fable Piece of Eden. In 1350, the Brothers of the Cross and Zurburg disappeared.
By 1355, the Templar Geoffroy de Charny owned the original Shroud of Eden. The Assassins secretly stole the Piece of Eden and sent it to Monteriggioni. Renato Auditore decided to hide the Shroud in the cave under the Villa, staying there for a century.
On 25 July 1402, the Templars influenced the Yongle Emperor to lead a purge against the Chinese Brotherhood of Assassins. The Templars launched a massive attack against the Assassins and executed their leader Fang Xiaoru. The Assassin Li Tong and an apprentice escaped the purge, taking with them an Apple of Eden. On 12 August 1424, Li Tong assassinated the emperor who attempted to suppress an uprising near the Gobi Desert.
During the Hundred Years' War, the Templars sided with the English, having one of their members, John Duke of Bedford becoming the regent of France for his nephew the young King Henry VI. The Duke Philip III of Burgundy also joined the Templar ranks. The Mentor of the French Assassins Queen Yolande of Aragon tried to place her son-in-law Charles on the throne. As a prophecy mentioned that a young woman would be sent by God to save France, the Assassins contacted Jeanne d'Arc, who had a high count of Isu DNA. Trained by the Assassins and wielding de Molay's Sword of Eden and the Heart, Jeanne led the French Army against the English, breaking the Siege of Orléans the 8 May 1429.
On 23 May 1430, during the Siege of Compiègne, the Templar John II of Luxembourg captured Jeanne d'Arc. While hiding the Sword in the Temple, the Templar Pierre Cauchon charged Jeanne with sorcery and condemned her to be burned at the stake. On 30 May 1431, the Assassins saved Jeanne, the former prostitute Fleur willingly taking her place on the stake. Jeanne granted her the Heart to give her strength. The artifact was later thrown in the Seine as the executioner Geoffroy Thérage believed it was the holy heart of Jeanne.
Conspiracies in Italy
- Main article: Assassination of Galeazzo Maria Sforza
- Main article: Pazzi conspiracy
- Main article: Venetian Conspiracy
- Main article: Battle of Forlì
By 1476, the Roman Rite of the Templar Order was led by Rodrigo Borgia, a cardinal who had a strong influence in Europe. He planned to take the control of Italian city-states through conspiracies and diplomacy. After the Templars assassinated the Duke of Milan Galeazzo Maria Sforza on 26 December, the Assassin Giovanni Auditore da Firenze tried to expose them but the Assassin was publicly executed with his sons three days later.
Giovanni's last surviving son, Ezio informally joined the Assassin and tracked the Templars responsible for his family's death, firstly killing the family's traitor Uberto Alberti. On 26 April 1478, the Templar House of Pazzi tried to take over Florence by killing the Assassins' ally and Prince of Florence Lorenzo de' Medici. Ezio thwarted their plot and killed all the conspirators through Tuscany. By 1481, the Templars turned their focus to the Republic of Venice. The House of Barbarigo tried to control all the merchants of Venice, and on 14 September 1485 they poisoned the Doge Giovanni Mocenigo to replace him by the Templar Marco Barbarigo. The Assassins Antonio de Magianis, Teodora Contanto and Bartolomeo d'Alviano fought the Templar influence and received the aid of Ezio Auditore, who killed every Venetian Templars. Marco's brother, Agostino Barbarigo became the new Doge but allied with the Assassins for a time.
At the same time, the Templars and the Assassins tried to collect the Codex's pages to discover the location of an Isu vault, rumored to contain a powerful weapon. A prophecy hid in the Codex explained that only the Prophet could open the vault with two Pieces of Eden. Borgia believed that he was the Prophet and tried to recover these artifacts. On 25 June 1488, the Templars brought in Venice the Apple of Eden that the Ottoman Templar Cem hid in the Templar Archive of Cyprus. The Assassins and Ezio confronted Rodrigo Borgia who fled the city as he was outnubered. In possession of the Apple, the Assassin revealed that Ezio was the Prophet and inducted him in the Brotherhood.
On 7 July, the Assassins entrusted the Apple to their ally Caterina Sforza, Countess of Forlì. Borgia hired the condottieri brothers Ludovico and Checco Orsi to attack Forlì to collect Girolamo Riario Codex pages' map and the Apple. During the Battle of Forlì, Ezio and the Assassin Niccolò Machiavelli defended the citadel with Caterina against Orsi's troops. Ezio killed the Orsi brothers who had taken the Apple but lost it after falling unconscious due to his wounds. The monk Girolamo Savonarola took the artifact and fled the scene. Before leaving Forlì, Ezio received Codex's pages map from Caterina, permitting him to collect them from the Templars.
On 11 August 1492, Borgia was elected as Pope Alexander VI. The Templars had control on the Papacy and access to the Papal Staff of Eden, the second artifact which can open the vault which was located beneath the Sistine Chapel. To fight the Templars, the Assassins Machiavelli and Perotto Calderon infiltrated the Papal court while Bartolomeo d'Alviano fought the Borgia troops in Rome.
By 1493, the Templar Bonacolto Contarini entered in Florence and used his family's riches to strong-arm merchants and officials to recruit them to their cause. Those who refused were captured and sold as slaves to foreign merchants. Ezio discovered the Templar resurgence in his hometown and called aid to the different Assassin Guilds to stop this. A team of Spanish Assassins worked with the Assassins Corvo Antonelli and Perina di Bastian and killed Contarini, ending the Templar influence.
In 1497, the Assassins and the Templars discovered that Savonarola used the Apple of Eden to take control of Florence. Alexander sent his troops to recover the artifact while the Assassins led a revolt against Savonarola. Ezio killed his nine lieutenant bewitched by the artifact, freeing the citizen from their control. On 8 April 1498, Savonarola was attacked by an angry mob and lost the Apple. As a Templar guard grabbed the artifact, Ezio killed him and took the Apple.
In 1499, the Assassins collected all the Codex pages, and using the Apple of Eden, they located the Vaticano vault. On 28 December, while the Assassins created troubles in Rome, Ezio infiltrated the Vaticano District and confronted Alexander. The Assassin used the Apple of Eden while the Grand Master used the Staff of Eden. Even if the pope had the upper hand, wounding Ezio and taking the Apple, the Assassin defeated him in a fist-fight. Alexander accepted that he wasn't the Prophet but Ezio spared his life. Opening the vault with the two Pieces of Eden, Ezio discovered what it contained: a message of the Isu Minerva who spoke to a man named Desmond about the Great Catastrophe and a Second Disaster. Leaving the vault, Ezio tried to recover the Staff but it was locked underground.
Fight for Rome
- Main article: Liberation of Rome
Contrary to his father who used conspiracies to unify Italy under the Templar banner, Cesare wanted to conquer it with his army. Funded by his cousin Juan Borgia the Younger and allying with the French baron Octavian de Valois, Cesare led the Siege of Monteriggioni on 2 January 1500. He killed Mario Auditore, captured the countess Caterina Sforza, and took the Apple of Eden. The city then fell under the Templar influence.
Surviving from the attack, Ezio Auditore relocated in Rome. With Machiavelli, Bartolomeo d'Alviano, La Volpe and his sister Claudia, he established their new headquarters on Tiber Island, expanding their network in the city. Ezio also inducted in the Brotherhood the citizens harassed by the Borgia, sending them in mission through Europe and Asia. One of Ezio's apprentice, Francesco Vecellio, led a team of Assassins through Italy, breaking Cesare's power.
In August 1503, Ezio assassinated Juan Borgia and the Baron de Valois. Ezio also saved the actor Pietro Rossi who was targeted by the Templar Micheletto Corella on the order of Cesare as he was Lucrezia Borgia's lover. Ezio recovered the Rossi's key to enter in the Castel Sant'Angelo. Without funds and troops, Cesare killed his father to acquire the Apple of Eden 18 August. Ezio recovered the artifact before the Templar and used it to fight his troops until Cesare's arrestation in December by the Pope Julius II, who allied with the Assassins.
As Ezio saw through the Apple that Cesare will return in power, the Assassin decided to eliminate him. After he hid the Apple in the Colosseum Vault, Ezio confronted Cesare during the battle of Viana the 12 March 1507. Ezio threw Cesare from Viana Castle's walls, ending the influence of the Borgia on the Templars.
During the Granada War, the Spanish Rite of the Templar Order manipulated the Christian kingdoms to unify Spain while the Spanish Assassins allied with Muhammad XII of Granada, entrusting him an Apple of Eden. They also trained his spy Jariya al-Zakiyya as one of their own. The Assassins also had members in the Christian courts, Raphael Sánchez serving as the treasurer of Queen Isabella I of Castile and Luis de Santángel as the finance minister of King Ferdinand II of Aragon.
In 1483, the Master Templar Tomás de Torquemada became the first Inquisitor General of Spain, leading the Spanish Inquisition and branding the Assassins as heretics to eliminate them. Among his victim was the parents of Aguilar de Nerha who joined the Brotherhood after that. As the Assassin ranks were dwindling due to the Inquisition, the Mentor Benedicto tasked Aguilar and his master María to recruit civilians, Spanish and Moors, who lost close ones due to Templars actions.
In 1489, the Templars branded the family of the Hospitaller Horacio de Heredia as heretics and executed them as they refused to support the Inquisition. The Assassins allied with Horacio to avenge his family and killed the Templar commander Duran. Horacio joined the Brotherhood, infiltrating Templar stronghold due to his link with the Knights Hospitalier.
By 1491, a group of Italian Assassins composed of Ezio Auditore, Niccolò Machiavelli, Girolamo da Lucca and Lucas Bellini went to Spain for a mission and helped their Spanish brethren to fight the Inquisition.
Besieging Granada, the Templars recruited the Assassin Ubayd Alayza who wanted to protect the citizens of the city. Ubayd killed his father, an influential philosopher and astronomer in the Granada court, after he discovered his betrayal. The Templars decided to kidnap Muhammad's son Ahmed to force the Emir to give the Apple. The Assassins tried to save the Prince who was hidden in a village, but the Templar Ojeda captured Ahmed, Benedicto, María and Aguilar.
In Seville, the three Assassins were condemned to be burnt during a Auto-da-fé. Benedicto died but María and Aguilar escaped from the Templars. In Granada, Torquemada and Ojeda exchanged Prince Ahmed against the Apple but the two Assassins confronted them. Ojeda killed María but was later killed by Aguilar who took the Apple and escaped from Granada. Aguilar entrusted the artifact to Christoffa Corombo, an ally of the Assassins who planned to search a maritime route to Asia by the Atlantic Ocean.
Between 1491 and 1498, the Assassins and the Templars tried to recover the Shattered Staff of Eden through Spain. The Templar Gustavo Ramírez recovered the first section and the Assassin Diego de Alvarado worked with him to find the two other parts. Diego killed Ramirez to give the Staff to Torquemada but was killed after that. In 1498, Torquemada went to the Monastery of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Ávila. Beneath the monastery, Isu ruins contained the Forge that Torquemada used to reconstruct the Staff of Eden. With the Staff, he created an army of tangible holograms. On 16 September 1498, the Assassins killed the Grand Inquisitor and broke the Staff, destroying the ruins with it.
By 1498, Luis de Santángel slowly poisoned Queen Isabella as he saw her influenced by the Templars. Unfortunately, he died before his plan came to fruition.
In 1499, the Templars Garza and Ubayd Alayza captured Assassins sympathizers in Granada. The Spanish Assassins intervened and worked with Ubayd's sister Najma, a Libyan Assassin who wanted to kill her brother for betraying the Brotherhood and their family. As Ubayd rebelled against the Templars as he saw that they didn't protect the population of Granada, Garza killed him. Later, Najma killed Garza and joined the Spanish Brotherhood.
By 1504, Ezio Auditore sent his apprentices to infiltrate the Castillan court. They recovered Santángel's journal and decided to pursue his plan. On 26 November, Isabella died and the Templars lost their influence in Castille.
In 1511, the Templars commandeered the forges of Toledo, their blacksmiths fleeing for Madrid. Ottoman Assassins sent by Ezio reclaimed the forges to their rightful owners. Later, the Templars plotted to kill King Ferdinand II but the Assassins thwarted their plans and killed the Templar leaders in Madrid.
Clash of Empires
Under the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos, the Assassins were hunted down. After the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II who had an Apple of Eden, the Assassins could return in number in the city installing Assassin Dens. In 1476, the Templar and Voivode of Wallachia Vlad Tepes led an uprising in Hungary against the Ottoman Empire. Tepes was defeated by the Ottoman Mentor Ishak Pasha. The Mentor established a truce between the Assassins and the Ottoman Empire
By 1481, the two nephews of Constantine XI, Andreas and Manuel Palaiologos joined the Byzantine Rite of the Templar Order and went to Rome to receive the aid of the Grand Master Rodrigo Borgia to conquer their former empire. Mehmet II's son Cem joined the Templars after he failed to procure the throne against his brother Bayezid II. As he wanted to unite the West and the East in one empire, Cem took his father Apple and hid it in the Templar Archive of Cyprus to use it as a means to bargain with Rodrigo Borgia.
In 1495, the Spanish Inquisition acquired The Secret Crusade, Niccolò Polo's journal describing Altaïr's library and the Masyaf Keys. The Byzantine Templars bought the journal and set a trap for the Assassins, making them believed that the journal was still in Spain. Ishak Pasha and his Assassins went to Spain and worked with the Spanish Assassins to recover the journal. Discovering the trap, the Assassins escaped from it and survived. Cem received Polo's journal and informed his nephew Ahmet about what it contained, believing that the library could lead them to the Grand Temple that could destroy the superstitions that keep men divided. Shortly after, the Assassins killed Cem to thwart the Templars' plans and Ahmet received the journal.
In 1502, the Ottoman Assassin Yusuf Tazim and a contingent of Venetian Assassins went to Greece to put an end to the Ottoman–Venetian War. Borgia sent his best killers to break the armistice. The Italian Assassins killed the Borgia guards before they left Rome.
In 1509, an earthquake in Constantinople permitted the Templars to find a Masyaf Key under the Topkapı Palace. As the city was damaged and the Sultan left the city to fight in son Selim, the remnants of Byzantine Empire arrived in Constantinople and tried to take the control of its districts for the Templars. The Assassins and the Templars fought openly regularly in the streets to control the Assassin's dens. In 1510, Ahmet entrusted Polo's journal to the Templar Leandros who took control of Masyaf, forcing miners to find Altaïr's library. In March 1511, the Italian Mentor Ezio Auditore, who also searched the library, arrived in Masyaf but was captured by Leandros. The Templars wanted to execute him but Ezio escaped and killed Leandros, taking Polo's journal.
Arriving in Constantinople in May 1511, Auditore allied with the Ottoman Assassin led by Tazim and fought the Templars in the city. The Italian Mentor inducted in the Brotherhood citizens who were harassed by the Byzantines. With them, he killed the Templars Vali cel Tradat, Georgios Kostas, Lysistrata, Cyril of Rhodes, Damat Ali Pasha, Odai Dunqas and Mirela Djuric. The Mentor also helped the thieves, mercenaries and Romanis who were in conflict with the Templars.
In Constantinople, Auditore associated with the librarian Sofia Sartor and recovered the four Masyaf Keys. In the meantime, Ahmet plotted the abduction of his nephew Suleiman by the Byzantines to later save him and become a hero before the population. The Assassins thwarted the Templars plan by infiltrating the party and killing the Templar agents. Suleiman hired Auditore to investigate on the Janissary Tarik Barleti as he suspected him to work for the Templars. In fact, Barleti fainted to join the Templar cause to find their hideout. Auditore killed Barleti on the order of Suleiman but discovered his mistake. The dying Janissary gave to the Assassin the Templars' location in Cappadocia to finish his work.
In March 1512, Auditore arrived at the underground city of Derinkuyu where the Templars preprared the conquest of Constantinople. The Mentor killed the Templar Shahkulu,, destroyed the Byzantine gunpowder stock and killed Manuel Palaiologos, recovering the last Masyaf Keys. Auditore discovered the true nature of Ahmet who warned him to give the keys or they will kill Sartor.
Before the Mentor return in Constantinople, the Templars captured Sartor and killed Tazim. The Assassins attacked the Harbor of Theodosius where the Templars took refuge. Auditore confronted Ahmet but the Templar convinced him to give the keys against Sartor's life. Meeting at the Galata Tower, the two factions proceeded to the exchange but the Templars used a lure. The two groups fought and Auditore saved Sartor. As Ahmet left the city with the keys. Auditore and Sartor followed him in a carriage. The Assassin took back the keys and while he was deciding if he must spare the Templar's life, the new Sultan Selim arrived and killed his brother, ending the return of the Byzantines.
On September 1500, the Templars manipulated the explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral to ferret the Assassin guild in Calicut. The Assassins poisoned the Portuguese commanders, leading to the depart of Cabral. On Templar advice, King Manuel I of Portugal built a massive fleet for his prize explorer, Vasco da Gama, planning retaliation at Calicut. Assassins in Lisbon discovered his plan and infiltrated the fleet to warn their brethren in India.
On 1 November 1502, Vasco prepared the bombardment of Calicut. The Assassins cleared their guild before the attack, hiding relics, documents, and their families. After the bombardment which killed many civilians, the Assassins rose an army in disguise to fight the Portuguese captains, crippling Manuel's efforts in Calicut.
In 1511, the Templar captain Francisco was in charge of the Order's overseas proselytizing, sending Templars as missionaries in India and diverting King Manuel's money to their cause. The Assassins discovered their actions, stole the money, and killed Francisco. As the Templars bought discoveries to explorers, the Assassins stole the information to challenge their enemies.
In 1511, the two factions fought to control the cities of the Mediterranean Sea, the Mentor Ezio Auditore sending his Ottoman apprentices to help their brethren. King Louis XII of France, manipulated by his Templars advisors, ordered the banishment of the Assassins from Marseille. The Brotherhood hid its presence, recruited French soldier in their ranks, and killed the Templar advisors. In Tripoli, the explosive expert and ally of the Assassins Pedro Navarro was abducted by the Templars. The Assassins saved him and killed the Templars in the city.
In Bursa, the Templars held hostage the third son of the Sultan, Korkut. The Assassins killed the Templars and saved him. Later, a Turkmen philanthropist organized the kidnapping of his family by the Templars to extort money to the Brotherhood. The Assassins saved the family and killed the philanthropist. In Athens, the Templars bribed the Ottoman guards to loot the goods of the city, making the people questioned the Assassins honesty. The Assassins killed the Templars leader in Athens.
In Tunis, the Templars bribed the Hafsid King Muhammad IV to keep local goods from coming to market, and only Templar approved merchants were allowed to peddle their wares openly. The Assassins stole the bribes and redistributed them. Later, the King imposed quotas and mandates on local farmers that serve Templar goals. The Assassins protected the farmers and killed the extortionists. The Templars bribed ministers of the Hafsid in exchange for loosened restrictions on imports and exports. The Assassins killed the ministers, dissuading others to accept Templar bribes.
In the Mamluks Sultanate, the Templars targets the Assassins. In Alexandria, the Assassins recovered two Memory Seals from the Sultan soldiers. The Templars attacked the Assassins and stole the two artifacts. Later, the Assassins killed the Templars, taking back the seals. In Damascus, the Assassins stole the Templars' money to upgrade their guild in the city.
In 1485, the King Henry VII of England founded the Tudor dynasty. The Templar Margaret of York tried to place on the throne the pretendants Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck but they were arrested. By 1503, the Templars also infiltrated the Star Chamber, England's secret high court. On 23 November, the Assassins poisoned Margaret and allied with the King, pretending to be only hitmen.
After Margaret's death, the Templars urged the people to rise against Henry's throne. The Assassins killed all but one of the Templar who revealed the presence of the Templars in the Star Chamber. The Assassins exposed the Templars and the King offered them a seat in the court.
By 1558, Henry's grand-daughter, Mary I of England, allied with the Templars, burning Protestants in her kingdom. On 17 November, the Assassins killed her and placed on the throne her half-sister Elizabeth I of England, an ally of the Brotherhood who had Altaïr's Apple of Eden.
Great Rites Controversy
- Main article: Great Rites Controversy
In 1521, after the death of the Zhengde Emperor, the Templar eunuchs known as the Eight Tigers led by Zhang Yong placed the Jiajing Emperor as their puppet emperor. They took the opportunity to eliminate the Chinese Brotherhood in Beijing, repelling them from the Forbidden City. In 1524, during the Great Rites Controversy, the Tigers attacked the headquarters of the Assassin in the Maijishan Grottoes and killed many Assassins in China, forcing the Mentor Wang Yangming to hide.
As the last two Assassins in China, the new Mentor Zhu Jiuyuan and the Assassin Shao Jun went in Italy to have the aid of the retired Mentor Ezio Auditore. In Venice, Templar agents killed the Jiuyuan and Jun arrived alone before in Auditore's villa in Tuscany. First reluctant, the former Assassin trained Jun and fought with her the Templar agents. Before she left for China, Ezio entrusted her a Precursor box, a Piece of Eden.
In 1526, Jun returned to China and reconnected with Yangming who was reinstated as Mentor. The Assassins killed the Tigers Gao Feng, Ma Yongcheng, Yu Dayong, and Wei Bin. In 1529, Yong killed Wang and took the box, sending it out of China. A year later, the Tigers forced the Empress Zhang, Jun's former friend, to set a trap to the Assassin. Arriving in the Forbidden City, Jun confronted the Tiger Qiu Ju and killed him.
In 1532, Yong planned to let the Mongols led by Altan Khan passed the Great Wall to assure his power in China. Jun thwarted his plan and killed the last Tiger. Becoming the new Mentor, Jun rebuilt the Brotherhood. In 1567, she ordered the assassination of the Jiajing Emperor, making him believed he drank the Elixir of life while it was, in fact, mercury, killing him.
Conflicts in Europe
After the Swabian War between Switzerland and Holy Roman Empire, the Grand Master Rodrigo Borgia hired some of the Swiss mercenaries as captains in Rome. The Assassins abducted them and sent them before Emperor Maximilian who cut his funding to the Borgia. In 1502, Borgia sent bribes to Elector of Saxony Frederick III to prevent him to construct the University of Wittenberg. The Assassins stole the money and donated anonymously the money to Frederick to construct the University.
In Paris, as King Louis XII was in a war against Ferdinand II of Aragon, the Borgia placed three Templars as ministers. They captured an Assassin who discovered their plan against the Orsini. They tortured him to have information. As the Templars targeted the religious reformist Desiderius Erasmus, the Assassins saved him and discovered about their brother captivity. The Assassins interrogated Georges d'Amboise who gave the names of the three Templars ministers. The Assassins eliminated them and tried to save their brother. Before dying, the Assassin revealed that he gave false information to the Templars and also to be wary of the Orsini.
In 1515, the Templar Dei Petrucci had an Apple of Eden. A retired Ezio sent his apprentices Giovanni Borgia and Hiram Stoddard in Florence to recover the artifact but they failed. Later, the Brotherhood recovered the artifact. In 1527, a more experienced Giovanni and the Hermeticist Maria Amiel found in Paris the second half of Book of Abraham for the Assassin Bombastus. On their journey to Basel, they stopped in Troyes and were tracked by the Templar known as The Viper. Giovanni killed him and fled with Maria in the woods where Templars attacked them. Giovanni succeeded to drive them off.
By 1581, the Templars affiliated with Ivan Ivanovich, son of the Tsar Ivan IV of Russia. ON 19 November, the Assassins killed Ivanovich but his death was recorded as an act of anger of his father.
Reaching new lands
With the Age of Discovery, the two factions established guilds and rites to assure their presence in this unexplored area, sometimes allying or fighting the indigenous populations. After the rule of the Borgia, the Templars were more focused on educated the ruling class than took the power themselves while the encounter between Ezio and Minerva pushed the Assassins to search more about the Isu and their artifacts.
Spanish conquest of America
By 1521, the Governor of Puerto Rico Juan Ponce de León was manipulated by the Templars to find the Fountain of Youth, a Piece of Eden localized in Florida. The Brotherhood sent the Assassin Miguel Ramón Carlo de Lugo, a Puerto Rican exiled by Ponce, to convince the Governor to turn back. As he refused, the Assassins shot him with poisoned arrows.
By 1533, the Spanish Assassin Gonzalo Pardo was sent to infiltrate the army of the Templar puppet Francisco Pizarro, becoming one of the favorite conquistador's killer. Pizarro captured the Inca Emperor Atahualpa and executed him. As Pardo failed his mission to save the Emperor, he began to drink.
In 1536, Pizarro and the high ranking Inca official Tuti Cusi organized the assassination of the Emperor Manco Inca Yupanqui. However, Cusi's daughter-in-law Quila uncovered the conspiracy. With Pardo's aid, she stopped Cusi who was killed by the Assassin.
In 1541, the Assassins killed Pizarro in his palace in Lima.
By 1549, the Templar and Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier set his sights on Japan, seeing an opportunity to spread both Christianity and Templar influence on the island. However, the Templars' attempts to find new recruits were frequently hindered by the constant wars between clans, as well as their hostility toward outsiders. The Templars were also heavily opposed by the Japanese Assassins, who worked to prevent the spread of their influence in Japan and recruited individuals among the ranks of the ninja and samurai. The Assassins allied with Tokugawa Ieyasu, a daimyo opposed to the Templars' influence in Japan.
By 1578, the Templars inducted the daimyo Uesugi Kenshin who was killed by the Assassin Hattori Hanzō. By the 1590s, the Templars had managed to recruit the kunoichi Mochizuki Chiyome, a noblewoman who had created an all-female group of ninja agents in her service as the spymaster of her uncle-in-law, Takeda Shingen. Through Chiyome, the Templars gained a vast information network that helped spread their philosophy throughout Japan. However, Chiyome was eventually assassinated by Hanzō after he tracked her down to her residence in Shinano.
Salem witch trials
In June 1692, during the Salem witch trials, the English Assassins Thomas Stoddard and Jennifer Querry search a Piece of Eden in Salem. The Templar magistrate William Stoughton who conducted the trials encouraged the Salem townsfolk to hunt and kill the Assassins. Captured, the Assassins discovered that the Piece of Eden was in fact Dorothy Osborne, a young girl possessed by the Isu Consus. As Stoughton wanted to create other precursors' oracle, Osborne sacrificed herself in the flame. The Templar killed Querry, but Stoddard was saved by the Templar Samuel Parris who wounded Stoughton.
Search of the Observatory
In 1673, the Grand Master of the West Indies Rite Laureano de Torres y Ayala came into contact with the Aita Sage Thomas Kavanagh who worked on the plantation of the Templars' ally Peter Beckford. The Templars needed him to open the Observatory, a complex constructed by Aita to see through the eyes of anyone by using a Crystal Skull and Blood vials. The West Indies Assassins led by the Mentor Bahlam abducted the Sage and brought him to their headquarters in Tulum. Later, the Assassins let Kavanagh left them even if he refused to lead them to the Observatory.
In 1715, Torres turned the British Assassin Duncan Walpole against the Brotherhood. On his journey to Havana, Walpole was killed by the pirate Edward Kenway who impersonated the Assassin-turncoat and sold the information on the Assassin hideouts to the Templars, permitting them to attack the Brotherhood headquarters in the Caribbean As the Templars captured the Aita Sage Bartholomew Roberts, the Assassins tried to rescue him in the streets of Havana but they were repealed by the Templars. Anyway, Roberts escaped from the Templars and Kenway was demasked.
Later, Kenway became the captain of his own ship the Jackdaw and killed the Templar Julien du Casse, taking his hideout in Great Inagua. Kenway became involved in the Assassin-Templar war through the Assassin Mary Read who wanted to induct him in the Brotherhood. In 1716, the Templar ally and slaver Laurens Prins led an attack on Tulum. Kenway aided the Assassin to repeal the guards and became a hitman for the Brotherhood even if he searched the Observatory for himself. Through the Caribbean Sea, Kenway killed the Templars Lucia Márquez, Kenneth Abraham, Hilary Flint, Jing Lang and Vance Travers who planned to attack the Brotherhood, making amends of his mistake and recovering Templar keys to unlock the Templar Armor in Great Inagua.
In 1717, the pirate Assassin Samuel Bellamy attacked Laurens Prins' ship the Whydah and took the Fragment of Eden. He entrusted the artifact to the pirate Alonzo Batilla who later gave it to the pirate Olivier Levasseur. As the Templar Woodes Rogers tried to recover it in 1718, Batilla attacked the Templar ship to give enough time to Levasseur to escape with the Fragment.
During his chase for the Observatory, Kenway killed Prins and the Templar pirate-hunters John Cockram, Josiah Burgess and Benjamin Hornigold. In 1719, Kenway associated with Roberts who became the pirate Black Bart and entered in the Observatory at Long Bay, Jamaica. Roberts took the Crystal Skull and betrayed Kenway, sending in Kingston's prison.
In 1720, the Templars interrogated Kenway but he refused to give the location of the Observatory. Meanwhile, Kenway's quartermaster Adéwalé joined the Assassin and convinced the Mentor Ah Tabai to rescue Kenway. In March 1721, Ah Tabai liberated Kenway, Read, and the pirate Anne Bonny from the prison but Read died due to illness. To honor her death, Kenway joined the Assassins and repealed a Templar attack on Tulum.
With Bonny as his new quartermaster, Kenway tracked the Templars in the Caribbean Sea. He stabbed Rogers who gave him the location of Roberts. Near Príncipe, Kenway killed the Sage and threw his body in the ocean to impeach the Templars to recover it. With the Crystal Skull, Kenway tracked Torres in Havana but only found his bodyguard El Tiburón, that Kenway killed. As the Templars entered in the Observatory, Kenway killed Torres, destroying the Rite. Ah Tabai returned the Crystal Skull in the Observatory and tasked Assassins to protect the place until the arrival of a new Sage. The Assassins left Tulum and relocated to Kenway's mansion at Great Inagua, protecting them from further Templar attacks.
Search of the Isu Temples
In 1723, Edward Kenway returned in Bristol to kill the Templar who attacked his family farm a decade ago. He killed his former father-in-law Emmett Scott and Wilson who were Templars. As he was about to burn alive Matthew Hague, the son of the Templar Aubrey Hague, Kenway received a pardon from the Prime Minister Robert Walpole who also assigned him as his senior assistant Reginald Birch, who was, in fact, a Templar. 
For years, Birch tried to recover Kenway's journal which contained information on the Grand Temple. Birch even courted Edward's daughter Jennifer Scott and interrogating Edward's young son Haytham to discover the journal location. On 3 December 1735, Birch sent mercenaries to raid the Kenway Mansion, killing Edward and recovering the journal. Jennifer was captured and sent to Damascus as a slave while Birch trained Haytham to become a Templar.
By 1735, a Templar Admiral had Ezio's Precursor box and was about to deliver it to Bastienne Josèphe, the Madam of La Dame en Rose in Port-au-Prince. Adéwalé attacked the Templar's ship and recovered the artifact but wrecked on the island of Haiti after a storm. Helping Josèphe and the maroon rebellion, the Assassin granted the box to the Madam in 1737.
By 1751, Josèphe entrusted the artifact to François Mackandal, the Mentor of the Saint-Domingue Brotherhood of Assassins. Using it to decipher the Voynich manuscript, Mackandal located an Isu Temple in Port-au-Prince and sent his apprentice Vendredi to investigate the place. The Assassin triggered the Seismic Temple, creating an earthquake, and Vendredi was trapped in the Temple. The Colonial Master Templar Lawrence Washington, who had followed the Assassin, proposed to help him if he gave the location of Mackandal's camp. Vendredi accepted but was killed by Washington who infiltrated the camp and stole the box and the manuscript.
In 1752, Washington entrusted the box to the Templar Samuel Smith and the manuscript to the Templar James Wardrop. Shortly later, Washington was killed by the Colonial Assassin Shay Cormac and two years later, Cormac assassinated Smith and Wardrop recovering the two artifacts for the Mentor Achilles Davenport.
In 1753, Haytham went in Corsica to kidnap the young rebel Lucio Albertine who could decipher his father's journal. Albertine was protected by the leader of the British Assassin Miko. Haytham defeated him and brought Albertine to the then Grand Master Birch. A year later, Haytham killed Miko with his own Hidden Blade at the Theatre Royal and recovered the Grand Temple Key on him. With the death of their leader, the Assassins left London and relocated their headquarters in Crawley while the Templars took control the capital.
Haytham was sent to the British colonies to find the Grand Temple. Aboard the Providence, the Templar was followed by the Assassin Louis Mills who threw painted cargo overboard permitting to the Colonial Assassins' flagship the Aquila to track them. Haytham killed Mills and the Providence escaped from the Assassins by passing in a storm.
In Boston, the Assassins hired mercenaries to steal the research of the Templar William Johnson on the Grand Temple. With the Templar Thomas Hickey and the initiate Charles Lee, Haytham attacked the mercenaries and recovered Johnson's research.
Purge of the Colonial Assassins
- Main article: Great Purge (1757-1763)
During the Seven Years' War, the Assassins sided with the French and their natives' allies while the Templars aligned with the British Empire to unify the colonies. By 1756, Shay Cormac was left for dead by the Assassins after he stole the Voynich manuscript to impeach them to find other Seismic temples as he accidentally triggered the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. He was found in the Arctic water by the men of the Templar George Monro who decided to rescue him even if he was an Assassin and the Templar took the manuscript.
Healed by Barry and Cassidy Finnegan, Cormac worked with Monroe and the Templar Christopher Gist who became his quartermaster on his ship the Morrigan. Fighting the Assassin-affiliated gangs in New York City, Cormac killed the Assassins' ally Le Chasseur and discovered their plot to poison the officials of New York. With the Templars, Cormac destroyed the poison stocks of the Assassins and discovered the true allegiance of his new allies.
In 1757, the Assassin Liam O'Brien killed Monroe and took the manuscript. Cormac, who officially joined the Templars, began to eliminate his former brethren Kesegowaase, Adéwalé, Hope Jensen and Louis-Joseph Gaultier, Chevalier de la Vérendrye. In 1760, in the Arctic Temple, Cormac and the Grand Master Haytham Kenway confronted O'Brien and the Mentor Davenport. During the argument, the Assassins accidentally triggered the Temple. During the earthquake, O'Brien died from a fall and Cormac recovered the manuscript while Kenway spared Davenport's life to warn the Assassins about the Seismic Temples. Before leaving, the Grand Master shot the Mentor in the leg, crippling him for life.
During the following years, Cormac searched the Precursor box through the world while the Templars continued the purge of the Assassin in the colonies. In 1763, Kenway led an attack on the Assassin headquarters in the Davenport Homestead. The Templars spared Davenport's life on the condition that he spent the rest of his life in exile at the Homestead. In 1768, the Templars ambushed the Aquila with three British frigates and she was nearly destroyed. Her captain, the Assassin Robert Faulkner beached the ship in the Davenport Homestead's bay.
Search of the Prophecy Disk
In 1751, the Templar Rafael Joaquín de Ferrer seduced Rhona Dinsmore, the leader of the Assassin bureau of Havana, and stole a map indicating the location of Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city constructed on Isu Temples. The leader of the Louisiana Rite Madeleine de L'Isle, known as the "Company Man", took control of the excavation site, bringing slaves from North America to serve as labors while promising them freedom.
In 1758, de L'Isle succeeded to make the Mentor François Mackandal publicly burnt at the stake. His apprentice Agaté fled to Louisiana where he became the Mentor of the local guild. Another Mackandal disciple, Baptiste, allied with the Templars, impersonating Mackandal in the Louisiana Bayou and creating his own cult to track Agaté. Years before, the former slave Jeanne stole the Heart of the Brotherhood, an Isu artifact owned by the Saint-Domingue Brotherhood. As she was the placée of the merchant Philippe de Grandpré of New Orleans, De l'Isle married him to approach Jeanne to interrogate her. By 1757, De l'Isle manipulated Jeanne to leave New Orleans. Before going to Chichen Itza, Jeanne gave the Heart to Aveline, the daughter she had with Philippe, who became an Assassin as Agaté recruited her. De L'Isle was aware of her step-daughter allegiance but faint to not knowing to better manipulate her for her own benefit.
In 1765, Aveline uncovered the slaves traffic of the Company Man. She killed the Templars' puppet governor Jean-Jacques Blaise d'Abbadie and Baptiste, who planned to poison the nobles of New Orleans to begin a slave revolt. In 1768, the Templar Antonio de Ulloa was appointed as the new governor of Louisiana. Aveline provoked the Louisiana Rebellion, obliging the Templar to leave the city. The Assassin spared his life against information on the Templars plan.
While killing de Ferrer and the Templar Diego Vázquez, Aveline completed the Prophecy Disk which was in Chichen Itza and reconnected with her mother. By 1776, de L'Isle poisoned her husband with foxglove as he discovered Templars' interference in his business, resulting to his death. At the same period, de L'Isle tasked Aveline to save the former slave George who secretly worked for the Templars. A year later, Aveline confronted George who became an officer of the British Army in New York and mortally wounded him. The dying Templar revealed the true nature of Aveline's step-mother.
In 1777, Aveline confronted de L'Isle who tried to convinced her to join the Templars. As the Assassin tried to speak with her Mentor, Agaté believed she joined the Templars and fought her. Aveline defeated her Mentor and spare his life but Agaté committed suicide. Aveline tricked the Templars that she joined the Order. Reunited at the Saint-Louis Cathedral, Aveline killed her step-mother and all the Rite during her induction ceremony. Completing the Prophecy Disk with the Heart of the Brotherhood, she saw the record of Eve's election as leader of Human rebellion.
During the American Revolution, the Templars tried to make the British colonies independent of the Crown through negotiation and manipulation to have their own state. As the Templars wanted to open the Grand Temple, the Isu Juno contacted through a Crystal Ball the Kanien'kehá:ka Ratonhnhaké:ton, Haytham Kenway's illegitimate son. The Isu ordered to Ratonhnhaké:ton to stop the Templars by joining the Assassins and recovering the Grand Temple Key. The young boy became the new apprentice of the old Mentor Achilles Davenport, taking the name of Connor to operate among the colonists.
On 5 March 1770, the Templar Charles Lee provoked the Boston Massacre to accelerate the independence while Connor tried to stop him. In Boston, Connor associated with the Sons of Liberty to free the colonies from the Templars and the British, participating in many events of the Revolution like the Boston Tea Party. During the following years, Connor killed the Templars William Johnson, John Pitcairn and Thomas Hickey. During the American Revolutionary War, Connor protected the Commander of the Continental Army George Washington who was targeted by the Templars as they wanted to replace him by Lee.
By 1777, the Templar Benjamin Church betrayed the Order and the Continental Army as he stole goods for the British Army. As Kenway and Connor tracked Church, the father and the son decided to make a truce between the faction leading to the death of Church. Kenway and Connor continued to work together but their alliance was broken when the Grand Master revealed that it wasn't Lee who burnt down Connor's village years ago but Washington. As Lee manipulated the villagers of Kanatahséton to attack the Patriots, Connor prevented the conflict but was forced to kill his cousin Kanen'tó:kon who was turned against him by Lee. On 28 June 1778, Lee sabotaged the defense of the Patriots in Monmouth to undermine Washington reputation. Connor helped the Patriots during the Battle of Monmouth and exposed Lee's treason to Washington, who passed the Templar in the court-martial.
During the War, Connor's apprentices fought the Templars in the differents States, dislodging them from Montreal, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware and Maryland. The Assassins killed the Templars George Dorrance, Johann Rall, Johann de Kalb and their ally Hugh Jackson. They also arrested the Templar allies Samuel Elbert and Robert Howe and prevent the Templars to kill the journal editor Shepard Kollock, the governor Dunmore and Emily Geiger. In 1778, Connor confronted the Templar Nicholas Biddle who was an admiral of the Continental Navy. After deafeating him, Connor alloweded the dying Templar to sink with his ship the USS Randolph.
In 1781, Connor ordered the bombardment of Fort George, the Templar headquarters in New York City, to infiltrate the place to kill Lee. Kenway tasked Lee to flee the fort with the Grand Temple Key while he confronted the Assassin. The Grand Master let Connor killed him as he couldn't murder his own son. A year later, Connor confronted Lee who was the new Grand Master of the Colonial Templars. Even if the Templar fled to Boston, Connor killed Lee and recovered the Key. Later, Juno contacted him and tasked him to hide the Key, something he hid, secreted it in the tomb of his Mentor's son, Connor Davenport.
In 1784, Connor tried to induce the former slave Patience Gibbs but she fled and was captured by the Templar Doctor Edmund Judge who wanted to recover her mother's charm, a Piece of Eden. Connor asked the aid of Aveline de Grandpré who killed Judge and convinced Gibbs to joined the Brotherhood.
Reforms during the Long nineteenth century
At the dust of the 18th century, the two factions evolved to have a different impact on society. The Templars, who were trapped in the titles of nobility and the offices Church and State, reformed to use Capitalism to control the masses in the shadows, becoming industrialists and economists. On the other hand, the Assassins developed a sense of social duty, helping directly the common people rather than only eliminating oppressors.
Tentative of truce during the French Revolution
By 1776, the French Assassin Charles Dorian and the Grand Master of the French Templars François de la Serre tried to promote peace between the two factions. Even when Dorian was assassinated by the Templar Shay Cormac to recover the Precursor box, the Grand Master adopted the Assassin's son Arno and raise him as his own without inducted him into the Order. Arno became a close friend with François' daughter Élise who was trained to become the next Grand Master. Growing up, the two began to have a romantic relationship.
In 1788, Élise was tasked by the Carrolls, a British Templar family, to recover Haytham Kenway's letters, containing his dream to conciliate the Assassins and the Templars. In the Kenway Mansion, Élise met Jennifer Scott who gave the letters and Haytham's necklace, expecting the young Templar to continue her brother's dream. As the Carrolls wanted to destroy the letters to impeach the peace between the two factions, Élise protected them and killed May Carroll in the process. Returning in France, Élise allied with the British Templar Frederick Weatherall and the former Assassin Bernard Ruddock to pursue the end of the Assassin-Templar War. In reality, Ruddock worked for the Carrolls who hired him years ago to kill Élise's mother Julie as she wanted to gradually change monarchy in France.
On 5 May 1789, the Grand Master de la Serre and the French Mentor Mirabeau established a truce between their respective groups in the wake of the French Revolution. The same night, the Grand Master was killed on the order of François-Thomas Germain, a Sage of Aita and a former Templar who was cast out by de la Serre as he promoted the reformation of the Order on the ideas of Jacques de Molay and wanted to overthrow the monarchy. Taking the title of Grand Master, Germain and his allies eliminated the last Templars loyal to the de la Serres, targeting Élise as she was the legitimate Grand Master.
Even with the death of Mister de la Serre, Mirabeau maintained the truce with Germain's faction, preventing the Assassins to target Templars. During the Women's March on Versailles, the radical Templars infiltrated the protesters to incite violence against the royal family. As they wanted to kill the leader of the march Théroigne de Méricourt, the Assassins protected her and escorted the protesters to the gates of Paris.
On 4 January 1791, the Assassin Council ended the truce with the Templars. Arno, who became an Assassin after he failed to deliver the letter which could warn Mister de la Serre, was tasked to investigated de la Serre's murder. His first targets were the killers of his warden, the Templars Charles Gabriel Sivert and the Roi des Thunes. After killing them, the Assassin discovered their link to Germain without knowing he was a Templar. The Sage manipulated Arno to kill Chrétien Lafrenière, the last Templar loyal to de la Serre, making him believe that he was the leader of the radical Templar. Discovering his mistake, Arno later eavesdropped on a secret meeting between Germain and his lieutenants. As they planned to kill Élise, Arno intervened to save her.
Reconnecting with Élise, Arno proposed her to work with the Assassins to stop the radical Templars, an offer she accepted. Even if Mirabeau was agreed to ally with the young Templar, the other members of the Council disagreed, especially Arno's master Pierre Bellec. On 2 April 1791, as Mirabeau refused to change his mind, Bellec poisoned the Mentor to frame Élise and impeached the alliance. When Arno discovered the truth, he confronted his master who proposed to join him to rebuild the Brotherhood. As Arno refused, the two Assassin fought, leading to Bellec's death. With the death of two of its members, the Council refused to ally with Élise and Arno was forbade to track Germain.
During summer 1792, the radial Templar Flavigny organized the hoarding of the foods arriving in Paris, inciting the mobs to be violent. Méricourt investigated and asked the Assassins to help her. After rescuing her from Flavigny's men, they worked together to localize the foods and the Assassins killed Flavigny.
During the 10 August 1792, the radical Templars led an attack on the Tuileries Palace. As the Council feared the Templars recovered Mirabeau's correspondence with the king Louis XVI, indicating locations and secret of the Brotherhood, Arno was tasked to destroy the letters. After he burned them, Arno saw during his escape the captain Frédéric Rouille, one of Germain's lieutenants. Without the permission of the Council, Arno resumed his track with Élise, killing the radical Templars Rouille, Marie Lévesque and Louis-Michel le Peletier. Confronting Germain at the Execution of Louis XVI the 21 January 1793, Arno let the Templar fled as he protected Élise from the radical Templars. Furious that the Sage escaped, the young Templar broke her partnership with the Assassin. Later, the Council discovered the actions of Arno and excommunicated him from the Brotherhood.
Germain placed one of his lieutenant Maximilien de Robespierre at the head of Committee of Public Safety, launching the Reign of Terror against the enemies of the French Republic. When the Girondists were arrested in July 1793, the Assassins saved some of them and smuggled them out of Paris. As the Templar general Marcourt organized a coup against the Assembly, the Assassins, warned by Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, infiltrated a tournament and killed Marcourt and his conspirators. In November, the Assassins saved Robespierre's spy Didier Paton from the guillotine after he was condemned by his master for discovering the Templar Order. Paton became a member of the Brotherhood and his notes permitted to identify Templars. On 10 February 1794, the Templar decided to free Jacques Roux to expand the Reign of Terror with the Enragés. The Assassins killed Roux after a failing attempt. On 5 April, the Brotherhood tried to save their ally Georges Danton who was condemned to death by Robespierre. The orator refused as he knew that Robespierre's reputation will die with him. As his last wish, Danton tasked the Assassins to protect his friends from the Templars. In May, Robespierre tried to expose the Brotherhood by showing Mirabeau's Assassin relics to the population but the Assassins removed them from the Panthéon before the Templars could take it.
Meanwhile, Arno and Élise resumed their partnership to kill Germain. In Versailles, Arno killed the Templar Aloys la Touche who oversaw the public execution of the city. Discovering the implication of Robespierre, the two lovers discredited the Templar before the population to force him to give information on Germain. On the 28th July 1794, before his arrestation by the Convention, Robespierre revealed to Arno and Élise that Germain hid in the Temple of Paris. In the vault of Jacques de Molay, the two confronted the Sage who used de Molay's Sword of Eden. During the fight, the Piece of Eden released a blast that killed Élise and wounded Germain. Arno finished the Sage but in his last breath, the Templar affirmed that his death wouldn't change his plan to reshape humanity. The same night, the Assassins raided the Jacobin Club to kill the last Templars who tried to flee Paris.
After Élise's death, Arno became acquainted with Weatherall to recover Kenway's letters. When Ruddock took Élise's handmaiden Hélène as a hostage to recover the letters for himself, Weatherall killed him. Receiving the letters, Arno was later reintroduced in the Brotherhood and tried to honor Élise's memory by ending the war between the two factions. The new Master Assassin prevented many times the last radical Templars to expose the Brotherhood and eliminated their members who infiltrated the Council of Five Hundred.
In 1801, ten years after the Saint-Domingue Assassins began the Haitian Revolution to free the slaves, the Templar Jean-Louis Villatte declared himself governor of the island. He was deposed and replaced by the Assassin and general Toussaint Louverture.
Fight for the Koh-i-Noor
By 1805, the Ottoman sultan Selim III owned the Koh-i-Noor, a piece of Eden shaped like a diamond. The Black Cross Tavis Olier went to Tripoli in Libya to recover the artifact but he was imprisoned. His replacement, Solomon Bolden resumed his mission and worked with Jan van der Graff, an agent of the French emperor Napoléon I who also searched the diamond. The two were ambushed by the Libyan Assassin Ahkbar who wanted the Piece of Eden for himself. He killed Bolden and imprisoned Graff with Olier.
During three years, Olier trained Graff to become a Black Cross and sacrificed his life, permitting Graff to escape the prison. After Ahkbar killed Selim to take the diamond, the Templar confronted him. Even if the Assassin turncoat used the power of the diamond to trick the Templar, Graff saw through the illusion and killed him. When the Libyan Assassins arrived, the Black Cross lured them saying he wasn't a Templar and only wanted to take revenge on Ahkbar. He gave them an empty box, keeping the Koh-i-Noor for the Templars.
By 1830, the Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Sikh Empire acquired the Koh-i-Noor and hid it in the Isu ruins of Tosha Khana under his summer palace at Amritsar. On 27 June 1839, the British Master Templar Francis Cotton planned to assassinate the Maharaja to recover the artifact and permitting to the East India Company and the Templars to take control of India. The Mentor of the Indian Brotherhood Hamid sent the Master Assassin Arbaaz Mir to foil the Templars plan.
With the help of his servant Raza Soora, Mir infiltrated the palace and enter in contact with Singh's granddaughter Pyara Kaur. Even if Cotton killed the Maharaja, Mir, Soora and Kaur confronted the Templar who stole the artifact. In the fight, Kaur activated the power of the Koh-i-Noor, and she was possessed by the Isu Durga. Horrified, Cotton shot on the artifact, shattering it. An energy blast was released, creating a projection of a tiger that killed Cotton. After this, the reconstructed diamond was entrusted to Hamid and Mir and Kaur became lovers.
In 1841, Cotton was succeeded by William Sleeman, a Templar who suppressed the Thuggee believing they had a connection with the Assassins. In Cotton's office, Sleeman found Ezio Auditore's precursor box and files on the Indian Brotherhood. With the Templar Alexander Burnes, they abducted Hamid and recover the Koh-i-Noor. Mir freed his Mentor and followed Sleeman in Tosha Khana. In the temple, the Templar combined the two artifacts revealing a map indicating another artifact near Herat, in Afghanistan. As Mir dodged Sleeman's bullet, the Isu ruins collapsed while the two men fled.
While the citadel of Herat was attacked by Afghans, Mir followed Sleeman in the Isu Temple and arrived before him to the vault pedestal. Captured by the Templar, the Assassin was sent to at Katasraj Temple to be kept by Burnes. Mir freed himself, taking the two artifacts and defeating Burnes in a duel. In Amritsar, the Templars led by Sleeman took over the summer palace, taking Kaur as a hostage to bargain the pieces of Eden. Mir infiltrated the palace and confronted Sleeman during the exchange, Kaur stabbed the Templar, permitting the Assassin to flee with her and the Koh-i-Noor while Sleeman kept the precursor box. After that, Mir entrusted the diamond to the British Assassin Ethan Frye to hide it in India.
Conflict in Canada
During the 19th century, the Château Clique, a group of wealthy families in Lower Canada, was a leading faction of the Templars in the country. In 1832, the Canadian Brotherhood of Assassins financed the journalist and fellow Assassin Ludger Duvernay to post several articles accusing the Canadian administration of serving the Château Clique. The Templars sent Duvernay in prison but he was freed by the Assassins.
In 1834, Duvernay founded the Saint-Jean Baptiste Society to unify Quebec and gain independence from Canada. On 24 June, during a soirée reuniting the members of the society, a Templar agent infiltrated the party and killed one of the Duvernay's allies. The Templar agent was knocked out by Duvernay's associate Larose.
Fight for London
- Main article: Liberation of London
By the 1860s, without the presence of the Assassins for over a century in London, the British Templars controlled all the city. The Grand Master and industrialist Crawford Starrick controlled the city society through his company Starrick Industries and the help of his Templar lieutenants John Elliotson, Pearl Attaway, Philip Twopenny and James Brudenell. He also hired the criminal Maxwell Roth to form the Blighters, a Templar-affiliate gang, to control the streets of London.
In 1860, the Indian Assassin Jayadeep Mir failed to assassinate the Templar Tjinder Dani, a task his father Arbaaz accomplished. As a lesser punishment, Jayaddeep was sent to London by his master Ethan Frye to spy on the Templars. In September 1862, after Frye killed the Templar Robert Waugh, Jayadeep infiltrated a group of Templar led by Cavanagh who tried to recover an Apple of Eden in Metropolitan Railway's excavation site. The Assassins failed to recover the artifact but Cavanagh was killed by the Templar Marchant on the order of Starrcik as the Templar planned to overthrow him with the Apple.
In February 1868, the Apple was entrusted to the Templar scientist David Brewster who studied it in his lab in Croydon, a city under the control of the industrialist Templar Rupert Ferris. After Frye died of illness, his twin children Jacob and Evie were sent to kill Ferris and Brewster and to recover the Apple. They succeeded but the artifact was destroyed by an explosion during an experience.
Without the permission of the Council, the twins Frye went to London and joined their forces with Jayadeep. They founded their gang the Rooks to fight the Blighters and killed their Templar leaders convincing the Blighters to join their ranks. While Jacob killed Starrick's lieutenants, Evie tried to recover a Shroud of Eden hid in London by the Assassin Edward Kenway a century ago. During her quest, Evie assassinated the Templar Lucy Thorne who searched the Shroud for Starrick. When the Grand Master infiltrated Buckingham Palace to kill the Head of the State and took the Shroud in the palace vault, Jacob, Evie and Jayadeep intervened and killed Starrick, keeping the Shroud hid in the vault. For this, the Queen Victoria knighted the three Assassins.
After the death of their Grand Master, the Templars in London were divided into many factions trying to take the control of the city. One of these factions organized the assassination of the Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and the bombing of Westminster but the Fryes foiled their plans. Another Templar faction was led by the British India Company's official Brinley Ellsworth. Ellsworth planned to assassinate his childhood friend, the former Maharaja Duleep Singh as he tried to claim his throne to restore Punjab independence. The Fryes protected Singh and recovered the Punjab gold stolen by the Templars and the Company. When Evie was about to kill Ellsworth, Singh refused and the Assassin let the Templar fled to India.
American Civil War and Reconstruction Era
During the American Civil War, the Templars profited from the political chaos to regain power in the United States, manipulating the Confederate States, while the Assassins tried to end the war. In New York City, the Grand Master William M. Tweed was the boss of the Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party political machine in the city.
On 13 July 1863, the Templars orchestrated the New York City draft riots to discredit the Mayor and the Governor to take control of the city. During these events, Varius, the only Assassin operating in the city, infiltrated the Aztec Club of 1847 to steal the Prong of Faith and give it to the General Ulysses S. Grant to end the war. The Templar Cudgel Cormac confronted the Assassin and used the artifact to defeat him. As he was about to finish the Assassin, Cormac was paralyzed with his air rifle by Eliza, Tweed's servant who discovered his Templar plots. Later, Varius inducted Eliza into the Brotherhood and she entrusted the prong to Grant.
On 14 April 1865, near the end of the war, the Templar puppet and actor John Wilkes Booth shot the president Abraham Lincoln, who died the next morning. The Assassins tracked Booth and killed him the 26 April.
In 1871, Tweed was exposed for corruption and Eliza brought evidence leading to his arrestation.
When Grant became president, the Templars infiltrated his administration, granted him access to Ezio Auditore's precursor box and pages of the Voynich manuscript to master the power of the prong. In 1872, as Grant's opponent Horace Greeley discovered the Templars and stole the precursor box, the Order poisoned him and sent the Templar Alice to finish the job and take back the box. Alice stole the artifact but the Pikerton agent Tommy Greyling prevented her to kill Greeley.
When Alice went to London to recover pages of the Voynich manuscript in the British Museum, Greyling tracked her, associating with Mark Twain and the Assassins Evie Frye and Jayadeep Mir. With the help of the Blighters, Alice infiltrated the Museum and stole the pages but was surrounded by Greyling and Frye. The Templar escaped and took a ship to the United States but Greyling confronted her. Without another way, Alice jumped into the Atlantic Ocean with the pages, presumably dying.
During the dusk of the Russian Empire, the Templars influenced the ruling House of Romanov while the Russian Assassins formed the Narodnaya Volya, a group of revolutionaries seen as terrorists by the power. On 13 March 1881, after five previous attempts, the Assassin Ignacy Hryniewiecki killed the Tsar Alexander II with a bomb. His son, Alexander III also aligned with the Templars and was entrusted with a Staff of Eden that he used as a sceptre. The new Tsar began to arrest the Assassins in Russia.
On 1 March 1887, a group of Assassins, among which was Aleksandr Ulyanov, tried to kill Alexander III but failed. The captured Assassins were hanged in public. On 29 October 1888, the Assassin Nikolai Orelov infiltrated the imperial train to kill the Tsar and took the Staff. The Assassin stabbed Alexander in the abdomen before the train derailed near Borki station. In the wreckage, the Tsar beat Orelov and left him barely alive. The wounded inflected to Alexander by the hidden blade provoked a kidney's inflammation, killing the Tsar on 1 November 1894.
In 1908, the Templar and mystic Grigori Rasputin stole the Staff of Eden and brought it to a Templar facility in Tunguska. After capturing and interrogating the Templar Dolinsky, Orelov and two other Assassins infiltrated the facility to steal the Piece of Eden. During the mission, they also had the support of the scientist Nikola Tesla who was discredited by the Templar Thomas Edison who stole his Apple of Eden during the War of Currents. While Orelov touched the Staff and saw calculations, Edison activated the Wardenclyffe Tower in the United States, provoking the explosion of the facility. The Staff was destroyed and Orelov was the only survivor.
Later, Rasputin found a shard of the staff, giving him influence on the Romanov family and granted him invulnerability. On 29 December 1916, the Assassins poisoned, stabbed, and shot the Templar, unknowingly buried him with the shard. A year later, the Tsar Nicholas II of Russia informed Orelov about that and the Assassin recovered the shard preventing the Templars and even the Brotherhood to have it.
Wars of the 20th century
At the dawn of the 20th century, the Templars formulated the "Plan", to control both workers and employers through capitalism. In 1937, they founded Abstergo Industries, a pharmaceutical company that will become their public front to control the economy and sciences. In the meantime, the Assassins were more involved in military conflicts, acting as soldiers or spies. This led some members of the Brotherhood to break the Creed to fight the Templars.
World War I
During the World War I, Templars and Assassins served on both sides, serving in the army and intelligence services. During the Christmas Truce of 1914 between the British and German soldier, the German Templar and general Erich Albert asked the help of a British medic to heal his soldiers. To thanks him, Albert offered him his Templar's ring only to discover that the medic was an Assassin. The medic activated his blade and killed the Templar.
In 1916, the Templars in London were led by the Master Spy, a German Templar who was also a Sage of Aita. While recovering intelligence for the German Empire, the Master Spy converted the Templars as Instruments of the First Will, a group dedicated to bringing back Aita's wife, the Isu Juno, to rule Humanity. Lydia Frye, the last Assassin operating in the city, was tasked by Winston Churchill to stop the spies' ring. Frye foiled their plan and killed the Sage.
In 1917, the Assassins supported Vladimir Lenin in the Russian Revolution, overthrowing Tsar Nicholas II and creating the Soviet Union. With the end of the Empire, the Templars infiltrated the Soviet government to take control of the new regime.
By July 1918, the Romanov family had been put under house arrest at Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg where they kept Ezio Auditore's precursor box. On the night of 17 July, the Brotherhood sent the Master Assassin Nikolai Orelov to recover the artifact before the Templars. While the Templars led by Yakov Yurovsky executed the Romanov family to strengthen their power, Orelov protected the daughter of the former Tsar, Anastasia who had the box. When the artifact touched the Staff of Eden's shard that bore Orelov, Anastasia experimented a Bleeding Effect, seeing the memories of the Chinese Assassin Shao Jun who owned the box four centuries ago. Orelov took the box and the young orphan with him to cure her, as he felt responsible for what happened.
Taking a train to join the Brotherhood, Orelov and Anastasia were hunted by the Templars who boarded the train to kill her. The Assassin killed the Templars and escaped with Anastasia. In September 1918, the two arrived in Kazan. While the young woman stayed hidden with the box, Orelov met his ally Leon Trotsky to secure a way to Moscow. As he wanted Anastasia dead, Trotsky betrayed Orelov and warned the Templars who captured the Assassin to interrogate him. Using Jun's skills and memories, Anastasia killed the Templars and saved Orelov.The Two-Faced Girl Together, they escaped from the Templars in the city and took a boat on the Volga, meeting the Assassins in Moscow.
In 1928, four years after Lenin's death, the Templar's puppet Joseph Stalin became the leader of the Soviet Union. During his leadership, he led a purge against the Assassins in the Russian Academy of Sciences, forcing their Mentor to hide.
By the 20th century, the conflict had largely removed itself from the public view, with the Templars operating principally through their front companies, like Abstergo Industries and the Abstergo Foundation Rehabilitation Center, while the Assassins struggled to survive on the fringes of society, living in secluded communes.
The length and devastation of the war had a significant effect on the plans of the Capitoline Triad to avert the Second Disaster. In the Grand Temple in 2012, Juno commented to Desmond Miles that the two factions had wasted centuries by squabbling over Isu artifacts; time which could have been spent on locating the Temple and continuing the work meant to save the world from the solar flare.
Assassins and Templars
Historically, the Assassins and Templars were not above working when confronted with a common obstacle or purpose. An early example of such an alliance involved the Levantine Assassin Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad and the English Templar Maria Thorpe, who worked together to bring down Armand Bouchart, although their motives were initially vastly different.
During a Maroon rebellion in Port-au-Prince, the Assassin Adéwalé was led to helping the brothel owner and Templar ally Bastienne Josèphe defeat the murderous and merciless Marquis de Fayet, an infamous slave trader that had ordered a French ship to destroy an approaching slave ship during the rebellion. Following de Fayet's death, Adéwalé left Port-au-Prince, but relinquised Precursor box that Bastienne sought into her care. Sometime later the two met once more and had a son. Their grandson, Eseosa, became an influential part of the final Maroon rebellion, the Haitian Revolution and later joined forces with the Colonial Assassin, Connor.
Another notable alliance occurred during the American Revolutionary War. When Benjamin Church turned on the Colonial Templars, Grand Master Haytham Kenway pursued him with the help of his son, the Assassin Connor, whose aim was to recover the supplies stolen by Church, meant for George Washington's forces stationed at Valley Forge. After Church's death, the pair continued to work together, in order to allow the colonies to gain independence from the British Empire. However, when Haytham revealed Washington's intent to attack Connor's village of Kanatahséton for a second time, the Assassin severed ties with both of them.
During the French Revolution, the Assassin Arno Dorian and his adoptive Templar sister Élise de la Serre hunted Grand Master François-Thomas Germain, heir to François de la Serre, whom he replaced after his predecessors' assassination during the former's coup d'etat. François de la Serre had sought to maintain a truce between the Templars and Assassins, which was one of the reasons for his death. Such truces, however, were short-lived, since the leaders that succeeded those who brokered them, rarely honored the truce. Mirabeau, Mentor of the French Assassins, was poisoned by Pierre Bellec, who held a fanatical belief that peace between the two factions was impossible.
In 1868, the Assassin Jacob Frye temporarily aligned himself with the Templar Pearl Attaway, against Malcolm Millner and her cousin Crawford Starrick, Grand Master of the British Templars. Jacob was unaware of Pearl's true allegiance however, and immediately resolved to assassinate her upon his discovery.
Besides working with Templar defectors, the Assassins also caught the attention of other organizations. During the Renaissance period, Mario Auditore led a band of mercenaries during various assignments for the benefit of the Brotherhood, such as the attack on Vieri de' Pazzi in San Gimignano.
In Venice, and later Rome, Bartolomeo d'Alviano led a company of mercenaries allied with the Assassins. Several brothels in Italy were led by Assassins, including Paola, Teodora Contanto and Claudia Auditore da Firenze, operating in Florence, Venice and Rome, respectively. Some of the thieves groups were led by Assassins, such as La Volpe and Antonio de Magianis. However others, such as the Cento Occhi in Rome, opted to stand with the Templars. Centuries later, some of the pirates of Nassau, such as Benjamin Hornigold, Josiah Burgess, and John Cockram also sided with the Templars. Another pirate, known as Le Chasseur, helped the Colonial Brotherhood during the Seven Years' War, but was killed by the Assassin-turned-Templar Shay Cormac before he could be inducted into the Assassin Order as a member.
In modern times, other organizations have taken notice of the conflict between the Assassins and Templars, such as the Initiates, a group of unidentified individuals with vast resources and connections, who eventually allied themselves with the Brotherhood. The hacker collective, Erudito, worked to uncover Abstergo Industries' plots to control humanity; one of their notable activities was hacking the Liberation video game developed by Abstergo Entertainment using edited versions of Aveline de Grandpré's genetic memories. While Abstergo planned to omit all references to the Templars and discredit the Assassins, the Erudito hacks allowed the user to see the original footage and learn the truth.
The Templars also came into contact with the Instruments of the First Will, a group who wish to grant control over humanity to Juno, who was now freed from her imprisonment in the Grand Temple following Desmond Miles' sacrifice in 2012. The Master Templar Juhani Otso Berg suggested using the Instruments to acquire Pieces of Eden, while the other group siphons Templar resources to achieve their own plan. However, the Templars do not consider the Instruments of the First Will to be a threat, and do not prioritize eliminating Juno, either.