- 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 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, inluencing their leaders, while some descendants of the hybrids were perceived as heroes and protector of the people. Many factions were created 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 men 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 him. Amorges and Pactyas were against his plan and joined the Ancients to impeach this. Amorges prevented his former friend to kill the king. Artabanus fled with his family as he was tracked by the Order. This led to the deaths of his wife and children. With his last son Natakas, Artabanus hid for many years, taking the name of Darius.
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. After that Darius and Natakas left Makedonia.
Later, the Order of the Storm led by the hybrid Phila located Darius and Natakas in Achaia and organized a blockade. Kassandra helped them once again, destroying the fleet of the Storm and killing Phila. Together, they decided to live in the village of Dyme. Natakas and Kassandra had a son Elpidios. As Amorges discovered that, he led an attack on Dyme, killing Natakas and abducting Elpidios.
In Messenia, the Order gave Elpidios to the Prince Darius. Kassandra and Artabanus went into Messenia and confronted the Order of Dominion. In their assault, Darius killed Amorges who revealed the location of Elpidios but warning them that he wasn't in security with Kassandra. Recovering the child, 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.
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 them eliminated.
In 70 BCE, the Ancient Raia hired the mercenary Bion to exterminate the three last 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 technic 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 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. As he resisted and freed himself, a fight occurred between Bayek and Metellus, resulting in the accidental death of Khemu.
After their son's death, Bayek and Aya decided to avenge him. For 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 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. Cleopatra became Caesar's lover, rallying him to their cause. In February 47 BCE, Aya and Bayek opened the sealed tomb of Alexander the Great for Cleopatra and Caesar. The Ancients took the Staff of Eden in Alexander's sarcophagus.
Later, the Ancients with Ptolemy army besieged Alexandria. Bayek and Aya helped the Romans and fought during the Battle of the Nile. Bayek killed the Ancient and regent Pothinus, while Aya was tasked by Cleopatra to kill her brother. 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, giving them for a time the Staff of Eden. 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 on their journey: 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 killing the tyrants of the world to protect human liberty.
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.
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, then Mentor, 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 Aya, who renamed herself 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. 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.
By 41 CE, decades after Octavianius founded the Roman Empire, the Order of the Ancients influenced the emperor Caligula, who was a bloodthirsty tyrant. 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 of Olof's son Styrbjörn the Strong, who was too much like his father. 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. 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.
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 revealed to him that the Chalice was in fact a woman. The two 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 decided to twart 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.
As Harash, the second-in-command of the Assassins 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 under Solomon's Temple. The Templars wanted to use the artifact to control an army to conquer the Holy Lands. But Al Mualim wanted the artifact for himself and sent Altaïr and the brothers Malik and Kadar Al-Sayf to recover the Apple before Robert. Due to Altaïr harsh actions, Kadar died and Malik lost an arm but he recovered the Apple. Robert besieged Masyaf to recover the artifact but the Assassins repelled the Templars.
As Al Mualim wanted the Apple for himself, he 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. Robert's lieutenant Maria Thorpe served as a decoy to lure Altaïr in Jerusalem while Robert went to Arsuf. 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. 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 was the Templar Archive. As his men left Acre, a team of Assassins led by Altaïr infiltrated the city and captured the Templar Maria Thorpe. Altaïr decided to go to Cyprus with Maria and the Apple to stop the Templars.
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 move 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 protect 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. As Fitzwalter allied with the Kingdom of France, the Assassin William of Cassingham sided with John and his son Henry as a lesser of two evils.
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. In 1241, during the Battle of Legnica opposing the combined forces of Poles and Moravians against the Mongols, a young Templar was capture and brought before Genghis' son, Möngke. The Templar taught him about the Templar Order, Möngke becoming the founder of the Mongolian Rite of the Templar Order. This year, Qulan Gal and Nergüi assassinated Genghis' sons Chagatai Khan and Ögedei Khan.
In 1256, with his great father's Sword, Hülegü Khan led the siege of Alamut. The Assassins surrendered without a fight. In 1257, his troops arrived in Masyaf. 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. 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. In August, 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. 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. In 1263, Nergüi assassinated the Prince of Novgrad Alexander Nevsky as he was allied to the Golden Horde. In 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 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 with him in 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. The Sage cursed them until the thirteenth generation.
With the Order officially disbanded, Thomas de Carneillon who was then a Mentor, traveled through Europe for a decade tracking the last Templars with his Assassin brethren. 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 proxies. 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 corrupting 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, his disciple Domenico pursued his mission. The Templars hired pirates to attack Domenico's ship at Otranto and to recover the Codex. Domenico 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 return to Venice. In 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 1356, 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.
In 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. In 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 French Assassins led by the Mentor and 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, liberating Orléans in 1429.
In 1429, during the Siege of Paris, 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. 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 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 assassinating the Duke of Milan Galeazzo Maria Sforza, the Assassin Giovanni Auditore da Firenze tried to expose them but the Assassin was publicly executed his sons.
Giovanni's last surviving son, Ezio joined informally the Assassin and tracked the Templars responsible for his family's death. In 1478, the Templar House of Pazzi tried to take over Florence by killing the Assassins' ally Lorenzo de' Medici but Ezio thwarted their plot and killed all the conspirators. 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 in 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 a person known as the Prophet could open the vault with two Pieces of Eden. Borgia believed that he was the Prophet and tried to recover these artifacts. In 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. In possession of the Apple the Assassin revealed that Ezio was the Prophet and inducted him in the Brotherhood.
Later, 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 the 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 the map of Codex's pages from Caterina, permitting him to collect them from the Templars.
In 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. 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. investigated but Antonelli was captured. 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. In March 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's pages, and using the Apple of Eden, they located the Vaticano vault. 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 Alexander 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, captured the countess Caterina Sforza, and took the Apple. 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. Without funds and troops, Cesare killed his father to acquire the Apple of Eden. Ezio recovered the artifact before the Templar and used it to fight his troops until Cesare's arrestation 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 in 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 Inquisition.
Besieging Granada, the Templars recruited the Assassin Ubayd Alayza who wanted to protect the citizens of Granada. 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 were containing the Forge where Torquemada had reconstructed the Staff of Eden. As he used the Staff to create an army of tangible holograms, 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. 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 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 permit them to 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 wanted to break the armistice the peace and his best killers. 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 capture 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 Assassin recruited 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 Romani 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 Templars. 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.
In 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.
In 1503, 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. By 1503, the Templars also infiltrated the Star Chamber, England's secret high court. 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. 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. In 1530, 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 he 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.
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. 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 organized with the high ranking Inca official Tuti Cusi 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 from 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 returned 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 and sold the information on the Assassin hideouts, permitting them to attack the Brotherhood headquarters in the Caribbean As the Templars captured the 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 in 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 the Observatory, Kenway killed Torres, destroying the Rite. Ah Tabai returned the Crystal Skull in the Observatory and tasked Assassins to protect the place. 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. 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 Assassin 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 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.
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 the Mentor Davenport and O'Brien. 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 the merchant of Philippe de Grandpré of New Orleans. De l'Isle married Philippe 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. De L'Isle was aware of her step-daughter allegiance but faint to not knowing to better manipulate her.
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 noble 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. By 1776, de L'Isle poisoned her husband with foxglove as he discovered Templars' interference in his business. Later, 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 his 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 British Crown through negotiation and manipulation to have their own state. On 5 March 1770, the Templar Charles Lee provoked the Boston Massacre to accelerate the independence. The Templars were fought by Ratonhnhaké:ton, Haytham Kenway's illegitimate son who became the new apprentice of the old Mentor Achilles Davenport. Taking the name of Connor, the Assassin 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 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 permitted the 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 and confronted his son. The Grand Master let Connor killed him as he couldn't kill his son. A year later, Connor confronted Lee who was the new Grand Master. Even if the Templar fled to Boston, Connor killed him and recovered the Key that he hid 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.
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.