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"The symbol that you sought and found... It is a mark of courage and honor, yes. But it promises pain and loss as well."
―Oiá:ner, regarding the Assassins' insignia, 1777.[src]-[m]

The Assassin insignia

The insignia of the Assassin Order, though varying slightly in design over different time periods and countries, held essentially the same shape and style of an eagle's head. Each of its variations represented the uniqueness of the various sects of the Order, and the insignia was often used to decorate the armor and robes of leading Assassin figures in a number of time periods.

History

The inspiration for the Assassins' insignia

The insignia was inspired in ancient Egypt by the former Medjay and Hidden One Bayek, after he dropped an eagle skull necklace which had belonged to his murdered son Khemu in the beach sand at Alexandria, leaving an imprint.[1] Following some stylistic changes, a larger version of the symbol was painted in blue on the rooftop of the newly-founded Hidden Ones bureau in Memphis, marking its location and purpose to all who knew what the symbol stood for.[2]

This practice continued into the High Middle Ages, as the insignia was used to prominently mark the entrances of Assassin bureaus and could be seen on the banners decorating the fortress of Masyaf.[3] During the Renaissance in Italy, it was used on the mechanisms in the many Assassin Tombs and on the banners and walls of Monteriggioni,[4] and was also displayed on the banners hung in the Tiber Island headquarters.[5] In order to hide their intention from the Borgia or other forces that were trying to stop them, Leonardo da Vinci invented a special invisible paint that only the Assassins who were able to use Eagle Vision could detect, even at great distances. The paint was mostly used by Assassin scouts, usually drawing the symbol to mark a target house or item.[6] In Constantinople, Assassin Dens and ziplines had a small Assassin insignia atop them, while bomb-crafting stations were all painted with the Ottoman Assassins' own insignia.[7]

Additionally, the insignia was worn openly on the armor and clothing of certain known Assassins, such as Mario Auditore,[4] his nephew Ezio Auditore,[4] Nikolai Orelov,[8] Achilles Davenport, John de la Tour, Ratonhnhaké:ton,[9] Aveline de Grandpré,[10] Saeko Mochizuki,[11] and Lo Sparviero.[12] Certain modern-day Assassins also wore the insignia in the form of a tattoo, such as Daniel Cross[8] and Kiyoshi Takakura.[13]

Trivia

References

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  1. Assassin's Creed: OriginsLast of the Medjay
  2. Assassin's Creed: OriginsBirth of the Creed
  3. Assassin's Creed
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Assassin's Creed II
  5. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  6. Assassin's Creed: IdentityDatabase: Assassin Mark
  7. Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  8. 8.0 8.1 Assassin's Creed: The Fall
  9. Assassin's Creed III
  10. Assassin's Creed III: Liberation
  11. Assassin's Creed: InitiatesSurveillance – 18 December 2013: "The Osaka Brotherhood"
  12. Assassin's Creed: Identity
  13. Assassin's Creed: Initiates – Surveillance – 17 December 2013: "No Harm"
  14. Assassin's Creed: RevelationsPassing the Torch
  15. Assassin's Creed: Memories
  16. Assassin's Creed: Pirates
  17. Assassin's Creed: SyndicateJack the RipperAutumn of Terror
    Assassin's Creed: Syndicate – Jack the RipperDatabase: Elizabeth Stride
    Assassin's Creed: Syndicate – Jack the RipperDatabase: Catherine Eddowes
    Assassin's Creed: Syndicate – Jack the RipperThe Mother of All Crimes

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