After the Toba catastrophe, surviving members of the First Civilization continued to interact with and influence the surviving humans in modern day India. As these humans conceived this advanced race as superior beings, the First Civilization eventually became revered as gods in the Hindu pantheon.
Around ten to six thousand years BCE, an ancient city located ten miles west of Jodhpur, Rajasthan was irradiated by a Piece of Eden. In 326 BCE, the Macedonian King Alexander the Great subdued part of the Punjab region of India, after defeating King Porus in the Battle of the Hydaspes.
Age of Discovery
In 1498, Vasco da Gama landed in Calicut and discovered a sea route between Portugal and India. Under the rule of King Manuel I, Portugal started to colonialize several port cities along India's coast line. In 1500, Pedro Álvares Cabral was sent to Calicut to ferret out the local Assassins Guild. Upon facing resistance from the Assassins and Calicut's population, Cabral was driven back to Portugal.
In response, Manuel sent Vasco da Gama to Calicut with a fleet of 800 men. The Assassins attempted to evacuate the city, but many civilians could not be coerced. Upon da Gama's arrival, he demanded the expulsion of all Muslims, realizing that it would only instigate more violence; the city was bombarded and hundreds of men and women were slaughtered. Da Gama installed captains to retain control of the city, who were eliminated by the Assassins with aid from the local population.
During the mid-19th century, India had been largely colonized by the British Empire. The Sikh Empire, under the leadership of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, was one of the remaining bastions of defiance. In 1839, both the Indian Assassins and British Templars started a quest for the Koh-i-Noor diamond, a powerful Piece of Eden said to be in the possession of Singh.
That year, the British emmissaries William Hay Macnaghten and General Francis Cotton, a Templar, as well as the Assassin Arbaaz Mir attended a feast thrown by Singh in his summer palace in Amritsar. While both Cotton and Mir sought to obtain the Koh-i-Noor, the British also intended to kill the Maharaja, which they succeeded in doing by poisoning his tea. During the following struggle between the Assassin and Templar, the Koh-i-Noor was destroyed. Though the Piece of Eden was lost, Singh's death resulted in the eventual fall of the Sikh Empire and the start of Templar rule over India in the name of the British Empire.
After Ranjit Singh's death, his youngest son Duleep Singh was proclaimed the next Maharaja, with his mother Jind Kaur as Regent. After the Second Anglo-Sikh War in 1849, Duleep was deposed by the British and exiled to Britain in 1854, thus ending his reign and dissolving the Sikh Empire. With the fall of other kingdoms in the Indian subcontinent, British Raj was officially proclaimed in 1858.
By the 1930s, the Indians had started an independence movement to free themselves from their British oppressors. Using an Apple of Eden, Mahatma Gandhi became the political and spiritual leader of India. On 30 January 1948, after the country had claimed independence from Britain, Gandhi was assassinated by the Templars, who stole his Apple of Eden.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed Encyclopedia
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Assassin's Creed: Brahman
- ↑ Assassin's Creed II – Glyph #4: "Infinite Knowledge"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Assassin's Creed: Initiates
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy – Contracts: Calicut, India
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
- ↑ Assassin's Creed II – Glyph #3: "Descendants"
- ↑ Assassin's Creed II – Glyph #9: "Hat Trick"