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{{Quote|Laa shay'a waqi'un moutlaq bale kouloun moumkine. (Nothing is true; everything is permitted.) The wisdom of our Creed is revealed through these words.|[[Niccolò Machiavelli]].|Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood|Ascension}}
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[[File:Initiation Rome 1.png|thumb|250px|An apprentice being inducted into the Order]]
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The '''initiation''' into the [[Assassins|Assassin Order]] was a ceremonial tradition upheld over many years of its existence. It was a rite of passage symbolizing when an Assassin [[Assassin apprentices|apprentice]] became a full-fledged member of the Order, and vowed to commit their life to safeguarding the freedom of [[Humans|humanity]].
   
{{Quote|Laa shay'a waqui'n moutlaq bale kouloun moumkine.|The maxim of the Creed stated at every Initiation.|Assassin's Creed}}
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==History==
[[File:Zw-acb-ceremony-5.jpg|thumb|300px|Claudia Auditore being inducted into the Assassin Order.]]
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===High Middle Ages===
The '''Initiation to the Assassin Order''' is a ceremonial tradition held within the [[Assassins|Assassin Order]]. It is a rite of passage when an Assassin becomes a full member of the Order, and vows to commit their life to safeguarding the freedom of [[Humans|humanity]]. Through the centuries, there have been different renditions of the ceremony.
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Although the full details of the initiation into the Order up to the 12th century are unclear, the ceremony included the amputation of the ring finger, as a sign of commitment to [[the Creed]]. Afterwards, the [[Hidden Blade]] was installed, allowing the Assassin to participate in any assassination missions bestowed upon them.<ref>''[[Assassin's Creed]]''</ref>
   
==Third Crusade==
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As noted in the [[Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad's Codex|Codex]] of [[Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad]], some time after becoming the [[Mentor]] of the [[Levantine Brotherhood of Assassins|Levantine Brotherhood]], Altaïr used [[Apple of Eden 2|an Apple]] of [[Eden]] to modify the design of the Hidden Blade, so that the amputation of the ring finger would not be necessary. This change was made so that an Assassin could not be so easily identified by their enemies.<ref name="AC2">''[[Assassin's Creed II]]''</ref>
Although the full details of the initiation into Order during the 12<sup>th</sup> century are unclear, the ceremony includes the amputation of the ring finger, as a sign of commitment to [[the Creed]]. Afterwards, the [[hidden blade]] is installed, and the Assassin is prepared to participate in any assassination missions bestowed upon them.
 
==Renaissance==
 
{{Quote|We work in the dark, to serve the light. We are Assassins.|[[Niccolò Machiavelli]]|Assassin's Creed II}}
 
{{Quote|In this modern age, we are not so literal as our ancestors, but our seal is no less permanent.|[[Mario Auditore]] at [[Ezio]]'s Initiation|Assassin's Creed II}}
 
[[File:Tiberhall.jpg|thumb|250px|An apprentice is initiated into the order as a full Assassin.]]
 
During the [[Renaissance]], the initiation involved the Grand Master of the Assassins, (usually accompanied by several other Assassins) standing around a lit brazier, while speaking the words of the Creed, "Laa shay'a waqui'n moutlaq bale kouloun moumkine." After the initiate repeated the words, rather than remove the left hand's ring finger, as it was done in the past, their ring finger was simply branded with the mark of a ring using metal tongs heated in the aforementioned fire. After this, the newly appointed Assassin performed a [[Leap of Faith]], completing the ceremony. At that point, the initiate is now considered as a full-fledged member of the Order and is granted the use of the robes of a Master Assassin.
 
   
==Initiation Speech==
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===Renaissance===
''Where other men blindly follow the truth, remember...''
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{{Dialogue4|Assassin|Where other men blindly follow the truth, remember...|Initiate|Nothing is true.|Where other men are limited by morality or law, remember...|Everything is permitted.|We work in the dark to serve the light. We are Assassins.|The words of the Creed spoken during every initiation.|Assassin's Creed II|Play Along}}
''Nothing is true.''
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[[File:Play along 10.png|thumb|left|250px|Ezio Auditore being inducted into the Order]]
''Where other men are limited by morality or law, remember...''
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During the [[Renaissance]], the initiation was performed by the Mentor of the Brotherhood, alongside several other Assassins. The ceremony came in three parts: the speaking of the Creed, the branding of the initiate's left ring finger, and a [[Leap of Faith]].<ref name="AC2" /><ref name="Brotherhood">''[[Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood]]''</ref>
''Everything is permitted.''
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''We work in the dark to serve the light. We are Assassins.''
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First, the participants stood around a lit brazier, with one Assassin reciting the Creed, which was answered in turn by the initiate. The final words, the maxim of the Creed, were spoken by all present.<ref name="AC2" /><ref name="Brotherhood" />
''Nothing is true, everything is permitted.''
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[[Category:Assassin Order]]
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Next, the initiate's left ring finger was branded, using tongs that had been heated in the aforementioned brazier. This was a modification of the removal of the finger that [[Mario Auditore]] once commented on, saying that ''"In this modern age, we are not so literal as our ancestors, but our seal is no less permanent."''<ref name="AC2" /><ref name="Brotherhood" />
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Finally, the initiate took a leap of faith to signify their trust in the Order and their fellow Assassins - sometimes preceded by the Assassins present also taking a leap of faith - after which, the initiate was considered a full-fledged member of the Order.<ref name="AC2" /><ref>''[[Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy]]''</ref>
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===French Revolution===
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{{Quote|Out of the dark, you come into the light. From the light, you will return to the dark. Are you prepared to travel the eagle's path?|Mirabeau, 1789.|Assassin's Creed: Unity|Rebirth}}During the [[French Revolution]], initiations were performed in an Assassin sanctuary located below the Sainte-Chapelle.<ref name="ACU">''[[Assassin's Creed: Unity]]''</ref>
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[[File:Rebirth 10.png|thumb|250px|Arno Dorian being inducted into the Order.]]
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In 1789, [[Arno Dorian]] approached the [[Assassin Council]]. The leader of the Council, [[Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau|Mirabeau]], asked Arno why he wanted to join the Assassin Order, among other things. After conferring with the other members of the Council, Mirabeau allowed Arno to take a test to prove if he was worthy. Arno accepted the offer and drank from a ceremonial goblet, the contents of which induced a hallucination.<ref name="ACU" />
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Upon awaking from the hallucination, Arno found himself in front of the Assassin Council. The Council recited the tenets of the Creed – after which, Arno began his training as a member of the Assassin Order.<ref name="ACU" />
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===Modern times===
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{{Quote|You have proven yourself worthy. Today, commit to uphold the pillars of our Creed. We are Assassins.|William Miles.|Assassin's Creed: Revelations|The Order}}
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In modern times, the initiation had become much less formal and relevant. In 2000, [[Mentor (2000)|the Mentor]] initiated [[Daniel Cross]] into the Order by rewarding him with an old Hidden Blade, and verbally welcoming him into the Order.<ref>''[[Assassin's Creed: The Fall]]''</ref>
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However, certain Assassins still performed portions of the ritual, though the branding of the finger was uncommon. In the later 21st century, [[Clay Kaczmarek]] was initiated in the traditional way by [[William Miles]], walking among his soon-to-be Brothers before taking a leap of faith.<ref>''[[Assassin's Creed: Revelations]]'' - ''[[The Lost Archive]]''</ref>
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==Trivia==
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*Though [[Ezio Auditore da Firenze]]'s burn mark remains on his skin for the rest of ''[[Assassin's Creed II]]'', it is not visible on his finger in ''[[Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood]]'' or ''[[Assassin's Creed: Revelations]]''.
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*In ''[[Assassin's Creed III]]'', when [[Achilles Davenport]] was ready to make [[Ratonhnhaké:ton]] an Assassin, he decided not to perform a traditional ceremony.
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*In ''[[Assassin's Creed (film)|Assassin's Creed]]'', [[Aguilar de Nerha]] undergoes a slightly different initiation into the [[Spanish Brotherhood of Assassins|Spanish Brotherhood]]: the mentor asks him if he swears to honor their order in the fight for freedom and to defend mankind against the Templars' tyranny. Upon answering that he swears, his right ring finger is ceremonially amputated and [[María (Assassin)|María]] recites the tenets of the Creed whilst arming Aguilar with his dual Hidden Blades.
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==Gallery==
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<gallery captionalign="center" position="center" spacing="small" widths="180">
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Initiation Rome 2.png|An apprentice receiving the finger brand
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Initiation Rome 3.png|An apprentice preparing to take a Leap of Faith
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Initiation PL.jpg|[[Perotto Calderon]] performing a Leap of Faith
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</gallery>
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==References==
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{{Reflist}}
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[[Category:Assassin Brotherhood]]
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[[Category:Ceremonies]]

Latest revision as of 16:30, June 7, 2019

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"Laa shay'a waqi'un moutlaq bale kouloun moumkine. (Nothing is true; everything is permitted.) The wisdom of our Creed is revealed through these words."
Niccolò Machiavelli.[src]-[m]
Initiation Rome 1

An apprentice being inducted into the Order

The initiation into the Assassin Order was a ceremonial tradition upheld over many years of its existence. It was a rite of passage symbolizing when an Assassin apprentice became a full-fledged member of the Order, and vowed to commit their life to safeguarding the freedom of humanity.

HistoryEdit

High Middle AgesEdit

Although the full details of the initiation into the Order up to the 12th century are unclear, the ceremony included the amputation of the ring finger, as a sign of commitment to the Creed. Afterwards, the Hidden Blade was installed, allowing the Assassin to participate in any assassination missions bestowed upon them.[1]

As noted in the Codex of Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, some time after becoming the Mentor of the Levantine Brotherhood, Altaïr used an Apple of Eden to modify the design of the Hidden Blade, so that the amputation of the ring finger would not be necessary. This change was made so that an Assassin could not be so easily identified by their enemies.[2]

RenaissanceEdit

Assassin: "Where other men blindly follow the truth, remember..."
Initiate: "Nothing is true."
Assassin: "Where other men are limited by morality or law, remember..."
Initiate: "Everything is permitted."
Assassin: "We work in the dark to serve the light. We are Assassins."

—The words of the Creed spoken during every initiation.[src]-[m]
Play along 10

Ezio Auditore being inducted into the Order

During the Renaissance, the initiation was performed by the Mentor of the Brotherhood, alongside several other Assassins. The ceremony came in three parts: the speaking of the Creed, the branding of the initiate's left ring finger, and a Leap of Faith.[2][3]

First, the participants stood around a lit brazier, with one Assassin reciting the Creed, which was answered in turn by the initiate. The final words, the maxim of the Creed, were spoken by all present.[2][3]

Next, the initiate's left ring finger was branded, using tongs that had been heated in the aforementioned brazier. This was a modification of the removal of the finger that Mario Auditore once commented on, saying that "In this modern age, we are not so literal as our ancestors, but our seal is no less permanent."[2][3]

Finally, the initiate took a leap of faith to signify their trust in the Order and their fellow Assassins - sometimes preceded by the Assassins present also taking a leap of faith - after which, the initiate was considered a full-fledged member of the Order.[2][4]

French RevolutionEdit

"Out of the dark, you come into the light. From the light, you will return to the dark. Are you prepared to travel the eagle's path?"
―Mirabeau, 1789.[src]-[m]
During the French Revolution, initiations were performed in an Assassin sanctuary located below the Sainte-Chapelle.[5]
Rebirth 10

Arno Dorian being inducted into the Order.

In 1789, Arno Dorian approached the Assassin Council. The leader of the Council, Mirabeau, asked Arno why he wanted to join the Assassin Order, among other things. After conferring with the other members of the Council, Mirabeau allowed Arno to take a test to prove if he was worthy. Arno accepted the offer and drank from a ceremonial goblet, the contents of which induced a hallucination.[5]

Upon awaking from the hallucination, Arno found himself in front of the Assassin Council. The Council recited the tenets of the Creed – after which, Arno began his training as a member of the Assassin Order.[5]

Modern timesEdit

"You have proven yourself worthy. Today, commit to uphold the pillars of our Creed. We are Assassins."
―William Miles.[src]-[m]

In modern times, the initiation had become much less formal and relevant. In 2000, the Mentor initiated Daniel Cross into the Order by rewarding him with an old Hidden Blade, and verbally welcoming him into the Order.[6]

However, certain Assassins still performed portions of the ritual, though the branding of the finger was uncommon. In the later 21st century, Clay Kaczmarek was initiated in the traditional way by William Miles, walking among his soon-to-be Brothers before taking a leap of faith.[7]

TriviaEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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