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- "Grand work the last job was. I gave the lady no time to squeal. How can they catch me now... I love my work and want to start again."
- ―Jack, regarding his work, 1888.[src]
Jack (c. 1860 – 1888), formerly known as Jack the Lad during his youth, and widely feared under the alias "Jack the Ripper", was a member of the British Brotherhood of Assassins, active in the Whitechapel district of London.
Disillusioned with Jacob Frye's leadership and view of the Creed, Jack decided to overthrow his mentor and tried to seize control of the Brotherhood during the 1880s. Jack successfully usurped control of the Rooks, crippling Frye's influence in the city, and began to recruit new followers to help him enforce his own ruthless outlook of the Assassin's Creed.
In 1888, Jack became infamous for a series of gruesome murders of women through Whitechapel; in reality, these women were fellow Assassins disguised as prostitutes who had been attempting to stop his spiral of madness. These murders, in conjunction with Jack's control over London's criminal enterprise, threatened the discreet reputation and very existence of the Assassins in London. He soon fought and defeated his former mentor and subsequently imprisoned him, though Jack was himself eventually defeated and killed by Jacob's sister, Evie, upon her return to London from India.
- "Where was Jacob when Starrick's men gutted my mother? Where was he when they dragged me to the madhouse?"
- ―Jack, to Evie Frye, regarding his childhood trauma.[src]
Jack was born and raised in the Whitechapel district of London, where he lived alongside his mother until she was murdered by Crawford Starrick's Templar lackies. Traumatized by her death, Jack was placed in Lambeth Asylum, where poor treatment and negligence only further aggravated his mental instability. Following the death of Starrick in 1868, he was liberated from the asylum and brought into the fold of the Assassin Order by Jacob Frye to be trained among a selection of new initiates.
Around 1873, he traveled with Jacob and the other initiates to India in order to learn the fear tactics of the Indian Brotherhood, a group that Jacob's sister, Evie Frye, had joined following her marriage to Henry Green and subsequent relocation. Upon returning to London, Jack began to develop an extremist view of the Assassins' mission, believing that the Assassins must be feared by the citizens, killing innocents if necessary. Eventually in 1888, with the help of several dangerous criminals, Jack usurped control of the Rooks from Jacob, killing anyone sent to deter him.
Radicalizing his followers, Whitechapel–the center of Jack's operations–descended into a cesspool of crime and depravity. Through his lieutenants, Jack dominated the criminal underworld in Whitechapel and the City of London. One of Jack's allies, Olwyn Owers, was a known philantropist who acted as procurer for the high society; with the threat that Jack could kill them, the prostitutes of London chose to work under Owens' protection. Jack also established his private prison at Deptford. Taking hostages, Jack blackmailed their family in exchange to keep them alive. The Chief Warder was John Billingsworth, a sadistic man chosen by Jack to organize the executions of the prisonners.
Autumn of Terror
- "The world will know of my terror!"
- ―Jack, declaring his ill intentions.[src]
On the 31st August 1888, Jack was ambushed by one of Jacob's initiates, who had been posing as the prostitute Mary Ann Nichols. Jack gruesomely killed her and staged her dead body, beginning the Autumn of Terror.
On the 8th September, an initiate posing as Annie Chapman was also killed by Jack. He cut off her ring finger to take her Assassin ring so as to hide her links with the Brotherhood. Jack also left a invisible message for Jacob, asking "What kind of creed cannot protect his own?". With these murders, Jack sent letters under the pseudonym of "Jack the Ripper". This attracted media attention; Arthur Weaversbrook in particular – under duress of Jack having kidnapped his son – began to publish Jack's letters for the public to inquire.
On the night of the 30th September, Jack killed the two Assassins posing as Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes. Leaving a message for Jacob on the crime scene, Jack trailed his former mentor. During the track, the Ripper killed policemen to oblige Jacob to confronte him. After a fight, Jack wound Jacob but the Assassin escaped from the serial killer. Later that night, Jack entered in Jacob's hideout, defeated him in combat and imprisoned him beneath Lambeth Asylum.
Prior to his kidnapping, Jacob had requested by letter that Evie return to London. Evie arrived in October in London and began to investigate on her brother's disapperance. Spying her through the window of Jacob's appartement, Jack saw an opportunity to finalize his revenge. The 2nd November, he followed her to Owers Manor and was in time to witness her assassination of Owers. Sitting atop the roof, Jack watched as Evie escaped aboard a coach, following which he killed all of the occupants at the manor with the intention of framing Evie for the massacre.
The 9th November, while Evie was at Deptford, Jack added another victim to his list. He mutilated the prostitute Mary Kelly in the most horrific way imaginable, leaving a message on the walls of her apartment room for Evie. He would be waiting by the time she had discovered his "masterpiece," one that he felt he owed entirely to her interference. He als added a post scriptum to his message tauting Evie on Eddowes's murder scene.
Jack went to Deptford where he saw Evie's departure after dismantling the prison, killing Billingsworth and informed the police about the abducted hostages. Consequently, Jack resolved to eliminate any witnesses at Deptford that knew of his actions as well as any evidence linking him to the Assassins, in an effort to protect the Brotherhood and his own distorted version of the Creed.
- Jack: "We are the same you and I..."
- Evie: "Oh, Jack... You were an Assassin, yes, but we are not the same. And that is why your memory must be erased for all time. Rest in peace now, Jack, you and your twisted acolytes."
- ―The last exchange of words between Evie Frye and Jack the Ripper.[src]
Jack staged a reunion between the Frye twins at Lambeth Asylum, with the intention of either having Evie join him or killing her. He lured Evie to the site of his mother's murder, threw a bomb in her direction and left her with clues and cues indicating his true hideout. In preparation for her arrival, he killed prominent Lambeth Asylum staff who knew of his childhood confinement there, including his abusive nurse, a doctor and the asylum's director, and destroyed all records of his stay.
In addition, to slow Evie's approach, Jack released all of the asylum's inmates. While he held an advantage over Evie with his superior strength and aid from the inmates, Evie was able to catch Jack off-guard, and fatally wounded him with his own trademark dagger. Jack told Evie that she was no different than him before succumbing to his wounds, ending his reign of terror.
- "You've turned an unknown miscreant into a legend—and that's exactly what he wants."
- ―Jacob Frye, regarding Jack's status as a legend, 1888.[src]
Following his defeat in late 1888, Jack's true identity, or even the fact that he had been killed, was never revealed by Inspector Frederick Abberline of the Metropolitan Police Service. This was done at the behest of Evie Frye in order to protect the Assassins from discovery and public backlash, due to Jack having been an Assassin himself. In a way, Jack got what he wanted. Though he died without achieving his goal or truly establishing his own creed, his name continues to strike fear after his death.
Personality and characteristics
- "The killer is selective and dispassionate, and has left not a single trace of his passage."
- ―Inspector Frederick Abberline, on Jack the Ripper, 1888.[src]
While not pure evil and desiring his own warped sense of good, the trauma of losing his mother and his subsequent incarceration at Lambeth Asylum had a lasting effect on Jack's mental stability. Jack's views on the Assassin Order quickly developed; he came to the conclusion that Jacob was responsible, however indirectly, for the death of his mother and the abuse he faced at Lambeth Asylum. He also began to develop a strong disdain for the Creed, considering a creed that could not protect its own to be a dead one.
He brutally murdered all opposition sent against him – Assassins commonly under the guise of local prostitutes – in order to send a message to the Frye twins. He was also meticulous in his plan to destroy all evidence of his existence and prior life, going so far as to do away with a number of Lambeth Asylum staff who might have had any living memory of him as well as documents pertaining to his incarceration at the asylum.
In spite of his actions against the London Assassins, Jack was careful not to compromise the Brotherhood; despite his lack of respect for the contemporary Creed, he did come to believe in his own idealized version of the philosophy and still saw the Order as a means to an end. While most of his victims managed to hide their Assassin rings before death, at least one had their finger forcibly removed postmortem in order to hide their connection to the Order. He also destroyed any evidence of his connection to the Assassins at Deptford after his plans there were foiled by Evie Frye.
Jack was also highly vindictive and held deep, bitter grudges against those who he believed had wronged him. This was displayed when he brutally massacred the Lambeth Asylum staff as revenge for the torment he underwent there in his youth, as well as those in attendance at Owens Manor as a reprisal towards Evie's investigations. Accompanying this, Jack had developed a habit of killing those who wronged him and those who had not, merely because they served as an obstacle to his objective, presenting an apathetic, impulsive side in him.
Equipment and skills
- "I have seen such talent for assassination and avoiding detection only once before... When I worked with the two of you."
- ―Inspector Frederick Abberline, on Jack the Ripper's talents, 1888.[src]
Dressed in a menacing greatcoat with a double cape, Jack was a highly skilled Assassin, having been well trained by his mentor, Jacob Frye, while still in his formative years. He possessed a vast skill-set, including armed and unarmed combat, stealth, public assassination techniques, proficiency in firearms and freerunning. By the time of the Whitechapel murders, he was capable of holding his own against and even overpowering the Frye twins, being well-nigh impervious to frontal attacks in the heat of battle. He also possessed an indomitable will, never giving up on the task at hand and approaching situations with utmost focus and care.
His repertoire also consisted of equipment and skills typically exclusive to the Assassins, such as the Hidden Blade, throwing knives, hallucinogenic darts, smoke bombs, the Victorian era rope launcher, and the rare sixth sense Eagle Vision. He could use his Eagle Vision to track down recently lost individuals or identify key targets.
Most notable of Jack's skills was his extremist use of the Indian Brotherhood's fear tactics. Rather than discretely dealing with targets, he would use excess brutality in public assassinations to instill fear in the hearts of London's populace. In combat, he would use fear bombs, spikes and jarring, psychotic screams to frighten and disrupt the composure of his opponents.
As an extension of his prowess for fear and intimidation, Jack also had a penchant for manipulation. Due to his collusion with Olwyn Owers, Jack's eyes and ears within London, his machinations and influence spread rapidly across the city. His operations gradually began to reach well beyond the scope of prostitution, to kidnapping, extortion, and murder of the London elite.
- Jack the Ripper is the first historical figure in the Assassin's Creed series to be a playable character in one of the main titles.
- Jack's burlap sack represents his real life anonymity – as it is never removed — while his top hat is a reference to the popular image of Jack being an aristocrat with a taste for murder.
- Historically, Jack's attire would have been closer to Jacob's default outfit in Syndicate’s main story, as a top hat would have stood out in Whitechapel. Historical accounts also point to a man dressed as such being in the area of a number of the murders.
- The knife Jack wielded appeared to be modeled after the Afghan Choora dagger.
- Assassin's Creed: Syndicate - Jack the Ripper
- Assassin's Creed: Last Descendants – Fate of the Gods (mentioned only)