Juno (c. 75,111 BCE – 2018), also known as Uni, was an Isu scientist of the Illuminat caste, an Isu Supremacist, and a member of the Capitoline Triad alongside Jupiter and Minerva. She is also the primary deity worshipped by the Instruments of the First Will, who wish to release her so as to help her take over the world.
Juno also had a husband named Aita, whom she was forced to euthanize and immortalize after an experiment by the First Civilization went awry and left him catatonic, during their search for a solution to prevent the First Disaster.
Juno was known by many names both throughout and after her lifetime due to her long life and legacy as a goddess to humanity. Whereas Juno is the name of a Roman goddess, she was also known by her Greek equivalent, Hera. Both were regarded as Queen of the Gods, and protectors, similar in both characteristics and personality. The other name for Juno, Uni, was the Etruscan equivalent of Hera.
Her followers, the Instruments of the First Will, called her She Who Lies in Wait while she gave herself the title the Mother of Wisdom.
Early life and time in Atlantis
Following Project Anthropos, which saw the successful creation of humanity as a docile, subservient workforce, Juno and Aita travelled to the city of Atlantis and begun experimenting on humans with a view to create several "pet" creatures. Their actions, however, were in defiance of Poseidon's laws which prohibited human experimentation and so they were banished from the city by Atlantis' Dikastes Aletheia.
- "Their hearts are engines of hate. They will tear us and each others apart if we do not act. We must save them from themselves."
- ―Juno about humanity.[src]
During the Human-Isu War, Juno was among those who avoided the fighting. At some point, Minerva, Juno and her father, Saturn, were discussing the growing threat posed by the slave race the Isu created to serve them. Juno despised the humans and called for their extermination, mocking how they tried to emulate their masters. Minerva argued back, saying that humanity was becoming more that they were ever intended to be, even creating songs and arts, and that perhaps one day they could be treated as equals. As Saturn agreed with Minerva, he was suddenly stabbed through the head by one of his human servants.
Filled with rage from her father's demise, Juno used the Koh-i-Noor to slaughter a man about to struck her with her father's scythe and all the revolted humans around them with tendrils of blue energy. Mad with grief, she stated that humans would destroy everything, the Isu and each others, and then swore to deal with humanity by saving them from themselves.
Gathering of knowledge
- "Each vault's knowledge was transmitted to a single place. It was our duty – mine, Minerva's, and Juno's – to sort and sample all that was collected."
Juno remained in the Grand Temple with Jupiter and Minerva to sort through the possible solutions and test those that they found encouraging. They evaluated six in succession, finding each progressively more promising but all were ultimately dead ends. One of those attempts was to replicate some of Consus' work, by transferring Isu's consciousnesses into more resistant synthetic bodies to survive the impending destruction and rebuild. Juno's husband, Aita, volunteered to be a test subject but he became catatonic and Juno had to euthanize him.
In time, Minerva found a seventh solution, one that held the potential to save the world. Using an object called the global aurora borealis device, they would deploy a planetary magnetic shield that would deflect the flare.
During this time, Juno began making plans to take over the world and to prevent humanity from inheriting it. After finding out about her plans, Minerva and Jupiter imprisoned Juno's consciousness into the Grey, the Temple's network, hoping to keep the world safe from her schemes.
However, Minerva later discovered that Juno had tampered with the patterns of the Eye, the device they used to make calculations and reach out across time. Minerva thought it better to let the disaster occur rather than release Juno, and so the catastrophe struck, killing nearly all of the First Civilization and humankind.
Reaching into the future
- "You must protect the sanctuary from those that would undo our work."
- ―Juno to Ratonhnhaké:ton.[src]
Before her imprisonment in the Grey, Juno also managed to manipulate the human genetic code, implanting a hidden trigger that would randomly activate and alter the genetic makeup of the individual, changing their appearance and imbuing them with Aita's memories, partially reviving her husband in a human form, again and again for millennia. Some of those Sages stayed true to Aita's love for his wife and created cults venerating Juno and calling for her return.
Sometime during or prior to the 18th century, the Kanien'kehá:ka found one of the First Civilization artifacts known as a Crystal Ball. The Clan Mother used this to communicate with "spirits" of First Civilization members. When the Clan Mother allowed Ratonhnhaké:ton to communicate with the spirit, in an attempt to dissuade him from leaving the tribe's sacred ground, he met with Juno.
Juno gave him access to the Nexus, where she claimed probabilities were calculated and the right path chosen. She convinced him to join the Assassins in an attempt to retrieve the amulet from Haytham Kenway and prevent the Templars from gaining access to the Grand Temple. Once Ratonhnhaké:ton had defeated the Templars and gained the amulet, she made him hide it where supposedly no one could find it.
- "Thousands of years this message waited. Soon its promise shall be fulfilled. Go forth, with eyes open to all but the truth."
- ―Juno, speaking with Clay.[src]
Around this time, Juno approached him, introducing herself and telling Clay she had "come to show [him] the way". Some time after, Clay claimed to be able to see "what has been, what will be".
Juno acknowledged him, saying that what he needed to do was clear, and that he should help Desmond Miles. In response, Clay blatantly refused, but Juno only said that her message had waited thousands of years and that its promise would be fulfilled. When Clay's eyes were opened to the truth of Lucy Stillman's allegiance to the Templars, he consented to Juno's request, committing suicide and writing messages with his own blood on the walls of the Abstergo lab, though not before storing his own consciousness in the Animus. He later helped Desmond while he was trapped in the Black Room.
Balancing the scales
- "A hundred years I might speak and still you would not know us. You with five senses. Us with six. The one we kept from you. To be safe. Now, you can never know. Only try."
- ―Juno to Desmond.[src]
Juno appeared four times as a holographic form to Desmond Miles, as he passed through the Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in search of the vault hidden within it. However, none of the others who had accompanied Desmond were aware of her presence.
Juno spoke to him of the vaults and her people, before elaborating on the warning Minerva had previously relayed to Ezio Auditore da Firenze in 1499; though her tone was noticeably more hostile towards humanity. Calling man ignorant, Juno spoke of the blending of the bloodlines between human and First Civilization – a line from which Desmond descended – and angrily regretted that they should have left mankind as it was.
When Desmond, Lucy Stillman, Shaun Hastings and Rebecca Crane reached the Apple of Eden within the vault, Juno spoke to Desmond one final time. Saying that the "final journey" had commenced, she told him of a woman who would accompany him, but first, the path needed to be opened and the scales balanced. With that, Juno ruthlessly influenced Desmond through the Apple, showing him visions of Lucy's inevitable betrayal, and of the failure of the Eye-Abstergo. Then she forced him to stab Lucy, ensuring that the Apple would remain with Desmond.
The Grand Temple
- "It is done. The world is saved. You played your part well, Desmond. But now... Now it's time that I played mine."
- ―Juno after being freed.[src]
After Desmond recovered from the coma induced by Juno's actions, he along with Rebecca, Shaun and his father William Miles, arrived at the Grand Temple. Upon approaching the inner parts of the building, Juno's voice reached out to Desmond, urging him to find "the key".
As a result, Desmond lapsed into a fugue state of the Bleeding Effect, and was placed back into the Animus by his father for his safety. Due to Juno's message, Desmond began to search through the memories of his ancestors, Haytham Kenway and Ratonhnhaké:ton, looking for the key.
In his breaks from the Animus, Desmond explored the Temple and came face to face with Juno multiple times. In each meeting, she detailed the six ways in which the First Civilization tried to stop the impending doomsday, including using the Pieces of Eden to will the threat away and transferring themselves to new bodies for protection. The latter revealed that Juno once had a husband by the name of Aita who she was forced to kill, after the transfer into the machine-like bodies malfunctioned.
Desmond also received numerous e-mails from Juno, expressing her anxiety over finding the key and urging him to hurry. In a few e-mails, she expressed her distaste for humans, although she later said that she was speaking so because of the long time she had been there.
After finally uncovering the location of the key, the Assassins were able to enter the inner chambers of the Temple. It was here that Juno appeared again, requesting Desmond to touch a pedestal-like device in order to protect the world from the solar flares. However, Minerva also appeared in this chamber and revealed Juno's true intentions. Minerva explained how and why Juno had been imprisoned, and said that if Desmond activated the pedestal, Juno would be freed to try and do the same again. She also explained how Desmond would be killed by the global aurora borealis device.
Juno tried to reason with Desmond about the fate of the world, urging him to use the device lest history repeat itself again. He ultimately agreed despite Minerva's pleas, for the good of the planet, believing that humanity would be able to find a way to stop Juno.
Whilst the other Assassins escaped, Desmond touched the pedestal and was killed by the device as Earth was saved, suffering only minor solar flares and its effects. Now freed from her prison, Juno thanked Desmond for playing his part, before stating that it was "now time that [she] played [hers]".
Life in the Grey
- "I can feel you, cypher. Feel, but hardly touch. Signal is still too weak, and I am spread thin. Unfocused. Like static and fog, lingering in networks and nodes, the nervous system of the world."
- ―Juno manifesting within Abstergo Entertainment[src]
John later manipulated an Abstergo Entertainment research analyst into lowering the security systems and tried to install a "program" for Juno so that she might be able to inhabit the employee's body. When the new employee found themselves locked up in Abstergo Entertainment's bunker after Abstergo realized that there was a hacker in the facility, John directed them to meet Juno, who appeared in the form of a glitchy blue hologram.
Juno stated that she could "feel", but she was hardly able to "touch", and was still too weak to inhabit an organic vessel. She questioned whether the Grand Temple was opened too soon, but blessed Desmond for his sacrifice in saving the world so that her children could live on to fulfill their purpose in her own. Then, Juno instructed that there were still more samples and artifacts to be found before she could return. Before vanishing, Juno asked her children – her "instruments" – to make her whole once more. She then disappeared and John fell into a rage, as it was his intention for Juno to take over the employee's body.
The following year, Juno resurfaced at an Assassin laboratory in Protvino, Russia, taking possession of Galina Voronina's mother, who was suffering from the Bleeding Effect. Galina found her mother babbling about the death of Aita, before ending her life, at which point Juno, who could be seen on the Animus monitors, screamed and disappeared.
In a conversation between Templars Melanie Lemay and Violet da Costa, Violet believed that Juno may have been the one responsible for the virus released into the Helix servers, rather than the Assassins, as initially believed. Master Templar Juhani Otso Berg also compiled a dossier on Juno and her followers, to be presented to his fellow Templars. Further, Lemay exchanged an email with Álvaro Gramática on the possibility of Juno's interference with Abstergo systems.
Building an army
- "What once was, shall soon be again. Come, let us inform the faithful."
- ―Juno to Violet.[src]
During the Assassins' investigation into finding the Shroud, Juno contacted an individual while they were exploring the memories of Jacob Frye and his twin sister Evie, displacing them from their current investigation and sending them into another place in time. Juno explained not only about herself, but also her mission by showing the initiate the memories of another Frye hunting down and killing a German spy, claiming that her way will save the world and that if one Assassin could see her way, then the initiate could too.
When Violet made contact with Juno after retrieving the Shroud from the vault under Buckingham Palace, she worried that if anyone had found out what Juno had done to escape there would be complications. Juno responded by saying she would save the world.
Resurrection and death
With Juno's plans progressing, the Instruments set out to retreive the Koh-i-Noor and bring along Elijah, the son of Desmond, who contained First Civilization DNA due to being a Sage. The Instruments invaded and took over the laboratory of Alvaro Gramatica, keeping him hostage. Alvaro extracted First Civilization DNA from Elijah's bone marrow and used strands of the Shroud of Eden to accelerate the maturation rate of the Isu fetus, transforming Juno into an adult Isu within 24 hours.
While maturing, Consus appeared to Juno and told her that she would never win. While Juno retorted that she had a new body, the Koh-i-Noor and she had been inside Charlotte's head, Consus stated that Charlotte's will was greater than Juno's and it was why she would lose. Upon reaching maturity, Juno spoke with Gramatica and commented how disgusted she used to be with vocal cords, until she did not have hers for a millennia, before deciding to be let out of the machine.
Juno emerged out and discover her new energetic powers. She use the new powers to subdue and eliminate most of her opponents, but suddenly she was approached by Consus' spirit and he mocked her lack of growth and stubborn immaturity. Ultimately, Violet's fears were proven right when Elijah took his revenge on his mother's murderers, and used the Koh-i-Noor to make Juno think she had won, when in reality she was speaking to a coffee mug. Upon escaping the illusion, she demanded Elijah hand over the Koh-i-Noor, only to be shocked as he set her up and gave Charlotte an opening to assassinate Juno by thrusting her Hidden Blade through Juno's throat. The remains of Juno were most likely destroyed when Otso Berg exploded the facility, her high ranking followers were killed by the Templar armies and the rest of followers were mostly arrested by the Templars. By this time, Elijah had long fled with the Koh-i-Noor in his hands.
Equipment and abilities
During her time alive she possessed all the conventional abilities of an Isu being, from their advanced intelligence to their advanced longevity to their precognitive powers. Upon her existence as an "entity of the Gray", she was able to possess all forms of technology and could manipulate computer viruses.
Upon being cloned back into the physical world, Alvaro Gramatica had unknowingly imbued some of the powers of the Shroud within her DNA, giving her the power to project and manipulate energy. She could even use the energy to perform feats of telekinesis. However, despite her "godly" status and the power of the Shroud in her DNA, she was vulnerable to a Piece of Eden's illusion casting abilities (although she had no problem dispelling them with sheer rage alone) and did not possess the Shroud's healing factor. This was evident when Elijah used the Koh-i-Noor to construct an illusion of Consus' spirit mocking Juno and then she was killed by Charlotte, as Charlotte shoved her Hidden Blade through Juno's throat. The remains of Juno were then seemingly destroyed when Otso Berg detonated the facility.
Behind the scenes
In the Assassin's Creed: Revelations novel, it was stated that Ezio encountered Juno, though exactly when was unspecified.
When contacting Desmond and Shaun through e-mail in the Grand Temple, Juno initially found it difficult to send legible messages. Her name as the sender was a string of binary code, "01001010010101010100111001001111", which could be translated to display "JUNO".
In her emails to Desmond, Juno revealed that there had been several memory seals stored within the Temple, likely for Desmond to view, and that she had thrown them all into the abyss below the complex in the intervening years.
When Juno makes her appearances to Desmond beneath Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Brotherhood, a sinister alteration of Minerva's music from Assassin's Creed II can be heard.
In Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, the statue most often associated with Hera, Juno's Greek counterpart, seems to be based on the statue of Hera in a proposed reconstruction of Parthenon's eastern pediment.
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (first appearance)
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations (mentioned only)
- Assassin's Creed III
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Assassin's Creed: Rogue (mentioned only)
- Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
- Assassin's Creed: Uprising
- Assassin's Creed: The Official Collection
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (mentioned only)
- The Fate of Atlantis: Judgment of Atlantis (simulation only)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Assassin's Creed: Uprising
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Assassin's Creed III
- ↑ Assassin's Creed II
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Assassin's Creed: Syndicate – The Darkest Hour
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis: Judgment of Atlantis – The Fate of Atlantis
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Syndicate – Database: Reconstructed Data 005
- ↑ Assassin's Creed III - Desmond Miles' email
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Assassin's Creed: Revelations
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Assassin's Creed: Revelations - The Lost Archive
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Initiates - Surveillance
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Initiates (Twitter) - "A monster in the machine"
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Rogue
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Unity
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Assassin's Creed: Syndicate