- "We are torn between knowing that we must act and the knowledge that doing so will lead to our destruction."
- ―The Kanien'kehá:ka Clan Mother speaking about the importance of protecting the village from encroaching colonists.[src]
Kanatahséton was a Kanien'kehá:ka village that was located in the Mohawk Valley during the 18th century. It was built near the area of the Grand Temple's entrance in order to keep it safe, meaning the inhabitants generally kept away from Iroquois affairs. The village was the birthplace of the Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton.
Founded by the beginning of the 18th century, the village was occupied by the Kanien'kehá:ka people, which were a part of the Iroquois Confederacy. As it was built near to the ruins of the Grand Temple's entrance, Kanatahséton was used to protect the area indiscriminately. The village also held a Piece of Eden known as the Crystal Ball, which the people used to speak to Juno in the Nexus.
The village consisted of six separate longhouses within its walls, as well as a spacious open area with log-seats and a fire. This clearing was used for skinning animals and pottery. The walls themselves had three different openings, two on the right (from the inside) and another at the front. These gates surrounded the entire village up to the water at the end. Near this lake were several canoes, presumably used for fishing purposes, and three small farm-like areas.
In 1760, during the French and Indian War, the village was burned down by troops ordered by George Washington, in order to diminish possible threat based on the Native Americans working with the French against the British Army. During this burning, Ratonhnhaké:ton's mother, Kaniehtí:io, was killed, leaving a profound desire for justice in his heart. Though Ratonhnhaké:ton left the village after it was rebuilt to pursue his Assassin training, he would return occasionally to speak with Oiá:ner, keeping in touch with his people as he tried to protect them from outside the village walls.
During the American Revolutionary War, Charles Lee manipulated Kanen'tó:kon and other warriors in the village into joining the other Kanien'kehá:ka against the Continental Army. Washington learned this and stationed several soldiers prepared to attack. Ratonhnhaké:ton stopped the initial plans by killing Washington's messengers, as well as restraining his own people from attacking, although he was forced to kill Kanen'tó:kon in self-defense. Following the end of the war, the village was abandoned in order to compensate for the growing colonies. In their stead, a frontiersman and two native children began to live there as the colonial cities expanded.
In an alternate timeline where Kaniehtí:io never died and her son never joined the Assassins, Washington became an absolute monarch after recovering an Apple of Eden from Yorktown. Kaniehtí:io attempted to steal the Apple, bringing his wrath to bear on the Frontier.
After defending Concord and Lexington, Kaniehtí:io and her son returned to the village having learned Oiá:ner intended to brew the Tea of the Red Willow tree, which granted superhuman abilities to whoever drank it, but at the cost of their sanity. Kaniehtí:io argued they did not need it, but Oiá:ner responded that significantly more soldiers were coming to Kanatahséton than the ones who attacked the colonial towns.
Ratonhnhaké:ton fought fiercely, and attacked Washington when the king used the Apple to end his mother's life. However, he was no match for the Apple's power, and the king proceeded to blast him with his pistols before stabbing him with a bayonet. The villagers fled south to a cave, taking Ratonhnhaké:ton with them.
Behind the scenes
Following the migration of the Kanien'kehá:ka, two different people occasionally wandered the village; these individuals alternated as time passed. After Connor spoke with the frontiersman who was staying in the village, he could always be seen sitting on the stump, though Connor could no longer interact with him.
- Assassin's Creed III (first appearance)
- Assassin's Creed: Initiates (mentioned in Database entry only)
- Assassin's Creed: Forsaken (indirect mention only)
- Assassin's Creed: Rebellion (mentioned in Database entry only)