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Ojeda (died 1492) was a Spanish Templar and right-hand to the Master Templar of the Spanish Rite, Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada.

He accompanied Torquemada through their conquest of Granada on a mission to liberate the Apple of Eden in possession of Sultan Muhammad XII of Granada. Holding the Sultan's son as leverage, Ojeda and Torquemada eventually got their hands on the Apple of Eden they were searching for. However, they were met with opposition from the Assassins, and Ojeda was killed at the hands of Aguilar de Nerha as revenge for taking the life of his lover María.

Biography

Capturing the Prince

In 1492, with the Spanish Rite leading the Reconquista—a disguised effort by the Templars to eliminate the Assassins and any who challenged them—Ojeda led a group of soldiers to locate and capture Prince Ahmed of Granada, in order to ransom him against the Apple of Eden that the Templars knew to be in the possession of his father, Sultan Muhammad XII. Unknown to the Templars, a group of Spanish Assassins were in the crowd. When soldiers found the Prince hidden in a house, Ramirez stood outside and declared that with the Prince's capture, Spain would finally be under one Templar rule. When Ramirez finished speaking, Aguilar de Nerha chose that moment to jump from the roof of the house in which the Prince had been hiding to assassinate, signaling to the Assassins to commence rescuing Ahmed.[1]

Ojeda jumped on a horse and began to follow María, who had hijacked the carriage that held the Prince. A group soldiers followed and attempted to retake the cart, but she fought them off and Ojeda continued his pursuit alone. Eventually, Aguilar caught up and Ojeda fought him. The carriage, not being driven by anyone, hit a rock and the wheel broke off, causing Aguilar and Ojeda to fall off, except that Aguilar jumped to María's carriage, where she was attempting to disconnect the horses from the carriage because sice no one was driving, it was headed for a cliff. Aguilar was left in the carriage where he unlocked the cage where the Prince was held. As soon as this happened, he grabbed the Prince and used his Grappling Hook from his gauntlet to keep them from falling. However, Ojeda captured Aguilar, the Prince, and María.[1]

Escape of the Assassins

Ojeda had kept the two Assassins in a chamber where they were taken outside to be burned at the stake in an auto-da-fé alongside their Mentor Benedicto. Torquemada, along with King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile, were present in the burning. Torquemada then gave a speech, calling the Assassins heretics and claimed they needed to be cleansed by the fire of God. Ojeda then told Aguilar how he was about to watch his Mentor be burned alive. After this, Aguilar began to mess with the lock on his feet in an attempt to free himself to save Benedicto. Unfortunately for him, Benedicto was burned, and right after, Aguilar escaped his chains. Ojeda was about to light the fire beneath María's feet, but Aguilar knocked the stake over, letting María escape. The two Assassins began to run through the streets and along the rooftops of Seville. Ojeda was more chased them down, utilizing crossbows to try to take them down. He chased them to the top of Seville Cathedral, which was under construction. Ojeda was unable to catch the Assassins as they performed a Leap of Faith into the streets below.[1]

Obtaining the Apple and Death

As the Templars entered the city, both Aguilar and María made their way to the Alhambra Palace, where they stood watch as the Sultan reluctantly handed over the Apple in exchange for his son's safety, before they made their move.[1]

Dropping smoke bombs into the room, both Assassins quickly eliminated many of the Templars, before Aguilar captured Torquemada and claimed the Apple. Unfortunately for the Assassin however, Ojeda had managed to catch María. Ojeda promised to release her once Aguilar returned the Apple to Torquemada; Aguilar reluctantly agreed, but before he could act, he witnessed María take her own life with Ojeda's blade to prevent him from betraying the Creed to save her life.[1]

Ojeda is finally killed

Enraged by her death, Aguilar engaged Ojeda in combat but was gradually overcome by his opponent's sheer strength. It was only after he had been knocked to the ground that Aguilar managed to gain the upper hand, using María's launchable Hidden Blade to attack Ojeda and render him defenseless to Aguilar's strikes. With Ojeda dead, a heavily wounded Aguilar was forced to make his escape through the tunnels beneath the palace as Torquemada opened the locked door of the room to the rest of his men.[1]

Personality and characteristics

An imposing presence, Ojeda had a serious hatred of Aguilar de Nerha. The commander of a grand army, he would raze entire towns in the service of his master, Tomás de Torquemada.

Equipment and skills

Ojeda was a skilled fighter, being able to use crossbows and swords well, however his weakness was using his strength over technique, which lead to his death by the hands of Aguilar. Ojeda used his strength well, being able to take down not only Assassins, but also civilians and believed that anyone related to the Assassins, the Prince, or anyone else who wasn't a Templar should be killed, hung, or burned at the stake.

Ojeda's sword features a carved ivory head of the first publicly recognized Grand Master of the Knights Templar, Hugues de Payens, showing his devoted allegiance to the Templar cause.[2]

Behind the scenes

Ojeda is a character in the Assassin's Creed film and the game Assassin's Creed: Rebellion. He is portrayed in the film by the actor Hovik Keuchkerian.

In the movie's official novelization, Ojeda is described as having heterochromia, a characteristic that frequently occurs among Sages. In a Reddit AMA with Aymar Azaïzia, he confirmed that Ojeda was not a Sage. In the same AMA. when questioned about the relationship between Ojeda and McGowen due to their similar appearances, Azaïzia was undecided whether or not McGowen was Ojeda's descendant.[3]

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Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Assassin's Creed: The Movie
  2. Assassin's Creed: Into the Animus – Chapter 5: Costumes and Weapons
  3. Chiacchiera, Marco (22 March 2017). "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit with Aymar Azaïzia. AccessTheAnimus. Archived from the original on February 23, 2020. Retrieved on April 25, 2021.

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