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Humans being controlled by an Isu with an Apple of Eden

A Piece of Eden is a type of technologically sophisticated device created by the Isu which reacts with the network of neurotransmitters engineered into human brains. With the notable exception of the Shrouds of Eden, the majority of Pieces of Eden were designed for the primary purpose of mentally and physically controlling human thoughts, emotions, and behavior. They were therefore the main instrument by which the Isu forced the humans to serve as slave labor.

The powers of the Pieces of Eden have mystified humanity over millennia, enough for them to conflate them with "magic" throughout history. The extinction of the Isu civilization following the Great Catastrophe only reinforced this, as memories of the Isu for the humans faded into legends and myths. Since humans lack the technological expertise to reproduce these devices, they have long been the subject of innumerable conflicts between rival humans seeking them for their own ends. In particular, they are a central obsession of the Templar Order, which has devoted much of their resources for millennia searching and seizing these artifacts in their quest for world domination.

Description

Although the main classes of Pieces of Eden, such as the Apples and Staves of Eden, were utilized as tools by which humanity could be controlled, others deviated from this purpose. The Swords of Eden are primarily weapons capable of emitting energy blasts while the Shrouds of Eden are medical in nature, designed for healing even the most mortal of wounds. The diverse functions of the devices extend further: many are capable of bending the thoughts of one or more individuals to that of the user, projecting illusions or concealing the user's presence. The Precursor boxes, powered by other Pieces of Eden, can imprint the memories of its users onto others and decode examples of Isu script, like the Voynich manuscript. Other functions are more mundane relative to modern human technology, such as the projection of holograms or the Crystal Skulls which act as long-distance communication devices, but these nevertheless appeared supernatural to ancient peoples.

Since the end of the Isu civilization, these devices, appearing sporadically in the hands of humans, have acquired a status as legendary relics of phenomenal properties. Greatly eclipsing the technological level of human civilization, even into modern times, the Pieces of Eden bestow tremendous power over society to those who come to possess them. Their employment has therefore had immense impacts on human history; some of the most influential leaders such as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Mahatma Gandhi were aided by their use of a Piece of Eden.

Recognizing their significance, the Pieces of Eden have been at the forefront of the Templar Order's goals for centuries as they hope that by exploiting the artifacts, they could achieve their vision of a New World Order. The contest for the Pieces of Eden between the Templars and their archenemies, the Assassins, who traditionally seek to safeguard them, has been a hallmark of their millennia long war.

History

Isu era

Adam: "Eve, what is this device?"
Eve: "Touch, Adam, and you will know."
―Adam and Eve examining the Apple of Eden.[src]-[m]

The Pieces of Eden have a long history that punctuates the tales of humanity. During the War of Unification, the Isu Hephaistos created Swords of Eden for the conflict. His apprentice Consus created a Shroud of Eden to heal the soldiers.[1] He later put his consciousness into the artifact. The Apples of Eden were used to control humans, who were created by Phanes during Project Anthropos to work as slaves for the Isu.[2]

The Isu Juno and her husband Aita used Atlantis artifacts on humans, creating hybrid monsters for the Olympos Project. When Poseidon learned of this, he banished them from Atlantis, but they continued their experiments in secret.[2]

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Eve holding an Apple of Eden

However, interbreeding between humans and members of the Isu led to the creation of a hybrid race, which was immune to the hypnotic effects of the Pieces of Eden. In 75,010 BCE, two of these hybrids, Adam and Eve, stole one of the Apples from their masters and escaped from captivity in Eden. Soon after, war broke out, pitting humanity against their creators.[3]

While the rest of the Isu were preoccupied with battling the humans, Jupiter, Juno and Minerva were tasked with finding a way to guard against the threat of an impending solar flare. They relocated to the Grand Temple in what is now Turin, New York[4], a facility which could only be entered using an Apple of Eden. Opening the Temple's inner gate required another Piece of Eden, namely the Grand Temple Key.[5]

By that time, the Isu were already able to generate small magnetic fields through the Shards of Eden, which were worn as rings. Using similar technology, they hoped to create a large magnetic field to protect the Earth from the sun's flare. However, they lacked the resources to do so, and though they attempted to create fields to protect small portions of the Earth, they were ultimately unsuccessful.[5]

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A projection of Jupiter controlling humans with an Apple of Eden

The Isu soon discovered that when enough humans sat in thrall of the Pieces of Eden and were forced to believe, their thoughts became reality. Jupiter, Juno and Minerva considered the possibility that they could use an agglomeration of focused human imagination to save the planet. This attempt was also deemed unsuccessful.[5]

As their third option, they sent an Apple of Eden into the orbit, and when it was placed, uttered the words "make us safe". When their first attempt failed, they resolved to send a dozen more after. This act was also met with failure as there was no way to direct the beams of energy emitted by the Pieces down to the Earth.[5]

Only ten years after the human rebellion began, the solar flare destroyed most of the Earth's surface and population, leaving roughly ten thousand humans alive and far fewer of the Isu.[4] The remaining members of the Isu came to be revered as gods by the humans; knowing that extinction awaited them, they began to aid the humans and guide their culture in turn, attempting to help them in the case another cataclysm were to struck.[6]

Myths and legends

Egyptian mythology

A long time ago, the Isu known as Isis used the Ankh of Eden to resurrect her husband Osiris and shared an intimate moment with him before he died a second time.[7]

Greek mythology

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Jason retrieiving a Shroud of Eden

Many mythological legends and events have been linked to the Pieces of Eden. In Greece, the hero Perseus used a Sword of Eden against a Writhing Dread, a creation of Project Olympos who is known in myths as the gorgon Medusa.[8] One of the twelve labors of Herakles involved the retrieval of Apples of Eden, and the central focus of Jason's quest with the Argonauts was the recovery of a Shroud of Eden called the Golden Fleece.[9] Some of these heroes fought the hybrids of Project Olympos, as the Minotaur was slain by the king Theseus, the Cyclops was blinded by Odysseus, and the Sphinx was outsmarted by Oedipous.[8] An Apple of Eden was also the cause of the Trojan War.[10]

Biblical mythology

In the Hebrew Bible, many figures realized miracles with Pieces of Eden. Joseph, son of Jacob, was in possession of a Shroud of Eden. The prophet Moses used a Staff of Eden to create an illusion that he parted and closed the Red Sea. The King David used a Shroud of Eden during his fight with Goliath.[9]

Norse mythology

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Idun and the Apples of Eden

In Norse mythology, the goddess Idun was the keeper of apples that gave eternal youth. In reality, these were Apples of Eden.[11] The god Odin plunged a Sword of Eden into the tree Barnstokkr which was pulled out by the warrior Sigmund.[12]

Classical Era

Ancient Egypt

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Queen Nefertiti holding an Apple of Eden

During the 14th century BCE, the Pharaoh Amenhotep IV acquired an Apple of Eden. Believing it was the god Aten itself, he took the name Akhenaten and, with his wife Nefertiti, introduced a new monotheistic religion to Egypt.[13] When he died, his son Smenkhkare created the Order of the Ancients with the aim of identifying and exploiting the Pieces of Eden.[14] After his death, his brother Tutankhamun restored the traditional polytheistic religious system in Egypt and gave the Apple to the High Priests of Amun in Karnak.[13]

At the end of the 8th century BCE, the Pharaoh of Egypt Shabataka possessed a Staff of Eden.[12]

Classical Greece

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Hermes and his staff

During the 6th century BCE, the Greek scholar Pythagoras was contacted by the Isu Hermes Trismegistus, who gave him his Staff, granting him immortality. One of his disciples, Kyros of Zarax met the Isu Aphrodite and received an Apple of Eden that he used to win a race against Atalanta and marry her.[15]

Later, Pythagoras found the Cult of Hermes, a group dedicated to the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus. A faction of Hermeticists led by Agamemnon broke away to form the Cult of Kosmos. Under the Sanctuary of Delphi, they uncovered a pyramidal Piece of Eden which could share memories and visions of the future. With its power, the Cult forced the Pythia to serve as their puppet and sow discord across Greece for their own interests.[8]

During the invasion of Greece by King Xerxes I of Persia, King Leonidas I of Sparta, led the Spartans into war against the Persians with an Isu spear in his hand. When he made his last stand at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BCE, the shaft of the spear was broken, but the spearhead was recovered and given to his daughter Myrrine who in turn passed it onto to her daughter, Kassandra. Kassandra grew up to become a legendary misthios at the height of the Peloponnesian War, using the Spear of Leonidas in all her military escapades. Conversely, the Sword of Damokles, a Sword of Eden, found its way into the hands of her half-brother Alexios who was abducted by the Cult of Kosmos, renamed Deimos, and indoctrinated into becoming their most powerful warrior.[8]

With the Spear, Kassandra fought and destroyed the Cult of Kosmos, defeated Alexios, and destroyed the Pyramid. She also recovered the Atlantis artifacts by killing the hybrids of the Olympos Project and sealed the Atlantis with it. After that, the Isu Aletheia sent a message to her father Pythagoras asking him to give her the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus. Kassandra became immortal and learned how to use the Staff through Aletheia's simulations. When the power of the spear faded away, Kassandra gave it to her friend Herodotos who was buried with it.[8]

Hellenistic Age

During the 4th century BCE, the Order of the Ancients entrusted to the King Alexander the Great the Trident of Eden, a Staff of Eden combined with three prongs which had different powers: Faith, Fear and Devotion. With the Trident, Alexander conquered Egypt and Persia.[16] After his assassination by Iltani, Alexander was buried in his tomb at Alexandria with the staff while the prongs were shared between his generals.[14] Ptolemy I Soter received the Faith prong while Seleucus I Nicator received the Fear prong, and the Macedonian people received the Devotion prong.[16]

By 49 BCE, the Order of the Ancients had acquired an Apple of Eden. A group led by the proconsul of Cyrenaica, Flavius Metellus, went to the remote Egyptian village Siwa and kidnapped the Medjay Bayek and his son Khemu to force him to open a Isu vault under the Temple of Amun. They had hoped that the mysteries within the vault would grant them more power or access to other Pieces of Eden. As the Medjay resisted, Flavius Metellus killed his son before leaving Bayek for dead. After that, the Oracle of Amun and Ancient Medunamun kept the artifact and tyrannized the village of Siwa. A year later, Bayek returned and beat to death Meduamun with the Apple. He subsequently journeyed to Alexandria, where he passed the Apple to his wife Aya who in turn entrusted the artifact to Apollodorus, a loyal follower of the Pharaoh Cleopatra.[14]

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Flavius using the Staff to open the Siwa Vault

During the Alexandrine Civil War, the Ancients recovered the Staff of Alexander the Great and convinced Julius Caesar and Cleopatra to ally with them, lending the Staff to Cleopatra for a time after the end of the civil war. The Order seized back the Staff and murdered Apollodorus to recover the Apple. Returning to Siwa, Flavius Metellus opened the vault by combining the Apple and the Staff. Within the vault, he discovered a holographic map revealing the locations of other Pieces of Eden. This map was downloaded by the Apple. After that, the Ancient Lucius Septimius took the Staff to Rome where he gave it to the Order while Flavius Metellus kept the Apple and used its power to mentally enslave the people of Cyrenaica. When he was confronted by Bayek at the Temple of Mars, he again relied on the device to try to defeat the Medjay, but it was all for naught as his nemesis managed to slay him anyways. Later, the Medjay hid the Apple under the Library of Alexandria.[14]

In the meantime, Septimius himself had in his possession the Flails of Eden. Adopting these as his signature weapon, he wielded them in personal combat against Aya at the Theatre of Pompey, but like Flavius Metellus before him, his advantage proved insufficient, and he was killed by Aya. Not long afterwards, Aya and Bayek founded the Hidden Ones to counter the Order of the Ancients, and she rallied a group of Roman senators to assassinate Julius Caesar.[14] When these senators, chief among them Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, perished in the ensuing war against Caesar's adopted son Octavian, the Hidden Ones desperately tried to resurrect Brutus with the original Shroud of Eden. They were devastated to find that at most, they could only reanimate him for a brief moment.[17]

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Isidora using the Apple

In 38 BCE, the God's Wife of Amun Isidora used Akhenaten's Apple of Eden against the tomb robbers of the Valley of the Kings to avenge her mother's death. The power of the Apple created illusions of undead pharaohs who attacked the citizens of Thebes, causing them to believe that there was a curse.[13] Bayek, having heard rumors of golden light on the road to Thebes, reached the Seth-Anat Tomb and fought undead soldiers. In the tomb, he met a man who tasked him to recover a stone which was in the tomb. After returning the stone, the man disappeared and Bayek was defeated by undead soldiers. When he woke up, a woman explained that he was found in the desert. As he tried to tell his story, the woman thought he had only been hallucinating. Bayek decided to investigate the city.[18]

Bayek received a letter from Aya who explained to him that a Piece of Eden was hidden in Thebes. Just when he arrived, he was attacked by a vision of Nefertiti. While investigating the city to find the Piece of Eden, Bayek met Isidora, who hid the truth and told him that he must fight the curse by appeasing the pharaohs in the afterlife, that is the Aaru and the Aten. When Bayek uncovered the truth, he killed Isidora and tasked the robber Sutekh to hide the Apple. Later, Bayek found the corpse of Sutekh, not knowing if he accomplished his mission.[13]

Beginning of Christianity

During the 1st century CE, a man known as Jesus Christ came to possess a Shroud of Eden in Roman Judea and became a religious reformer and a prophet to his followers. He was baptized by John the Baptist, a man who in turn had a Staff of Eden. As the Order of the Ancients wanted the Shroud, they crucified Jesus to recover the artifact but his disciples recovered his body and used the Shroud on him in the hopes of reviving him. Three days later, his corpse disappeared.[12][9]

One of Jesus' disciples, Saint Peter possessed a Staff of Eden and became the leader of the Christian community in Rome. Later, the Staff was passed to every leader of the community, who in time came to be known as the pope, the highest authority in Christendom.[12]

At some point, Roman emperors recovered the Faith and Devotion prongs. They were later given to the popes.[16] During the 3rd century CE, the bishop of Paris Denis seemed to have in his possession an Apple of Eden which was encased in a lantern.[19]

Germanic & Hunnic invasions

In the 1st century CE, the Ankh of Eden was found by Roman looters in a pyramid before being sold to an Egyptian slave trader. The Roman Hidden One Lugos acquired the artifact and also the Scepter of Aset. During his journey on the Mediterranean Sea, Lugos' ship sank. Before he died, the Hidden Ones recorded a message with the Ankh detailing the location of the Scepter.[20]

By 259 CE, the Alemanni Hidden Ones Accipiter was in possession of the Ankh. He gave the artifact to his cousin Aquilus who was also a Hidden Ones from Lugdunum. Aquilus entrusted the Ankh to his father Lucius, but he was killed by the senator and member of the Order of the Ancients Caïus Fulvus Vultur, who took the Ankh with him to Rome. [7]

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The Ankh projecting a hologram

Later, Aquilus killed Vultur and took back the Ankh. When he tried to use it, a hologram of his father appeared, but it was stopped when Aquilus and his wife Valeria were arrested by Roman soldiers. Aquilus was executed but Valeria was saved by Accipiter who tasked her to hide the Ankh.[20]

During the 5th century CE, Attila the Hun came to possess a Sword of Eden which permitted him to conquer a significant portion of Europe. A century later, the proto-Templar Arthur also possessed a Sword of Eden known as Excalibur which he used to fight the Saxon invaders.[12]

Medieval Era

Scandinavia

During the 10th century, the emperor Otto I was in possession of the Devotion prong. In 965, he passed the artifact to the bishop Poppa who evangelized Denmark and baptized the Templar and King of Denmark Harald Bluetooth. For two decades, Harald kept the prong, using its power to subtly turn foes into allies. Until 984, when Harald was forced into an alliance by his brother-in-law, Styrbjörn the Strong, who was immune to the power of the prong. During their war campaign against Styrbjorn's uncle, Eric the Victorious, the Prince took Harald's prized prong as a guarantee to prevent the Danish King from betraying him. Harald nevertheless decided to flee, and Styrbjorn kept the artifact, unaware of its true power. Styrbjörn later offered, what he believed to be a Christian relic, to the gods during his wedding to Thyra Haraldsdottir.[21]

Sent by Eric to assassinate the Prince, the Assassin Thorvald Hjaltason witnessed the wedding and took the "Aesir blade" from the shrine after their departure. After the Battle of Fyrisvellir during which Styrbjörn was defeated, Thorvald then entrusted the farmer and soldier Östen Jorundsson with hiding the prong where no one could find it. Östen buried the artifact on his lands where it remained for almost a thousand years.[21]

Tang dynasty

During the 10th century, an Apple of Eden was used to develop firearms in China.[22]

Crusades

"What of these artifacts? Messages in a bottle? Tools left behind to aid and guide us? Or do we fight for control over their refuse, giving divine purpose and meaning to little more than discarded toys?"
―Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad's Codex, page 5.[src]

In the 12th century, the Knights Templar participated in the Crusades, aiming for the conquest of the Holy Land. By the time of the Third Crusade, they were led by Grand Master Robert de Sable and had focused their efforts on acquiring a particular Piece of Eden: the Apple of Eden of Bayek which was hidden in the ruins of Solomon's Temple beneath the city of Jerusalem.[10]

Seeking the Apple to aid them in their mission and ensure their rule, the Templars used the cover of the Third Crusade to infiltrate the temple. However, one of their own betrayed them; Al Mualim, the Mentor of the Assassin Order who had secretly been allied to them, had sent his best agents to procure the device. Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Malik Al-Sayf, and Kadar Al-Sayf intercepted the Templars, and the two parties engaged one another. While the Templars were able to eject Altaïr from the battle and kill Kadar, Malik successfully captured the Apple and spirited it back to the Assassin fortress in Masyaf.[10]

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Al Mualim using the Apple on Altaïr

When Al Mualim had the Apple and wanted to use the power of the artifact to create what he considered to be lasting peace in the Holy Land. He began by bewitching the Assassins and villagers of Masyaf but was confronted by Altaïr when the Master Assassin discovered his treachery. Despite conjuring illusions with the Apple, he was slain by Altaïr. In his dying moments, he challenged his former prize pupil to destroy the Apple as he had said he would, but when it projected a hologram of the globe, Altaïr beheld its potential and both knew that he would lack the will to carry out his word.[10]

In the aftermath, Altaïr took Al Mualim's corpse outside to be cremated to the protests of some Assassins as this was against their customs. Seizing upon the dispute, the Assassin Abbas Sofian took the Apple of Eden from Altaïr but immediately lost control of its power as it unleashed waves of energy. Altaïr recovered the artifact from Abbas before it could kill them all.[23]

Since he was unwilling to destroy the Apple, Altaïr decided to seal the Apple within the Archives on Limassol, Cyprus. Circumstances worked against this plan however, and he decided to keep the Apple for himself, not just to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands but also as a vital object of research.[24]

Over the course of his life, Altaïr gazed into the Apple frequently, basing new weaponry and assassination techniques on information gleaned from it. He recorded some of what he learned from the Apple in his Codex. When Abbas Sofian who usurped leadership of the Assassins and tried to take the Apple again, Altaïr went into exile in Alamut, where he studied the Apple for another twenty years. With the Apple, he created the Hidden Gun, which he used to finally recover Masyaf and kill Abbas in 1247.[25]

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Altaïr using the Apple against the Mongols

In addition to knowledge useful for the Order's purposes, Altaïr witnessed visions of the past and future within the Apple, some of which greatly disturbed him.[3] In 1257, during the Mongol attack on Masyaf, Altaïr used the power of the Apple to repel the Mongol troops for a time. After Masyaf's people had been evacuated, he sealed himself in his library with the Apple, securing the Piece of Eden within a secret compartment. He designed his library to be only accessible with his five Memory Seals that doubled as keys; these he entrusted to Niccolò and Maffeo Polo who hid them beneath Constantinople.[26]

Mongol Empire

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Gengis Khan with the Sword of Eden 2

At the beginning of the 13th century, Genghis Khan acquired a Sword of Eden which he used to conquer most part of Asia and Middle East. Altaïr and his family tried to steal the Sword during their mission in Mongolia but they only assassinated Genghis.[27] Later, his grandson Hülegü Khan used the Sword during his conquest of the Levant in 1250. During the Fall of Masyaf, the Sword protected him from the power of Altaïr's Apple.[28]

By 1259, Möngke Khan was in possession off the Fear prong. When he was killed by the Chinese Assassin Zhang Zhi, the Khan was buried with the artifact.[29]

Mamluk Egypt

Around 1250, the Scepter of Aset was recovered by an Italian fisherman. It then was entrusted by an Egyptian Assassin who gave the artifact to the Mamluks in Cairo. In 1257, Darim Ibn-La'Ahad, Altaïr's son, gave an Apple of Eden to further help the Mamluks revolt.[30]

In 1341, the Templars tried to recover the scepter while the Assassin Numa Al'Khamsin impeded their efforts. His disciple Ali Al-Ghraib hid the scepter in a well where it stayed for centuries.[30]

High Middle Age

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De Molay's advisor hiding the Sword

At the beginning of the 14th century, the Grand Master Templar and Sage Jacques de Molay was in possession of the Sword of Eden 1 and the Heart, which granted more power to the Sword. During the Persecution of the Templars in 1307, the two artifacts were separated. The Sword was hidden in a vault under the Temple of Paris by Jacques de Molay's advisor while the Grand Master carved the Heart in the wall of his cell in the Château de Chinon.[31]

In 1350, the Brothers of the Cross, a Templar faction searched the Ankh of Eden in the city of Essen in Germany. The group mysteriously disappeared at the same moment than the Assassin Lukas Zurburg.[32]

In 1429, the peasant and Assassin ally Jeanne d'Arc recovered the Heart at Chinon and the Sword underneath the Church of Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois and used the artifacts during the Hundred Years' War to lead the French Army against the English. After the arrest of Jeanne, the Templars recovered the Sword while Jeanne gave the Heart to the former prostitute Fleur as she took her the place on the stake. As the Heart was found intact in the remains of the stake, the executioner Geoffroy Thérage threw it in the Seine, believing to have killed a saint.[31]

During the 14th century, the Templar Geoffroy de Charny possessed the original Shroud of Eden and in 1356 the Italian Brotherhood of Assassins stole the Piece of Eden before hiding it under the Villa Auditore in Monteriggioni.[33]

Ming dynasty

At the beginning of the 15th century, the Chinese Brotherhood of Assassins possessed an Apple of Eden that an apprentice was tasked to protect. After the Assassin purge of 1402 launched by the Yongle Emperor and the Templars, the apprentice fled with the Assassin Li Tong, who became the keeper of the Apple of Eden.[32]

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Zhang Yong taking the precursor box on the body of Wang Yangming

In 1526, the Assassin Shao Jun returned in China with a Precursor box gave by the retired Italian Mentor Ezio Auditore da Firenze. To approach her Templar targets, the Eight Tigers, she decided to be captured with the box to assure her a chance to survive. The Tiger Gao Feng took the box and sent it to his Tiger brother Yu Dayong before being killed by Shao Jun. Later, the Assassin killed Yu Dayong in Macau and recovered the box. She entrusted the artifact to her Mentor Wang Yangming who went to Nan'an to find some people who can examine the box. Wang was killed by the leader of the Tigers Zhang Yong who took the box and sent it out of China to other Templars.[34]

By 1542, the Jiajing Emperor had come to possess a Crystal Skull. Using the artifact, he initiated contact with the Italian Assassin Giovanni Borgia, who had recovered another Crystal Skull from the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan.[35]

In June 1582, the Chinese Assassin Liu Yan brought a Sword of Eden to China from Japan to ensure the protection of the artifact.[28]

Age of Discovery

Ottoman Empire

By 1453, an Apple of Eden had fallen into the hands of Sultan Mehmet II of the Ottoman Empire. Using its powers, Mehmet was able to conquer Constantinople and subdue the Byzantine Empire, taking Constantinople as his new capital.[36] Mehmet II died in 1481 and he was succeeded by his oldest son, Bayezid II. Bayezid's brother Cem, a secret Templar, discreetly took his father's Apple of Eden for himself, hoping to use it to further the Templars' goals. However, to his dissatisfaction, the Apple refused to communicate with him despite his attempts to use it.[36]

Cem eventually decided to leave the Apple for European Templars to retrieve later. While on his way to meet the Knights Hospitalier on Rhodes, Cem made a stop in Cyprus and hid the Apple in the Templar Archive in Limassol, where the western Templars could find it.[36]

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The Apple creating a Synch Nexus for Ezio

In 1512, the Mentor Ezio Auditore da Firenze recovered the Seals to open the Library of Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad and discovered the Apple of Eden. When Ezio entered in contact with the artifact, he was connecting by a Synch Nexus to his descendant Desmond Miles to deliver a message from the Isu Tinia. After that Ezio left the Apple in the Library.[37]

In 1516, the Greek Brotherhood of Assassins was protecting an Apple of Eden. The rogue English Assassin Hiram Stoddard attacked the Assassin's hideout to recover the artifact and contact his deceased lover Elena. After killing the Assassins, Stoddard was ambushed by the Italian Assassin and old rival Giovanni Borgia who bested him and took the Apple before trying to convince him to return in the Brotherhood.[38]

Italian Renaissance

In 1454, a Florentine army led by Federico da Montefeltro besieged Monteriggioni to take the Shroud of Eden. The town's ruler and leader of the Italian Assassins, Mario Auditore, defeated the invaders and entered into the vault where the artifact was hidden. To protect the city, Mario entrusted the Shroud to his brother Giovanni, who gave it to a cell of Assassins led by Rinaldo Vitturi located in Agnadello.[39]

In 1488, the Roman Rite of the Templar Order led by the cardinal and Grand Master Rodrigo Borgia recovered the Apple of Eden left by Cem in the Templar library in Cyprus and brought the artifact to Venice to open the Vatican Vault. Ezio Auditore, who wanted to kill Rodrigo to avenge the deaths of his father Giovanni and his brothers Federico and Petruccio, impersonated the escort of the artifact to approach the Grand Master. With the help of the Italian Assassins, Ezio scared away Rodrigo and recovered the Apple.[40]

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Leonardo seeing projections from the Apple

After being formally inducted in the Brotherhood, Ezio and the Assassins brought the Apple to Leonardo da Vinci to study the artifact. After agreeing that the Apple would be dangerous if it fell in the wrong hands, Ezio was tasked with the Assassin Niccolò Machiavelli to escort the Apple to Forlì where it would be entrusted to their ally Caterina Sforza. When they arrived, the city was attacked by the brothers Ludovico and Checco Orsi, who were hired by Rodrigo to recover the artifact. During the battle, Checco stole the Apple to Caterina but was later killed by Ezio who was severely wounded. While he was unconscious, the Apple was taken by the monk Girolamo Savonarola.[41]
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Savonarola using the Apple on Florence's citizens

In 1492, Rodrigo became pope under the name of Alexander VI and received the Staff of Eden which, combined with an Apple of Eden, could open the Vatican Vault. In 1494, Savonarola took control of Florence by using the Apple to bewitch his lieutenants. Alexander sent his men to recover the artifact. By 1497, Ezio arrived in Florence and with the Assassins created an uprising against Savonarola by killing the monk's lieutenants. In 1498, Ezio recovered the Apple after Savonarola was attacked by a mob.[42]

In 1498, Lucrezia Borgia, Rodrigo's daughter, gave birth to a malformed Giovanni Borgia. The father of the child, Perotto Calderon, was an undercover Assassin agent sent to spy on the Borgia. He took his deformed son to Agnadello in the hopes of healing him with the Shroud. Knowing this would constitute a betrayal of the Brotherhood, Perotto killed the Assassins to access to the artifact and successfully cured his son before dying at the blades of the Assassins.[43]

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Ezio using the Staff and the Apple to open the vault

In 1499, Ezio confronted Rodrigo in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. During their fight, the Templar used the power of the Staff while the Assassin used the power of the Apple. Rodrigo won the duel, took the Apple, combining it with the Staff to open the Vatican Vault without success. After a fistfight which the Assassin won, Ezio used the two Pieces of Eden to open the vault where he came into contact with the Isu Minerva who showed him the First Catastrophe and the Second that would occur centuries later.[44] Leaving the vault, Ezio tried to recover the Staff, but it was sealed by a trap.[45]

Returning to Monteriggioni, Ezio entrusted the Apple to his uncle Mario, but Cesare Borgia, Rodrigo's son and General of the Papal Army, led a siege on the city, killing Mario and taking the Apple for his father.[46] In Rome, Rodrigo forced Leonardo da Vinci to study the Apple while also letting his grandson Giovanni play with the Apple due to his contact with the Shroud of Eden.[47]

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Ezio using the Apple against Cesare troops

In August 1503, Ezio, by then the Mentor of the Italian Brotherhood, recovered the Apple after Rodrigo was killed by his own son. Ezio used it to defeat the forces of Cesare in Rome. After the arrest of Cesare, Ezio used the Apple to foretell that Cesare would escape.[48] Ezio used the Apple to find the Templar until in 1506 when he was tasked by the Apple to hide it under the Colosseum Vault.[49]

In 1509, during the Battle of Agnadello, the condottiero Niccolò di Pitigliano stole the Shroud of Eden under the protection of the Brotherhood. A year later, the Assassin Francesco Vecellio was sent in the city of Lonigo to kill Niccolò and recover the Shroud, two things in which the Assassin succeeded.[50]

In 1515, a then retired Ezio Auditore assigned the Assassin apprentices Hiram Stoddard and Giovanni Borgia to take an Apple of Eden which was in the possession of the Templar Dei Petrucci in Florence. The two Assassins failed in their mission but the Apple was later recovered and sent in Greece.[38]

By 1524, Ezio was in possession of a precursor box that he gave to the Chinese Assassin Shao Jun when she left Italy after he trained her.[51]

Spanish Inquisition

Around 1458, the King Alfonso V of Aragon received the Prong of Faith from the pope Callixtus III. The prong was then handed to the Kings of Spain until 1519.[16]

At the end of the Reconquista, the Spanish Rite of the Templar Order led by the Inquisitor General Tomás de Torquemada tried to take control of Spain using the Pieces of Eden. The Templar and inquisitor Gustavo Ramírez tried to localize three parts of a Staff of Eden in Spain. Ramírez found the first part at the St. Rafael Abbey and entrusted the second part to the monks of the Monastery of St. Lucia. The third part was in the possession of monks of the Asturias mountains who believed it was a part of Saint James' staff. Pedro Madruga, a friend of the Monastery, hid the fragment in his castle of Sobroso to protect it from the Inquisition.[52]

The Spanish Brotherhood of Assassins tried to prevent the Templars from completing the Staff. A team of Assassins infiltrated the Sádaba Castle to steal the first part, but Ramírez fled with it. Then, the Assassins went to St. Lucia and succeeded in taking the second part. They entrusted it to their allies at the Salamanca University.[52]

By 1491, Torquemada discovered that the Assassins had entrusted an Apple of Eden to the Sultan Muhammad XII of Granada. The Templars manipulated Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile into besieging Granada. To force the Sultan to give the artifact, the Templar Ojeda kidnapped his son Ahmed to proceed to an exchange during the surrender of Granada.[53]

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Torquemada contemplating the Apple

When Torquemada received the Apple from the Sultan, the Assassins Aguilar de Nerha and María intervened to take the artifact. During the confrontation, María and Ojeda were killed, but Aguilar fled the city with the Apple. Months later, Aguilar gave the Apple to an ally of the Brotherhood Christoffa Corombo who kept the artifact during his travels to the New World until his death in 1506 and was buried with it.[53]

After the end of the Reconquista, the Templars tortured the monks of the Asturias mountains to uncover the location of the Staff's last section. The Assassins saved the monks who revealed to them where it was. The Assassin Diego de Alvarado, who was a spy of Ramírez, led the Templars to the last part of the Staff before the Assassins. Later, Alvarado killed Ramírez and took the artifact's section in his possession. Alvarado broke into Salamanca University and stole the last section of the Staff.[52]

Alvarado handed all the parts of the Staff to Torquemada, who completed the artifact. In 1498, Torquemada went to the Saint Thomas Aquinas' Monastery in Ávila which was constructed on top of an Isu forge. Using the Forge and the Staff, Torquemada created ghost-like guards and prepared to take control of Spain. The Assassins infiltrated the Forge, killed Torquemada and his ghost army, and destroyed the Staff which was buried under the ruins of the site as the Forge collapsed on itself.[52]

Spanish conquest of America

In 1519, the conquistador Hernán Cortés received the prong of Faith from the King of Spain Carlos I to help him during his expedition in Mexico. During his campaign against the Aztec Empire, Cortés used the prong to give hope to his troops who were outnumbered and also turned some of the natives to his cause.[16]

Phrenology

Giovanni and Bombastus studying the Crystal Skull of Mexico

Posing as a chronicler and astrologer, the Assassin Giovanni Borgia infiltrated Cortés' expedition to recover Pieces of Eden in the New World. During the Night of Sorrows, Giovanni assassinated a priest of Tenochtitlan to take a Crystal Skull in his possession. Later, Giovanni returned to Europe with the artifact.[35]

In 1521, the conquistador Juan Ponce de León was influenced by the Templars to explore Florida in the search of the Fountain of Youth, a Piece of Eden alleged to granted eternal youth. Ponce de León was killed by the Assassin Miguel Ramón Carlo de Lugo as the Brotherhood wanted to protect the artifact.[32]

Elizabethan era

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The Crystal Ball used by Edward Kelley

By 1559, Altaïr's Apple was in the possession of the Queen Elizabeth I of England. One of her adviser, John Dee, was aware of the nature of the artifact. By 1587, during his time in Bohemia, Dee worked with the English scientist and occultist Edward Kelley, conducting alchemical experiments with the Book of Abraham and a Crystal Ball before returning to England. After the death of the Queen in 1603, Dee sent a cryptic message to Kelley's stepdaughter Elizabeth Jane Weston to inform her about the Apple of Eden.[54]

Feudal Japan

At the end of the Sengoku period, the daimyo Takeda Shingen was in possession of a Sword of Eden. In 1573, Takeda was killed by the Japanese Assassin Hattori Hanzō and the Sword was taken by the daimyo and Assassin ally Oda Nobunaga.[28]

In 1582, as Oda was using the Sword for his own profit, the Assassin Yamauchi Taka killed him and gave the Sword to Liu Yan from the Chinese Brotherhood, who brought the artifact back to her country.[28]

Age of Enlightenment

Golden Age of Piracy

By 1699, the English privateer Captain William Kidd was in the possession of a Ring of Eden which could deflect any metal projectile, giving him a reputation to be invincible. The Templars tried to recover the artifact but Kidd hid it on the Oak Island leaving hints to four members of his former crew.[55]

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Alonzo Batilla holding the Fragment of Eden

By 1717, the Dutch slaver and Templar ally Laurens Prins was in possession of the Fragment of Eden, an artifact that could control individuals but also increased the speed and firepower of a ship. In February 1717, the British Assassin and pirate Samuel Bellamy attacked Prins' ship the Whydah and took the artifact. He entrusted it to the French pirate Alonzo Batilla who passed it to another French pirate, Olivier Levasseur. By 1718, Levasseur buried the Fragment on Caicos Islands in the Caribbean Sea to protect it from the Templars.[56]

In August 1718, Levasseur and Batilla recovered the artifact but were ambushed by the ship of the pirate and Templar Christopher Condent. Batilla used the power of the Fragment to sink Condent's ship. As a British fleet led by the Templar pirate-hunter Woodes Rogers arrived, Levasseur fled with the Fragment while Batilla attacked the fleet to give enough time to his friend to escape.[56]

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Roberts using the Crystal skull with the armillary sphere to see through Woodes Rogers' eyes

In 1719, the Sage and pirate Bartholomew Roberts entered in the Observatory in Jamaica and took a Crystal Skull that he used with Blood vials to spy important ship cargo and became the richest pirate of this time.[57] In 1722, the former pirate turned Assassin Edward Kenway killed Roberts and took the Crystal Skull.[58] He used it to track the Grand Master of the West Indies Rite of the Templar Order Laureano de Torres y Ayala in Havana.[59] As it was a trap, Kenway returned the artifact to the Observatory where it would be watched over by the West Indies Brotherhood of Assassins.[60]

Georgian Britain

After his journey in the West Indies, Edward Kenway returned to England and settled in London, becoming the co-leader of the British Brotherhood of Assassins around 1723. During his travels in Europe and the Middle-East exploring Isu sites, Edward discovered an Isu cache with a Shroud of Eden in it. Edward secreted it away in the Tower of London while he hid the key in St. Paul's Cathedral.[1]

After Edward's death in 1735, the last leader of the British Brotherhood Miko possessed the Grand Temple Key, bearing it as an amulet. In 1754, Miko was killed by Edward's son, Haytham Kenway, who was a member of the British Rite of the Templar Order, and the Key was stolen. Later, Grand Master Reginald Birch tasked Haytham with finding the Grand Temple in the British Colonies and entrusted him with the Key.[61]

Maroon rebellion in Saint-Domingue

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Bastienne receiving the Precursor box from Adéwalé

In 1735, a French Templar Admiral possessed Ezio's Precursor box. On his way to deliver it to the Madam of La Dame en Rose Bastienne Josèphe in Port-au-Prince, the Admiral was killed by the Assassin and former pirate Adéwalé who recovered the artifact.[62] After a tempest, Adéwalé's ship La Victoire shipwrecked on the shores of Sant-Domingue. The Assassin entered in contact with Bastienne to help each other: Adéwalé will support the Maroon rebellion on the island while Bastienne will secure a way out for the Assassin to leave Port-au-Prince in exchange of the precursor box.[63] After two years, Adéwalé gave the Box to Bastienne before leaving the island.[64]

By November 1751, the Mentor of the Saint-Domingue Brotherhood of Assassins and Maroons leader François Mackandal received the Precursor box from Bastienne and used its power to decipher the Voynich manuscript. The Assassins discovered the location of an Isu Temple near Port-au-Prince. Mackandal sent his apprentice Vendredi in the Temple which triggered an earthquake. In the panic, the leader of the Templars in British Colonies Lawrence Washington infiltrated the Assassins' camp and stole the Precursor Box and the Manuscript.[65]

Persia

During the sack of the Taj Mahal in 1739 by the Afsharid dynasty of Persia, Nāder Shāh found a piece of Eden shape like a diamond which he named Koh-i-Noor (Mountain of light).[66]

In 1747, Nāder was killed by the Persian Assassin Salah Bey but the artifact fell in the hands of the Afghan chief Ahmad Shāh Durrānī who founded the Durrānī Empire.[67]

Seven Years' War

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A World projection from the Precursor box

After his travel in Saint-Domingue, Lawrence Washington returned in the British Colonies in 1752 and entrusted Ezio's Precursor box to the Templar Samuel Smith who went in Europe to meet scientists who could activate the artifact.[68] Returning in America in 1754, Smith was killed by the Colonial Assassin Shay Cormac who took the Box.[69] Later, Cormac and the Assassin Hope Jensen met the inventor Benjamin Franklin to activate the artifact with electricity. With the Voynich manuscript, the Assassins located a Isu Temple in Lisbon.[70]

The same year, Haytham Kenway arrived in the Colonies to find the Grand Temple. As the Templar William Johnson identified the marks on the Key similar to the Kanien'kehá:ka, Haytham contacted the Kanien'kehá:ka Kaniehtí:io to help him in his search.[71] In 1755, Kaniehtí:io and Haytham arrived before the door of the Grand Temple in the Province of New York. The Templar used the Key but as he saw it was ineffective, Haytham decided to pursue his search in other areas.[72]

In 1759, Hope Jensen reproduced Franklin's experience on the Box and the manuscript and localized an Isu Temple in the Arctic.[73] Jensen gave the Box and the manuscript to the Assassin Liam O'Brien who then entrusted the Box to the Assassin Louis-Joseph Gaultier, Chevalier de la Vérendrye who secreted it away from the Colonies.[74]

American Revolution

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Ratonhnhaké:ton using the Crystal ball

By 1769, the villagers of Kanatahséton were in possession of a Crystal ball. The young Kanien'kehá:ka Ratonhnhaké:ton, Haytham and Kaniehtí:io's son, used the artifact and entered in contact with the Isu Juno through a Nexus. She tasked him to protect the Grand Temple against the Templars and to join the Colonial Brotherhood of the Assassin to protect his people.[75]

In 1777, Ratonhnhaké:ton, then a fully-fledge Assassin, arrived in Oak Island to find Captain Kidd's treasure and recovered the Ring of Eden left by the pirate. The Assassin wore the artifact to deflect bullets.[55]

During the American Revolution, the Freemasons brought an Apple of Eden from Europe. By 1781, a British Officer in Yorktown was in possession of the Apple. After the Siege of Yorktown, the Commander of the Continental Army George Washington recovered the artifact.[76]

In 1781, Haytham gave the Grand Temple Key to his Second in Command Charles Lee before confronting his son during the bombardment of Fort George.[77] A year later, Lee was killed by Ratonhnhaké:ton who took the Key. In 1783, the Assassin returned in his village which was deserted only leaving the Crystal ball for Ratonhnhaké:ton. He used it once again to speak to Juno who greeted him for accomplishing his task and ordered him to hid the Key. When the Nexus ended, the Crystal ball was destroyed. Ratonhnhaké:ton buried the Key in the grave of his mentor's son on the Davenport Homestead.[78]

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King Washington using the Apple as a scepter

After the end of the American Revolutionary War, Washington was haunted by visions of the Apple of Eden and decided to contact Ratonhnhaké:ton. By touching the Apple, the Assassin saw a reality where Washington became a tyrannical king of the United States using the power of the Apple and himself was forced to fight his rule. As the vision ended, the two agreed they needed to hide the artifact and Ratonhnhaké:ton threw the Apple in the sea.[76]

By 1784, the former slave Patience Gibbs received from her mother a charm, a Piece of Eden which permitted to see into all things for a few seconds. The Templar Doctor Edmund Judge tried to recover the artifact but Gibbs gave him only a half of it. As the Louisiana Assassin Aveline de Grandpré tried to recruit Gibbs in the Brotherhood on the behalf of Ratonhnhaké:ton, the two women decided to help each other. Aveline killed Judge and Patience recovered the artifact and accepted to go to the Davenport Homestead with Aveline.[79]

French Revolution

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Shay recovering the Precursor box on a dying Charles Dorian

In 1776, Ezio's Precursor box was entrusted to the French Assassin Charles Dorian in the Palace of Versailles. Shortly after receiving the artifact, Charles was killed by Shay Cormac, who joined the Templar 20 years ago after his mission in Lisbon went wrong. Shay took the Box and brought it to the Templars in America.[80]

Before the French Revolution, the Sage and member of the Parisian Rite of the Templar Order François-Thomas Germain entered in the vault under Temple of Paris, guided by de Molay's memories. There, he found the Sword of Eden and de Molay's codex. He organized a coup against the Grand Master François de la Serre and took the control of the French Rite while manipulating the French Revolution to end the Monarchy and created a Capitalist society.[81]

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Germain wielding the Sword of Eden

During the Thermidorian Reaction in 1794, Germain was confronted at the Temple by de la Serre's ward, the former Assassin Arno Dorian, and by Élise de la Serre, François' daughter. Germain used the Sword to fight the duo and a powerful blast killed Élise and wounded Germain. Arno finish the Sage and recovered a depowered Sword, using it as a classic sword.[81]

A week later, the French General Napoleon Bonaparte tasked to the Captain Philippe Rose to recover the Apple of Eden under the Basilica of Saint-Denis. Bonaparte gave to Rose the key of the Temple that he took in the Tuileries Palace the 10 August 1792.[82] Rose was later contacted by a man who worked for Lady Eve who paid him to give her the artifact instead of Bonaparte.[83]

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Arno uncovering the Apple of Eden

Arno who was in the city at this moment foiled Bonaparte's plan, killing Rose and taking the Head of Saint-Denis. When he discovered the Apple of Eden in the lantern, Arno entrusted the artifact to an Assassin who sent it to the Mentor Al Mualim in Cairo.[83] In 1798, Bonaparte led an expedition in Egypt and recovered the Apple. A year later he organized a coup in France with the Apple and later became Emperor of France.[84]

Ottoman Libya

By 1805, the Ottoman Sultan Selim III possessed the Koh-i-Noor and secured it in his palace of Tripoli in Libya. The Black Cross Tavis Olier was sent by the Templar Order to recover the artifact but he was captured by the Sultan. Later, the new Black Cross Solomon Bolden went in Libya to save Olier and took the Koh-i-Noor. Bolden met the Flemish agent Jan van der Graff who was sent by Emperor Napoleon to steal the diamond. The Templar and the spy worked together to infiltrate the palace but the Assassin and Selim's servant Ahkbar killed Bolden and imprisoned Graff with Olier.[85]

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Ahkbar using the power of the Koh-i-Noor

In 1808, Libyan Brotherhood of Assassins wanted to buy the Koh-i-Noor to Selim. Learning that Olier and Graff prepared their escape to recover the Koh-i-Noor before the Assassin. As the Black Cross gave his life for their plan to succeeded, Graff became the new Black Cross as he was trained by Olier during their captivity. Ahkbar, who wanted the diamond for himself, killed Selim and took the artifact. As Graff confronted him, he used the Koh-i-Noor to creat many projections of himself. Graff saw through the illusion and killed Ahkbar. As the Assassins arrived, Graff gave an empty box to his enemies and convinced them that the diamond was in here. Graff later protected the Koh-i-Noor for the Templars.[85]

Sikh Empire

By 1830, the founder of Sikh Empire Ranjit Singh came in possession of the Koh-i-Noor and hid it in the Isu Temple of Tosha Khana under his summer palace of Amritsar. In 1839, Francis Cotton, the leader of the British Templars in India, was in possession of Ezio's Precursor box and planned to kill the sultan to recover the diamond. At the same time, the Indian Assassin Arbaaz Mir infiltrated the palace with his assistant Raza Soora to steal the artifact. The Assassin gave the Koh-i-Noor to Soora who then gave it to Pyara Kaur, Ranjit's granddaughter.[66]

After he killed the sultan, Cotton confronted Pyara who activated the artifact and was possessed by the Isu Durga. The Templar shot on the Precursor and shattered the Koh-i-Noor. As an energy blast was released, a tiger form appeared and killed Cotton. The diamond reconstructed itself and was taken by Arbaaz who gave it to his Mentor Hamid.[66]

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Projection of a map by the Koh-i-Noor and the Precursor box

In 1841, Cotton's successor William Sleeman took the Precursor box and with the help of the Templar Alexander Burnes kidnapped Hamid to take the Koh-i-Noor.[86] Combining the two artifacts in Tosha Khana, Sleeman saw a map indicating another Piece of Eden in Herat Citadel.[87] Arbaaz tried to recover the two Pieces of Eden while he tracked Sleeman in the Herat Temple but he was captured.[88]

Taken prisoner to Katasraj Temple, Arbaaz freed himself taking the two artifacts with him.[89] Returning in Amritsar, Hamid announced to Arbaaz that Sleeman took Pyara in hostage. The Assassin rush to the summer palace to save his lover. There Sleeman asked Arbaaz to give the two Pieces of Eden. While the Assassin tossed the artifacts, Pyara wounded Sleeman, giving time to Arbaaz to take the diamond and leaving the place with Pyara. Sleeman fled with the Precursor box.[90]

Later, Arbaaz entrusted the Koh-i-Noor to the British Assassin Ethan Frye who promised that the diamond's journey had only begun.[90]

Industrial Revolution

Victorian Era

By 1847, the Prince Consort Albert recovered the cache containing the Shroud of Eden in the Tower of London. He hid it in a vault he built under Buckingham Palace.[91]

In 1862, during the construction of London's Metropolitan Railway, the British Templars excavated an Apple of Eden. Charles Pearson who financed the construction, used the artifact as a cane's pommel. Pearson was killed by the Templar Cavanagh who wanted to use the Piece of Eden to usurp the position of Grand Master from Crawford Starrick. Cavanagh tried to use the Apple against the Assassin Ethan Frye and Jayadeep Mir but was killed by the Templar Marchant who recovered the artifact on the order of Starrick.[92]

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The Apple of Eden in Brewster's machina

By 1868, the Apple was entrusted to the Templar scientist David Brewster for experimentation in his laboratory in Croydon. During one of his experiments, Brewster was killed by the Assassin Evie Frye and the laboratory was destroyed with the Apple.[93]

During the same year, the Templar Lucy Thorne tried to find the Shroud of Eden in London for Starrick to take control of the city. Going to London with her twin-brother Jacob, Evie made contact with Jayadeep to recover the artifact before the Templars. The two factions discovered the location of the cache's key and Lucy took it before being killed by Evie while searching for the Shroud in the Tower of London.[94]

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Starrick overpowering the Frye twins with the Shroud

Later, the two groups uncovered the true location of the cache and infiltrated a party in Buckingham Palace to take it. Starrick stole the key to Evie and unlocked the cache. Wearing the Shroud, the Grand Master fought the Frye twins who stabbed him repeatedly but was immediately healed due to the Shroud. Starrick was surprised by an attack from Jayadeep. The twins took advantage to attack Starrick together, separating the Templar from the Shroud and killing him. The Assassins decided to lock the Shroud in the vault again and hide the key.[95]

At some point, the co-founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn William Robert Woodman was in contact with the original Shroud of Eden and could speak with Consus.[96]

American Civil War and Reconstruction Era

After the Mexican-American War, the Aztec Club of 1847 was in possession of the Faith Prong which was brought in New York City. In 1863, during the draft riots, the American Assassin Varius infiltrated the Club and stole the artifact. The Assassin was ambushed by the American Templar Cudgel Cormac, Shay's grandson, who took the Prong for the Grand Master William M. Tweed.[16]

While Cudgel was on his way to hand the artifact, the Templar was confronted by Varius and his new apprentice Eliza. Cudgel used the power of the Prong to make Varius lose his faith in the Creed before stabbing him. Eliza paralyzed the Templar, saving her mentor and taking back the Prong. Later the two Assassins entrusted the artifact to the Union General Ulysses S. Grant to help him to end the American Civil War.[16]

Years later, Grant became President of the United States and his administration was infiltrated by the Templars. They gave access to Ezio's Precursor box to Grant which he used to decipher some page of the Voynich manuscript.[97] Before his death, Grant hid the Prong under the floor of his house in Mount McGregor.[16]

War of Currents

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Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla using the Apple during an experience

In 1874, the Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla found an Apple of Eden in Croatia. Going in America, Tesla used the power of the artifact to create a worldwide network that was able to transmit information and electricity to anywhere on the planet.[98] In 1894, the American author Mark Twain visited Tesla's laboratory in New York and held for a brief moment the Apple.[99]

The American Templar Thomas Edison launched a slandering campaign against Tesla's project which would be a serious impediment to the Templar goals. The Templars stole the Apple and used its power to drive Tesla insane. Later Edison granted the Apple to his Templar brother Henry Ford who used the artifact to exploit his salaries by making them believe he rose their pay while in fact he cut them.[99]

Imperial Russia

By 1888, the Tsar Alexander III of Russia was in possession of a Staff of Eden that he used to maintain his power over Russia. During the Borki train disaster, the Tsar taunted the Russian Assassin Nikolai Orelov to kill him with the Staff. The Assassin tried to use the artifact but he was easily defeated by Alexander who took back the artifact.[100]

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Tunguska explosion

By 1908, the Russian Templar Grigori Rasputin stole the Staff and replaced it by a replica. The artifact was brought in a Templar laboratory in Tunguska where he was being tested with electrical machines. A team of Assassins led by Orelov infiltrated the laboratory to steal the artifact. The Staff was activated by the electricity and Orelov heard voices from the past. At this moment, Tesla, who was in the Wardenclyffe Tower, used an immense burst of electricity to destroy the laboratory provoking the Tunguska explosion. In the detonation, the Staff was destroyed but protect Orelov, leaving him as the sole survivor.[100]

A shard of the Staff was recovered by Rasputin giving him influence on the Romano family. In 1914, one of his disciples Khioniya Guseva stabbed him in the stomach. Rasputin used the shard to force Guseva to mutilate her face. He healed miraculously thanks to the shard.[101] In 1916, the Russian Brotherhood assassinated Rasputin with difficulty due to the artifact and he was unknowingly buried with it.[100]

World at War

Russian Revolution

During the Russian Revolution of October, Nikolai Orelov infiltrated the Winter Palace to recover what the Brotherhood think was the Staff of Eden. Assuring that it was a replica, Orelov was informed by the former Tsar Nicholas II that Grigori Rasputin possessed a shard of the Staff. The Assassin dug up the body of Rasputin and recovered the artifact. Orelov kept the Shard instead of giving it to the Brotherhood.[100]

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The Precursor box and the shard reacting together

By July 1918, the Romanov family was in possession of Ezio's Precursor box and secreted in their palace of Yekaterinburg where they had been put under house arrest. Orelov was tasked to recover the Box before the Templars. The 17 July, the Templar Order execute the Romanov family but Anastasia Romanova escaped from the slaughter with the Box. While Nikolai protected her from the Templars, the Shard and the Box interacted and created a Bleeding Effect on Anastasia, who accessed to Shao Jun's Genetic memory.[102]

Nikolai and Anastasia fled Yekaterinburg and stoped to Kazan where the Assassin entrusted the Box to the young girl before meeting Leon Trotsky to find a way to go to Moscow. Trotsky decided to capture the Assassin to deliver Anastasia and the Box to the Templars. With the abilities of Shao Jun, Anastasia saved Nikolai and the two went to Moscow.[103] There, Nikolai entrusted the Box to the Assassin Sergei and Anastasia was taken in an Assassin laboratory in Moscow Kremlin in order to experiment on her in an attempt to extract the genetic memories.[104] Nikolai saved her and the two parted away, fleeing Russia.[105]

Arriving in New York City with his family in 1919, Nikolai gave the Shard to his daughter Nadya. During the Palmer Raids Nadya was deported back to Russia with her mother Anna. During all the 20th century Nadya kept the Shard.[106]

Interwar period

By 1926, the Hungarian-American magician and escapologist Harry Houdini possessed the Apple of Napoléon and used it during his magic tricks to lure the public.[107] The Templar beat him to recover the Apple, leading to his death.[108]

In 1928 Rufus Grosvenor, a British Templar who also an Instruments of the First Will, blackmailed the former Black Cross Albert Bolden to receive the Koh-i-Noor. Bolden refused and recovered the diamond which he secreted in a safe in Switzerland, bringing it to his home in the United States. Later, Grosvenor recovered the Koh-i-Noor, killing Bolden's family in the process.[109]

By 1930, the Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was in the possession of Altaïr's Apple and used it to further the Indian Independence during the Salt March.[107] In 1933, Henry Ford entrusted Tesla's Apple to the leader of the Nazi Party Adolf Hitler to ensure his take of control in Germany and planning their New World Order with a new World War.[99]

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Cardona unleashing the power of the Koh-i-Noor

In 1937 during the Spanish Civil War, Grosvenor, impersonating the British Assassin Norbert Clarke, entered in contact with the Spanish Assassin Ignacio Cardona to use his high concentration of Isu DNA to unlock the power of the Koh-i-Noor. Trick by Grosvenor to use the diamond to stop a fight between communists and anarchists, Cardona passed out after the artifact unleashed serpent-like creatures of energy to stop the fight.[109]

Later, Cardonna joined Bolden who revealed him the true nature of Grosvenor. Confronting the Instrument in a church, Cardonna used the Koh-i-Noor against Grosvenor. The power of the artifact made the old church collapsed on itself and the Koh-i-Noor was buried in his ruins after Cardonna made an illusion that it was destroyed to trick Grosvenor.[109]

World War II

At the beginning of World War II, the American President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in possession of Washington's Apple of Eden and was manipulated by the Templars in their scheme for a New World Order.[107]

By 1943, the Obergruppenführer and Templar Gero Kramer received Tesla's Apple to use it in various experiments. He kidnapped Nikola Tesla and with the knowledge of the Apple, they constructed Die Glocke, a device powered by the artifact that could read the genetic memory of any individuals. The knowledge of the Apple was also used by the Templar ally and physician, Josef Mengele making a breakthrough in genetics and genes modification, upgrading Kramer with accelerated cellular regeneration and superhuman strength.[110]

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Julia holding Tesla's Apple

In 1943, Kramer was killed by the Assassins Eddie Gorm and Julia Dusk was recover the Apple for their superior, the American Colonel Boris Pash. When they discovered that Pash worked with the Templar John von Neumann, Julia blew up herself with a hand-grenade to destroy the artifact but the Piece of Eden was still intact and was taken by Pash.[110]

The 28 October 1943 on the USS Eldridge, Pash and Neumann used the Apple in the Philadelphia Project, an attempt to change the time with Die Glock to kill Hitler before he started the War. Gorm infiltrated the ship and killed Tesla, preventing the good proceedings of the experience.[110] The USS Eldridge instead temporarily manifested in a future state for approximately 18 minutes.[10] After that, Neumann kept the Apple.[111]

By 1944, the Third Reich was in possession of an unidentified Piece of Eden. The Edelweiss Pirates, a group of German resistants, stole this artifact and hid it in the spire of the Cologne Cathedral. Twelve of the Pirates were captured. One of them, Barthel Schink, revealed the location of the artifact to his fellow member Miriam Kurtz and tasked her to brought the artifact to the Assassin in Paris.[112]

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Scipione examining the Shroud

The same year, the original Shroud of Eden was in possession of the Baguttiani family in Milan. Abstergo Industries, the front-company of the Templar Order, sent their employe Keith Scipione to buy the artifact. On the day of Christmas 1944, Scipione met a member of the Baguttiani to confirm the nature of the artifact. Using a metallic keychain, Scipione was able to identify the Shroud as a true Piece of Eden and acquired it for the company.[33]

By 1945, Hilter seemed to have another artifact that he was tasked to bring to the Templar after faking his death, but the Assassins killed him before.[113]

Cold War

In 1948, the Templar assassinated Mahatma Gandhi to recover Altaïr's Apple of Eden.[108]

By 1957, Neumann was dying from cancer in Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.. Boris Pash infiltrated the Center with the Assassin Alekseï Gavrani and killed Neumann to recover Tesla's Apple.[111]

By 1961, as a President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy inherited of Washington's Apple of Eden. As he was against the Templar's interests, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency and member of the Templar William King Harvey ordered the assassination of the President to recover the artifact. Harvey was undercover in the Assassin Brotherhood, he implicated the Bloodstone Unit, an extremist cell of Assassin working for the CIA led by Pash.[111] For this plan, the agent of the United States Secret Service William Greer, who was at the same time a member of the Templar Order and of the Bloodstone Unit, was trained with Altaïr's Apple to recover the Apple in the possession of the President.[108]

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Greer holding the president's Apple after the assassination

The 22 November 1963 in Dallas, Kennedy was shot down by the Bloodstone Unit. While a Templar agent used Napoléon's Apple to create a "Phantom on the Hill" effect, Greer recovered Washington's Apple. While he was fled the scene, Greer was confronted by Gavrani who had left the Bloodstone Unit as he considered that Pash going too far. Gavrani stole the Apple and brought it to Harvey, unknowing that he was the mastermind behind the plot.[111]

In 1964 in the middle of Vietnam War, Pash used Tesla's Apple on the Bloodstone member Julia Gorm to unlock the memory of her father Eddie. As Julia tried to kill Pash, Gavrani intervened to protect him from the Assassin in exchange for Tesla's Apple. While Gavrani and Julia fought, Pash fled with his pregnant lover and Assassin Zenia on the USS Maddox where he gave Tesla's Apple to Harvey who revealed his true nature. He later entrusted the artifact to the Templar and doctor Warren Vidic, who used the Apple and Pash's newborn daughter Nathalie to develop his own research on Genetic Memory.[111]

In 1969, The Templar Order financed the Apollo 11 Moon landing to recover an Apple of Eden which was on the Moon. The Templar Buzz Aldrin took the artifact and brought it back to the Order.[114]

In 1977, Nathalie was one of the first test subjects of Vidic for his prototype of the Animus, a device that could read Genetic Memory. Discovering that Vidic kidnapped her from her parents, Nathalie fled with the Animus' blueprint and Tesla's Apple.[111]

Modern times

By 2012, Templar front group Abstergo Industries was in the midst of a project to recover the remaining Pieces of Eden. The Animus Project was set up with the sole intention of locating the Pieces of Eden through the use of the Animus, a device based on Isu technology which allowed an individual to relive the genetic memories of their ancestors.[10]

The Templars sought to manipulate the neurotransmitters that made humanity susceptible to the Pieces' hypnotic effects. To accomplish this goal, they devised the Eye-Abstergo project, which would end in the launch of an "all-in-one telecommunication" satellite into orbit around Earth. However, unbeknownst to the rest of humanity, the satellite would contain an Apple of Eden, and spread its power across the globe.[10]

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Desmond killing Lucy

On 10 October 2012, an Assassin team of Lucy Stillman, Desmond Miles, Shaun Hastings, and Rebecca Crane located the Apple of Eden hidden by Ezio Auditore beneath the Santa Maria Aracoeli in 1506, discovered by Desmond as he relived Ezio's memories in the Animus. When Desmond touched the Apple, Juno gained access to his nervous system for a brief time. Under Juno's control, Desmond killed Lucy,[115] who was secretly a Templar agent.[116]

Upon release from Juno's control, Desmond fell into a coma, but was able to regain consciousness through achieving a Synch Nexus.[4] Desmond, his father William, Shaun and Rebecca later arrived at the entrance of the Grand Temple in New York, where Desmond used the Apple to open the central chamber gate. It was only then that the Assassins discovered the Grand Temple Key was needed to open the inner gate.[5]

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Desmond using the Apple in Abstergo

After William was captured by Templar agents in Cairo while looking for a power source for the Grand Temple, he was brought to Abstergo's Rome facility. Warren Vidic, a member of the Inner Sanctum of the Templar Order and head of the Animus Project, proposed a deal with Desmond to exchange William for the Apple. Desmond travelled to Rome and entered the facility, killing the Abstergo agents and Daniel Cross. Arriving at Vidic's office, Desmond used the Apple to force the facility's guards to shoot Vidic and themselves, then released his father from confinement. Due to Vidic's death and failure to retrieve the Apple of Eden, the Eye-Abstergo project was put on hold indefinitely.[5]

Characteristics and attributes

"This... piece of silver cast out Adam and Eve. It turned staves into snakes. Parted and closed the Red Sea. Eris used it to start the Trojan War; and with it, a poor carpenter turned water into wine."
―Al Mualim, speaking to Altaïr about the Apple.[src]-[m]
Phrenology

Bombastus observing a Crystal Skull

Amongst the greatest tools known to man, the Apples of Eden can control the human mind by interacting with a neurotransmitter located deep in the human brain. Other Pieces of Eden are capable of warping reality, creating illusions, ensuring total obedience and healing physical injuries.[3][117] Both Templars and the Assassins believe that the Pieces of Eden were responsible for many historical tales and miracles, such as the Parting of the Red Sea, the Trojan War, the miracles enacted by Jesus Christ, and the Biblical plagues that ravaged Egypt.[10] According to Dr. Álvaro Gramática, all Pieces of Eden are made of an unknown metal resembling gold or silver that Abstergo dubbed 'Pathorica'. [citation needed]

Abilities of the Pieces

Some Pieces of Eden were known to interact with and change the passage of time, possibly creating paradoxes. Others were able to "speak" to those who wielded them, as was the case with Ezio Auditore, Perotto Calderon and Giovanni Borgia, who spoke with Ezio's Apple and the Shroud.[117][118]

When activated, Apples of Eden are capable of extending a pulse of energy that can drive those in the surrounding area to insanity and death. Doing so has a detrimental effect on the physical health of the wielder if they are unskilled in the Apples' use, but a capable user is not as easily afflicted.[115] Altaïr, for example, was able to use Apple #2 for a limited duration without adverse affects at age 92.[4] Using the Pieces' powers in short bursts can also minimize the negative effects dealt by the artifacts, though to what extent is unknown.[3]

Destruction of a Piece

Following the destruction of Apple of Eden #2 during an experiment at the Denver International Airport, the Templars found themselves in need of another artifact with similar properties. Seeking access to a map that indicated the location of all Pieces of Eden, Abstergo kidnapped Desmond Miles in order to view the memories of his ancestor, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad. This would allow them to see the very same map that Altaïr discovered in 1191.[10]

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The Tunguska explosion

Each of the Pieces of Eden contained a great deal of potential energy, and the destruction of one could cause an explosion on the scale of a nuclear blast. One such explosion occurred in 1908, in the region of Tunguska, Russia. The Imperial Sceptre, one of the Staves of Eden, was seemingly destroyed when Nikola Tesla fired at the Tunguska facility with his wireless electric weapon, attempting to strike a blow against the Templars.[3][10][119]

However, the blast failed to totally destroy the Staff, and at least one shard remained.[120] The Staff shard still possessed powers of mind control, as demonstrated by Grigori Rasputin. While he was in possession of the shard, he brainwashed Alexandra Feodorovna, the wife of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, as well as several disciples like Khioniya Guseva.[117]

Resistance

"I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. I KNOW WHAT YOU DID. I SAW HIM. HE HAD A METAL BALL. IT OPENED. THEY WENT CRAZY. SHOOTING. STABBING. TORE EACH OTHER TO PIECES. I KNOW IT WAS YOU PEOPLE. SAW THE LOGO. HEARD THE NAME. I'M GOING TO TELL. ANYONE WHO WILL LISTEN. YOU'LL BE EXPOSED. THEY'LL KNOW THE TRUTH. AND THEN YOU WILL PAY. YOU CRAZY BASTARDS. YOU'LL PAY."
―An unidentified individual's e-mail to Dr. Warren Vidic.[src]
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Altaïr deactivating an Apple

Although the Isu created humanity to be susceptible to the Pieces of Eden, eventual cross-breeding between them and their slaves led to the birth of a hybrid species. These new humans possessed some of the natural abilities of their creators and were free of the neurotransmitter necessary for the Pieces of Eden to control them.[3]

The first two known hybrids were Adam and Eve, who later stole one of the Apples of Eden and instigated the Human-Isu War.[3] Members of their lineage inherited these natural abilities and immunity to the Pieces, although the Pieces' ability to physically manipulate them remained.[10] These traits were passed down through generations to the likes of Altaïr, Ezio and Desmond.[3]

By the early 21st century, the Templars were aware that some humans were immune to the Pieces' mind control. On at least one occasion, Dr. Warren Vidic received an email from an individual unaffected by the Apple's power, who threatened to expose what they had seen when an Apple was used on others.[10]

Confirmed Pieces of Eden

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Niccolò di Pitigliano using the Shroud

After seeing the Apple's projection indicating the location of all Pieces of Eden as of 1191, Altaïr copied the map and hid it within his Codex so that only his descendants might find it.[10]

Apples of Eden are all capable of controlling the hearts and minds of humanity, creating illusions and, to a degree, permitting control over physical bodies.[10] The Apples can be used in conjunction with a Staff, which increases the power of both the Pieces of Eden. Other Pieces include the Shroud, which heals the wounds of those it touches on a cellular level; the Ankh, capable of resurrecting the dead; and the Sword, a Piece which can project energy blasts and enhance the charisma of its welders. It was possessed by many great rulers through the centuries, including King Arthur, Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun.[3] A Sword was also in possession of the Knights Templar by 1307, and was subsequently entombed beneath the Temple in Paris. Centuries later, it was recovered by the Grand Master and Sage François-Thomas Germain.[121]

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Ratonhnhaké:ton using a Crystal Ball and wearing the Grand Temple Key

The Crystal Skulls were Pieces scattered throughout Central and Southern America which allowed for unassisted telepathic communication between their owners. At one point, a Crystal Skull came into the possession of Giovanni Borgia, who made use of its power in 1542.[117] Similar artifacts known as Crystal Balls allowed users to access the Nexus and communicate with members of the Isu.[117][5] One of the Crystal Balls was notably used by the Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton to communicate with Juno.[5] In addition, the Assassin Aveline de Grandpré discovered a Prophecy Disk in the Isu Temple of Chichen Itza, which showed her the election of Eve as the leader of humanity's rebellion against the Isu.[122]

In North America, William Kidd discovered a Ring of Eden, which creates a magnetic shield around the user and repels all metallic objects, creating the myth of his "invincibility". There was also the Grand Temple Key which, when combined with three ancient power sources, allowed the holder to open the gate to the inner chambers of the Grand Temple.[5]

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The Codex Map of the Pieces

During the Golden Age of Piracy, an unidentified Piece of Eden in possession of the Templars was stolen by the Assassin Samuel Bellamy, with the help of fellow pirates Olivier Levasseur and Alonzo Batilla. Later, during a confrontation with Templar Christopher Condent, Batilla used the artifact, which increased his ship attacks and defenses, imbuing it with a golden aura, and allowing him to easily sink Condent's significantly more powerful vessel. [56]

According to emails read by Desmond Miles in 2012, at least one Piece of Eden existed that granted the ability to manipulate time. Concerns over possible paradoxes, however, led to Abstergo Industries locking it away.[10] Warren Vidic had a prototype Piece of Eden of his own design, which he used to brainwash Daniel Cross with an impulse to become a high ranking Assassin, so as to get close enough to kill their Mentor. Sebastian Monroe's team discovered the existence of the powerful Trident of Eden, which could manipulate the emotions of individuals -- fear, devotion and faith. [citation needed]

Trivia

Apple of Eden

One of the Apples of Eden

  • Al Mualim is the first known user and possible coiner of term.
  • According to the Glyphs and Truth files, many legends and myths throughout human history are actually historically accurate. The supernatural or paranormal parts of each legend can be explained by the protagonist in each having acquired their own Piece of Eden (i.e. the Greek myth of Perseus, King Arthur, etc).
  • During his battle with Rodrigo Borgia in the Sistine Chapel, Ezio created copies of himself, much like Al Mualim did against Altaïr. If Ezio's robes are customized, or if the Armor of Altaïr is worn, his copies appeared with different sets of armor and colors. If he was not customized, each copy would be perfectly identical to the real Ezio, besides his weapon.
  • Both the Codex map and the map projection show that there were only fifty Pieces of Eden at that time, though Subject 16 said the Shroud was Piece of Eden 66.
    • In the French and German version of Assassin's Creed II, the Shroud was referred to as number 36, not 66. This however, was an oversight.
  • The Chalice was initially thought to be a Piece of Eden; however, besides the Shroud, all other artifacts linked to the Christ-figure were confirmed to be merely literary tools.[10]

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