The Shrouds of Eden are Pieces of Eden shaped like cloths capable of restoration and healing. The Shrouds are nanotech matter regenerators designed by the Isu Consus, who created the original in the year 1923 of the Isu Era. His own consciousness was stored inside the original Shroud, resulting in his ability to possess the bodies of the artifact's users temporarily upon activation.
The original Shroud was described as a white cloth stained with blood, which was usually kept in a simple wooden box. The shape of a seemingly tortured man was also burned onto its surface, positioned with arms to his sides and palms forward. However, Church records noted that the man's visage changed multiple times throughout history.
Powers and side effects
- "The voice does not seem hostile, despite its urgency. Perhaps it does only wish to heal, but I will not take a chance!"
- ―Mario Auditore, regarding the use of the Shroud.[src]
The Shroud has been used to heal wounds of varying severity, mending injuries ranging from stab wounds to birth defects. It spoke in an almost kind voice that constantly offered healing, and urged its users to disregard their own physical frailty.
When worn by Grand Master of the Templar Order Crawford Starrick, the Shroud gave him enhanced healing abilities. He was able to regenerate from wounds that would be considered fatal almost instantaneously. The Shroud also granted Crawford enhanced strength, as he was easily able to physically overpower the Frye twins and Jayadeep Mir. However, he lost the abilities granted by the Shroud after being physically separated from it.
Despite the rumors of its abilities to do so, it could not be used to bring a being back to life. However, it could reanimate bodies to a small degree for a short amount of time.
The Shroud was also known to cause severe hallucinations in those who had used it, and (in extreme cases, such as that of Niccolò di Pitigliano) could also seem to tear a person from the inside out.
Giovanni Borgia in particular suffered lasting effects from the Shroud. Though the artifact healed his defective body as a baby, throughout his childhood, he would have vivid dreams of the memories of others who had come into contact with the Shroud, such as his father and Marcus Junius Brutus.
Additionally, Giovanni frequently spoke with a being no one else could see, an entity he called Consus.
In his later life, Giovanni would become known among the other Assassins as one who "spoke" with Pieces of Eden, and was particularly receptive to their presence. This led to him being sent on a mission to identify and retrieve one such artifact in the New World.
According to analysis by Abstergo Industries, when a Shroud is wrapped around a body, it scans it for damage, then reconstructs it on a cellular level, enabling potential reconstruction of decomposed organisms and, possibly, resurrection of deceased members of the First Civilization.
Known Shroud of Eden
Destroyed Shroud of Eden
Original Shroud of Eden
- Main article: Shroud of Eden 1
Created by Consus, this Shroud also contained his consciousness which communicated with those who are healed by the Shroud. The first to recover the Shroud was the Isu Juno who studied it for her own plan.
During Ancient Greece, the hero Jason was tasked to recover the Golden Fleece, which was, in fact, the original Shroud. In 42 BCE, the Hidden Ones used the Shroud to save their brother Marcus Junius Brutus who committed suicide. Brutus opened his eyes and moved, he did not appear to breathe and eventually fell still in a seeming second death.
By 1356, the Shroud was possessed by the Templar Geoffroy de Charny. The Italian Assassins stole the Shroud and hid it for a century in Monteriggioni before relocated it in Lonigo. In 1498 the Assassin Perotto Calderon used the Shroud to save his malformed son. During the Battle of Agnadello in 1509, the condottiero Niccolò di Pitigliano stole the Shroud. A year later, the Assassin Francesco Vecellio mortally wounded Niccolò who used the Shroud to heal. As he tried to use it against the Assassin, Niccolò was torn apart by the artifact. Vecellio recovered the Shroud.
During the 19th century, the Hermeticist William Robert Woodman came in contact with the Shroud and communicate with Consus. By 1944, the Baguttiani family had the Shroud. The Templar agent Keith Scipione bought the artifact and brought it to their front company Abstergo Industries.
In 2011, the Director of Research of the Future Technology division of Abstergo Industries and Inner Sanctum member Álvaro Gramática studied the Shroud. In 2013, Gramática became the Director of the Phoenix Project, an initiative to fully sequence a First Civilization genome. He used the Shroud in the project and communicated with Consus. In 2014, the Assassins attacked Gramática's lab in Paris and Galina Voronina threw a grenade to kill the Templar. The explosion destroyed the Shroud but the artifact healed Gramática.
Shroud of Eden 2
- Main article: Shroud of Eden 2
Circa 1723, the former pirate and British Assassin Edward Kenway recovered a Shroud of Eden in a cache and hid it in the Tower of London. By 1847, the Prince Consort Albert found the cache and relocated it in a vault under Buckingham Palace.
In 1868, the Grand Master Crawford Starrick accessed the Shroud and wore it during his fight against the twin Assassins Jacob and Evie Frye. The Assassins separated Crawford from the Shroud and killed him. The twins locked the artifact in the cache which stayed in the vault. In 2015, the Templars Isabelle Ardant, Juhani Otso Berg and Violet da Costa took the cache but were confronted by the Assassins. Ardant was killed by Shaun Hastings but da Costa brought the cache to Gramática who wanted to use it in Project Phoenix. In 2018, the Instruments of the First Will forced Gramática to use the Shroud to recreate a body for Juno. Later, the Shroud was destroyed in the explosion of the Gramática's lab in Australia.
- Many biblical figures possessed a Shroud of Eden. Joseph son of Jacob received a Shroud from his father. The King David wore a Shroud during his fight against Goliath. Jesus of Nazareth had a Shroud of Eden and the Order of the Ancients condemned him to recover it. It is unknown if it is the same Shroud or three different artifacts.
- Circa 422 BCE, in a simulation of Atlantis, the misthios Kassandra saw an experimental replica of a Shroud.
- In 870, Hidden One Ammon from Constantinople was tasked with retrieving a Shroud of Eden from a merchant's palace in Bulgar. Due to interference by Sigurd Styrbjornsson he would fail this mission, with the Shroud remaining in the palace as soldiers from the Order of the Ancients approached.
- The Shroud was based on a real object known as the Shroud of Turin. It is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy.
- Altair even made a reference to the Golden Fleece as one of the Shrouds of Eden in his codex.
- In the French version of Assassin's Creed II, the Shroud was referred to as Piece of Eden #36, not #66.
- In Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy, Erudito gave the user three memories of the Shroud as a "Christmas present".
- In Project Legacy, one of the Mnemonic sets from the Holiday pack is "Shroud of Turin," with the description "Greatest mystery, or clever hoax?" Its components are: Jesus of Nazareth, Jacques de Molay, Geoffroi de Charney, and Cesare Borgia.
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