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"A myth become miracle, the "holy winding sheet" has arrived..."
―Publius Volumnius describing the Shroud.[src]-[m]

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.[1]

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.[3][4]


The Shroud destroying Niccolò di Pitigliano

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.[1]

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.[5]

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.[4]

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.[6]

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Perotto appearing in Giovanni's dreams

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.[7]

According to an 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.[1]

The Shrouds were identified as "nanotech matter regenerators" by Azaes in a simulation of the Isu Era encountered by Kassandra on behalf of Aletheia.[8]

Known Shrouds of Eden[]

Original Shroud of Eden[]

Main article: Shroud of Eden 1
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The original Shroud of Eden being used on Brutus' body

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.[1]

In Ancient Greece, the hero Jason was tasked to recover the Golden Fleece, which was, in fact, the original Shroud.[9] In 42 BCE, the Hidden Ones used the Shroud to save their brother Marcus Junius Brutus who had committed suicide. Brutus opened his eyes and moved, but did not appear to breathe and eventually fell still in a seeming second death.[5]

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 it was relocated to Lonigo. In 1498, the Assassin Perotto Calderon betrayed the Brotherhood and stole the Shroud, using it to save his malformed son.[3] 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, allowing Vecellio to recover the Shroud.[4]

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Keith Scipione examining the Shroud

During the 19th century, the Hermeticist William Robert Woodman came into contact with the Shroud and began to communicate with Consus. By 1944, the Baguttiani family had the Shroud. The Templar agent Keith Scipione bought the artifact and brought it to Abstergo Industries, the Templars' front company.[5]

In 2011, Abstergo's Director of Research of the Future Technology division Álvaro Gramática, a member of the Inner Sanctum of the Templar Order began studying the Shroud. In 2013, Gramática became the Director of the Phoenix Project, an initiative to fully sequence an Isu 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 at the Templar. The explosion severly damaged the Shroud and the artifact was destroyed after healing Gramática's injuries.[1]

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. In 1847, Queen Victoria's husband, the Prince Consort Albert, found the cache and had it relocated to a newly-built vault underneath Buckingham Palace.[1]

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Crawford Starrick wearing the Shroud of Eden 2

In 1868, the Grand Master Crawford Starrick accessed the Shroud's vault and wore the artifact during his fight against the twin Assassins Jacob and Evie Frye, though the Assassins separated Starrick from the Shroud and killed him. The twins then locked the artifact back in its cache which remaind in the vault.[1]

In 2015, the Templars Isabelle Ardant, Juhani Otso Berg, and Violet da Costa located the vault and took the cache but were confronted by the Assassins Shaun Hastings, Rebecca Crane, and Galina Voronina. Although Shaun killed Ardant, Violet retrieved the cache and brought it to Álvaro Gramática, who wanted to use it in the Phoenix Project as a replacement for the original Shroud.[1]

In 2018, the Instruments of the First Will forced Gramática to use the Shroud to create a new Isu body for Juno to inhabit. The procedure was successful, but Juno was killed not long after by the Assassin Charlotte de la Cruz, while the Shroud was presumably destroyed when Berg blew up Gramática's lab in an attempt to wipe out the Instruments.[2]

Other Shrouds[]

  • 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.[9]
  • Circa 422 BCE, in a simulation of Atlantis, the misthios Kassandra saw an experimental replica of a Shroud.[8]
  • In 870 CE, the Hidden One Ammon was tasked with retrieving a Shroud of Eden from a merchant's palace in Bulgar. Due to interference by the Viking Sigurd Styrbjornsson, Ammon would fail his mission and be killed, with the Shroud remaining in the palace as soldiers from the Order of the Ancients approached.[10]