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[[File:ACM Genghis Khan 1.png|thumb|200px|left|Genghis Khan with a Sword of Eden]]
 
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During the early 13th century, the [[Mongol Empire|Mongol]] warlord [[Genghis Khan]] led his Empire through mass expansions into the West. The [[Mentor]] of the [[Levantine Assassins]], [[Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad]], suspected Genghis Khan of wielding a Piece of Eden, presumably a Sword.<ref name="AC2"/> Altaïr's son, [[Darim Ibn-La'Ahad|Darim]], and the [[Mongolian Assassins|Mongolian Assassin]] [[Qulan Gal]] killed Genghis Khan in 1227.<ref name="ACTSC">''[[Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade]]''</ref> The artifact remained in Mongol hands however, and [[Hülegü Khan]] used it in his conquests of the [[Levant]] during the 1250s, notably during his attacks on the Assassin strongholds in [[Alamut]] and [[Masyaf]].<ref name="ACM"/>
 
During the early 13th century, the [[Mongol Empire|Mongol]] warlord [[Genghis Khan]] led his Empire through mass expansions into the West. The [[Mentor]] of the [[Levantine Assassins]], [[Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad]], suspected Genghis Khan of wielding a Piece of Eden, presumably a Sword.<ref name="AC2"/> Altaïr's son, [[Darim Ibn-La'Ahad|Darim]], and the [[Mongolian Assassins|Mongolian Assassin]] [[Qulan Gal]] killed Genghis Khan in 1227.<ref name="ACTSC">''[[Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade]]''</ref> The artifact remained in Mongol hands however, and [[Hülegü Khan]] used it in his conquests of the [[Levant]] during the 1250s, notably during his attacks on the Assassin strongholds in [[Alamut]] and [[Masyaf]].<ref name="ACM"/>
 
A [[France|French]] peasant girl [[Jeanne d'Arc]] discovered a Sword took ownership of it during the {{Wiki|Hundred Years' War}}, entering into the war on the side of the French forces. Turning into a heroine of her people, Jeanne led the French to many victories over the English and their allies. However, she was eventually captured by Burgundian soldiers and handed over to the English. The [[Templars]] then burned her at the stake, in order to take possession of her Sword.<ref name="AC2"/>
 
   
 
[[File:Tragedy of Jacques de Molay 11.png|thumb|250px|De Molay's advisor placing the Sword on a statue]]
 
[[File:Tragedy of Jacques de Molay 11.png|thumb|250px|De Molay's advisor placing the Sword on a statue]]
 
By the early 14th century a Sword was in possession of the Knights Templar. After the Templars were branded as heretics in 1307 by Pope [[Clement V]], and the [[Paris]]ian [[Temple (Paris)|Temple]] was attacked by King [[Philip IV of France|Philip the Fair]]'s forces, [[Grand Master]] [[Jacques de Molay]] entrusted his [[Jacques de Molay's advisor|advisor]] with hiding the Sword and the ''[[Codex Pater Intellectus]]'', a book written by de Molay.<ref name="ACU"/> The Sword was briefly in possession of the [[Master Assassin]] [[Thomas de Carneillon]], who attempted to steal it along with the book during the attack on the Temple. However, the Assassin was defeated in combat with the de Molay's advisor, who used the Sword's power to project an energy blast at de Carneillon, before hiding both artifacts in a vault beneath the Temple, where it remained entombed for four centuries.<ref name="ACU"/>
 
By the early 14th century a Sword was in possession of the Knights Templar. After the Templars were branded as heretics in 1307 by Pope [[Clement V]], and the [[Paris]]ian [[Temple (Paris)|Temple]] was attacked by King [[Philip IV of France|Philip the Fair]]'s forces, [[Grand Master]] [[Jacques de Molay]] entrusted his [[Jacques de Molay's advisor|advisor]] with hiding the Sword and the ''[[Codex Pater Intellectus]]'', a book written by de Molay.<ref name="ACU"/> The Sword was briefly in possession of the [[Master Assassin]] [[Thomas de Carneillon]], who attempted to steal it along with the book during the attack on the Temple. However, the Assassin was defeated in combat with the de Molay's advisor, who used the Sword's power to project an energy blast at de Carneillon, before hiding both artifacts in a vault beneath the Temple, where it remained entombed for four centuries.<ref name="ACU"/>
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At the dawn of the 15th century, a [[France|French]] peasant girl [[Jeanne d'Arc]] discovered a Sword took ownership of it during the {{Wiki|Hundred Years' War}}, entering into the war on the side of the French forces. Turning into a heroine of her people, Jeanne led the French to many victories over the English and their allies. However, she was eventually captured by Burgundian soldiers and handed over to the English. The [[Templars]] then burned her at the stake, in order to take possession of her Sword.<ref name="AC2"/>
   
 
In the later half of the 16th century, a Sword of Eden wound up in the hands of the [[Japan]]ese warlord [[Takeda Shingen]]. With the power of the artifact at his disposal, Shingen began making his way to the capital of Kyoto to conquer Japan. Several months after routing [[Tokugawa Ieyasu]]'s army at the {{Wiki|Battle of Mikatagahara}}, Shingen was killed in a raid led by Ieyasu's vassals, the [[Assassins|Assassin]] [[Hattori Hanzō]] and [[Honda Tadakatsu]]. The artifact was eventually obtained by Ieyasu's ally, [[Oda Nobunaga]], who in turn used it to conquer the lands of other warlords. When Nobunaga's vassal [[Akechi Mitsuhide]] betrayed Nobunaga and attacked him in Kyoto, Nobunaga was killed by the Assassin [[Yamauchi Taka]] and the artifact was transported to [[China]] by [[Liu Yan]].<ref name="ACM"/>
 
In the later half of the 16th century, a Sword of Eden wound up in the hands of the [[Japan]]ese warlord [[Takeda Shingen]]. With the power of the artifact at his disposal, Shingen began making his way to the capital of Kyoto to conquer Japan. Several months after routing [[Tokugawa Ieyasu]]'s army at the {{Wiki|Battle of Mikatagahara}}, Shingen was killed in a raid led by Ieyasu's vassals, the [[Assassins|Assassin]] [[Hattori Hanzō]] and [[Honda Tadakatsu]]. The artifact was eventually obtained by Ieyasu's ally, [[Oda Nobunaga]], who in turn used it to conquer the lands of other warlords. When Nobunaga's vassal [[Akechi Mitsuhide]] betrayed Nobunaga and attacked him in Kyoto, Nobunaga was killed by the Assassin [[Yamauchi Taka]] and the artifact was transported to [[China]] by [[Liu Yan]].<ref name="ACM"/>

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"The sword is not of this earth. It binds men to it who might otherwise be disloyal."
Chaya Shirōjirō Kiyonobu about Oda Nobunaga's Sword of Eden[src]
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A Sword of Eden

The Swords of Eden were sword-like artifacts created by the First Civilization. These Pieces of Eden seemed to grant their bearers great power and leadership, and were most commonly used by influential humans in war and conquest.

Several conquerors and heroes in human history had been in possession of a Sword of Eden. Their users appeared to be capable of negating the effectiveness of illusions created by Apples of Eden,[1] translocation, a form of echolocation akin to Eagle Vision, and the ability to project energy blasts at their foes.[2]

History

The first known human user of a Sword of Eden was Perseus, who had slain the Gorgon Medusa using the artifact.[3]

During the 5th century, a Sword came into the possession of Attila the Hun, after a shepherd unearthed it and gave it to him. With the Sword, Attila ravaged Eurasia during his reign, and over time the weapon became known as the Sword of Mars or the Sword of Attila.[3]

In the late 5th to early 6th century, Arthur pulled a Sword of Eden out of a stone, naming it "Excalibur", and used it to become King of Britain.[3]

During the late 6th century, a being claiming to be the Norse god Odin, disguised as a beggar, plunged a Sword into a tree called Barnstokkr, stating that whomever was able to pull it free would receive it as a gift. Only the warrior Sigmund proved able to do so, and subsequently claimed the Sword as his own.[3]

ACM Genghis Khan 1

Genghis Khan with a Sword of Eden

During the early 13th century, the Mongol warlord Genghis Khan led his Empire through mass expansions into the West. The Mentor of the Levantine Assassins, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, suspected Genghis Khan of wielding a Piece of Eden, presumably a Sword.[3] Altaïr's son, Darim, and the Mongolian Assassin Qulan Gal killed Genghis Khan in 1227.[4] The artifact remained in Mongol hands however, and Hülegü Khan used it in his conquests of the Levant during the 1250s, notably during his attacks on the Assassin strongholds in Alamut and Masyaf.[1]

Tragedy of Jacques de Molay 11

De Molay's advisor placing the Sword on a statue

By the early 14th century a Sword was in possession of the Knights Templar. After the Templars were branded as heretics in 1307 by Pope Clement V, and the Parisian Temple was attacked by King Philip the Fair's forces, Grand Master Jacques de Molay entrusted his advisor with hiding the Sword and the Codex Pater Intellectus, a book written by de Molay.[2] The Sword was briefly in possession of the Master Assassin Thomas de Carneillon, who attempted to steal it along with the book during the attack on the Temple. However, the Assassin was defeated in combat with the de Molay's advisor, who used the Sword's power to project an energy blast at de Carneillon, before hiding both artifacts in a vault beneath the Temple, where it remained entombed for four centuries.[2]

At the dawn of the 15th century, a French peasant girl Jeanne d'Arc discovered a Sword took ownership of it during the Hundred Years' War, entering into the war on the side of the French forces. Turning into a heroine of her people, Jeanne led the French to many victories over the English and their allies. However, she was eventually captured by Burgundian soldiers and handed over to the English. The Templars then burned her at the stake, in order to take possession of her Sword.[3]

In the later half of the 16th century, a Sword of Eden wound up in the hands of the Japanese warlord Takeda Shingen. With the power of the artifact at his disposal, Shingen began making his way to the capital of Kyoto to conquer Japan. Several months after routing Tokugawa Ieyasu's army at the Battle of Mikatagahara, Shingen was killed in a raid led by Ieyasu's vassals, the Assassin Hattori Hanzō and Honda Tadakatsu. The artifact was eventually obtained by Ieyasu's ally, Oda Nobunaga, who in turn used it to conquer the lands of other warlords. When Nobunaga's vassal Akechi Mitsuhide betrayed Nobunaga and attacked him in Kyoto, Nobunaga was killed by the Assassin Yamauchi Taka and the artifact was transported to China by Liu Yan.[1]

In 1794, during the French Revolution, The Sword hidden in the Parisian Temple was acquired by the François-Thomas Germain, the self-proclaimed Grand Master of an extremist faction within the Templar Order. Germain used the Sword during his fight with Arno Dorian and Élise de la Serre. The Sword was damaged in the confrontation, shattering and emitting a shockwave which killed Élise and mortally wounded Germain himself. Following the event, the Sword ended up in Arno's possession, albeit stripped of its former power.[2]

References

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