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Temples, also referred to as Vaults, are underground locations constructed by the Isu. A number of these were built in an attempt to discover a way to protect the Earth from the First Disaster, as well as any recurrence.
Though Temples were located across the globe, there was a disproportionately high number of Temples in the area of Rome, Italy, and also in various parts of Egypt, while the Grand Temple was located in upstate New York, in the United States.
The Temples were built by members of the First Civilization who avoided the war raging between humans and their own kind. They functioned as a way to preserve the world and its people and as such were often highly decorated with the Isu script.
The Temples were established underground, as a way both to protect them from the battle present on the surface, and as a precaution should they fail to avert the coming catastrophe.
Each Temple researched a different way to prevent the disaster, and the findings were transmitted to the Grand Temple, located underneath a First Civilization municipality in modern New York. From there, three members of the First Civilization - Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva - sorted the solutions most likely to succeed.
They tested six possible solutions in succession, with each being more promising than the last. However, all six solutions ultimately failed, and before any further solutions could be tested, a catastrophe decimated the planet, nearly wiping out the entire First Civilization.
In 2012, Minerva spoke to Desmond Miles, who relived the genetic memories of his ancestor, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, through a machine known as the Animus. When Ezio accessed a Vault under the Sistine Chapel in 1499, Minerva told Desmond about the war that had wiped out all of her kind, and its impending repeat. She also briefly told Desmond about the history of the Temples, before telling him to guard against "the cross."
Several weeks later, on 10 October 2012, Desmond and his team of fellow modern-day Assassins drove to a Vault located beneath the Colosseum in Rome. There, Juno spoke to Desmond as he free-ran around the Vault, attempting to access the pedestal at its center.
Juno informed Desmond about the history behind confrontations between humans and the First Civilization, and soon after, once Desmond had activated the Apple of Eden on the pedestal, Juno reappeared and forced Desmond to stab his fellow Assassin, Lucy Stillman. After impaling Lucy in the abdomen with his Hidden Blade, Desmond fell unconscious, with his subconscious splintered.
After Desmond accessed Ezio's nexus of time from 1512, another member of the First Civilization, Jupiter, spoke to Desmond. Jupiter informed Desmond about the catastrophe that had previously occurred, and also explained the Temples in further detail. Lastly, Jupiter told Desmond that he needed to go to the Grand Temple in order to stop the impending cataclysm, though he also admitted that he was unsure as to whether the Temples could successfully prevent the disaster.
- The Alamut Temple: located beneath the Assassins' fortress in Alamut.
- The Ancient Forge: located on the island of Andros in Greece.
- The Arctic Temple: located in an unknown location in the Arctic.
- The Amritsar Temple: located beneath Ranjit Singh's palace in Amritsar.
- The Caribbean Vault: located somewhere in the Caribbean.
- The Chichen Itza Temples: located in the tunnels beneath Chichen Itza.
- The Colosseum Vault: located below the Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome.
- Eesfet Oon-m'Aa Poo: located below the Great Sphinx of Giza.
- Eeyoo Sekedoo Aat: located below the tomb of Smenkhkare.
- The Forge: located beneath the Monastery of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Ávila, Spain.
- Freyja's Cave: located below the hills near Ravensthorpe in Mercia, England.
- The Gateway to the Lost City: located beneath the Greek island of Thera.
- The Grand Temple: located near Turin, New York.
- The Herat Temple: located beneath Herat Citadel in Herat.
- The Isu Barracks: located beneth Stonehenge in Hampshire, England.
- The Jerusalem Vault: located beneath Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem.
- Khesesh Em Sesh Em Eeneb: located beneath the Great Pyramid of Giza.
- The Labyrinth of Lost Souls: located beneath the Knossos Palace in Messara.
- The Lair of the Sphinx: located on the southern shore of Lake Kopais in Boeotia.
- The Lisbon Temple: located below the Carmo Convent in Lisbon.
- The Observatory: located near Long Bay in Jamaica.
- Oun-mAa Niye Ressoot: located below the Golden Tomb of Ahmose-ankh.
- The Petrified Temple: located near the Dread Ruins in Lesbos.
- The Port-au-Prince Temple: located near Port-au-Prince.
- The Pythagorean Vault: located in the Temple of Pythagoras in Rome.
- Qeneb.too Kah'Aiye: located below the sands of the Desheret Desert.
- The Saint-Denis Temple: located below Saint-Denis.
- Seshem.eff Er Aat: located below the tomb of an Egyptian Nomarch.
- The Siwa Vault: located under the Temple of Amun in Siwa.
- The Vatican Vault: located below the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
- The Yggdrasil chamber: Located below Hordafylke, Norway.
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