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"Rot in hell, Thomas."
―Nikola Tesla on Thomas Edison while triggering the explosion.[src]-[m]

The Tunguska explosion was an enormously powerful explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska river, in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, at about 7:14am on 30 June, 1908. It was caused by Nikola Tesla in collaboration with the Assassins, who were trying to destroy a Templar research facility where one of the Staves of Eden was being experimented upon.


In 1905, the Templar Grigori Rasputin came into possession of Tsar Nicholas II's Imperial Sceptre, which was one of the Staves of Eden. It was then taken to a secret facility in central Russia near the Tunguska river,[1] where the Staff was used as part of research into wave-generation technology.[2]

The explosion[]

Several years prior to 1905, Thomas Edison and his Templar associates had discredited and nearly financially ruined the inventor Nikola Tesla.[3] In the summer of 1908, the Assassins contacted Tesla and offered him a chance to take revenge on the Templars.[4] The plan involved Nikolai Orelov and two other Assassins to infiltrate the facility, with the objective to retrieve the Staff of Eden before the facility was to be destroyed.[5]

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Nikolai after the explosion at Tunguska

However, the Assassins were ultimately unable to remove the Piece of Eden from the facility in time, and Tesla prepared to carry out his orders. Using his mastery of electricity and the Wardenclyffe Tower, Tesla broadcasted an immense burst of electricity into the facility and the Piece of Eden, creating one of the largest explosions in known history. This explosion obliterated the research facility and the Staff within it. Nikolai was the only survivor of the event despite being at the explosion's center but still did not escaped unharmed, as the blast had torn his clothes to shreds and left him stunned for some time.[5]


"I believe this [Staff of Hermes Trismegistus] is important. But the Templars and Assassins have found Staves of Eden before. Nikola Tesla blew one up in Russia, if I remember correctly?"
―Victoria Bibeau, 2018.[src]-[m]

The explosion was remembered by contemporary[5] and successive Assassins[6] as a victory in their clandestine war with the Templars, though the event destroyed all of the Staff except for one of its shards. This piece eventually fell into the hands of Grigori Rasputin, who was later killed by conspirators in December 1916.[5] After Rasputin's burial, Nikolai exhumed the body in his pursuit of the shard[5] and later handed it down to his daughter, Nadya.[7]




  1. Assassin's Creed IIGlyph #8: "Martyrs"
  2. Assassin's CreedEmail subject header: "Analysis"
  3. Assassin's Creed II – Glyph #11: "The Inventor"
  4. Assassin's Creed II – Glyph #16: "The Cavalry"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Assassin's Creed: The FallIssue #02
  6. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyModern day
  7. Assassin's Creed: The Chain