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Wei Yu was the man who assassinated Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, with a spear. For this act in fighting tyranny and preserving the welfare of the people, he became legendary among the Assassin Brotherhood and posthumously honored as one of their own.

Biography

The first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, was a tyrannical ruler with ties to the Order of the Ancients. In order to protect the people, Wei Yu resolved to free the land from Qin Shi Huang's oppression.[1]

On 10 September 210 BCE during one of the Emperor's tours of eastern China,[2] Wei Yu struck the Emperor with his spear, killing him.[1]

Legacy

By the time of the Italian Renaissance, a tomb dedicated to Wei Yu was located on the top floor of the Torre Grossa in San Gimignano, Italy. The Italian Assassin Ezio Auditore explored the tomb and took the hidden seal from the tomb's sarcophagus, which later allowed him to obtain the Armor of Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad sealed in the Sanctuary beneath Villa Auditore in Monteriggioni.[3]

Behind the scenes

Wei Yu was introduced in Assassin's Creed II as one of seven legendary Assassins commemorated with a statue in the Sanctuary of the Villa Auditore.

In Chapter 34 of Assassin's Creed: Dynasty, the protagonist Li E is shown the secret Assassin vault beneath the Mohist village in Qinghe by the community's leader, Pei Min. The vault is a repository of Assassin arms and equipment collected for safeguarding through the ages. After Pei Min tells Li E that is welcome to take any weapon he likes, a powerful spear catches the Hidden One's eyes. The elder explains that the spear dates to the Qin period and that it is named "Jing Ke" after the fabled Assassin who, according to Sima Qian's Record of the Grand Historian, is said to have lost his life in a failed assassination attempt against Qin Shi Huang. The context behind the spear strongly implies that it belonged to Wei Yu and is the same spear used to kill the First Emperor, but to date, this can only be inferred and has not been explicitly confirmed.[4]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed IIFloating conversations: Unlocking Monteriggioni's Secrets
  2. Wikipedia-W-visual-balanced.svg Qin Shi Huang on Wikipedia
  3. Assassin's Creed IITorre Grossa's Secret
  4. Assassin's Creed: DynastyThe Hidden Ones (Part 2)

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