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“即便你们胜券在握……我们仍然会东山再起。你知道这是为什么吗?因为圣殿骑士教团脱胎于现实。我们不需要教条。不需要一意孤行的老家伙的指导。我们所需要的只是世界维持原貌。而就是为什么圣殿骑士永远不灭。”
―海瑟姆·肯威对刺客拉通哈给顿谈及圣殿骑士,1781年。[来源]
圣殿骑士
Knights
组织信息
创建者

该隐

领导人称谓

最高大师

相关组织
教派

无宗教信仰

历史信息
形成时间

史前

重组时间

1129年
1312年
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另详见Category:圣殿骑士

圣殿骑士组织(Templar Order),也被称作圣殿骑士团(Order of the Knights Templar),是一个通过力量与控制,致力于保证新世界秩序诞生的秘密组织。在十二世纪到十四世纪早期,圣殿骑士主要以骑士军事组织的形式存在。到了二十世纪中叶,圣殿骑士组织则继阿布斯泰戈工业成立,演化为了一个企业巨头。

在人类历史上,圣殿骑士通过暗中操纵个人与事件,推进他们的计划向目标前进。这些操纵行为在古罗马时期、十字军东征时期、文艺复兴时期与现代尤为突出。他们的所作所为与行动理念时常和他们的死敌刺客的理念相互冲突。

由于双方理念上的差异,圣殿骑士参与到了持续了数个世纪的对抗刺客的隐秘战争之中。而他们敌人的理念则认为人类应当拥有选择的权利,拥有彻底的自由,即便这意味着要接受人类自身时常出现的种种瑕疵与缺点。

历史

古代世界

史前时代

“看呐:该隐之印!”
―克莱·卡茨马雷克在戴斯蒙德·迈尔斯的一次字形解谜时说道,2012年。[来源]

圣殿骑士组织的起源仍旧是个谜;据信圣殿骑士自从人类诞生之初,或是至少在人类宣告自己从第一文明的奴役下独立之时起就已存在。[8]

在公元前75000年前的多峇巨灾之后,亚当夏娃之子该隐谋杀了他的弟弟亚伯,夺走了亚伯手上的伊甸苹果。根据推测,该隐可能是一名圣殿骑士,或者他对于圣殿骑士组织的成立起了很大的推动作用。该隐之印也成为了日后圣殿骑士组织的标志,而最早的那些圣殿骑士自称为“该隐之子”。 [8]

早期历史

“圣殿骑士团正式成立于1129年。但我们猜测,他们早在十二世纪之前就已经借助各种各样的称号存在了。”
阿布斯泰戈档案的一份复印件,2012年。[来源]
ACO Order of the Ancients

上古维序者

圣殿骑士团目前已知的最早的一部分前身成员可以追溯到古埃及。法老斯门卡瑞创立了上古维序者——一个后来成为圣殿骑士团的组织。[1]

至少一个世纪之后,特洛伊战争之中,希腊势力的领导人阿伽门农建立了秩序神教。神教有着和日后圣殿骑士团相似的目标,同样通过命令与秩序追求和平,希望获取第一文明的知识,与此同时还不断追捕继承了先行者血统的那些人。[9]

在公元前五世纪,秩序神教向阿契美尼德王朝的第四代皇帝大流士一世提供了帮助,推翻了帝国的篡位者,登上了波斯帝国的王座。秩序神教还为大流士一世的儿子及继承人薛西斯一世提供协助,镇压了埃及巴比伦地区的起义,并征服了希腊的大片土地。[8] 薛西斯一世于公元前465年被早期刺客大流士所刺杀,是历史记载当中第一个被袖剑所刺杀的人。[10]

伯罗奔尼撒战争

晚期活动

弗拉维乌斯·梅特鲁斯: "我很荣幸能留在这位大人物身边。我的内心激动不已,他的光辉令人心生敬仰。"
尤利乌斯·凯撒: "他是不朽的。那就是你产生这种想法的原因。"
弗拉维乌斯·梅特鲁斯: "他所拥有的一切也是不朽的。"
—公元前48年,弗拉维乌斯·梅特鲁斯与尤利乌斯·凯撒谈论亚历山大与他的手下时如是说道。[来源]

在公元前四世纪,上古维序者将一把伊甸权杖交给了亚历山大大帝。亚历山大使用这把权杖使自己成为了史上最为成功的征服者之一。[8] 此外,他还使用了伊甸三叉戟的力量。[11]凭借着所获得的先行者的知识,亚历山大发现了位于赫拉特的先行者神殿,并在神殿上方建造了赫拉特城堡[12]

然而,他的征服行动使得他成为了刺客兄弟会前身组织的一个目标。巴比伦人伊尔塔尼开始追踪亚历山大,并最终在公元前323年杀死了他。[10] 在亚历山大大帝死后,他和伊甸碎片一起被埋葬在了亚历山大[1]而伊甸三叉戟的三个戟尖则被分别交给了他手下的将军们。[11]

在公元前三世纪,另外一个圣殿骑士的前身组织协助了嬴政。嬴政最终统一了中国,并成为了中国古代第一个大一统王朝——秦朝的皇帝。[8]秦始皇的统治很快变得暴虐无度,而他也因此被中国的早期刺客魏羽所刺杀。[10]

古埃及陷落

“你儿子的死去使得整个组织都臣服于我。甚至连凯撒也不例外。罗马为我所有。上古维序者让我拥有了一个千子帝国,每一个都比前一个要更为强大。”
―公元前47年,弗拉维乌斯·梅特鲁斯这样对巴耶克说道。[来源]

到了公元前49年,上古维序者已经通过背后操纵法老托勒密十三世,驱逐其姐姐及共治法老克娄巴特拉,有效地控制了埃及。为了进一步实现统治埃及及周边地区的野心,上古维序者将目光转向了西瓦绿洲先行者神殿所埋藏的秘密。为此,他们绑架了西瓦的守护者巴耶克以及后者的儿子卡慕。拥有伊甸苹果的上古维序者命令巴耶克打开密室的门。巴耶克却对该做什么这方面毫不知情。在随后的战斗之中,巴耶克失手杀死了自己的儿子。[1]

上古维序者的成员随后遭到了巴耶克及妻子——克娄巴特拉的部下艾雅两人的追踪与猎杀。在公元前48年,巴耶克杀死梅度纳曼之后,上古维序者失去了他们所拥有的那枚伊甸苹果。随着组织成员的不断减少,上古维序者的领袖——罗马殖民地总督弗拉维乌斯·梅特鲁斯着手开始巩固他们对罗马共和国独裁领袖尤利乌斯·凯撒的影响。[1]

巴耶克和艾雅之后协助克娄巴特拉从后者弟弟那里夺回了权力,并帮她和凯撒进行了会面,将罗马争取为埃及的盟友。借此机会,上古维序者将一部分注意力转移到了克娄巴特拉身上,将她培养为上古维序者控制埃及的新的傀儡,并帮助确保凯撒与埃及女王之间盟友关系的安全与稳定。艾雅和巴耶克也打开了进入亚拉山大大帝陵墓的入口,弗拉维乌斯趁机取得了亚历山大的伊甸权杖。弗拉维乌斯还杀死了想要阻止他取得伊甸权杖的阿波罗多洛斯,后者是克娄巴特拉的贴身侍从。[1]

上古维序者重新获得了伊甸权杖与伊甸苹果,又通过凯撒将克娄巴特拉纳入自己的控制之下。弗拉维乌斯和卢修斯·塞普提米乌斯打开了西瓦密室的大门。弗拉维乌斯随后还用伊甸苹果侵蚀了他的领地昔兰尼加的平民百姓的心智,但最后被再次夺得苹果的巴耶克所刺杀。塞普提米乌斯则和凯撒一起回到了罗马,将伊甸权杖交给了上古维序者的其他成员。[1]

在罗马帝国境内的行动

路菲欧: "在你那懦弱的妻子从背后刺杀凯撒之前,他早已建立起一个强大的组织。"
巴耶克: "我们的力量将会在阴影中燃烧下去。"
路菲欧: "而正是我们创造了这些阴影。"
—公元前38年,盖乌斯·尤里乌斯·路菲欧临死前对巴耶克如此说道。[来源]
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到公元前44年,尤利乌斯·凯撒已经成为上古维序者的领袖[1]在罗马共和国内散布上古维序者的势力影响。[13]在卢修斯·塞普提米乌斯的影响下,凯撒有意自立为罗马共和国终生独裁官。然而,与巴耶克一同建立了名为“无形者”这一兄弟会组织的艾雅与马库斯·尤尼乌斯·布鲁图斯盖乌斯·卡西乌斯·隆基努斯等四十名罗马议员密谋刺杀凯撒。公元前44年3月15日,艾雅刺杀了塞普提米乌斯,而无形者的成员们随后在庞培剧场里杀死了凯撒。[1]

上古维序者的控制权随后转移到了凯撒养子及继承者奥古斯都手里。公元前38年,随着上古维序者逐渐失去对克娄巴特拉的控制,他们让盖乌斯·尤里乌斯·路菲欧西奈半岛上建立他们的势力影响,以此达成再次控制埃及的目的。路菲欧和他手下的将军们很快就被巴耶克所带领的无形者所刺杀。[1]

公元前32年,罗马共和国的最后一战在屋大维和马库斯·安东尼乌斯与克娄巴特拉双方势力之间爆发。公元前30年,由于手下的部队几乎全军覆没,安东尼乌斯只能选择自杀。为了结束埃及人民所遭受的劫难,艾雅说服克娄巴特拉服毒自杀。埃及随后成为了罗马共和国的省份之一,并且被上古维序者所控制。[14]

在屋大维将罗马共和国转变为罗马帝国之后,上古维序者的势力不断衰弱。他们曾协助了罗马皇帝卡利古拉,对后者产生了很深刻的影响。为了挫败上古维序者的计划,无形者在公元41年刺杀了卡利古拉。[10]

公元259年,罗马元老院成员,也是秘密上古维序者成员的卡尤斯·富尔维乌斯·武尔图尔暗中联系上了吕迪努姆主教福斯坦,并让他去给格瑞克斯将军泄露刺客阿奎卢斯的刺杀目标。并在阿奎卢斯的行动失败之后来到吕迪努姆拜访他的父亲,同时也是刺客的卢修斯,在武尔图尔抨击罗马皇帝瓦勒良的家族成员时,阿奎卢斯带着伊甸碎片安卡归来。在阿奎卢斯夜晚外出调查之时,武尔图尔试图让卢修斯交出安卡,遭到拒绝后杀死了卢修斯夺走了安卡。[15]阿奎卢斯得知后,赶到罗马杀死了武尔图尔,并夺回了安卡。[16]

中世纪

亚瑟王治下的英格兰

“遭到妻子、挚友与儿子背叛的亚瑟王死于理想幻灭的绝望之中。【……】【他那】理想主义的观念并不是圣殿骑士团最好的方法。”
―2016年,艾伦·里金评价亚瑟王道。[来源]

在公元六世纪前后,圣殿骑士组织的前身曾在处于中世纪的英格兰活跃过。其中较为著名的一段时间是他们曾在某个时候由传说中的亚瑟王所领导。以亚瑟王为首的圆桌骑士据推测曾拥有圣杯[17]

亚瑟在某个时候拔出了石中剑,获得了这把伊甸宝剑。这把伊甸宝剑后来被称作“王者之剑”(Excalibur)而广为人知。[10]最终,亚瑟遭到了妻子、挚友与儿子的背叛,死在了理想幻灭的绝望之中。[17]

斯堪的纳维亚冲突

形成军事组织

“在我们漫长的历史里有史以来第一次,我们的组织终于昭然天下,但我们最为真实、崇高的目标仍旧是不为人知的秘密。”
―2012年,阿布斯泰戈文件之一的复印件里这样记录道。[来源]
Hugh de Payns

最高大师于格·德·帕扬

公元1118年,法国修士圣伯尔纳铎意识到,圣殿骑士的组织需要拉拢教廷,使教廷成为他们的盟友。他派出他最信任的九个人前往圣城耶路撒冷寻找所罗门圣殿。在那九个人回来之后,圣伯尔纳铎和最高大师于格·德·帕扬一起重建了圣殿骑士组织,并创立了拉丁守则。“圣殿骑士团”这一日后广为人知的名号在公元1129年的特鲁瓦会议上得到了正式的认可与确认。圣殿骑士组织有史以来第一次公开露面,但其真正的目的与意图仍旧是一个秘密。[6]

在第一次十字军东征之中,十字军部队成功地挺进了圣地耶路撒冷。圣殿骑士以及医院骑士团就在这些部队里,协助十字军巩固了自己的阵地,直到萨拉丁顺利地统一绝大部分伊斯兰世界国家。[8]之后,在第三次十字军东征之中,圣殿骑士再次挺进耶路撒冷。在阿卡围城战里,最高大师杰勒德·德·罗德福特被萨拉丁抓获,并遭到了斩首处决,圣殿骑士团大团长一职也因此直到1191年有人继任为止都处于空缺状态。[8]高级圣殿骑士,领主巴西利斯克,到1190年为止,暂且以圣殿骑士团事实上的领导人这一身份代行职务。[18]

第三次十字军东征期间的斗争

“刺客,你并不了解你参与的事情。我放过你,是为了让你可以回到你们大师那里,替我传递一项信息。圣地已经因为他而丢失了。他该趁着还有机会的时候逃跑的。拼死顽抗只会让你们全军覆没。”
―11191年,罗伯特·德·塞布尔对阿泰尔·伊本-拉阿哈德说道。[来源]

公元1191年,罗伯特·德·塞布尔接任最高大师,成为了圣殿骑士团大团长。在他的领导下,来自十字军与撒拉逊双方的八位贵族都秘密地加入了圣殿骑士团。最高大师和这八个人随后与阿尔莫林合作,一起寻找其中一枚伊甸苹果。他们后来发现,这枚苹果位于所罗门圣殿遗迹地下的古代密室里。[19]

Siege of Masyaf Templars

身在马斯亚夫的德·萨布莱与圣殿骑士

为了自己独占这枚苹果,阿尔莫林背叛了圣殿骑士,派阿泰尔·伊本-拉阿哈德、马利克卡达尔·阿-赛义夫三人去取回苹果。与此同时,德·塞布尔也渴望得到这枚苹果,而阿泰尔试图刺杀因此闯入密室的德·塞布尔。阿泰尔失败了,但马利克还是在逃跑的时候把苹果带回了位于马斯亚夫的刺客总部。圣殿骑士随后追赶而来,包围了马斯亚夫。抵达马斯亚夫城堡的圣殿骑士随后被阿泰尔启动的陷阱——倒下的树干所击中,被打败了。[19]

作为回应,阿尔莫林派阿泰尔执行“猎杀九人”的任务。在七月到九月的三个月时间里,阿泰尔前往大马士革阿卡耶路撒冷等地刺杀他的目标。意识到自己安全受到威胁的最高大师派玛丽亚·索普伪装成自己,出席其中一个刺杀目标马吉德·阿丁的葬礼。而德·塞布尔本人则在这个时候为了集结十字军与撒拉逊人一起对抗刺客而前往阿尔苏夫。在中了陷阱之后,阿泰尔在德·塞布尔同英王理查一世争论之时找到了他。理查一世同意让两人为证明彼此的言论而进行决斗。德·塞布尔最后败在了阿泰尔手下,告诉阿泰尔阿尔莫林背叛了刺客。阿泰尔之后刺杀了他的导师阿尔莫林。[19]

第三次十字军东征后的行动

“我们所谓的国王和他的圣殿骑士顾问在伦敦见面呢。我们要去看望他们一下吗?”
―1215年,刺客罗伯特·菲茨沃尔特这样对他的支持者说道。[来源]

除了参与十字军东征之外,圣殿骑士还通过别的方式取得权力地位。英王理查一世的弟弟及继承者约翰,就是一个处在圣殿骑士顾问影响之下的傀儡。刺客罗伯特·菲茨沃尔特举兵反抗约翰,并获得了英国各个男爵的支持。第一次男爵战争于1215年正式爆发。[20]

公元1241年,圣殿骑士团参与了列格尼卡战役,对抗蒙古帝国的军队。蒙古人成功地抓获了一名圣殿骑士,但这个圣殿骑士成功地劝蒙古可汗蒙哥加入了圣殿骑士的组织。蒙哥随后建立了圣殿骑士组织蒙古分册。蒙哥拥有伊甸三叉戟的三个戟尖之一,[21]为了给被刺客所杀的成吉思汗报仇,派自己的兄弟旭烈兀汗前去对刺客复仇,并且将祖父留下的伊甸宝剑交给旭烈兀汗,让他用伊甸宝剑彻底毁灭黎凡特刺客兄弟会。[20]

EgyptAssassin

一个被刺客杀死的圣殿骑士

公元1250年,在一名埃及刺客阿赛特节杖带给起兵反叛的马穆鲁克人时,埃及的圣殿骑士发现了夺取这件神器的机会。然而,他们夺取神器的企图最后失败了。[22]

到了公元1259年8月,蒙哥已经对钓鱼城发动了一次攻势,并杀死了一名宋军的指挥官——他同时也是一名刺客。这个刺客的女儿,张芷随后加入了刺客兄弟会。她潜入了元军大营,并刺杀了可汗及圣殿骑士的领袖。T[21]

到了十三世纪六十年代,弗拉基米尔大公,圣殿骑士盟友,亚历山大·涅夫斯基,通过与蒙古帝国的一部分——金帐汗国结盟,保护了俄罗斯免遭蒙古的征服。然而,他与圣殿骑士之间的联系导致他成为了蒙古刺客的目标,他最后在1263年被内尔古翼所杀。[20]

圣殿骑士团的覆灭

“教皇克雷芒,听我说!不出一年,你就会因自己的罪行在全能的上帝面前得到报应。而你,法王菲利普,因你对圣殿犯下的大恶,给予你再恶毒的惩罚也不过分。我诅咒你!连同到继承你血脉的第十三代后人为止!你会受到诅咒的惩罚!”
―1314年,雅克·德·莫莱诅咒教皇克雷芒五世与法王腓力四世道。[来源]

公元1307年,身为腓力四世内阁成员之一的法国刺客导师纪尧姆·德·诺加雷,动用自己对法国皇室的影响,使得腓力四世与教皇克雷芒五世转而反对圣殿骑士团。圣殿骑士团的成员被冠以异端之名,腓力四世更是下令逮捕骑士团的全体成员。当年10月13日,艾斯奎由·德·弗洛瑞克带领一群刺客伪装成商人,对圣殿骑士位于巴黎圣殿发动了进攻。意识到圣殿骑士团已经大难临头的最高大师雅克·德·莫莱命令他的顾问把他们手上的认知之父圣典伊甸宝剑藏到密室里去。[7]

Tragedy of Jacques de Molay 12

被捕的雅克·德·莫莱

发现两件重要物品被刺客大师托马·德·卡尔内隆窃取的顾问随即开始追赶这名刺客并想要将两件物品夺回。然而,再将两件东西藏在密室里之后,德·莫莱被刺客抓获,顾问也被德·卡尔内隆所杀。最高大师被关押了起来,接受了审判,最后在1314年3月18日与杰佛瑞·德·沙尔尼一起被处以火刑。[7]

在他死前最后一段时间里,德·莫莱意识到,圣殿骑士的组织不能够长久地以公众组织的形式存在下去。他挑选了九个他最信任的人,将他们派往世界各地,交付他们来自古人的知识,让他们在公众的视线之外将圣殿骑士的事业继续下去。[6]

回归地下

“按历史来讲,圣殿骑士两百多年前就在法国被解散了。那么只有一种可能,他们实际上根本没有解散。只不过实际上是转入地下,继续他们恶毒的工作罢了。”
―1477年,马里奥·奥迪托雷对于圣殿骑士这样说道。[来源]

公元1321年,圣殿骑士为了取回阿泰尔·伊本-拉阿哈德的手札,杀死了意大利刺客当中的著名成员但丁·阿利吉耶里,同时也将他们仍旧存在这一事实告知了刺客。这些圣殿骑士雇佣了一群海盗,跟踪后来以多梅尼科·奥迪托雷这个名字出名的刺客前往奥特朗托港口,去取得那本手札。但多梅尼科早已拆散了手札,并将手札各页都藏了起来。到了公元1324年,圣殿骑士已经杀死了多梅尼科·奥迪托雷的父亲、马可·波罗以及其他意大利兄弟会的重要成员。 [10]

AC5EC Numa and Templars 2

在卡纳克与努马战斗的圣殿骑士

公元1340年,埃及圣殿骑士从当时统治埃及的巴赫里王朝皇室处窃取了阿赛特节杖,并将这件神器秘密转移到了他们位于卡纳克的藏身处。[22]1341年6月7日,苏丹阿尔-纳西尔·穆罕默德被圣殿骑士特工莱拉所杀。不久之后,节杖被刺客努马·阿尔卡姆辛取回。在莱拉被捕之后,她受了伤,和努马被关在了同一间牢房里。 [23]

两人从监狱里逃了出去,但之后圣殿骑士将努马骗进了陷阱里,努马因此被莱拉所杀。莱拉后来从努马的徒弟阿里·阿尔格雷布那里取回了原来装有阿赛特节杖的安卡状的盒子,在想要转交给埃及的埃米尔的时候才发现盒子里面空无一物。莱拉发现,节杖被藏在了埃德富神庙附近的一口井里,但在试图取回节杖的时候跌入井中,并因此失去了记忆,忘记了自己身为一名圣殿骑士的事实。[24]

数年之后,1348年,一个名为“十字兄弟会”的圣殿骑士团体去往欧洲各地,为人们提供抵抗黑死病的办法;而他们同时还暗中寻找着先行者神器——永生十字架(安卡,the Ankh)。两年之后,十字兄弟会以及刺客卢卡斯·楚尔堡一同消失了,再也没有出现过。[25]

十四世纪末,苏格兰的圣殿骑士在亨利·辛克莱尔詹姆斯·冈恩的带领下,开始了一场对新世界的探索。探索队伍于1398年6月2日在北美洲登陆。[26]

四年之后,圣殿骑士为朱棣登基继位提供了帮助。圣殿骑士通过自身对于朝廷的影响,成功地让朱棣对中国东部的刺客发动了清洗活动,导致数千万的百姓死于非命,刺客领袖方孝孺也因此去世。1424年,从清洗之中幸存下来的刺客李彤杀死了朱棣。[25]

圣殿骑士还参与了英法百年战争。在发现法国的让娜·达尔克拥有伊甸宝剑之后,圣殿骑士抓住了她,并为了夺得伊甸宝剑而对她处以火刑。[10]

在十五世纪中叶,圣殿骑士陷入了一场与奥斯曼帝国展开的争斗之中。瓦拉几亚大公,圣殿骑士“穿刺者”弗拉德是这场冲突的中心人物。在1476年12月,弗拉德被奥斯曼刺客领袖伊沙克·帕夏击败,随后被奥斯曼人杀害。[6]

文艺复兴

意大利圣殿骑士崛起

“我成为教皇是因为教团给了我机会。是教团给了我权力。你觉得我会相信那本信口开河的书里哪怕他妈的一个字吗?圣经里充斥着谎言与迷信,就和过去的一万年里其它每一本人所创作的宗教文书如出一辙。”
―1499年,身为教皇亚历山大六世的罗德里格·博吉亚这样说道。[来源]

公元1476年,红衣主教罗德里格·博吉亚成为了意大利圣殿骑士的最高大师。[27] 但是,在他的领导下,圣殿骑士失去了对他们对于和平这一真正目标的追求,转而出于对权力的渴求与贪婪而意图控制整个意大利;圣殿骑士日后将这段时期成为“圣殿骑士组织的中世纪(黑暗时代)”。[8] 在罗德里格的监管之下,圣殿骑士编排了若干次阴谋,废除了意大利各个城邦的权力,[10]在这种种阴谋里首当其冲的就是圣殿骑士在1476年12月26日顺利刺杀了米兰公爵加莱佐亚·马里亚·斯福尔扎[5]随后则是三天后刺客乔瓦尼·奥迪托雷·达·佛罗伦萨和儿子 费代里科彼得鲁乔佛罗伦萨被处决。[10]

BoF 9

与罗德里戈会面的威尼斯圣殿骑士

然而,他们谋杀佛罗伦萨领导人洛伦佐·德·美第奇计划失败了。幸存下来并继承了父亲刺客衣袍的埃齐奥·奥迪托雷·达·佛罗伦萨在1478年4月26日击退了他们的袭击。然后,罗德里格将他的注意力转移到了威尼斯,威尼斯的圣殿骑士正谋划谋杀威尼斯总督乔凡尼·莫塞尼戈。1485年9月14日,总督顾问卡洛·格里马尔迪给总督下了毒。埃齐奥竭尽了全力,仍旧没能阻止这一阴谋。圣殿骑士安派马可·巴尔巴里戈担任威尼斯下一任总督,而他最后在1486年2月死于埃齐奥之手。[10]

与此同时,在1482年6月,奥斯曼帝国苏丹巴耶济德二世的弟弟,圣殿骑士杰姆无法恰当地利用伊甸苹果所蕴含的力量。这枚苹果是他从已经去世的父亲穆罕默德二世那里偷来的。因为知道西方的圣殿骑士拥有更多关于这件神器的知识,他将这枚苹果藏在了塞浦路斯的圣殿骑士的档案馆里,等待西方的圣殿骑士找到这枚苹果。[28]

罗德里格按照阿泰尔手札部分页面上记载的信息在1486年7月11日派出随从,前去塞浦路斯取回那枚苹果。1488年,圣殿骑士在塞浦路斯取得了苹果并带回了意大利。但很快,埃齐奥和意大利刺客就把苹果偷走了。[10] 失去苹果之后,罗德里格开始关注成为教皇候选人一事,想要将教会的权力独揽于一身,并利用自己的同僚在选举之中作弊。[29]1491年,想要将北美洲作为圣殿骑士的秘密隐藏起来的罗德里格没能阻止克里斯托弗·哥伦布发现并抵达西印度群岛。 [30]

西班牙宗教审判

“正是因为伊甸苹果,已知的世界将会迎来一个新的纪元。那将是一个和平的,所有曾经彼此敌对的人都完完全全遵从我们独一无二的圣殿教条的新纪元。”
―1492年,获得伊甸苹果的托马斯·德·托尔克马达这样说道。[来源]
The Inquisitions Army

带领宗教审判所人员的托尔克马达

到了1491年,在圣殿骑士大师,大法官托马斯·德·托尔克马达的领导下,西班牙宗教裁判所开始了针对刺客兄弟会展开的迫害与处决。[31]这一大规模清洗活动导致西班牙刺客拉斐尔·桑切斯路易斯·德·圣坦杰尔向意大利刺客埃齐奥·奥迪托雷寻求帮助,以此消灭受圣殿骑士控制的宗教裁判所以及摧毁托尔克马达与罗德里格·博吉亚之间的联系。[30]

托尔克马达发现,有一枚伊甸苹果以及一把伊甸权杖同时出现在了西班牙。在他自己努力寻找苹果的时候,他派出手下的法官古斯塔沃·拉米雷斯前去寻找伊甸权杖。拉米雷斯找到了伊甸权杖的三枚碎片,但阿基拉·狄尼赫拉玛丽亚和埃齐奥·奥迪托雷等刺客使得他的努力全部付诸东流。[32]

1492年,托尔克马达发现格拉纳达的埃米尔——穆罕默德十二世正持有那枚他在寻找的伊甸苹果。为了夺得苹果,托尔克马达安排人手绑架了埃米尔的儿子——艾哈迈德王子。在绑架过程中,他们还抓住了刺客阿基拉·狄尼赫拉、玛丽亚和他们的导师本尼迪克特。后者随后被圣殿骑士假借宗教裁判所的名义处决了。[31]

ACM Apple of Eden Torquemada

手持伊甸苹果的托尔克马达

托尔克马达安排了一场与格拉纳达埃米尔之间的会晤,想要用穆罕默德十二世的儿子来换取伊甸苹果。会晤被阿基拉和玛丽亚打断了。玛丽亚和托尔克马达的党羽奥赫达被杀,阿基拉经过一番艰苦争夺,从托尔克马达那里夺得了苹果。大法官托尔克马达最终没能将苹果再次夺回。[31]

一段时间之后,托尔克马达在自己的宫殿里遭遇了埃齐奥·奥迪托雷。他谎称自己根本不知道圣殿骑士,顺利地逃走了,而埃齐奥也没有去追杀他。[30]1498年,刺客们最后还是杀死了托尔克马达。 [10]

博吉亚家族倒台

切萨雷·博吉亚: "忘了教皇吧,你只效忠于我。罗马是将我们事业支撑下去的支柱。她不可动摇。而你也不可动摇。"
奥克塔维安·德·瓦卢瓦: "那那些梵蒂冈人呢?"
切萨雷·博吉亚: "那群令人厌烦的老头子?我们暂且还要与他们共事,但很快,我们就能抛弃他们了。"
—1501年,切萨雷这样对他手下的将领们说道。[来源]
IBAL 9

使用伊甸权杖的教皇亚历山大六世

罗德里格·博吉亚于1492年8月11日成为教皇亚历山大六世,获得了教皇权杖——伊甸权杖之一,以及进入梵蒂冈密室的机会。1499年12月28日,罗德里格在密室入口处遇到了埃齐奥,并被后者击败。被放走之后,[10]他不再妄想征服新的领土与势力,而是希望维持圣殿骑士想要建立的自身力量。[33]

尽管罗德里格并不想要向意大利刺客兄弟会对罗马进攻一事复仇,他的儿子切萨雷·博吉亚却在1500年12月2日对刺客总部所在地蒙特里久尼发起了进攻,杀死了刺客领袖马里奥·奥迪托雷,并夺走了伊甸苹果。切萨雷很快就成为了意大利圣殿骑士实际上的领导人物,并将圣殿骑士的势力及影响扩展到欧洲各地,甚至连法国国王路易十二葡萄牙国王曼努埃尔一世卡斯蒂利亚女王伊莎贝拉一世以及英格兰国王亨利七世等各国君主也没有例外。在切萨雷以教皇军总司令的身份专注于逐步征服意大利其他地区的同时,他将位于罗马的圣殿骑士总部交给胡安·博吉亚奥克塔维安·德·瓦卢瓦米凯莱托·科雷拉负责管理。[33]

Roads lead to 2

带领着圣殿骑士随从的切萨雷·博吉亚

尼可罗·马基雅维利和埃齐奥的带领下,刺客兄弟会摧毁了博吉亚家族在意大利各地的势力影响,其中就包括他们的兄弟莱昂纳多·达芬奇被迫为切萨雷制造的战争机器。1503年8月,胡安·博吉亚与奥克塔维安·德·瓦卢瓦被埃齐奥所杀,科雷拉谋取切萨雷妹妹卢克雷齐娅的恋人——皮埃特罗·罗西性命的阴谋也遭到了挫败。将儿子视为威胁的罗德里格试图下毒杀死切萨雷,却反过来被切萨雷所杀。随着失去教会权力的支持,切萨雷的势力一落千丈,自己也在1503年12月被新教皇儒略二世逮捕。[33]

不久之后,他从圣天使城堡越狱逃脱,但随即又再次被逮捕,关进了西班牙瓦伦西亚附近的德拉莫塔城堡里。在米凯莱托·科雷拉的协助下,他在1506年顺利越狱。在埃齐奥、马基雅维利与莱昂纳多三人指挥发动的攻势之后,切萨雷位于瓦伦西亚一带的部队几乎全军覆没,而切萨雷也抛弃了自己的得力臂膀米凯莱托并杀死了后者。身为最高大师的切萨雷前往纳瓦拉,去寻求他连襟纳瓦拉国王胡安三世的支持。[34] 在为胡安三世带军于1507年3月进行比亚纳围城战时,切萨雷被埃齐奥·奥迪托雷所杀,意大利圣殿骑士彻底陷入了群龙无首的状态之中。[33]

拜占庭圣殿骑士归来

“我已经对这些引起父子兄弟自相残杀的毫无意义的血仇疲倦了。为了实现真正的和平,人类的思考与行动必须如同合为一体,必须由同一个至高的思想来指挥。大神殿之中的秘密将帮助我们实现这美好的愿景。而阿泰尔将为我们指出通往那里的道路。”
―1512年,艾哈迈德王子谈及他的圣殿骑士目标。[来源]

1509年,一场地震袭击了奥斯曼帝国的中心,君士坦丁堡。紧随着城市遭到毁灭,苏丹巴耶济德二世又和自己的儿子赛利姆一世为了继承权打得不可开交,圣殿骑士打着拜占庭帝国的旗号回到了这座城市。起初,在曼努埃尔·帕里奥洛格斯的领导下,圣殿骑士的事业得到了很多对奥斯曼帝国失望之极的人的共鸣与支持。而苏丹的长子艾哈迈德王子,[6] 他的叔叔杰姆就是一为圣殿骑士。[28]已经厌倦了人与人之间互相对立的艾哈迈德凭借着自己的领导能力和号召力,顺利地成为了拜占庭圣殿骑士的最高大师。[8]

TAG 1

塔里克·巴列蒂进行交易的沙阿库卢与曼努埃尔

大约于1511年,圣殿骑士找到了尼科洛·波罗的日志《秘密圣战》,发现了阿泰尔图书馆的存在。因为首先着手处理帝国内部事务,艾哈迈德派曼努埃尔替他去寻找作为马斯亚夫图书馆钥匙的五枚记忆封印。有了这五枚记忆封印,就可以打开阿泰尔图书馆的大门。艾哈迈德认为,图书馆里会有能够指引他们前往大神殿的知识。 [6]

艾哈迈德的密友哈桑·帕夏成功地在托普卡匹宫地下找到了一枚记忆封印,[28]但他们从地下水宫殿公牛广场取回记忆封印的计划被埃齐奥·奥迪托雷挫败了。 埃齐奥是为了取得记忆封印打开图书馆大门而来到了奥斯曼帝国。在寻找记忆封印的过程中,埃齐奥阻止了圣殿骑士绑架当时还是王子的苏莱曼一世。 而按照圣殿骑士的计划,本来该是艾哈迈德来“救”他的。埃齐奥还在德林库尤地下的拜占庭圣殿骑士总部里杀死了曼努埃尔·帕里奥洛格斯和后者的手下沙阿库卢[6]

Escape 1

艾哈迈德在德林库尤威胁埃齐奥

之后,艾哈迈德下令让手下的圣殿骑士去绑架埃齐奥的恋人索菲亚·萨尔托。奥斯曼刺客领袖优素福·塔齐姆因此被杀。艾哈迈德提出了一项交易,让埃齐奥用已经集齐的五枚记忆封印来交换索菲亚。他最后从埃齐奥手里得到了记忆封印,并离开君士坦丁堡,动身前往马斯亚夫。埃齐奥和索菲亚则紧随其后。[6]

埃齐奥与艾哈迈德二人在一番争执之后跌落了悬崖,在埃齐奥降落伞的帮助下才幸存了下来。而艾哈迈德王子遇到了自己战胜了父亲凯旋归来的兄弟赛利姆一世。为了避免艾哈迈德与自己争夺奥斯曼帝国的王位,赛利姆将艾哈迈德丢下了附近的悬崖,身为圣殿骑士领袖的艾哈迈德因此跌死,圣殿骑士在奥斯曼帝国境内的势力也因此遭到了大幅削弱。[6]

英国都铎王朝时期的行动

“约克女公爵玛格丽特死得很“安详”。除了兄弟会以外,只有亨利国王一个人知道我们参与了此事。我们会让他相信,我们的服务是用皇家的钱买来的,但实际上,我们是要借此对英国圣殿骑士的阴谋发动沉重的打击。”
―1503年,一名刺客正在筹备刺客兄弟会对抗约克派圣殿骑士的计划。[来源]

自十五世纪晚期开始,圣殿骑士意在将统治英格兰的权力从亨利七世手上夺走,为此意图恢复约克王朝作为皇室正统的身份。1487年,圣殿骑士发动了一场叛乱,拥立兰伯特·西姆内尔成为新的国王,而亨利七世则挫败了他们的计划。1490年,圣殿骑士又以珀金·沃贝克的名义发动了另一场叛乱,但珀金·沃贝克因此于1497年被捕,并在1499年被处以绞刑。[35]

与他们同谋的约克女公爵玛格丽特也在1503年被成为亨利七世盟友的刺客所杀。作为反击,圣殿骑士引起了公众的动荡不安。最终叛乱被刺客们平息,作为亨利七世秘密星室法庭部分成员的圣殿骑士也被消灭了。[35]

到了十六世纪五十年代中期,圣殿骑士通过亨利八世的孙女女王玛丽一世,重新夺回了对英格兰的控制权。他们的胜利十分短暂,玛丽在1558年就被刺客们所杀,王位也由刺客盟友伊丽莎白一世继承,伊丽莎白一世日后借助一枚伊甸苹果带领英国迎来了黄金时代。[10]

西班牙美洲征服

“兄弟。我的任务已经顺利大功告成了。皮扎罗船长将会把我们所要求的报酬交给我们。我希望在你读到我这封信的时候,你也已顺利完成了你的任务,成功地杀死曼科。”
―1536年,皮扎罗的同谋者之一给图提·库西的信里写道。[来源]

最晚从1503年开始,在欧洲探险家发现美洲大陆之后,圣殿骑士就开始向新大陆散布自己的势力。相对的,刺客同样希望在新大陆上建立起对抗圣殿骑士的力量。[35] 到了十六世纪早期,圣殿骑士与刺客双方都成功地在新大陆上建立起了自己的组织,并在新旧大陆上招募各自的新成员。[25]

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庞塞·德·莱昂被毒箭击中

到了1510年,圣殿骑士操纵了西班牙征服者胡安·庞塞·德·莱昂,令后者为圣殿骑士组织的计划效力。为此,1521年,庞塞·德·莱昂出发前去寻找伊甸碎片青春之泉。当他即将要发现青春之泉在佛罗里达的确切位置时,当地刺客兄弟会成员米格尔·拉蒙·卡洛·德·卢戈拦住了他的去路,并对他射出了毒箭。庞塞·德·莱昂随后因为自己的伤势与中毒而死。[25]

圣殿骑士还影响了西班牙征服者弗朗西斯科·皮萨罗,后者在1533年处死了印加帝国皇帝阿塔瓦尔帕,征服了印加帝国。[10]1536年,皮扎罗谋划刺杀新印加帝国皇帝曼科·印加·尤潘基。但在皮扎罗的印加盟友图提·库西执行计划之前,刺杀阴谋就被印加查斯琪(信使)奎拉和刺客贡萨洛·帕尔多揭露并挫败。[36]1541年,皮扎罗本人被刺客所杀。[10]

八虎之治

“中国只是我们战利品的一部分罢了。我们将会统治整个世界,而你毕恭毕敬献给我们的这个盒子,将会成为带来和平时代的另一件工具。”
―1532年,张永在和邵君之间展开的最终决战里如是说道。[来源]

在十六世纪早期,八虎——明朝正德年间朝中实力强大的宦官组织——成员之一张永,成为了圣殿骑士组织的一员。1510年,八虎的领导人刘瑾被指密谋谋权篡位,而张永因此在刘瑾被处刑之后继承了他的位置。随着正德帝于1521年4月20日驾崩,但因为他没有合法的继承人,整个国家暂时陷入了混乱之中。在寻找王位继承者的过程中,八虎利用自身的势力,拥立他们的傀儡——正德帝朱厚照的侄子,被后世称为嘉靖皇帝的朱厚熜继承了王位。1524年,八虎利用自己的新势力发动了大礼议,一场消灭了包括刺客在内的所有敌对八虎的势力的清洗运动。之后,八虎任命严嵩担任他们权力的对外代表,同时维持着自身对朝政的控制,并继续搜寻着先行者遗物。[37]

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手持着先行者之盒,站在王阳明尸体旁的张永

1526年,刺客领袖王阳明和他往日的弟子邵君在兄弟会几近覆灭之时回到了中国。在邵君假意被八虎所抓之后,八虎得到了她身上的先行者之盒。在接下来的几年时间里,邵君和王阳明开始追杀八虎成员。但张永和丘聚最后还是对身为圣殿骑士敌人的刺客发动了反击,导致王阳明去世,邵君几乎被捕。[37]

到了1532年,张永成了八虎中幸存下来的唯一一人。出于对于邵君的蔑视与挑衅,张永计划让俺答汗指挥蒙古军队穿过长城的城门进攻中原。邵君挫败了他的计划,并在长城上杀死了张永,终结了圣殿骑士对中国的控制。[37]

扩张到日本

“这些信徒将会成为我们在这个国家的立足点。”
―耶稣会士范礼安谈及圣殿骑士对日本的影响。[来源]

在十六世纪上半世纪被刺客连续击败之后,圣殿骑士开始寻找新的扩张势力的地区。约在1549年,耶稣会士方济各·沙勿略将注意力转向了日本,发现了传播天主教与圣殿骑士理念的机会。在战国时代中期抵达日本的圣殿骑士通过一系列斗争取得了稳固的落脚点,决定不单利用他们能找到的能够接纳圣殿骑士理念的本地势力。听闻圣殿骑士出现在日本的消息,刺客也很快做出了回应,开始在日本忍者氏族中寻找盟友。[20]

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望月千代女与她麾下的女忍

日本圣殿骑士之一,大名上杉谦信与自己的对手,伊甸宝剑的持有者武田信玄之间展开了一系列的战斗。他们之间的战斗持续到了1573年。这一年,德川氏和刺客刺杀了武田信玄,而上杉谦信也在1578年被刺客服部半藏刺杀。意大利圣殿骑士与耶稣会士范礼安此时在日本境内已经形成了一定的势力,并继续招募信众和圣殿骑士的新成员。当弗朗西斯科·卡布拉尔发现范礼安与圣殿骑士有关的活动时,范礼安强迫弗朗西斯科·卡布拉尔放弃他耶稣会传教士会长的职位。[20]

到了十六世纪九十年代,圣殿骑士招募了武田信玄手下的间谍大师,女忍望月千代女,建立起了在日本各地传播圣殿骑士理念与思想的信息网。然而,望月千代女也被刺客服部半藏所杀。不久之后,服部半藏在1596年死于风魔小太郎之手。[20]

帝国主义时代

塞勒姆女巫审判案

帕里斯: "教士?你打算做什么?这里的人民可没那么容易原谅——"
斯托顿: "人民?这里的人民?怎么了,这可是个绝妙的主意啊,帕里斯大师。既然我们有这么多甘愿以上帝的名义杀死他,又何必让圣殿骑士冒着危险亲力亲为呢?"
―1692年,萨缪尔·帕里斯和威廉·斯托顿筹备追踪托马斯·斯托达德时的对话。[来源]

1692年,北美殖民地的圣殿骑士打听到清教小镇塞勒姆的一些女孩出现了奇怪的行为。经过调查,圣殿骑士确认,是伊甸碎片导致了这些女孩的怪异行为。By 1692, word had reached Templars in the American colonies that some girls in the Puritan town of Salem were exhibiting strange behaviour. Upon investigation, the Templars believed their afflictions to be caused by a Piece of Eden. In order to control the town's Puritan citizens, Templars William Stoughton and Samuel Parris started the Salem witch trials in order to find clues leading to the artifact's location.[38]

The Templars imprisoned the young girls and boys they believed might lead them to the Piece of Eden, though eventually they faced opposition from a local member of the Assassin Brotherhood, Jennifer Querry, and the British Assassin Thomas Stoddard. To stop their interference, the Templars rallied the townspeople against the Assassins, claiming them to be the servants of the Devil.[38]

After allowing them to escape, the Templars witnessed that the girl Dorothy Osborne had some connection to the Isu Consus and recaptured the group. Stoughton intended to kill Stoddard and Querry in Salem, which led Osborne to kill herself to stop the altercation. Parris subsequently shot Stoughton to stop him from causing more bloodshed in the town, believing their actions to be against the ideals of the Order.[38]

寻找观测所

“For two decades now I have endeavored to locate this Observatory... a place rumoured to contain a tool of incredible utillity and power. [...] With this device, there would be no secrets among men. No lies. No trickery. Only justice. Pure justice.”
―Laureano de Torres y Ayala to his fellow Templars, 1715.[来源]

During the later part of the 17th century, the Templar Counsel had entrusted Laureano de Torres y Ayala, Grand Master of the Templar Order in the West Indies, with finding the Observatory, an ancient First Civilization complex with the power of monitoring the life of any individual. By 1673, Torres had managed to determine that the complex was linked to "Sages" – humans born with the genetic code and memories of Aita, the Observatory's architect. That year, Torres encountered a Sage known as Thom Kavanagh among Peter Beckford's employees, though the man was abducted by the Assassin leader Bahlam and kept out of the Templars' reach.[39]

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圣殿骑士与被抓住的圣者

By 1715, word had reached Torres that another Sage had been sighted in the West Indies. To further his goals, he began recruiting new members for the West Indies Rite, including pirate hunter Woodes Rogers, smuggler Julien du Casse, and Duncan Walpole, a British Assassin who intended to switch sides. Unbeknownst to Torres, the pirate Edward Kenway had killed Walpole and impersonated him at the new member's induction into the Order. Soon after, the captured Sage Bartholomew Roberts arrived in Havana, and the Templars kept him out of Assassin hands. Kenway's treachery was soon revealed after he was caught trying to break Roberts out of imprisonment, though the Sage had already escaped by his own means.[39]

The Templars continued to locate the Sage while meanwhile opposing the various Assassin bureaus spread throughout the West Indies. Many of the members of the Rite, including du Casse, were killed by Kenway, who had begun a reluctant alliance with the Assassins. Torres meanwhile managed to locate Roberts in the employ of the slaver Laurens Prins, though Roberts again fled before he could be find by the Templars or Kenway.[39]

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在Animus回廊里见证的最高大师托勒斯之死

After another failed attempt to capture Roberts on the African island of Príncipe, the Order's numbers were culled more by Kenway. Eventually, the Templars deduced Roberts had returned to Príncipe, which Rogers divulged to Kenway when the latter attempted to kill him. To set the Templars back, Kenway killed the Sage and destroyed his body, preventing access to the Observatory. Nonetheless, Torres managed to access the Precursor site with the use of brute force, triggering the site's defense mechanisms. In the ensuing chaos, the Grand Master was killed by Kenway, putting a temporary end to their search for Sages.[39]

北美行动

“It could contain certain knowledge. Perhaps a weapon. Or something as yet unknown, unfathomable in its construction and purpose. It could be any of these things. Or none of them. [...] But of one thing I am certain: whatever waits behind those doors shall prove a great boon to us all.”
―Grand Master Reginald Birch of the British Rite talking about the Grand Temple, 1754.[来源]
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在总部里的英国圣殿骑士

By the 1730s, Grand Master Reginald Birch of the British Templars, the assistant of Edward Kenway, chose to preoccupy himself with finding First Civilization artifacts from across the world.[26] In so doing, he orchestrated Kenway's murder to retrieve his journal, from which he learned of the Grand Temple, located in the New World. He also took Kenway's son Haytham under his wing to teach him in the Templar ways.[40]

Birch employed Master Templar Lawrence Washington with operations in the New World, and started reaching out to Rites across the world for aid in procuring leads and artifacts. To the same extent, he sent John Harrison across the globe. The Templars' search failed to find any Precursor sites in the Orient and Lisbon, though they recruited William Johnson of the East India Company, the Spanish scientist Antonio de Ulloa and the Louisianan noblewoman Madeleine de L'Isle in the process, the latter of which was soon tasked with finding Precursor artifacts in Chichen Itza in Yucatán.[26]

In November 1751, Washington stole the Precursor box and manuscript from François Mackandal, Mentor of the Haitian Assassins. The Templars in North America soon faced opposition from the Colonial Assassins, as Shay Cormac assassinated Washington, Samuel Smith and James Wardrop to retrieve the artifacts.[26] Around the same time, Haytham Kenway retrieved the Grand Temple's key and was sent to Boston by Birch, where he established the Colonial Rite of the Templar Order. After Haytham killed his old rival Templar Edward Braddock in 1755, he was led to the Grand Temple by his ally Kaniehtí:io, but after realizing the key could not open its door, believed that it was not the Grand Temple's location.[41]

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重伤导师阿基里斯·达文波特的海瑟姆·肯威

The next year, Shay Cormac allied himself with the Templars to stop the Assassins from triggering more earthquakes like the ones caused by the Port-au-Prince and Lisbon Temples, resulting in a conflict heavily intertwined with the Seven Years' War.[26] In October 1757, Haytham and his sister Jennifer, whom Birch had sold into slavery, killed the British Grand Master in retaliation for their father's murder.[40]

In the colonies, Shay initiated a hunt for his former Brothers alongside Haytham, resulting in the deaths of the most prominent members of the Assassins in the colonies. Their quest culminated in a confrontation at a Precursor site in the Arctic, where the Mentor Achilles Davenport had travelled in hopes of obtaining a Piece of Eden. Achilles was left crippled by Haytham,[26] and by 1763, the Colonial Assassins were decimated.[41]

Reconciliation 1

艾芙琳加入圣殿骑士的“仪式”

Meanwhile, the Templars under Madeleine de L'Isle had set up a working colony in Chichen Itza, and ensured the installation of their puppet Jean-Jacques Blaise d'Abbadie as Governor of Louisiana. The Mentor Agaté, Mackandal's former pupil, employed Madeleine's stepdaughter and Assassin Aveline de Grandpré with his assassination in 1765, and the next year with the murder of Baptiste, Agaté's former Brother and a Templar ally. In 1769 Aveline disrupted the Chichen Itza colony's operations by killing Rafael Joaquín de Ferrer, and visited the colony again in 1772, recovering two havels of a Prophecy Disk ahead of the Templars. In 1777, Madeleine was forced to reveal her Templar identity to her stepdaughter, who then pretended to join the Templars in order only to kill her during the feigned initiation.[42]

美国革命

Ratonhnhaké:ton: "Freedom IS peace."
Haytham Kenway: "Oh, no. It's an invitation to chaos. Only look at this little revolution your friends have started. I have stood before the Continental Congress and listened to them stamp and shout. All in the name of liberty. But it is just noise."
―Ratonhnhaké:ton and his father Haytham Kenway, 1778.[来源]
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引发波士顿大屠杀的查尔斯·李

At the onset of the American Revolution, the Colonial Rite of Templars saw an opportunity to create a Templar nation independent of the British Empire in the Thirteen Colonies. During the culmination of several fights between Boston natives and British soldiers on 5 March 1770, Haytham Kenway orchestrated a violent provocation by having his right-hand Charles Lee fire a shot, resulting in the Boston Massacre. This was the first time the Colonial Templars again faced opposition from the Colonial Assassin Brotherhood, when the exiled Mentor Achilles Davenport's protegé Ratonhnhaké:ton, the son of Haytham and Kaniehtí:io, unsuccessfully attempted to stop the Templars' scheme.[41]

On 16 December 1773, the Colonial Templars' financial operations were disrupted when Ratonhnhaké:ton and members of the Sons of Liberty movement dumped William Johnson's tea from the East India Company into the Boston harbor. Johnson was subsequently killed by Ratonhnhaké:ton in 1774 when trying to buy land from the Iroquois Confederacy. As the revolution began to formally erupt, the Templars sought to install Lee as the Commander of the Continental Army; however, Lawrence Washington's brother George was instead chosen at the Second Continental Congress. When the first battles of the American Revolutionary War were fought, the Templars were again struck a major blow when John Pitcairn, a British marine officer, was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill.[41]

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死在了儿子手上的海瑟姆

After discovering Ratonhnhaké:ton was his son, Haytham Kenway chose to join forces with him in 1778 to find and kill the Templar turncoat Benjamin Church,[41] to Lee's dissatisfaction.[40] Their alliance ended when Haytham revealed that Washington was behind the Ratonhnhaké:ton's village in 1760, as his son believed that he had known the information for far longer. Haytham then returned to his residence at the Templars' headquarters in Fort George, New York, which was in 1781 besieged by Ratonhnhaké:ton with aid from the French Navy.[41] Seeking to protect Lee, Haytham entrusted him with the Grand Temple's key and stayed behind and fend off his son's attack. Despite his hopes of reconciliation,[40] Haytham was killed in the ensuing battle with his son, and Lee became the next Grand Master.[41]

While speaking at Haytham's funeral, the procession was disrupted by Ratonhnhaké:ton, seeking a confrontation with Lee. Lee had the Assassin captured, and after the Grand Master left, Ratonhnhaké:ton eliminated out his captors. Afraid the Assassin might take his life, Lee attempted to flee the country, but Ratonhnhaké:ton tracked him down to the Boston harbor. After their confrontation left them both heavily wounded, Lee fled to a tavern in Monmouth, where he shared one final moment with Ratonhnhaké:ton and perished at his hand,[41] leaving Shay Cormac as the last member of the Colonial Rite.[26]

法国革命

“For centuries we've focused our attentions on the trappings of power: the titles of nobility, the offices of Church and State. [...] When our brother Templars see the old institutions crumble, they will adapt. They will retreat to the shadows and we will, at last, be the Secret Masters we were meant to be.”
―François-Thomas Germain about the Templar Order, 1794.[来源]

By the late 18th century, the Templars in Paris, under the leadership of François de la Serre, had built up a steady relationship with King Louis XVI and the Assassins under the leadership of the comte de Mirabeau. A member of the order, the Sage François-Thomas Germain, began suffering from strange visions of the time of the First Civilization, and later found the Codex Pater Intellectus in Jacques de Molay's vault. Feeling a connection to de Molay through their Sage genetics, Germain was inspired to reshape the Templar Order in his vision, by removing the power of the aristocracy and the church and distributing it to the middle class, but was cast out by de la Serre for his radical ideas circa 1778.[7]

High Society 12

奄奄一息的弗朗索瓦·德·拉塞尔与躲在暗处的袭击者

Germain secretly managed to gain the support of other members of the Order, and orchestrated the Grand Master's assassination at the Palace of Versailles on 5 May 1789. Now effectively the new Grand Master, Germain continued to face opposition from the conservative Templars Chrétien Lafrenière and the former Grand Master's daughter, Élise de la Serre.[7]

Germain was imprisoned within his own workshop by Lafrenière, where he was rescued by the unwitting Assassin Arno Dorian, seeking revenge for the murder of his adoptive father, the old Grand Master. Germain convinced Arno that Lafrenière was the perpetrator, and Lafrenière's subsequent death destroyed much of the opposition.[7]

Per Germain's plan, the French population began to rise up, fueled by inflation of grain prices by Marie Lévesque. Eventually, the Templar Louis-Michel le Peletier cast the final vote that condemned King Louis to death at the National Convention. On 21 January 1793, the Grand Master attended the King's execution by guillotine at the Place de la Révolution, and later entrusted control of the new French Republic to the Templar Maximilien de Robespierre, a leading figure in the radical Jacobin Club. Robespierre proceeded to enforce Templar rule through the Reign of Terror, resulting in the execution by guillotine or imprisonment of thousands of citizens.[7]

ACU The Temple 3

使用神殿里伊甸宝剑的最高大师日耳曼

At the Festival of the Supreme Being on 8 June 1794, held by Robespierre, Arno Dorian and Élise de la Serre managed to turn public opinion against Robespierre, and Germain abandoned him. After escaping from the National Guard on 27 July, Robespierre fled to his Jacobin supporters, but was forced to give the location of the Templar headquarters at the Temple.[7]

Arno and Élise infiltrated the Temple, where they confronted Germain in Jacques de Molay's vault. Managing a final stand utilizing de Molay's Sword of Eden, Germain killed Élise, but in turn lost his life at the hands of Arno, leaving the French Templars leaderless. Nonetheless, Germain was convinced that his Templar brothers would embrace his vision for the Order.[7]

近现代

寻找光之山

“The man is a fool. Our adversaries will assuredly arrive soon and take his head, and the Koh-i-Noor. We cannot allow that to happen.”
―Tavis Olier to Jan van der Graff about Sultan Selim III, 1808.[来源]

At some point around the early 19th century, the Black Cross Tavis Olier was sent to investigate and retrieve the Koh-i-Noor diamond, a powerful Piece of Eden, from Sultan Selim III in Tripoli. He was captured and imprisoned, after which the next Black Cross Solomon Bolden was sent to Tripoli in 1805 to save Olier and acquire the artifact.[43]

ACT Akhbar Koh-i-Noor

面对雄鹰的范·德·格拉夫

En route to Tripoli, Bolden became acquinted and allied himself with Jan van der Graff, secretly an agent of Emperor Napoleon. Van der Graff agreed to help Bolden enter the palace, but the two were caught and the Black Cross were executed. Van der Graff shared a cell with Olier, who trained the former for three years in the ways of the Black Cross and the Templar Order.[43]

In 1808, Olier sacrificed himself to allow Van der Graff's escape. Van der Graff witnessed how Selim's assistant Ahkbar, secretly an Assassin, poisoned the Sultan and stole the artifact. Van der Graff killed the Assassin, and when more members of the Brotherhood showed up, pretended to hand over the artifact. In reality, he escaped with the artifact, intending to keep it safe as the new Black Cross.[43]

统治下加拿大

“Our historic assembly will be held on Saint John's Day— a date the Oppressors value so much! How ironic.”
Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan, about Duvernay's soirée, 1834.[来源]

During the early 19th century, British Templars operated as the Château Clique, a group of wealthy families in Lower Canada, which held control over the administration of Quebec. In response, the Assassins, fighting for French Canadian independence from the Templars' oppression, financed the journalist Ludger Duvernay in 1832 to write several articles accusing the administration of serving the Clique.[25]

The Templars had Duvernay arrested, and hired vagrants and laborers to mob the jail in protest of the journalist's writings. The Assassins managed to turn the populace against the Templars, likely with the usage of an Apple of Eden. The Brotherhood secured Duvernay's release, and in 1834, he founded the Société Aide-toi et le ciel t'aidera.[25] On 24 June of that year, Duvernay held a soirée for the society to stand up against the "Oppressors", which the Templars attempted to disrupt.[35]

征服印度

“You're one of a kind. Benevolent, they say. All castes and creeds under one roof. You haven't even the temper to order the death of one lowly thief. It takes more nerve than that to bring the world to order.”
―General Francis Cotton to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, 1839.[来源]

By 1839, the British Templars had turned their attention towards India, hoping to gain control of the region through Great Britain's conquests. In 1839, the Sikh Empire remained the last bastion of resistance to the British Empire in the Indian subcontinent. Seeing an opportunity to take control of India under the banner of the British banner, the Templars focused on removing Maharaja Ranjit Singh from power,[8] and taking the Koh-i-Noor, a powerful Piece of Eden, from his possession.[44]

ACBM Singh Cotton

在茶里下毒后面对辛格的科顿

On 27 June 1839, William Hay Macnaghten and his companion, General Francis Cotton, a Templar, attended a feast at the Maharaja's summer palace, secretly intending to poison him in order to weaken the Sikh Empire's power. During their meeting with the Maharaja that evening, Cotton poisoned his tea, which would later kill him, but faced opposition from the Assassin Arbaaz Mir. In the following conflict, Princess Pyara Kaur activated the Koh-i-Noor and temporarily transformed into the Precursor Durga. After Cotton shot at her, Durga unleased a burst of energy, killing Cotton and the palace guards.[44]

Two years later, Cotton's successor, administrator William Sleeman, a Master Templar, and his right hand Alexander Burnes kidnapped the Mentor Hamid and stole the Koh-i-Noor. Sleeman took the artifact and a Precursor box into the Precursor temple in Amritsar, where the artifacts showed him a map leading to another temple in Herat. Sleeman and Burnes journeyed there, but were instead distracted by Arbaaz Mir, who had followed the Templars to Afghanistan.[12]

ACCI Quest Begins (3)

得到光之山的斯利曼与伯恩斯

Though the Assassin was captured, he later escaped, but opted to let Burnes live after deating him in a duel and retaking the artifacts. Sleeman had journeyed back to Amritsar to kidnap Mir's lover Pyara Kaur to exchange her for the artifact, holding her ransom inside the summer palace. The Assassin confronted Sleeman and handed over the artifacts, though the princess stabbed swiftly stabbed Sleeman, allowing Mir to retake the Koh-i-Noor, leaving the Templars with only the Precursor box.[12]

Several years later, the Templar plan to weaken the Sikh Empire was a success, and control of the region ultimately fell to the Templars, under the British banner, after the empire's downfall in 1849.[44]

美国南北战争

During the 1860s, at the start of the American Civil War, the American Rite of the Templar Order was under the control of Grand Master William M. Tweed. Tweed was the "boss" of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party political machine, through which he directly influenced the Confederate States of America. In order to regain a stronger position over the Assassins since their eradication during the American Revolution, the Templars hoped to create chaos in the political climate to reclaim power.[11]

To this end, Tweed orchestrated the New York City draft riots with the aid of Templars controlling the police and the army. Templar agent Cudgel Cormac managed to influence the New York gangs to instigate chaos and mayhem. The Grand Master knew the rioters would eventually turn against the black citizens of the city, which conflicted with his own opposition to race segregation, but was deemed a necessary evil to realize their goals.[11]

After Tweed received intel the Assassins intended to locate a Dagger of Eden, one of the prongs of the Trident of Eden, the Grand Master sent Cormac to intercept them and acquire the artifact. Cormac was unable to succeed in his mission and was stopped by the Assassin Varius and his ally Eliza, Tweed's maid.[11]

The Assassins handed the Dagger of Eden to General Ulysses S. Grant to turn the civil war in the favor of the Union against the Confederacy.[11] The Templars later ordered John Wilkes Booth to kill President Abraham Lincoln of the Union in April 1865. Booth himself was killed by the Assassins the same month.[10]

After Grant's 1868 election as President of the United States, the Templar Order infiltrated his administration. The Templars helped Grant master the powers of the Dagger, by granting him access to a Precursor box and pages of the Voynich manuscript.[45]

工业革命

“This tea was brought to me from India by a ship, then, up from the harbor to a factory, where it was packaged and ferried by carriage to my door, unpacked in the larder and brought upstairs to me. All by men and women who work for me. Who are indebted to me, Crawford Starrick, for their jobs, their time, the very lives they lead. They will work in my factories and so too shall their children.”
―Crawford Starrick talking about his influence in London, 1868.[来源]
ACS Overdose 10

与手下进行交谈的斯塔瑞克

Since the death of Edward Kenway in 1735, the British Templars dominated over London, the capital of the British Empire. As a result, the Templars' influence over the Empire was unmatched by the Assassins, and the Templars took a leading role in steering the Industrial Revolution. By the mid 1860s, the British Templars had fallen under the leadership of Grand Master Crawford Starrick, a London businessmen with influence over every aspect of London society, and was at the head of a criminal gang known as the Blighters.[46]

By 1868, the British Templars had learned of an artifact hidden in London, a Shroud of Eden. While Starrick retained his control over the city, he and Lucy Thorne endeavoured to find the artifact's location. Around the same time, two young twin Assassins, Jacob and Evie Frye, journeyed to the city to retake it from Templar control, with the aid of local Assassin Jayadeep Mir and a network of connections through the city.[46]

Over the course of several months, Starrick saw his network of lieutenants eliminated, as the Assassins eliminated Rupert Ferris, David Brewster, John Elliotson, Malcolm Millner, Pearl Attaway, Philip Twopenny, James Brudenell and Maxwell Roth. The Templars' attempt on the life of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, who opposed their interests, was also thwarted, while the Blighters also lost their territory to the Assassins' gang, the Rooks. Their search for the Piece of Eden was also severely hindered after Evie eliminated Thorne and was able to secure a First Civilization key.[46]

Starrick is back in the fight M4

身披伊甸裹尸布的斯塔瑞克

With his power severely dwindled, Starrick made a last endeavour to oppose the Assassins, by planning to kill Queen Victoria and other high profile guests at a party at Buckingham Palace. Having discovered the artifact was located in a vault beneath the palace, Starrick stole the key from Evie and obtained the artifact while the Assassins were busy taking down the Grand Master's agents at the party.[46]

Ultimately, though, the Shroud was unable to prevent Starrick's death at the hands of the Assassins during their subsequent confrontation, and Templar control over the British Empire temporarily ceased.[46]

俄国剧变

“Russia has made some very powerful friends. She will be a new Eden on Earth.”
―Tsar Alexander III of Russia on his alliance with the Templars, 1888.[来源]

By the late 19th century, the Templars managed to hold sway over Russia through their influence over Tsar Alexander II, until his death on 13 March 1881 during a bomb attack by the Narodnaya Volya, a front for the Russian Assassins. His son and successor, Alexander III, became a willing ally of the Templars and was entrusted with a Staff of Eden, which became the Imperial Scepter.[47]

ACTF Templars Tunguska

尼古拉在通古斯杀死了圣殿骑士研究员

On 29 October 1888, Tsar Alexander III was confronted by the Assassin Nikolai Orelov while travelling by train to Saint Petersburg, and Alexander was stabbed in the kidney during their fight, which resulted in the Borki train disaster. Alexander died of kidney failure in 1894, and was succeeded by his son Nicholas II.[47] In order to continue holding influence over the Russian Imperial court, the Templar agent Grigori Rasputin grew close to the Imperial family, and retrieved the Imperial Scepter,[10] taking it to a Templar research facility in Tunguska.[47]

On 30 June 1908, the Assassins raided the facility, and their ally Nikola Tesla unleashed a burst of electricity to the facility, destroying the artifact and resulting in a huge explosion. Rasputin retrieved a splinter of the artifact, which he utilized to continue holding sway among the Romanov family,[47] until he was killed by the Assassins in 1916. The Assassins eventually managed to help the rise of the Soviet Union after the Russian Revolution.[8]

第一次世界大战

“We may have struck a blow against the enemy, but London is still riddled with German agents. Currently, there's a new group, unlike anything I've seen before. Theirs is a fanatical, almost religious, fervor.”
Winston Churchill to Lydia Frye about the Master Spy's network, 1916.[来源]
Swap

与刺客在一起的埃里希·阿尔贝特

In 1914, the First World War broke out, pitting the Allied Powers and Central Powers against one another. Throughout the war, the Templars' presence was strong within the ranks of the German Empire, using their forces as a means to further their plans.[46] Throughout the war, the Templars and Assassins continued opposing each other's plans. To that extent, on 29 December 1914, during the Christmas truce, the German Templar general Erich Albert was assassinated by an Assassin operating as a medic in the British Army.[35]

In 1916, a group of Templars started operating a spy network in London, England. The network, led by the Master Spy, a Sage secretly serving the interests of Juno as her Instrument, spread its influence through the Tower Bridge area. On orders of Winston Churchill, the Assassin Lydia Frye killed the members of the network and the Master Spy.[46]

俄国革命

Templar #1: "Sverdlov already had the Tsar and his wife killed. The kids are next, if they don't talk."
Templar #2: "The Tsar is dead? I need to see that."
―Two Templars discussing their involvement in the shooting of the Romanov family, 1918.[来源]

Near the end of the First World War, the Bolsheviks' communist movement in Russia led to the Russian Revolution in February and October 1917. While the Templars opposed communism, the Assassins supported the working class in installing a populist government and pressured Tsar Nicholas II to abdicate.[8]

ACCR DotT (9)

尤罗夫斯基在叶卡捷琳堡的伊帕契耶夫别墅外将先行者之盒交给教团其他成员

In 1918, the Russian Templars discovered that the royal family was in possession of a Precursor box, and on 17 July they infiltrated their Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg. A Templar team led by Yakov Yurovsky massacred the entire royal family, except the Tsarevich's daughter Anastasia Nikolaevna, who escaped with the artifact and the help of Nikolai Orelov.[48]

The Templars were contacted by Leon Trotsky, a friend of Nikolai's who intended to hand Anastasia over to the Templars for the sake of the Revolution. Amidst the Kazan Operation, Trotsky betrayed Nikolai when he arrived seeking aid. Though the Templars managed to capture Nikolai, he was saved by Anastasia who had acquired the consciousness of Shao Jun through interaction with the Precursor box.[48]

Ten years later, with Russia now transformed into the communist Soviet Union, the Templars had managed to work their way into the government led by Joseph Stalin by infiltrating the Politburo. The Templar Yuri Petrovich Figatner started a counter-revolutionary commission to root out the Assassin presence in the Soviet Union, a plot which would ensure the Templars held the upper hand over the Assassins in Russia until 1953, when Stalin was killed by the Assassins.[27]

中国内战

“If [the Nine] want to come here and see all the squabbling nation-states we have to deal with, the warlords in the countryside, the communists and gangsters in the back alleys... let them see how bloody easy it is to keep order in this cesspool, I say!”
―Coxworth about the state of Shanghai and China, 1925.[来源]

In the early 20th century, the Chinese Templars were led by Grand Master Sun Yat-sen, the Provinsial President of the Republic of China. Under his leadership, he managed to maintain good relations with the communists, preserving the peace between them and the nationalists in Shanghai. In 1925, Sun was killed by the Assassin Brotherhood and Stirling Fessenden became the new Grand Master. However, the Shanghai Rite was looking to induct Sun's successor Chiang Kai-shek into the Order and grant him the position of Grand Master.[49]

As Chiang was more opposed to communism than Sun, tensions between Chiang's Nationalist Party and the Communist Party rose in Shanghai. Around the same time, Grand Master Thaddeus Gift of the British Rite was killed by the Black Cross Albert Bolden for corruption. To make up for his father's mistakes, Darius Gift was sent to Shanghai to deliver a box which contained, unbeknownst to him, the severed finger of his father wearing a Templar ring.[49]

ACT Chiang and Fessenden

与蒋介石见面的费信惇

After eliminating the traitor Yuri Dolinsky, who planned to use the Templar train Great Wall against the Templars,[50] the Black Cross rescued Darius Gift after he lost the box and was harassed by corrupt policemen. While Gift endeavoured to receive the box, the Black Cross sought to discover who betrayed Gift's location. Gift retrieved the box from Ruan Lingyu, and the Black Cross became entangled in a conflict with underworld boss Du Yuesheng and his Green Gang.[49]

The Black Cross discovered that Chiang Kai-shek betrayed the Templars, having no interest to accept their invitation and instead allying himself with Du Yuesheng against the communists. After Gift discovered it was the Black Cross who killed his father, Gift shot his fellow Templar, believing his subsequent fall from a rooftop to have killed him.[49]

西班牙内战

“Few people can survive direct contact with the Koh-i-Noor. Fewer still can control it. If I were to hazard a guess, I'd say [Grosvenor] plans to control you in order to control the gem.”
―Albert Bolden to Ignacio Cardona, 1937.[来源]

Around 1936, the Templar Rufus Grosvenor, a former disciple of the Master Spy and secretly an Instrument of Juno, stole the Koh-i-Noor from the Black Cross Albert Bolden. As his former master did research into bloodlines with high concentrations of Precursor DNA, Grosvenor decided to locate the Assassin Ignacio Cardona, who was involved in the Spanish Civil War, and have him unlock the artifact's secrets. Meanwhile, Bolden followed Grosvenor to Spain, hoping to keep the artifact safe.[51]

ACU Koh-i-Noor powers

鲁弗斯·格罗夫纳让伊格纳西奥使用光之山

A master manipulator, Grosvenor persuaded the Assassin Norbert Clarke, a British Assassin sent to aid the Spanish Brotherhood, into taking his own life and the Templar stole his identity, working his way into Cardona's Assassin cell in Barcelona. After internal fighting broke out between the Republicans and communists and the Assassins were unsure of who to join, Grosvenor convinced Cardona to use the Koh-i-Noor to calm them; however, the Assassin dropped swiftly dropped the artifact. Bolden, watching the affair, attacked Grosvenor and escaped with an unconscious Cardona.[51]

Convincing Cardona of Grosvenor's identity and intentions, the Assassin joined Bolden to take the artifact from Grosvenor. However, Grosvenor had persuaded the other Assassins to his cause, leading to an eventual confrontation in a run-down church in the countryside. Grosvenor granted a defeated Cardona another opportunity to unlock the artifact's power, and the Assassin created bulls from its energy to destroy the church, causing the rogue Assassin to flee and leaving the artifact buried. After Bolden and Cardona continued fighting in the civil war, Bolden served as the protector of the site.[51]

第二次世界大战

“H. has [the Apple of Eden], so I assume the war will begin as soon as he can take over. We'll let him have his fun (Lord knows, that kind of purge will be good for Europe) and then end it with a bang, as planned. Out of the chaos of war a new order will emerge!”
―Henry Ford in a letter to Thomas Edison, 1930s.[来源]

During the 1930s, Henry Ford, one of the Order's leaders, shipped one of the Templars' Apples of Eden to Germany to pass it onto Adolf Hitler, who would go on to become the leader of Nazi Germany. Having already laid the groundworks for the Second World War, several of the Order's most influential businessmen founded Abstergo Industries as its public front in 1937. Their intention for the company was to act as a global conglomerate secretly dominating the capitalist market in the wake of the war, and to dismantle communist governments.[33]

In 1939, Hitler used his Apple of Eden to ignite the Second World War. Alongside Hitler, the war's other most prominent leaders – Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin – were all secretly manipulated by the Templars into creating a worldwide state of chaos and disorder to allow the Order to take control.[10] At the start of the war, Obbergruppenführer Gero Kramer, a high-ranking Templar, started a secret project called Die Glocke, using the German nuclear project to disguise his true intentions, employing the aid of the Nazis' Apple of Eden and Nikola Tesla, whose death they staged.[52]

On 27 February 1943, the Assassin Eddie Gorm infiltrated the Nazi heavy water facility in Vemork, where Die Glocke was secretly located. Eventually confronted by Kramer, the Templar overpowered the Assassin easily and placed him inside the Animus, intending for him to relive the lives of his ancestors to find more Pieces of Eden, ensuring Kramer would take a leading role in creating their New World Order. The experiment failed, and Kramer fled during the ensuing chaos that was caused by an Allied attack on the facility.[52]

By July 1943, the Templars had reached an alliance with Pash in order to collaborate on assassinating Hitler, who had become too powerful and erratic for the Templars to manipulate and control. Nonetheless, Kramer was assassinated on 15 July at the hands of Gorm and Julia Dusk on Pash's orders, who claimed the Apple of Eden for himself. The Templar scientist John von Neumann subsequently worked with Pash on the USS Eldridge on the Project Rainbow, an attempt to use Die Glocke and the Apple of Eden to go back in time and kill Hitler before his rise to power. Gorm killed Tesla on board the ship, setting the project back. It was ultimately a failure, and the Templars moved von Neumann to the Manhanttan Project to improve the Allies' position over the Axis.[52]

In July 1944, at the height of the war, economic agents of the Templars met at the Bretton Woods conference to launch the next phase of the Plan, and the World Bank was subsequently established.[33] On 30 April 1945, as Hitler left the Führerbunker, he was killed by the Assassins. Two months later, Abstergo sanctioned the Manhattan Project's tests of the atomic bomb, and on 6 and 9 August of that year two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan.[10] Amidst the resulting chaos of the war, the Templars were able to guide the world's economic rebuilding towards the goals of their New World Order.[33]

重塑世界

“Democracy must die to ensure the stability of the world. Capitalism will end it. [...] The capitalists will do whatever we tell them to. We print the dollars they worship after all.”
―An unknown Templar regarding their plans to dismantle democracy.[来源]

Following the war, one of the Templars' first acts was orchestrating the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, who had risen up against the British rule in India using an Apple of Eden, in 1948.[10] Several months later, Harry Dexter White was killed by his fellow Templars, after he decided to betray them and tried to reveal their capitalist plans to the Soviet Union.[33]

The Chinese Civil War continued after the end of World War II, and the Templars inevitably decided to exert their influence over Chiang Kai-shek's communist rival Mao Zedong, who became the new leader of China.[33] Meanwhile, the Templars' grip on the Soviet Union had weakened, culminating in the fatal poisoning of Joseph Stalin at the hands of the Assassins in 1953.[27]

That same year Abstergo planned the overthrow of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh of Iran to prevent the nationalization of the country's oil industry. In June 1954 the Templars again killed one of their own members, Alan Turing, for disobeying their order to not build a robot to prevent mass unemployment and lower birth rates, and they also overthrew the communist President of Guatemala, Jacobo Árbenz.[33]

AC2 Moon landing negative

真正登月照片的底片

The following decade, President John F. Kennedy of the United States was killed by the Templar sleeper agent Lee Harvey Oswald to prevent the Americans' joint venture to the Moon with the Soviet Union. This paved the way for NASA, one of Abstergo's puppet companies, to organize the Apollo 11 spaceflight and retrieve an Apple of Eden from the Moon's surface.[10]

Five years following the coup d'état in Chile was saw the death of communist President Salvador Allende in 1973,[33] Abstergo scientist Warren Vidic created the first version of Animus, a device capable of reading the genetic memory of its user.[39] The Animus Project, aimed at discovering information about Pieces of Eden and the Assassins through genetic memory, was formally started in 1980.[27] As part of this project, Abstergo kidnapped a young boy – later named Daniel Cross – in 1983 to use him as its fourth subject,[47] and Vidic experimented on the boy's mind using a Piece of Eden replica[33] to implant an impulse to kill the Mentor of the Assassin Brotherhood. He was subsequently released into the world as an unwitting sleeper agent sent to infiltrate the Assassins.[47]

In 1991, Abstergo took a leading role in the overthrow of President Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union after realizing he did not have Abstergo's interests at heart. The Templars orchestrated the downfall of the Soviet Union and installed their puppet Boris Yeltsin as the first President of Russia. Nine years later, they helped Vladimir Putin gain power and become his successor.[33]

现当代

大清洗

“We have turned over a rock and sent the insects scurrying, but we will stamp on them before they can hide again. I am confident that we will soon witness the fall of the Order of Assassins, and we may fullfill our ambitions unimpeded.”
―Dr. Warren Vidic in an email to Alan Rikkin, 2000.[来源]
GreatPurgeOverview

监视着大清洗过程的圣殿骑士

By 2000, Daniel Cross had become an official member of the Assassin Brotherhood, believing it to be his goal to find their Mentor after experiencing a vision in 1998. After travelling the world to gain support from the other Assassins in his quest, the Mentor met Daniel at his office in Dubai on 6 November 2000. Acting on the impulse in his brain, Daniel killed the Mentor when the latter handed him a ceremonial hidden blade.[47]

The Assassins were left in a state of chaos,[47] which allowed to the Templars to gain the upper hand in the American Presidential election the next day and install their puppet George W. Bush.[33] On 21 November, Daniel returned to Abstergo's Philadelphia facility and gave them the locations of the Assassin safehouses he visited, after which the Templars initiated the Great Purge – a woldwide operation that resulted in the near-annihiliation of the Assassin Brotherhood.[47]

The Templars spent the next several years routing out the remaining Assassin cells and safehouses. In 2002, Daniel recovered the Prophet's Codex, a book written by Ezio Auditore da Firenze, from a hidden library beneath Moscow, and first learned of the Assassin's descendant "Desmond".[53]

阿尼穆斯项目

“We've found a perfect candidate named Desmond Miles. His ancestral tree fits the data gathered from Subject 16's memory of Ezio Auditore. But it is quite likely that he won't cede essential details freely. Desmond is the key to the location of the Pieces of Eden. Our scientists have been running tests. If we were to place just one within a satellite and angle it toward the Earth... well, utopia would be within our grasp.”
―Dr. Warren Vidic about the Animus Project's intent, 2012.[来源]
Keeping an eye on humanity

关于轨道上阿布斯泰戈之眼的构想图

Meanwhile, Vidic continued the Animus Project, uncovering new information about the Pieces of Eden for their Eye-Abstergo, a satellite powered by a Piece of Eden meant to enforce their New World Order, set for launch in 2012.[33] In 2005, the Assassins sent Lucy Stillman to infiltrate Abstergo as a new employee and gain insight into the Animus Project,[19] though she was eventually turned by the Templars.[54]

The Assassin Clay Kaczmarek allowed himself to be captured for the Animus Project on the orders of their leader William Miles in 2011, and through reviewing his genetic memories, Vidic discovered a lead on Ezio Auditore da Firenze's Apple of Eden. Clay killed himself in 2012, after Lucy's new allegiance prevented her from allowing him to escape,[54] the Templars sought out and kidnapped Desmond Miles as the new subject for their project.[27] Eventually, the Templars allowed Desmond to escape to the Assassins with Lucy, to encourage his willingness at finding Ezio's Apple of Eden.[54] However, when they recovered the artifact from the Colosseum Vault, the Precursor Juno forced Desmond to kill Lucy[33] to prevent the Templars from obtaining the artifact and finding the Assassins.[41]

AC3 Abstergo Suicide Squad

在阿布斯泰戈大楼里使用伊甸苹果的戴斯蒙德

Meanwhile, the Assassins engaged in several altercations with Templar teams led by Daniel Cross and their new agent Juhani Otso Berg.[27] Desmond's Assassin team had taken shelter inside the Grand Temple, and began looking for power sources to activate the ancient temple.[41]

Their search ultimately resulted in William Miles' capture by Berg's Sigma Team.[27] During the exchange at the Abstergo Campus in Rome to trade William for the Apple, his son Desmond killed Daniel Cross and instead used the artifact to kill Vidic and the guards. The Eye-Abstergo project was postponed indefinitely in light of Vidic's death.[41]

凤凰计划

“Using Animus technology, Precursor history will be open to us for the first time ever. Ancient languages will be unlocked and ancient technology will be ours for the taking. Imagine what will be possible if we master the technology underpins the Pieces of Eden. Such discoveries would surpass one-hundredfold the splitting of the atom.”
―Narration of Abstergo Industries' internal Phoenix Project video, 2014.[来源]

On 21 December 2012, Desmond Miles sacrificed himself in the Grand Temple in order to save the world from destruction by an incoming solar flare.[41] Several hours after his death, Abstergo agents recovered his body from the temple;[27] utilizing the DNA from his genetic memories, his genetic sample became the basis for Abstergo Entertainment's Sample 17 Project, aimed at exploring Desmond's rich ancestry. By 2013, Abstergo had released the Animus as a consumer product as the Animus glass,[39] and in India as the Brahman V.R., which would automatically upload a user's genetic memory to the Abstergo Cloud.[44]

ACBM Guardians Mumbai

身在孟买的阿布斯泰戈干员

In November 2013, the Sample 17 Project was sabotaged by one of their employees, the Sage John Standish, who was ultimately killed by Abstergo guards following an altercation between Standish and another employee.[39] Simulatenously, Juhani Otso Berg was dispatched to India to find Jot Soora, presumably the descendant of Arbaaz Mir after following a lead from the Brahman project, hoping to secure the Koh-i-Noor diamond. However, the Assassin's true descendant Monima Das, Jot's fiancée, was killed during the Abstergo agents' pursuit of Jot Soora and his Assassin captors, and Arbaaz's memories were wiped from the Abstergo Cloud.[44]

The recovery of John Standish's body greatly helped Abstergo's Phoenix Project, aiming to sequence a full First Civilization triple-helix genome with the ultimate goal of unlocking the secrets of the Pieces of Eden.[39] Abstergo agents and Assassin cells continued their renewed search for the ancient artifacts, resulting in the Assassins' failed attempt to secure the Precursor box from an Abstergo facility in Rotterdam, Juhani Otso Berg's fruitless search for the Ankh in Germany, and his excavation of the remains of the Observatory in Jamaica. In October, the Assassins on the Altair II under Assassin leader Gavin Banks destroyed the Abstergo facility holding John Standish's body in Paris,[26] and Abstergo started looking for the remains of a new Sage.[7]

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另参见

参考与注释

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  18. Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles
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  24. Assassin's Creed 6: Leila
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  34. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood novel
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy
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  50. Assassin's Creed: Great Wall
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  53. Assassin's Creed: The Chain
  54. 54.0 54.1 54.2 Assassin's Creed: RevelationsThe Lost Archive

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