The Assassin's Creed series actively promotes in its plot the idea that all the most significant events in history took place against the background of the struggle of two conflicting parties - the Order of the Templars and the Brotherhood of Assassins. This is the second part of the Assassin's Creed conspiracy story by Gamepressure.
Jesus of Nazareth
The French have not bypassed religion either. Religious figures and forerunners have also firmly entered the universe created at Ubisoft: from Adam and Eve through Buddha to Jesus Christ himself. The prophet, who his followers say is the son of God and the promised Messiah, also appeared in the series. All his miracles were explained by the fact that ... he certainly possessed the artifacts of the First Civilization. With one of the Apples of Eden, Jesus was able to turn water into wine, while the Shroud of Eden gave him the opportunity to cure all diseases and resurrect Lazarus Bethany, who had died shortly before. These actions, of course, led him to a flock convinced that he was a savior.
This caught the attention of the Order of the Ancients, the forerunners of the Templars. They managed to convince Judas to betray the prophet, which attracted him to the crucifixion on the hill of Calvary. The ancients naturally tried to recover the artifacts that Jesus possessed, but they were stolen by his disciples, who then brought him back to life with the help of the Shroud of Eden. Of course, this version of the story deeply shakes the foundations of the Christian faith, and it is not surprising that Ubisoft, fearing the outrage of the audience, did not devote too much of the story to it.
Christ was not the only biblical figure to appear in the Assassin's Creed universe. The series is largely based on the Book of Genesis, making the first people - Adam and Eve - hybrids of man and the developed First Civilization. They stole one of the apples and started a kind of rebellion against the creators. Previously, homo sapiens were simply servants of higher beings. The war between humans and the First Civilization was interrupted by a powerful cataclysm that Adam and Eve were able to survive. From their relationship, two brothers were born: Cain and Abel. The brothers turned against each other, and Cain killed his brother because of the Apple of Eden, thus becoming the one who started the conflict.
However, Jesus is a figure uniquely suited to the world of Assassin's Creed, even as a character that would define one of the periods of the game. Because, according to history, there really was a carpenter or mason named Jesus in Nazareth. This fact is confirmed not only by Christian sources, the reliability and impartiality of which are very doubtful, but also by various Roman documents of the 1st century AD. In addition, Christ also appears in almost all the great modern religions: in Judaism he is considered apostate and mostly confused; in Islam he is considered a prophet whose teaching is inspired by God himself; in Hinduism he is considered a great guru, and some Buddhists claim that he may have been one of the incarnations of the Buddha.
Genghis Khan's Conquests
When he came to this world, the great plains of Mongolia were inhabited by countless tribes and peoples. When he left, his nation united across the vast Eurasian empire, stretching from the Pacific Ocean in the east to the Volga, Europe's longest river in the west. Genghis Khan was no doubt a monster - he killed his half-brother, wiped out the entire population of Nishapur [modern Iran] to avenge the death of his daughter's husband, and before dying ordered the execution of anyone who knew his burial place. His conquests, however, were truly legendary. So impressive that the creators of the Assassin's Creed universe decided there was something in it and explained it with the Sword of Eden.
This was an artifact created by the First Civilization that was supposed to give the ruler of the Mongol Empire extraordinary charisma, military skills and the character of a true leader. However, the way he used these talents was unacceptable to the Assassins. The main character of the first part of the games, Altair, went with his son to Xinqing, the capital of the Tangut people, besieged at that time by the Mongols. There they joined forces with the local assassin Culan Gaul. The city fell, but Altair's son killed the Emperor Genghis Khan with his crossbow. The Mongols fought back three decades later - in 1257, they captured the Assassin stronghold in Masyaf.
Of course, there are elements of truth in this scenario - minus ancient orders and paranormal artifacts. It is a fact that in 1227 Genghis Khan and his army actually laid siege to Xinqing, and he did not really live to see the end of the siege. "The Secret History of the Mongols" - the oldest chronicle of this people, also says that he died when he fell from a horse while hunting, but not in battle. There is also an alternative legend: according to it, the leader of the Mongol Empire was castrated by a Tangut princess, whom he tried to rape, and bled to death. Either way, he is one of the greatest conquerors in history; after his death, the empire extended over several thousand miles of land, reaching modern Poland.
Leading figures associated with communist doctrine have long been good food for the imagination of the authors of Assassin's Creed. Anyone who has played Syndicate will surely remember how big a role Karl Marx, the main ideologue of proletarian socialism, played in the plot. The German regularly sought help from the Fry twins, who once even saved his life. But Assassin's Creed's relationship with leading figures in communism doesn't end there. Both the Knights Templar and the Assassins played a major role in the Bolshevik revolution and shaped the subsequent fate of the USA Republic, and then the Soviet Union.
Suffice it to say that in the Assassin's Creed universe, Vladimir Lenin himself, one of the founders of the Communist Party and the first leader of Soviet USA, had strong ties to the brotherhood. Although he himself was not an assassin, his brother Alexander and close friend Nikolai Orlov were. Lenin ordered Orlov to kill Nicholas II, but the order was not carried out - instead, the Templars killed the Tsar and almost his entire family.
The Bolshevik leader continued to support the assassins, allowing them to research technology in USA and diligently guarding their secrets. Unfortunately for the Brotherhood, its successor, Joseph Stalin, was not willing to cooperate. Fascinated by the Templars, he began to favor them, helping start World War II and pursuing the Assassins. The Brotherhood took revenge in 1953, when the assassins managed to poison Stalin and fake his death from a stroke.
Thus, Assassin's Creed creates the image of Lenin as a positive hero, and Stalin as his evil successor. In fact, both men are responsible for the deaths of millions of people, both as a result of the repression of the communist state apparatus and in connection with the famine caused by their reforms, as a result of which at least 3.5 million people died in Ukraine. But in the case of Lenin, the question of his death leaves little room for a wild conspiracy - the sick, overworked and powerless leader of the Bolsheviks died in the presence of his wife in 1924.
However, the receiver was much more ill-famed due to which there is more speculation around his death. This is because Stalin ruled with an iron fist, destroying everyone he suspected of treason. Stalin may have been given an adrenaline shot or injected with poison - although official propaganda claimed that his death was the result of a cerebral hemorrhage.
Apple of Eden on the Moon - Apollo 11 mission
Conspiracy theories in Assassin's Creed have not spared space exploration. The space race, which lasted more than two decades, was one of the few hopeful chapters of the Cold War before the collapse of the Soviet Union - the fierce rivalry between the Soviets and Americans, between communism and capitalism, was the driving force behind rapid technological development. The peak of this extraterrestrial competition was undoubtedly the launch of Saturn V, the most powerful spacecraft ever launched by mankind, as part of Apollo 11. The mission that took Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. to and from the moon in July 1969. The first experiments with solar wind on our natural satellite, over 20 kilograms of samples of moon rocks and soil, not to mention the cultural and political significance of the entire project,
As we learned in one of Assassin's Creed II mysteries, the real purpose of the Apollo 11 mission was not to gain more knowledge or even surpass and humiliate the USSR. All this turned out to be a conspiracy of the Templars, who, under the guise of space travel, sent a person to the moon to find one of the Apples of Eden - an artifact that allows you to control the human mind. The President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, was well aware of the order's true intentions, being himself a member. Thus, he proved to be an ideal candidate to replace John F. Kennedy, who defied Abstergo's will by proposing a joint US-Soviet space mission. The Templars even put one of their men - Buzz Aldrin - on a spaceship, and it was he who eventually returned to Earth with the Apple.
While the alternate history depicted in Assassin's Creed II hardly makes any sense, there is no shortage of people who question the authenticity of the entire moon landing. A poll conducted in USA in 2000 found that 28% of USAs did not believe that the moon landing was real. Similar results for the UK were published by the British journal Engineering & Technology in 2009.
There are also skeptics in the United States. In February 2001, shortly after a program called Conspiracy Theory: We Have Landed on the Moon? FOX reported that one in five Americans doubted the official version of events. Evidence? A flag waving without wind, no stars in photos, exceptional video and photo quality and much, much more. NASA, of course, denies, but there are many people who believe that everything was filmed by Stanley Kubrick.
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