The plot of the Assassin's Creed series is riddled with conspiracy theories. The French at Ubisoft have long used different periods of history as the backdrop for the conflict between the Assassins and the Templars, who were responsible for all significant events in our history. Even when we did not see the opposing sides directly, we watched various mysterious societies or cults acting as puppeteers of world leaders and events.
World War II, the moon landing, the assassination of world leaders - all these are conspiracies from Assassin's Creed. Gamepressure explored how Assassin's Creed distorts history and interprets it in its own way.
As conceived by the authors of Assassin's Creed, the brotherhood and the order have an ancient lineage, their roots go back to the very cradle of humanity. The Assassins are modeled after the Nizari, an Islamic sect founded in the 12th century by Hasan ibn Sabbah. Their reputation as murderers, however, is the result of Sunni exaggeration and propaganda - in fact, the few killings were more akin to routine murder in response to the Seljuk persecution. We wrote separately the real history of the assassins here.
The Knightly Order of the Knights Templar was founded in Jerusalem, also in the 12th century, initially to protect pilgrims and crusaders traveling to the Holy Land. At the turn of the 13th century, the order moved to France, where Philippe Fair imprisoned its members, accusing them of heresy, deviation from the faith, and collusion with infidels. His verdict was upheld by Pope Clement V in 1312, who suspended the order. As a result, some of the Templars were even burned.
But in the history of Assassin's Creed, things turned out very differently. Here are the conflicts and incidents that took place against the background of the conflict between the two factions.
Assassination of Kennedy
More than half a century has passed since the tragic death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas in 1963, which changed the story, but the murder remains controversial to this day. Inconsistencies in the Warren Commission investigation, classified materials, the death of the alleged killer at the hands of the gangster Jack Ruby, who said that the motive was sympathy for the widow and orphans of the assassinated president ... it's no wonder that even decades later, the murder in Dallas is giving rise to conspiracy theories. >
In Assassin's Creed, Kennedy owned the First Civilization artifact, the Apple of Eden [also owned by George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt], and was killed by the Templars.
The most senior members of the order, naturally, did not like the working regime of the 35th president, who sought to expand civil rights and establish a dialogue with the Soviet Union. In particular, strengthening ties with the Soviets was a threat to the Templars - Kennedy offered the USAs a joint space mission to the moon, where one of the forerunner artifacts was hidden. The assassination was committed by an agent of the Order during the President's visit to Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald and the second Templar killed John F. Kennedy during his trip, and the driver, also an employee of Abstergo Industries, seized the artifact. Lyndon B. Johnson, then vice president and soon the 36th president of the United States, was himself a member of the order.
In reality, there is not a lot of evidence indicating the involvement of the ancient orders in the murder on November 22, 1963. This does not change the fact that there are many blind spots in history. Why was Lee Harvey Oswald's initial interrogation not recorded? Why was Avraham Zapruder's amateur recording so largely ignored? Why wasn't the autopsy done right away in Dallas? Who had access to the president's body when he was flown to Washington? Kennedy was popular with Americans, but his actions made him an enemy of the mafia, the military-industrial complex, racial extremists and some oil tycoons. The death of John F. Kennedy has benefited many, and keeping the Warren Commission's secret documents first until 2029 and then renewed until 2039 only fuels conspiracy theories.
According to the history of Assassin's Creed, every significant conflict is the result of years of intrigue - and this principle applies to both modern and ancient times. Think, for example, of the Peloponnesian War. But this time it is not the Templars who are to blame, but the mysterious Cult of Space, the progenitor of the Templar Order. This cult, consisting of people with significant political, social, economic influence and authority, established relations with the Cult of the Ancients in Persia. Both organizations pursued a common goal - to facilitate Xerxes' conquest of Greece and unite it under their rule. To achieve this, they influenced the Delphic oracle to dissuade the Spartan king Leonidas from attacking the Persians. This plan failed, and the sacrifice of the Spartans prevented the Cult of the Cosmos from realizing their intentions. The conspirators, however,
In AC: Odyssey, the Peloponnesian War was an internal conflict between the two factions of the cult. Some supported Athens and the Delian League, others supported Sparta and the Peloponnese, but members of the same cult were leaders on both sides. Their intention was to once again plunge the Greek world into chaos so that they could control what came out of it. Paradoxically, this was the last conspiracy of the cultists, who dragged the mystery of Cassandra into their conflict, and she cut out each of them. Killing cultists was one of the mechanics of the game, so in the end the cult was destroyed.
In fact, Sparta and Athens did not need a compelling reason to start a war. In 431 BC. relations between the two powers were very tense after an earlier conflict that was not resolved. Less than two decades of peace have been spent preparing for a new war. The ultimate cause of the war was the local conflict between Corinth and Corcyra, supported by Sparta and Athens, respectively. The war lasted almost 30 years, and ultimately it all ended with the capture of Athens by King Archidamus II.
Hitler is a Templar puppet
Adolf Hitler was able to come to power and lead the nation with the mind-controlled Apple of Eden. More, it was given to Hitler by Henry Ford himself, one of the founders of Abstergo Industries in 1933. And there is some common sense in this, since they were both like-minded people. Ford was named by Mein Kampf as a "great man" and inspired Hitler. On the Fuehrer's desk was always a photograph of Ford, whom he called the only smart American. Such admiration for Ford caused Hitler because of his anti-Semitism, as well as his passion for the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion."
In the universe of the game, the Templars wanted to arrange such a destructive war in order to establish a new world order. Hitler was not the only puppet in the hands of this sinister organization: Allied leaders Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt were also under their influence.
But it soon became apparent that even the Templars found it difficult to control the course of the destructive conflict and the actions of the Third Reich. To destroy the chaos, they wanted to use a car called Die Glocke, which was built by Nikola Tesla - this was the prototype of the Animus. The machine was intended to send people back in time and kill Adolf Hitler before he came to power.
The plan was thwarted by an American assassin who killed a Serbian inventor and committed suicide. However, the Templars managed to restore influence over Hitler by the end of the war, when it became abundantly clear that the defeat of the Germans was only a matter of time. The Order wanted to keep the leader of the Third Reich alive, since he still owned the Apple of Eden. There was a dummy in the Bunker, and he himself escaped. However, before he could leave the city, he was killed by assassins and the artifact was lost for several years before it was found by the Templars.
Of course, in reality, Hitler did not need magical mind control at all to gain power. The leader of the Nazi party used much simpler methods: he turned to the Germans with discontent with the humiliating Treaty of Versailles imposed on them after the defeat in the First World War, as well as with a prolonged economic crisis and mass unemployment.
This allowed him to win the elections, win the title of chancellor and quickly begin the process of turning an imperfect democracy into bloody totalitarianism.
Assassination of Caesar
Ubisoft has already sent us to ancient Egypt and ancient Greece, so many players assume that the next part will take us to Rome to complete a kind of "ancient trilogy." And it really seems like an ideal environment for all kinds of political intrigue, conspiracy and murder. And the creators of Assassin's Creed already have a reason to include Rome in the series' long history. For example, Julius Caesar, one of the most prominent Roman leaders, was a famous mentor to the Templars, whom they called the Father of Understanding.
This statesman, who later became a dictator, initially supported the assassins - in particular, the protagonist of Assassin's Creed: Origins Bayek and his wife Aya. They helped him reach the Tomb of Alexander the Great, and then supported his forces in the war against Ptolemy XIII, ruler of Egypt.
However, over time, he and Cleopatra began to support the mysterious Order of the Ancients, one of the organizations that later formed the Templars. Their collaboration allowed Caesar to consolidate his one-man power and order in order to gain strength and expand. This, of course, alarmed Bayek and his wife Aya, who decided to found the brotherhood of the Unseen, fighting for truth and freedom. One of the first victims of Aya, or as she is also called Amunet, was Caesar, whom she first stabbed in the back. However, this was not enough to stop the expansion of the Order of the Ancients in Rome.
In fact, the reasons for the murder of Caesar were much simpler. The conspirators, led by Guy Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus, expressed personal contempt for Caesar and his privileges and, finally, the reforms that turned the Republic into an empire. The assassins inflicted 23 stab wounds, apparently hoping people would take their side. However, this was not the case. Julius Caesar's assassins were either captured and killed, or, like Longinus and Brutus, directly under the rule of Aya, committed suicide. In the resulting power vacuum, a struggle began, which ended with the division of the Empire into three parts. The conspirators' fears of turning the Republic into a monarchy eventually came true, and its rulers, wanting to honor Julius Caesar, began to appoint themselves emperors.
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