THE WORLD OF ASSASSIN'S CREED
The where, why and what of the series so far
The Middle East
(Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed: Revelations)
During the 12th century, the citadel of Masyaf in Western Syria was the headquarters of the Assassin Brotherhood. On the instruction of the head of the Brotherhood, Al Mualim, Altair Ibn-La'Ahad journeyed to Jerusalem, Damascus and Acre on the hunt for nine Templars.
While on his stealthy killing spree, Altair discovered the existence of an Apple of Eden - an artefact so powerful that the one who wielded it could control the minds of those around them. Unluckily for Altair, it turned out that Al Mualim was secretly a Templar and had been using the Apple to control more than half of the Brotherhood for quite a long time now. Returning to Masyaf, Altair overthrew the traitorous Al Mualim and took the Apple of Eden for safekeeping.
Not just an Assassin but also a prolific writer, Altair also wrote a handy Codex on a history of the Brotherhood, but also included a map that had been revealed to him via the Apple of Eden. After constant conflict to keep it in his possession, Altair left the Apple locked in a library, only accessible with five keys that were sent to Constantinople with Maffeo Polo (yup, that's the father of Marco)to be hidden.
(Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood)
Throughout the 15th Century, Ezio Auditore Da Firenze travelled between the beautiful Renaissance cities of Florence and Venice on his quest to overthrow Templar rule. Pieces of Altair's Codex had been scattered across Italy and Ezio pieced them together to find out more about the history of the Assassins. Discovering a second Apple of Eden in the possession of Pope Alexander VI (AKA Rodrigo Borgia), Ezio journeyed to Rome to reclaim it for the Assassins.
However, the Borgias took revenge and destroyed Ezio's home villa of Monteriggioni when stealing the Apple back. Brotherhood was set solely in the sun-drenched city of Rome as Ezio took his revenge on the powerful and incestuous Borgias. The continued tug of war resulted in Ezio reclaiming the Apple and hiding it deep underneath the Coliseum, where Desmond and his fellow Assassins found it in the 21st Century. Phew.
(Assassin's Creed: Revelations)
Revelations took Ezio to the city of Constantinople. The crossroads of east and west, the bustling city was under political upheaval as the Ottomans and Byzantines fought over the right to rule. On the hunt for the keys to Altair's library in Masyaf, Ezio also travelled to the city ofCappadocia.
(Assassin's Creed III)
The birthplace of DesmondMiles, the USA waspinpointedon the map builtinto Altair's codex. Somethinglies beneath NewYork that the 21st Century Assassins must find. With Connor visiting 18th Century Boston and New York during the American Revolution, we shall have to see what he discovers and what that means for the Assassins in the future.