Through the prism of years // Assassin's creed. In the footsteps of history.

If we consider that 9 million licensed copies of the 2nd part of the game were sold, we can confidently say that every n-th gamer (n belongs to 2 to 5) played it for sure. And probably every n-th one was interested in the degree of reliability of the story. Well this creation will help you decide with this.

In my little investigation, I'll be drawing on books:
-Maurion Melville, A History of the Templar Order.
-Colin Wilson The Order of Assassins.

That's what I mean in case precious readers want to make sure the reasoning is valid or read VERY boring for 99.9 schoolboys, fans, gamers people books.

1. A Brief History of the Order of Assassins.

In 1273 the Venetian traveler Marco Polo passed through the valley Alamut in Persia and saw there the castle of the Mountain Elder, head of the Persian branch of the sect ismailitov, or Assassins. By that time the history of the sect was two hundred years old, and the sect itself was on the verge of extinction because of the Mongols who invaded the Midwest under Genghis Khan.
According to Marco Polo, the Mountain Elder, whose name was Aloadin, created a Garden of Eden in the green valley behind the castle, and filled it with "pavilions and palaces far more refined than can be imagined," fountains flowing with wine, milk and honey, and beautiful gurias performing enchanting songs and dances. The purpose of this Garden was to create in the followers of the Elder a vision of Paradise, so that they would be eager to sacrifice their lives for the leader. When the Elder wanted to kill an enemy, he sought volunteers. The chosen ones would be drugged and escorted to a secret garden which, under normal circumstances, was strictly forbidden to all men. They woke up and felt as if they had gone straight to Paradise: they had wine, food, and maidens at their disposal. After a few days, the chosen ones would be drugged again and returned to the Elder's fortress. "And when the Elder needed to kill a certain prince, he would say to this young man, 'Go and kill this one like this; and when you come back, my angels will take you to Paradise...'"

So as not to go into historical certainties:
The eleventh century was quite bloody because of Muslim religious wars.
As a result, Muslims split into Sunnis (true believers) and Shiites (following a certain Ali). The Sunnis prevailed over the Shiites. In the end, the latter chose their own Imam (Head) and began to wait for the coming of the Messiah. Then the election of the sixth Imam did not suit everybody and the Ishmaelites broke away.

In the middle of the 11th century was born the unique person (about whom they say "They make history") Hassan-ibn-Sabbah. "...who combined the religious fervour of St Augustine with the political cunning of Lenin. He founded the Order of Assassins in the fortress of Alamut(the same one in the fantasy film "Prince of Persia" movie) and became the first Mountain Elder." The Mountain Elder is the head of the Order of Assassins (in the original game one of these elders was Al-Mualim).
During his rule over the Order, the Assassins spread throughout Persia, Syria, India and even Egypt (in short, the entire traditional East was populated by sectarians one way or another). The Assassins were a formidable political force, carrying out the most unbelievable assassinations of rulers in history. Assassination of JFK was nowhere near that, 1) There were no firearms. 2) The guards of the Emirs/Viziers/Heads of the Templar or Hospitaller orders consisted of far more than a dozen!!! 3) Assassins were also famous for killing in the most unlikely ways at the time. An assassin could gain the trust of his target and then hurl a poisoned dart.

In May 1194, Hassan ibn Sabbah, one of the most prominent religious leaders of all time, died in his castle of Alamut at the age of ninety. And that was the end of the main branch of the sect. As a result of the spread of the Syrian Assassins, the word appeared in European languages.

The event that caused the notoriety was the murder of the Christian knight Conrad of Montferrath in 1192; Conrad was stabbed to death by two Assassins - agents of Sinap, the Syrian Elder of the Mountain - disguised as monks. (King Richard the Lionheart of England was supposedly behind the murder; one of his protégés quickly married the widow and became "King of Jerusalem," taking the murdered man's place.) The Assassins then began to feature throughout the chronicles of the Third Crusade, and the legend captured the imagination of Europe.

But at the time Marco Polo visited the castle of Alamut in 1273, the Assassins' power was coming to an end. In Persia they had been defeated to the ground by the Mongols; in Syria they had been ruthlessly oppressed by Baybars, the Sultan of Egypt. Some of the survivors remained in the region of Alamut, where they may still be found. The rest scattered to distant countries, including India - the significance of this fact will one day be revealed. In the thirteenth century, the Assassin sect officially ceased to exist. Today we can say that the cult of Assassins (Hashashin smoking hashish) evolved into the cult of Fedayeen (suicide bombers) and called terrorism (terrorizing people). However all authors of books about Assassins claim that there might have remained very small secret sects of believers in the original beliefs...

2.A brief history of the Templar Order.

Council of Troyes. Two archbishops - of Rheims and of Sans, ten bishops, seven abbots, learned clerics - Maîtres Fouché and Aubéry of Rheims - with a host of other persons, "of whom," says Jean Michel, "it would be difficult to tell," [4] assembled at Troyes. The head of the Council was cardinal-legate Matvei of Alban (but the real authority for the Council was Bernard of Clairvaux, for the assembly consisted almost entirely of his friends, pupils and zealous followers). after this event the Order of the Templars appeared. These were knights who wore white robes and later stitched red crosses. Like the Buddhists, they were supposed to do "good works", ask for alms and follow their vows. A militant branch of the church made up of knights. The order existed for over 200 years (1118-1314).
The 11th head of the order was Robert de Sable(in the original French game, his name was Robert de Sablé) 1191-1193.
Naturally the statutes of the order changed little by little hundreds of times, and the knights as a fighting force participated in various military activities. Subsequently, the Church itself renounced the Order, some of the knights were placed in monasteries, and heretics burned.

3.Templars vs Assassins

1)In 1106, the Assassins murdered Khalaf, owner of the Castle of Athamia. And this time their method was not original. Six Assassins extracted the horse, armor, helmet and armor of a Frankish knight and introduced themselves to Khalaf his headquarters; they explained that they had killed one of his enemies, and came to ask for his services. Khalaf (being Ismaili but a supporter of the current Caliph of the Fatimids) gave them a hospitable welcome. The Assassins waited for an opportunity to kill him. Then with the help of other Ishmaelites they captured the castle. But their triumph did not last long. The crusader Tancred captured the city, and the Assassins were taken prisoner. (They were allowed to pay off.)
2)The assassination of Conrad by one of the Elder Mountain Assassins and the election of the young Earl Henry of Champagne as King of Jerusalem eased tensions between the allies. Henry was elected in a way by popular consent. He was both the nephew of Richard and Philip Augustus; he was forced to marry Queen Isabella, widow of Conrad of Montferrat. The English king compensated Lusignan by ceding Cyprus to him, and the Crusader army was augmented at the fortress of Darum, which fell into Christian hands on Pentecost eve.
3) In 1229 Richard stopped at Ascalon before Easter, commanding the rebuilding of the walls, a job that everyone did. Richard's relations with the French grew worse and worse - both in Palestine and in the West - until the Duke of Burgundy and his detachments left Ascalon and retreated to Conrad of Montferrat in Tyre.
Conrad's assassination by one of the Assassins of Elder Mountain and the election of the young Earl Henry of Champagne as King of Jerusalem eased tensions between the allies. Henry was elected in a way by popular consent. He was both the nephew of Richard and Philip Augustus; he was forced to marry Queen Isabella, widow of Conrad of Montferrat. The English king compensated Lusignan by ceding Cyprus to him, and the Crusader army was augmented at the fortress of Darum, which fell into Christian hands on Pentecost eve.

4. Events 1191-1193

Finally in the first days of January 1192 the army set out towards the Holy City. Ramla was only thirty kilometres from Jerusalem - in two stages - but the road went up steep slopes and steep declines, through gorges, easy to ambush. The crusaders came as far as Bethenoble (Beit Nablus), at the foot of the mountain, where they were stopped by heavy rains and hail. One thunderstorm was so violent that it tore out the stakes of the tents and sunk pack animals. Food supplies perished, weapons and armor were covered in rust...

5. Conclusions.
There is a direct contradiction in Assassin's Creed storyline. Now you can notice it too.

The ancestor of .
Altair ibn-La-Ahad ("Son of None")
Age: 25.
Weight: 70 kilos.
Height: 180 cm.
Nationality: unknown
Year: 1191
Time of work: July-August-September
Personal Biography: Not much is known about Altair, as well as the assassins he worked for.
Character traits: disciplined, focused, and courageous.

This is Akella's manuscript made on official Ubisoft data. SO, HOW COME THE GAME IS SET IN 1191, THE CAMPAIGN TOOK PLACE IN 1192 AND DE SABRE DIED IN 1193?!

While I would rather believe Morion Melville, a person closely involved in this issue than the authors Ubisoft, who have the commerce in the first place.

Further: how did Masyaf/Jerusalem/Damascus have so many stone buildings. (Aqra was a fortified structure). Was everyone there so rich that they could afford to build in stone???

Third: No officially confirmed mention of rampant epidemics in the late twelfth century has been found, what are they doing in the game then???

And on the whole, you have to give credit where credit is due. The plot and gameplay of the game is superbly done. every kill makes it twist harder. The long philosophical dialogues make the game very interesting for the first playthrough. The graphics are pleasing to the eye with their quality. And despite a bunch of inaccurate recreations it plunges you into that semi-real world of the historical Middle Ages. And the music electronic beat, choral voices make up a good part of the atmosphere.
The game can't claim to be historically accurate, but 8/10 is too low a rating for such a stunning creation.

The second part of the game tells an even more compelling story, but also even more distant from reality, although the graphical similarity with the real architectural prototypes was noticed by everyone, and what Ubisoft has succeeded is superb.

Despite all this, the second part has turned out better than the first, for most of the players (I hope), an interesting story more appreciate than the graphical beauty or historical accuracy ... And you have to admit that the events of the world Assassins Creed, completely fictional ...


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