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pyroclast-hasanewblog wrote: "So I'm playing AC2 right now and onto one of Subject 16's puzzles.... And one of them shows George Washington with an Apple! Do you think he is an Assassin or a Templar or just some douche who ended up with the Apple?"

Ah, Apple #3. So much of the chaos in American history can be tied back to you.

To deem whether or not George Washington had ties to either the Templars or the Assassins, we must look at the history of that particular Piece of Eden. According to AC II (and using the AC Wiki to refresh my memory), Apple #3 was brought over to this country by the Freemasons from Europe, presumably before the Revolutionary War. Now, when I say Freemasons, I’m sure this pops into your head:

The film National Treasure—probably one of the more recent narratives involving the centuries-old organization—have the Freemasons being born out of the Knights Templar, although the connection is very weak at best:

There is a tenuous link between the Freemasons and the Knights Templar, a mysterious order of knights founded in 1119 to protect Christian pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land. Many Freemasons today say they are the spiritual descendants of the knights.

According to legend, the Knights Templar discovered the greatest treasure in human history buried beneath the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. What is true, scholars say, is that the knights became wealthy and powerful, and they may have rivaled the influence of some European kings.

"They’re mysterious because they were so sensationally successful," said Lisa Bitel, a history professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. "The idea behind lots of these conspiracy and treasure stories is that any individual could happen upon a forgotten relic of the past, join with other like-minded mavericks, and use this relic for personal redemption or universal good.

But in the early 1300s, the knights were suppressed and executed. Whether they found Solomon’s treasure is not known. No treasure map has ever been found.

However, to implement this to the AC Historical Timeline, we know for a fact that A) the Templars found Solomon’s treasure; and B) that they weren’t all executed in the 1300s. For the Freemasons to be “spiritual descendants” of Templars…well, let’s not get too hasty on the finger pointing just yet.

The true, non-Nicolas-Cage-related history of the Freemasons is just as interesting as the movie. The organization was created right along side the emergence of the Age of Enlightenment, wherein man began to trust more in science and his senses than in a omnipotent being. To sum up this idea, look no further than to the motto of the Royal Society in 1660: “Nullius in Verba” or “On the words of no-one”. Due to its direct connection to this intellectual movement, the Freemasons felt it necessary to spread the philosophy:

During the late 1700’s, it was one of the organizations most responsible for spreading the ideals of the Enlightenment: the dignity of man and the liberty of the individual, the right of all persons to worship as they choose, the formation of democratic governments, and the importance of public education. Masons supported the first public schools in both Europe and America.

Further, many of those fighting for the Colonies during the Revolutionary War were of the Freemason Order:

Many of The Founding Fathers of America were masons, most famous of whom must be George Washington. But it included Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere and Thomas Jefferson. Though Marquis de Lafayette was not an American but a Frenchman, he was a mason and he helped in the American War of Independence. These men were the first to ever plan the Constitution of a country along the ideals of The Enlightenment.

So what does this all mean, in the context of Assassin’s Creed III? While it is obvious that the Freemasons do have a tie back to the Knights Templar, their ideals—freedom of the individual, power in the hands of the many, not the few—line up more closely with the Assassins. George Washington has possession of the Apple in 1781—two years before the end of AC3, which means Connor must be aware that he has it. We also know that the Apple stays closely tied with the American presidents, as it pops up multiple times within American history. The only known Templar to gain control of it is Lyndon B. Johnson, who became president after the assassination of JFK. Since we know that the assassins were aware of George Washington’s (and other presidents’) possession of the Apple and didn’t do anything to capture it, we can assume that they did so because it was they who had possession of it. George Washington is either an Assassin, or someone within their allegiance.

And that, folks, is your history lesson for the day.

TL;DR: George Washington is a part of the Assassin Brotherhood.

<} Rafiq



theminttu:

When I got the Apple in ACB this is what I wanted to do to everythingall the time
maybe it is a good thing I’m not Ezio

theminttu:

When I got the Apple in ACB this is what I wanted to do to everything
all the time

maybe it is a good thing I’m not Ezio

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thegamingvault:

Have you anything to teach us? Or will you lead us all to ruin?

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nyiro:

I finally got some screencaps with La Volpe for silvestrisart :) I’m so sorry it took so long, I was busy :c

nyiro:

I finally got some screencaps with La Volpe for silvestrisart :) I’m so sorry it took so long, I was busy :c

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fuckyeahasscreed:

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artists comments:

An Assassin’s Creed Christmas.

fuckyeahasscreed:

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artists comments:

An Assassin’s Creed Christmas.

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