Concept Art from Assassin’s Creed 3.
Artist: Remko Troost.
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Assassin’s Creed III downloadable content will feature “The Tyranny of King Washington”, an all-new single-player campaign told through three episodic content packs that lets gamers experience an alternate history of the events following the American Revolution.
The Season Pass will be available for purchase for 2400 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE or $29.99 on the PlayStation Network. It will offer a 25% saving over buying the DLC individually.
Connor’s not happy, guys. For those who guessed it, it’s Washington and Lee. WIP #1 WIP #2
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.
Assassin’s Creed III Official Television Commercial (North America)
Check out these awesome Assassin’s Creed III concept art shots posted over at Gameinformer. The art shows off some of the game’s key environments and characters. The cities of New York and Boston in their 18th century form are represented beautifully, as is the countryside frontier. If you’re wonder why there is a child, it’s the main character, Connor, in his younger years.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.” - George Washington
I’m pretty sure this speech will be heard in the game, so stay tuned for a cleaner version of the clip!