Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

The Templars and the Assassins have been in constant battle throughout history, with one obssessed with gaining power over the world, and the other trying to free the world. “The Assassins are making sure that freedom is still protected and cherished.”

The Assassin Brotherhood

The Assassin Brotherhood trace their roots back to the dawn of Age. A secret sect of silent warriors, the Assassin’s have three key rules:

i. Stay your blade from the flesh of the innocent.
ii. Hide in plain sight.
iii. Never compromise the Brotherhood.

It’s through these Three Tenets that the Assassin’s have operated over the centuries and waged a clandestine war against the Templar Order. An Assassin must show restraint, and take lives only when necessary; an Assassin must show subtlety, and blend with the crowd; an Assassin must show integrity, and never bring harm to the Brotherhood.

It’s through these tenets that they distinguish themselves from the Knights Templar, who value control over free will. Assassins believe in free will, and recognise the inherent contradiction their Creed causes to that end. They take their inspiration from the Eagle, surveying cities from high vantage points, scaling rooftops and taking the lives of their enemies with hidden blades.

(Twentieth Century Fox)

(Twentieth Century Fox)

The Templar Order

With a similarly expansive history, The Templar Order have long desired to be the puppet masters of history. Believed to have existed since the dawn of humanity, the Templars and the Assassins once shared the same beliefs and ideals for society, but over time their enmity has seen them wage a war that has lasted a millennium. Both factions believe in a better future for humanity, but the Templars are wont to achieve their ends with the pursuit of power and wealth, corrupting governments and bending religion to their own ends. They have been responsible for the greatest conflicts in Earth’s history, everything from the Crusades to the Cold War.

Assassin’s Creed stars Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard. Opens in theatres on 22 Dec 2016.

text: Joe Utichi