The Assassin Order in Assassin’s Creed games uses a variety of illegal and violent means to pursue their goals. That would make them terrorists.
The Assassin’s Creed The series follows an eternal war between the Assassin and Templar orders, formerly known as the Hidden Ones and the Order of the Ancients, and there is a lot of criminal and even outright terrorist activity going on throughout the series. This war is a continuation of a previous, much older war between early humans and the Isu, a super-advanced race that came before and created humans to be slaves. Humans rebelled when Assassin’s CreedThe Isu civilization was still alive, and at the height of the rebellion, a solar flare nearly wiped out both civilizations. The descendants of those who opposed the Isu gradually formed the Order of Assassins, while those desiring their technology became the order of the Templars. With opposing ideologies of freedom and control, the two have been at war since time immemorial.
Since 2008, the Assassin’s Creed The series has been a mainstay of gaming culture. With 20 games (counting spinoffs) and counting at a steady pace, the stories told by the series have grown into intricate, sprawling narratives that cover most of the story. recorded – and even prehistory. Despite the overwhelming amount of content, some things have remained consistent throughout the series, including the conflicts between the Assassin Order and the Templars. Yet even though many Assassins are the heroes of these stories, their methods are often questionable at best.
Although the Assassins have held the role (with few exceptions) of protagonists and heroes throughout the Assassin’s Creed series, their methods of achieving their goals could easily be construed as terrorism. When viewed with the FBI understand that terrorism consists of “violent and criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups for ideological purposes arising from … influences, such as those of a political, religious, social, racial or environmental nature,“The Assassin’s methods are much more difficult to justify legally. Aside from the murders from which they derive their name, and considering the fact that Assassin’s Creed doesn’t let you kill civilians, the order conducts subversive operations to discredit, suppress, or hinder Templar-controlled political systems in order to establish systems that further their own goals.
Assassin’s Creed 3 sees the order kill for independence
Set during the American Revolution, Assassin’s Creed 3 follows the story of Ratonhnhaké:ton, a member of the Mohawk tribe who would later go by Connor to better blend into colonial society. Connor spends most of the game assassinating key Templars within the British Army and groups attached for the rebuilding of the American Assassins Bureau. Connor’s personal quest to avenge his mother and his tribe also contributes to this, but his targets undoubtedly serve to advance the cause of American Assassins and American independence. Combined with the fact that Connor is not acting as an official colonial militia agent, any British court would find Connor guilty of terrorism due to the highly violent and political nature of his crimes.
The protagonist of Assassin’s Creed Unity is riding the wave of revolution
Arno Dorian, the protagonist and one of the best characters in Assassin’s Creed: Unity, sees his life turned upside down by a trifecta of the Order of Assassins, the Order of the Templars and the French Revolution. At some point, Arno serves each of them and commits the usual assassin acts of murder and mayhem in service of each. After the Revolution and the execution of King Louis XVI, Arno was drawn into the Reign of Terror. Arno spends time trying to discredit Maximilien de Robespierre, the architect of the Reign, and ends up confronting and seriously injuring him. Doing so can be seen as a form of intimidation and the fact that it is against such a high profile political leader could lend itself to a terrorism charge. Arno was using illegal means to shift public opinion towards Robespierre, and the physical assault cements the violent nature of the crimes.
The Order of Assassins across the Assassin’s Creed games has never been a pure good organization. With some calls for the next Assassin’s Creed game to complete its story so far, the Assassins may need to adjust their playbook. Their methods of political intrigue, assassination, and other violent and non-violent crime mean their group would be designated as terrorist by the police. Although they (ostensibly) work on the side of “good” and champion freedom for all, the Assassin’s methods mean they will always have red in their books.
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