Assassins Creed: Assassins and Templars
This is the trailer from the first Assassins Creed, I do not own it, but it will give a brief idea of what the book is about.
My name is Dominic Auditore.
I am 16 years old.
Until six weeks ago, my life was perfect. There was not a better life then the one I was living. I had the perfect family, the perfect friends, and the perfect home. I didn’t think anything would go wrong. Well that was because I didn’t know about my ancestors, or even about what my father did.
I didn’t know that there was a secret war happening right under our noses. The war between the Assassins and the Covenant.
The Assassins were a society who wanted the world to be free. Who wanted everyone to be treated equally and wanted Democracy. The Assassins were viewed by the government as vigilantes who stuck their noses in other people’s affairs.
The Assassins were called upon only when needed. If a leader of a country or city was to selfish and mistreated its people, the Assassins would execute them publicly in terrifying and amazing ways. Then, after each execution, the assassin would disappear without a trace. These tactics discouraged other corrupt leaders into behaving; for fear that they could be next.
Some leaders dismissed this idea, and some even claimed that the Assassins didn’t exist, that they were just a rumor and myth and that the death of the ruler was by rebels. The leader sometimes would treat the citizen’s worse afterwards. Soon afterwards though, the tyrant would be found dead, with abloody feather laying nextto his head.
Then, is theCovenant. The covenant consisted of Monks, scholars, warriors, knights, Mages, Counts, Rulers,etc. who all believed in a few common goals and they all made a pact so they could acheive the same thing.The Covenant believed that the Gods weren’t as all knowing and powerful as worshipers believed them to be. In fact. they didn’t believe they were gods at all, just beings from another realm.
The Covenant discouraged religion, and often attacked Chapels in hopes of scaring off worshippers. They did believe in the Daedra. Covenant followers did not see the Daedra as Gods, but instead ‘those who came before’.
There were many branches of the Covenant, one of them: the mythic dawn,were frowned upon by the Covenant, mainly because they worshiped Mehrunes Dagon as a god.
The Covenant believedthemselvesto besuperior in every way and that everyone that did not ally with them was imperfect.
The Covenant thought that all beings on the planet should be ruled by a higher society, the covenant believed they themselveswere this superior society and as such, many cities and provinces around the world have Covenant Dictatorship. Though the dictatorship is in disguise, they use a ruler who is secretly a Covenant Templar, to take over the government and as such, the people do not know about the Covenant.
The Covenant's main goal was to creat a world where all men are united. The Assassins share the same goal, but both sides have different ways of acheiving the goal. The Assassinsfoughtto ensure the survival of free will, as itallowed progression of new ideas and the growth of individuality. Meanwhile, The Covenantsought to create a perfect world, although the means by which they sought to do so - through force and control was questionable.
Though this sounds much like fantasy and fairytales I soon found out that it was not.
I found out that this truth is very real and far worse then I could have imagined. Because I found that the truth is written in blood and that nothing is true, and everything is permitted.
The Firenze was nearing the Imperial City harbor. The vessel was a large and magnificent light galleon which was pretty huge and had at least dozens of people on it. The sails where painted white with a Golden Dragon symbol, the deck was full of curious people from all the provinces. Some were even refugees from Morrowind, hoping to escape from the civil war. My father was up on the stern talking to the captain. My sister, brother, and cousin were with me, looking at the City ahead.
My brother, Ethan, was 13 years old. He had dark blue eyes like mine, but had short black hair. My sister, Alison who was 15, had long blonde hair and Dark blue eyes. Everyone in my family had Dark blue eyes, except for one person. My cousin, Hunter, he had Dark Green eyes. Like me, he was 16 years old, only a month older though. Hunter’s parents had been killed a year before, so my father Victor took him in.
I felt like I was the only one who felt that moving here was a bad idea. I didn’t like this, moving to another province. It didn’t feel right; leaving the place you grew up in, leaving your friends, your home, and your life. All just to start from scratch,I didn’t like it.
My family was from Summerset Isle, that was where I had grown up, all my friends were there. I didn’t like moving to Cyrodiil, the province was like a stranger to me. The mainland looked exotic and full of life, but the cities here were like jungles, wild animals everywhere, you didn’t know what to expect or thats what I've heard. I felt like a part of me had stayed back home.
“The capital of the Empire, can you believe it?” Alison said happily, her face glowing.
“Doesn’t look like it,” I said annoyed.
“I agree,” Hunter said.
The boat finally touched the Harbor. Crowds of people where gathered, probably waiting for relatives and friends. The harbor side looked like a rats nest at first glance. There were beggars every where, some were even lined up next to the ramp asking forsmall samples of coin.There were also a lot of bad looking sorts of peopleeverywhere as well.
My father led us down the ramp onto the city. The harbor wasn’t a pleasant sight. Many ships which were probably the only remarkable and amazing part of the harbor sidewere docked, there where many buildings, but most where boarded up or too ugly looking to be of any use. The Imperial watch tower was in the middle where many of the Legion guards must have resided in.
My brother and sister seemed to take in their surroundings, treating the city like an old friend. They were just kids; to them it was like a vacation. Hunter and I just wondered if our pockets were tight enough and if people would think twice before assaulting us. Though Mother and Father seemed happy with their surroundings.
I saw a man come near my sister and tried tobeg her for money. When Alison shook her head, confused, the beggar attempted to reach for her.Hunter shoved him into a puddle and told him to get away before he pummeled him. Alison rolled her eyes and followed father. The air reeked of manure and crime; this was supposed to be the capital? This was supposed to set an example for the other provinces? This was hardly what I would call a good city. Ten seconds that i had stepped foot into mainland Cyrodiil and i already wished i was back in Summerset.
Many of the Imperial Legion soldiers greeted us; it was good to see that at least they were civilized enough. Though being a noblemen and all, my expectations on how people should act were pretty high. I didn't like people who were selfish, arrogant, cold and unsempithetic. I expected people to act civilized and warm and helpful, though looking at the harborside, i was impressed.My father went to an Imperial Legion officer and they both started talking. The soldier pointed east and my father beckoned us to follow. On our way we crossed many districts, one was the Arena district.
Spread throughout the district were many gardens and flowery bushes. In the middle of the district standing tall and proud was the Arena. Two larged statues flanked the Arena on both sides, both we Statues of Warriors. Though one was a Swordsmen and the other an Archer. I had heard that the Arena attracted people from all the provinces, mainly gamblers, sick-minded people who enjoyed watching people die and those brave souls that thought themselves good enough to participate as combatants. I shook my head in disgust, I was definetly not impressed now. You'd never catch me betting in the Arena or even more foolishly... entering as a combatant.
From the outside we could hear the cheers of the fans, there was probably a fight going on. Next we crossed the Garden District which was a very beautiful part of city. I sourfully admit, I was heavily impressed with the look of this district. There were, true to its name, many gardens spread throughout the district. Flower even populate some of the buildings. This area seemed like the residential area for most Medieum to lower class citizens. I liked this District and again as i said, i was impressed. Next we crossed into the district which was called the Talos Plaza.
It was in this district that the famous Inn, the Tiber Septim Hotel, resided in. In the center of the Plaza stood the proud statue of the Dragon God Akatosh. I didn't really know much about the gods so i couldnt really say anything about them. Anyway, just by looking at the Citizens that walked by us, they way they acted, and how jewel encrusted the houses were and how they were built, i could tell that this was were the Nobles resided. It was fancy, there were ponds, some pools, gardens, flowers, statues, all this and that.As fancy and beautiful as the district was, I didn't like the citizens that resided here. For example, as we passed a noblemen, my brother Ethan waved at him only to be sneered at by the self-rightoues worm. That was another one of my pet-peeves, Noblemen acting as if they were better and for more superior then anyone else and everyone below them.
Back in Summerset, a lot of the Noblemen would treat their servant or beggars on the street like trash. I hated that, even though my family was one of the richest and most respected noble families, we were looked down upon by other nobles because we didn't treat people "below us" like trash. I had many friends in Summerset Isle, true, but most of them weren't nobles and I wasnt very popular amongst most nobles because I usually spoke out when Noblemen would mistreat or tease "lower class" people. I didn't care what other people thought of me, I knew it was the right thing to do, standing up for others.
Anyway, we finally left the Talos District and entered the Market District which was probably the most busy district in the Whole Imperial city. All kinds of people, species andraces could be seen here from all parts of the world. Even in Summerset, the Market District was legendary for its many diverse stores. Any item, be it book, weapon, scrolls, or item could be found here. And with a beautiful view of the large White-Gold Tower, which was the tallest tower in Cyrodiil. Amongst the diverse stores, the smell of baking bread, warm mead, and strawberries and fruits wafted their way into my nostrils. As if the district couldnt get any better, everyone in the district was extremly friendly. As we followed our father, many of them would wave or smile warmly. I liked that. Okay, so maybe this city had its good and bad values. At least i knew which district to go to if I ever came here and which ones to avoid.
We stopped at a building called Office of Imperial Commerce.
Father told us to wait outside while he and Mother went inside. Hunter and I looked around, the city was getting more and more impressive by the minute. A legion soldier walked towards us and asked what we were doing. We told him we where waiting for our parents to come back out.
“You must not be from around here, where are you from?” he asked.
“We are from Summerset Isle,” I replied.
“Oh, I so happen to have a relative who lives there, a man named Ulysses Burnagan,” The Legion soldier said.
“No way, my father worked with a man named Ulysses,” Alison said.
“You must be the Auditore family, am I correct?” he asked.
I nodded. “Yes, that’s us,” I replied.
“By Azura, your family’s ancestors have helped the Empire in many ways, and I see your family is the head of a banking corporation, one of the biggest in Tamriel,” the Guard said.
“Yes that is our family, father works a lot. But we always do what we can to help,” I said.
“By the way, my name is Hanson, and you are?” He asked us.
“I’m Dominic, this is my sister Alison, my brother Ethan, and my cousin Hunter,” I said.
Hanson shook all of our hands and treated us like old friends. I liked that.
“I must get back to my duties, but if you’re ever in the Imperial City, look me up sometime,” Hanson said.
“We sure will,” I assured.
With a smile, he left and walked off to do his job.
“Legion Soldiers are really cool,” said Ethan.
He was right, Legion soldiers were some of the best people you could meet. Some were strict and mean. But the Legion was always fair and caring. It had always been Ethan’s dream to become part of the Legion when he got older. Mother didn’t feel too happy about that, always stating that ‘Nobles shouldn’t be soldiers’.
But then Father would say, ‘If Ethan wants to be more than a noble, to become someone that helps out people, then that was a good thing to do and he should go for it. father would always encourage us to be better people and to do what we could to help the people of Tamriel.
Hunter and I didn’t know what we wanted to do. We were approaching an age where we had to make a decision and soon. Mother suggested that we should continue fathers banking company, but Father says that we should do what our hearts want. Hunter wanted to join the fighter’s guild and I think he still does. For me I don’t know, I think I might take Mother’s offer and be in the family business.
After five minutes, Mother and Father exited the office, both looking quite cheerful. Mother held a piece of parchment, I think they were papers documenting our stay.
“A carriage is awaiting us outside the Talos Plaza,” My father said.
Great.... another grand walk through the most pleasent district in the world....
On our way towards the gate out of the city,a noble came by our family, looked at us, then sneered and walked away. Hunter frowned and stared angrily after him. As we exited the gates of the Imperial city, I noticed that Cyrodiil was pretty exotic; Mountains, forests, and lakes populated the landscapes.
According to my Father, the Imperial city was a large isle on Lake Rumare which was the largest body of water in Cyrodiil. Our carriage was awaiting, two black horses where pulling it and the black horses were supposed to be some of the fastest horses in Tamriel.
A man jumped out from the front of the Carriage, he wore orange painted armor, with chainmail gloves and boots. He told us his name was John and that he was a Guard in the City of Anvil and that he was tasked with bringing us there. He and another Guard opened the carriage and my family stepped right in. I had a weird feeling, like I was being watched.
I turned around but all I saw were two red robed figures speaking to one another. But the strangest thing was that they kept peeking over at my family. It was probably nothing so I went inside the carriage with my family.
The inside was pretty cool, the seats where soft and cushioned. The horses began to gallop towards the city of Anvil. The guardJohn was inside our carriage, he was talking to Dad about something, though I couldn’t hear what.
I was starting to feel really drowsy, my eyes were getting heavy. Mom asked if I was okay but I muttered something about going to sleep. Then I closed my eyes and fell asleep.