With the announcement of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the franchise now consists of 12 major titles and 11 secondary. For the majority of time players control an Assassin in the past history, while they also play as an Assassin’s descendant in the present day. Combined with the fact that every game is set in a different time and place, Assassin’s Creed’s Timeline can be a real pain in the ass for the players.
Without further ado, we will “equip” you with an A.C. Timeline article to help you understand the lore behind Assassin’s Creed easier. To keep the article short, we didn’t include secondary titles or books / comics. Also, this Timeline contains only some important facts from the game’s history and NOT every fact that happened in the franchise during the last decade.
Assassin’s Creed’s Timeline Part 1 begins with the Isu Era at 75.000 BC and spans 77 Milleniums until Ezio’s retirement at 1513. The article contains spoilers about the game’s history. Special thanks to Reddit and AssassinWiki for their invaluable help.
75000 BC (Isu Era)
During the War of Unification, Consus, a scientist of the Isu, created the first Shroud of Eden to treat casualties of the war. The War of Unification was a military conflict between members of the Isu that started at some point prior to the year 1923 Isu Era (c. 75,383 BCE). The conflict saw the creation of numerous Pieces of Eden, such as the Swords of Eden by Hephaistos, with the purpose of ending the war, though these resulted in the death toll rising significantly. In response to the rising mortality rate, Hephaistos and his apprentice, Consus, created the Shrouds of Eden, nanotech matter regenerators which were designed to act as medical devices capable of treating casualties of the war.
Years later Adam and Eve escaped from Eden with the Apple. This started a human-slave rebellion against Isu that led to a war. Meanwhile, an impending solar flare threatened the Earth. Three members of the Isu also known as the Capitoline Triad (Jupiter, Juno and Minverva) tried to prevent this doomsday. Unfortunately they failed, and a solar flare struck Earth exterminating most of the Earth’s population; less than ten thousand humans, and far fewer members of the First Civilization, survived the catastrophe. Humanity and the First Civilization started working together to rebuild civilization.
- (75010 BCE) Assassin’s Creed II (The Truth)
(75000 BCE) Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (The Great Catastrophe)
The Capitoline Triad
400-500 BC (Ancient Greece Era)
The Battle of Thermopylae started, between the Persian Empire led by Xerxes and the resisting forces of Greece led by King Leonidas of Sparta. Leonidas and his 300 men lost the battle. King Xerxes was killed later by the proto-Assassin Darius during an ambush by his co-conspirators; this assassination became the first recorded use of the Hidden Blade. The Cult of Kosmos, a secret cabal intent on ruling the Greek world, influenced the Oracle of Delphi to prophesize that the grandson of King Leonidas, Alexios, would bring about the fall of Sparta. After Alexios was thrown of Mount Taygetos, and his sister Kassandra was presumed dead, the Cult kidnapped Alexios to raise as their weapon (However if you pick Kassandra the opposite scenario will occur).
The Peloponnesian War started between the Greek states of Athens and Sparta, secretly orchestrating by the Cult of Kosmos, which was influencing the war from both sides to take control of the Greek world. Athens ultimately lost the war because of a plague. Alexios, now known as Deimos, gained more influence within the Cult of Kosmos and leadership slowly shifted towards him. Aspasia, lover of Athenian leader Perikles and the Cult’s leader, became disillusioned with the Cult and started devising ways to bring them down. Pausanias, King of Sparta alongside Archidamos, was accused of being a puppet king and member of the Cult of Kosmos by Kassandra. In the aftermath, Pausanias was killed by Kassandra. Kassandra then travelled to Thera and discovered the Gateway to the Lost City, the entrance to the ancient Isu city of Atlantis, where she met her biological father, Pythagoras. Through him, she started a search for the ancient Atlantis artifacts that would open the Gateway.
Alexios and Kassandra
Years later, the Battle of Amphipolis was fought between Athens and Sparta. On the battlefield, the Spartan Brasidas was killed by Alexios and the Athenian leader Kleon was killed by Kassandra. Alexios was also killed by his sister during a confrontation with Kassandra and his mother Myrrine atop Mount Taygetos. Kassandra returned to the Sanctuary of Kosmos in Phokis to confront the Cult’s leader, who revealed herself to be Aspasia. Expressing her intentions to achieve peace in the world and find a philosopher king, she was ultimately spared by Kassandra, who instead destroyed the Cult’s artifact, the Pyramid.
- (480 BCE) Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Leonidas Memories)
- (465 BCE) Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC – The Legacy of the First Blade (Darius Memory)
- (446 BCE) Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Kassandra’s Childhood and Myrinne Memories)
- (431- 422 BCE) Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- (400 BCE) Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC – The Fate of Atlantis
100-0 BC (Ancient Egypt Era)
Members of the Order of the Ancients, precursors to the Knights Templar, abducted Bayek of Siwa and his son Khemu in Siwa, Egypt, in an attempt to obtain information about the Isu vault located there. Khemu died during the abduction. Bayek of Siwa temporarily abandoned his Medjay duties to start a quest for vengeance against the Order of the Ancients, sending him on a journey across Egypt.
Bayek The Medjay
Bayek returned to the Siwa Oasis, where he exacted revenge on the false Oracle of Siwa, Medunamun, and acquired the Order’s Apple of Eden. After that he was reunited with his wife Aya in Alexandria, where she gifted him with the Hidden Blade owned by Darius, which she received from Queen Cleopatra. Bayek continued to travel across Egypt taking down several members of the Order of the Ancients, including Gennadios, Eudoros, Taharqa, Khaliset, Hetepi and Berenike.
Years later, Julius Caesar, dictator of the Roman Republic and leader of the Order of the Ancients, was killed during a Roman Senatorial meeting at the Theatre of Pompey by Assassins. Finally, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and an ally of the Order of the Ancients, was killed by Amunet using a poisonous asp. Amunet was also known as Aya and she was the wife of Bayek.
Aya confronts Cleopatra
- (49 BCE) Assassin’s Creed Origins (Khemu’s Death)
- (48 BCE) Assassin’s Creed Origins DLC – Ambush at Sea
- (48- 43 BCE) Assassin’s Creed Origins
- (38 BCE) Assassin’s Creed Origins DLC – The Hidden Ones
- (38 BCE) Assassin’s Creed Origins DLC – The Curse of the Pharaohs
1100-1300 BC (Crusaders Era)
The Order of the Knights Templar was officially created with Hugues de Payens serving as the first Grand Master. Around 1176, Sultan Salāḥ ad-Dīn laid siege to the Levantine Assassins’ fortress in Masyaf. During the sige, the Assassin’s leader Al Mualim sent Altair’s father, Umar, to infiltrate the enemy base. The Sultan suggested a truce with the Assassins on the condition that Umar be executed for taking the life of a Ayyubid nobleman during his infiltration of their camp. Against Al Mualim’s will, Umar voluntarily surrendered. A decade after, Altair assassinated Haras saving Al Mualim’s life in the process. Al Mualim quickly promoted Altair to Master Assassin, one of the highest rankings in the order back then.
Altair’s downfall started when he and the brothers Malik and Kadar infiltrated the Jerusalem Vault to retrieve an Apple of Eden. Malik nurtured a jealousy of Altair in their youth, due to the latest exceptional talents and Al Mualim’s favor toward him. This envy was stoked into rage when Altair ignored the tenets of the Creed during their mission to the Jerusalem Vault beneath the remains of Solomon’s Temple, an action which eventually led to Kadar’s death and the loss of Malik’s left arm. Despite his injuries, Malik retrieved the Templar treasure that Altair had failed to find and delivered it to Al Mualim, viciously indicting Altaïr all the while.
Al Mualim spared Altair’s life but demoted him for betraying the three tenets of the Assassin’s Creed. He was also given a list of nine important Templar assassination targets in order to restore his rank of Master Assassin. After killing all the Templars, Altair also assassinated Al Mualim when he learned that he betrayed the Assassin Brotherhood by brainwashing his subjects, using the Apple of Eden, to make them worship him.
Altaïr kills Al Mualim
In late 1257, Masyaf came under siege by Mongols. Altair, after ensuring that the castle has been evacuated, met with his son Darim outside the library. Initially confused about his father’s actions, Darim eventually deduced that the library was meant to be a vault. Saying farewell to his son, Altair entered and locked the library before hiding the Apple behind a far wall. He then seated himself in a chair in the centre of the library and died peacefully.
- (1189- 1247) Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Altair Memories)
- (1191) Assassin’s Creed
- (1191-1193) Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines
1450-1500 BC (Italian Renaissance First Era)
In 1454, Ezio’s uncle, Mario Auditore discovered the Shroud of Eden beneath the Villa Auditore in Monteriggioni. While exploring the crypts, Mario lost an eye upon triggering a trap. Around 20 years later, Ezio’s family, Giovanni Auditore da Firenze and his sons Federico and Petruccio were hanged in front of the Palazzo della Signoria, on false accusations of treason against Florence, by secret Templar Uberto Alberti. Ezio saw the whole execution and that motivated him to take up the mantle of Assassin.
o ensure the safety of the rest of the family, Ezio, his mother Maria and sister Claudia left Florence and moved to Monteriggioni to live with their uncle Mario in the Villa Auditore. In the next years Ezio assassinated some important Templar targets like the Pazzi Brothers, Antonio Maffei, Emilio Barbarigo and Carlo Grimaldi. During that time he also managed to steal the Apple of Eden from the Templars in Venice. After a confrontation with Grand Master Rodrigo Borgia, Ezio was formally inducted into the Assassin Order by his allies from the courtesans, thieves and mercenaries guilds.
A young Ezio Auditore
Grand Master Rodrigo Borgia barely escaped death, was elected as the new head of the Catholic Church in 1492 and became known as Pope Alexander VI. A new Templar figure appeared, Girolamo Savonarola, stealing the Apple of Eden from the Assassin’s Order. He then proceeded to brain-wash the Florentines into rebelling against Piero de’ Medici using the Apple. The Medici were exiled and Savonarola became the city’s de facto leader. Ezio, in a similar quest with his predecessor Altair, killed Girolamo Savonarola’s nine lieutenants, in an effort to remove Savonarola’s control over the Florentine population and regain the Apple of Eden.
One year late, Girolamo Savonarola was captured by an angry Florentine mob in front of the Palazzo Pitti. Ezio regained the Apple of Eden and took Savonarola’s life. However Ezio sparred the life of Pope Alexander VI after he defeated him in a fistfight at the entrance of the Vatican Vault; realizing that killing Rodrigo would not bring his family back. Inside the Vatican Vault, he received a message from the Precursor Minerva for Ezio’s descendant Desmond Miles, after opening the vault doors using his Apple of Eden and the Papal Staff. Sparing the Pope’s life would prove a terrible idea as Monteriggioni was besieged and destroyed by the Papal Army under orders of Cesare Borgia, who executed the captured Assassin leader Mario and took possession of the Assassins’ Apple of Eden.
The Auditore Villa in Monteriggioni
- (1459) Assassin’s Creed II (Ezio’s Birth)
- (1476) Assassin’s Creed II
- (1491-1492) Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery
1500-1550 BC (Italian Renaissance Second Era)
Ezio fled the scene and he was promoted to Mentor of the Italian Brotherhood of Assassins. His sister Claudia was also inducted into the Brotherhood. In the meantime, Pope Alexander VI was killed by his son Cesare Borgia, using the poisoned apple that the Pope intended to kill his son with for his reckless behaviour. Ezio retrieved the Apple of Eden again from the courtyard of Saint Peter’s Basilica ahead of Cesare. After taking care of Cesare, the Italian Assassin locked his Apple of Eden in the First Civilization vault beneath the Colosseum, on the artifact’s instructions.
An older Ezio during Revelations
Five years later, Ezio received a letter written by his father detailing Altair’s library location. He immediately left Italy and started his journey to Masyaf. Reaching Masyaf he was was captured and ambushed by Byzantine Templars under the command of Leandros, but escaped his execution killing the latest. Over the course of the next months, Ezio managed to find the five Masyaf Keys. He unlocked the library of Altair, though he decided to leave the Apple of Eden locked away. Alongside Desmond Miles, in 2012, Ezio witnessed a Precursor message about the catastrophe. After a really long journey, in 1513 Ezio Auditore da Firenze announced his impending retirement as Mentor of the Italian Brotherhood of Assassins, and declared his favored successor to be Lodovico Ariosto.
- (1499-1507) Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
- (1500) Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood DLC – The Copernico Conspiracy
- (1506) Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood DLC – The Da Vinci Disappearance
- (1510-1513) Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
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