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Sorrosyss
07-09-2017, 05:48 PM
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Assassin's Creed: Conspirations is a is a two-part story published in French by Les Deux Royaumes. It is not yet available in English.

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Eddie Gorm was a member of the British Brotherhood of Assassins who operated in Europe during World War II. He is the grandfather of Maxime Gorm.

Eddie was born into a family which was descended from a long line of Assassins, a fact of which he was unaware. Eventually, Eddie and his brother, Marc, joined the Royal Navy. In 1931, while in service at a naval base in Invergordon, Scotland, Eddie was in charge of putting an end to a mutiny on the ship HMS Hood led by his brother Marc, who was the commander of the ship. Eddie was ordered to execute his brother, which he refused. Finally, Marc was sent to the Russian front and ended his life in a gulag, leaving a wife, Maria, and two children, Justine and Paul. Eddie took charge of his brother's family but left the Navy, not finding his place there.

In the years that followed, Eddie started a docking business with his friend, Stan, called Gorm & Co. In addition to the trade, they did not hesitate to obtain military rations illegally and sell them profitably on the black market.

On September 7, 1940, at the East End docks, Eddie took part in a fight that ended in a general melee. The fault of Spencer, a rival who wanted to take control of their business. After Eddie and Stan returned to their warehouse a few hours later, Eddie stated that he was not afraid of the German bombardments, unlike Stan, who would have liked to leave the quays for some time for their safety.

Later on, Stan appealed to a certain Jack Turpin and his right arm Robert Burton, notorious bandits who wanted to hire the dockers and their band for a break in town. Eddie said they would think about it and after they left, he told Stan that they would never work for them, as they were dangerous gangsters.

Afterwards, Eddie was approached by two American officers, Colonel Boris Pash and Lieutenant Julia Dusk, who offered him a mission to infiltrate the atomic program of Nazi Germany. However, Eddie was reluctant to help them. As they were arguing, an armada of German planes attacked London and a bomb hit Eddie's house, killing his widowed sister-in-law and her two children. Distraught, Eddie drowned his sorrows in alcohol until Pash and Dusk found him one week later and convinced him to accept their offer.

Upon being informed that "Jack Turpin" was actually an SS officer and spy named Otto Hammerstein, Eddie approached him and pretended to defect to the Germans. Some days later, Eddie, Stan and Hammerstein's men raided the hotel room of French scientists who had refugeed in London, stealing their research on the heavy-water reactor. Hammerstein told the dockers to wait for him outside the hotel and offered the scientists a choice: To die in the hotel room or accept to be smuggled to Germany. Curious about Hammerstein's motives, Stan disobeyed and discovered that Hammerstein was a Nazi spy. Having followed Stan back to the room, Eddie was forced to kill him in order to prove his loyalty to Hammerstein.

Over the course of two years, Eddie incorporated himself into the SS. During this time, Julia Dusk became his contact in Berlin, strengthening Eddie's resolve at the times when he doubted his mission, having increasing difficulties to hide his contempt for the Germans. By 1942, Eddie had become a trusted defector and officer in the SS, the "Untersturmfurher". That year, while on guard duty at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, Eddie and Hammerstein talked to SS officer Josef Mengele, who revealed that the research on his superhuman project, übermensch, was progressing very fast thanks to the help of General Gero Kramer. Shortly after, Eddie was summoned by General Kramer, whom he was to meet in person for the first time. Kramer accused Eddie of being a spy, remarking that his service record cast doubt on his defection. However, Eddie simply explained that he had always served his country but that in return she had unjustly taken everything from him, seemingly convincing Kramer.

A few days later, before an audience of SS agents, Eddie listened as Kramer made an eloquent speech about the power of the Reich and Dr. Werner Heisenberg, the leader of the Uranprojekt. Losing his temper, Eddie stabbed Hammerstein and succeeded in taking Heisenberg hostage, threatening to kill him with his Luger if they did not let them leave the room. After Kramer ordered his men to hold back and Eddie was able to isolate himself with his hostage, he questioned Heisenberg on the uranprojekt. Heisenberg confessed that it was only a front for the real project that was kept hidden in Norway, in Vemork, a hydroelectric plant, a project which involved the construction of a device called "Die Glocke".

While Eddie had a moment of inattention, Heisenberg took the opportunity to break a glass laboratory utensil on his head. Afterwards, soldiers burst into the room and Eddie was forced to flee. Fortunately, Julia jumped into the room through a window and saved Eddie from the soldiers, although she ended up getting hit by a bullet while the two were fleeing the building. Meeting with Pash outside, the three of them entered a getaway vehicle and escaped. While on the way to a hideout in the city, Eddie recognized the vehicle's driver, Robert Burton, Hammerstein's henchman, and tried to strangle him. However, Eddie stopped when Pash revealed that Burton was one of his agents. After arriving at the hideout, Burton treated the injury of an unconscious Julia while Pash revealed to Eddie that they were Assassins and that Eddie himself was descended from a long line of Assassins. Upon learning this, Eddie decided to become an Assassin and join the Brotherhood.

In the months that followed, Eddie was initiated into the Brotherhood and trained by Pash, becoming a full-fledged Assassin. On 27 February, 1943, Eddie was parachuted into Vemork, eliminated the SS guards and infiltrated the building. When he entered the heart of the factory, Kramer, whom Eddie now knew to be a Templar, was waiting for him, seated in the machine and armed with a machete. As the two engaged in hand-to-hand combat, Eddie initially seemed to win by cutting into Kramer with his blades, eventually trying to kill him with his own machete. However, Kramer ultimately overpowered Eddie by grabbing him by his throat and lifting him off the ground until he lost consciousness.

As he regained consciousness, Eddie was tied by Kramer to the machine chair, which had been designed by Nikola Tesla. Kramer explained that the machine, coupled with electric Tesla coils, a heavy water reactor designed by the French scientists whom Eddie helped abduct in London in 1940 and an Apple of Eden, was capable of exploring the past of the connected individual. Kramer then explained what the Pieces of Eden were to Eddie, and how a single Apple had already gifted the Templars with incredible knowledge of genetics, revealing that Mengele had access to the Apple and had successfully applied his übermensch project on Kramer, which Kramer demonstrated by showing that his wounds from their fight had already closed. Kramer then revealed his goal of using Eddie's genetic memory, which contained an important line of Assassins, to locate other Pieces of Eden. As Tesla started the machine, Eddie screamed in pain.

In 2016, Eddie's grandson, Maxime Gorm, relived his memories in an effort to locate the Apple of Eden held by Kramer. However, because Eddie was put in Die Glocke when Maxime was reliving his memories, something went wrong and Maxime's consciousness was switched with Eddie's, the latter waking up in Maxime's body.

[Full credit to the AC Wiki (http://assassinscreed.wikia.com/wiki/Assassin%27s_Creed_Wiki) for the excellent write up.]



Die Glocke

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Die Glocke is a somewhat famous World War II conspiracy theory regarding a superweapon that was developed by the Germans. Within the AC universe, it has been hooked up to an Apple which seemingly offers a simulation to the user in the same way that Connor was presented a vision of an alternate timeline within Tyranny of George Washington. In the same way as an Animus, it is able to read the DNA and genetic memory of its user. Was this ultimately the basis for what would eventually become the Animus? Considering it was built in an Abstergo facility, it does seem entirely possible.

We also see Nikola Tesla here, despite his supposed death a month before this timeline. One could argue that his death was faked to bring him to Norway though.



Superhumans

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We see Kramer taking a knife wound to his arm, and then it seemingly healing up very quickly. Whilst he explains that this genetic knowledge came from the Apple, it is a little hard to explain. He mentions Josef Mengele and his infamous experimentation, that lead to the Übermensch philosophy. We see this super soldier theory explored in other IPs, perhaps most famously by Captain America in the Marvel universe. Here though, it must be some kind of chemical injection. We see Kramer in the chair and hooked into many pipes. We know that the Fountain of Youth is reputedly a Piece of Eden, therefore has some of its water been synthesized for this purpose? Its speculation, but difficult to have a clear answer at this point in time. It does suggest that at some point, Abstergo had the knowledge to create enhanced humans though.



Time Travel?

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I suppose the big question here is, did Eddie Gorm time travel and jump into Maxime's body? Honestly, I do not believe this to be the case.

We have seen on a few occasions, that the Bleeding Effect will allow other personalities to imprint onto the 'host' individual. Indeed, Robert Foster quite famously 'became' Arno Dorian after exploring his memories, to the point that he ultimately had to be killed. We've also seen other Pieces of Eden imprinting personalities over individuals, such as the way a Precursor Box laced Shao Jun over Anastasia's mind in AC Russia. I feel this is the same case here, but hopefully we'll see more of this in the second comic.



[As a final note, I just want to say a huge thank you to my Russian friends at Assassin's Creed Initiates (https://vk.com/initiates) whom provided me with an excellent translation from the original French, especially Ilias (https://twitter.com/secure_inshadow) whom as such very kindly contributed to this analysis.]

Syndicate122
07-09-2017, 06:26 PM
Wait Conspirations is canon?

Abelzorus-Prime
07-09-2017, 06:53 PM
Wait Conspirations is canon?

Inddeed It Is.

wvstolzing
07-10-2017, 02:50 PM
I suppose the big question here is, did Eddie Gorm time travel and jump into Maxime's body? Honestly, I do not believe this to be the case.

We have seen on a few occasions, that the Bleeding Effect will allow other personalities to imprint onto the 'host' individual. Indeed, Robert Foster quite famously 'became' Arno Dorian after exploring his memories, to the point that he ultimately had to be killed. We've also seen other Pieces of Eden imprinting personalities over individuals, such as the way a Precursor Box laced Shao Jun over Anastasia's mind in AC Russia. I feel this is the same case here, but hopefully we'll see more of this in the second comic.

I hope that's the case.

One thing I don't quite like about the story so far is the portrayal of Mengele as a genius scientist, when in fact he produced absolutely nothing of any worth as a result of his so-called 'experiments'. He may have indirectly 'contributed' to the work of real scientists by providing them with a supply of human organs, but that was it. IIRC, both the Indiana Jones series and the Wolfenstein games were careful not to cast Mengele himself in the role of a veritable 'evil genius'; instead, they had generic figures in that role -- and it might have been better if AC also followed suit.

Edit: To be sure, he 'learns' what he learns from the Apple -- but being able to learn directly from the Apple is no mean feat, as illustrated by Leonardo's experience with it.

Joshua0892
02-13-2018, 03:21 PM
After reading both comics I can honestly not side or root for the Assassin's nor the Templars I think the hole WW2 story arc's screw up the Assassin's/Templars reputation so much that I just call them a bunch of ''Nazi's'' now... Or rather say just as worse