View Full Version : Historical figures who could have been Assassins

03-10-2014, 10:03 PM
I know this is a pretty generic thread for a board like this but it could be pretty interesting if people have some good ideas :)
Which historical figures do you think may have been assassins in the AC universe and why? And to make it more interesting, can you think of a game focused around these characters. Here are my examples:

Robin Hood
Robin Hood is a character from british folklore. He and his band of merry men were outlaws who went up against villains such as Guy of Gisbon, The Sherrif of Nottingham and Prince John, to free England from tyranny. He basically already has the look and arsenal of an assassin and his merry men would make a perfect brother hood with little john in charge of the mercenaries, will scarlet in charge of the theives, Friar tuck in charge of the prostitutes and Alan-a-Dale being the minstrel we can beat on.
The AC3 engine seems custom built for this character as free running through a forest and using a bow and arrow are kind of Hood's specialties and The AC1 story seems custom built to further this story as many depictions of Robin Hood have him as a man who fought with king richard in the crusades. Here he could meet Altair through who he is convinced to start a guild in england upon his return. The series has never involved fictional characters and the main characters have always been origional creations. However Robin was likely based on a real but unknown person who would be the ideal candidate as it would mean the devs could also stick to the folk lore as strictly or loosely as they please.

Guy Fawkes
Guy Fawkes was basically an assassin. He spent his life fighting for one group of people (Catholics) to try and put an end to another (Protestants.) This can so easily be tweaked to be assassins and templars. He fought on the side of Catholics/Assassins in the 80 years war and returned to England and became instrumental in the gunpowder plot. The idea of the plot was basically to blow up parliment in order to kill king james I and restore a catholic/assassin monarch to the thrown. The plot failed however when the authorities responded to an anonymous tip off and found Fawkes guarding the gunpowder underneath parliment. Fawkes was then captured and tortured for days before giving up his fellow conspiritors who were all sentenced to death for treason. Fawkes himself then killed himself on the steps of the gallows to avoid the agony of being hung drawn and quartered. This would be an interesting new move for the series as it would show the assassins fail in a big way. The game would feature a return of bomb crafting to the series as well as possible references to ezio as his death would have been relativly recent and his influence over the assassins would still be prominent.

Burke and Hare
Burke and Hare were Irish immigrants working in Edinburgh. In the early 1800's Surgeons were offering great sums of money for dead bodies for disection and study. Many people resorted to grave robbing but burke and hare jumped straight to murder and in 1828, they killed 16 people and sold them all to Robert Knox, a surgeon who didn't ask questions. The bodycount here is big enough to support an assassins creed game but the relationship between the pair is also very interesting as they go from being strangers to best friends to trying to sell each other out to the police in such a short time and with the victims being mostly unknowns the development team can fasion whatever sort of story they find the most interesting.

Robert Ford
1881 - 1892
Robert Ford will forever be known as the man who infultrated Jesse James gang, gained his trust and then shot him in the back of the head. However the potential for an assassins creed story based around him is undeniable. At just 19 years old upon joining the james gang, Ford would make an ideal young upstart assassin and the James gang would make a brilliant brotherhood with Jesse himself at the head as a master assassin who's origins stretch to the civil war.
Now here's where it get's interesting. Picture this, Jesse gets corrupted, Bob kills him. Now, after this happens the public turned against him as James was something of a celebrity so Ford flees to England the home of his great great great grandfather Haytham, . He lives ther for 6 years and eventually finds himself taking on Jack the ripper who he kills but the experience traumatises him and he returns to america a shell of his former self and eventually gets murdered in a bar by a templar grunt as his depression had taken all of the fight out of him.
...and here's something funny, Jesse James just so happened to be missing the finger that assassins customarily cut off.

So those are my examples. Really interested in seeing in what ways people can incorporate historical men and women into an assassins creed game.

03-10-2014, 10:08 PM
A friar running the brothel, heh...

Anyway, maybe Michael Collins and Lawrence of Arabia.

03-10-2014, 10:47 PM
Emperor Dom Pedro II of Brazil (r. 1840-1889)


03-10-2014, 10:55 PM
Abraham Lincoln because freedom, independence, and vampires.

03-10-2014, 11:32 PM
Morgan Freeman, because his name is Freeman...

Here are a few:

William Shakespeare 1564-1616 Because Shakespeare!
Akechi Mitsuhide 1528-1582 Betrayed Nobunaga by stabbing him in the back.
Nōhime 1530-? The wife of Nobunaga often speculated to have been a spy or possibly Assassin...
William de Lamberton ?-1328 Played a vital role in the Declaration of Arbroath which lead to Scottish independence.
Charles DeRudio 1832-1910 Would be Assassin of Napoleon III.
Marie Anne Charlotte de Corday d'Armont 1768-1793 Was given the nickname "Angel of Assassination" after killing Jean-Paul Marat

03-10-2014, 11:47 PM
A friar running the brothel, heh...

Anyway, maybe Michael Collins and Lawrence of Arabia.

Lawrence of Arabia was a british agent who rebelled the Arabs against Turkish , actually many Arabian countries today which are just a American/British colony are on the territory of former huge Ottoman empire , then the Lawrence of Arabia rebelled them agaonst the Turkish and promised to Arabs a huge and united Arabian country , huge "Caliphate" but after the war insted of one huge , united and strong Arabian country the Arabs got a dozens of small , weak and irrelevant countries which will be dependent from the West.
So even today those countries are American/British colonies exploited from USA and UK and which use to finish their dirty jobs , for example behind those terrirosts attacks in Volgograd , Russia last December is responsible the intelligence service of Saudi Arabia , but USA organized and initiated that how they would try to detabilize the Russia , also the riots in Ukraine were also a part of plan how to detabilize the Russia and to get on Russian western border , also CIA used their Islamic fundamentalists (agents) to perform 9/11.....etc

So I think Lawrence of Arabia would be more undercover Templar : ) (like Al Mualim or Haytham) ; )

03-11-2014, 12:24 AM
- Petar II Petrovic Njegos ( 1813 - 1851)

He was a 7'1 tall a Serbian Prince-Bishop of Serbian Orthodox church and ruler of the Serbian state of Montenegro , he was a fighter for freedom against the Ottoman empire and slavery underthe Ottoman empire , was philosopher , poet and he turned Montenegro from theocracy into a secular state.
Also he was very strong , charismatic and he especially liked a women , many rumors says that he died from syphilis.


Karadjordje Petrovic ( Black George) (1768 - 1817)


Was the elected leader of the Firts Serbian Uprising (1804) that aimed at liberating Serbia from the Ottoman empire and slavery under the Ottoman empire.
He was assassinated in oak wood after he was betrayed by the Milos Obrenovic ( leader of Second Serbian Uprising and founder of the dynasty of Obrenovic) by the orders of Ottomans.

Zumbi dos Palmares (1655 - 1695)


Was a leaderof rebeled African slaves in Brasil , was the last of the leaders of the Quilombo dos Palmares (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmares_(quilombo)), a fugitive settlement in the present-day state of Alagoas , in northern Brasil.
He was also considered as one of the founders of Capoeira.

Tiradentes (1746 - 1792)


Was a leading member of the Brazilian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil) revolutionary movement known as the Inconfidência Mineira (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inconfidência_Mineira) whose aim was full independence from the Portuguese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal) colonial power and to create a Brazilian republic. When the plan was discovered, Tiradentes was arrested, tried and publicly hanged. Since the 19th century he has been considered a national hero of Brazil and patron of the Polícia Militar de Minas Gerais (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PMMG) (Minas Gerais Military Police).
He was also a dentist , miner , cattle driver and member of militia of Minas Gerais.

Tupac Amaru II (1742 - 1781)


Was the leader of an indigenous uprising in 1780 against the Spanish in Peru (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_conquest_of_the_Inca_Empire). Although unsuccessful, he later became a mythical figure in the Peruvian struggle for independence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_of_Peru) and indigenous rights (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_rights) movement and an inspiration to myriad causes in Peru (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peru).
And even today in South America there are a several left-wing movements which were named after him.

Simon Bolivar (1783 - 1830)


He was a military and political leader. who played a key role in Latin America's successful struggle for independence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_American_wars_of_independence) from the Spanish Empire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Empire), and is today considered one of the most influential politicians in the history of the Americas. Following the triumph over the Spanish monarchy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarchy_of_Spain), Bolívar participated in the foundation of the first union of independent nations in Hispanic-America, a republic, now known as Gran Colombia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gran_Colombia), of which he was president from 1819 to 1830. Bolívar is regarded as a hero, visionary, revolutionary, and liberator in Hispanic-America.
During his lifetime, he led Venezuela (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venezuela), Colombia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia) (including Panama (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama) at the time), Ecuador (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador), Peru (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peru) (together with Don José de San Martín (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/José_de_San_Martín)), and Bolivia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolivia) to independence from the Spanish Empire.

Shaka Zulu (1787 - 1828)


Was one of the most influential leaders of the Zulu Kingdom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulu_Kingdom) who menaged to unite many tribed and their subgroups and he started with making of huge nation and African country which would take a huge part of southern Africa.

03-11-2014, 03:24 AM
Id love to play a mystery assassin with no name that wears a dark hood covering most of his face all of the time and your primary weapon is a wooden axe...
And at the end of the game he pulls his hood down and its abraham lincoln haha that would be so cool