You most likely know by now that Henry Kissinger, a infamous warfare legal who was the U.S. Secretary of State throughout Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford’s presidencies, died yesterday, November 30, at the age of 100. You may additionally know that he was behind the carpet bombings in Cambodia that happened from 1969 to 1973 and the 1973 Chilean coup d’état, each of which resulted in large casualties and/or destabilization of the areas. What you won’t know is that within the Murderer’s Creed collection, Kissinger is canonically one of many dangerous guys of its in-universe lore. You already know what they are saying: Artwork imitates life.
The Assassin’s Creed collection is primarily set inside necessary historic time intervals which might be interspersed with modern-day segments, and focuses on the key warfare between the Assassins and the Templars (sure, just like the Knights Templar). Characters use a digital actuality system known as the Animus to view and transfer via their ancestors’ recollections, which is how the collection weaves collectively disparate occasions in historical past and relates them to the fashionable day. By 2010’s Murderer’s Creed: Brotherhood, these digital worlds have began to considerably unravel, with rifts in historical past popping up that gamers can discover.
These rifts are hidden puzzles that comprise encrypted details about the antagonistic Templars and their modern-day entrance, Abstergo Industries. All through the Murderer’s Creed collection, characters study that the Templars’ hegemonic efforts for world energy have been ongoing for hundreds of years, and main historic occasions and figures have been a part of their order. When protagonist Ezio finds the fifth rift in Brotherhood, he learns that none apart from Henry Kissinger was working for the Templars whereas in energy throughout Nixon and Ford’s presidencies. You possibly can even see a photograph of him and Nixon in-game in the course of the rift sequence on the 1:08 mark on this video from Rooster Enamel:
Murderer’s Creed is all about recontextualizing historic moments inside its personal fiction, so selecting to make a detestable determine in america’ historical past into an extension of its personal villainous group checks out.
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