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"This Apple of Eden will be understood. It must be... Is it a weapon? Is it a catalogue? Is it somehow both?"
―Altaïr's Codex, page 1.[src]
Apples of Eden
Apple of Eden
Description
Type

Piece of Eden

Powers
  • Illusion projection[1]
  • Mind-control[1]
  • Physical manipulation[1]
Current location
Historical information
Time period

Prehistory until modern times[3]

Created by

First Civilization[3]

Date constructed
Notable wielders

The Apples of Eden were Pieces of Eden, a type of technology made by First Civilization.

Having outlived their creators, the Apples featured prominently, although abstrusely, throughout recorded history as the cause of several 'divine' and 'superhuman' events; these included the Trojan War, parting of the Red Sea, or Adam and Eve being cast out of Eden.

History

"This... piece of silver cast out Adam and Eve. It turned staves into snakes. Parted and closed the Red Sea. Eris used it to start the Trojan War; and with it, a poor carpenter turned water into wine."
Rashid ad-Din Sinan about an Apple.[src]

Long before mankind existed, the First Civilization of technologically advanced beings inhabited Earth. They created humanity, and enslaved them by modifying their brains to be manipulable by Pieces of Eden. For some time there was a forced peace, until Adam and Eve stole one of the Pieces, an Apple,[3] and started the Human-First Civilization War.[4]

As all were too occupied by the war to see the threat, a major solar flare impacted the Earth, and significantly damaged both mankind and their makers. The people of First Civilization slowly became extinct, while mankind grew and populated the Earth, seeing their predecessors as myths and gods.[5][4][7]

The Pieces of Eden were not destroyed by the blast, and throughout time, humans started recovering them, also causing a split of sides based on different mindsets, Templars and Assassins. The Templars were out to restore peace in the way the First Civilization had once done, forced by the Pieces, unlike the Assassins, that fought for freedom and a flawed humanity, putting free will above order.[4]

Many decades went by as the fight continued between Templars and Assassins, both knowing the importance of the Pieces, especially the Apple, to reach their goal.[1][4]

The Apples featured as the most well known Piece of Eden, being favored by Abstergo Industries in their plan of a New World Order, being likely the most predictable Piece, as some other Pieces were known to be able to create time paradoxes.[4]

Powers and capabilities

"Those subjected to [the Apple]'s glow are promised all that they desire. It asks only one thing in return: complete and total obedience. And who can truly refuse? It is temptation incarnate."
―Altaïr's Codex, page 1.[src]
AC3 Juno Enthrallment Solution

A projection of humans being controlled with an Apple of Eden

Apples were designed to create illusions and to control human minds, they were used by many great rulers throughout history, proving the efficiency of the Apples' powers.[4]

The First Civilization added a small part to the human brain that made them susceptible to these powers, only those with mixed genes were mentally immune to the manipulation, but not physically.[1][4] In modern times, humans themselves had already started research on the brain, comparing them to those of other animals, seeing that they were not like the other animals, but not knowing the reason for this.[4]

All the Apples could presumably be used in conjunction with a Staff of Eden, though there is only one solid example: Ezio's Apple. Ezio Auditore da Firenze used the two Pieces of Eden to open the Vatican Vault, before taking the Apple, and losing the Staff that was pulled into the ground.[4]

Apples also contained knowledge of many technologies used by the First Civilization. Like many other Pieces, they were able to communicate with people, showing them the products necessary to make the technology and transferring wisdom about the manufacturing of the shown devices.[5]

A good example of this was Leonardo da Vinci, who studied one of the Apples and invented four war machines, and several other weapons with technology far beyond his own time.[5] There were only six known Apples, one of which had been destroyed in the DIA satellite accident.[4]

Known Apples

Apple 1

Main article: Apple of Eden 1
Glyph 3 2

Apple of Eden 1 being used by Houdini

The first known human possessor of this Apple was Napoleon Bonaparte,[8] who used the technology to power up his force in the French Revolution. With the power of this item, he became the leader of France with the name of Napoleon I, ruling in military and political sense. It is unknown how he came into the possession of this Piece of Eden, and when and how he lost it.

The second known human owner was Harry Houdini,[9] a magician who used the First Apple to create his "impossible" stunts. He was assassinated by Templars, though his death was commonly known to have been caused by a ruptured appendix.

Later, the Apple was used in the assassination of John F. Kennedy,[10] as a means of producing a "Phantom on the Hill" effect, making the prosecution of Oswald more difficult, and disguising the intentions of the assassination. The current location of this Apple is unknown.

Apple 2

Main article: Apple of Eden 2
AssassinsCreed Al Mualim holding the Piece of Eden

Al Mualim holding the Apple of Eden 2

The first known human possessor of the Second Apple was Malik Al-Sayf, who only owned it temporarily after retrieving it from Solomon's Temple. For some time after, it was kept by Rashid ad-Din Sinan, also known as Al Mualim, later using it to control the people of Masyaf. However, the Mentor was overthrown himself by Altaïr, who took the Apple from him.[1] Altaïr then kept the Piece until his death in 1257, using it several times for either his own safety or for its knowledge.[11]

The next known possessor of this Piece was Elizabeth I of England,[8] an English monarch in the 16th century, who favored a Protestant England over the Catholic religion of her forebears, who used the Piece to help reverse the Catholic influences of her predecessor, Mary I.

It eventually passed into the hands of Mahatma Gandhi,[9] who most likely used it to acquire a large religious mass of followers in India. However, the Templars became aware of Gandhi's possession of the Apple and murdered him, themselves taking the Piece of Eden.

By 1960, the Templars had both the First and Second Apple in possession, and used them during the assassination of John F. Kennedy.[10]

Apple 3

Main article: Apple of Eden 3
AC3 Washington Apple Talk

George Washington holding the Apple of Eden 3

The earliest known human possessors of this Piece were the Freemasons, who brought it over from Europe to the New World.[9] General George Washington, a Freemason, recovered the Apple during the American Revolutionary War. It began to give him nightmares of a parallel universe where he used its power to rule America as a king, so he gave it to the Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton, who dropped it into the sea.[6]

By the 20th century, the Apple had been recovered, and Franklin D. Roosevelt had it in his possession.[9] He teamed up with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in the fabrication of World War II.[12]

It was then owned by John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated after his driver – under control of the Second Apple – had driven him into a trap, so the Templars could take the Piece from him.[10]

The Third Apple was given to Kennedy's Presidential successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, who was secretly a Templar. Johnson used the Apple to push for the Apollo 11 project, which retrieved the Fifth Apple from the moon without opposition.[13]

Apple 4

Main article: Apple of Eden 4
Glyph 4 4

Apple of Eden 4 seen in Glyphs

The Fourth Apple was first known to be seen in 10th century Chinese art, as a gold ball held by a small demon, first presumed to be an early grenade.[14]

The first known human to possess the Fourth Apple was Nikola Tesla,[15] who found it in his home country, Croatia. He most likely used it to develop his technology on the availability of electricity worldwide,[16] which the Templars started campaigning against, using Thomas Edison to publicly slander Tesla and to videotape the electrocution of an elephant, to prove the danger of electricity. Some time after this, the Templars broke into Tesla's lab, stealing his Apple and using it to drive him insane.[15]

The Fourth Apple then presumably came into the hands of Mark Twain, which indicates that the Piece came into Edison's possession after the Templars took it from Tesla. Edison later lent it to Henry Ford, who manipulated assembly line workers for profit.[16] Henry, "as per instructions", shipped the Apple to Adolf Hitler, just before Nazi Party took power in Germany and began World War II. Hitler was eventually eliminated by the Assassins, but what happened to the Apple afterwards is unknown.

Apple 5

Main article: Apple of Eden 5

The Fifth Apple was recovered from the moon by NASA, after the Templars had taken the Third Apple from John F. Kennedy - who planned on creating a joint space program with the Soviets - and used it for the progression of the Apollo Project.[13]

Ezio's Apple

Main article: Ezio's Apple of Eden
Demilitarization 5

Ezio Auditore holding the Apple of Eden

This Apple was possessed by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II during the conquest of Constantinople. His son Cem hid it in the Templar Archive on Cyprus, where it came into Templar and then Assassin possession, before falling into the hands of Girolamo Savonarola.[17]

The Apple was retaken by Ezio, who used it with the Staff of Eden to open the Vatican Vault, where he spoke to a hologram of Minerva, one of the First Civilization.[4]

During the Siege of Monteriggioni, Ezio lent the Apple to Mario Auditore, who kept it safe as Ezio protected the village. However, Mario was caught by Cesare Borgia, who took the Apple from him, and killed him in front of Ezio. Cesare gave it to Leonardo da Vinci so he could study it and supply him with war machines.[5]

However, the Apple was eventually stolen once more by Rodrigo Borgia, who hid it at the Basilica di San Pietro, where Ezio found it and used it to exterminate Cesare's followers before defeating Cesare himself.[5]

The last known person to come in contact with the Apple was Desmond Miles, who was forced by Juno to stab Lucy Stillman in the abdomen during the retrieval of the Apple after activating it. Both he and Lucy fell to the ground, with Lucy dead and Desmond falling into a coma.[5]

After awakening, Desmond and the other Assassins used the Apple to open the door to the Grand Temple, and later to assault Abstergo's facility in Rome.[18]

Other Apples

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Assassin's Creed
  2. Assassin's Creed - Conference Room E-mail
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Assassin's Creed II - The Truth
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Assassin's Creed II
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  6. 6.0 6.1 Assassin's Creed III - The Tyranny of King Washington
  7. Assassin's Creed II - Glyphs - Puzzle #19 "The Fourth Day"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Assassin's Creed II - Glyphs - Puzzle #2 "Sixty-four Squares"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Assassin's Creed II - Glyphs - Puzzle #3 "Descendants"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Assassin's Creed II - Glyphs - Puzzle #9 "Hat-trick"
  11. Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  12. Assassin's Creed II - Glyphs - Puzzle #17 "The Bunker"
  13. 13.0 13.1 Assassin's Creed II - Glyphs - Puzzle #10 "Apollo"
  14. Assassin's Creed II - Glyphs - Puzzle #4 "Infinite Knowledge"
  15. 15.0 15.1 Assassin's Creed II - Glyphs - Puzzle #11 "The Inventor"
  16. 16.0 16.1 Assassin's Creed II - Glyphs - Puzzle #12 "Titans of Industry"
  17. Assassin's Creed Encyclopedia
  18. Assassin's Creed III
  19. Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy - Divine Science: Chapter 2 - Kyros of Zarax
  20. Assassin's Creed: Discover Your Legacy
  21. Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy - Divine Science: Chapter 3 - Elizabeth Jane Weston
  22. Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy - Holidays: Chapter 1 - Ghosts of Christmas Past
  23. Assassin's Creed: Brahman

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