Throughout the history of the Assassin Brotherhood, several branches adopted an Assassin Council, or Council of the Brotherhood, as their governing body. The statutes of the Levantine Brotherhood contained a provision for the creation of an Assassin Council, and the dissolution of the Council by the Brotherhood's Mentor.
During the Renaissance, the Mentor of the Italian Brotherhood led an Assassin Council comprised of several local Master Assassins. The French Brotherhood during the French Revolution and the British Brotherhood during the Industrial Revolution were also led by their respective Assassins Councils.
- Swami: "A meeting of the council has been called for tomorrow morning."
- Altaïr: "The what?"
- Swami: "With Malik imprisoned, a council was formed to oversee the Order, in accordance with the statutes of the Brotherhood."
- —Altaïr being told about the newly-formed council by Swami, 1227.[src]
Sofian's council numbered ten Assassins in total, and upon Altaïr's return to Masyaf in 1228, consisted of men the former Mentor considered to be among the Order's most weak-minded and conniving, including the likes of Farim. Soon after his return, Altaïr met with Sofian and the Assassin Council to discuss his quest to halt the Mongols' advances and his success in slaying Genghis Khan, the Mongol leader. Though the statutes of the Levantine Brotherhood once would have allowed the returned Altaïr to assume leadership again and dissolve the sitting council, Sofian's scheming had altered the statutes' ordinances so he and his council could stay in power, having declared Altaïr too compromised to lead.
When Altaïr later took back the Levantine Order from Abbas Sofian's leadership in 1247, the Mentor elected not to continue the Assassin Council, though he retained several trusted advisers.
- "Business first. I am calling a meeting of the Council of the Brotherhood here tonight."
- ―Mario Auditore.[src]
In 1500, several members of the Italian Assassin Council — including the Assassin leader Mario Auditore and Niccolò Machiavelli — met at the Villa Auditore in Monteriggioni to hear Ezio Auditore da Firenze recount his confrontation with Pope Rodrigo Borgia and the discovery of the Vatican Vault beneath the Sistine Chapel. In the aftermath of Cesare Borgia's devastating attack on Monteriggioni that cost the life of Mario Auditore, Ezio and Machiavelli were appointed dual chiefs of the Council by virtue of their deeds furthering the Assassin cause.
The Assassin Council later ratified the ascension of Ezio to the role of Mentor and leader of the Italian Assassins. During Ezio's tenure as Mentor, the Italian Assassin Council could count Machiavelli, Bartolomeo d'Alviano, Rosa, La Volpe, Paola, and Claudia Auditore among their numbers, each offering the Mentor aid, intelligence, and advice. When Ezio later stepped down as Mentor, and named Lodovico Ariosto as his chosen successor, the council was left to ratify his decision.
- "Assassin, this Council charges you to go to la Cour des Miracles. Find there the Templar agent le Roi des Thunes. Learn his secrets, and bring him peace."
- ―Mirabeau ordering Arno to assassinate le Roi des Thunes, 1791.[src]
In 1748, Gaspar Velasquez and his associates in Spain began working on the blueprints for a powerful new brig to bolster the Colonial Assassins. However, they were unable to build the ship themselves due to the threat posed by the British Templars. The following year, the plans were given to the French Council, who had the ship — dubbed the Aquila — constructed in Brest, France, and delivered into the possession of the Colonial Brotherhood.
By 1789, the French Council was led by the Mentor Mirabeau, and operated out of the Assassin sanctuary beneath the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. At this point, the council was composed of four other Master Assassins: Pierre Bellec, Sophie Trenet, Hervé Quemar, and Guillaume Beylier. In July of 1789, they inducted Arno Dorian into the Brotherhood, and, as the French Revolution broke out, sought to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
In 1791, Mirabeau was murdered by his fellow council member Pierre Bellec, for attempting to establish peace with Élise de la Serre, a Templar betrayed by her own Order. Bellec, having been witness to Templar atrocities committed in the name of purging the Assassins, viewed Mirabeau's push for peace as treason against the Assassin Order. Bellec's crime was uncovered not long after by Arno, leading the two Assassins to engage in a fight that left the former dead, and the Assassin Council deprived of two of its members.
Thereafter, chairmanship of the French Council fell to Trenet, who later lead the council to expel Arno from the Assassin Order. They did not approve of his selfish reasons for joining the Brotherhood, nor the manner in which he repeatedly acted outside the tenets of the Creed, brashly killing targets without the council's consent, in order to pursue a personal vendetta against the rogue Templars who killed his adoptive father. The French Council banished Dorian, but did not seek to punish him further, and would ultimately welcome the young Assassin back years later, after he had matured and shown true dedication to the Brotherhood's cause.
- "You know as well as I do that London has been the domain of the Templars for the last hundred years. They are far too strong yet. Patience. […] The Council shall guide us, sound advice that your father would have seconded. I shall see you back in Crawley."
- ―George Westhouse, on the Council's reluctance to challenge the Templars' control of London, 1868.[src]-[m]
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (novel)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Assassin's Creed: Revelations (novel)
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Assassin's Creed: Rogue - War letters
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Assassin's Creed: Unity
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Unity - Dead Kings
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Syndicate