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"You have not encountered cunning or danger until you have faced a British Templar."
―Miko, 1751.[src]

The British Rite of the Templar Order is the Rite of the Templar Order based in the United Kingdom.


Anglo-Saxon England

During the early 6th century, the Briton leader who would later come to be known as King Arthur was a member of the Order of the Ancients. He came into possession of Excalibur, one of the Swords of Eden, used it in defense against Saxon invaders, and became King of Britain.[1] However, he was later betrayed by those he loved, which led to his death.[2]

High Middle Ages


As the Order became public known in Europe as the Knighly Templar Order, the Templars could act in plain sight as a military force in Holy Land for the Crusades and as a bank service in Europe. During the 12th century, they constructed the Temple Church in London as their head quarter. At the same period, members of the Gift family from Knightsbridge were active members of the Templar Order.[3]

At the end of the 12th century, Maria Thorpe joined the British Rite and went to the Holy Land during the Third Crusade to serve the Grand Master of the Templar Order Robert de Sablé. In 1191, she was his body double to foil an assassination attempt organised by the Master Assassin Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad. As the Assassin discovered the trick, he decided to spare her life.[4] After the death of the Grand Master by the same Assassin, Thorpe worked under the order of Armand Bouchart, a Master Templar who had the control of Cyprus. During the attack of Acre by the Levantine Brotherhood of Assassins, Bouchart let Thorpe be capture by Altaïr, who was at this moment the Mentor of the Levantine Assassins. As she saw the wrong that the Templars did in Cyprus during her journey with Altaïr, Thorpe defected the Order and joined the Assassins and married Altaïr.[5]

First Barons' War

During the 13th century, the Templar Order was well implanted in England with the reign of John Lackland, with some of its members acting as advisors to the English King, whom they turned into their pawn. But the plans of the Templars were countered by the British Assassins, who rallied the English nobility against John's tyrannical rule during the First Barons' War. Led by Robert Fitzwalter, the Assassins were determined to end the rule of the Templars, and allied themselves with the French Crown, who backed the rebellion against King John.[6]

Hundred Years' War

After the public disbandment of the Templar Order in 1312, the British Templars worked in the shadow. Even if their power was weakened for a century in Europe, the Templars continued to act on the political field.[7]

In the middle of the 14th century, the Houses of Valois and Plantagenet entered in war for the Crown of France beginning the Hundred Years' War. The Templars backed the English kings as the Assassins was with the French rulers. In 1420, the Treaty of Troyes gave the Crown of France to the English King Henry V only after the death of the current King of France, Charles VI. But as the Henry died two months before the King of France, Charles' son, proclaimed himself as the king Charles VII of France. The English placed Henry VI, Henry's son, as king of France but due to his young age his uncle, John of Bedford, a member of the Templar Order, became the regent of France. John defeated numerous time the French troops until the arrival of Jeanne d'Arc, an Assassin's ally who was in possession of a Sword of Eden, an Isu relic which granted charisma to his wielder. As she crowned Charles VII in Reims and won battles, the Templars saw her as a treat and captured her during the Siege of Compiègne in 1430, recovering the Sword for the Order in the process. Bedford sent Jeanne to a ecclesiastical court in Rouen where the French Templars condemned her for witchery.[2]


Fighting for the Crown of England

During the late 15th century, the Templars made attempts to obtain the English throne. However, their plans were thwarted by Henry VII, as he imprisoned Lambert Simnel and had Perkin Warbeck hanged. In November 1503, the Templar Margaret of York and her co-conspirators were killed by a group of apprentices from the Italian Assassins sent by their Mentor Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who aided King Henry VII.[8][9]

Afterwards, several Templars instigating riots over Margaret's death but were killed by the apprentices. One of the Templars revealed that their Order had infiltrated Henry's Star Chamber. Later, a group of Englishmen signed Borgia documents, the infiltrators were killed by the apprentices who had searched for them.[8][9]

On 19 July 1553, the Templar-affiliated Mary I ascended the throne of England and Ireland following Henry VII's death. As a monarch, she used violent attempts to restore Catholicism as the state religion of England, burning hundreds of Protestants at the stake in the process. She was killed by the Assassins on 17 November 1558 for her tyrannical rule over England and Ireland.[1]

Starting the Age of Reason

In the 17th century, the Templars in Europe wanted to forget the Dark Age of the Order when Rodrigo Borgia was Grand Master. During his leadership, the Templars only searched power for their own benefits. The Templars rethough their role as advisors of the rulers and no more as rulers themself. To achieve this, they used and influenced the works of intellectuals such John Locke, Isaac Newton and Francis Bacon to make philosophy and rationalism flourish in society to advance their goals. This period saw the scientific revolution, the beginning of empiricism and liberalism.[10]

Rule over London

The Kenways

During the 18th century, the Templars recruited British merchants and tried to take advantage of the economical growth of the British Empire. In Bristol, the Templars Emmett Scott and Aubrey Hague founded the Trade Organization, an association of merchants protected by their Order, and destined to put the Bristolian commerce under their control. After Scott's daughter, Caroline, married Edward Kenway against Scott's wishes, he ordered the members of the Trade Organization to burn the farm of the Kenways, to prevent his daughter from coming back to the old couple after Edward's departure to the Caribbean Sea in 1712.[11]

In 1714, the Templars at the East India Company had learned of Duncan's ties to the Brotherhood. At the East India House, Henri Spencer, Esquire, a member of the company's Court of Directors and a Templar, according to his Mentor, Phillip Randall, was spotted by Duncan. From there, Spencer was tailed to a tavern, the Master Assassin decided to strike up a conversation with him, during which it became clear that Spencer was indeed a member of the Order and knew of Duncan's own allegiance. In spite of this, the exchange proceeded peacefully; after Spencer had departed, Duncan followed, intending to assassinate him. [12]

Spencer was pursued by the Assassin via the rooftops and eventually Duncan leapt upon his target, who made no move to escape. With a Hidden Blade to his throat, Spencer explained that he wanted to recruit the Master Assassin for the Order. Convinced that the Templars would allow him to attain the fame and fortune he desired, Duncan accepted and met up with Randall the next day to accept the assignment, intending to use it to sabotage Assassin operations before officially joining the Order.[12]

The burning of his parent's farm, the death of Caroline caused by her father's arrogance and his joining to the Assassin Brotherhood explained why, when he returned to Bristol in 1722, Kenway decided to settle the score with the Bristolian Templars. After having killed Scott and Wilson, Kenway went after Matthew Hague. Kenway was prevented from killing him by Robert Walpole, a neutral party who negotiated a truce between the Assassin and the Hagues, while moving Kenway to London.[11]

By the mid-18th century, under the leadership of Reginald Birch, the British Rite held a leading position among the various Templar Rites.[13] Birch became acquainted with the Assassin Edward Kenway in 1723. Knowing of Edward's research on First Civilization sites, Birch intended to steal the man's journal. Ten years later, Birch began to court Jennifer as a pretext to visiting the Kenway Mansion. Interrogating Edward's son, Haytham who unintentionally gave the location of the journal. Jennifer discovered that Birch was a Templar and Edward cut his ties with Birch.[14]

In 1735, Birch orchestrated an attack on the Kenway household, hiring five mercenaries of his Templar brother and lieutenant of British Army Edward Braddock to kill Edward and obtain the journal. During the attack, Edward killed one of the mercenaries before being killed by a mercenary with pointy ears. Two others they kidnapped Jennifer and killed several servants of the mansion. The last mercenary was killed by Haytham but he was knock out by his father's killer. After the Assassin's death, Birch recruited Haytham in the Order, but hid his part in the assassination of his father. He promised to Haytham to find his half-sister, so the pair began a five year journey in Europe and Birch began to teach the Templar ideals to Haytham. They abandonned their research due to the War of the Austrian Succession. Birch took over the Droupt-Saint-Basle chateau near Troyes as a base of operation and trained Haytham there.[14]

Search for the Temples

With the journal in his hand, Birch began scouring the globe, investigating several leads to the Precursor artifacts and sites. In 1738, Birch inducted Lawrence Washington into the Templar Order; Washington later rose in the ranks and became a Master Templar. Reginald tasked Washington with locating the Grand Temple in the British Colonies. The British Templar James Wardrop joined Washington in the New World and began to secure land and wealth for the Order. In 1744 Wardrop builded a trade network from the Colonies to West Indies for the Templars. New men were inducted in the Order, as Samuel Smith who became the treasurer of the Templars in America and William Johnson who became Colonel of the Warriors of the Six Nations. Around 1746, the frontiersman Christopher Gist became an ally for the Order. In 1750, unimpressed with Washington progress to find the Grand Temple, along with the newly established Colonial Rite, Reginald sent another of his Templar agents, Colonel George Monro, to further their efforts.[13]

In 1744, Haytham Kenway was fully inducted in the Templar Order and performed his first assassination in Liverpool, killing a greedy merchant to protect the interests of the Templars. He was an efficient killer for the Order and in 1747 was sent in Spain to kill Juan Vedomir, a Templar who stole Edward Kenway's journal to Birch. After completing his mission, Haytham investigated on what happen the night where his father was killed. He and Birch went in Germany to interrogate Jack Digweed, a servant of his father who was blackmailed to gave the key of the plate room to the mercenaries. Arriving in Digweed's cabin,the Templars discovered that Digweed was tortured by two british soldiers. Haytham pursued one of them and discovered that he was one of the mercenaries who attack the Kenway Mansion. He revealed to Haytham that his father was an Assassin and was killed for an object in his possession but he died before saying more. While Haytham pursued the mercenary, Birch killed Digweed to silence his implication with the mercenaries.[14]

After this Haytham discovered document on the mercenary he killed informing that the man who killed his father was in Dutch Republic. Following this lead, he found the man but they were knocked out by British troops. The British Army, thinking that Haytham was also a deserter, wanted to hang the two men. Haytham broke free but the mercenary died on the rope. Haytham was informed by the Templar Edward Braddock that the mercenary was Tom Smith and one of his soldiers. In fact, Braddock hung Smith to cover Birch.[14]

Haytham wanted to investigate to find the last mercenary in Braddock troops. Braddock accepted but with the condition that Haytham enlisted in his army during the war. Haytham accepted and aided the British Army to flew during the Siege of Bergen-op-Zoom. During this event, he witnessed that Braddock killed civilians in cold blood. As Braddock became more crual and more violent during the war, he decided to leave the Templar Order, thinking they were weak to not applie the sword more liberally and more often. After that, Haytham left Braddock Army with the soldier Jim Holden who became his right-hand man.[14]

Birch also had an eye on the Spanish colonies. In 1746, Birch liberated Antonio de Ulloa, a Spanish scientist who participated to the French Geodesic Mission. He introduced him to the Royal Society of London and to the Templar Order. Around 1748, on the demand of the Templar Madeleine de L'Isle, Birch used his influence to hinder the profit of the trade company of Philippe de Grandpré. With de Grandpré ruined, de L'Isle could marry him and approached and interogated his placée, Jeanne, who had connections with the Haitian Assassins and the Heart of the Brotherhood.[13]

In 1750, Rafael Joaquín de Ferrer, a Templar whose family had a debt to Birch, went to Havana to find a Precursor box to erase his family debt. He didn't found the box, but he stole a map to the Caribbean Assassin Rhona Dinsmore. He discovered the site of Chichen Itza and demanded for an excavation to uncover Precusor sites. The British Templar John Harrison, who searched many artifacts and Temples around the world, organized a slavery operation in Gorée Island to give manpower for Chichen Itza excavation. Fearing to be discovered in Africa, they deplaced the slavery operation in Florida and later in New Orleans. Later, the Louisiana Rite of the Templar Order was created with Madeleine de L'Isle at its head.[13]

In 1750, Monro recruited Christopher Gist to exploring the west colonies, as well as strengthening the Templars' relations with the indigenous tribes in order to secure alliances and commercial lanes. Gist also help Wardrop to acquire land. At some point, Gist encountered a young thief named Jack Weeks who attempted to pickpocket the explorer. Despite Weeks being caught in the act, Gist was impressed by his skill and audacious attitude, and took him on as an errand boy; Gist later began tutoring him upon the suggestion of Monro. A year later, Gist and Jack were inducted into the Templar Order.[13]

The same year, Washington learned that François Mackandal, Mentor of the Haitian Assassins, had obtained two powerful Precursor artifacts, the Precursor box and the manuscript, which aided the Brotherhood in locating several Precursor sites, with one located in Port-au-Prince. Lawrence traveled to Haiti and tracked down Vendredi, one of Mackadnal's students who had indirectly triggered a massive earthquake.[13]

When Vendredi attempted to escape the site, his legs were caught near a crevasse under falling debris. Washington promised to aid him if he in turn revealed Mackandal's location. Vendredi reluctantly agreed, but Lawrence then slit his throat. Washington then traveled to Mackandal's camp and managed to steal the Precursor box and manuscript. Traveling by sea, he was pursued by Adéwalé. However, Washington was able to evade him upon reaching New York. There, Washington gave the box to Samuel Smith and the manuscript to James Wardrop.[13]

In July 1752, Lawrence Washington organized a party in Mount Vernon to cover a reunion with the Templars Jack Weeks, Samuel Smith and James Wardrop. As Washington was dying from tuberculosis, he demanded to his fellow Templars to not inducted his brother in the Order, a choice that the Templars respect. After the reunion, the Colonial Assassin Shay Cormac killed Washington who was please that his end was a quick one. With their leader dead, Wardrop took the leadership of the Templar in the Colonies and worked to translate the manuscript. Smith, who found nobody in the Colonies to make the box work, decided to travel to Europe to find some help.[13]

In 1753, Birch helded in hostage Monica Albertine, an ally of the Assassins who could decode Edward Kenway's journal. As she couldn't complete her work without her son Lucio, Birch send Haytham to Corsica to capture him. Lucio was protected by the leader of the British Assassins Miko, who also helped the Corsicans in their revolt against the Genoese. Haytham captured Lucio and beat Miko stealing the Assassin's hidden blase.[14] A year later, in the Theatre Royal, Haytham assassinated Miko during a performance of The Beggar's Opera and took on him the Grand Temple Key.[15] With the death of Miko, the Templars were able to gain complete control of London and kept it under their thumb well into the 19th century.[16]

As John Harrison located the Grand Temple in the Colonies, Birch ordered Haytham to go there with the key to open it. Haytham took the Providence to go in Boston. Aboard, he was informed by the captain Samuel Smythe of a risk mutiny. Haytham accepted to investigate. He discovered that the sailor Louis Mills was in fact an Assassin who followed him after Miko's death. Mills threw barrels from the ship to be followed by the Aquila, the flagship of the Colonial Assassins Navy. Haytham killed Mills in a sword fight and the Providence escaped from the Aquila in a storm.[15]

During Haytham's journey, the Assassin Shay Cormac killed Samuel Smith upon his returned from Europe and James Wardrop during the Albany Congress. So the Templars lost the box and the manuscript and the leadership of the Templars in the Colonies was again vacant.[13]

Arriving in Boston, Haytham met an ally of the Templar Order, Charles Lee who was a soldier under the command of Edward Braddock who was at this time the commander-in-chief of the Colonies during the French and Indian War. Lee served as a contact between Haytham and the Templars in the Colonies and they installed their headquarters in the Green Dragon Tavern. Haytham first met William Johnson, who informed him that his research was stole by mercenaries who worked for the Assassins. Haytham and Lee teamed up with Johnson's assistant and also Templar Thomas Hickey to recover the research. With that, Johnson could affirme that the symbols of the Grand Temple Key were from the Kanien'kehá:ka.[15]

While Johnson searched a more specific location, Haytham and Lee decided to recruite the captain and Templar John Pitcairn but he was arrested as a deserter by Braddock. As Braddock saw that Pitcairn was important to Haytham, he refused to liberate him. Haytham and Lee attacked the guardians of Pitcairn and rescued him. Next, Haytham and Lee saved the Surgeon Templar Benjamin Church who was in conflict with Silas Thatcher, a corrupt British officer.[15]

As Thatcher enslaved native peoples, the Templars decided to attack Southgate Fort and liberated the slaves to make an alliance with them to find the Grand Temple. Haytham and his brothers infiltrated the fort with British uniforms and a carriage with slaves. On the carriage was Kaniehtí:io, a Kanien'kehá:ka from the village of Kanatahséton. Haytham spoke with her about their plan but she flew to liberate her people all alone when they arrived in the fort. Haytham and the Templars liberated the natives who attacked the soldiers in the fort. During the fight, Church shot Thatcher in the head. As Kaniehtí:io saw that the Haytham held his promise, the Templar expected that the Kanien'kehá:ka would help in the search of the Grand Temple.[15]

During the winter 1754, Haytham met Kaniehtí:io in the Frontier. He asked her help to find the Grand Temple. She only accepted if Haytham helped her first to fight Braddock, who took lands from the natives. Haytham accepted and they discovered the Braddock prepared an expedition to take Fort Duquesne. In July 1755, the Templars prepared an ambush with the Lenape, the Shawnee, the Abenaki and the French troops. Haytham infiltrated Braddock army with a British uniform and when the attack began, Haytham pursued Braddock and mortally wounded him. Haytham took Braddock's Templar ring and lied to Kaniehtí:io about the fact he was dead.[15]

After that, Kaniehtí:io showed to Haytham the cave near her village where the enter of the Grand Temple was. Haytham used the Grand Temple Key but nothing happened. Even if Haytham was disappointed, he thanked Kaniehtí:io for her help and the two became lovers. Later Haytham returned to Boston in the Green Dragon Tavern and informed his fellow Templars that he didn't discovered the Grand Temple but they were closed to it. Together they officially founded the Colonial Rite of the Templar Order with Haytham as their Grand Master and Charles Lee was inducted as their first member.[15]

Later, Haytham broke up with Kaniehtí:io when she learnt that he lied about Braddock's death. She also discovered his allegiance with the Templar Order. Haytham returned in Britain unknowingly that Kaniehtí:io was pregnant of him. In London, Haytham said to Birch that he didn't found the Grand Temple but had a clue of a Precursor site in Middle East. In fact, Haytham was informed by Holden that Jennifer had been found at Topkapı Palace in Constantinople and he required a pretext to save his half-sister. In 1757, Haytham and Holden discovered that Jennifer served as a concubine but she was moved to Damascus. Haytham and Holden, disguised as eunuchs, rescued Jennifer but Holden was captured and was sent to the Abou Gerbe monastery on Mount Ghebel Eter in Egypt to undergo operations to become a eunuch. Haytham arrived to late to save his friend from the oparation but he avenged him by killing the priests and burning the monastery.[14]

Jennifer revealed the truth on the night when their father died. Discovering that Birch lied to him all along, Haytham decided to avenge his father death. With Jennifer and Holden, they attacked Birch's chateau in Troyes, killing John Harrison and also Birch. Haytham liberated the Albertines but was stabbed by Lucio. Even after this action, Haytham let the Albertines lived. Haytham was nursed back the following months and in January 1758, when Haytham was in full health, Holden committed suicide, unable to cope with his own injury. Haytham decided to return in the Colonies to lead his Rite and Jennifer would live in the Kenway Mansion. The two stayed in touch writing letters and Haytham protected Jennifer and the Mansion from the British Rite as long as she lived.[14][17]

In 1773, just prior to the American Revolution, the British warship Windermere sailed around the Bahamas carrying a mysterious shipment of Templar interest. The ship and her fleet were destroyed by the Aquila at this time command of the Assassins Ratonhnhaké:ton, Haytham's son, and Robert Faulkner. Later that same year, the Leviathan, another British warship, attempted to sail from the Bahamas to England with an important Templar emissary, but it too was destroyed by the Aquila.[15]

French Revolution

In the years leading up to the French Revolution, the British Templars became worried about the political and societal turmoil growing in France and by the rising power of the reformist faction in the Order of their French counterparts. As such, the Carrolls, a high ranking family of the British Order, took it upon themselves to eliminate the wife of the traditionalist Grand Master François de la Serre. De la Serre's wife, Julie de la Serre had the ear of her husband and, although moderate, was herself a reformist. One of the British Templar, Frederick Weatherall was the lover of Julie before her mariage and he became her confident and the sword master of her daughter, Élise de la Serre.[18]

In 1776, the Carrolls made an unsuccessful attempt on Julie's life; one of their hitmen, the former Assassin Bernard Ruddock, left a clue of their involvement, which prompted Élise to travel to London, ten years after her mother's death of consumption in 1778. During her trip, the Carrolls discovered that Élise, as the future French Grand Master, wasn't herself a staunch supporter of the monarchy and of the old Templar ways, but they decided to use her to recover Haytham Kenway's letters which were in the Kenway Mansion. The Carrolls wanted to burned the letters as Haytham had the idea of unite the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order, which was an heresy for the British Templars. The Carrolls killed Monica and Lucio Albertine in order that Élise posed as one of their descendant, Yvonne Albertine. While Élise recovered the letters from Jennifer Scott, the Carrolls took in hostage Weatherall and tried to kill Ruddock. But Élise saved her mentor and arrived to warn Ruddock to leave. She gave to the Carrolls the letters of her lover, Arno Dorian, saying there were Haytham's letters. They burnt them and so tried to kill Élise. However, their daughter, May, was killed instead and Élise fled with the help of Weatherall who lost his leg after being shot.[18]

At the eve of the French Revolution, the British fears came true when François was killed by the reformist Templars loyal to François-Thomas Germain, who became the new Grand Master of the French Templars. Later, as Élise tried to claim back her birth right and avenge her father, the feud between her and the Carrolls prevented her from counting on any help coming from the British Templars, who had been turned against her by the vengeful parents. Only Frederick Weatherall helped Élise in her quest of revenge.[18]

During the Reign of Terror, Templars of the Old Guard were guillotined in Paris by the radical faction of Germain. A British Templar decided to rescu them and took the name of the Crimson Rose and founded the Crimson League. The Crimson League was helped by Arno Dorian, who was an Assassin but ignored the fact that the Crimson Rose was a Templar. The two later discovered each other allegiance and the Crimson Rose and the members of Crimson League were killed by Arno.[7]

In 1794, Élise died during a confrontation with Germain in the Temple of Paris. Before her death, she gave Haytham's letters to Weatherall who was in the Maison Royale de Saint-Louis with Élise's handmaiden Hélène and her husband Jacques. Élise also sent a letter to Ruddock where she promised he would receive the letters and be reintroduced in the Brotherhood if he contacted Arno, who was no more an Assassin but had helped Élise in her vendetta and killed Germain. But Ruddock was hired by the Carrolls to kill Weatherall and Hélène who were involved in their daughter death. As Ruddock tried to shoot Arno, Weatherall killed him with Élise's sword. So, Weatherall gave the letters to Arno.[18]

In 1805, Jennifer Scott died and the British Templars purchased the estate to discover its secrets.[17]

Conquest of India

At the dawn of the 19th century, the East India Company controled the major part of the Indian subcontinent and the British Templars used the company as a mean to achieve their goals in India. Around 1830's, the Templars in India were led by Francis Cotton, a general of the British Army who had for mission to accompany William Hay Macnaghten, the aide of the Governor-General George Eden. Macnaghten became an ally of the Templar.[19] Cotton was also in possession of the precursor box that the former Assassin turned Templar Shay Cormac recovered from Charles Dorian in the Palace of Versailles decades ago.[13][20]

Another of the British Templars, William Sleeman, a captain of the East India Company, organized the supression of the Thuggee assassins in India between 1835 and 1839. Sleeman believed that the Thuggee had connection with the Indian Brotherhood of Assassins but it was never proved. Sleeman also met the Scottish explorer Alexander Burnes and inducted him in the Order. Burnes began to searched Pieces of Eden, especially the scepter of Alexander the Great which was believed to be in Afghanistan.[20]

In 1839, the Sikh Empire was the last independent kingdom of India. Cotton planed to assassinate the sultan Ranjit Singh to take his empire and also recovered the Koh-i-Noor, a piece of Eden which look like a diamond. During a party in the Ranjit Singh's summer palace in Amritsar, Cotton met the Assassin Arbaaz Mir, who posed as an emissary. Each one understood the allegiance of the other, but even if Mir had for mission to prevent the deah of Ranjit, he declared to Cotton that he had his own grieves against the sultan. In fact, Mir also searched the Koh-i-Noor and found it in a vault under the palace. Cotton alerted the palace guard of the presence of a thief, Mir was imprisoned in the palace. This act permitted to Cotton to have a private meeting with the sultan.[19]

As Macnaghten discussed with Ranjit, Cotton poisoned the sultan's tea. Mir succeeded to escape from the dungeon with the help of Pyara Kaur, Ranjit's great-daughter, and he interrupted the meeting. But it was to late, the sultan already drank the poison and died soon after. Cotton ran away while the Assassin fought the palace guards. During his escape, Cotton saw Pyara with the Koh-i-Noor. Believing she was an Assassin, he tried to stab her but was arrested by Raza Soora, Mir's servant. As he tried to kill Soora, Pyara activated the Koh-i-Noor and was possessed by the Isu Durga. Scared, Cotton shot on the Koh-i-Noor, scattering the piece of Eden and creating an explosion which killed Cotton.[19]

After Cotton death, Sleeman took the head of the operation in India. He obtained the precursor box and the informations about Amritsar's vault and the Koh-i-Noor. In 1841, the Templars kidnapped the Mentor of the Indian Brotherhood Hamid and took the Koh-i-Noor. Sleeman entered in the vault under the palace with the two artefacts. Arriving in the Prophecy room, he used the Koh-i-Noor as a power source for the box and an holographic map appeared showing the location of another Isu temple in Herat, in Afghanistan. Sleeman was confronted by Mir, who had saved his Mentor and followed Sleeman in the vault. The Templar shot on the Assassin but Mir dodged the bullet. The shot provoked the collapsing of the vault. Sleeman escaped and went to Afghanistan with Burnes and an army.[20]

Herat was asieged due to the war between the British Army and the Afghans. While the British defended the fortress, Sleeman and other Templars entered in the temple under the building. They took an elevator and discovered a piedestal and Mir, who infiltrated the citadelle and helped the Afghans to entered in Herat. Surrounded by too many guns, the Assassin surrendered and was knocked out. While Sleeman stayed in Afghanistan to fight, Burnes went to the Katasraj Temple with Mir to interrogate him. The Assassin escaped and stole the Koh-i-Noor and the precursor box. During his escape, he met Burnes who proposed a duel to death against him. Burnes used some tricks against Mir but the Assassin defeated him. The Templars was ready to be killed but Mir spared his life to remember that he was defeated by an Assassin.[20]

Later Sleeman returned to Amritsar and the Templars invaded the summer palace. They took Pyara Kaur as an hostage to bring Mir with the pieces of Eden. The Assassin killed the Templars in the palace and confronted Sleeman who bargained Pyara's life against the box and the diamond. When Mir sent the artefacts, Pyara stabbed Sleeman and flew with the Assassin who recovered the Koh-i-Noor before they left the palace. Sleeman took the precursor box which stayed in Templar possession for decades.[20][21]

During the 1842 retreat of Kabul, the Templar and British Army colonel Walter Lavelle deserted with a corporal named Cavanagh, who discovered his allegiance and wanted to use his influence in exchange of saving his life. The two flew with a sepoy and confronted Afghan hillmen. Cavanagh received a scar in the face during the battle. They disguised as the hillmen but met a group of Afghan. Cavanagh gave the sepoy as their prisoner and the two British went to Jalalabad. Years later, Lavelle returned in London with Cavanagh and introduced him in the Order. Cavanagh killed Lavelle with the consent of the Order.[22]

Starrick Industries and loss of power in London

By the 1860s, under the leadership of Grand Master Crawford Starrick, the British Rite had brought under their control almost all forms of governance within the city of London, while the political, medicinal and scientific fields were being guided by the Earl of Cardigan, Dr. John Elliotson, and Dr. David Brewster, respectively. The acquisition of Pieces of Eden fell to Lucy Thorne. The city's economic infrastructure, comprising the transport network, the factories, and the financial institutions, fell under the sway of Pearl Attaway, Rupert Ferris and Philip Twopenny, the Governor of the Bank of England.[17]

Moreover, by paying off criminals to form their own gang, the Blighters, and installing their own as their leaders, under the supervision of Maxwell Roth, the Templars had also taken almost complete control of London streets and boroughs, and operated a monopoly on organized crime in the city.[17]

In Croydon, the Templar business Starrick Industries built the Ferris Ironworks and another base for experiments on Pieces of Eden. By 1868, the twin Assassins Jacob and Evie Frye assassinated Templars there: Rupert Ferris and David Brewster, before traveling to London.[17]

Despite, or perhaps thanks, to this control, the British Rite during this time worked to maintain order in the city, albeit under their guidance. However, the Templars suffered losses as members of their inner circle were assassinated one-by-one by Jacob and Evie Frye, which in turn impacted the infrastructure of London. Following the near-total collapse of the British currency after Philip Twopenny's death, Crawford Starrick increased the wages paid to his workers in order to stave off the effects of inflation, and maintain his grip on the workforce.[17]

Following the death of the Earl of Cardigan, Roth decided to rebel against Starrick and teamed up with Jacob to accomplish this. However, their alliance quickly shattered when Jacob realized Roth was willing to go to such extremes as bombing a factory full of child laborers in order to disrupt Starrick's production lines.[17]

Left as the last member of the British Rite, Starrick accelerated his plans to obtain the Shroud of Eden, and eliminate the ruling class of England. However, his plans were thwarted by the Frye twins and with Starrick's death, the British Rite had been brought to an end.[17]

Despite Starrick's death, lower-ranking Templars of the British Rite scrambled to replace their leadership. One such faction attempted to regain their power by committing acts of terrorism against London, but those attempts were thwarted by the Assassins.[17]

The Templars, led by Brinley Ellsworth later aligned themselves with the British Indies Company in attempting to stop Duleep Singh from reclaiming his birthright as Maharajah. Their plots involved stealing India's gold to attempting to frame Singh for stealing the Koh-i-Noor, but their plots were thwarted by the Frye twins. Ellsworth's true allegiances were exposed to Singh after the Assassin destroyed his factory concocting sleeping gas. Later, when Singh confronted Ellsworth, rather than let Evie Frye assassinate him, he chose to let Ellsworth live.[17]

Modern times

By 1927, under the leadership of Grand Master Thaddeus Gift, Gift corrupted the British Rite by stealing from his fellow Templars and using their contacts to embezzle money, tarnishing the reputation of the whole Order with his actions. The corruption lead to the The Nine ordering their feared inquisitor, the Black Cross, to execute him for his crimes. In February, in London, the Black Cross, Albert Bolden, tracked him across the streets of the city, the Black Cross eventually slit his throat and cut out his Templar ring finger. Leaving him dead in the street.[3]

The Templars plotted World War II, a Templar plot devised to create their New World Order. Using Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of the the United Kingdom, as their secret puppet. And worked with Adolf Hitler, in order to orchestrate the transfer of a Piece of Eden.[1]

From 1979 to 1990, Margaret Thatcher was manipulated by the Templar shadow-company Abstergo Industries while she held the position of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. During her reign, she installed Boris Yeltsin, another Templar puppet, as Russia's new president.[23]


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