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China is a country comprising a large part of the mid-eastern region of Asia, and one of the largest countries in the world.

HistoryEdit

Qin dynastyEdit

In 210 BCE, the Assassin Wei Yu killed the first emperor of Imperial China, Qin Shi Huang, using a spear.[1]

Song and Western Xia dynastiesEdit

In the 1220s, the Assassin Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, his wife Maria and his son Darim Ibn-La'Ahad had traveled to China, then partly under Mongol control, to assassinate the Mongol leader Genghis Khan. They liaised with Qulan Gal, a Mongol Assassin, and designed plans to end the Mongol leader's life.[2]

In 1227, Altaïr and Qulan Gal infiltrated Genghis Khan's tent in Xingging, near Xia Province, though Altaïr was spotted and wounded by a Mongol soldier. Qulan Gal was able to kill the soldier and bring Altaïr to safety, after which Genghis Khan tried to escape by horse. Qulan Gal shot the Khan's horse with an arrow, causing him to fall. Right afterwards, Darim killed the Khan with another arrow.[2]

In 1259, the Mongols attacked Diaoyu Fotress located in present-day Hechuan District, Chongqing. A Chinese commander and Assassin dueled against Bayan, a Mongolian officer, but he lost and was killed in the process. His daughter, Zhang Zhi sought revenge and assassinated Möngke Khan though she was crippled in the process.[3]

Ming dynastyEdit

By the late 1300s, the Chinese Assassins based themselves in the city of Beijing, and were led by Fang Xiaoru. In 1402, China fell under the control of the Templar-allied Yongle Emperor, who had thousands of suspected Assassins across the country arrested and executed; including Fang Xiaoru. Li Tong, a female Assassin whose parents had also been killed during the purge, was able to escape Beijing with an apprentice and an Apple of Eden.[4]

In 1424, while Yongle was trying to suppress a rebellion near the Gobi Desert, Li Tong entered his tent and assassinated him.[4]

By 1524, the Jiajing Emperor was manipulated into succeeding where Yongle failed. The Templar eunuchs, known as the Eight Tigers, set up the Great Rites Controversy, eradicating the Chinese Assassins.[5] The Mentor Zhu Jiuyuan and his apprentice Shao Jun fled to Italy to seek aid. Jiajing's henchmen found and killed Jiuyuan, but the retired, former Italian Mentor Ezio Auditore da Firenze gave her refuge and advice. After killing her pursuers, an empowered Jun journeyed home to hunt the Templars and rebuild the Chinese Brotherhood.[6]

Shao Jun, now a Mentor, sent Assassins in 1567 to poison Jiajing with a lethal dose of mercury, the latter believing to have ingested the elixir of life.[5]

19th century Edit

Between 1884 and 1885, Qing China was at war with France in the Sino-French War.

20th century Edit

In 1912, the Qing Dynasty was overthrown by the Tongmenghui, which led to the creation of the Republic of China, with the Templar Grand Master Sun Yat-sen as the Provisional President of the republic. After his death by the Assassins in 1925, the Chinese Rite of the Templar Order attemped to appease the numerous factions in China, but failed to do so.[7] The series of tensions and conflicts eventually led to the Chinese Civil War, fought between Chiang Kai-shek of the Kuomingtang and Mao Zedong of the Communists.

Modern timesEdit

In 2012, the Templars were planning to launch a satellite into space with a Piece of Eden attached to it. The Assassins listed China as one of the possible countries where the satellite was located.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Assassin's Creed II
  2. 2.0 2.1 Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade
  3. Assassin's Creed: Last Descendants – Tomb of the Khan
  4. 4.0 4.1 Assassin's Creed: Discover Your Legacy
  5. 5.0 5.1 Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China
  6. Assassin's Creed: Embers
  7. Assassin's Creed: Templars - Volume 1
  8. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

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