Focusing primarily on dealing with several Templar-backed Chinese Emperors, the Chinese Assassins have often been in difficult positions, as the Chinese Templars held the majority of power in China on numerous occasions.
In 1524, the Chinese Assassins were almost completely rooted out through a ruthless purge by the Jiajing Emperor, with the remaining Assassins fleeing China altogether, seeking support from other branches in the Assassin Order.
Assassination of Qin Shi HuangEdit
By the 15th century, the Chinese Assassins were led by the teacher Fang Xiaoru. In 1402, the Imperial throne was usurped by the Yongle Emperor, supported by the Templars. Under Yongle's rule, thousands of Assassins were rounded up and executed, including Fang Xiaoru. However, a young female Assassin named Li Tong and an Assassin apprentice were able to escape the purge with an Apple of Eden. This caused Li to devote herself to protecting the Apple and keeping it out of Yongle's hands.
Fall of the BrotherhoodEdit
In 1521, after the death of the Zhengde Emperor, and while the administration was preoccupied with looking for an heir, the Assassins infiltrated the Imperial Palace to rescue the Emperor's concubines. In the process, they recruited a young woman named Shao Jun into the Brotherhood, though many concubines had to be left behind.
In 1524, the new Emperor, Emperor Jiajing, again aided by the Templars, nearly destroyed the Assassin Order in China, determined to eliminate all groups who opposed him. This determination led him to execute all of Zhengde's former concubines, their death by lingchi discovered by Shao Jun and her Mentor on the Assassins' second rescue attempt.
The remaining Assassins traveled West in groups, with Shao Jun and her Mentor heading for Italy. In Venice, they were intercepted by Jiajing's men, and her Mentor was killed. Eventually continuing on to Florence, Shao Jun met Ezio Auditore da Firenze, the retired leader of the Italian Assassins and a former Mentor in the Assassin Order. Despite her desire to learn from him, Ezio, then 65 years old, was unwilling to help Jun at first.
Upon discovering the fate of the Chinese Assassins however, Ezio decided to support her, eventually fighting off more of Jiajing's assailants in Ezio's home. With Ezio's knowledge and a secret box to only be used in times of dire need, Shao Jun started to make her way back to China, determined to rebuild the Order's presence there.
Shao Jun's quest was a success; she managed to kill the Eight Tigers, including their Master, Zhang Yong, in 1532. Her Mentor, Wang Yangming, was killed by Yong three years prior. They also succeeded in assassinating Emperor Jiajing by giving him a false elixir of life. By 1582, her Brotherhood was in contact with their Japanese brothers, with Liu Yan being present in the country with the task of taking Oda Nobunaga's Sword of Eden to safety, following Nobunaga's assassination by Yamauchi Taka.
The Chinese Assassins used Hidden Blades, and in some instances, wore bracers equipped with needles. Being located close to the hands, the Assassins could quickly throw multiple needles in a row.
Uncomfortable with the traditional Hidden Blade, Shao Jun developed the Hidden Footblade, which came to good use with Chinese fighting techniques, that involved the use of the legs and feet more often.
It was only during the height of the Renaissance period in Europe that the Chinese Assassins ordinarily wore hoods; despite this, the Assassins did not necessarily wear white, as Shao Jun wore black Assassin robes.
- Wei Yu
- Fang Xiaoru
- Li Tong
- Zhu Jiuyuan
- Wang Yangming
- Shao Jun
- Liu Yan
- Zhang Zhi's father
- Zhang Zhi
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Assassin's Creed Encyclopedia
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Assassin's Creed II
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Assassin's Creed: Revelations – Discover Your Legacy
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Assassin's Creed: Embers
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Memories
- ↑ Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- ↑ Assassin's Creed III