- "May the Father of Understanding guide us."
- ―A Templar blessing.[src]
The Father of Understanding is a subject often mentioned in reverence by Templars, particularly during ritual ceremonies, blessings or as a form of greeting one another.
Symbolism and meaning
While it is not truly established whether or not the Father of Understanding refers to a metaphor or a literal entity, such as an Isu or an even higher being who is worshipped as a God by the Templars. Despite these speculations, The Father of Understanding does allude to the principle of order that the Templars embrace.
What it symbolizes is more important to them than what it is, personifying the logic the Templars appeal to in their dream to shepherd and transform the world and humanity as a whole into an eternally peaceful utopia which blossoms and advances under their supervision and leadership.
Since the Templars tried to establish the Cult of the Supreme Being in France at one point, it is most likely that the Father of Understanding is their version of the Monotheistic Supreme Being. This can also be referenced but he fact that they also refer to him when greeting and blessing one another.
In 15th March 44 BCE, when the leader of the Order of the Ancients, Lucius Septimius engaged in battle with the Hidden One Aya, she questioned whether if Julius Caesar was the new king of the Order of the Ancients, to which Septimius replied that Julius Caesar was the Father of Understanding.
In the Third Crusade, the Templars would usually sign his name before theirs in letters they wrote. During the Renaissance, Templars would often ask him for guidance as a greeting, or when resolving a social gathering.
Before and during the American Revolutionary War, the phrase was used three times by Haytham Kenway; first, during the induction of Shay Cormac to the Templar Order, second, when inducting Charles Lee to the Templar Order, and third, when Haytham was required to enter the Smith and Company Brewery with his son, Connor.
During his investigation into the Templars' affiliation with the Cult of Baphomet, Arno Dorian required a password to gain entrance into the cultist's lair. He was informed by another Assassin that the password was "The Father of Understanding".