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"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 literal entity, such as a god worshipped by the Templars, it 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.[1]

History

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 replies that Julius Caesar was the Father of Understanding.[2]

In the Third Crusade, the Templars would usually sign his name before theirs in letters they wrote.[3] During the Renaissance, Templars would often ask him for guidance as a greeting, or when resolving a social gathering.[4]

During the early 18th century, the phrase was used briefly by Laureano de Torres y Ayala during his first meeting with Edward Kenway.[5]

Before and during the American Revolutionary War, the phrase was used twice by Haytham Kenway; first during the induction of Charles Lee to the Templar Order, and secondly when Haytham was required to enter the Smith and Company Brewery with his son, Connor.[6]

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".[7]

The use of the blessing continued into the early 21st century, as Abstergo Industries' CEO Alan Rikkin once emailed Warren Vidic, where he placed the phrase at the end of his message.[3]

References

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