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Flags were tools used by many different factions to increase their influence over a certain location. The Assassins were notorious for removing flags to hinder the Templars. Both Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad and Ezio Auditore da Firenze were known to collect them.

HistoryEdit

High Middle AgesEdit

Flags were scattered by members of various factions throughout the Holy Land to lay claim to particular regions of territory. There were different kinds of flags, each representing a different faction. Present in each district visited by Altaïr during his hunt for the Nine, they represented the key military powers in the region. [1]

Image Flag name Location Number of flags
AssassinsCreed KeeperOfTheCreed Assassin flags Masyaf 20
AssassinsCreed KeeperOfTheLionsPassant King Richard flags Kingdom 100
AssassinsCreed KeeperOfTheCrescent Saracen flags Damascus 100
AssassinsCreed KeeperOfTheBlackCross Teutonic flags Acre
Middle District
33
AssassinsCreed KeeperOfTheOrder Templar flags Acre
Rich District
34
AssassinsCreed KeeperOfThe8Virtues Hospitalier flags Acre
Poor District
33
AssassinsCreed KeeperOfTheFourGospels Jerusalem crosses Jerusalem 100

RenaissanceEdit

ACB Borgia Flag

Ezio standing near a Borgia flag

The Borgia also used flags to increase their control over Italy. There were 101 Borgia flags to collect in Rome. However, art merchants in the city sold maps which made it easier for Ezio Auditore da Firenze to find and remove all of the Borgia flags. An additional method to locate the flags was through Ezio's use of Eagle Vision, thus marking the flag on the map. Collecting all 101 flags rewarded Ezio with the Borgia cape.[2] Additionally, during the Venetian games of Carnevale, the "Capture the Flag" event used a flag that Ezio had to retrieve and return to his starting point to score. [3]

Golden Age of PiracyEdit

During the Golden Age of Piracy, nearly all ships had a flag on the top of their mast to show an allegiance to their countries. During a boarding of an enemy vessel, Edward Kenway and Adéwalé would sometimes cut down the ship's flag upon claiming it. In 1719, Kenway was tasked with stealing a Portuguese flag, in order to disguise his ship as one of their own.[4]

TriviaEdit

  • In Assassin's Creed, Altaïr sometimes had to prove himself to informants by collecting several Assassin flags in a certain amount of time. Upon finishing the task, Altaïr would receive information about his target.
  • The Capture the Flag achievement could be earned by collecting the 101 Borgia Flags scattered around Rome.

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