Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943) was a Serbian-Croatian inventor, and a mechanical and electrical engineer. Tesla planned to create a worldwide network able to transmit information and electricity to anywhere on the planet. The knowledge needed for this plan came from a Piece of Eden he had acquired.
Born in Smiljan, in the borders of modern Croatia, Tesla was one of the most important contributors to the birth of commercial electricity. He was also renowned for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tesla's patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current electric power systems, including the polyphase system of electrical distribution, and the AC motor, with which he helped usher in the Second Industrial Revolution.
Acquiring a Piece of Eden
Tesla found an Apple of Eden in Croatia. The Templars, most prominently Thomas Edison, opposed his ideas, as they would be a serious impediment to the Templar goals and Edison's own ideals. To this end, Edison demonstrated a series of experiments, such as the electrocution of a circus elephant, that he released as proof of Tesla's power being dangerous, causing public disapproval towards Tesla's invention. Tesla's Apple of Eden seemingly disappeared, along with some of his designs.
Working with the Assassins
In 1908, the Assassins contacted Tesla and enlisted his help in destroying the Templar facility in Tunguska that housed a copied Tesla coil, and was also the location where the Imperial Sceptre of Russia - one of the Staves of Eden - was located, using his powerful particle beam weapon. While a team of Russian Assassins led by Nikolai Orelov infiltrated the facility to retrieve the Staff of Eden from the facility, Tesla fired his machine from America marked by the words "Rot in hell, Thomas." However, the Assassins did not take the Staff out of the facility in time, and both the artifact and the Assassins were caught in the explosion. As a result, a massive super-explosion that became known as the Tunguska explosion erupted, and the facility and the Staff of Eden were destroyed. Nikolai was the only survivor, and a remaining shard of the Staff later came into the possession of Grigori Rasputin.