The Order of the Ancients, known collectively as The Snake, was a secretive cabal operating through ancient Egypt, and beyond, that sought to use the relics of the ancient gods to promote peace and progress for mankind under their supervised rule.
During the late Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt, they exploited the young Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII as their puppet, and ruled Egypt from the shadows. After Ptolemy's death, they began to support Julius Caesar. The Order of the Ancients would eventually evolve into the Order of the Knights Templar.
In 51 BCE, as the young Ptolemy XIII ascended to the throne as co-ruler of Egypt alongside his sister-wife Cleopatra. The Order quickly became the true power behind the throne and used all their powers to influence, through Ptolemy, the organization of Egyptian society and to push forward their own plans for the realm.
Discovering that the Queen was not as easy to handle as her brother, the Order instigated the expulsion of Cleopatra from Egypt in 48 BCE. They chose Ptolemy, knowing that Cleopatra was a much more cunning ruler and a better strategist than her younger brother, who was more interested in the superficiality of power and was easily swayed by them.
After he discovered their existence, the Medjay Bayek began a quest to thwart their plans for domination. As a result he later founded the Hidden Ones, a brotherhood which would eventually evolve into the Assassin Brotherhood and fight against the next iteration of the Order of the Ancients in the following millennia, the Templar Order.
Overview and Ideology
Foundations and Memberships
The Order of the Ancients was founded by the Pharaoh Smenkhkare, around 1334 BCE, with the aim of identifying and exploiting ancient Isu technologies. Having discovered the Isu vault Eeyoo Sekedoo Aat, Smenkhkare eventually had his own tomb connected to the vault, in order to keep it hidden.
By the time Egypt was under the control of the Ptolemaic dynasty, over one thousand years later, the Order comprised of various men and women at the upper echelons of the ruling class; these individuals retained positions of power and, for the most part, were involved in political, religious, economic and military proceedings. Members of the Order of the Ancients symbolically wore masks when they met in congress - a visual display of their loyalties. Each key member of the Order was responsible for their own sphere of influence within Egyptian society and they were scattered all over Egypt, due to the antiquated constraints of communication and transport.
Goals and Beliefs
The Order of the Ancients, much like their future incarnation the Templars, were deistic in their faith, for they believe in the Afterlife. The Order of the Ancients also believed in the Father of Understanding.
The primary aim of the Order, at this time, was to bring back a strong dynastic power, equal to that of previous dynasties which had ruled during the glory days of Ancient Egypt, prior to the arrival of the Ptolemies. This was reinforced with the belief that the pre-existing system was much more founded on order, on the divine power of the Pharaohs. In this perspective, the Order were looking for means of control, be they political, religious, millitary or cultural, to regain what had been lost. In addition, they also had people in positions of knowledge who were looking for the secrets of the past, such as the Pieces of Eden.
- Smenkhkare (Founder)
Ptolemaic Egypt / Roman Republic
- Actaeon (The Vulture)
- Berenike (The Crocodile)
- Eudoros (The Hippo)
- Flavius Metellus (The Lion) (Leader)
- Hetepi (The Lizard)
- Khaliset (The Hyena)
- Ktesos (The Ram)
- Lucius Septimius (The Jackal)
- Medunamun (The Ibis)
- Pothinus (The Scorpion)
- Rudjek (The Heron)
- Rufio (The Leader)
- Taharqa (The Scarab)
Allies and puppets
Ptolemaic Egypt / Roman Republic
- Many of the members' titles are representations of various gods and goddesses in Egyptian mythology:
- Crocodile representing Sobek;
- Heron representing Bennu;
- Hippo representing Taweret;
- Ibis representing Thoth;
- Jackal representing Anubis;
- Lion representing Maahes;
- Ram representing Khnum;
- Snake (the collective name of the Order of the Ancients) representing Apep;
- Scarab representing Khepri;
- Scorpion representing Serket;
- Vulture representing Nekhbet and
- Hyena representing Wepwawet.