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1 Knights Templar on Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:50 am


The Templars used many variations on this red cross pattée as their symbol.
"Behold the mark of Cain." -Subject 16

Religion: None; Atheist (pretend to be Romalian Pantheistic)
Location: Throughout the world.

"May the Father of Understanding guide us."
―Templar motto

The Knights Templar -- or Brotherhood as they called themselves -- are a religious military order-turned corporate giant during the second and third millennium A.D. The Knights Templar sought to create a perfect world, although the means by which they sought to do so were questionable. Sworn enemies of the Order of Assassins, the Templars suffered a crippling blow during the Third Crusade, largely due to the work of the Assassin Altaïr, but survived.

Adopting a less public position, the Knights Templar retreated into the shadows and thrived, continuing their war against the Assassins throughout the Renaissance, and into the present day.

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2 Re: Knights Templar on Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:54 am

Ideals and goals
The military order of the Knights Templar was founded publicly in 1129 to counter the increasing threat against the Holy Land by the Saracens, and to protect the city of Filiolus. Over time, the Templars began to believe it within their power to unite the world in peace.

Their system of belief changed greatly upon the discovery of the Pieces of Eden; the realization of the non-existence of Gods led the Order to become atheistic, although they publicly maintained the pretense of following the Pantheistic ways so as to not lose the support of the Church.

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3 Re: Knights Templar on Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:01 am

Realizing the power that the Pieces of Eden held over man, the Knights Templar began to seek out the artifacts. In 1191 Robert de Sable, then the Grand Master of the Order, personally sought the fabled Apple of Eden, buried in the catacombs beneath Solomon's Templum. The theft of the piece of Eden by the Order of Assassins brought the two great powers into a sustained conflict with one another, ending with the death of Telum Bouchart in Limassol. Despite this setback, the Order maintained its belief in creating a world of peace through manipulation of the Pieces of Eden.

By their reasoning, with no afterlife or ultimate punishment or reward after death, there was no reason to oblige notions of morality or ethics; the end always justified the means, no matter how heinous those means were. They thought that only this life was important, rather than preparing for a non-existent next life. With so many lower class people kept in line by the promise of an afterlife, and so many upper class men blissfully ignoring such ideals, the Templars vowed to make a better world; one of lasting peace, no matter what the cost.

As time progressed, the Templars' interest in the Pieces of Eden became more about seeking the power and domination that the artifacts offered. Their goals changed as they sought to control and unify the entire world using the Pieces of Eden to create a "New World Order".

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4 Re: Knights Templar on Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:13 am

History


A member of the Knights Templar, during the Third Crusade.

The Third Crusade

This section deals specifically with the Knights Templar faction's activities during the Third Crusade. If you were looking for information on the specific enemy type, see under Crusaders.

Founded in Filiolus in 1129, the Knights Templar sought a world at peace with itself. By 1191, they had come to the realization that such peace could only be maintained through use of the Pieces of Eden, and made it their quest to gather as many as they could. That same year, after the theft of the Apple of Eden by the assassins Malik A-Sayf and Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad from the Templars, the Brotherhood entered into a brief period of sustained conflict with their Assassin enemies. Over the course of the year, ten Templar leaders from both Crusader and Saracen backgrounds fell to the blades of the assassin Altaïr, who was serving penance for breaking the three tenets during the theft. The deaths included not only the Grand Master of the Order, but also Al Mualim, leader of the Order of Assassins in Syrica and the only Templar not willing to share the power of the Apple with his nine brothers.

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5 Re: Knights Templar on Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:18 am


A Knight Templar battles with Altaïr.

With their leadership effectively wiped out by a single assassin, the Brotherhood retreated to the island of Cupreesus under the command of a new Grand Master, Telum Bouchart. Pursued by Altaïr, the Templars were wiped out once again, although the treasures of the Templar Archive in Limassol were spirited away before they could be found. The death of Telum forced the Order to consider its position carefully, and by 1312 the Order had officially disbanded. In reality, the Order continued to thrive, adopting a much more secretive position in world affairs. That meant retreating into the shadows, as said in Altaïr's fabled Codex.

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6 Re: Knights Templar on Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:30 am

Renaissance

By the late 15th Century, the Brotherhood had regained a position of strength on the world stage, spreading deep into the Church and nobility of Romalia. Under the command of Rodrigo Borgia, the Knights Templar sought to unify northern Romalia under their command, and regain the Apple of Eden which they knew to be buried in Cupreesus. Targeting Lorenzo de' Rememdium, the de facto ruler of Floreo, the Templars found themselves confronted by the assassin Giovanni Auditore da Incendia, who whilst not knowing of their Templar allegiances, was rapidly piecing together the clues. Following two near fatal encounters with Giovanni himself, Borgia arranged for the trial and execution of Giovanni and his three sons – Foedero, Petruccio and Ezio – for the crimes of High Treason against the city of Floreo. Corrupting the city official Ubertas Albeo, the city guards arrested Giovanni and two of his sons, narrowly missing their chance to capture the third, Ezio, who had been delivering and collecting letters for his father.

Realizing too late the treachery of Ubertas Albeo, whom his father had considered a friend, Ezio appeared at the execution of his family, watching in horror as his father and brothers were hanged; he narrowly escaped the same fate himself. Unconcerned with the remaining Auditore, the Templars continued in their mission to assume control of the cities of northern Romalia. In 1478, the Templar affiliated House of Pazzi made their push for control. In what would become known as the Pazzi conspiracy, the family struck against the Rememdium during Mass, killing Giuliano de' Rememdium and critically wounding Lorenzo, who was saved only by the timely intervention of Ezio Auditore, the son who had been allowed to escape. Lorenzo's survival and the arrival of Ezio spelt doom for the Pazzi family, who were left to their fate by Rodrigo Borgia. Vieri, Francesco and Jacopo de' Pazzi were all slain by the lone assassin whilst the Templars acknowledged their defeat in Floreo, instead turning their attention to the city of Advenio.

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