Assassin’s Creed III: The Rumors Continue

By JSixGun

If you have been following gaming news in any capacity over the last 24 hour you have undoubtedly seen the “leaked” pictures of Ubisoft’s new protagonist in Assassin’s Creed; if you haven’t look below.

That’s Old Glory herself, flying behind him in her revolutionary splendor. You can count thirteen stars for the thirteen original colonies. One of the most striking things about the image is the Native American flair (if you call tomahawks, bows, and fletched arrows protruding out of a quiver flair). Will the character be a Native American? Too early to tell, but the fact that he could possibly be inspired by them is something that interests me greatly. Being a part descendant of the Cherokee myself, I have always had some interest in them.  However, I sincerely doubt the Native Americans we will meet in the game will be of Cherokee descent. So who would they be?

Let’s have a history lesson shall we?  When considering the scope of Assassin’s Creed lore and the confines of history, I was immediately reminded of the ‘Seven Year’s War’ (also known as the French and Indian War) when looking at the picture. Why? Well not only did the war precede the American War of Independence by 20 or so years, but George Washington himself fought in it. Furthermore, Native American’s also fought in it on both sides, creating the perfect starting point for the game where the main protagonist meets the soon to be General Washington for the first time.

The war erupted between the two dominant colonial hegemonies of the 1750’s, France and Great Britain. Within both colonial strongholds there existed various tribes of Native Americans; without naming all of them it is safe to say the northernmost tribes primarily fought for the French and the Midwest/ Southern tribes fought with the British. There were some exceptions to the rule, and some tribes had sects that changed loyalties, but in an attempt to not copy/ paste Wikipedia, we won’t go in pain staking detail.

As a general rule, we can safely say that the Iroquois and the Cherokee fought with the British.  So I would garner a whole month’s wages that if our protagonist is indeed Native American, or at least partially, he will come from one of these two tribes. Let me go on a limb further and say that because the Cherokee eventually broke off from the war, coming to blows with the British during the short Anglo-Cherokee War in 1758, that the most likely candidate is that of the Iroquois.

To further back my speculation, the Iroquois had some respect for the various fellows of their Anglo-Saxon neighbors. In fact, one of the precedents for the War its self came with French expansion that equally alarmed both the British colonists and the Iroquois. Because of this, the Iroquois sent runner’s to William Johnson’s manner (possible character we meet?) in Albany, New York about the issue. In fact, the Iroquois had so much respect for Mr. Johnson they called him “Warraghiggey” which means “he who does great things.” Johnson would later become the colonel of the Western New York Militia. At his death, chiefs of six nations would come and perform a condolence ceremony.

Painting of Johnson hosting an Iroquois conference at his manner.

I say all of that to say this: Mr. Johnson had a reputation of extracurricular activities with various women, including a few Native Americans. Is it out of the realm of possibility our protagonist could be a bastard child formed from such a union; having both Anglo-Saxon and Native American blood? Now I know I am really stretching this supposition out, but one cannot argue that it is all at least plausible.

Let us also not forget that one of the outcomes of the French and Indian War was the Stamp Act, a chief motivator to the British colonists to declare their independence. Also of note, Mohawk Valley, which played key roles in the French and Indian War also, was heavily fought over during the American Revolution. History already tells us that some Iroquois became famous for aiding the young Americans against the British during the American Revolution. One was named Joseph Louis Clark, and he received a medal from George Washington himself. To me it all makes sense; just throw in some templars here and there and some hidden blades and you have Assassin’s Creed III starting off in some capacity with the Seven Years war, with an Iroquois protagonist that eventually plays an integral part in the American Revolution.

An Iroquois Tomahawk. Compare it to the ACIII picture above.

Also, a few final tidbits: the Iroquois had great respect for eagles. Anyone who knows anything about Assassin’s Creed knows that the Assassins have a great affinity for eagles as well (Altair even means eagle). Not only did they have a great respect for them, but they also would adorn themselves with the images of the great birds and even wrote about them. It just so happens that the Bald Eagle became the symbol of America. What a coincidence. I leave you with an Iroquois poem about eagles.

I hear the eagle bird

With his great feathers spread,

Pulling the blanket back from the east,

How swiftly be flies,

Bearing the sun to the morning.

If interested, pair this article with my first run through weeks ago where I broke down why the American Revolution works great as the new setting here.

By JSixGun


4 Responses to “Assassin’s Creed III: The Rumors Continue”

  1. I cannot wait. Great job with the article.

  2. Secondo me Assassin’s Creed III sarà un gioco memorabile, da ricordare. I primi screenshot sono stupendi. Ciao

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