"Literally EVERY Assassin's Creed protagonist is a white guy"
Altair I'bn-La Ahad,
Syrian, and was born and raised in Masyaf, known for being one of the greatest assassins in the history of the order, if not the greatest. Brokered peace between the Crusaders and the Saracens, and dethroned the corrupt Al Mualim and became master of the order during the 3rd Crusade.
Protagonist of Assassin’s Creed, and Partial Protagonist of Assassin’s Creed Revelations.
Ratonhnhaké:ton, A.K.A Connor Kenway, a member of the Kanien'kehá:ka tribe, a faction of the Iroquois Confederacy, Fought against injustices on both sides of the American Revolution and revived the order in the Colonies, after his Templar father Haytham all but eradicated the Order.
Protagonist of Assassin’s Creed 3
Aveline DeGrandpre, of African and French descent, freed slaves in French-Controlled New Orleans
Protagonist of Assassin’s Creed Liberation, and some DLC in Assassins Creed 4
Adéwalé, Born on a plantation in trinidad, a much more morally sound assassin than his contemporary Edward Kenway, and a more skillful pirate to boot. Involved in the Maroon Rebellion from 1735-1737
Protagonist of Assassin’s Creed 4: Freedom Cry DLC
Shao Jun, a 14th Century Chinese Assassin and the protagonist of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China
I honestly thought this dialogue between Arno & Élise was one of the most cleverly-written parts of the game.
The entire conversation is multi-layered and heavy with meaning, which just showcases both the
the wit and intelligence of these two characters, and also the skill of the game’s writers.
Let’s break it down~! 😃
[from the hot air balloon] Arno: “It’s beautiful.” Élise: “From up here you’d never know the nation is tearing itself apart.”
Élise comments on how the view beautiful of Paris from the balloon beguiles them from how France truly is, torn apart by conflict.
Arno: “Can … can things ever go back to the way they were before, do you think?”
Here, Arno picks up on her comment, using the state of France as a metaphor to allude to his relationship with Élise: After all the blood, sacrifice and anguish of the Revolution, could France ever return to more peaceful times? After the death of François de la Serre, the coup in the Templar Order, and Arno joining the Assassin Brotherhood, could Arno & Élise ever go back to more innocent times?
Élise: “Do you? After everything that’s happened? Everything we’ve lost?”
Here, Élise is throwing the question back at Arno: Could things go back to the way they were? After all that’s happened, could things ever be the same again?
Arno: “So … that’s it, then? The course of history forever altered, never again to return?”
Arno’s reply is resigned: The people of France have called for change, and there is no way the nation will revert back to the times of the Ancien Régime. And likewise, there is no way
after all the strife and tragedy had been through
that Arno & Élise could go back to the innocence and purity of their youth.
But then the conversation continues:
Élise: “Maybe we can’t go back. But … going forward isn’t necessarily an ending.”
I think this line shows Élise’s hope for the future, the strength of her spirit, and her faith in both her relationship with Arno and in the resilience of the people of France: Yes, we cannot go back, but then we shall move forward. France will live through these turbulent times and see brighter days ahead. And, likewise, she & Arno would move on from the past, live through these times of conflict, and work towards a better future together.
I know this is not exactly a single quote, and it’s more of a dialogue, but I just wanted to draw attention to how brilliantly these lines were written, and how subtly and nuanced the characters of Arno & Élise are portrayed.
The writing is one of the reasons why I love AC Unity so much, and this dialogue in particular was one of the best examples of it.
Listening to them either A: shit all over the Assassins Creed franchise as the worst game series ever produced, or B: relentlessly explain the Assassins Creed franchise to me, as if they are speaking to a 17th century peasant who has never left the country.
Watching the look on their face when they strip me down to find my AC tattoo.
modern AUs of shit like assassins creed where all of the real people characters are also modernized and just like, themselves, like its a nice coffeeshop au with all of these original characters from the assassins creed franchise slurpin macchiatos and fucking each other in the various luxury coffee shop bathrooms as is normal protocol in a coffeeshop AU but also george washington is there implying that this is a universe in which historically there was no george washington as we know him (which would be an improvement, probably, but bear with me here) are The Most Wonderfully Mind Boggling Thing I Can Think Of. i’ve definitely mentioned this before but i just find that whole premise, and the weird casual-ness in which it is typically carried out, so truly good and wretchedly confusing also
the Frye twins eye rolls…gotta love it. Especially when they are directed at one another. (my apologys though.. for I can’t remember who captured these two gifs. they do NOT belong to me) ubisoft owned franchise
If the AC Movie comes out before the next annual release if they make one every year again I’m expecting Aguilars costume to be in it or for it to be at least some dlc as it’s a massive thing for the franchise.