Hello I'm Darby McDevitt, Narrative Director for Assassin's Creed Valhalla,
and this is the Assassin's Creed Lore Guide Volume Two: The Templars.
Originally called the Order of the Ancients,
the modern day Templar Order is a secretive organisation that lurks in the cracks of history,
manipulating human endeavors to enforce a strict and orderly vision of society to ensure peace and security for all.
The Templars are typically led by a Grandmaster and often organise themselves into Rites,
you may have heard of some of these offshoots: the Illuminati, the Hospitallers or the Knights Templar.
In order to maintain their control over the populace, the Templars think big.
They have been known to manipulate entire economies,
elect puppet politicians
or put corrupt Popes in the Vatican as they did with Rodrigo Borgia in the 15th century.
But the Templars manipulations are not limited to human affairs,
for they have intimate knowledge of many strange and mysterious artifacts left behind by a precursor civilisation.
Artifacts, which have been known to Exude a broad influence over the human mind and body.
Called pieces of Eden, this ancient technology has been used by the Templars for a variety of purposes.
To heal, to resurrect, to relive ancient memories, or induce painful hallucinations.
In our next volume, we will discuss the esoteric precursor civilisation that created these artifacts. Stay tuned.