Creed from “Assassin’s Creed”

The Meaning Behind the Creed

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The Assassin Order has a code that they follow called The Creed. In the Assassin’s Creed series, The Creed symbolizes absolution. The maxim of The Creed is “Nothing is true; everything is permitted.” This follows the desire of the Assassin Order—free will—by simply making an observation and encouraging the people in the Assassin Order to follow it. This symbolism in Assassin’s Creed is representative of the entire war between the Assassin Order and The Templars and their everlasting war.

In Assassin’s Creed the tenants symbolize the collective thoughts of the Brotherhood. According to The Creed, you must “Stay your blade from the flesh of the innocent,” meaning that you must not harm any innocent person, no matter what. You must also “Hide in plain sight,” meaning you cannot draw attention to yourself. The third tenant is that you “Never compromise the Brotherhood,” meaning they can never let their actions be tied back to the Brotherhood. The tenants, like The Creed, symbolize absolution, as you cannot steer from these tenants at all. Any time someone breaks these tenants, they are executed or demoted back to a novice.

 


What is interesting about The Creed as a symbol is that it is often hypocritical. The Assassins wish for peace, but they commit murder. The Assassins wish to open the minds of people, but they must obey the tenants of The Creed. And the Assassins seek to reveal how dangerous blind faith it, but they blindly believe in The Creed. The Creed symbolizes the absolution of even these contradictions, as it is stated “that one may be two things—opposite in every way—simultaneously.”

The Creed in Assassin’s Creed symbolizes beliefs that cannot be killed, according to many of the Assassins.  The Creed as a symbol is an idea that, even if anyone who follows it is killed, will always live on, even if it is reinvented by others. This is meant as another form of absolution, seeing as how it is always existing and can never be destroyed.

Overall, this symbol in Assassin’s Creed is used to further the idea of absolution in the series. There is no chance for compromise for anything in this world; it has to be one way or the other. The Creed symbolizes how important the free will to the Assassin Order. It emphasizes how everyone creates their own path, no matter how good or bad it is, and that they must live with whatever consequences come with them.