The chronological order of Assassin’s Creed has become increasingly complicated over the years. Assassin’s Creed has become a multimedia series comprising not only games, but also dozens of comics, books, and movies. What’s more, most of the stories are set in the past as well as in the present, making it sometimes difficult to follow even for the most hardcore fans. That is why we created the Assassin’s Creed Timeline. Our Timeline covers the entire chronological order of the Assassin’s Creed games, books, comics, and movies.
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We’ve arranged all media in the Assassin’s Creed universe in chronological order as far as possible. However, due to flashbacks, time jumps, or stories that take place over a longer period of time, that’s not always feasible. In that case, we use an order that is as logical as possible. Most Assassin’s Creed stories have two timelines (one historical and one modern) and therefore appear twice in this overview. We start with all the historical periods and then put the modern story line in order.
Ancient Greece (5th century BCA)
The conflict between the Assassins and the Templars has its origins in Ancient Greece, when the Cult of Cosmos stirred up unrest during the Peloponnesian War. The Cult of Cosmos can be considered a forerunner of the Templars. In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the Spartan Kassandra (the player can also choose to play with Alexios, but Kassandra is considered the official canon) fights this sect.
Ancient China (215 BCE)
Ancient Egypt (1st century BCA)
In Ancient Egypt, a forerunner of the Templars appeared. In Assassin’s Creed Origins, the Order of the Ancients uses the political instability in Egypt to open vaults of Those Who Came Before. They cross the path of the local medjay Bayek and his wife Aya, who lose their son at the hands of the Order. Their undertaking to take revenge eventually leads to the creation of the Hidden Ones, a forerunner of the Assassins.
Roman age (3rd century)
In the third century of our current era, the Roman Aquilus (an ancestor of Desmond Miles) gives the predecessors of the Templars a good reason to look over their shoulders from time to time. The Assassin Accipiter, an ancestor of Desmond’s colleague Jonathan Hawk, lived in those days as well. You can read their story in the first three comics of the French Eric Corbeyran and Djilalli Defaux.
According to Ubisoft, the modern timeline of these comics isn’t part of the official canon of Assassin’s Creed. In the modern timeline we follow Desmond Miles, but the events do not all correspond to what happens in the games. The historical timeline around Aquilus however, is official canon.
Tang Dynasty (755)
Bagdad (9th century)
Assassin’s Creed Mirage will take us to Bagdad in 861, the Golden Age for the Iraqi capital. Players will play als Basim Ibn Ishaq, who we know from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and experience how he rose from street thief to the assassin we know.
Age of the Vikings (9th century)
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set in this era. In this game the Viking Eivor goes into battle with the English.
The young adult book Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants 3 – Fate of the Gods also takes place during the age of the Vikings. In this book a group of teenagers relive the memories of their ancestors, at the time of the battle between Styrbjörn the Strong and the Danish king Harald Bluetooth. They are looking for a piece of the Trident of Eden.
Third Crusade (1191)
The Third Crusade is one of the most important eras in the Assassin’s Creed series. It is the era in which the first game Assassin’s Creed takes place.
In the first game, legendary Assassin Altair Ibn-La’Ahad, ancestor of Desmond Miles, discovers a crucial Piece of Eden and the Templar conspiracy. Altair also lays the foundation of the Assassin Brotherhood as we know it during the rest of the series. The book The Secret Crusade is based on this first game.
In the young adult book Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants 2 – Tomb of the Khan, a group of teenagers relive the memories of their ancestors at the time of the Mongolian conquest of China. On both sides of the conflict, they search for a piece of the Trident of Eden.
In 1257, a Piece of Eden appeared in Egypt: the Scepter of Isis. The new sultan would use the artifact to seize power, attracting the attention of both the Templars and the Assassins. Assassin Numa Al’Khamsin, like Accipiter an ancestor of Jonathan Hawk, plays an important role in this battle.
Because of the discrepancies between the earlier parts of this comic series (with the Roman Aquilus) and the games, it is unclear whether this series is completely canon. It is safe to assume historical timeline is completely part of the canon, since the historical timeline of the earlier comics are also considered canon.
English Invasion of Scotland (1296)
Hundred Years’ War (early 15th century)
During the Hundred Years’ War between France and England, Joan of Arc became a French folk heroine. She does so with the help of the Sword of Eden, with which she leads the French troops to victory.
In the book Assassin’s Creed: Heresy, Abstergo leader Simon Hathaway relives the memories of his ancestor Gabriel Laxart and fights side by side with Joan of Arc.
Italian Renaissance (1476 – 1524)
At the time of the Italian Renaissance, casanova Ezio Auditore da Firenze was dragged into the conflict between the Assassins and Templars against his will when his father, an Assassin, was murdered.
Ezio, like Altaïr an ancestor of Desmond, would then play the leading role in the games Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and the corresponding books. A few short films about Ezio and his family complete his saga.
In the comic Assassin’s Creed: Homecoming, the assassin Charlotte De La Cruz relives the memories of her ancestor Giovanni Borgia, who at one point also meets Ezio Auditore da Firenze.
Ubisoft also released some spin-offs that take place during this period, but have little in common with the main games.
Spanish Inquisition/ Granada War (1492)
During the Granada War in 1492, Aguilar de Nerha joined the Assassins Brotherhood. As a brand new Assassin he has to protect Prince Ahmed de Granada and prevent the Templars from harming him.
China (Ming Dynasty, 1526)
During the Ming Dynasty the Templars seize power in China and threaten to destroy the local Brotherhood permanently.
The last Assassin, Shao Jun, already traveled to Europe in Assassin’s Creed: Embers to train with the legendary Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Shao Jun has the lead role in the game Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China and the manga based on it. The book The Ming Storm, published only in China, tells more about Shao Jun.
Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire (1534-1536)
In the comic Assassin’s Creed: Setting Sun the assassin Charlotte De La Cruz relives the memories of her ancestor Quila at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire.
Salem Witch Trials (1692)
In the comic Assassin’s Creed: Trial by Fire the assassin Charlotte De La Cruz relives the memories of her ancestor Tom Stoddard at the time of the Salem Witch Trials.
Great Recoinage of 1696
During the Great Recoinage, the English Government under King William III sought to replace the hammered silver that made up moist of the coinage at the time. During this period, counterfeiters forging silver coins were on the rise. Assassin Aliyah Khan gets involved in a scheme in which counterfeit currency is used to spread a secret message.
Golden Age of Piracy (18th century)
In the Golden Age of Piracy, Edward Kenway, an ancestor of Desmond Miles, played a major role in the conflict between the Assassins and the Templars. Side by side with Edward “Blackbeard” Thatch, Kenway becomes the largest pirate in the Caribbean.
Ubisoft also released some mobile games that take place during this period, but have little in common with the main games.
American Revolution (18th century)
A few years after the Golden Age of Piracy, Haytham Kenway, Edward Kenway’s son, joined the Templars. Grandson Connor (or Ratonhnaké:ton), in turn, plays a major role in the American Revolution as Assassin.
In that period Shay Cormac passes from the Assassins to the Templars. Aveline de Grandpré fights against slavery, crossing the path of Connor.
French Revolution (late 18th century)
In almost every revolution the Assassins and Templars play a role and that is no different with the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century.
In the game Assassin’s Creed: Unity we see Assassin Arno Dorian interfering in this revolution. The book of the same name tells roughly the same events, but from the eyes of the female Templar Elise.
In the comic Assassin’s Creed: The Chair, which was given away for free in 2016 during Free Comic Book Day, a book appears in Haiti that is in the interest of both the Templars and the Assassins.
The Assassin Elsie tries to get hold of this book and the contemporary Assassin Charlotte de la Cruz relives her memories.
In the comic Assassin’s Creed: Templars – Cross of War, Assassins and Templars compete in Tripoli for the Koh-i-Noor. Cross of War is a continuation of Black Cross, although the historical timeline of Black Cross only takes place in 1927.
The battle between the Assassins and Templars reached India in the 19th century. The Maharajah Ranjit Singh, possessor of the Koh-i-Noor, ruled here. This magnificent jewel has special properties and therefore changes hands several times.
The Assassin Arbaaz Mir, whose story we discover thanks to Abstergo employee Jot Soora, plays a major role in the struggle for this object.
New York (1863)
In the young adult book Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants, a group of teenagers relive the memories of their ancestors at the time of the New York Draft Riots in 1863. They are looking for a piece of the Trident of Eden.
Battle of Aizu (1868)
Industrial Revolution (late 19th century)
At the end of the Industrial Revolution, the Templars threaten to take over power in London – and with it the entire British Empire.
Indian Henry Green, born as Jayadeep Mir and son of Arbaaz Mir, enlists the help of twins Jacob and Evie Frye in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate to fight the Templars together in the English capital.
The book Assassin’s Creed: Underworld partly serves as a prequel. It follows Henry Green on an assignment prior to the events of Syndicate, and then tells the events of the game from Green’s perspective.
The comic Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants – Locus, part of the young adult series Last Descendants, is also set in this era, as protagonist Tommy Greyling collaborates with Evie Frye and Henry Green.
Russian Revolution (approx 1900)
On the eve of the Russian Revolution, Assassin Nikolai Orelov hunts down a Piece of Eden owned by Tsar Alexander III.
Through his fight against the Tsar, Orelov, ancestor of Daniel Cross, helps the Bolsheviks and therefore plays a major role in the Russian Revolution. Orelov comes into contact with significant persons like Lenin and Nikola Tesla.
In the comic Assassin’s Creed: Templars – Black Cross, a templar is active in China under the name Black Cross. At the same time, the Shanghai massacre breaks out.
Second World War (1939-1945)
During the Second World War, the Nazis experimented with Pieces of Eden, creating a precursor to the Animus.
With ‘Die Glocke’ (German for The Bell) they expect to travel through time, but in fact relive memories. The Americans also try to travel through time with the same machine, without success either. The Assassin Eddie Gorm is involved in disabling ‘Die Glocke’.
Vietnam War (1955 – 1975)
During the Vietnam War, the Assassin Alekseï Gavrani operated on the front line. As part of the Bloodstone Unit, a group of Assassins in the U.S. Army, he was confronted with corruption within the Creed.
In Vietnam he fights together with Julia Gorm, daughter of Eddie Gorm, who was active as Assassin during the Second World War.
Modern Time (as of 1998)
In modern times the Templars celebrate their heyday and the Assassins have to limit themselves to a real guerrilla war. It is the period that we know in the games mainly thanks to Desmond Miles.
The descendant of Altair, Ezio and Connor, among others, is undoubtedly the most important character of modern times, but certainly not the only one.
For Assassin’s Creed projects that are still under development, it is not always known when they will take place.
Over the years, a handful of spin-off media have also appeared that usually draw on multiple points in time and hardly belong to the official canon. For the sake of completeness we mention them anyway.
This Assassin’s Creed Timeline has been composed with as much care as possible. Nevertheless, it is possible that an error has crept into our chronological order. Are you an even bigger Assassin’s Creed fan than we are? Please contact us and tell us what we did wrong!