Assassin’s Creed (Videogame) & the Occult
“Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted” claims the theme of the historical science fiction game, Assassin’s Creed. The anarchist view cultivates as the gamer is captivated in a role as an assassin in the 11-13th Century Middle East during the Crusades. The fluid movements feature the fascination of parkour, a popular acrobatic fad of building jumping & climbing. Combined with these agile skills, the gamer is taught how to assassinate with precision. The game has two story lines that merge together. One is based around the character Desmond and the other is based on Altair.
Desmond is a bartender who is kidnapped/captured by a megacorporation named Abstergo. They compel him to use a machine called the Animus. This machine emulates or has him “relive” the memories of his ancestors. The detail on how the machine works is vague, but it serves the same results as those in the Matrix or Avatar. It uses Desmond’s DNA strands so he can connect and live as his ancestor.
The megacorporation is vague with information and remains as an experimental role. They watch from an observatory room. The motive of this corporation, is to gain control over the minds and free will of every individual on earth. They can only do this by sending subjects to activate strands of their DNA and relive their ancestors past. When “reliving”, they are attempting to locate or find artifacts of which they call “Pieces of Eden”. The particular piece in this installment is an orb that replicates/multiplies objects or even a person. This orb is also claimed to be the devise that Jesus used to perform His miracles; disregarding God’s power.
The ancestor he lives through is Altaïr Ibn la-Ahad (Arabic for “Eagle, Son of None”) and is a member of the Hashhashin (Sect of Iranian Shi’a Islamic Muslim). Hashhish is speculated to be used by this sect prior to carrying out the assassinations (recorded by Marco Polo). The sect practiced killing their targets in a public manner to instill fear into their enemies making sure there were many bystanders. The character is allowed into an open world play with no time limitations until the gamer decides to begin an assignment. The assignments are primarily to assassinate a historical figure, although there are mini-missions to pick-pocket and eavesdrop. The story begins as Altair betrays many tenets of the Creed and thus being demoted and stripped of his weapons.To regain position, he is assigned to assassinate 9 individuals. After every kill, he gains more skills and moves. Along with the skill building, he learns that the people he kills are all Templars united to take the Holy Land from the Crusaders and Saracens. One of the cinematic weapons Altair possesses is the hidden blade. This blade was actually created in a fashion to replace the index finger. The assassin would have his index finger removed and through this ceremony, he showed his devotion or “marriage” to the creed & brotherhood.
• Throughout the storyline, quick images flash before the screen. Some can be made out to symbols. This is Desmonds (The Subject) ancestors power called (Eagle Vision) seeping over into his reality.
• When faced with the final villian, an extreme usage of witchcraft is used. The villian teleports from location to location, making it difficult to fight. He uses other methods of witchcraft against you. Once defeating the final villian, Desmond awakes from his soul traveling experience to a vacant room while on the Animus. His “power” of Eagle Vision has seeped over to where He can look at the clean white walls and reveal occultic symbols, blood spattered walls, then finally, the pentagram where he was standing with the Animus at the center. The gamer is then openly shown that he has just participated in a Satanic Ritual.
• At the end of Assassin’s Creed, there is a cut-scene where many of the events from the Bible are labeled as nothing more than illusions.
• On some website forums, AC is given a 10/10 for supernatural and occult category.
• The logo also has similarities to the freemason logo.
Abstergo (Wipe Clean)
Animus (Motive, Intention)
Who shares this quote?
“Nothing is True Everything is Permitted”
Alamut (1938 novel) by Vladimir Bartol
This book deals with the story of Hassan-i Sabbah and the Hashshashin, and named after their Alamut fortress. The novel talks about Tahir who joins the Alamut garrison and is appointed to a squad of soldiers. They would have to obey every command even if it cost their lives. The squad came to believe that they would truly reach heaven immediately after they die for tactics used by Hassan ibn Sabbah, the leader of the garrison. He gave his soldiers drugs (hashish) to numb the soldiers then carried them to gardens that simulated heaven. The soldiers become under full mind control by Hassan that when Alamut is seiged, he demonstrates his power to the enemy. He does this by commanding some of his soldiers to kill themselves.
“The game’s plot bears many similarities to a book titled Alamut, though there are enough changes to say that it isn’t an adaptation so much as a simple case of “inspired by…“. tvtropes.org
The first scene of the game has Desmond when he first wakes up in the Animus, to be found in a garden filled with provocatively dressed women wandering about.
John Geiger wrote “Nothing is True – Everything is Permitted: Life of Brion Gysin” (book)
Gysin was a multimedia artist and poet that had a strong influence. He was a homosexual that composed a record label “Orgy Boys”. This was his dedication note.
“Songs dedicated to his orgy pals: William Burroughs, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, François de Palaminy, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and John Giorno…”
Gyson introduced himself to JouJouka. This music is based out of the Islamic Morocco, Africa performed with pipes that simulate what Pan the goat god would use. The music is also influential in the Islamic culture along with Hashish. Brion claims in his excerpts that he ran into Pan several times. Pan was described in his writings to have hypnotized boys and spoke on accounts of sexual encounters. He goes on in his writings about bestiality with a monkey who is led around with an umbilical cord. He invented what was called the “Dream Machine”. This machine would be a cylindrical device with holes cut in random. The device would then be placed on a turntable with a light source inside the cylinder. The light will then pulsate at 45 or 78 revolutions per minute. This would allow the light pulses to come out at a 8-13 pulse per second. This frequency range corresponds to alpha waves. The user would then close their eyes and enter into altered states of consciousness without the use of drugs. This machine allows the user to enter into a hypnogogic state (pre-dream state). Brion is also attributed the provided recipe for Hashish fudge published in Alice B. Toklas’ cookbook. He also makes references to Hassan Sabbah (from Alamut) in his demonically driven poems he wrote while sober.
Now Brion Gysin didn’t have anything to do with the development of Assassin’s Creed and neither is he directly affiliated. His lifestyle although, is tied with the belief of “Nothing is True – Everything is Permitted”
Other relations to his lifestyle are Hassan Sabbah, Alamut, altered states of consciousness, Hashish, hypnotism, JouJouka, and Islam. These altered states of consciousness seem to have opened up these visions, “gifts”, or false reality. The common denominator is Hashish and the Occult. What sort of effects does Hashish have on an individual?
Hashish is one of the most potent form from the hemp plant Cannibus sativa.
The short-term effects
“Include problems with memory and learning; distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch); difficulty in thinking and problem solving; loss of coordination; and increased heart rate, anxiety, and panic attacks.”
The long-term effects
“People who smoke marijuana often have the same respiratory problems as cigarette smokers. These individuals may have daily cough and phlegm, symptoms of chronic bronchitis, and more frequent chest colds. They are also at greater risk of getting lung infections like pneumonia. Marijuana contains some of the same, and sometimes even more, of the cancer-causing chemicals found in cigarette smoke.”
Assassin’s Creed is deeply rooted in the occult. Reaching altered states of consciousness opens the door for the demons to have a field day. These are opportunities for deception, false reality, and mental illness. Even through willingly playing this video game and knowing the dangers, the gamer is participating in occult. They realize at the end of the game that they have actually been participating in a ritual and that they their mind was sacrifice. A gamer may look at this and say that it was the character that was the sacrifice. One fact about gaming is drawing the gamer into the game and having them play a role (character). Being a former gamer myself, I have found myself dreaming of connecting tetronimos after play an hour or so of the game Tetris. Tetris lacks even a story line and has this effect on not only myself but other gamers. The repetitiveness of tasks play over and over in the mind. The gamer will think of all of the possible scenarios and how to complete them. In this case, Assassin’s creed may require to kill hundreds of people before the game is completed. A gamer will think about how to get to the next level and dream about who he needs to kill and imagine how to do so. Although for him it may seem like a short 17-19 hours of gameplay, that is more than enough for demons to gain root.
Eagle Vision (Third Eye)
Curse of the Bastard
Drug (Cannibus, Hashhish)
All Seeing Eye
“Cut Up Technique” (Automatic Handwriting)
The Man from Nowhere (Demon)
Principal Out (Demon)
By Jesse W.
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