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Fanfic Recs: Assassin's Creed
Proof that the remaining 10% is worth taking a Leap of Faith for here.

These are recommendations made by Tropers for Assassin's Creed fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here.

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Authors, and Websites

Nevar23
  • Recommended by Hekateras
  • A series of fics, mostly one-shots, centered on Altair and exploring various aspects of his life. Well-written, with solid characterization.

xahra99
  • Recommended by Shebali
  • A series of stories taking place during, and after the events of AC, as Altair and Malik search for Eden pieces.

Xazz
  • Recommended by 3LW00D
  • Everything ranging from silly one-shots to a long multi-story adventure. Small mistakes here or there but nothing that takes away from the plot-line or mood. A great place to go for AU or Apple shenanigans.

Sunburned-Stickperson
  • Recommended by Mirime
  • A rather proficient author, this person rarely ever makes any spelling and grammar mistakes or any typos. The person has already written 76 works, 71 of which are connected to the Assassin's Creed fandom and all are a worthwhile read.

devovitsuasartes
  • Recommended by Tantopat
  • This author seems to focus mostly on stories about Subject 16, often through AU fics. All of their work is incredibly well written, with engaging plots and fascinating character development and relationships.

"LadyVe"
  • Recommended by DARTHYAN
  • This author writes many different stories, some from Connor's era, some Ezio's some Altairs. However, it is all extremely well written with genuinely compelling and complex characters (hell she even managed to make Carlo Grimaldi, possibly one of the biggest Jerkass in Assassins Creed II sympathetic while still keeping him as an evil man.

General Fics

Bitter Leaves and Blossoms Bright by callalili
  • Recommended by Lornak, Gadeel
  • Pairing: Altair/OC
  • Synopsis: Isra a dirt-poor peasant girl taken in by the Hashshashin at an early age. We follow her as she grows up and is educated in everything from history and languages to the fine art of sneaking. Along the way, she acquires a arrogantly laconic (or laconically arrogant) partner in the form of Altair.
  • Comments: The prose is lovely and understated, and Isra is exactly intelligent and witty enough to be engaging and relatable, not annoying. Characters, even small ones, are sharply sketched and you get a good impression of life within the Masyaf fortress, and everywhere else Isra ends up. Altair (Perfectly in character, and fleshed out with a couple of grumpy little Pet the Dog moments) doesn't pop up for a while, and doesn't become a main character until even later, but you hardly notice, because the story is utterly engrossing. Seriously, callalili, change the names and try to get a publisher up in this bitch.
    • Seconded by Gadeel. The story doesn't try to impose modern morality into it and instead revels in its Values Dissonance, and Isra doesn't pull any sort of grrl power in the Crusades kind of thing, which is a comforting thing after reading so many of those. It's rather well-researched and the tidbits of information the reader isn't likely to know can be found at the bottom of the page for convenience, but for some reason, callalili likes to remind the reader that Guy de Lusignon got his ass kicked in Hattin.

Wisdom, Sorrow by Nevar23
  • Recommended by Hekateras
  • Synopsis: Altair deals with the aftermath of Al Mualim's betrayal and with the challenges and temptations the Piece of Eden poses. (Written before AC2 came out.)
  • Comments: Starts off a bit shakily, but really picks up as the story delves deeper into Altair's psychology and the way the Piece of Eden is affecting him as well as the choices he is forced to make. All in all a great exploration of the "He who increaseth wisdom, increaseth sorrow" phrase.

Rise of a Grandmaster by LadyVe
  • Recommended by Dommie222
  • Synopsis: Fanfic through Robert de Sable's point of view.
  • Comments: Interesting and historical accurate Sympathetic P.O.V. fanfic told from Robert de Sable's eyes and thoughs. We gets details about his life and how it formed him to the Knight Templar he had become, and it does a great way to paint those details.

La Bella da Firenze by Retro-Rebel85
  • Recommended by lotsoflol
  • Pairings: Ezio x OC
  • Synopsis: Ezio hunts a Templar splinter group named "The Followers of the Black Book" throughout Italy. It's better than it sounds.
  • Comments: Retro-Rebel's stories can be hit and miss, but he's managed to keep a steady record of good ones since late 2009. Some details from the game are incorrect, like Ezio having blue eyes instead of hazel ones, but overall it's a good story about revenge and love.
    • Further Comments: Action sequences are nicely done, and there are flashbacks to flesh out the backstory.

Assassin of the Opera by iguanablogger
  • Recommended by Meshakhad
  • Synopsis: Ezio, Leonardo, Rosa, and Antonio go to see a musical... about Ezio.
  • Comments: Just as hilarious as it sounds.
    • Further Comments: Seriously, the musical has Ezio as a scrawny blonde guy who makes decisions based on whim.
  • Well, I'm kind of in the middle with it. It is, at times, hilarious, but in my opinion, it was a little awkwork, as if the author was thinking this up as they went along and was stopping in the middle to think up the next bit. Just my opinion though...
  • If you liked that Avatar: The Last Airbender episode where they watched a play of themselves you will like this one, too. It even references the episode and a certain song rewrite was quite unexpected and hilarious.

Reversal of Shadows by agryu
  • Recommended by Hekateras
  • Synopsis: Threatened by a direct attack on their maestro, those who once paraded the streets now mimic the eagles that they hunt, and take instead to the shadows.
  • Comments: Ezio vs. the Templar agents from Brotherhood with a double agent Leonardo in the mix. A chillingly excellent depiction of how much more dangerous the Templars became when they changed tactics and became more reminiscent of the Order in the modern era. Ezio's characterisation is a masterful balance of legendary skill and human vulnerability, of sharp judgement and fatal personality flaws - Boring Invincible Hero is subverted. Also, this is one of the few fics in which Leonardo's work with the Borgia plays a central role, and likely one of the best Ezio & Leonardo non-shipping fics. The writing style is beautiful. Well worth a read.

Breaking the Fourth Wall by Jitterfish
  • Recommended by Mirime
  • Synopsis: Maybe a one-shot. Ezio thinks himself mad when he starts hearing voices, our voices.
  • Comments: This one's quite literally Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Ezio hears a woman's voice cussing a storm at him, especially whenever he messes up a jump between buildings. It's a surprisingly well written work, though a little short. I think this would have been rather interesting if taken further, but it's pretty good on it's own.

As A Dog Should by Novoux
  • Recommended by Mirime
  • Synopsis: The beginning and fall of the Prowler, from his untimely death from the betrayal of Fiora Cavazza. What if, while he lay dying on the docks, another man happened to be there?
  • Comments: It seems people really seem to like Prowler, he keeps popping up in fanfiction as the main character. This one takes on the idea that if Ezio had witnessed Fiora killing Prowler he would have taken him back to the Assassin's HQ and tried to get him to join the brotherhood. The prowler seems to exhibit signs of having been a Feral Child in this, which would explain a lot of things, however it's also quite realistic and a good read.

Adopted by Kyouhki
  • Recommended by Mirime
  • Synopsis: Apple-shenanigans. Ezio is shrunk and gains new appendages - he needs to find Leonardo and somehow change back. But there are challenges on the way, and Ezio beginning to be distracted by many of his new instincts.
  • Comments: This one is a bit ridiculous, I have to admit, but it's a fun read and it's really funny to imagine Ezio as a tiny humanoid with cat ears and tail and Leonardo having furry ears and a long fluffy tail.

Hidden Strengths by Sunburned-Stickperson
  • Recommended by Mirime
  • Synopsis: Ezio never realized how strong Leonardo was, that is, until he came to free him from a cell in Cesare's dungeon.
  • Comments: It seems the author wrote this as a fill for an AC kinkmeme, and did a bang up job too. I'm not too sure whether or not Leonardo really could have been strong enough to able to bend steel bars, but it's a hilarious read nonetheless.
    • Actually, Leonardo bending steel bars is historically accurate. It was one of his party tricks.

The Hidden One by The Orangy One
  • Recommended by Mirime
  • Synopsis: A one-shot back story of Amunet, the Egyptian who would eventually come to assassinate Queen Kleopatra VII.
  • Comments: A very good read, the author did their research and it shows. It seems that this work is implying that Amunet was actually of the famous Ptolemy dynasty, and that she wanted Cleopatra dead for more...personal reasons.

In The Hands Of Man by poshparrot
  • Recommended by Namikaze Artemis
  • Synopsis: For Desmond, nothing has ever come easy. So why should death? [AU of AC:3 ending, starts at the beginning of AC:B. No slash.] Time travel fic.
  • Comments: Beautifully written, and very interesting start. Highly recommended, especially for gen fans and time travel fans.

Revolutionary Tactics by Project X
  • Recommended by: Barely There
  • Synopsis: March 23, 1775 is the day most Americans remember as Mister Patrick Henry's speech. "Give me Liberty or Give me Death!" However what most Americans don't know is that very day, in the shadows of Richmond's streets, there was a man watching over all. There was also a young woman running away from British soldiers after calling them numbskulls. Obviously she's a bit out of her time.
  • Comments: I know what your thinking; just another self insert OC right? But just give it a try, it's not as cliche as it seems. Sure it starts out slow but get to about chapter 4 and it REALLY starts picking up. You can tell by reading how much research the author did for this. It's jam packed with historical facts the game doesn't even touch on! Sure, it's got it's ups and downs but for an OC fic it's pretty good.
  • Pairing(s): None surprisingly.

Assassin's Creed Novelization by Mirror and Image
  • Recommended by tylerbamafan34
  • Synopsis: A Novelization of the game series written by twin girls. One that manages to capture the games even better than the official novelization. Excellent characterization of the ancient Brotherhood and they even manage to make the Modern team interesting. It currently has two sequels, Assassin's Creed 2 Novelization, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Novelization, and Assassin's Creed Revelations Novelization. The first two sequels are even better than the original, and the series is ongoing. These girls capture the {{Assassin's Creed}} Universe with aplomb. They characterize every character absolutely perfectly, emotions are sharp and clear and action scenes are very well written. Give them a chance, you will not be disappointed.

Crossover Fics

Harry Potter and the Assassin's Creed by BeeUtifulgirl
  • Recommended by Gentlemens Dame 883
  • Franchises crossed over: Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: Harry, Ron and Hermione go to Desmond and co. for help between Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows simultaneous to post-AC2, but an accident causes them and some pursuing Death Eaters to be thrown back in time to Renaissance Italy where they meet Ezio and Leonardo.
  • Comments: A funny romp that catches the voice of all involved quite well, while not neglecting the badass action aspects.
    • I am going to have to respectfully disagree. I still think people should give this a look BEFORE knocking it, but a lot of the story is inconsistently built, and badass action aspects are scattered few and far between, not to mention at least a dozen Missed Moments Of Awesome
    • Gonna have to agree with the above dissenter. Almost everyone seemed wildly out of character, even to the point of Shaun apparently having no idea what Ezio's name is. It's a fun concept but it's not well executed.

The Assassins' Archives: Ginevra by J. Tyler (Crossover with The Company Novels) (TV Tropes page)
  • Recommended by Gentlemens Dame 883
  • Pairings: Mario x OC. Yes, really.
  • Synopsis: One night, Ezio returns to Leonardo's with a woman who appeared out of nowhere before him and survived not just a stabbing but a very long fall. Neither have any idea how much their world will change for her presence.
  • Comments: A Fish out of Temporal Water/Peggy Sue fic, but one that proves surprisingly compelling. Let not your initial misgivings about the concept deter you.

Assassins Creed: Creature of the Night by Lio76
  • Recommended by N Hale
  • Synopsis: (Underworld crossover)) John Ledra, a Werewolf-Vampire hybrid, has been fighting for Viktor against the lycans while living in Florence Italy. During this time, He is trained by Ezio Auditore while working as a Death Dealer. His past unkown to him, his journey is one of self-discovery as he leaves numerous marks on history.
  • Comments: First chapter is a little rough, but it keeps getting better the more of it you read. It works well in blending two universes that shouldn't really exist together. I love how well the character of John Ledra develops and the O Cs he meets along his journey spanning centuries. Some scenes are rather emotional and I look forward to more.I don't want to give away too much of the story.

Eden's Diary by Chaos Invoker

Platinum Angel by Chaos Invoker
  • Recommended by EPIC
  • Franchises crossed over: Assassin's Creed, Chobits and to a lesser extent, Mirai Nikki
  • Shares a universe with: Eden's Diary, also by Chaos Invoker
  • Synopsis: Abstergo Industries has created a Persocom that is, in effect, supposed to be the ultimate weapon. She escapes, however, which isn't a good thing for those who've invested so much time into developing her. Has its own page here. AU due to having been started before the release of Assassins Creed III as well as The Chain.
  • Comments: Features Daniel Cross as its primary villain, albeit with slightly different characterization from The Chain onward. Despite the shared universe between Platinum Angel and Eden's Diary, each can be understood on its own.

Unhappy Raidings by OnceMoreAndAgain

''The Prototype of Grand Templar and Mentor Assassin
  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Crossed over with: Prototype, diverges from Prototype2
  • Synopsis: When Alexander J. Mercer dropped the nuclear bomb in the ocean, he did not expect to be sent back in time to 18th century where the Revolution would soon begin, and got into the secret war between Assassins and Templars. The worst part was that the two men he came to care were at each other's throat, both because of personal and duty matters. And he was stuck between them.

Shipping Fics

The Sword of Damocles by Anya alNighter
  • Recommended by Not A Physician
  • Synopsis: Altair x Malik, Ezio x Leonardo and permutations. AU, where Ezio does not miraculously recover in Roma.
  • Comments: I can't say too much without spoiling the plot,but I will say that this is a wonderfully written fic,and very in character.
  • Warnings: It has graphic male/male in it,so be warned.

Fast Cars and Airplanes In Heaven by TheAllPowerfulOz
  • Recommended by PhantomGamerTouch
  • Synopsis: AU, Modern times. Altair is a PI contacted by Giovanni to rescue his kidnapped son, Ezio...
  • Pairings: Ezio x Altair
  • Comments: I have read and reread this thing so many times, it's ridiculous. It's so well-written and very deep, and in-character too. The author played with ages a bit, but it is an AU.
  • Warnings: Graphic m/m in later chapters, abuse, long!fic is long

And When the Earth Shall Claim Your Limbs by words-without
  • Recommended by [Runic Healer]
  • Summary Pre-AC AU - After an attack on their village leaves them orphaned and desperate, Malik and Kadar become Al Mualim's newest pupils. Altair, the master's star novice, is less than thrilled, but all Malik cares about is keeping his little brother safe... -Altair/Malik-
  • PairingsAltair x Malik
  • CommentsI'm pretty surprised no one recommended this yet. This is an author's lovechild of what Malik was like before he came under Al Mualim and what was his interaction with Altair was like. The flow is awesome and it's a very long door stopper. With just 21 chapter, it's almost 200,000 words. Also Altair is much more fun here compared to his canon counterpart. Plenty of mood whiplashes, tear jerkers, and funny moments. It's like a coming of age story, except Malik officially becomes a man at 10. Also, the author did plenty of research before delving on to the setting, which is awesome. A lot of the elements of the setting are well-researched and the culture is pretty accurate. Very rare on fanfics that are closely tied in with actual history.
  • Warnings Graphic M/M, torture scenes, and mood whiplashes.

Ready to Fall by tinkerbell265
  • Recommended by EltheBurner
  • Summary Slight AU where Connor and Aveline are trained together under Achilles and struggle to get along and learn to work as a team. Meanwhile they try to fight their growing attraction to one another... Written from Connor's POV. In progress.
  • Pairings Connor x Aveline
  • Warnings A couple of sexually explicit scenes, nothing too bad yet.

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