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** Ezio gives some expansion in Revelations - It's a philosophical statement above all else. "Nothing is true" is a statement that reality is based in our perceptions, and our perceptions are warped by our experiences and views. Society itself is fragile, and we must constantly be building or even rebuilding it. "Everything is permitted" is a reminder that we CAN do anything within that society - but we are not free of those consequences of those actions. Which ties in pretty well with the idea of "stay your blade from the flesh of the innocent, hide in plain sight, and do not compromise the brotherhood." Murdering the innocent means that they're just indiscriminate killers, keeping their presence hidden keeps their anonymity, so that the Brotherhood is not compromised and they can keep at their work of guiding civilization, with the previous two tenets also contributing to the sustainability of the last one.



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** What's even more telling is that the Templars almost always have the upper hand and yet so much of human history is a bloody, chaotic mess. As much as they'd love to blame the assasins for this, rarely do the templars seem to do much on the "Improve mankind" front but rather then exercising power and control for it's own sake. You can count on one hand(maybe two if you're generous) the number of Templars who seem to have reasonable, altruistic goals they profess to work towards.

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* In ''Assassins Creed III'', it's mentioned that the ISU tried to find a bunch of ways to preserve their species but couldn't find any before the solar flare hit. Later games in the series, particularly those set in Ancient Times, depict a number of ISU ruins which look surprisingly intact 750,000 years after the disaster and seem to have a ton of space inside. Which begs the question, why couldn't/didn't the ISU use those facilities as bunkers until the surface was reasonably safe to emerge onto again? Especially since the end of ''III'' seems to show that Desmond and his fellow assassins would be perfectly fine inside the grand temple and would be able to survive until the danger had passed, assuming he wasn't being flat out lied to.
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*So considering this series has so far established that the Templars and their proto-templar varients have been researching the ISU since at least 1500 BCE, thus having about 3500 years to learn about and perhaps, try to learn how to prevent the 2nd disaster, why is it that Desmond and like 3 other people were the ones eventually able to do it? Presumably the Templars know far more about the ISU then the Assasins ever will and yet the assasins reached the grand temple first and saved the world from the solar flare and it seems like the Templars were not only clueless about the incoming Solar Flare, but 5-6ish years later in universe, still don't seem to be aware that the world nearly ended in 2012(at least, not that any of the MD Templar docs seem to indicate). You'd think they would have been not only aware of what was going on, but would have had a vested interest in stopping it since they apparently control the world in MD. Ironically, the assassins would have benefited a lot more from the world ending since the Templars infrastructure and control would have been shattered beyond recognition.
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* Does anyone else find it odd that pretty much every ISU site shown in this series, pretty much every single one of them is pretty much bare? The structure survived for at least 75000 years and some of the Pieces of Eden lasted as long but there's almost nothing inside any of the ruins. No furniture, no bodies, almost nothing of their vaunted technology is there. Were they really into minimalism? Did the Templars get to all of the sites first and clean them out? If so, why haven't we heard or seen any of this stuff being studied or stored or something in any of the games?
* On the above note, why haven't any ISU corpses been mentioned....ever? The Templars were apparently super interested in finding ISU DNA during the Black Flag-Syndicate games so presumably they've never found any ISU corpses in any of the ruins. Except bones can last for a very, very long time, as evidenced by the fact dinosaur bones from millions of years ago have been found and studied.
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** I've been rather wondering the hypocrisy of it myself. Especially during a scene 3. Desmond questions why somebody has to die, to which Shaun says something to the effect of, "We're assassin's. It's what we do. It's right there in the name." Which blew my mind, because the creed is "Nothing is true, everything is permitted", which is to say you choose what to believe and how to act, yet they dogmatically assert that an assassin must be a killer and you must kill this person.

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** I've been rather wondering the hypocrisy of it myself. Especially during a scene in 3. Desmond questions why somebody has to die, to which Shaun says something to the effect of, "We're assassin's. It's what we do. It's right there in the name." Which blew my mind, because the creed is "Nothing is true, everything is permitted", which is to say you choose what to believe and how to act, yet they dogmatically assert that an assassin must be a killer and you must kill this person.



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** Keep in mind that Nietzche was referencing the supposed last words of Hassan-i Sabbah, the "Old Man in the Mountain" who led the Hashâshīn in real life and who was Altair's Mentor in the first game. Ubisoft didn't make the Creed up whole cloth.

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** I've been rather wondering the hypocrisy of it myself. Especially during a scene 3. Desmond questions why somebody has to die, to which Shaun says something to the effect of, "We're assassin's. It's what we do. It's right there in the name." Which blew my mind, because the creed is "Nothing is true, everything is permitted", which is to say you choose what to believe and how to act, yet they dogmatically assert that an assassin must be a killer and you must kill this person.

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* What exactly do the P.O.E do, and what are the different kinds? Iím trying to organize it altogether for a project of mine, and I realized I donít actually know. The Apples mind control people and have knowledge, but why did the TWCB implant knowledge in there, and for what purpose? Also, if they get enough people to believe, reality warps but how, and how does someone wield a Apple without going crazy? Al Mualim, Savonarola and Napoleon as far as I know did, but how did they without the TWCB DNA like Altair did? The Shroud clearly can heal and resurrect people, but oacasionally drives them crazy? What is the differentiating factor? What does the Sword do exactly? Basically, what are the known P.O.E capabilities, what are all the different P.O.Eís, and how does someone wield them?

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** If I remember correctly, when GameInformer did a cover story on the game, someone explained how the hidden blade works. Basically, removing the ring finger is symbolic in that not only can the assassin no longer marry (excluding Ezio in ACII), he is in effect married to the Brotherhood (with the hidden blade being the ring) but it also shows their commitment to the Brotherhood. Once they put the hidden blade on, there is a ring that is attached to the stump with a wire that activates the mechanism that draws the blade whenever the wearer flicks their wrist or so. I'd imagine there's also a safety wire of sorts attached to one of their other fingers to prevent the blade from deploying accidently, can't really remember what they said exactly.

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** If I remember correctly, when GameInformer did a cover story on the game, someone explained how the hidden blade works. Basically, removing the ring finger is symbolic in that not only can the assassin no longer marry (excluding Ezio in ACII), he is in effect married to the Brotherhood (with the hidden blade being the ring) but it also shows their commitment to the Brotherhood. Once they put the hidden blade on, there is a ring that is attached to the stump with a wire that activates the mechanism that draws the blade whenever the wearer flicks their wrist or so. I'd imagine there's also a safety wire of sorts attached to one of their other fingers to prevent the blade from deploying accidently, accidentally, can't really remember what they said exactly.



** I thought the ending sequence of ACII made it pretty clear that eagle vision was a sixth sense passed down from Those Who Came Bedfore, based on what Juno said while Desmonds trying to hit all the power switches underneath the Colleseum.

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** I thought the ending sequence of ACII made it pretty clear that eagle vision was a sixth sense passed down from Those Who Came Bedfore, Before, based on what Juno said while Desmonds trying to hit all the power switches underneath the Colleseum.



* As far as Cain being the first Templar, who's the first Assassin? Considering Cain killed Able, who avenged Able? Did that person therefore become the first Assassin?

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* As far as Cain being the first Templar, who's the first Assassin? Considering Cain killed Able, who avenged Able? Did that person therefore person, therefore, become the first Assassin?



** Ezio isn't a descendant of Altaïr's. I believe that it states this in Black Flag in one of the emails, so Ezio isn't Arab by Altaïr's blood, but if he has another ancestor thats Arab, it wasn't stated.

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** Ezio isn't a descendant of Altaïr's. I believe that it states this in Black Flag in one of the emails, so Ezio isn't Arab by Altaïr's blood, but if he has another ancestor thats that's Arab, it wasn't stated.



* What are the Templars after? At the end of ACII you hear Minerva's warning and learn that there is a threat to the entire planet approaching. So, what do the Templars do in all this? Each Templar leader or prominent member have wildly differing goals, from Robert and Al-Mualim, to Rodrigo and then Cesare Borgia. Do they have any other goals other than obtaining the POE for personal gain? We have enough information to suggest otherwise, but am I missing something or do the Templars' overall goals seem to be more and more aimed at destroying the world (which they happen to live on)?

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* What are the Templars after? At the end of ACII you hear Minerva's warning and learn that there is a threat to the entire planet approaching. So, what do the Templars do in all this? Each Templar leader or prominent member have wildly differing goals, from Robert and Al-Mualim, Al-Mualim to Rodrigo and then Cesare Borgia. Do they have any other goals other than obtaining the POE for personal gain? We have enough information to suggest otherwise, but am I missing something or do the Templars' overall goals seem to be more and more aimed at destroying the world (which they happen to live on)?



* Altair fucks over the Templars royally. He kills off several of their major leaders, and then hunts down a lot of the others for a long time. He's very good at straight up murdering people in the face, so we can assume that a *lot* of templars got facemurdered. He reorganises the assassins into a more effective force, one that can change and modify itself as necessary. And then we get to Ezio's time and find out that the Templars are once again highly organised and generally in control of stuff (able to install one of their leaders as pope apparently quite easily) and the assassins are a weak and distributed force that can't quite stand up to the templars. And then Ezio joins, royally fucks up the templars ''again'', killing their main leader of the time, steals two pieces of eden from the vatican after punching the pope in the face a few times, pumps a lot of money into the assassin organisation, single handedly rediscovers all the stuff that Altair already discovered, and starts rebuilding the assassin's order into something that can stand on equal grounds with the templars. And then we get to Desmond's time and find out that the templars rule the world and the assassins are on the run, in hiding, and losing badly whenever they go into open conflict against the templars. They're so desperate that they're willing to devote a *lot* of time and resources into Desmond to get him on the team. So what's the deal here? Is it just that the assassins, as a whole, just plain suck? That Altair, Ezio and Desmond are the ultimate badasses who can single handedly turn the war in their favour whenever they bother to join? Frankly at this point in the series, the templars *deserve* to win. They have some serious organisation acumen and determination.

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* Altair fucks over the Templars royally. He kills off several of their major leaders, and then hunts down a lot of the others for a long time. He's very good at straight up straight-up murdering people in the face, so we can assume that a *lot* of templars got facemurdered. He reorganises the assassins into a more effective force, one that can change and modify itself as necessary. And then we get to Ezio's time and find out that the Templars are once again highly organised and generally in control of stuff (able to install one of their leaders as pope apparently quite easily) and the assassins are a weak and distributed force that can't quite stand up to the templars. Templars. And then Ezio joins, royally fucks up the templars ''again'', killing their main leader of the time, steals two pieces of eden Eden from the vatican Vatican after punching the pope in the face a few times, pumps a lot of money into the assassin organisation, single handedly single-handedly rediscovers all the stuff that Altair already discovered, and starts rebuilding the assassin's order into something that can stand on equal grounds with the templars. Templars. And then we get to Desmond's time and find out that the templars Templars rule the world and the assassins are on the run, in hiding, and losing badly whenever they go into open conflict against the templars.Templars. They're so desperate that they're willing to devote a *lot* of time and resources into Desmond to get him on the team. So what's the deal here? Is it just that the assassins, as a whole, just plain suck? That Altair, Ezio and Desmond are the ultimate badasses who can single handedly single-handedly turn the war in their favour whenever they bother to join? Frankly at this point in the series, the templars Templars *deserve* to win. They have some serious organisation acumen and determination.



** Really, the hardest problem for the Assassins is that they don't like to get involved in politics. I know that sounds silly, but the Assassin's means of work in "work in the dark to serve the light" means they generally don't like to be in power positions the same way the templars do. That means they're consistently fighting against power systems that the Templars tend to want to use for their own purpose, and no matter how much assassins might trust humans to do the right and true thing, their hands off, restraining others approach means that it allows the Templars to get into the mix much easier and then mess things up again. And no matter how many times they kill localized leadership, the templars always seem to have 1 lieutenant or another city or more people attracted to them for power or revenge to join up. And as Syndicate indicated, once the templars started to get their hands on economics as well as political power, stamping them out becomes even more difficult.

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** Really, the hardest problem for the Assassins is that they don't like to get involved in politics. I know that sounds silly, but the Assassin's means of work in "work in the dark to serve the light" means they generally don't like to be in power positions the same way the templars Templars do. That means they're consistently fighting against power systems that the Templars tend to want to use for their own purpose, and no matter how much assassins might trust humans to do the right and true thing, their hands off, restraining others approach means that it allows the Templars to get into the mix much easier and then mess things up again. And no matter how many times they kill localized leadership, the templars always seem to have 1 lieutenant or another city or more people attracted to them for power or revenge to join up. And as Syndicate indicated, once the templars Templars started to get their hands on economics as well as political power, stamping them out becomes even more difficult.



** The term was the name of a secret order before it became the word for murder, in real life. The Assassins from the first game are literally part of this order, and the concept of the game is that it, as the Templars, kept existing until way after their real life counterparts disappeared. So yeah, they don't call themselves Assassins because they're proud murderers, the term "assassin" came to represent "murder" because of their methods.

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** The term was the name of a secret order before it became the word for murder, in real life. The Assassins from the first game are literally part of this order, and the concept of the game is that it, as the Templars, kept existing until way after their real life real-life counterparts disappeared. So yeah, they don't call themselves Assassins because they're proud murderers, the term "assassin" came to represent "murder" because of their methods.



* Did FrederichNietzche really say "Nothing is true, everything is permitted"? I've seen it at TOW's article on Assassins and removed it assuming it was vandalism but they put it right back in.

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* Did FrederichNietzche really say "Nothing is true, everything is permitted"? I've seen it at in TOW's article on Assassins and removed it assuming it was vandalism but they put it right back in.



** If memory serves me right, [[BystanderSyndrome Ezio label it someone else's problem]] after Minerva specifically told him that he was not important, that he was the prophet and all he had to do was getting into the vault so she could warn someone who could actually do something about it, Desmond. As such, after the end of ''[=ACII=]'' he went on a journey, through Rome, Masyaf and Contantinople to learn what was that, in the end, given up on the journey saying that "I've seen enough for one life".

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** If memory serves me right, [[BystanderSyndrome Ezio label it someone else's problem]] after Minerva specifically told him that he was not important, that he was the prophet and all he had to do was getting into the vault so she could warn someone who could actually do something about it, Desmond. As such, after the end of ''[=ACII=]'' he went on a journey, through Rome, Masyaf and Contantinople Constantinople to learn what was that, in the end, given up on the journey saying that "I've seen enough for one life".



** This has irked me as well. How exactly does one continue to follow the genetic memory of someone up until the very moment of their death? It would seem to me that the only genetic memories that would be "recorded" would be up until the next person in the genetic line was concieved. At that point it becomes a completely new person, without the ability to alter their genetic code to continue adding memories. Thus it would be impossible to create a synch nexus unless there were very specific circumstances. Fully living out Altier's memories were done through Ezio's experiences, but it would be impossible to see Ezio's final memories because he would have had to sire a child before then.

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** This has irked me as well. How exactly does one continue to follow the genetic memory of someone up until the very moment of their death? It would seem to me that the only genetic memories that would be "recorded" would be up until the next person in the genetic line was concieved.conceived. At that point it becomes a completely new person, without the ability to alter their genetic code to continue adding memories. Thus it would be impossible to create a synch nexus unless there were very specific circumstances. Fully living out Altier's memories were done through Ezio's experiences, but it would be impossible to see Ezio's final memories because he would have had to sire a child before then.



* I honestly don't know how the Templars are going to make the world better. According to them, once the pieces of Eden are in their hands, they will be able to control the collective will of humanity and bring world peace. That sounds mighty fine and all, except the ones with any free will left will be the Templars themselves. And if there's nothing to control the will of the Templars, what's to keep them from abusing their power and turning the world into a dystopic nightmare? What happens if a Templar with mental illness gains control of the pieces of Eden and decides to make everything into a model of his twisted fantasies? How many templars would be needed to keep humanity in check? What will prevent one Templar from using the pieces against his fellow order? How will the worlds' economy keep itself in check? For example, we humans have domesticated many animals to service our needs. Alot of our accomplishments and survival wouldn't happen if it weren't for sheep, dogs, cows, and horses. Yet that hasn't stopped us humans from waging wars against each other and being dicks to each other. Do the Templars honestly think they will be so above such things that things like this wouldn't happen!?

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* I honestly don't know how the Templars are going to make the world better. According to them, once the pieces of Eden are in their hands, they will be able to control the collective will of humanity and bring world peace. That sounds mighty fine and all, except the ones with any free will left will be the Templars themselves. And if there's nothing to control the will of the Templars, what's to keep them from abusing their power and turning the world into a dystopic nightmare? What happens if a Templar with mental illness gains control of the pieces of Eden and decides to make everything into a model of his twisted fantasies? How many templars would be needed to keep humanity in check? What will prevent one Templar from using the pieces against his fellow order? How will the worlds' economy keep itself in check? For example, we humans have domesticated many animals to service our needs. Alot A lot of our accomplishments and survival wouldn't happen if it weren't for sheep, dogs, cows, and horses. Yet that hasn't stopped us humans from waging wars against each other and being dicks to each other. Do the Templars honestly think they will be so above such things that things like this wouldn't happen!?



* What's the Watsonian explanation for common collectables, such as flags or Animus fragmnets?
** The fragments, if memory serves, were mentioned in a semi-offhand comment about being literal "fragments" of data that needed to be collected so they could get more information. The flags were described in the first game's manual as being additional memories that were not directly related to the main one. Basically, Desmond was going off-script for a bit to run around grabbing shinies. Even that justfication was lost basically immediately afterward, with it becoming almost strictly Doylist in nature. "Collect the things because they're things that you collect."

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* What's the Watsonian explanation for common collectables, such as flags or Animus fragmnets?
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** The fragments, if memory serves, were mentioned in a semi-offhand comment about being literal "fragments" of data that needed to be collected so they could get more information. The flags were described in the first game's manual as being additional memories that were not directly related to the main one. Basically, Desmond was going off-script for a bit to run around grabbing shinies. Even that justfication justification was lost basically immediately afterward, afterwards, with it becoming almost strictly Doylist in nature. "Collect the things because they're things that you collect."



** Its actually Fridge brilliance I think: Imagine you are member of technologically super advanced race, but you use a slave force. For building complex devices and technologies, you would have to give them education on HOW it works, and that is dangerous and very long term. I believe Apples do not just mind control humans, but also contains knowledge, so the slaves would have been show what to do by apple.
** The pieces of eden are part of a larger system put in place by Those Who Came Before to manipulate future history along the path they needed in order to prevent the coming disaster (thwarted at the end of III). In addition to many PoEs, we also know there are temple complexes with lots of machinery that have different functions. There's one in the Caribbean that's basically a blood-based surveillance system (seen in Black Flag) and a number whose purpose is apparently to keep certain land-masses stable (Rogue). How does the Apple know so much? Bluetooth. It's connected to the network, and the network can see the future.

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** Its actually Fridge brilliance I think: Imagine you are member of technologically super advanced race, but you use a slave force. For building complex devices and technologies, you would have to give them education on HOW it works, and that is dangerous and very long term. I believe Apples do not just mind control humans, but also contains knowledge, so the slaves would have been show what to do by apple.
the Apple.
** The pieces of eden Eden are part of a larger system put in place by Those Who Came Before to manipulate future history along the path they needed in order to prevent the coming disaster (thwarted at the end of III). In addition to many PoEs, we also know there are temple complexes with lots of machinery that have different functions. There's one in the Caribbean that's basically a blood-based surveillance system (seen in Black Flag) and a number whose purpose is apparently to keep certain land-masses stable (Rogue). How does the Apple know so much? Bluetooth. It's connected to the network, and the network can see the future.



* Throughout the first few games we are presented with TWCB as a powerfull divine race beyond our comprehension and intellect. But as of 2015, human society is ever increaseingly resembling the TWCB. Not only that, but we may even have surpassed them (and will continue to), we went to the Moon several times whilst they stayed on Earth, why? Couldn't they have saved themselves via off-world/off-system colonies? It seems that we are only ~100-200 years away from being roughly where they were on societal and technological level. But unlike them, we seem to "dream bigger". What i'm basically getting at is the seeming disparity between what TWCB did, and what they could have done.
** The First Civ did travel into space. The glyphs mention that an Apple of Eden was found in the Moon, and one of the plans was to launch to avert the Toba Catastrophe was to launch a Satellite into space but it failed not because they couldn't launch but because the Apple didn't work the way it wanted. The other thing to note, is that a lot of humanity's achievements derive from First Civ influence and technology. So you can't say that the humans of the AC-verse have surpassed the First Civ when a lot of their tech is based on ReverseEngineering, or catching up to stuff that the First Civ already achieved anyway.

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* Throughout the first few games we are presented with TWCB as a powerfull divine race beyond our comprehension and intellect. But as of 2015, human society is ever increaseingly increasingly resembling the TWCB. Not only that, but we may even have surpassed them (and will continue to), we went to the Moon several times whilst they stayed on Earth, why? Couldn't they have saved themselves via off-world/off-system colonies? It seems that we are only ~100-200 years away from being roughly where they were on a societal and technological level. But unlike them, we seem to "dream bigger". What i'm I'm basically getting at is the seeming disparity between what TWCB did, and what they could have done.
** The First Civ did travel into space. The glyphs mention that an Apple of Eden was found in the Moon, and one of the plans was to launch to avert the Toba Catastrophe was to launch a Satellite into space but it failed not because they couldn't launch but because the Apple didn't work the way it wanted. The other thing to note, note is that a lot of humanity's achievements derive from First Civ influence and technology. So you can't say that the humans of the AC-verse have surpassed the First Civ when a lot of their tech is based on ReverseEngineering, or catching up to stuff that the First Civ already achieved anyway.



** ''Unity'' states that it's a product of the Eagle Vision and the Sixth Sense of knowledge, that when Assassins focus on certain targets specifically and kill them in a manner they can absorb memories from their dying victims. At a higher level, they can go one step further and talk to the dying consciousness itself (after all, consciousness is described by the First Civ as bits of information on a quantum...yada yada mumbo jumbo). The explanation fits I guess but it's something that I wish the developers left ambiguous rather than spell it out openly.\\

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** ''Unity'' states that it's a product of the Eagle Vision and the Sixth Sense of knowledge, that when Assassins focus on certain targets specifically and kill them in a manner they can absorb memories from their dying victims. At a higher level, they can go one step further and talk to the dying consciousness itself (after all, consciousness is described by the First Civ as bits of information on a quantum...yada yada yadda yadda mumbo jumbo). The explanation fits I guess but it's something that I wish the developers left ambiguous rather than spell it out openly.\\



** As mentioned in the tropes pages, this is just a construct the Brotherhood seems to be linked to. Each of the protagonists even elaborate this some that to say nothing is true is just that times change, and we must change with them. Or to say everything is permitted is to say only WE can be responsible for our actions. It's one of those philosophical paradoxes that come with the brotherhood being a shadow brotherhood. Besides, the 3 rules of the order are not really the creed.

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** As mentioned in the tropes pages, this is just a construct the Brotherhood seems to be linked to. Each of the protagonists even elaborate elaborates this some that to say nothing is true is just that times change, and we must change with them. Or to say everything is permitted is to say only WE can be responsible for our actions. It's one of those philosophical paradoxes that come with the brotherhood being a shadow brotherhood. Besides, the 3 rules of the order are not really the creed.

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