The development team has stressed from the beginning that an American/British war is not the heart of Assassin’s Creed 3‘s story, since Connor is himself a son of both nations, and will be fighting members of both sides. If Lee is capable of finding soldiers who side with his and the Templars goals for the New World, then the insinuation that Connor will be fighting Native Americans, British soldiers and Americans alike makes much more narrative sense.
We know that Connor’s allegiance to the Assassin Order and the birth of the United States begins with the slaughter of his Mohawk village. Now if we were really committed to Lee as an antagonist, the fact that he arrived in North America to fight for the British in the French and Indian War from 1754-1763 is extremely interesting. As is the fact that he married the daughter of a Mohawk chief, and had twins. Suddenly the half-British, half-Mohawk ancestry of Connor becomes even more telling. Could Connor be on of these twins?
The years may not work perfectly, since the game’s announcement trailer depicts a grown Connor in 1776. Whatever the case, the fact that the image of a Young Connor being threatened by a uniformed soldier is one of just a few that have been released implies a strong connection. The soldier restraining Connor bears more than a passing resemblance to Charles Lee (we’d be shocked if it’s not him) so the stage is set for Connor’s battle to be both personal and patriotic. Even if Lee was only responsible for the destruction of Connor’s village and family, it would make sense that he would align himself with the Templars, and embody villainy in every form.
Since Lee’s own national allegiance is somewhat unclear (having abandoned Britain for America, then helped draft attack plans for the British Army while held captive) he would certainly fit the bill for the more complicated sense of enemy that Ubisoft is aiming at. Lee obviously had his own goals throughout the American Revolution, and if those were motivated by a sense of the greater good that he shared with the Templars it would be perfectly reasonable for him to oppose Washington’s leadership.
And boy, did he. Publicly berating Washington as unfit to lead, retreating when he had been ordered to support Washington’s advance, and ending his military career with a court-martial and procession of men challenging him to duels makes Lee one of the more suspicious figures in the upper ranks of the Continental Army. We’re not saying that Lee will be depicted as a Templar authority in Assassin’s Creed 3, but considering his experience and obvious willingness to oppose George Washington (not to mention that concept artwork) we wouldn’t be surprised if he is.
The point is that while there may be – and in all likelihood will be – a connection between the Templars and the American Freemasons, assuming that it is a simple one would be jumping to conclusions. Ubisoft is promising an enemy that is far more interesting than the last games have tried to produce, so whether we’re right on the money or completely off the mark, espionage and treachery are guaranteed.
What do you think of our theories on the conspiracies behind Assassin’s Creed 3? Have your own ideas of what enemies could be in store? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Assassinâ€™s Creed 3Â will be released on October 30, 2012 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Follow me on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
Source: Game Informer