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Sorrosyss
09-26-2015, 05:35 PM
http://i.imgur.com/w2PF89B.png

For this week, I'd like to do a little art appreciation.

When you look at the imagery of some of the top logos of the world, they are usually striking and something that remains in your mind. With the Assassin's Creed franchise, we have some amazing insignia in the main factions. So let's have a look, and see what we can glean about them.




The Assassins

http://i.imgur.com/OqZl0dT.png

As well as the main Assassin insignia, this is also pretty much the icon of the entire franchise.

Its appearance has changed a lot through the series, and often the design has adjusted to reflect the location of where the game is based. For example, you can see the industrialized steel version of it upon the Syndicate branding. Typically though, the icon remains the triangular prongs with the semi crescent below it.

But what exactly is it? Well that is open to interpretation. There have been suggestions that it looks like;


The Freemason Square and compass, though the order greatly predates the Freemasons.
A capital A. Well, duh. A for Assassin.
The outline of the Assassin hood.
The symbol for Anarchy, which would be the ultimate result of total freedom.



http://i.imgur.com/N5T8tYL.png



The Templars

http://i.imgur.com/uf6OvZe.png

Whilst this is an existing real life insignia, the Templars within the AC franchise have used various versions of this insignia across the ages. It traditionally appears as a cross pattée design, but it has also been seen as a maltese cross.

As an image it reflects the Templar philosophy, with its perfect symmetry reflected in their plans for a New World Order in their image. It has been suggested that the image resembles the Holy Cross, and whilst the real life Knights Templar certainly had Christian backgrounds. our AC version are reputedly athiest. Not to mention, that it also predates Christ and is the almost mythical "Mark of Cain". It kind of resembles a compass too, with the implication that it represents the four corners of the world, again reflective of that which they aim to conquer.

http://i.imgur.com/WiEhzkB.png





Abstergo Industries

http://i.imgur.com/3UTgg89.png

A personal favourite of mine. The modern Templars have chosen to hide themselves from the public eye, and since 1937, Abstergo Industries have been their public image. Abstergo means "I cleanse" within Latin, and is the perfect new stylish twist to roll out their New World Order using modern industry and economies to their ends.

The logo is specifically designed to resemble the Penrose Triangle, an impossible object which in 3D space cannot exist. Exploring the unknown very much resembles Abstergo's goals in trying to extract the Pieces of Eden from around the world, and learning all of their amazing secrets.

Another inspirational icon is perhaps the Three Hares, which is often seen atop Churches across the world. Though this may simply be pareidolia.

I have personally always felt it held some resemblance to a Pyramid, especially when you look at the Animus logo variant.

http://i.imgur.com/zPwPOP0.png





Instruments of the First Will

http://i.imgur.com/jOpyr40.png

A relatively new faction, these are the modern day followers of Juno. This icon is again based on a real life equivalent, namely the 3 Juno Asteroid ( ⚵ ) - which seems very apt!

It is an interesting image, as it makes you wonder what it could represent in terms of the AC universe. The sun beating down on the earth? Juno as a rising god?

Some people have suggested that what you are seeing are Pieces of Eden, with the Scepter, Apple and Sword combined. Quite what that combination might empower is anyone's guess at this point.

http://i.imgur.com/bYY1IAK.png



But enough from me. I'll just say that I hope that the movie is respectful of these iconic images of the franchise. What do you think of these logos? Do you see or interpret anything different? Do you perhaps have a tattoo of one of them?

Locopells
09-26-2015, 06:31 PM
Excellent thread.

Have to say I always assumed the Templar cross was the Christian one. Sure the Assassins and Templars may well pre-date Christ in the AC universe, but the Templar's modern incarnation started with the Knights Templar which was ostensibly Christian (as far as their public face went), and took the cross as their symbol.

VestigialLlama4
09-26-2015, 07:51 PM
For this week, I'd like to do a little art appreciation.

When you look at the imagery of some of the top logos of the world, they are usually striking and something that remains in your mind. With the Assassin's Creed franchise, we have some amazing insignia in the main factions. So let's have a look, and see what we can glean about them.

As well as the main Assassin insignia, this is also pretty much the icon of the entire franchise.

Its appearance has changed a lot through the series, and often the design has adjusted to reflect the location of where the game is based. For example, you can see the industrialized steel version of it upon the Syndicate branding. Typically though, the icon remains the triangular prongs with the semi crescent below it.

But what exactly is it? Well that is open to interpretation. There have been suggestions that it looks like;


The Freemason Square and compass, though the order greatly predates the Freemasons.
A capital A. Well, duh. A for Assassin.
The outline of the Assassin hood.
The symbol for Anarchy, which would be the ultimate result of total freedom.




I have actually found a good idea what the symbol really is.
http://historum.com/blogs/okamido/1129-spartas-lambda-blazon.html

Take a look at the logo on the shields.
http://saloruiz.byethost10.com/images/thumb3.jpg?ckattempt=1
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparta
This is the Lambda, the symbol of the Army of Sparta. Lambda these days is also used as a symbol of the gay community, and of course the logo of the Lambda is the symbol of the Half-Life games with Freeman holding the Coldbar being a gameplay correlative. Spartans were highly confused bunch of people in the old days, but their way of life inspired many philosophers over history.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laconophilia


Whilst this is an existing real life insignia, the Templars within the AC franchise have used various versions of this insignia across the ages. It traditionally appears as a cross pattée design, but it has also been seen as a maltese cross.

You have to also understand that the Cross did NOT originate as a Christian Symbol. It is an older symbol which was strapped on to Christianity by the Emperor Constantine the Great. Initially the symbols of the early Christians were fishes.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross#History


Wiki Sez: Prior to 2000 B.C. the cross symbol, †, was already in use in ancient alphabets (Paleo-Hebrew [✗], Canaanite, Phoenician) as the letter 'Tau' ('Taw'/'Tav') which corresponds to the modern letter 'T' and meant 'Mark' (Its literal usage in the Torah denotes a wound).

So in a way it fits the idea that the Assassins and Templars are older than the religions they came under. The Cross predated Christianity and later the Templars made the Cross their symbol on the chest, while the Assassins with their A logo are Spartan Scholars refashioned to newer times.

SixKeys
09-27-2015, 09:44 AM
You forgot this:

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/63/cc/9e/63cc9e382e7cca8ab23da7aa5c2cf198.jpg

Sorrosyss
09-27-2015, 12:25 PM
^^ lol, it cannot be unseen.