Who Was The First Assassin In Assassin’s Creed?

The Assassin’s Creed series started way back in 2007, and has shown no signs of slowing yet, with a new release almost every year since then. At that point, you’d think there wouldn’t be much left to answer in terms of lore, but that series sure never stops introducing new things.


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Take the actual Assassins for instance. In Assassin’s Creed 2, the origins of the Assassins might have been a clear-cut answer based on the statues of Monteriggioni, but many games since then have introduced layers that make that answer a bit more complicated than you might expect. Let’s dive in.


Who Founded The Assassin Brotherhood?

Firing a bow from horseback in Assassin's Creed Origins

With the games being called ‘Assassin’s Creed’, it can be fair to assume that creed is pretty central. Not so much. For the actual Assassin’s Brotherhood, that holds true. But the actual assassins doing the work of the Brotherhood are actually much older than that.

The Assassin’s Brotherhood as we know it was based on the real-life Assassins that existed at Alamut, where the original Brotherhood is based. However, as Assassin’s Creed Origins shows us, Bayek of Siwa, alongside his wife Aya, founded the Hidden Ones in Egypt as a means to battle the Order of the Ancients, as well as any other evils that seek to limit humanity’s freedom. The Hidden Ones serve as the precursor to the Assassin’s Brotherhood as we see it in later games.

Aya is of particular note, as she takes the name of Amunet as a Hidden One, one of the many famed Assassins shown in Monteriggioni.

From there, it spread slowly, being formally turned into the Assassin’s Brotherhood as we know it by Hassan-i Sabbāh in the 11th century, a figure who has notably never been present in the games.

Altair later became the leader of the Levant Brotherhood and made an active effort to connect the various sects in an organised global operation. This makes him a key figure in its international spread, though he could hardly be called the first.

In that regard, Bayek and Aya could be seen as the first Assassins, in that they formally created the order and set its principles in place. However, Hassan is the one who formally established the more modern order.

Who First Used The Hidden Blade?

Kassandra and Darius from Assassin's Creed Odyssey Legacy Of The First Blade DLC

The iconic tool of the series, the Hidden Blade, has been with the series from the very beginning and has been absent in only a bare few entries for players. The most notable absence is in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, though this is also where we get to see the first-ever wielder of the Hidden Blade.

This tool became emblematic of the Assassins and their goals, and was even shown with its first user in Assassin’s Creed 2. Darius of Persia first used the blade to assassinate King Xerxes, who had become a follower of the Order of the Ancients.

His goals aligned with much of what the Brotherhood represented, though that very order would not come into existence for hundreds of years.

The Order of the Ancients, in a similar role as the Hidden Ones to the Assassin Brotherhood, are the predecessors of the Templar Order.

Darius’ Hidden Blade is passed along over the centuries, eventually ending up in the hands of Bayek of Siwa. In many ways, this can symbolise Darius’ own intentions aligning with those of the Hidden Ones that Bayek and Aya later found.

Though Darius was by no means part of a shared Brotherhood, nor followed anything but a personal creed, he can clearly be evidenced retroactively as the first notable person in recorded history to be acting upon the beliefs that founded the Assassins’ Brotherhood.

Who Was The First Assassin?

A cut scene in Assassin's Creed featuring Isu holograms conversing in a golden light-filled area.

This is where it gets a tad more complicated. In obvious terms, Bayek and Aya are the first true Assassins, as they founded the Hidden Ones and established its creed.

Darius, even centuries prior, was a follower of those beliefs, and his Hidden Blade became the tool that allowed so much of the Brotherhood to flourish in the years to come. It’s more symbolic, but still a point worth considering.

The reason this is complicated is because of the First Civilization. As the series goes on, it hazards the bizarre thought process – what if Adam and Eve were the first Assassins?

As the lore goes, the First Civilization, known as the Isu, created Humans as slaves, and Adam and Eve were the first to rebel against this, eventually causing the collapse of Isu society.

These Humans, however, possessed special blood that culminates in what is commonly known as Eagle Vision in the games. For many people, including Leonidas of Sparta, the protection of this bloodline was tantamount to Humanity’s freedom, and allowed many of the early Assassins to succeed, whether they knew it or not.

So if you’re looking for a more meta examination and an earlier name than Bayek, Aya, or Darius, one that sets the route of all things in motion (a fair point, considering how much of the series is based in prophecy and visions of the past and future), then Adam and Eve rebelling against their creators comes as a fine answer too.

There’s no catch-all result here, but the answer to however you mean the question should fall under one of these individuals.

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