Lets learn history~
So, I’ve been playing the first Assassin’s Creed for the past week, and I’m almost done. I’m skimming by super fast because I really want to play the second one, for my own selfish history buff reasons—like how I did a research paper on the Medici family and several essays on other figures in the game(I took four courses in Art History). I started thinking about what other time periods and locations would be cool. Then I remembered my favorite story behind a painting by Jacques-Louis David, the painting entitled The Death of Marat(or other such variations). David is one of my favourite painters just because of the influence he had on his time period of the Napoleon rule of France. Marat had been a close friend of David, and a revolutionist. Marat and David had also assigned death to many people in favor of the revolution and was responsible for the Reign of Terror, until the day Marat had been assassinated. I thought it’d be so cool for an Assassin’s Creed game revolving around Charlotte Corday, the assassin that had murdered Marat in his own bathtub and had gained entry into his home by doing nothing more than walking in. The irony is that Marat was seen as a courageous martyr despite the death and disasters he wrought for the revolution, and that Corday’s guillotined death was nothing more than a blink in history. Corday’s reasoning for the assassination was simply “I killed one man to save 100,000.” As is the reasoning behind The Assassination Brotherhood.
See also: Simon Schaman’s Power of Art episode on David