Best Assassins Creed character?
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For purposes of this debate, I am choosing Altair Ibn La'ahad as my character of choice, and will outline why.
Unlike almost any other assassin listed within the games, Altair was born an Assassin, to Assassin parents. He was raised and trained as an assassin from the earliest of ages, coming to know (and in fact, later completely shape and lead) the way of Assassins in an intimate and profound way.
Altair was responsible for pushing back the Templars of his time, rooting out Templars in his order (including his own mentor), and for reshaping the Order from it's days past. He changed how Assassins' approached equipment needs (such as alterations which discontinued the practice of chopping off a finger to equip Assassin-specific equipment), how they approached recruitment and the integration of family as a main component, and many others.
While other Assassins were skilled in their own right, they received the lessons handed down in generations past, many from Altair himself. As almost all of them became Assassins over reasons of revenge against family wrongs, or even simply stumbled into the Order as Edward Kenway, Altair was a purist. He was the quintessential assassin, and a role model for all in the Order.
I believe these, and other items, make Altair the best of the Order, placing him above others and making him without equal.
As I am taking the con position, I will argue that Connor is the best Assassin's Creed character. I will start by saying that I disagree with my opponent's view that being born an assassin to assassin parents is an advantageous characteristic. Indeed, becoming that which one was not originally is itself an interesting narrative element which often improves stories, including those in video games.
I believe that one advantage that Connor has over Assassin's Creed characters is the story in which he is a part of. Connor is unique among the Assassins in having had direct involvement in the American Revolutionary War. Given the fact that America would later go on to be the world's dominant superpower, there are few things more important that can be imagined than having played a role in its creation. Thus, I beleive that Connor can be considered the greatest Assassin in the series.
My apologies. Had I known you were not familiar, I would have chosen a different and more equal item for discussion. Next time around, you get to choose! :)
I begin by countering the idea that being born into an Assassin's clan, with Assassin parents, would have not given Altair (or anyone else in the same situation) such advantage. While Conner was skilled and certainly earned his place in the Order, the fact remains that he wasn't born into it and had to pick up the lessons that Altair would have learned somewhat earlier in life. By contrast, Altair was raised in the Order. He was taught, from the earliest of ages, about the philosophy and techniques used by his fellow Assassins. He would have endured rigorous training and exercises, both physical and mental, for a much longer period than Conner. While Conner did enter in later in his childhood, he would still be behind Altair in this respect.
With regards to the narrative, one could claim that such a narrative between the two is better, or worse, due to subjective thinking or reasons. While Conner did follow the path you claim, Altair by contrast had the entire life he'd known, since birth, thrown into upheaval by the Templar Order. This would have been as catastrophic (if not more so) in a story sense. Conner endured loss of family and home early in life, but Altair endured it on a much grander scale, and by the very mentor and father figure he had come to respect and admire. This, in turn, created a situation that Altair personally took charge of, as is illustrated in my next point.
Conner's story would have bearing, in the Assassin's Creed universe, and change the course of American history. However, this is considered, time wise, a small blip on the radar when compared to Altair's contributions, which spanned back to the late 1100's and well into the midway point of the 1250's. His actions, leadership, and changes to the order persisted until (and well past) the birth of Conner, almost exactly 500 years after Altair's death. In this case, such ramifications would be world wide (or at least, as much of the world as was known during such times, which continued to open up via exploration, The New World, etc). Conner's ability to even influence the American history books came about as a direct result of Altair's works. Because of this farther reaching, much more deeply engrained influence for 5 centuries before Conner was even born, I believe this gives Altair an advantage on this point, especially since (according to game lore), Altair's changes and legacy influenced world events as well as the endless battle against the Templars, further changing history.
This is not to diminish the accomplishments of Conner, but to place them in proper context when banked against Altair in these cases.
I will agree with pro that narrative elements are highly subjective, but the same can be said for any criteria used to judge video game characters. So, to some extent the very existence of this question assumes that such arguments are admissible.I understand your point about Altair's actions enabling those of Connor, but this could be said about any character or person that precedes another. Essentially, a person can influence events in the future but not the past. Because of this a character from an earlier time period will always outrank one from a later period in this regard. To me, this seems somewhat counter-intuitive, so I feel that characters should only be judged by what they accomplish in the context of their own time period, not what happens later as a result of their actions. So I believe that the proposition that Connor is the best Assassin's Creed character remains viable.
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