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Jacques de Molay in Assassins Creed is an evil-doer. Along with the other Knights Templar, he is seeking to control the world and destroy free will. He is therefore an implacable foe of the Assassins.
In real life, Jacques de Molay was indeed the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. Or – if you like your conspiracy theories – he was the last visible Grand Master of the Templars. Since then, they have gone underground again!
In Assassins Creed, he writes the Codex Pater Intellectus – a manifesto for world control through capitalism. In real life, the Knights Templar were involved in banking activity – in fact, many say they were the first bankers. And they were powerful figures as high ranking advisers to monarchs.
Jacques de Molay – a Sage in Assassins Creed
Back to Assassins creed where we discover that Jacques de Molay is a Sage. What that means is that he’s a “hyper-hominid” which is a reincarnation of Aita – who was husband of the goddess Juno in the first civilisation.
Aita was terminated by Juno after an experiment to transfer his consciousness into an artificial body went wrong. But his genetic material has been passed on down the generations through Sages like Jacques de Molay. Should also note that Aita was an Illuminati – a secret society often associated with the Knights Templar.
As for the real Jacques de Molay – no evidence linking him to any of that of course. However, plenty of conspiracy theories about the origins of the Templars. The most common relate to the idea of the Templars defending the bloodline of Jesus or being descended from Jewish priests of the Temple in Jerusalem.
Jacques de Molay hides the Codex in Assassins Creed
As the Knights Templar face destruction at the hands of the King of France and the Assassins, Jacques de Molay hides the Codex and other artefacts in the vault of the Paris Temple. This building did exist in real life. It was a huge Templar fortress in the heart of Paris – where the Marais district is today. And behind its thick walls was massive amounts of bullion and treasure.
For many fans of this blog, Jacques de Molay is a heroic figure so it’s strange to find him cast as a baddy. But that’s what Assassins Creed does. De Molay is a destroyer of freedom who must be stopped. At least the old man has achieved some immortality.