The goal was to create an brazilian Assassin, exploring the history and places of brazil.
"Earth that circulates in our bodies,
our work is yours.
Clear winds, silvery rivers,
common wife. Freedom.
Our fight is for you, and all our loyalty. "
(Text of the Sound and Light Show, lousy translation by me )
This excerpt is part of a poem recited every day in the ruins of the Jesuit mission of São Miguel de Arcanjo in Brazil, a tourist spot. In the seventeenth century the place was the scene of several clashes between the natives, the spanish empire and portuguese crown.
I had some difficulty in isolating what would typically brazilian to develop the concept for this Assassin. This led me to look for stories of the first inhabitants of this land, the "indians". I found two intriguing historical figures in which I based the picture freely: Nheçu and Sepé Tiaraju.
Nheçu was a Guarani leader who commanded the murder of exactly three priests. This can be considered the first attempt to resist the european colonization. Funny noticing that was an precise strike to the head of the colonizators, like an real Assassin would do. I could bet that priests were Templars.
Sepé Tiaraju was also an native commander who fought against the jesuits and the joint forces of Portugal and Spain in the Guarani War. With the warcry "this land has an owner," Sepe is regarded today as a hero.