Have you ever wondered where the Assassin’s Brotherhood gets its origins from? Apparently, you can find out exactly what caused the forming of the brotherhood in the new Assassin’s Creed Origins Trailer featuring our protagonist, Bayek, as the narrator.
In this Assassin’s Creed Origins Trailer, Bayek begins giving us some exposition saying that he is a Medjay, a protector of Egypt. This later becomes clear when we see Cleopatra naming him her Medjay, claiming she is the true Pharaoh of Egypt. But, in history what is a Medjay?
The Medjay (also Medjai, Mazoi, Madjai, Mejay) represents the name Ancient Egyptians gave to a region in northern Sudan–which an ancient people of Nubia inhabited. In the New Kingdom, the word Medjay developed to refer to members of the Ancient Egyptian military as desert scouts and protectors of areas of pharaonic interest. However, this evolution is more likely based on a change in the definition of the word, Medjay, rather than a change in the Eastern Desert peoples.
As the trailer continues we hear Bayek saying that in order to protect his land he must become an instrument of justice and freedom, even though the dangers are far too many. With the Order of the Ancients being secretly in command the Medjays must stay hidden and observe and act in silence in order to find out who its members are.
This can’t be done with the Medjays treated as the “desert police” though so Bayek states that in his time, a new creed has been created. He follows by saying:
“From darkness we have come and in darkness we shall stay. We are Medjay no longer, we shall be known as assassins.”
This bit of plot has been previously teased by a developer in a weekly Assassins Creed Origins video Q&A where he stated that the protagonist is a proto-assassin making the Order of the Ancients a form of proto-Templars.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is scheduled to launch on October 27, 2017, for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.