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Old 10-16-2011, 12:39 AM   #1
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The New Leonardo?

From XBA's news article:

At the 6:14 mark of the video below (interesting in itself), AC:R's Lead Writer Darby McDevitt mentions that Ezio will encounter a historical character hidden in the Grand Bazaar who helps him with bomb crafting.

I think this must be Taqi al-Din...he's the Ottoman Leonardo Da Vinci!

However, the game starts in 1511, and he wasn't born till 1526. They've taken similar liberties with history before (note what McDevitt says about the Hagia Sophia's minarets)...but perhaps other history-minded fans have other theories?

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Old 10-16-2011, 02:04 AM   #2
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well he did say they added things that were not around at that time so who no's
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:22 AM   #3
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At the 6:14 mark of the video below (interesting in itself), AC:R's Lead Writer Darby McDevitt mentions that Ezio will encounter a historical character hidden in the Grand Bazaar who helps him with bomb crafting.

I think this must be Taqi al-Din...he's the Ottoman Leonardo Da Vinci!
Uh, I'm impressed that you know that.... I have no idea who that is, but I'll take your word for it! And that's another reason I like playing the AC games: I learn a lot about history, art, and architecture all while having fun!
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:35 AM   #4
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Oh, I had never heard of the guy, but, like you, this is one of the things I love about the AC franchise. The teaser in the video got me curious, so I got busy on Google and Wikipedia looking up scholars of the Ottoman age.

But, as it turns out, I'm wrong. It's another guy I looked at but dismissed:

Spoiler! (click here to reveal)

The spoiler comes from the Assassin's Creed Wiki, which apparently got it from the Assassin's Creed Encyclopedia which accompanies the European "Animus" edition...

...and which (I just learned) will be available as a stand-alone at ubiworkshop.com for $34.95 in November.

News which probably deserves a thread of its own.
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