Assassin's Creed (2007)
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Assassin's Creed (AC1 for short) is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the first installment in the Assassin's Creed series. The game was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in November 2007 and was made available for Microsoft Windows in April 2008.
The modern-day plot, set in the fall of 2012, features protagonist Desmond Miles who has been kidnapped by Abstergo Industries to obtain information from the genetic memories of his ancestor Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, a member of the Assassin Brotherhood. Warren Vidic and Lucy Stillman oversee this process using a machine called the Animus. Throughout the game it is revealed that the Assassins still exist today, and so does their opposition group, the Templar Order, who now use Abstergo Industries as a front. It is also revealed that Desmond himself was raised as an Assassin but rejected that life and ran away.
The historical plot, taking place in the late 1100s in the Levantine region of the Middle East, begins with Altaïr bungling a mission which results in the death of a fellow Assassin, Kadar al-Sayf, and a disabling injury to Kadar's brother, Malik al-Sayf. For this failure, Altaïr is sentenced to execution, but is granted mercy by the Mentor, Al Mualim, and instead simply demoted to the lowest rank in the Assassin Brotherhood. He is given a second chance to redeem himself and assigned nine Templars to assassinate.
Despite Kadar only appearing in the game for a very brief time, he was beloved by fandom.
The most common ship of the AC1 characters was Altaïr/Malik, and this has remained a Big Ship in the fandom ever since. Desmond/Lucy and Altaïr/Maria also enjoyed some popularity in the AC1 era. Less common ships include Altaïr/Desmond, Malik/Desmond, and Altaïr/Malik/Maria.