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At some point in every Assassin's Creed game, the creed itself comes up, but I can never remember what it is. I know it has something to do with "everything is permitted" and there's another part about light and dark. Does anyone remember the full assassin's creed and what it means?

Also I seem to remember Altair losing a finger during a part of his initiation ritual, and some of the assassins in later games have something done to their fingers (removed?) and I seem to remember this having something to do with the hidden blade. What's the story with the fingers?

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One of the very last scenes in Revelations is a really good explanation of the Creed...finish the game. ;) –  Shinrai Dec 5 '11 at 15:17

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From The Assassins Creed wiki:

The Assassin's Creed is the code and guiding philosophy of the Assassin Order, upheld from the Third Crusade, until modern days. It restricts unnecessary slaughter of innocents, preserves the reputation of oneself and of the Order, and is meant to create peace, not only within the world, but within the individual.

The three main rules (tenets) of the creed are (also from the wiki):

  1. Stay your blade from the flesh of an innocent
  2. Hide in plain sight
  3. Never compromise the Brotherhood

The Maxim is another part of the creed (wiki as well):

Nothing is true; everything is permitted

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Also, Nothing is true, everything is permitted. –  Fredy31 Dec 5 '11 at 1:49
    
And you left out the bit about fingers. Nobody actually read the question did they :P –  agent86 Dec 7 '11 at 3:27
    
It has something to do with fingers being in the way of the hidden blade when it's thrusted out from under your sleeve, but Da Vinci improved the blade, which made this obsolete for Ezio and all that come after him. –  deutschZuid May 3 '12 at 0:36

The Blade, is the 'story with the finger'.

The Hidden Spring Blade is 'supposedly' a real weapon actually designed by Leonardo Da Vinci.

The thing is, the design springs the blade up WHERE your ring finger would be in your hand. So to actually USE the blade, your ring finger must be absent. Ie: chopped off.

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No, the hidden blade is much older than that. Leonardo modified Altair's design for the second blade precisely so it wouldn't require a finger removal, though. –  Shinrai Dec 5 '11 at 15:16

Should help you find what it means.

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"Laa shay'a waqi'un mutlaq bale kouloun mumkin."
("Nothing is true, everything is permitted" in Arabic)
-- The Creed's maxim

The Assassin's Creed is the code and guiding philosophy of the Assassin Order. It restricts unnecessary slaughter of innocents, preserves the reputation of oneself and of the Order, and is meant to create peace, not only within the world, but within the individual.

The Creed mainly emphasizes three simple, moral tenets that focus on ensuring a successful mission, mastery of emotions, and the safety of the Brotherhood.

  1. "Stay your blade from the flesh of an innocent."
  2. "Hide in plain sight, be one with the crowd."
  3. "Never compromise the Brotherhood."

(Source)

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