As far as I know the primitive hidden blades in Assassin's Creed needed the removal of the finger to accommodate its use. That was what was shown in the first Assassin's Creed game - the one featuring Altair for the first time.

Then in Assassin's Creed 2 it is shown that with the specific design of Leonardo da Vinci, a hidden blade could be crafted for Ezio that would avoid dismemberment.

So chronologically Bayek is much more ancient that Altair and by that very fact the hidden blade is supposed to be much more ancient and should in fact need the removal of the ring finger for its accommodation.

But this is not the case as shown in AC Origins.

Isn't that a plot hole?

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    (the devs figured out how to render the blade without clipping in the hand), Seriously though, this could be explained more subtly elsewhere
    – Rapitor
    Nov 1, 2017 at 17:58
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    @ng.newbie While this site does allow asking about a game's plot or lore, there are some users who dislike these type of questions Nov 1, 2017 at 18:58
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    @ng.newbie Lore question have always been contentious on the site because some users believe lore has nothing to do with the actually playing the game itself, and should therefore be off-topic. However, lore questions are totally acceptable on the site - don't worry about one or two downvotes.
    – Mage Xy
    Nov 1, 2017 at 19:19
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    Hmm, I thought the finger-removal thing was more ceremonial than anything (considering it's done even after it's rendered unnecessary). So maybe it was never necessary, but it was a nice way to show your dedication to the Assassins (or someone made that up after accidentally cutting their finger off)? Nov 1, 2017 at 19:53
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    This is "Origins", so this will show the origins of the brotherhood, so there won't be a ceremony yet
    – Wouter
    Nov 8, 2017 at 8:57

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Without exposing any spoilers, your concerns are explained during cutscenes in the game. Namely, during the Aya and End of the Snake main quests.

If you don't mind spoilers, here is a full explanation:

When Bayek obtains the hidden blade at the end of the Aya main quest he has all of his fingers. There is a cutscene whereby Bayek is testing out the blade. Aya opens Bayek's hand to prevent self-injury when using the blade. Bayek loses his finger during End of the Snake. It is the main quest after Aya. You will see a cutscene when assassinating Eudoros whereby the hidden blade cuts Bayek's finger off.

This YouTube clip shows the End of the Snake mission. Skip to the third minute to see the key cutscene.

  • Yeah, it is much older by the time line that the brotherhood's "protocol| or "procedures". There are one thing that most probably connects to the reason of why the ring was needed to be removed - in one of the scenario scenes, in the begining, where Bayek lost his finger. I found this moment strongly connected to the one that you've mentioned. Sep 22, 2019 at 12:52

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