Not one, but many. The Precursor boxes are ancient artifacts created by the First Civilization, with the ability to interact with other Pieces of Eden to yield wondrous results.


Once powered by lightning, one box was able to decipher the Isu language written in the Voynich manuscript, providing the location of the Seismic Temples. Using the Koh-i-Noor diamond to power another box, the Templars used the box to translate the writings in the Amritsar Temple to locate other Temples.

Combined with Staves of Eden, the boxes also demonstrated the ability to imprint the memories of someone into another individual, such as in 1918 when Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia recalled the memories of Shao Jun.


An illustrated codex hand-written in First Civilization writing, and a Piece of Eden. Commonly believed to have been written around 1405, the artifact was previously in the possession of Emperor Rudolf II of the Holy Roman Empire, though four of the manuscript’s pages wound up in the hands of Governor Peter Beckford of Jamaica by the early 18th century. After they were taken from the Beckford estate, the pages were scattered across the Caribbean, until they were eventually collected by the pirate-turned-Assassin Edward Kenway between 1715 and 1722. 

In the following decades, the Assassins and Templars alike learned of the connection between the manuscript and the mysterious Precursor box, one of the only devices that could translate its incomprehensible text. In 1755, the inventor Benjamin Franklin was the first known human to properly use both pieces in tandem, electrifying the box with lightning. It was during this experiment that the Assassin Shay Cormac discovered the location of a hidden First Civilization vault hidden underneath the Carmo Convent in Lisbon, Portugal.

In 1839, the Mentor of the Indian Assassins, Hamid, tasked Arbaaz Mir with the recovery of a map from the Voynich manuscript detailing information on the Koh-i-Noor diamond, during their quest to protect the artifact from falling into the British Templars’ hands.

In 2013, Abstergo Industries warned memory research analysts at Abstergo Entertainment, who were assigned to relive the memories of European subjects during the 15th and 16th centuries, to look out for the Voynich manuscript during their Animus sessions, especially for its supposed connection to the English philosopher Roger Bacon.


The manuscript is named after book dealer Wilfrid Voynich, who purchased it in 1912. It is theorized that the Voynich manuscript may have been sold to Rudolf II by John Dee. Another theory suggests that the manuscript was written by Edward Kelley, who could speak with members of the First Civilization through his Crystal Ball.

The map Arbaaz acquired features the Voynich manuscript pages Folio 70r and 75r, as well as drawings of the Koh-i-Noor, two Apples of Eden, a Memory Seal and symbols found on Marcus Junius Brutus’ drawing of the Colosseum Vault and on throwing knives wielded by Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad and Ezio Auditore.


By November 1524, one Precursor box was in the possession of the retired Italian Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze, in his villa in Tuscany. The Chinese Assassin, Shao Jun, who had traveled there seeking Ezio’s advice on resolving the problems in her homeland, was given the box and told that it would aid her. Ezio stated that she should only open it if she were to lose her way.

Upon returning to China, Shao Jun used the box as bait to lure Gao Feng, one of the Eight Tigers to her. She assassinated him but the box itself was taken by Yu Dayong. Eventually Shao reclaimed the box, assassinating Yu. Shao Jun entrusted the box to her shifu, Wang Yangming who took it to have someone help them study the box. However before he could do that Zhang Yong murdered him and took the box for the Templars, finally sending it out of China to other Templars.

Eventually, the box ended up into the hands of British Templar Francis Cotton. After Cotton’s death, his appointed successor, William Sleeman, took possession of the box and launched in 1841 a campaign to find Precursor Temples in India by using the box. In order to power it, he stole the Koh-i-Noor from the Assassins. However, his efforts were countered by Assassin Arbaaz Mir who recovered the stolen artifact and despite discovering a new Temple, in Herat, William had to flee with the box.

Decades later the box was now in possession of the Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, who in 1918 and along with his family was prisonner of the Bolcheviks in Yekaterinburg. Sent by the Brotherhood to recover the artifact, Nikolai Orelov was confronted to the Templars who had infiltrated theranks of the Red Army and also coveted the box. Infiltrating the house where the Romanovs were kept, Nikolai witnessed their murder but reached Princess Anastasia, who was holding the box, in time to secure the artifact.

However, as Nikolai was taking the Precursor box from Anastasia’s hands, the shard of the Staff around his neck and the box interacted, and the girl was somehow imprinted with the genetic memories of Chinese Assassin Shao Jun. Suffering from a kind of Bleeding Effect, Anastasia became overwhelmed by Jun’s skills and memories and the older man decided to take both her and the box to the Brotherhood in Moscow.

Once in Moscow, the pair reached to the Assassin Sergei, who took the box and promised Nikolai that they would keep her safe while discovering what the box had done to her. Nikolai then found out by eavesdropping on some Assassins’ conversation that they didn’t care about Anya’s safety and that Sergei only wanted to uncover the box’s secrets, and also that the procedure that they were planning to do on Anya was most likely going to kill her. Nikolai ultimately managed to rescue Anya, but left the box behind.


In June 1838, William Sleeman found a Precursor box and a set of documents related to its supposed powers. Notes suggested that a power source was needed for the box and Sleeman believed that the Assassin Arbaaz Mir had stolen the Koh-i-Noor, leading him to focus his efforts on the Assassin Brotherhood located by Francis Cotton in Amritsar.


Shay Cormac, a member of the Colonial branch of the Assassin Order, assassinated Washington in search of the box in 1752. However, the box was already in possession of the Templar Samuel Smith, while the manuscript had been entrusted to James Wardrop, another noted Templar. In 1754, Shay had managed to track Smith down and assassinate him, with the help of a fellow Assassin, Chevalier de la Vérendrye. Shay recovered the Precursor box from Smith and delivered it to Benjamin Franklin, who was confident conducting electricity through the box would activate it.

With Shay and Hope Jensen’s assistance, Franklin succeeded in powering the box, which projected a view of the Earth and displayed locations of several First Civilization sites, one of them being Lisbon, Portugal. The box was subsequently given to Achilles Davenport, the Mentor of Colonial Assassins, who kept it secure at the Davenport Homestead, the Assassins’ primary base of operations in the British colonies.

With Shay and Hope Jensen’s assistance, Franklin succeeded in powering the box, which projected a view of the Earth and displayed locations of several First Civilization sites, one of them being Lisbon, Portugal. The box was subsequently given to Achilles Davenport, the Mentor of Colonial Assassins, who kept it secure at the Davenport Homestead, the Assassins’ primary base of operations in the British colonies.

In 1759, Hope managed to replicate Franklin’s experiment and discovered another First Civilization Temple hidden in the Arctic. After the ordeal, Chevalier de la Vérendrye was tasked with hiding the box, and decided to ship it away from the colonies.

By December 1776, the box was in the possession of the French Assassins. Having switched sides to the Templars twenty years before, Shay learned of this and traveled to Paris. Rescuing

Franklin from a group of criminals, Shay enlisted his aid in entering the Palace of Versailles, claiming to have a business meeting there. After a meeting in the palace, the Assassins entrusted the box to Charles Dorian. Having made his way inside, Shay assassinated Charles and took the box from him, reclaiming it for the Templars.


At some point during Arno’s search for the Piece of Eden which was delivered to Al Mualim in Egypt, Arno took the Saint-Denis Temple’s Key from Napoleon’s chest in the catacombs, to the left you see a book and a box. And Arno not knowing their importance only takes the key. Those are revealed to be the Voynich Manuscript and the Precursor Box.


In February 2014, the Assassins Harlan Cunningham and Arend Schut stole this box from an Abstergo Industries facility in Rotterdam. Abstergo’s Sigma Team led by Juhani Otso Berg, a Templar member of the Inner sanctum, engaged the Assassins in combat, forcing them to abandon the artifact.

In 2015, Laetitia England, another Inner Sanctum Templar member, assigned Juhani Otso Berg to deliver the box to Álvaro Gramática’s top secret lab, so he could use it for Project Phoenix.

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