The Creed - the Maxim
"Nothing is an absolute reality, all is permitted."
-Vladimir Bartol (from the novel Alamut, the basis of Assassin's Creed)
"We work in the dark to serve the light. Nothing is true, everything is permitted. We are Assassins."
- The Creed's Maxim
Now you may be thinking the first part sounds extremely awesome, but the last part is a bit confusing. Well, I thought the exact same thing. Working in the dark to serve the light is an extremely poetic way of saying you're that person hiding in the shadows but always bringing good to the people you're around. But nothing is true, and everything is permitted? That starts to get a bit complicated. Even Edward Kenway was confused and voiced his concerns to an Assassin mentor, Ah Tabai:
"For if nothing is true, then why believe anything? And if everything is permitted... why not chase every desire?"
- Edward Kenway to Mentor Ah Tabai
"To say that nothing is true, is to realize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say that everything is permitted, is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic."
- Ezio Auditore da Firenze to Sofia Sartor
The Three Tenets
Never compromise the Brotherhood
The actions of one must never bring any harm to all. For instance, if an Assassin were captured or killed or anything of the sort, they must never take any action that could be tied back to the Brotherhood.
"Your actions must never bring harm upon us – direct or indirect!"