I'm really glad to know that someone like you who runs an awesome blog can also answer questions properly thank you

No, thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I’m so blessed to have amazing followers like you and everyone else. It’s for people like you that I resurrected this blog, and I’m really glad that I did. Again, thanks so much!

—EP

posted 1 year ago on 10 Oct with 10 notes
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#answer  #synnesai  #i love you guys 
I have to agree! Your answers are always so well phrased and level headed. it's really nice to see compared to other communities where after awhile the mod/admin comes off snarky and short tempered (which, to a point is understandable). -u-!

Where is all coming from today? Gah, thank you! So embarrassed right now, lol.

I will try and keep up the strong responses for you guys, okay? And, y’know, maybe some actual Problems now and again, lol. Love you guys, seriously.

—EP

posted 1 year ago on 10 Oct with 6 notes
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#answer  #xholeygeorgex  #i love you guys 
After reading all your answers to everyone's questions, I am very impressed. You have to be one of the best admins I have ever seen on tumblr. Keep up the excellent job!

This is one of the nicest things I have received in any of my Asks, and you have NO idea how much I appreciate it. Thank you SO MUCH, and I hope that everyone else’s is just half as satisfied as you are in regards to this blog. Bless you.

—EP

posted 1 year ago on 10 Oct with 12 notes
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#answer  #anonymous  #connor kenway 
I'd be surprised if people viewed Connor wearing Assassin robes as an act of assimilation. After all, the robes themselves changed over the course of the games - the robes Altair wore in the original AC are very different from the multiple styles that Ezio wore throughout his games. They seem to reflect the changes in fashion, especially during Ezio's games where the idea was to blend in. Granted, I can't remember many pictures of Connor's contemporaries wearing robes, but I'm no expert.
 Anonymous

The whole concept of the robes is a tricky one, because granted they are sort of an anachronism in and of themselves. When you boil it down, the assassin robes are an Ubisoft construct that any of their protagonists would wear because they are the symbol of the brand. But to put them into context of the AC3 universe, the assassin robes are likened to a dress uniform, similar to what the British and Colonial armies wear. To Connor, the British colonists—regardless of which side they chose during the Revolutionary War—are outsiders, and the fact that he is part British causes him inner conflict.

That being said, to call Connor’s donning of the robes an act of assimilation is a tricky one. While one could argue that he is adopting the customs and traditions of a different culture than his own (namely, the assassin culture), he is doing it on his own accord and maintaining his own culture by altering his robes and rejecting the classic hidden blade as his primary weapon. However, his entire adoption of the persona of Connor Kenway is motivated by the desire to be accepted in Colonial circles, which could be a gray area.

I’m no expert either, if you couldn’t tell, lol. But I do agree with you that, at the end of the day, most people won’t consider Connor wearing assassin robes as an act of assimilation. But there is some interesting implications for his character in that, isn’t there? Ugh, I hope October 30 gets here as soon as possible!

—EP

posted 1 year ago on 10 Oct with 11 notes
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#answer  #wingedweaver 
why do you spend your time pointing out problems? are you a glass half-empty person? I do my own poking around on games that call them-self "historical fiction" because I want to hold them to it, but keeping in mind that it is a fictional game. Connor is not a real person and what he "does" in the game did not happen that way. you can and will do whatever you want, but most gamer's/fan-girls/fan-boys don't ask them-self "is the history accurate?" you have many good points, but it's just a game.

While this blog was not started by me, when I signed on as an admin, I embraced the tone of Assassin’s Creed Problems; namely, just because you love a video game more than actual people doesn’t mean that there isn’t something that gets under your skin.

Some of these problems express actual frustration; no one wants to be playing through ACB and suddenly end up in the infinite sea underneath Roma.

Some of these problems express individual ticks: some people in the fandom have embraced Rauf as a favorite character, while others wish he would just shut up already.

But all of these problems help us as a fandom grow closer with the recognition that you are not the only person out there swearing at Ezio because WHY CAN’T YOU JUST CLIMB UP THE WALL AHHH?!

So I don’t see it as a pessimistic perspective on Assassin’s Creed; in fact, to me it’s more of a realistic, accepting viewpoint. Everything you encounter in life is going to have issues, and if you can point them out and commiserate and move on to love the thing even more in spite of its faults…it’s a win/win really.

—EP

posted 1 year ago on 10 Oct with 18 notes
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#answer  #epikalia  #ACIII 
Yo, I don't have too much to add to the discussion, but as someone who is mixed race, I'm super excited to see how they handle Connor's heritage. I also wanted to point out that it's possible for him to look any which way because of that. For example, I look like a real mixture of Pakistani and White, but my two brothers look more or less 100% White. I feel like the important thing is to see how they portray him rather than analyze what he looks like. I can't wait to see how it's handled.

Very good points, and well said!

—EP

posted 1 year ago on 10 Oct with 8 notes
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#answer  #anonymous  #connor kenway  #ACIII 
I remember hearing something about how Conner is only HALF Native American, so that could be the case...
 Anonymous

Connor is of mixed heritage; he was born to a Mohawk mother and a British father, which is why some may think he looks one way instead of another way. But again, this is another tool that Ubisoft is using to challenge us to see things as they really are, instead of what we may perceive them to be.

Just because Connor’s father is British does not make him any less Mohawk, nor does the fact that his “look” doesn’t conform to whatever image of Native Americans we hold in our minds’ eye. At the end of the day, Connor Kenway is just a persona adopted by Ratonhnhake:ton in order to blend in with Colonial society. Connor Kenway is his mask, his ruse, and I think the dichotomy of that will make for a fantastic narrative.

—EP 

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Rebloggable by request.

posted 1 year ago on 10 Oct with 75 notes
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#answer  #spookyspies 
If it's possible, can we please have a rebloggable version of the question where the anon is talking about face models?

Sure, but it may take me a minute. Hold on for just a moment…

—EP

posted 1 year ago on 10 Oct
tagged as:
#answer  #anonymous  #ACIII 
Is anyone here considering that Ubisoft has Mohawk consultants on their staff? Like, they didn't just throw the character together with their eyes closed.
 Anonymous

This is very true, and like I stated in a previous ask, all of the attention to detail and respect to history with which Ubisoft is approaching Assassin’s Creed III is going to (hopefully) shine a light on aspects of Native American culture and American history of which some people are unaware. The original submitter’s problem with Connor’s character design may be cleared up once he/she plays the game and realizes what really constitutes “Native American”; or the original submitter’s intention with his/her submission has been completely lost since, again, I cannot speak for him/her. At any rate, I think the debate that this post has sparked is important for the fandom; I am very impressed at the asks that have come in, and I hope that people are taking away something from all of this. I know I have.

Thanks for your input.

—EP

posted 1 year ago on 10 Oct with 8 notes
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#answer  #tragic-mulatto  #ACIII 
I just wanted to clear up that how a person dresses doesn't make them native, often times what we see as "common" dress is actually more traditional or ceremonial but that's how historians/anthropologist of the time chose to document the people. Also along the lines of assimilation. Native people would be forced to wear what the colonist would wear if they wanted to publicly interact. Like adopting an colonist name Connor would have to adopt colonist clothing.

These are very valid points, and are extremely well put. Thank you for sharing, as I think this information will clarify a few things for people.

—EP

posted 1 year ago on 09 Oct with 14 notes
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#answer  #anonymous  #connor kenway  #desmond miles  #ACIII 
I sometimes find myself thinking Connor's half Mohawk & African as opposed to English. His nose and lips, and then his skin tone is darker. I heard that his face model is his VA too... Noah Watts, was it? I can't really see the resemblance, or maybe it's the graphics cause Desmond didn't even look like Randez in Revelations. Maybe that's what that last post was all about?
 Anonymous

I’m not sure that I can necessarily see where you are coming from in regards to Connor’s mixed heritage, but I can confirm that Noah Watts, a member of the Crow tribe, was used in Connor’s facial motion capture. And I think if you actually see them face-to-face, as it were, the resemblance is there.

As for Desmond in ACR, Philippe Bergeron actually came out and said in a recent interview with AusGamers that Francisco Randez was NOT used as a face model in Revelations, and in fact Desmond more resembled then AC-Creative Director Alex Amanico. I guess I can see where he’s coming from…

But anyway, I think the important thing to take from this is Ubisoft’s efforts to portray a Native American protagonist as accurately as possible, even if it goes against what some consider “Native American”. Especially if it goes against it. I think that this game will positively influence those who may have not had the best exposure to Native American culture, and will hopefully inspire them to seek out more information and educate themselves.

At least, that’s what I hope.

—EP

posted 1 year ago on 09 Oct with 11 notes
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#answer  #anonymous 
and what does 'Native American' look like, anyway? A stereotype? I find that offensive. It's in DNA, it's in blood, not appearances.
 Anonymous

Perhaps the submitter was expecting more of a traditional dress for Connor, as portrayed in this painting of Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant)?

Maybe the submitter thought that Connor wearing the Assassin robes, styled as they are, was an act of assimilation, even though Connor has added a few touches to honor his tribe. I cannot speak for him/her. However, whatever his/her thoughts on the subject, it’s good to debate topics, especially ones that are quite messy. As long as we’re civil about it. Otherwise, we would all be stuck with our limited world views and never grow as people.

I am sorry if the problem offended you, but I applaud you for voicing your concern in a non-accusatory fashion. It shows awareness, along with a level of maturity that is needed when addressing these things. It’s a strong trait to have.

—EP

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