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Reginald Birch (1705 - October 9, 1757) was the Grand Master of the British Templar Order. He is the main antagonist for the first half of the novel Assassin's Creed: Forsaken and the overarching antagonist of Assassin's Creed III where he trained the novel's protagonist Haytham Kenway to become a Templar and ordered Edward Kenway to be murdered.

He has been responsible for Haytham Kenway's rise within the Templar's ranks and gave many of his assignments to him, so his motivation in truth was to get a hold of Edward's journal and find out about the Observatory, which he was once in (Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag). His name was also in war letters in Assassin's Creed: Rogue.

He was voiced by Gideon Emery.


Early life

Merchant-turned Templar

Reginald Birch was the son of a London merchant and became a wealthy merchant himself, eventually joining the Templar Order and rising to become the leader of the British Templars, he learned that the assassin Edward Kenway owned a journal that contained very valuable information on the First Civilization so in order to find it he befriended Edward, became one of his senior property managers and began courting his daughter Jennifer in order to be able to try and locate the journal, eventually Edward's young son Haytham unwittingly revealed the most likely location of the journal.

Assassination of Edward Kenway

Jennifer eventually discovers that Reginald is a Templar and tells her father which leads Reginald to quickly send mercenaries to attack the Kenway house, killing Edward, kidnapping Jennifer and stealing his journal, although Reginald arrives and saves Haytham from the mercenaries and invites him to join the Templars, offering to help him avenge his father and rescue his sister who he actually sold to Turkish slavers, Haytham accepts.

Precursor Site in America

Reginald eventually finds a scholar named Monica who would be able to decode the journal and kidnaps her, he also sends Haytham to kidnap her son Lucio who is also a scholar, likely for both decoding the journal and to use as leverage, forcing them to live in harsh conditions until they decode the whole journal. When the journal is decoded Haytham manages to discover the existence of a valuable First Civilization site in the colonies and sends Haytham there to establish a Templar presence there in order to locate the site.

"Justice is served" (Death)

Haytham had his friend Jim Holden search for Jennifer while he was busy with his work as a Templar, Jim eventually manages locate her in 1757 (22 years after she was kidnapped) and Haytham and Jim proceed to rescue her, Jennifer reveals that Reginald was the one who killed their father and sold her into slavery and the three of them proceed to attack Reginald's château in France, Reginald is then killed by Jennifer, who pushed him into a door with a sword in it.


  • He was mentioned in several war letters in Assassin's Creed: Rogue, most of which mentioned his obsession with First Civilization technology. One also made mention of a warning that Birch would have Haytham go to the Thirteen Colonies and kill Achilles Davenport, and another shows how he wanted to recruit a scientist to the Templar cause.
  • Reginald's death was like that of Rodrigo Borgia's; both are murdered by their lessers and lieutenants (Cesare Borgia and Haytham Kenway) upon discovery of betrayal.
  • Reginald Birch only appears twice in Assassin's Creed III; when Haytham was to put down the Assassin Miko at The Beggar's Opera performance, Birch attended to give Haytham the mission, and again when the assassin plan succeeded, where he has Haytham go to the Thirteen Colonies by boat. He was mentioned very few times during Haytham's adventures in the Colonies, but once the game's perspective is shifted to Haytham's Assassin son Connor, he is never mentioned again, or seen. The fact that Haytham had betrayed Birch and let his sister murder him in Assassin's Creed: Forsaken might have something to do with that, but otherwise, his presence in the game is incredibly minor.
  • Birch was the second of three traitorous mentors who taught the protagonist how to fight in the Assassin-Templar War. The first was Al Mualim in Assassin's Creed and the third was Pierre Bellec in Assassin's Creed: Unity.
  • He resembles Francois-Thomas Germain, as they both wear similar clothes.


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Templar Order

Cult of Kosmos (Peloponnesian War)

Aspasia | Deimos | Kleon | Pausanias of Sparta | Exekias | Iokaste | The Hydra | Polemon | Nyx | Elpenor | Sotera | The Master | Hermippos | Midas | Epiktetos | The Centaur of Euboea | The Chimera | The Silver Griffin | Machaon | Brison | Podarkes | Rhexenor | Iobates | Kodros | Pallas | Deianeira | Belos | Swordfish | Okytos | Melite | Harpalos | Zoisme | Diona | Chrysis | The Mytilenian Shark | Melanthos | The Octopus | Sokos | Asterion | Skylax | The Monger | Lagos | Kallias | Silanos

Order of the Ancients

Achaemenid Empire / Greek City-States: Amorges | Gergis | The Immortals | Artazostre | Dimokrates | Gaspar | Harpagos | Pithias | Phila | Augos | Megakreon | Nestor | Sophos | Nestor | Pactyas | Nestor | Akantha | Bubares | Echion | Konon | Phratagounè | Timosa
Ptolemaic Dynasty: Flavius Metellus | Lucius Septimius | Julius Caesar | Pothinus | Berenike | Hetepi | Khaliset | Taharqa | Eudoros | Medunamun | Rudjek | Ktesos | Actaeon | Gaius Julius Rufio | Ampelius | Ptahmose | Tacito
Tang Dynasty: An Lushan | Bian Lingcheng | Gao Lishi | Li Linfu | Li Zhuer | Shi Siming | Yan Zhuang | Yang Guozhong | Wang Chengye | Gao Miao | He Qiannian | Li Qincou | Sun Xiaozhe
Viking Age: Alfred the Great | Fulke | Gorm Kjotvesson | Avgos Spearhand | Frideswid | Hunta | Kjotve the Cruel | Leofgifu | Vicelin | Tatfrid | Gifle | Havelok | Herefrith | Mucel | Patrick | Wigmund | Reeve Derby | Abbess Ingeborg | Audun | Eanbhert | Grigorii | Gunilla | Tata | Blaeswith | Beneseck of Bath | Ealhferth | Heika of Friesland | Hilda | Selwyn | Yohanes Loukas | Zealots (Beorhtsige | Bercthun | Callin | Cola | Cudberct | Eorforwine | Heike | Horsa | Hrothgar | Kendall | Osgar | Redwalda | Wealdmaer | Woden)| Eogan mac Cartaigh | Bécc mac Nath-í | Niamh | Ruaidrí | Aideen | Conlae | Sétnae | Cummascach | Leasleach | Trian

Knight Templars (Crusades)

Robert de Sable | Maria Thorpe | Tamir | Talal | Garnier de Naplouse | Abu'l Nuqoud | William of Montferrat | Majd Addin | Jubair al Hakim | Sibrand | Haras | Armand Bouchart | Jacques de Molay

Italian Templars (Italian Renaissance)

Rodrigo Borgia | Ludovico Orsi | Checco Orsi | Jacopo de' Pazzi | Uberto Alberti | Francesco de' Pazzi | Vieri de' Pazzi | Antonio Maffei | Stefano da Bagnone | Bernardo Baroncelli | Francesco Salviati | Emilio Barbarigo | Marco Barbarigo | Carlo Grimaldi | Silvio Barbarigo | Juan Borgia the Elder | Lucrezia Borgia | Cesare Borgia | Octavian de Valois | Micheletto Corella | Silvestro Sabbatini | Malfatto | Ristoro | Lia de Russo | Auguste Oberlin | Fiora Cavazza | Il Carnefice

Spanish Templars (Spanish Inquisition)

Tomás de Torquemada | Ojeda | Ramirez

Byzantine Templars (16th Century Ottoman Empire)

Prince Ahmet | Manuel Palaiologos | Shahkulu | Leandros | Cyril of Rhodes | Damat Ali Pasha | Georgios Kostas | Lysistrata | Mirela Djuric | Odai Dunqas | Vali cel Tradat

Chinese Templars (Ming Dynasty)

Zhang Yong | Qiu Ju | Wei Bin | Yu Dayong | Ma Yongcheng | Gao Feng

Caribbean Templars (Golden Age of Piracy)

Laureano de Torres y Ayala | Woodes Rogers | Benjamin Hornigold | Josiah Burgess | John Cockram | Julien du Casse | Kenneth Abraham | Jing Lang | Hilary Flint | Lucia Márquez

Louisiana Templars (18th Century New Orleans)

Madeleine de L'Isle | Rafael Joaquín de Ferrer | George Davidson | Diego Vázquez | Antonio de Ulloa

Colonial Templars (American Revolution)

Haytham Kenway | Charles Lee | Nicholas Biddle | Benjamin Church | Shay Cormac | Thomas Hickey | John Pitcairn | William Johnson | Jack Weeks | Christopher Gist | George Monro | Edmund Judge

British Templars

Georgian and Colonial Era: Reginald Birch | Edward Braddock | Lawrence Washington | Samuel Smith | James Wardrop
Victorian Era: Crawford Starrick | Lucy Thorne | James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan | Philip Twopenny | Pearl Attaway | Malcolm Millner | John Elliotson | David Brewster | Rupert Ferris | Brinley Ellsworth | William Sleeman | Alexander Burnes

Parisian Templars (French Revolution)

Radical faction: Francois-Thomas Germain | Charles Gabriel Sivert | Le Roi des Thunes | Frédéric Rouille | Marie Lévesque | Louis-Michel le Peletier | Aloys la Touche | Flavigny | Marcourt | Maximilien de Robespierre | Jean Gilbert | Denis Molinier | Duchesneau | Arpinon
Moderate faction: François de la Serre | Élise de la Serre | Chrétien Lafrenière | Comte de Choisy

Russian Templars (Russian Revolution)

Yakov Yurovsky

21st Century Templars (Abstergo Industries, mainly)

Alan Rikkin | Warren Vidic | Daniel Cross | Juhani Otso Berg | Laetitia England | Laetitia England | Álvaro Gramática | Isabelle Ardant | Violet da Costa | Melanie Lemay

Templar's Allies and Puppets
Xerxes I of Persia | Ptolemy XIII | Cleopatra | Al Mualim | Abbas Sofian | Richard I of England | Sixtus IV | Dante Moro | Paganino | Jiajing Emperor | Isabella I of Castile | Duncan Walpole | Laurens Prins | Vance Travers | El Tiburón | Jean-Jacques Blaise d'Abbadie | James Cook | Kanen'tó:kon | Jacques Roux | Maxwell Roth | Leon Trotsky

Assassin Brotherhood & Their Allies
Achilles Davenport | Hope Jensen | Adéwalé | Kesegowaase | Liam O'Brien | Louis-Joseph Gaultier, Chevalier de la Vérendrye | Le Chasseur | Basim Ibn Ishaq

Bellatores Dei
Ebels | Engelwin | Euphrasia | Gozllin

Girolamo Savonarola's forces
Girolamo Savonarola | Painter | Guard Captain | Nobleman | Priest | Merchant | Doctor | Farmer | Condottiero | Preacher

Tyranny of George Washington
George Washington | Isreal Putnam | Benedict Arnold

Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper | John Billingsworth | Olwyn Owers

Gamilat | Isidora | Burgred of Mercia | Rued | Eadwyn | Ivarr the Boneless | Ricsige of Northumbria | Modron | Charles the Fat | Ercole Massimo | Peter Chamberlaine | Bartholomew Roberts | Pierre, Marquis de Fayet | Silas Thatcher | Philippe Rose | Fiend of Fleet Street