Kelly's Shroud was the Piece of Eden wielded by the Infamous Australian Bush Ranger, Ned Kelly.
The first recorded human wielder of the shroud was French Aristocrat and puppet of the Assassin Order, Madame du Pompadour who wore it around her neck as protection from Templar blades. It is presently unknown where she obtained it from, though it is thought it may have been given to her by an Assassin disguised as an admirer. Eventually, after finding papers detailing an attempt to steal the Piece of Eden from her chambers, she gave the Shroud, under the pretence of a gift, to King Louis XV.
Louis wore the Shroud at almost all times until the 5th of January, when he was almost killed by Templar Robert-François Damiens. In a conversation between the two, Louis was told of the shroud's true purpose and the lengths the Templar Order would go to acquire it. In a letter written to Madame
du Pompadour, Louis explains that he can no longer hold onto the Shroud under the fear of what could happen to him and those around him. Madame du Pompadour afraid of the implications this could hold, stole the Shroud and, under orders from the Assassins, secretly sent it to James Wolfe of the British Army, an ally of the Assassins.
James Wolfe recieved the shroud after landing on an island just offshore of Rochefort and slipping away from the group to meet with the courier. Upon returning with the Shroud now on his person, he was overcome with an unusual feeling of strength and suggested that he would need only 500 men to take Rochefort from the Templars. The commander, an assassin by the name of Sir John Mordaunt, however, refused, stating that the retaliation from them would be severe.
Death of John Wolfe
Two years later, Wolfe led the British assault on Québec City, Canada, not knowing that the Order had sent one of their own to retrieve the shroud at all costs. During the heat of battle, the agent quietly slipped the shroud from Wolfe's person. As the french forces began to retreat, Wolfe was shot three times by several french Templars so that he would not find out about his loss of the shroud before it was too late. Wolfe, though slightly surprised that the wounds did not heal, still died a "contented" man, seeing the enemy retreating.
Captain James Cook
Upon retrieval of the Shroud of Eden, the templar brought the artifact to his direct superiors in the Order who were stationed in the British Royal Society. With the use of the Society's prized Apple of Eden, which had been taken from the home of the scientist, Sir Isaac Newton, the Royal Society attained information of a vault in an, at the time, uncharted part of the world. The Templars of the Society sponsored a voyage to this land which would be led by the Captain James Cook who had, though unwittingly, helped the Templar efforts prior. On the 26th of August, 1768 AD, with the Apple and Shroud smuggled aboard under the watchful eye Templars on the crew, Cook set off on a voyage on the ship HMS Endeavour in the hopes of discovering new lands depicted in maps he had recieved from friend and assassin-turned-templar, Shay Cormac.
On the 19th of April, 1770, two years after departing, the destination finally came into view and, 10 days later on the 29th, they made landfall at the area now known as Botany Bay. Some time after the landing Cook found two crew members dead. Though Cook would not know this, the two men were the Templars guarding the Pieces of Eden which the killer, an Assassin, had stolen along with some supplies. Cook figured that the man couldn't have gone far, yet the search parties failed to turn up any leads.
The Kelly Gang
By the time of Victoria's reign, Australia had become a bustling settlement under the keen eye of the Templars. Sometime after 1864, Kelly came into contact with the Shroud while saving a boy, by the name of Richard Shelton, from drowning. He had found it in the bottom of the river, buried in the mud and carried it, along with Shelton, back to shore.
For saving the boy's life, Kelly was given a green sash for his bravery, under which he would wear the Piece of Eden so that it wasn't seen. Kelly was inducted into the Assassin Brotherhood sometime after this and, with the Shroud protecting him from harm, he went on to form the Kelly gang of bushrangers and used it to try and drive the templars out of Victoria, Australia. In an area known as Glenrowan, Templars of the police force engaged in a shootout with Kelly believing him to hold the Shroud on his person. Kelly, however, had given the Shroud to an Aboriginal Assassin to keep it from them, knowing that they would be hot on his trail. After a gunfight, the Templars were able to incapacitate Ned Kelly so that they could get close enough to him, but upon investigating his person, found nothing but the green sash. Kelly was executed but the Shroud was never found.