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Broken Sequence

The Assassins tried to access Memory sequence 9, but found the memory file was corrupted.

  • Desmond: Uh, Rebecca? What's going on...
  • Rebecca: I have to run some diagnostics, I'll get back to you.

Desmond started to relive Ezio Auditore's memory immediately after Minerva's hologram disappeared.[1]

Arrival in Monteriggioni

Desmond was pulled out of the Animus after Ezio returned to Monteriggioni.[2]

  • Rebecca: Lucy, I can't seem to get a position on Ezio's P.O.E.
  • Desmond: P.O.E? Could one of you tell me what's going on?
  • Lucy: Sorry, Desmond, Piece of Eden. In the Vatican, Minerva talked about other temples, that they're the key to preventing whatever terrible thing is about to happen to the Earth.
  • Desmond: Right.
  • Lucy: To find the temples, I'm convinced we need to get our hands on Ezio's Apple of Eden. Minerva altered it somehow when she "touched" it.
  • Desmond: Wait. We're at the Auditore Villa?
  • Lucy: Yes. It's our last safehouse in Italy. It turns out the Templars are watching the border.
  • Rebecca: Ezio hid the P.O.E. sometime in 1507, but when I try to access that DNA sequence, he seems to be... remembering something else.
  • Desmond: Like a memory inside a memory?
  • Rebecca: Yes. Exactly. Maybe.
  • Desmond: Exactly maybe?
  • Shaun: I believe you experienced something similar back at Abstergo, didn't you?
  • Lucy: Subject 15 exhibited memory-within-memory-like patterns, but she was pregnant. The memories of both the fetus' father and mother were competing.
  • Shaun: Desmond's not pregnant. At least, as far as I can tell. Might have just had a big lunch.

Lucy turned to Rebecca.

  • Lucy: Can you skip ahead to a later memory?
  • Rebecca: No, it doesn't work.
  • Lucy: Well that sounds familiar. We couldn't access Altaïr's later memories until Desmond had improved his synchronization.
  • Shaun: Then it's possible something similar has occurred here. Ezio's troubled state is being transposed onto Desmond, destabilizing the memory. Either that, or Rebecca's just not a very good engineer.
  • Rebecca: Thanks, asshole.
  • Shaun: What? I'm simply listing possible explanations. And that is amongst the most likely. Touchy...
  • Rebecca: This place isn't secure. Cell phone surveillance can see right through the walls.
  • Desmond: Don't you mean satellite surveillance?
  • Rebecca: Are you kidding? Abstergo upgraded to cell towers ages ago. The waves go through everything above ground. They're gonna find us.
  • Lucy: No they aren't. Come with me.

Lucy led Desmond and the other Assassins inside the Villa, to Mario's study.

  • Lucy: There's a beam blocking it from the inside. We're not getting in this way.
  • Rebecca: What's our next move?
  • Lucy: The road just loops back into the highway. This is not a good place for us to be right now.
  • Rebecca: Do we have any tarps? We need to cover up the van.
  • Shaun: I really hate to stress this, yeah, but we are running out of time.
  • Lucy: Well help us then, Shaun. Do you have any ideas?
  • Shaun: I don't know, maybe there's another way into the Sanctuary?
  • Desmond: Hey, I think I've got something.

Desmond beckoned Lucy.

  • Desmond: Follow me.

Desmond performed his first Leap of Faith, astonishing Lucy.

  • Lucy: Desmond, that was... pretty awesome.
  • Desmond: It just felt natural. We can get in through here.
  • Lucy: Good job.
  • Shaun: We'll just wait up here then shall we... yeah? All alone, with massive targets painted on our backs.

Desmond and Lucy entered the Auditore Crypt, though their glow-sticks failed to work at first.

  • Lucy: Why won't this turn on?...
  • Desmond: It's great to be out of the Animus.
  • Lucy: This isn't exactly my idea of a good time.
  • Desmond: Let me guess: you're more the in-bed-at-six type.
  • Lucy: What? Desmond! I know how to have fun.
  • Desmond: That's very convincing. Yeah, I'm convinced.
  • Lucy: Okay, okay. After we save the world, I'll show you.
  • Desmond: Wait, can I get that in writing?

The two managed to get their glow sticks to function.

  • Lucy: We have light!
Path to the Sanctuary

Desmond suffered the Bleeding Effect and saw the forms of Monteriggioni's townspeople escaping, with Ezio Auditore assisting them.

  • Desmond: What was that?
  • Lucy: I don't see anything.
  • Ezio: Run! Get out before i soldati (the soldiers) catch you! Correte! (Run!) Go!

Ezio pulled a lever, and a gate impaled a Borgia soldier as it fell. Afterwards, the apparitions faded away, revealing the guard's skeleton.

  • Desmond: They escaped through here.
  • Lucy: What?
  • Desmond: Ezio and the villagers. After the attack, I can see them now.
  • Lucy: I know it's difficult. But try to compartmentalize, Desmond. Focus on the present.
  • Desmond: What if I can't stop the visions? How long before I start painting symbols on the walls?
  • Lucy: Don't joke about that. Sixteen is dead. We're focusing on the present, okay?

The two of them walked up to the gate and Desmond pulled a nearby lever. The gate only raised a few inches above the bones of the guard, before Desmond let it go and it dropped back down.

  • Desmond: Great. It's stuck!
  • Lucy: I can get under there.
  • Desmond: Ready.

Desmond lifted the gate and Lucy quickly crawled under it.

  • Desmond: Any chance you can lift that gate?
  • Lucy: Not unless you want me to end up like that skeleton.
  • Desmond: I'll find another way around.
  • Lucy: I can drop into the corridor below through here.

Desmond cracked a joke.

  • Desmond: Watch out for bats.

Lucy replied in a slightly frightened manner.

  • Lucy: Where?!

Desmond laughed.

  • Desmond: I meant in case you see any.

Lucy scolded him back for his prank.

  • Lucy: Remind me not to make you a lookout.

Afterwards, Lucy jumped down, and Desmond began to see more figures through the Bleeding Effect.

  • Lucy: Desmond?
  • Desmond: More ghosts.
  • Lucy: I'm here, okay? Just stay with me.

Desmond heard a conversation between Claudia Auditore and Ezio, due to the Bleeding Effect.

  • Claudia: Ezio!
  • Ezio: Did anything fall on you?
  • Claudia: No. Is Mother all right?

The ghostly forms disappeared.

  • Lucy: Desmond? We can't climb this.
  • Desmond: How about you give me a boost?
  • Lucy: That's a bad idea.
  • Desmond: I could throw you into the air and you grab on.
  • Lucy: Even worse.
  • Desmond: Follow me.

Desmond walked toward a lift and pulled Lucy close to him.

  • Desmond: How about this?
  • Lucy: What are you going to—

Desmond kicked back the lever on the lift and the two of them rocketed upwards to a ledge.

  • Lucy: Nice job.
  • Desmond: I aim to please.

They began to freerun through the tunnel.

  • Desmond: I wonder how old these tunnels are.
  • Lucy: Middle Ages, probably. Luckily, these beams still hold our weight.
  • Desmond: After all this time in the Animus, I'm not so sure.
  • Lucy: Ya, I didn't want to say anything, but you're really getting fat.
  • Desmond: Ouch.

Lucy replied back jokingly.

  • Lucy: I even told Rebecca to widen the Animus.
  • Desmond: Seriously?
  • Lucy: No.
  • Desmond: You know, when I came here last...
  • Lucy: When Ezio came here.
  • Desmond: Yeah, I meant Ezio.
  • Lucy: I shouldn't put you through this. It's not right.

Desmond reassured Lucy.

  • Desmond: Hey. All joking aside, I'm having the time of my life. And it's thanks to you.
  • Lucy: Just focus on where you're going, okay?

They both came to another gate and lever.

  • Desmond: When did this become my job?
  • Lucy: If I pulled all the levers, then what would be left for you?

Desmond feigned innocence.

  • Desmond: Nothing.
  • Lucy: Nice try.
  • Desmond: Ready.

The gate opened and Lucy rolled under it.

  • Lucy: Found a switch.

Lucy pulled a lever, and grinding noises could be heard.

  • Desmond: Something's opened.
  • Lucy: I'm stuck over here, but I can see a lever across the water.
  • Desmond: Great, Ezio gets a bath with Caterina Sforza and I get... a swim in a toilet.

Desmond pulled a lever to help Lucy progress.

  • Desmond: I've got this one!
  • Lucy: There's another lever up ahead. Come over here.

Desmond jumped into the water and was shocked at its temperature.

  • Desmond: Oh man. It's freezing!
  • Lucy: Stop whining!
  • Desmond: It's easy for you to say! You're not the one swimming in medieval toxic waste! Ugh!

Desmond climbed out of the water.

  • Desmond: I smell terrible.
  • Lucy: You're exaggerating.

Desmond climbed up some scaffolding near to him.

  • Lucy: Remember, this is the time of your life.
  • Desmond: Yeah, yeah. How come you don't have to get wet?
  • Lucy: Because you're here.
  • Desmond: Charming.
  • Lucy: Aren't I?

They both rappelled up another pulley and the Bleeding Effect provided Desmond with some more visions.

  • Claudia: Ezio! We are on the other side! Hurry!
  • Soldier 1: Cazzo! (Fuck!)
  • Soldier 2: Dio mi salve! (God save me!)
  • Desmond: Great. The bridge is out. We can't jump this.
  • Lucy: I have an idea, but I'll need your help. Stand on the edge and get ready.
  • Desmond: Ready.

Lucy ran at Desmond, who catapulted her to the supports.

  • Lucy: Made it! Let me see...
  • Desmond: Oh, you go on ahead. I'll just stay here to die in the dark with the bats!

Lucy provided Desmond with a platform to cross, allowing him to progress.

  • Lucy: Jump across.
  • Desmond: Nice work.
  • Lucy: The bats will be disappointed.
  • Desmond: For now.

Another short vision appeared to Desmond.

  • Soldier: Soldati! (Soldiers!) I have found an entrance.
  • Desmond: Strange. You would think that these stairs lead somewhere.
  • Lucy: But they don't.
  • Desmond: Oh, life is full of disappointments.

They came to a bridge, sealed against the cave walls.

  • Lucy: I'll wait here.
  • Desmond: Good. Let me just go and get that bridge down for you.
  • Lucy: Uh, I did the last one.
  • Desmond: And I'm sure that will be your last one.
  • Lucy: Ha ha, very funny.
  • Desmond: Got it.

Lucy replied back in a whimsical manner.

  • Lucy: Thank you, Desmond.

They came to another collapsed bridge.

  • Lucy: Now it's my turn to even the score.
  • Desmond: Thanks. It's a start.
  • Lucy: Do your magic.
  • Desmond: Up you go!
  • Lucy: Thanks. We make a good team. I can see the Sanctuary up ahead.
Setting Up

Upon entering the Sanctuary, Desmond saw an image of an aged Ezio, due to the Bleeding Effect.

  • Desmond: Wow. He looks so... old. Ezio must have come back here long after the attack. But why?
  • Lucy: Desmond!
  • Desmond: Right. Let's get that door open.

Desmond noticed a triangular symbol on the wall, opposite to the bookcase that acted as a door to the hidden passageway which the two were behind.

  • Desmond: There's something here.

Shaun could be heard, although muffled, from behind the passageway door.

  • Shaun: Can you open the damn bookcase, Desmond?

Desmond pulled up the locks and the bookcase opened, with Shaun and Rebecca walking through afterwards.

  • Rebecca: You guys did it!
  • Shaun: About bloody time!

Shaun noticed the symbol on the wall.

  • Shaun: What's that?
  • Desmond: Looks like something Ezio left behind.

Desmond activated Eagle Vision to try and learn more about it, and noticed three numbers.

  • Desmond: There are numbers underneath it. 1419, 1420, 1421.
  • Lucy: Maybe you should lie down for a bit.
  • Desmond: Nah, its all right. I'm fine.
  • Rebecca: Whoa, they built this place to last. No signs of structural damage. No cell signal either. Let's get the Animus set up down there.
  • Lucy: All right, that's good. Shaun, hide the van in town, and make sure you aren't followed.
  • Shaun: What is that smell?!
  • Desmond: It's... my clothes.
  • Shaun: They smell like you swam through a sewer.

Desmond replied back in a playful way.

  • Desmond: It was Lucy's idea.

Lucy shot Desmond a dirty look, as he had called her out.

  • Rebecca: Wait a minute guys. We need power down here. There's a line nearby that I can hook into but the wattage is weak.

Rebecca handed Desmond some circuit breakers.

  • Shaun: Yeah, of course. Yeah, yeah. Anything else you two would like? You know, some caviar perhaps? Maybe you'd like me to knit you a lovely hat. No. Fine.

Shaun turned to Desmond.

  • Shaun: Follow me.

Shaun led Desmond outside.

  • Shaun: Right, look around Monteriggioni for circuit boxes. Rebecca's little doodads, they'll reroute small amounts of electricity to the power line underneath the Villa. Don't ask me how they work, if I understood that, I wouldn't be the fellow hiding the van.
The Improved Animus

After powering up the Sanctuary, Desmond returned to his team.

  • Desmond: I'm back.
  • Lucy: Just in time. The sun's rising.
  • Rebecca: Yes! It's booted. We're good to go.
  • Shaun: Did you miss me? No? Anyone? Hello, am I speaking out loud? Hello? Workaholics.
  • Lucy: Let's get started.

Desmond went over to Shaun to talk.

  • Desmond: Do you have any clue about those numbers under the drawing?
  • Shaun: 1419, 1420, 1421. Maybe something to do with the Hundred Years War. Or wait... In 1419, Pope Martin V arrived in Florence, right? He left for Rome in 1420, and that was the same year Brunelleschi began building the Duomo. And in 1421... in 1421... Yeah, I'll have to do some more research I think.
  • Desmond: So, what do you think of Monteriggioni?
  • Shaun: This is not Monteriggioni. Monteriggioni existed during the Renaissance. Ask me how the town was in 1554 when it was seized by Florence and I'll tell you.
  • Desmond: Huh. I figured you'd like it nowadays. Seems not to have changed much.
  • Shaun: Exactly. History is the study of change. Change is life. When things become static, it means they're dead.

Desmond then went to talk with Lucy, regarding the Assassins.

  • Desmond: What are we going to do about Abstergo?
  • Lucy: Wait it out. As soon as we find the Apple, I'll get in contact with our other teams in Europe, but as far as Italy goes, we're on our own.
  • Shaun: It would be nice to have some help from above.
  • Lucy: Our top Assassins are busy gathering info about the Templar satellite launch. We've pinpointed several possible facilities in the U.S, China, and Russia, but there are no clear leads yet.
  • Desmond: What are the other teams doing?
  • Lucy: Combating Abstergo's search for Pieces of Eden. As far as I know, Abstergo has no clue about the Temples and Ezio's Apple. We might actually be ahead for once.

Desmond then went to bother Rebecca, with her work as the topic of discussion.

  • Desmond: You seem focused.
  • Rebecca: I've been busy patching new systems into Baby here. She's only gonna get better.
  • Shaun: Is Desmond going to be able to relive memories this time?
  • Rebecca: As a matter of fact, he will.
  • Desmond: You always been a tech geek?
  • Rebecca: Nah, I was into sports, but then I broke my leg and started playing with computers. Who knew that coding could be just as exhilarating as strapping on a board and dropping out of a helicopter?
  • Shaun: Just FYI, you might want to get your adrenal glands checked. You know, because that, that is not normal.

Desmond then re-entered the Animus.

  • Rebecca: As you may have noticed in the van, I made some improvements to the Animus and I've also patched in a new VR Training program. Here you can show off all those flashy moves you've picked up from your ancestors. Let me open one of the missions.

Desmond attempted one of the virtual missions and completed it.

  • Rebecca: You can access more VR missions to the Animus Desktop. As you complete training sessions, I'll add additional challenges. To stop your subconscious from rejecting Ezio's later memories you'll gonna have to live them in order his genome recorded them. Highlight Sequence 2 for me, Desmond.

Desmond selected Memory sequence 2.

  • Rebecca: Good, now select it and you'll gonna see the memories inside. Once you've unlocked the memory by accessing this menu you can relive it as many times as you want.
  • Desmond: And what if there are memories I just want to forget?
  • Lucy: Desmond, this is very important. If you need to take a break, log out of the Animus. You can leave the machine whenever you like.
  • Desmond: I'm all set to go, don't worry.
  • Rebecca: One last thing: as you raise your synchronization by executing events the way Ezio lived them, you might even discover some repressed memories. Okay, let's get started. Select the first memory.
  • Shaun: Desmond, I've been looking about these gibberish five-digit codes from the end of Subject 16's files and I seem to discovered a remarkable coincidence. The codes correspond perfectly with coordinates inside the Animus. I've tagged the landmarks pinpointed by the coordinates with eye icons in the database. Now, odds are you won't find anything there, but well, who knows?
After Memory Sequence 2

Desmond struck up a conversation with Shaun.

  • Desmond: You still managing the teams out in the field?
  • Shaun: No phone line. Rebecca's working on patching us into the network.
  • Desmond: So how does it feel, letting the lady do all the work?

Shaun scoffed.

  • Shaun: She's no lady!
  • Rebecca: HEY!
  • Desmond: You think we're safe here?
  • Shaun: I'm more concerned about the other Assassins out there. If Abstergo stumbles onto information about the Temples, we could have a disaster on our hands.
  • Desmond: The only people alive who've heard of the Temples are in this room.
  • Shaun: For now, but who knows? Maybe they're listening to this conversation and you just gave everything away!
  • Desmond: You brought them up first.
  • Shaun: You are paranoid, Desmond.
  • Desmond: Ah, well played.

Desmond then went over to check up on Lucy.

  • Desmond: Everything all right?
  • Lucy: I don't like being stuck underground with them out there looking for us.
  • Desmond: You're doing a great job. We're safe here.
  • Lucy: But for how long? Vidic won't give up. I know it.
  • Desmond: Neither will we.

After talking with Lucy, Desmond inquired about Rebecca, and whether she tried out the Animus for herself.

  • Desmond: Why do we have to stay down here all day?
  • Rebecca: Abstergo's still looking for us. It'd be better if we never went out at all, but then, we'd run out of supplies.
  • Desmond: It's like being stuck in a cave during a rainstorm.
  • Rebecca: Well, knowing the Templars, monsoon season's about to arrive.
  • Desmond: You ever use the Animus?
  • Rebecca: Your ancestors have such interesting lives. I went in once. It was pretty lame.
  • Shaun: Yeah, what were you? Some kind of spinster probably?
  • Rebecca: Worse. A Prussian mercenary. I spent hours firing guns. BORING
  • Shaun: Yeah. Guns are for sissies.
After Memory Sequence 3

Desmond decided to talk to Lucy, regarding Abstergo's motivations and her link to them.

  • Desmond: Any news from the outside?
  • Lucy: Rebecca's patched in a phone line. The Templars are still guarding the border, and Vidic seems to be busy too.
  • Desmond: Doing what?
  • Lucy: From the look of things, he's using Animus data to train Abstergo operatives.
  • Desmond: Meaning?
  • Lucy: Abstergo's planning for a full on assault.
  • Desmond: Weren't you the only Assassin at Abstergo's Animus facility? How are you getting data from them?
  • Lucy: Some old passwords work, but I can't dig very far into the network.

Desmond then went to Shaun to discuss ciphers and his love life.

  • Desmond: Any theories on that cipher Machiavelli handed me? Ezio, I mean.
  • Shaun: I can't decode it without the key. It's a one-time disposable pad.
  • Desmond: What's that?
  • Shaun: It's a cipher with a unique, disposable key. Imagine if someone used the first letter of every word in the Declaration of Independence to encipher something. Well, without the Declaration, you couldn't decrypt it.
  • Rebecca: I bet I could run it through the computer.
  • Shaun: There are some things even a computer can't do... like—like love, Rebecca. Like love.
  • Desmond: So, Shaun, any lions outside the pride?
  • Lucy: Who was that girl you were dating? Kate?
  • Shaun: Ah yeah, Kate. Katie, Katie, Katie, kitty-kat-Kate. Charmed the pants right off her, I did.
  • Rebecca: Yeah right. I know for a fact you two didn't make it to second base.
  • Shaun: Oh, di— di—...wait, what, what?
  • Rebecca: We had lunch!
  • Shaun: You... had lunch... with Kate?
  • Rebecca: Whatever, I got work to do.

After speaking with the other two members, Desmond approached Rebecca and asked whether she had taken a life.

  • Desmond: You ever killed anyone?
  • Rebecca: Hello to you too. I dated a guy who was an electronics engineer around the time the Assassins first contacted me.
  • Desmond: And?
  • Rebecca: Now I'm single.
  • Desmond: Are you kidding?!
  • Rebecca: Of course I'm kidding! You think I would actually joke about someone I actually killed?! Death is only funny when it's not happening in front of you! I should know, and that's all I'm gonna say about it.
  • Desmond: I noticed you didn't patch the translation software.
  • Rebecca: Nah, it's still buggy. There's only an occasional glitch in the Italian, but if you hit any German or French, watch out.

Desmond then went on to do other things around the Sanctuary, such as staring at Altaïr's statue.

  • Desmond: Hey, wassa matta you, Altaïr?
  • Rebecca: That's racist!

Desmond replied back in an insulted manner.

  • Desmond: You're racist!
  • Lucy: Really? This is what you guys are doing?
  • Desmond: Oh no, God forbid I take a break! I've only spent the past THREE FUCKING WEEKS inside that machine!
  • Lucy: No, no, you're right. Let's all screw around while the world falls to pieces!
  • Desmond: Hey, this isn't easy, you know!
  • Rebecca: Right, like we're all on vacation out here?

Lucy raised her voice to try and drown out the others who were arguing.

  • Lucy: ENOUGH! Look, everyone's under a lot of pressure, but we're the only ones who can stop Abstergo. So we need to keep it together.

Still displeased, but somewhat calmer, Desmond replied back.

  • Desmond: She's right. We need to be a "hive mind" here, people.

Shaun, previously uninvolved with the argument, cut in nonchalantly.

  • Shaun: Anybody up for some reconciliatory yoga? Anyone?
  • Lucy: Very funny, guys.
After Memory Sequence 4

Desmond struck up some conversation with Shaun, revolving around Caterina Sforza and the main Assassin HQ.

  • Desmond: What happened to Caterina Sforza?
  • Shaun: She went back to Florence and petitioned unsuccessfully for the return of her lands. Then, she died of pneumonia.
  • Desmond: That's sad.
  • Shaun: That's life. Well, that's death technically, but you take my point.
  • Desmond: We ever going to visit the head Assassins? I heard about this meeting place when I was younger.
  • Shaun: Apparently, it exists. Though I'm not sure because I've never been.
  • Lucy: You'll get to see it once we have the Apple.
  • Shaun: Well, I expect amazing things. A private espresso bar for example.
  • Lucy: What a waste of money.
  • Shaun: You obviously aren't an espresso drinker.

After speaking with Shaun, Desmond walked over to Rebecca to chat about the power and the Animus.

  • Desmond: How's the power situation?
  • Rebecca: It's okay for now, but the power lines are from the stone age.

Shaun suddenly cut in with a complaint.

  • Shaun: Bloody third world country!
  • Rebecca: You're talking about Italy?
  • Shaun: No, Europe in general.
  • Rebecca: I didn't know England is a third world country.
  • Shaun: England is not in Europe actually, Rebecca. We tolerate Europe... You know, like a person tolerates herpes.
  • Desmond: How did you manage to create a copy of the Animus?
  • Rebecca: Oh, you know. Lucy sent me schematics.
  • Desmond: I thought she couldn't get anything out of Abstergo?
  • Rebecca: She had her ways. I improvised on the rest.
  • Desmond: Huh.

A hungry Desmond then went to Lucy, concerning the food supplies, as well as to inspire some hope in her.

  • Desmond: We going to get any food in here?
  • Lucy: People who don't work, don't eat...

A brief awkward silence filled the Sanctuary.

  • Lucy: I'm kidding! You knew I was kidding, right?
  • Shaun: Riiight. Smile and nod.
  • Lucy: Someone just volunteered to get the food.
  • Shaun: It was worth it.

A short while passed.

  • Lucy: Sometimes I feel so disconnected from everything out there. Nearly a decade of my life gone, searching for those Pieces of Eden.
  • Desmond: Think how great you'll feel when we finally stop the Templars.
  • Lucy: I'm not sure it will ever end, Desmond. I can't do this forever.
  • Desmond: I can't buy it. The Lucy I know brought me here and taught me how to see. She would never give up.
  • Lucy: I guess I trained you well, huh?
  • Desmond: You did alright.

Once Desmond ate a hamburger, Rebecca made what could be her vegetarianism known.

  • Rebecca: Carnivore!
  • Shaun: Hypocrite! Did you know plants give off chemicals which attract predatory insects when they're attacked? Sounds pretty animal-like to me.
  • Rebecca: You know too much for your own good.
  • Shaun: That's what my priest used to say.
After Memory Sequence 7

Wishing to know more about Ezio's nemesis Cesare Borgia, Desmond approached Shaun for some information.

  • Desmond: Any good stories about Cesare?
  • Shaun: Are you kidding? He was notorious. Get this: in 1502, his top captains rebelled against him. He made concessions to all of them and they rejoined his army. Then, on New Year's Eve in 1503, he got them together inside a room in Senigallia. Everyone was arrested. Two were put back to back and strangled by Micheletto that very night.[3] The rest were thrown into chains and... and killed a few weeks later.
  • Desmond: Wow.
  • Shaun: The amazing thing is that Cesare was so friendly during the months before, they never saw the trap coming. Machiavelli called him the master deceiver.
  • Desmond: So Cesare was pretty secretive.
  • Shaun: Yeah, he was, yeah. Except, weirdly, when it came to sex. After his wedding, he sent a letter to the Pope explicitly describing the intercourse on his wedding night. According to the letter, Cesare and his French bride did the deed eight times.
  • Rebecca: Isn't that a Catholic thing?
  • Desmond: What?
  • Rebecca: You're supposed to send the Pope a letter about your wedding night. It lets the old guy live a little, you know?
  • Shaun: You know... that sounds quite plausible actually.

From there, Desmond spoke with Rebecca about his psychological state, in connection with the corrupted sequence.

  • Desmond: That disrupted memory seems to be getting clearer.
  • Rebecca: It's amazing. The sequence is repairing itself, as if we're helping you work through psychological trauma.
  • Desmond: So I'm going to be more balanced person by the end of this?
  • Rebecca: Oh, I have no clue. But the idea's cool.
  • Shaun: Are you saying that because you feel guilty about frying his brain?
  • Rebecca: Shaun's on latrine duty!
  • Lucy: Deal.
  • Shaun: Ah, of course, you side with her. Communists.

Following that, Desmond went to talk with Lucy, inquiring about the amount of time they had left to improve his skills.

  • Desmond: How long do we have before the Templar satellite launch?
  • Lucy: It's October 8th, so that leaves us with... 74 days.
  • Desmond: Not much time.
  • Lucy: Think about all that you've been through in the last month. 74 days is a long time.
  • Desmond: We're getting closer to the Apple. I can feel it.
  • Lucy: If it were up to me, you'd take more breaks.
  • Desmond: Good thing the fate of the world doesn't rest on your shoulders.
  • Lucy: Hey, joke all you want but your mental health is a serious concern. It only takes a couple of months for most Animus users to exhibit extreme side effects and you've been in for prolonged stretches of time.
  • Desmond: I'll rest once we have the Apple.
  • Lucy: I was afraid you'd say that.
The Miracle is in the Execution
  • Desmond: There's nothing here.
  • Rebecca: Strange. I'm seeing a massive amount of data.
  • Lucy: What does he mean "The miracle is in the execution?"
  • Shaun: I don’t know. Some kind of commentary on nihilism?
  • Desmond: He's playing with us... unless—
  • Rebecca: ...it isn't a video! Hang on. Launch it yourself, when you're ready.

Desmond found himself in a virtual maze. After some free-running, he found Subject 16.

  • Animus voice: Compiling subsystems. Infrastructure. Tendons. Heart.
  • Subject 16: Voice.
  • Desmond: Subject 16?

The virtual construct of Subject 16 laughed.

  • Subject 16: Yes, yes, Subject 17.
  • Desmond: You're dead. I saw your blood!
  • Subject 16: No time. It is far later than you know. Too late to save them.
  • Desmond: Who?
  • Subject 16: She is not who you think she is. Everything you hope to become, everything you hold dear, it’s already gone.
  • Desmond: Explain. Please.
  • Subject 16: Eden. She... in Eden. Find Eve. The key. Her DNA...
  • Desmond: Tell me!
  • Subject 16: I cannot... The sun... Your son... Too weak... Must replenish energy...
  • Desmond: Don't go!
  • Subject 16: I am with you 'til the end. Find me, in the darkness.

Subject 16 disappeared, and Desmond removed himself from the Animus.

  • Lucy: Desmond! You're safe. We thought we'd lost you.
  • Desmond: I'm here. I saw 16, I think. I don't know whether it actually happened. It feels like a dream.
  • Rebecca: Well, whatever it was, it's gone now. The Animus is behaving normally.
  • Lucy: Take a break before going back in there, okay?

Desmond apologized to Lucy.

  • Desmond: Sorry for frightening you.
  • Lucy: Don't worry about me.
  • Desmond: Okay.
  • Lucy: When you're ready, let's continue.
After Memory Sequence 9

After fully synchronizing with Ezio, the four-man Assassin team discovered the location of Ezio's Apple.

  • Desmond: We've got it. The Colosseum.
  • Lucy: Let's go. We can be there before dawn.
  • Rebecca: Wait. There was something about that door. I don't think I saw a handle. Let me run an analysis.
  • Shaun: Great. So we need some kind of futuristic key?
  • Rebecca: It seems to open with a verbally triggered mechanism. I've never seen anything like it.
  • Lucy: You mean it needs a password?
  • Shaun: Try humming Beethoven's Fifth.

All of a sudden, the power cut out

  • Rebecca: Damn European power grid. Now we can't scan Ezio's memories to find the password.
  • Lucy: We have to find that password.
  • Rebecca: Ezio knows the answer. Problem is, he's dead.
  • Shaun: I can't believe we're stuck here.

While the three brainstormed ideas in the Sanctuary, Desmond headed upstairs to the triangular symbol on the wall.

  • Desmond: Hey. Maybe it has something to do with this.

The other Assassins walked up to Desmond.

  • Rebecca: The symbol matches the one on the door to the Vault.
  • Desmond: 1419, 1420, 1421... What if they aren't dates?
  • Shaun: 1419, 1420— Oh my God.
  • Desmond: What?
  • Shaun: God.
  • Rebecca: Tell us already!
  • Shaun: I am, I am. The Tetragrammaton. The 72 names of God. You see? They're all contained within three verses. Exodus 19 through 21. And get this, you'll like this, if you arrange the four Hebrew letters in God's name within an equilateral triangle, their numeric values add up to the same number: 72.
  • Rebecca: Are you absolutely sure about this?
  • Shaun: That's kind of why I'm saying it out Rebecca, yeah. But, I haven't got to the kicker yet. Construction on the Colosseum began in the year 72.
  • Rebecca: I think we have our password.
  • Lucy: Shaun, go get the van.
The Colosseum
  • Desmond: Déjà vu.
  • Rebecca: I bet.
  • Lucy: Let's go.
  • Shaun: What about us? You might actually need a historian down there.
  • Lucy: Shaun's right. That tunnel should lead under Capitoline Hill. I'll help them find another entrance. Be careful, Desmond.
  • Rebecca: I'll drive.
  • Shaun: Ah, nice try. I've seen your car.

Lucy, Shaun and Rebecca departed, leaving Desmond to go forward. From this point on, any contact between Desmond and the other three was through a radio connection.

  • Desmond: Lucy, I'm making my way toward the entrance.
  • Lucy: Okay. Good.
  • Shaun: If you see any gladiators, my advice would be: leg it!
  • Desmond: I'll keep that in mind. I can't believe I'm actually going to hold the Apple.
  • Lucy: It's been a long time coming. You've earned it.
  • Desmond: I wonder if it will change things. Whether it can tip the scales in our favor.
  • Shaun: I'm sure it will. It has to.
  • Desmond: What do you think we'll find?
  • Lucy: Hopefully, a map to the Temples.
  • Shaun: The Apple's just going to give it to us, yeah? Or is that Elvis over there?
  • Desmond: Hey, maybe this time we'll be lucky. There's so much construction. This place is like a maze.
  • Shaun: The hypogeum housed the cages of the gladiators and the machines which raised them to the surface. The whole area you're in right now was originally covered by the arena.
  • Desmond: Good to know.
  • Lucy: Something's bothering me. Today's date is October 10th.
  • Desmond: So?
  • Lucy: Guess how many days there are until the Templar satellite launch?
  • Desmond: I have a feeling I know the answer: 72.
  • Lucy: Why is today so important? We're just picking up the Apple and leaving.
  • Desmond: It's the door code. Someone wants to make sure we get it right.
  • Lucy: Yeah, I guess.
  • Desmond: Okay, I'm back on familiar ground.

Desmond found the hidden entrance and Juno appeared to him, though only he could hear her words.

  • Juno: We commit to this space the epilogue of our ending. Let it be found by he who is deemed worthy. Let it guide him. Let it shape his path forward. Let it save the world we leave behind.
  • Desmond: Who are you?
  • Lucy: What's going on, Desmond?
  • Desmond: Nothing.
  • Juno: In the beginning, we set our truths to parchment. To stone. To the memory of men. These proved impermanent things. Cleansed by fire. Cleansed by famine. Cleansed by flood. All the world is innocent once more. Innocent and ignorant.
  • Lucy: We've traced your position. I think I've found an entrance.
  • Desmond: OK.
A Knife to the Heart

Desmond entered Santa Maria Aracoeli through a secret entrance, while Lucy, Shaun and Rebecca waited at the door outside.

  • Desmond: I'm coming.

Desmond unbarred the door.

  • Shaun: Took you long enough.
  • Desmond: What is this place?
  • Shaun: Santa Maria Aracoeli. See those columns along the aisles? They're lifted from Roman ruins. Now, supposedly, this church was built on top of the ancient Temple of Juno.
  • Rebecca: I like the ceiling.
  • Shaun: You like the ceiling. Oh well, you are a fascinating travelling companion.
  • Lucy: Where to now?

Desmond had a vision of Ezio climbing up the altar.

  • Desmond: There's something up there.
  • Shaun: Oh well, we'll just stay down here shall we... and just pray or something.

Desmond activated what would turn out to be a wall lever, and multiple poles shifted out of the ceiling, constructing a series of free-running obstacles.

  • Juno: We did not build them to be wise. And now they are our final, faulted hope. You are they. You possess the potential for understanding. But you broke our tools. Or turned them against one another. We have destroyed what we could. Sealed away what we could not. Most. Not all. And it does not take many to unwind the world. Here is a safe place. Eternal. To store objects. Words. Wisdom. But not life. Almost did we have the means. But time... time erodes us. We can distract him. We can see past him. Feint left when he strikes right. But his reach is so very long. His stamina unending. We cannot evade his grasp. Not forever.

Desmond activated another switch, and a ladder came out of the wall.

  • Desmond: Something's opened. Here goes.

Desmond eventually activated a switch on the highest platform, and a pedestal came out of floor at the front of the church.

  • Shaun: Hello. That wasn't in the blueprints.
  • Lucy: Desmond, get down here!
  • Desmond: On my way.
  • Shaun: Whatever this is, it doesn't do anything. It's a dead end.
  • Desmond: I'm not so sure—

Desmond moved his hand above the pedestal, which activated into a lift on sensing his First Civilization genes, that took the Assassins underground.

  • Lucy: What's going on?!

The lift stopped, and the entrance to Juno's Temple could be seen.

  • Shaun: Yeah, if you want to kill us mate, you're going have to try a little harder than that.
  • Lucy: We're here.
  • Desmond: Now, for that password. If Shaun's right, that is.
  • Shaun: I'm always right.
  • Desmond: About that dead end...
  • Shaun: That never happened. I was misquoted.

The Assassins approached the door.

  • Desmond: Do you think it speaks English?
  • Rebecca: Just say it.
  • Desmond: Okay... seventy-two.

The door opened.

  • Shaun: After you... I think.
  • Desmond: You guys have to see this.
  • Lucy: This is amazing.
  • Rebecca: Wow.
  • Shaun: I'm actually impressed.
  • Lucy: The Apple seems to be in the center.
  • Desmond: Time to find out where those Temples are.

Desmond activated the pedestal, and multiple platforms and beams came out from the floor and walls.

  • Rebecca: Hey, Desmond. Those beams poking out of the wall look like switches. If you hit all of them, you might get some power to the central platform.
  • Shaun: Or you might cause this room to turn into an alien spaceship and fly away. Think about it!
  • Juno: A hundred years I might speak and still you would not know us. You with five senses. Us with six. The one we kept from you. To be safe. Now, you can never know. Only try. Grasp. You can SEE. SMELL. TASTE. TOUCH. HEAR. Knowledge has been locked away. After, when the world became undone, we tried to pass it through the blood. Tried to join you with us. You see the blue shimmer. You hear the words. But you do not know. WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT YOU AS YOU WERE. It is hard to stay contained. Knowing as we do. We wait for you, Desmond. You will come here. You will activate it. You will know only when it is too late.
  • Desmond: Do you hear any of that?
  • Lucy: Any of what, Desmond?

Desmond activated all of the switches, and stairs to the central platform came out of the floor.

  • Desmond: We did it.
  • Lucy: I can't believe we're finally here.

The Assassins approached the Apple of Eden.

  • Shaun: So where are the temples?
  • Desmond: You want me to ask it?
  • Lucy: Or think it or something.

The Apple activated and showed many different symbols around it.

  • Lucy: You sure you asked the right thing?
  • Shaun: I know this, I know this symbol. That's a Phrygian cap. It stands for freedom... and that, that's a Masonic eye. Now those two come together in only one place—

Desmond touched the Apple, and it took control of his body, while the other Assassins were frozen in time.

  • Desmond: What's happening? I can't move!
  • Juno: Your DNA communes with the Apple. You have activated it.
  • Desmond: Let me go!
  • Juno: On the 72nd day before the moment of awakening. You, birthed from our loins and the loins of our enemies. The end and the beginning, who we abhor and honor. The final journey commences. There is one who would accompany you through the gate. She lies not within our sight. The cross darkens the horizon.
  • Desmond: What are you doing?
  • Juno: The Path must be opened. You cannot escape your part in this. The scales shall be balanced.
  • Desmond: Stop. Please...
  • Juno: You know very little. We must guide you. Cease your struggle.
  • Desmond: No!

Forced to move by Juno, Desmond unwillingly approached Lucy and stabbed her in the stomach with his Hidden Blade.

  • Juno: It is done. The way lies all before you. Only she remains to be found. Awaken the sixth. Go. ALONE!

Afterwards, both Desmond and Lucy fell to the ground, with blood seeping out from her wound, while Desmond's mind began to lapse into unconsciousness. Following this, a short conversation between two people could be heard after a few minutes.

  • Harlan: Shit! He's gone into shock!
  • William: Put him back in the machine! It's the only way to fix this!
  • Harlan: But the Animus did this to him!
  • William: Am I the expert or not? Do it!
  • Desmond: No...

Desmond then began experiencing Ezio's memories of a repressed memory sequence.[4]

  • Desmond: What was that?
  • Voice: What's happening?
  • William: Ezio seems to be remembering something. Something from 1506.
  • Voice: Desmond's heart rate is increasing. I'm administering the sedative.
  • William: No. The missing data may be there. The Piece of Eden is useless until we have it. Let him continue.
  • Voice: Yes, William.

Desmond finished exploring the repressed memories.[5]

  • William: You can sedate Desmond now. We have the information we needed.
  • Voice: It's too late, the damage is done. He seems to have entered some kind of coma.
  • William: He'll find his way out. He always has in the past.
  • Voice: I've run the data through the computer, we have a location for the temple.
  • William: Then what are you waiting for? Let's go.
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