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Fuga da Abstergo
  • Lucy: Temos que ir.
  • Desmond: Lucy! Onde estava? Por que eles...
  • Lucy: Agora. Entre.
  • Desmond: Por que esse sangue? Você está bem?
  • Lucy: Olha, acho que temos dez minutos... ...acho... até descobrirem o que eu fiz. Se não estivermos longe daqui até lá...
  • Desmond: Peraí, estamos indo embora?
  • Lucy: Desmond, prometo que vou responder a todas as suas perguntas. Depois. Mas agora, preciso que você cale a boca e faça o que eu digo. Então por favor, entre no Animus.
  • Desmond: Certo...

Desmond entra no Animus e testemunha o nascimento de Ezio Auditore.

  • Lucy: Levanta. Vamos.
  • Desmond: Bem, hã, vou precisar de um segundo...
  • Lucy: Não dá tempo, Desmond. Temos que ir.
  • Desmond: Vamos sair mesmo daqui, né? A Abstergo tem uns decoradores bem perturbados...
  • Lucy: Quieto. Fique perto.

Dois guardas notaram Lucy e Desmond fugindo.

  • Guarda da Abstergo 1: Ei! Não deveria estar aí!

Lucy digitou um código e trancou uma porta, impedindo que os guardas os seguissem.

  • Guarda da Abstergo 2: Abra a porta!
  • Guarda da Abstergo 1: Eu vou avisar! Invadiram a ala de pesquisa. Repito: invadiram a ala de pesquisa. Peço reforços de todos os seguranças disponíveis. Parecem estar armados.
  • Desmond: Parede de vidro. Chique. Deve ser horrível de limpar.

Lucy e Desmond foram vistos pelos guardas da Abstergo.

  • Guarda da Abstergo 1: Estão lá! Não deixem eles fugirem.

Lucy brigou com os guardas, derrubando-os rapidamente. A dupla então entrou em um elevador próximo, viajando para baixo.

  • Desmond: Caraca... Olha esse lugar... E quanto às câmeras?
  • Lucy: Fiz elas mostrarem vídeo antigo. Como acha que escondi você bisbilhotando na Abstergo de noite?
  • Desmond: Você é boa...
  • Lucy: É o que dizem. Mas tão atrás de nós. Temos que ir rápido. Cuidado... Temos que entrar nos elevadores no outro lado da sala. Siga-me. Mas cuidado com a segurança. Prefiro evitar lutas.
  • Desmond: Isso é um Animus?
  • Lucy: Espere... Cuidado...
  • Desmond: Mas que... Quantos existem?
  • Lucy: Fique comigo...
  • Desmond: O plural é os Animus? Ou os Animi? O que você acha, Lucy? Lucy? Por que precisam de todos eles?
  • Lucy: Desmond. Cale. Essa. Boca. Por favor.

Lucy colocou um cartão no teclado e digitou um código, que falhou. Ela então tentou outra vez, sem sucesso.

  • Lucy: Merda! Achei que o cartão ia dar certo. Deve estar em outro sistema, e não tenho o código.
  • Desmond: Peraí...

Desmond tenta digitar um código no teclado.

  • Desmond: Merda! Ah, não brinca!

Desmond usa a Visão de Águia para ver as impressões digitais no teclado e digita o código "2374".

  • Lucy: Como fez isso?
  • Desmond: Não sei.
  • Lucy: Vamos. Sempre alguma coisa...
  • Desmond: Que foi isso no Animus? Paciente dezesseis? Ezio... Audi-não-sei-o-quê?
  • Lucy: Acho que estávamos errados. Por isso temos de sair daqui. Vidic e os Templários, são só parte do problema...
  • Desmond: Como assim?
  • Lucy: Explico quando chegarmos.
  • Desmond: Onde?

Desmond e Lucy chegam ao estacionamento e lutam contra um esquadrão de guardas. Depois, correm para o carro de Vidic e Lucy abre a mala.

  • Lucy: Entra.
  • Desmond: Tá brincando?
  • Lucy: É pra sua proteção.
  • Desmond: Ai, ai.

Desmond entra no porta-malas do carro.

  • Lucy: Quase lá...

Desmond lança um olhar sujo para Lucy, que bate a porta do porta-malas.

A Equipe

Algum tempo depois, Lucy abre o porta-malas e Desmond se senta.

  • Desmond: Valeu, hein. Foi demais... ficar quicando no porta-malas. Adorei.
  • Lucy: Por aqui.

Desmond sai do porta-malas e segue Lucy.

  • Desmond: Então... vai me contar o que tá rolando?
  • Lucy: A fuga teve um motivo, Desmond.

Desmond zomba.

  • Desmond: Claro.
  • Lucy: Precisamos de sua ajuda.
  • Desmond: Pra quê? Outra caça do tesouro pelo tempo?
  • Lucy: A Abstergo vai trocar a Maçã do Éden. O mapa que seu ancestral encontrou garante. Os outros Assassinos... Farão o que podem, onde podem. Mas...
  • Desmond: O que... o que foi?
  • Lucy: Estamos perdendo a guerra, Desmond. Os Templários são muito poderosos. E todo dia um de nós morre...
  • Desmond: Ainda não sei onde é que eu entro...
  • Lucy: Vamos te treinar, transformá-lo em um de nós.

Desmond responde chocado.

  • Desmond: O quê?! Não, não... já me viu em ação: não sou bom nisso. E mesmo se fosse... Levaria meses, anos.
  • Lucy: Não. Não com o Animus. E o efeito sangria.
  • Desmond: Mas sou um qualquer...
  • Lucy: Às vezes isso basta.
  • Desmond: Por isso encontrou ele... Meu ancestral. Qual era o nome? Ezio?
  • Lucy: Se puder seguir os passos dele, aprenderá tudo o que ele aprendeu. Anos de treino absorvidos em dias.
  • Desmond: Me tirou da Abstergo e me trouxe aqui só pra me tornar um Assassino?

Lucy se vira.

  • Lucy: Olha, não é só isso não, mas depois te falo. Confie em mim, tá?
  • Desmond: Tá. Tô dentro. Diga do que precisa.
  • Lucy: Sério? Tem certeza?
  • Desmond: Achei que ficaria feliz.

Lucy gagueja um pouco.

  • Lucy: Foi mal... Só tô meio surpresa. Eu passei o caminho todo até aqui pensando como ia te convencer...
  • Desmond: Não esquenta. Depois do que esses Templários fizeram comigo, tô mais que pronto.

Lucy abraça Desmond calorosamente.

  • Lucy: Valeu.

Eles continuam entrando no esconderijo de Roma, e Rebecca Crane dá um pulo quando vê Lucy.

  • Rebecca: Lucy! Você conseguiu! Nossa, há quanto tempo! Sete anos, acredita?!
  • Shaun: É mesmo. Bem-vinda de volta.

Shaun nota Desmond.

  • Shaun: Deve ser o famoso Paciente Dezessete... Desmond Miles, não é?
  • Desmond: Quem é você?
  • Shaun: Desculpe... Cadê a educação? Sou Shaun Hastings. Esta é Rebecca Crane.
  • Rebecca: Muito prazer, Desmond.
  • Shaun: A conversa tá boa, mas se não for incômodo, temos que trabalhar. O tempo anda curto ultimamente.
  • Rebecca: Tudo preparado, Lucy. Quando você quiser.
  • Lucy: Toma. Trouxe pra você. Lembrancinha da Abstergo.

Rebecca responde com entusiasmo.

  • Rebecca: Uau! O Núcleo de Memória! Demais! Com os dados deles, vai ser tudo mais rápido! Vou combinar os códigos...

Desmond vai até Lucy.

  • Desmond: Ei... Olha. Eu só queria agradecer. E me desculpar.
  • Lucy: Desculpar?
  • Desmond: Você sabe, antes. Tudo na Abstergo. Acontece que... Eu não tava pronto.
  • Lucy: Tudo bem.
  • Desmond: Não. Passar por tudo isso. Saber que os Templários ainda existem. O que planejam...
  • Lucy: O que está feito, está feito. O importante é que está aqui agora.
  • Desmond: Lucy, eu vi coisas. Símbolos no quarto. O código no teclado... Igual o Altaïr.
  • Lucy: É do efeito sangria. Não tá ganhando só memórias dos ancestrais, mas habilidades também. No caso, Visão de Águia.
  • Desmond: Habilidades?
  • Lucy: Você tá mais receptivo. Se der tudo certo, você aprenderá o que Ezio aprender no Animus.
  • Desmond: Acha que vai dar certo? Que vou me tornar um Assassino?
  • Lucy: Você já é um Assassino. Só vai ficar melhor nisso.
  • Shaun: É, espero que bem melhor. Sério mesmo, eu vi as fitas da Abstergo. Você nem sequer tentou fugir.
  • Desmond: Que cuzão...

Desmond vai até Rebecca.

  • Rebecca: Oi, Desmond, que foi?
  • Desmond: Queria saber seu papel nisso tudo.
  • Rebecca: Tomo conta dessa gracinha. Mantenho ele funcionando.
  • Desmond: Gracinha? Quer dizer o Animus.
  • Rebecca: Na real, prefiro Animus dois ponto zero, porque ela é duas vezes melhor do que na Abstergo. Os templários podem ter mais dinheiro, mas não têm ambição. Nem paixão! Ou competitividade! Por isso, mesmo com os recursos deles, tudo o que fazem, eu faço melhor. E mais rápido! Mas enfim, sente-se quando estiver pronto e podemos começar. Só preciso fazer mais uns ajustes...

Desmond se aproxima de Shaun.

  • Desmond: Pra que essas coisas?
  • Shaun: Essas coisas, Desmond, ah, não são nada de mais, só umas coisinhas que mantêm toda a nossa operação de pé. Precisa de muita concentração pra tudo funcionar, então foi mal se não tenho tempo pra conversinha.
  • Rebecca: Shaun cuida dos arquivos de conhecimento. Tipo uma biblioteca digital. Vai ser meu copiloto enquanto você estiver no Animus. Se você vir algo digno de nota, pessoas, lugares, eventos e tal, ele cria entradas nos bancos de dados pra você saber mais.
  • Shaun: É-é, mas não é só isso, não. Também dou suporte tático pros outros Assassinos. Sabe, Desmond, os que tão lá fora, fazendo coisas mesmo. Se arriscando, coisinhas assim.

Desmond se senta na poltrona do Animus.

  • Desmond: Como funciona?

Rebecca mostra a Desmond um fio.

  • Desmond: Claro.
  • Rebecca: Respire fundo!

Rebecca enfia o cateter no braço de Desmond.

  • Desmond: Ah!
  • Shaun: Oh, você é o quê? Uma criancinha?
  • Rebecca: Shaun!
  • Shaun: Bom...
  • Rebecca: Lá vamos nós!

Desmond começa a reviver as memórias de Ezio enquanto ele está com uma gangue nas ruas de Florença.[1]

Caça aos Glifos

Pouco depois de Ezio testemunhar o assassinato de seu pai e de seus dois irmãos,[2] a voz de Shaun interrompe as explorações de Desmond em Florença.

  • Shaun: Tenho um pedido. Identifiquei várias marcas estranhas que descobri em toda a Itália renascentista. Eu não sei o que estão fazendo lá, mas quero que me ajude a descobrir. Rebecca marcou a sua localização aproximada no banco de dados com um ícone de olho e fez eles brilharem também. Fique atento.

Depois que Desmond encontra o primeiro Glifo.

  • Shaun: There's one of the symbols! What does it mean? It must be there for a reason. Can you take a closer look? Hey! Try using Eagle Vision.
  • Rebecca: Wait, that's not possible. This can't be... hold on, that's computer code. Let me compile it... aw shit, it's an encrypted file.
  • Shaun: Upload it to my computer. I'm a master at decryption.
  • Rebecca: I can't. It's only compatible with the Animus itself.
  • Shaun: Up-upload it to Desmond then. I can't believe this.

After listening to Subject 16's recording.

  • Shaun: What the he—! How did this get inside our Animus?
  • Lucy: Oh, oh. The Memory Core, we transferred Sixteen's Memory Data from Abstergo into the Animus 2.0. He must have hacked the machine when Vidic left him alone between sessions.
  • Desmond: Hold on, wait a second... The signs on the walls in Abstergo... The ones written in blood. Those were clues! He was telling us to look for them inside the Animus.

After Desmond discovered the first Assassin Tomb.

  • Shaun: Look at that statue! It's identical in one in the Villa Auditore! I think you've stumbled onto one of the Assassin's Tombs Ezio's uncle mentioned.
  • Rebecca: Now that we know the way in, I'll tag the landmarks containing tombs in the database.
Precautions

After Ezio met Caterina Sforza,[3] Desmond's team extracted him from the Animus.

  • Desmond: Everything all right?
  • Lucy: Better than all right. You're making amazing progress.
  • Shaun: "Amazing" is quite a strong word.
  • Desmond: Then why are we stopping?
  • Rebecca: Prolonged exposure to the Animus can have, uh, side effects.
  • Desmond: Awesome.
  • Lucy: It's nothing to worry about. You haven't shown any of the symptoms.
  • Desmond: Symptoms? What symptoms?!
  • Rebecca: Degradation of cognition, temporal hallucinations, multiple awareness issues, overlapping realities, you know.

Desmond became worried.

  • Desmond: So what you're saying is...
  • Shaun: What we're saying, Desmond, is if you're not careful, you may not need the Animus to visit with your ancestors. Which wouldn't be a bad thing assuming you could control it. Up until now, though, no one has.
  • Desmond: Subject 16.
  • Lucy: We have safeguards, Desmond. And they kept him in the Animus for way too long, sometimes days at a time. We're being careful with you.
  • Desmond: I hope so.
  • Lucy: Anyway, I was hoping we could test out your skill retention. See if you've picked up some of Ezio's abilities.
  • Desmond: I'm game.
  • Lucy: Great. Meet me downstairs when you're ready.

Desmond initiated a conversation with Rebecca.

  • Rebecca: Hey! Nice work today. You're a natural.
  • Desmond: Thanks. it's definitely getting easier. I gotta say—after all the crap I went through at Abstergo—It's nice to be with the good guys.
  • Shaun: "Good guys?" Let's not get carried away.
  • Rebecca: What's that supposed to mean?
  • Shaun: In case you've forgotten, Rebecca, we're Assassins. I could look it up for you, if you like. Basically, it means we assassinate people.
  • Desmond: Only when we have to.
  • Shaun: It's a choice. You're choosing to kill.
  • Desmond: I haven't killed anyone.
  • Shaun: No. Not yet. But what do you think all this is for, eh? You think Lucy is giving you Ezio's abilities so you can build schools in South America and deliver rice to starving Indonesians? What are you Desmond, a vegan? You'd be the first vegan Assassin in history.
  • Rebecca: Look, it's not ideal. And taking a life is never easy. But sometimes there's no other way. Sometimes, Desmond, people have to die for things to change.
  • Shaun: She's got a point. But don't fool yourself into thinking you have no say. I mean, isn't it that what we're all about here? Safe-guarding free will?
  • Rebecca: Sorry... I didn't mean to make it into a whole big thing.
  • Desmond: Nah, it's cool. So, how's she treating you?
  • Rebecca: The translation software is still a bit laggy... You're probably catching the odd bit of Italian. Sorry about that.
  • Desmond: No worries. Abstergo's machine wasn't perfect either. And the subtitles... definitely a big plus.

Desmond walked over to Shaun.

  • Desmond: What could 16 have found that needs so much secrecy and security?
  • Shaun: Oh, I don't know, do I? Lucy thinks it's something about the Codex, but I'm not so sure. I'm all ears, if it's as life changing as 16 says. Blimey, if I was allowed to use the Animus, I'd be the one in there finding out. Instead, as usual I'm forced to sit here on the sidelines.
  • Desmond: What are you up to?
  • Shaun: What am I—who are you, my mum? I've been running traces on the Codex pages. Looking to see if any of them are still around.
  • Desmond: And?
  • Shaun: Nothing concrete. Reports on one in the archives of the National Central Library in Florence. Maybe a few in the hands of collectors... probably Templars. I'd send someone to check it out, but we're very short on manpower.
  • Desmond: How do you think the Codex wound up in Italy? I mean... it seems so random.
  • Shaun: Dante Alighieri by way of Marco Polo.
  • Desmond: Seriously?
  • Shaun: Something happened in 1321, yeah. Now, I'm still working on making the connections... But from what I can tell, Polo encountered the Assassins while visiting Kublai Khan. That's right, this must be when he obtained the Codex. Now, when he returned to Italy, he passed it on to Dante. Dante was close to them—if not an Assassin himself. Now, I have no idea what brought the two of them together... But I tell you what, I reckon we can find out.
  • Desmond: I don't think Lucy wants us messing with the Animus.
  • Shaun: Yeah, you're right. We've got enough to deal with. I guess satisfying my curiosity will have to wait.
  • Desmond: How did you get involved in this?
  • Shaun: Most Assassins, Desmond, are like you, yeah? They're "born" into the Brotherhood. Not me, though.
  • Rebecca: Ugh, here we go.
  • Shaun: What?! He asked. Anyway, I've always been fascinated by the unexplained. There's something exciting there, you know, a sense that life is more interesting, more mysterious than we've been led to believe.
  • Desmond: So, what, you just stumbled across the Assassins?
  • Shaun: No, I found the Templars first, actually. Abstergo's a big company. It's too big, which means there were slip-ups, you know, like that mess they're having right now with the fluoride. Only I was tracking this stuff years ago. I must have been, what, 14? 15?
  • Desmond: You knew Abstergo was a Templar company?
  • Shaun: No, not at first. I just knew they were up to no good and I figured maybe I could do something about it. So I starting digging up everything I could on the company, posting stuff to news groups, trying to spread word, looking for people with stories to tell.
  • Desmond: You must have gotten Abstergo's attention.
  • Shaun: Well, fortunately, I got Rebecca's first. Otherwise I'd be at the bottom of a river.
  • Rebecca: You're welcome.
  • Shaun: Yep, she tried to warn me. Told me I was messing with the wrong people.
  • Rebecca: And what did you do?
  • Shaun: I thought you were mental.
  • Rebecca: But now you know better.
  • Shaun: Yep, now I know you're just a bit mental.
  • Rebecca: Long story short, I saved his ass! Multiple times! Should've just dropped him and let Abstergo have their way.
  • Shaun: Listen to you, trying to be all "bad-ass."
  • Desmond: So what happened?
  • Shaun: I have a gift, Desmond. I have a gift for seeing things. Making connections, like your eagle vision, you know. Only useful.
  • Rebecca: We offered him a place with us.
  • Shaun: Yes, you did, yeah. The alternative? A life on the run from the most powerful organization on the planet. I decided to prolong my life. I'm eccentric like that. So I signed up. I've been doing research and analysis for them ever since. Best part is, I love it.
  • Desmond: What are you doing?
  • Shaun: I'm keeping tabs on the other teams.
  • Desmond: Other teams?
  • Shaun: The Templars have been hunting down the Pieces of Eden using the map they got from you at Abstergo. Luckily, Lucy has provided us with a copy as well, allowing us to pursue them.
  • Desmond: How's that working out?
  • Shaun: So far, so good.
  • Desmond: If they find even one piece, we'll have problems.
  • Shaun: Oh, you're picking up on that, are you? That is why we're training you. Once you've acquired the necessary skills, we'll be able to send you into the field.
  • Desmond: And you? Why aren't you out there?
  • Shaun: I'm not out there cause my expertise lies in other areas. And to be honest, I prefer it that way. But make no mistake, Desmond, I'm an Assassin through and through. I've killed before, I expect to kill again. It's just that I'd prefer not to.
The Bleeding Effect

Desmond walked up to Lucy's station.

  • Desmond: So what's the plan?
  • Lucy: We're going to see what you've managed to retain. Come on.

They both walked into the warehouse together.

  • Lucy: Abstergo's out there, waiting for us. They're better funded and better equipped. So it's only a matter of time before they find this place. We need to be ready for them when they do. I want you to activate the warehouse's defense system. I'll let you figure out how to reach the sensors.
  • Desmond: Aw, come on. Not even a hint?
  • Lucy: Open your eyes, Desmond.

Desmond started the course and began to suffer from the Bleeding Effect.

  • Desmond: Uh, Lucy... I'm seeing things.
  • Lucy: Do the hallucinations last longer than thirty seconds?
  • Desmond: No.
  • Lucy: Then it's nothing to be worried about. It'll pass.
  • Desmond: So how am I doing?
  • Lucy: You've picked up every single one of Ezio's skills. The adoption rate is fantastic! Another day or two and we'll be done.
  • Desmond: All right, you've gotta tell me. Why Ezio? Why Italy? I mean, we could've just gone back to Altaïr again. Follow him during his early years.
  • Lucy: It started with Sixteen...
  • Desmond: Ah, good old Subject 16. He repainted my room, y'know... with his blood!
  • Lucy: I've been going through his files. Vidic flagged a couple of his Animus sessions. A bunch of different ancestors, different dates and locations... ancient Africa, the Middle East... but towards the end, he became obsessed with Italy. I think he knew about the Vault. A few of the records of his later Animus sessions are missing, and the sessions that are there... After everything the Templars put him through... after everything I put him through... it's all scrambled. If we hadn't pushed Sixteen so hard, we'd have all the answers already... and maybe he'd still be alive.
  • Desmond: So you're after the Codex and the Vault?
  • Lucy: I knew you had an ancestor in Italy who was at the center of all this.

Desmond successfully reached all of the sensors.

  • Lucy: Alright, I think we're done for today.
  • Desmond: Lucy, what happened to Sixteen wasn't your fault. You were just as much a prisoner as I was.
  • Lucy: Thanks. Good night, Desmond. I'm glad you're here.

Desmond went upstairs to the hideout. On the way, he experienced another vision and lost consciousness.

Altaïr and Maria

Desmond relived Altaïr's memories in Acre.

  • Desmond: What the hell... What is this?... Where am I?... It's Acre. And... Altaïr? How the hell... I'm not even in the Animus. I must've passed out. Just having some kind of weird dream... Going without sleep for who knows how long... Guess I shouldn't be surprised...

Desmond noticed a person who ran once they spotted Altaïr.

  • Desmond: Hmm. That must be his target...

Altaïr chased his target to the top of the tower, where they took off their hood.

  • Desmond: Hey, it's the woman from Acre. What was her name? Maria. Yeah. Wonder what he wants with her...

Altaïr and Maria kissed.

  • Desmond: Whoa... Alright, wasn't expecting that...

Part of the memory skipped. Altaïr performed a Leap of Faith and left Maria, but the focus of the memory stayed with Maria.

  • Desmond: Wait a second... Why aren't I following Altaïr? I'm stuck here with Maria. Oh shit! That must mean... This is one weird dream...
Back to Work

Desmond woke up, and Rebecca came to speak to him.

  • Rebecca: Sorry to barge you on like this, but it's getting late and we were... Hey, you okay?
  • Desmond: Yeah, yeah... All good. Weird dreams. That's all...
  • Rebecca: All right. I'll let you get ready. See you in a few.
  • Shaun: Ah! Good of you to join us.
  • Desmond: Sorry, long night...
  • Shaun: What a professional, what a professional approach!
  • Rebecca: Leave him alone!
  • Shaun: Well, you'll forgive me if I want to get some actual work done. Hmm, madness, isn't it?
  • Lucy: Shaun! Please. That's enough.
  • Shaun: Alright...

Desmond struck up a conversation with Lucy.

  • Desmond: Hey...
  • Lucy: Uh, hi.
  • Desmond: Are you okay?
  • Lucy: Yeah, I'm fine. Everything's fine.
  • Desmond: You sure?
  • Lucy: We lost two more teams last night. That's eight of us just... gone.
  • Desmond: I'm sorry.
  • Lucy: I don't know what to do anymore... It just keep getting worse and worse.
  • Desmond: Hey, remember what you told me? You gotta have faith. And look. Here we are. Safe and sound.
  • Lucy: For how long? And when they find us? Then what?
  • Desmond: When that happens—if that happens. We'll deal with it. I'll keep you safe.
  • Lucy: Anyway—enough with my little breakdown. I should get back to work. And so should you.
Corrupted Sequences

After Ezio was initiated into the Italian Brotherhood,[4] Desmond was extracted from the Animus again.

  • Lucy: Are you okay? Do you want to stop?
  • Desmond: No, I need to go back. Right now.

Desmond resumed his Animus session, but was left waiting in the Memory Corridor for the next sequence to load.

  • Desmond: Everything okay out there?
  • Rebecca: Hold on, I'm gonna try to find a workaround. This one's corrupted too... Let me check another. This one seems okay. I'm gonna run some diagnostics. But at least now you can continue.
  • Lucy: Or we can take a break if you want.
  • Shaun: No, I would advise against that. I'm picking up a fair amount of radio chatter. Abstergo is none too pleased about losing you and Lucy and it's only a matter of time before they wind up here. We'd better finish with this before then.
  • Desmond: Alright. But what about the missing years? Anything important happen that we should know about?
  • Shaun: Alright, let's take a look, shall we... According to this, it's a rather tumultuous time for Florence. Following Lorenzo's death, the Medici are deposed, and a Dominican priest named Savonarola is given control of the city. Now he promptly turns it into the most miserable place on Earth. According to this, it's when the Bonfire of the Vanities took place.
  • Rebecca: Hey, I liked that movie!
  • Shaun: Oh, did you like that movie? That's interesting! What other movies do you like? Rebecca—the grownups are talking! Now let's see what else we have here... Some entries on Machiavelli, some trouble in Forlì, a rather amusing anecdote about Caterina Sforza and, well, her reproductive organs... I'll tell you later... O-oh... oh dear...
  • Lucy: Shaun?
  • Shaun: Of course... How could I have forgotten?
  • Desmond: You wanna share with the rest of us?
  • Shaun: Rodrigo Borgia is elected Pope in 1492. Which means Ezio's greatest enemy is now also the most powerful man in Italy.
  • Desmond: Always wanted to visit the Vatican.
  • Shaun: Well, your luck's in Desmond, happy days. 'Cause that's exactly where you're going.

The next memory finally loaded, and Desmond began experiencing Ezio's efforts during the Battle of Forlì.[5]

Entering the Vault

A hologram of the First Civilization member, Minerva, addressed Ezio after he entered the Vault.[6]

  • Minerva: Greetings, prophet. It is good you have come. Let us see it. To give thanks.

Ezio showed the Apple of Eden to Minerva, who "touched" it, and then Minerva spoke through Ezio to Desmond.

  • Minerva: We must speak.
  • Ezio: Who are you?

Minerva answered Ezio's question.

  • Minerva: Many names. When I died, it was Minerva. Before that Merva, and Mera. And on and on. The others, too: Juno, who was before called Uni; Jupiter, who was before called Tinia.
  • Ezio: You are... gods.

The projection of Minerva laughed.

  • Minerva: No. Not gods. We simply came... before. Even when we walked the world, your kind struggled to understand our existence. We were more... advanced in time. Your minds were not yet ready.

Minerva turned to Desmond.

  • Minerva: Still not, maybe never. No matter. You may not comprehend us. But you will comprehend our warning. You must.
  • Ezio: None of what you are saying makes sense.

Minerva addressed Ezio once more.

  • Minerva: Our words are not meant for you.
  • Ezio: What are you talking about? There is no one else here!

Minerva reprimanded Ezio.

  • Minerva: Enough! I do not wish to speak with you, but through you. You are the prophet. You've played your part. You anchor him, but please be silent! That we may commune.

Minerva returned her focus to Desmond.

  • Minerva: Listen. When we were still flesh, and our homes still whole, your kind betrayed us. We who made you. We who gave you life! We were strong. But you were many. And both of us craved war. So busy were we with earthly concerns, we failed to notice the heavens. And by the time we did... the world burned and naught remained but ash. It should have ended then and there. But we built you in our own image. We built you to survive. And so you did. Few were our numbers. Your kind and mine. It took sacrifice. Strength. Compassion. But we rebuilt. And as life returned to the world... We endeavored to ensure this tragedy would not be repeated. But now we are dying. And time will work against us. Truth turned into myth and legend. What we built, misunderstood. Let my words preserve the message and make a record of our loss. But let my words also bring hope. You must find the other temples. Built by those who knew to turn away from war. They worked to protect us—to save us from the fire. If you can find them... If their work can be saved... so too might this world. Be quick, for time grows short. And guard against the Cross, for there are many who will stand in your way. It is done. The message is delivered. We are gone from this world. All of us. We can do no more. The rest is up to you, Desmond.
  • Ezio: What? Who is Desmond? I don't understand! Please, wait! I have so many questions!
  • Desmond: What the fuck?
An Old Friend Returns

Desmond was pulled out of the Animus immediately after Minerva's speech.

  • Shaun: ...there's only about ten minutes until they get...
  • Rebecca: ...need all of my equipment...
  • Lucy: ...ready to go before they do... DESMOND!
  • Desmond: Yeah, yeah.
  • Lucy: Alright, Shaun. I need you and Rebecca to get everything in here packed up and loaded into the truck.

Lucy turned to Desmond.

  • Lucy: You and I'll deal with the Templars.
  • Desmond: What, they're here?
  • Shaun: It was only a matter of time before they discovered us. To be honest, I'm surprised it took them as long as it did.
  • Lucy: Let's go.
  • Shaun: Stop screwing around, mate, and help her. Desmond, go and help Lucy.
  • Desmond: So what's the plan? We ditch this place and then what?
  • Lucy: There's another safehouse. It's—We've got company. The truck's just up ahead.
  • Vidic: Mister Miles! This is an unexpectedly pleasant turn of events! And here I thought I'd have to waste more men on you! Kind of you to save me the trouble.
  • Desmond: What do you want, Vidic?
  • Vidic: For you to come home. We miss you terribly. There's still so much work for us to do together!
  • Lucy: It's not happening, Warren.
  • Vidic: You continue to disappoint in every conceivable way, Ms. Stillman. I saved your life once. Do you remember? And THIS is how you repay me?
  • Lucy: You saved me so you could keep experimenting on people—destroying their lives—and for what?
  • Vidic: Oh, this tired argument again. As I recall, you were there—at my side—every step of the way... Their blood is on YOUR hands just as much as MINE.

Lucy spoke to Desmond.

  • Lucy: You need to stop him.
  • Desmond: I'm on it.

Desmond and Lucy fought with Abstergo guards.

  • Vidic: Well, well! It seems Mister Miles learned to fight! It's only a matter of time before you're both back where you belong! Is this necessary? Our resources are infinite while yours dwindle by the minute.

Desmond incapacitated all of the guards with the help of Lucy.

  • Desmond: Uh-oh, Doc. Looks like it's just you and me now.
  • Vidic: Enjoy your victory Mister Miles, temporary as it is.

Vidic's truck drove away.

  • Rebecca: Desmond! We have to go!
  • Shaun: There you are! Come on. Help Lucy into the van. Hurry, Desmond! We need to go!
  • Lucy: You'll have your turn, Desmond. Warren's gonna get what he deserves. I promise.
  • Desmond: So what now? Where are we headed?
  • Lucy: There's a cabin up north. We should be safe there—at least for a little while. I have to analyze those tapes from your session—figure out what's happening.
  • Desmond: And then what?
  • Rebecca: Here we go. I've got you all hooked up. Got a long drive ahead of us. Figured you might want to play around with the Animus on the way...
  • Desmond: Alright, but I've got some questions first, I mean—what the hell was that in the Vault?
  • Lucy: What you saw proves everything I was afraid of. The Templars aren't our biggest threat. Not by a longshot.
  • Desmond: So... what, the sun is? What's it going to do? Cook the Earth?
  • Lucy: I doubt it, but... I don't know. There's been some speculation that the Earth's magnetic field is weakening... A sufficiently strong flare could flip the poles and cause geomagnetic reversal. It's all theoretical. But if it happens—the planet could become geologically unstable. Very unstable.
  • Shaun: It's meant to be the stuff of pseudo-science—but clearly something catastrophic happened to the people of the First Civilization. And that woman, what was her name? Minerva, was it?—she seemed to think we were due for a second round.
  • Desmond: So either way, we're fucked.
  • Lucy: I don't know yet... We'll keep reviewing the tapes. And you can keep digging through your memories. Maybe there's more to discover.
  • Desmond: Alright. Guess I better get started...
The Truth

The team reacted after Desmond uncovered Subject 16's encrypted video.[7]

  • Rebecca: Wow.
  • Shaun: Was that what I think it was?
  • Lucy: We'll send the video out for analysis as soon as Desmond's done in the machine.
  • Desmond: You okay?
  • Lucy: He'd be able to explain the whole thing to us. If only we could ask him.
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