After receiving information that the Assassins were after the Scepter of Aset, Rikkin met with Laetitia England and Mitsuko Nakamura in New York, to ask them what should they do with the information. Mitsuko believed it was a trap and advised caution, but Laetitia thought they should do the opposite and act as quickly as possible. Rikkin considered both sides and assigned Vernon Hest to the mission, considering him one of their most careful and effective agents.
Later on, Rikkin reassigned Laetitia to Project Hydra, and was present when Doctor William McCoy introduced them to Subject 19. After some time, the project had a breakthrough and Rikkin presented it to the other Templar executives at Abstergo. Disappointed about Hest's progress on his mission, Rikkin pressured Laetitia on her project and discover the location of the Scepter as quickly as possible.