- "I'm attacked by a new enemy. I fear I will succumb. [...] The dreams, they become unspeakable. You are in them, Connor. I believe the visions come from this."
- ―George Washington to Ratonhnhaké:ton, on the visions from the Apple.[src]
- Isu (? – ?)
- Freemasons (? – 1781)
- George Washington (1781 – 1783)
- Ratonhnhaké:ton (1783)
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (c. 1944)
- John F. Kennedy (? – 1963)
- William Greer (1963)
- Alekseï Gavrani (1963)
- Assassins (1963 – ?)
Apple of Eden #3 was one of the numerous artifacts created by the First Civilization to control the minds of their slave race, the humans. After the Toba catastrophe in 75010 BCE, the First Civilization slowly became extinct, and the Pieces of Eden were scattered around the world.
In October 1781, during the American Revolutionary War, the Continental Army defeated the British at the Siege of Yorktown, marking the decisive victory for the revolutionaries. During the British surrender, Commander George Washington found the Apple of Eden on 'a British officer' and, encharmed by the artifact's allure, took it from him - though he later could not remember the officer's face.
After the war ended in 1783, Washington started to be plagued by dreams and visions created by the Apple, showing Washington being corrupted by the artifact's power and taking on the title of King of the United States, becoming a ruthless tyrant. Desperate to stop the visions, Washington sought out his former ally, the Assassin Connor, in the Frontier, explaining the visions to him. Connor wanted to see the artifact, and Washington hesitantly agreed.
As they both touched the Apple, Connor awoke in the alternate reality formed by Washington's nightmares, though he maintained his consciousness. With aid from American rebels, Ratonhnhaké:ton managed to defeat King Washington, though he too was ultimately drawn in by the Apple's power. When they both awoke, they both realized the Piece of Eden's dangers, and Washington told Ratonhnhaké:ton to take it from him and drop it into the sea.
Connor took his ship, the Aquila, out to sea, with the Apple weighted in a bag. In the meantime, a phantom created by the Apple spoke to Washington in his office, attempting to persuade him of a republic's flaws and to take on the mantle of King.
Washington's resolve proved stronger, and he refused the man's advice, and the illusion disappeared as Connor dropped the Apple into the ocean.
By 1944, the Apple had been recovered and was in the possession of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States. During this time, he found himself being manipulated by the Templars, alongside Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler, into starting a new World War.
The Apple was later passed down to John F. Kennedy, the 35th President, whom the Templars perceived as a threat in part due to his desire to give workers more civil liberties. Planning his assassination, Abstergo installed their own driver in the President's motorcade, William Greer–whom they had trained using another Apple–to take Kennedy's Apple after his death.Unbeknownst to Abstergo, however, was that Greer was an Assassin, acting under the extremist Boris Pash, who planned to take the Apple back to Pash. Before he could do so, however, he was stopped by fellow Assassin Alekseï Gavrani, who took the Apple back to the Brotherhood and vowed to stop Pash's schemes.