Assassin's Creed 1 is the first issue of the Titan comic book series Assassin's Creed. The comic, written by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery with art by Ivan Nunes and Neil Edwards was released on October 14, 2015.
Charlotte de la Cruz is overeducated and underemployed, wasting her time in a dead-end job in San Diego, and spending her free time chasing down conspiracy theories on the dark side of the internet.
When a real-life conspiracy crashes into her life, she's pulled into the orbit of the Assassins, a mysterious organisation of principled killers with roots stretching back thousands of years – and users of the stolen Animus technology, which allows them to experience the memories of their ancestors as if they were there!
Charlotte has a secret in her blood... the genetic memory of an ancestor who was in Salem at the time of the infamous witch trails: Tom Stoddard, an Assassin who witnessed a dark act with repercussions for the present day!
As Charlotte is trained in the Assassins' art, and as she begins to investigate the life of her ancestor... the forces of the Templar Order move against her. Will Charlotte learn the skills she needs to survive, and the truth she needs to prove her worth - before the Templars silence her forever?!
1852: The California Gold Rush. A female Assassin is pursuing John Sutter on horseback in the Great Basin Desert. Using her rope launcher, she mounts his carriage and dispatches the drivers. She informs him the Maidu want the gold he stole returned, before firing her rifle at an incoming rider.
2015: San Diego. Charlotte de la Cruz is playing this memory on her Helix, while chatting to another player. He invites her to meet, but she is creeped out that he knows that she lives in San Diego. She heads to a job application for the charity World Share, which ends with her storming off when she realizes her interviewer will probably give the position to her own daughter.
Back behind her desk at Malta Banking Corporation, Charlotte transfers ten thousand dollars to Ms. Morehead so she can pay for her daughter's healthcare. Charlotte instantly regrets her decision, realizing she will be fired. Returning home dejected, she is shocked to see Xavier Chen and Galina Voronina standing in her apartment. However, when they introduce themselves as being from the "Brotherhood", she rejoices, explaining she knows about them after trawling conspiracy websites.
Just as she declares she will join them, a group of Templars knock at her door. Assuming they have come about the money transfer, she opens her door, enabling them to barge through. A thug grabs Charlotte, but Galina rescues her by throwing a knife through his head. She then jumps off the apartment balcony onto the next building, urging Charlotte to follow. After hesitating, Charlotte jumps...
...and wakes up greeted by a seagull. Xavier and Galina greet her, having taken her to their cell's hideout in the Salton Sea. They introduce her to their technician Kody, who was the one who found her online, and the Animus.
They explain an Assassin named Joseph, whom they believed dead, reemerged at the Templars' headquarters, promising to reveal the location of an object they want. Joseph messaged them, explaining that it was a ruse to draw out a top Templar in San Diego. They need Charlotte to relive her ancestor's memories to verify what Joseph told the Templars: that the object was hidden in Salem during the witch trials.
1692: Salem Village. Charlotte is reliving the memories of Thomas Stoddard, who arrives to witness the hanging of Bridget Bishop. Stoddard walks away, and Charlotte's attempt to intervene causes her to desynchronize. As she pukes onto the floor, Xavier and Galina argue, as the latter has decided Joseph is a traitor. Charlotte declares she is going back in.