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Conflict Looms was a virtual representation of one of Ratonhnhaké:ton genetic memories, relived by Desmond Miles in 2012 through the Animus 3.0.


Connor joined the Continental Army at Bunker Hill. As Israel Putnam argued with other commanders over where to camp, the British Army began bombarding the position with their ships. Connor volunteered to stop the bombardment.

Memory Animus Feedback System[]

  • Follow the scout.
  • Speak with Israel Putnam.
  • Swim to the ships.
  • Light the black powder in the ship's hold.
  • Climb the mast and replace the ship's flag.


George Washington was holding a speech, with Connor, Samuel Adams and Charles Lee listening.

  • George: For the support of the glorious cause I beg they will accept my most cordial thanks for this distinguished testimony of their approbation. But, lest some unlucky event should happen, unfavourable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered, by every Gentleman in the room, that I, this day, declare with utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the Command I am honored with. As to ...
  • Samuel: Truly, there is no man better suited to the task.
  • Charles: Really? I can think of several.
  • Connor: Charles Lee.
  • Charles: Do I know you?
  • Connor: I would not expect you to remember.
  • Samuel: Come Connor—there's someone I want you to meet. Sorry to pull you away like that, but the last thing we need is the two of you coming to blows. Connor, allow me to introduce you to our newly appointed Commander-in-Chief, George Washington.
  • George: Ah! So you're the one who saved Sam and John at Lexington.
  • Connor: It was the Patriots who did that, I merely lent support.
  • George: As humble as he is brave. We could use more men like you. I'm sorry, but if you'll excuse me—I should attend to Charles over there. He looks none too happy about being passed over for command. It was good to meet you, Connor.
  • Connor: Tell me you have news of Pitcairn.
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Washington introduced to Connor by Adams

  • Samuel: I'm told he's taken shelter in Boston, where he's guarded by a thousand Redcoats. The only way you're going to get at him, is if we draw him out. Lucky for you, we're launching an offensive against the city in order to do just that. Israel Putnam has been given command of our forces. Present this to him and he'll provide whatever aid you require. You'll find him at the encampment on Bunker Hill.
  • Connor: You have my thanks.
  • Samuel: No need. It's the least I could do. Pitcairn's a dangerous man. The sooner we're rid of him, the better.
  • Connor: I would say the same of Charles Lee.
  • Samuel: Now that's an altogether different beast. Let us leave it for another day. Best you head to Boston, Connor.

Connor traveled to Boston and met a Patriot soldier.

  • Patriot: Hold and state your business!
  • Connor: I'm looking for Israel Putnam.
  • Patriot: On who's orders?
  • Connor: Samuel Adams.
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Connor confronted by a Continental soldier at Breed's Hill

The Patriot inspected the letter Connor had been given by Adams.

  • Patriot: Follow me.
  • Connor: This is not Bunker Hill.
  • Patriot: Aye. It's Breed's. There's been some... disagreement as to where we should encamp.
  • Connor: Any news from Boston?
  • Patriot: The Tories aren't moving. And anytime we try to press them, we lose a dozen men. I think Putnam and the others plan to assemble artillery on these hills. A good shelling might make the Redcoats rethink their strategy.
  • Connor: And what of John Pitcairn?
  • Patriot: That bastard is the cagiest of the bunch. He's appeared, time to time, to taunt us or send regards by way of cannon fire. It's all right, though. He'll have what's coming to him soon enough.

They reached the encampment.

  • Patriot: Putnam's just up ahead. You can't miss him.
  • Putnam: I don't care much for your excuses, gentlemen. We should be building on Bunker Hill. Breed's is closer to the city, but it is also closer to their artillery!
  • Prescott: Our orders came from men so divorced from the situation, we are compelled by reason to employ our own faculties to make a proper determination.
  • Putnam: Were that I could understand even HALF that nonsense you just uttered.
  • Prescott: What's not to understand?! I'm trying to ensure our victory!
  • Putnam: What would you know about victory? I killed a she-wolf in her den, armed with only a knife. I escaped the Caughnawaga Indians who sought to burn me alive. And, I was the sole survivor of a shipwreck at the Battle of Havana. So you'll excuse me if I choose not to follow your advice.

A soldier got hit by a cannonball.

  • Putnam: I rest my case. I'm going back to Bunker Hill. Good-day, gentlemen.
  • Connor: General Putnam?
  • Putnam: What?
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Connor informing Putnam about his plan

  • Connor: I'm looking for John Pitcairn. I was told you'd be able to help me find him.
  • Putnam: He's tucked away inside the city with no reason to leave. So long as that ship continues its assault, we'll never flush him out.
  • Connor: But if the ship was silenced...
  • Putnam: Then poor John might be forced to get off his arse and come forward!
  • Connor: I shall fly this flag to signal my success.
  • Putnam: And I shall speak fondly of you at your funeral.

Connor then made his way towards the ships, taking them out by lighting the gunpowder. He then raised a different flag to signal back to Putnam and his troops.


Connor destroyed the ships and drew John Pitcairn out of hiding.

Behind the scenes[]

The flag Connor uses is anachronistic, as the 13-star Betsy Ross flag was first flown in 1777, two years after the battle. The cannons present in the Patriot encampment on Breed's Hill are also anachronistic, since the American rebels around Boston did not have any artillery until Henry Knox delivered them from Fort Ticonderoga, many months after the battle.



Assassin's Creed III memories
Main memories
Sequence 1
Refresher Course - A Deadly Performance - Journey to the New World
Sequence 2
Welcome to Boston - Johnson's Errand - The Surgeon - The Soldier - Infiltrating Southgate
Sequence 3
Unconvinced - Execution is Everything - The Braddock Expedition
Sequence 4
Hide and Seek - Feathers and Trees - Hunting Lessons - Something to Remember
Sequence 5
A Boorish Man - A Trip to Boston - Boston's Most Wanted - Lying Low - Stop the Presses - The Lost Son's Return - River Rescue - Training Begins - The Hard Way
Sequence 6
On Johnson's Trail - The Angry Chef - The Tea Party - Hostile Negotiations
Sequence 7
The Midnight Ride - Lexington and Concord - Conflict Looms - Battle of Bunker Hill
Sequence 8
Something on the Side - Bridewell Prison - Public Execution
Sequence 9
Missing Supplies - Father and Son - The Foam and the Flames - A Bitter End
Sequence 10
Alternate Methods - Broken Trust - Battle of Monmouth
Sequence 11
Battle of the Chesapeake - Lee's Last Stand
Sequence 12
Laid to Rest - Chasing Lee
Davenport Homestead - Kanatahséton - Evacuation Day
Duncan Little
Gangs - Gangs of Boston
Clipper Wilkinson
Conscription - Martial Law
Deborah 'Dobbie' Carter
Rationing - Hoarding Provisions
Jamie Colley
Smallpox - Protect the Clinic
Jacob Zenger
Martial Law - In the Wolf's Lair
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Boy Who Cried Wolf - Finding the Sasquatch - The Haunted Lighthouse - The Headless Horseman - Monster of the Sea - Unidentified Flying Object
Hunting Society
The Man-Eater - Feline Feet - The Patriarch - The Pack Leader - Acute Cat - The Elk Bachelor
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The Boston Brawlers - Peter Bunyon - The Sailor - The Smuggler - The Stinger - The Ropebeater - The Merchant - The Tournament
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The Chase - The Rescue - French Involvement - Biddle's Hideout
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Fort Wolcott - Dead Chest's Treasure - The Ghost Ship - The Mad Doctor's Castle - Oak Island - The Ruins at Cerros
Privateer contracts
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Big Dave
Deserter - The Proper Tools - An Eye for Trouble - The Comeback
Godfrey & Terry
Burglar on the Homestead - The Fight - Bowls Beginner
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Warren & Prudence
Abused - Prudence's Primrose - Happy Expectations - Pig Herder
The Brawler - Norris Goes Courting - Norris Tries Again - Raw Materials
Lyle White
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Cutting Ties - Silk Errand - The Final Straw
Silent Hunter - White Trophy - Fool Me Once...
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Encyclopedia of the Common Man - Room at the Inn - Finding His Flock - The Wedding
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Modern Tower - The Stadium: MMA Night - Return to Abstergo
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Traitor in Our Midst - Showing Traitors the Way - A Spy Among Us - Battle of West Point
The Tyranny of King Washington
The Infamy
Awaken - Warn the Village - Sky World Journey - One-Man Wolf Pack - Path of Revenge - Justice Served
The Betrayal
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The Redemption
Dark Waters - Sky World Journey - The Parting of the Blue Sea - Feeding the Masses - One Step at a Time - The Signal - Halls of Injustice - Inevitable Confrontation