Infiltrating the Animus Project
In November 2000, the Templars Order led the Great Purge against their arch nemesis the Assassins Brotherhood. William Miles became the de facto Mentor of the remaining Assassins, training them in The Farm, a secret facility in the Black Hills. In 2003, his sixteen years old son Desmond refused to continue the Assassins way and flew to New York City.
In 2005, William had trained Lucy Stillman and ordered her to cut the ties with the Brotherhood to infiltrate Abstergo Industries, the front company of the Templars. After some years studying cognitive neuroscience at university, Lucy was hired by Warren Vidic, the head of the Animus Project at Abstergo Industries. She went to their laboratory in Rome where she worked on the Animus, a machine which permitted to someone to experience the Genetic memory of its ancestors. As their searched Pieces of Eden, powerfull technology from the Isu, the Templars tracked individuals who had ancestors who were in contact with the Pieces of Eden to force them to relive their ancestor's memories. As she couldn't left the Abstergo laboratory, Lucy sent partial schematics of the Animus to the Assassin Rebecca Crane, who constructed her own version of the Animus.
Around 2010, Shaun Hastings, a British historian professor and hacker, began to reveal on WikiLeaks on the dirty activities of Abstergo Industries without knowing they were Templars. Rebecca Crane contact to Shaun to warn him to don't mess with Abstergo but he refused. In December 2010, Shaun was kidnapped by the Templars who wanted to kill him. Rebecca hacked their van and Shaun took this moment to escape. After that, Shaun joined the Assassins and became a part of the team of Lucy and Rebecca.
In 2010, as the Assassins couldn't contact Lucy, William tasked to the Assassin Clay Kaczmarek to infiltrate Abstergo Industries and hacked the personal computer of Alan Rikkin, the CEO of Abstergo. As he succeeded to find information of the Animus Project, William decided that Clay would be sent undercover as a test subject in the Rome laboratory and that Lucy will protect him.
In February 2011, Clay was abducted by the Lineage Discovery and Acquisition departement of Abstergo and sent to the Rome facility. There, he was known as the Subject 16. Warren Vidic searched in his genetic memory the information related to Clay's ancestor Ezio Auditore da Firenze, the Mentor of the Italian Brotherhood of Assassins during the Renaissance who had an Apple of Eden.
With long exposure of the Animus, Clay developped a Bleeding Effect, seeing hallucinations of the memories of his ancestors. He was also contacted by Juno, an Isu who tasked him to help the future Subject 17, Desmond Miles. During his investigation, Clay Discovered that Abstergo wanted to use the Apple of Eden in their satellite to control humanity. He also uncovered the fact that Lucy became a Templar agent and that she will manipulated him to recover the Apple for the Templars.
Suffering from the Bleeding effect, Clay decided to help Desmond in his quest. He created an AI with his conscious in the Animus hardware to help Desmond. He hid in Ezio's memories Glyphs which contained information on the Assassin-Templar War but also a footage of Adam and Eve when they stole an Apple of Eden during the Isu Era. He also created Rifts in Ezio's memories in Rome to permit to Desmond to speak with his AI. To guide Desmond, Clay drew Cryptic Messages with his blood as clues in the laboratory before committing suicide in August 2012.
In September 2012, Abstergo localized Desmond Miles, who became a barman in New York. They abducted him and sent him in the Animus project laboratory. There, Vidic forced him to live the memories of his ancestor Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, the Mentor of the Levantine Brotherhood of Assassins during the Third Crusade who was in the possession of another Apple of Eden.
Between the session, he investigated on what really happened in the facility. He discovered that Abstergo was the front company of the Templars and that the Subject 16 committed suicide. Lucy entered in contact with Desmond to earn his trust. After a team of Assassins was killed in a rescue mission to saved him, Lucy revealed to Desmond she was an Assassin.
After a week in the laboratory, Desmond reached the memory when Altaïr saw a map with the location of other Pieces of Eden. Warren pretended that the Templars didn't need to keep Desmond alive but Lucy fainted to save him by assuring they needed more information. As the two left the place, Desmond began to experience the Eagle Vision due to the Bleeding Effect. With his new capacity, he could see the Cryptic Messages left by Clay.
Escape from Abstergo
As the Templars though it was the perfect time that Desmond joined the Assassins, the launched the Project Siren where Lucy helped Desmond to escape Abstergo laboratory to earn his trust. Before leaving Lucy made Desmond relived the birth of Ezio Auditore, who was also Desmond ancestor. After that she took the Animus hardware and they flew together from the laboratory in a car.
Arriving in the Rome hideout, Desmond met Shaun and Rebecca. There, Lucy explained that they needed to train him as an Assassin thank to the Bleeding Effect and the memories of Ezio. Desmond accepted and explored the memories of his ancestor in Rebecca Animus which was updated with the hardware of the original Animus.
While in the Animus, Desmond found Clay's Glyphs which were in the hardware of the Animus. Deciphering them, he saw the footage of Adam and Eve when they stole the Apple of Eden. Desmond developped Ezio's capacities in parkour and combat but the Bleeding Effect made him experienced a memory of Altaïr without being in the Animus.
In Ezio's memories, Desmond saw the moment when Ezio opened the Vatican Vault with the Apple and the Papal Staff of Eden and entered in contact with Minerva, an Isu. She spoke directly to Desmond as she knew that he will relived the memory of Ezio and explained him why they needed to speak. She revealed him that a long time ago, the Isu created the humans to served them but that a war began between the two species. Shortly after that, the Great Catastrophe destroyed the planet and nearly killed all the Isus and humans. They worked together to rebuild the planet before the Isu totally disappeared. But they knew that another disaster wil occured at Desmond time so they sent a message to warn him to find a way to stop it.
When Desmond left the Animus, the hideout was attack by the Templars. Desmond fought them with Ezio's skills and the help of Lucy. As they reached Warren, the Templar flew the place before Desmond could fight him. With their hideout compromised, the Assassin team flew in a van with their data and the Animus to discover how to prevent the Second Disaster.
- Assassin's Creed
- Assassin's Creed II
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations
- Assassin's Creed III
- Assassin's Creed: Initiates
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Assassin's Creed: Unity
- Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: The Fall
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Revelations - Escape (Desmond's Journey)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 AC: RV - The Lost Archive - The Mole
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Assassin's Creed
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Assassin's Creed II
- ↑ James Morse's email
- ↑ AC: RV - TLA - Abstergo (memory)
- ↑ AC: RV - TLA - Bleeding Effect (memory)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 AC: RV - TLA - The Truth (memory)
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 AC2 - The Truth
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood - The Miracle
- ↑ AC - Warren Vidic's email
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Initiates
- ↑ AC - Assassination (Al Mualim)
- ↑ AC2 - In Bocca al Lupo