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 as their historian analyst.
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 occure 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 attacked 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.
Searching the Apple
During their run, Desmond lived the memories of Ezio to locate the Apple of Eden. He had difficulties to synchronized with a memory during the Siege of Viana in 1507 and was forced to live the Siege of Monteriggioni in 1500 when Ezio lost the Apple of Eden against the Roman Templar Cesare Borgia.
While Desmond explored in the Animus, the rest of the team drove the van to Monteriggioni, the stronghold of the Italian Assassins. The team investigated the Villa Auditore and found a secret passage through the Auditore Family Crypt and enter in the Sanctuary where they couldn't be located by the satellites of Abstergo. With the Eagle vision, Desmond found a strange triangle symbol with numbers left by Ezio after the attack. The team decided to install the Animus in the Sanctuary while they will search the Apple.
During their time in Monteriggioni, Lucy was contacted by William Miles who wanted information on the mission and his son. Lucy also sent cryptic message to Warren Vidic to inform the Templars on her mission.
While exploring Ezio's memories in Rome, Desmond found the Rifts left by Clay. Completing them, he entered in contact with Clay's AI, which informed him to find Eve in the Eden and that her DNA was the key.
In October, Desmond reached the memory of Ezio during the Siege of Viana where Ezio killed Cesare Borgia. After that Desmond saw Ezio hid the Apple in a Isu vault under the Colosseum. The team decided to go in Rome but they discovered that they needed a password to open it. When they wanted to relive Ezio's memories, but a blackout impeached them to use the Animus. Rememoring the symbol of the vault, Desmond understand that was the triangle that Ezio left in the sanctuary. Shaun discovered that the number weren't dates but verses of the Bible containing the 72 names of God. He also understood that the triangle was a tetractys which if its combined with the Hebrew' letters of God's name within it, their numerical values add up to the number 72. Thinking to have find the password, the team went to Rome.
Arriving in Rome the 10 October, Desmond explored the underground tunnels of the Colosseum while the rest of the team searched another way to enter in the vault. During his travel, Desmond was contacted by Juno but he believed it was a part of the Bleeding Effect. Finding a exit, he arrived in Santa Maria in Aracoeli where he was joined by the other members of the team. Seeing hallucinations of Ezio activating a lever, Desmond did the same thing which released a pedestal. When Desmond touched it, he activated an elevator that took all of the Assassins down to the vault. In front of the gate he used the password 72 which opened the doors.
In the vault, the team approached the Apple which projected many symbols, as the Eye of Providence and the Phrygian cap. When Desmond touched the Apple, the time froze and Desmond was immobilized. Juno spoke to Desmond and told him that he must accomplished his destiny. As he tried to free himself from the control of the artifact, Juno showed to Desmond that Lucy was a Templar and if he let her live, she would gave the Apple to Abstergo but that the Eye-Abstergo would fail but also dooming the Earth. With his Hidden Blade, he stabbed Lucy, who died of her wound. As the time took his course, Desmond fell in a comatose state.
As the team sent a message to William Miles to warn him they localized the Apple, the Mentor went him Rome with the Assassin Harlan Cunningham. As they found Desmond in a coma, William decided to put his son in the Animus to stabilize his state. Desmond relived the memory of Ezio when he explored the Temple of Pythagoras with Leonardo da Vinci. In the Pythagorean Vault, the Italian Assassins found a set of GPS coordinates indicating the location of the Grand Temple, an Isu vault in Turin in New York state.
As Desmond case didn't improved, Rebecca put Desmond in the Black Room of the Animus to stabilize him. As nobody knew about Lucy betrayal, Shaun began to question the fiability of Desmond, thinking he was a sleeper agent of Abstergo but William refuted this possibilty. William and Rebecca decided to monitor Desmond in Florence while Shaun went to Marino to buried Lucy.
Inside the Black Room, Desmond met the AI of Clay Kaczmarek which explained that Desmond needed to complete all the memories of Altaïr and Ezio to reach a Nexus which will permitte him to wake from his coma. While he explored the memories of Ezio in Constantinople who searched the Masyaf Key to open the Library of Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Desmond also relived his own memories, from his chilhood to his abducation by Abstergo. After that he fully accept his duty as an Assassin.
When Shaun joined with Rebecca and William, the team decided to go to the United States to explore the Grand Temple. While studying the Apple, William exposed the idea that Desmond could use the artifact thank to his Isu DNA, which was activated by the Bleeding effect, and maybe stop the Disaster. As they tried to took a plane to the U.S, the team was tracked by the Templars. Cunningham lured the Templars in Florence which permitted to the team to take a fly to Syracuse, New York. There, they met the Assassin Gavin Banks who gave them false passports to be undetected.
In the Animus, the Black Room began to deleting everything. Clay's AI protected Desmond by sending him in the last memory of Ezio. Arriving in Masyaf in 1512, Ezio opened the library and found the skeleton of Altaïr with a Memory Seal. Activating it, Ezio saw the last moment of Altaïr, hidding his Apple of Eden in the library. As Ezio saw the artifact, he decided to not take it but the Apple created a Nexus that permitted to Ezio to speak directly to Desmond. Understanding that he was a vessel to a message to Desmond, Ezio asked to Desmond to listen.
Desmond arrived in a Nexus with Jupiter, a member of the Isu. He explained him that Minerva, Juno and him tried six different ways to save the Earth from the Toba Catastrophe but they all failed. After showing what happened during the first catastrophe, Jupiter said to Desmond that he needed to go to the Grand Temple where the different technologies to save the Earth were gathered and to use them. As the team arrived before the Grand Temple, Desmond waking up from his coma and talked with his teammates as he knew what to do.
- 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 ("ACR") – Escape
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 ACR – The Lost Archive ("TLA") – The Mole
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Assassin's Creed ("AC") – 21st century conversations
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Assassin's Creed II ("AC2") – 21st century conversations
- ↑ James Morse's email
- ↑ ACR – TLA – Abstergo
- ↑ ACR – TLA – Bleeding Effect
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 ACR – TLA – The Truth
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 AC2 – The Truth
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood ("ACB") – The Miracle
- ↑ AC – Warren Vidic's email
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 Assassin's Creed: Initiates
- ↑ AC – Assassination (Al Mualim)
- ↑ AC2 – In Bocca al Lupo
- ↑ ACB – Vilified
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 ACB – 21st century conversations
- ↑ ACB – Lucy Stillman's email
- ↑ ACB – Pax Romana
- ↑ |ACB – A Seed
- ↑ Assassin's Creed III – 21st century conversations
- ↑ ACB - The Da Vinci Disappearance – The Temple of Pythagoras
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 ACR – 21st century conversations
- ↑ ACR – Regret
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 ACR – The Message