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Do Not Go Gently was a virtual representation of one of Edward Kenway's genetic memories, relived by a research analyst at Abstergo Entertainment through the Animus.


Edward sailed north to persuade Thatch into returning to the West Indies, but a sinister surprise awaited them.


Edward woke up on the Great Inagua.

  • Edward: Ahoy, Kidd. You missed quite a time.
  • Kidd: Aye. Pity about Nassau. And Blackbeard flying the coop.
  • Edward: Oh, we'll see about Thatch. Vane's off to see him now, and I'm following soon.
  • Kidd: This is what's left of your experiment in democracy?
  • Edward: Aye, we do as we please here. And take our time doing it.
  • Kidd: For Christ's sake, Edward. Don't anything but the stink of riches wrinkle your nose?
  • Edward: What's got into you, man?
  • Kidd: Reality, mate. Reality.

Kidd turned to Adéwalé.

  • Kidd: See that you ain't pulled into the drink by this drowning rat.
  • Edward: Oy! I've lived longer than most men who trod this path!

Edward boarded the Jackdaw and set sail for Ocracoke.

Edward and Thatch discussing the Sage

  • Vane: A great disappointment you are, Thatch! His mind's made up to stay, he says. So sod 'im! And hang all of you lot that follow this sorry bastard into obscurity!

Vane left.

  • Thatch: That man's a prick. I know you've come to call me home, Kenway. And your faith in me is kind. But with Nassau done in, I feel I'm finished.
  • Edward: I'm not of the same mind, mate. But I won't begrudge you the state of yours.
  • Thatch: You still looking for that Sage fellow?
  • Edward: Aye.
  • Thatch: Taking a prize a month back, I heard a man named Roberts was working a slave ship called the Princess. Might want to see about it.
  • Edward: The Princess. Cheers, Thatch.
  • Thatch: Now don't stand there like a barrel of wet fish. We're celebrating my retirement! Uncork this man's breakfast!

Edward noticed a shifty-looking man and followed him.

  • Edward: Save us a few bottles, eh?
  • Jenkins: Lads? Lieutenant? You out here?
  • Maynard: Stay here. Shoot anything that moves. Jenkins. What's the news?
  • Jenkins: There was a deserter among them who recalled my face. I sliced into his gullet before any word left his lips.
  • Maynard: Anybody see you?
  • Jenkins: Don't think so, sir. But I reckon Kenway suspects something. He don't miss much.
  • Maynard: Tell me about the beach.
  • Jenkins: A fair gathering, sir. Most too drunk to stand.

Edward tailing Jenkins and Maynard

  • Maynard: That will suit our purpose. Tell me about Edward Teach. What sort of man is he?
  • Jenkins: It's Thatch, sir. Least, that's what he calls himself. But he's a mad bugger, he is. Cracked as a glass teapot, sir.
  • Maynard: Details man! Stop talking in gibberish.
  • Jenkins: Well sir, he likes his drink for instance. Only he makes 'em queer. Takes the usual rum flip, and fills it with half a weight of gunpowder to top it off.
  • Maynard: Did I hear you aright? He DRINKS gunpowder?
  • Jenkins: Aye, sir. Just for show. And only last week he rounded up a score of his crew and bade us sit in the hold of his ship while he burnt off sulfur and other sickening minerals. We just sat there like it was one of a million pits of hell, and nothing less ordinary.
  • Maynard: Good GOD. What the hell for?
  • Jenkins: Likes to test his crew is all. Tease out their fitness and what. 'Course it always turned out he was the fittest of the lot. Thought for a moment I'd die there. Bloody savages.
  • Maynard: Have no fear, soldier. This will be the end of them. Come on. It's time. Quickly, send the signal. And remember always this day.
  • Edward: What the devil...?

A signal was shot out, and several ships opened fire on the harbor. Edward returned to the Jackdaw.

  • Thatch: Where the hell is Kenway? Note the day, lads! Today we send the King's finest to their graves!

Edward and his men boarded the Man O' War.

  • Thatch: We've knocked them on the heads except three or four. Let's jump aboard and cut 'em to pieces!
    Bury the lot, boys. Take no guff!
    I'll cleave ye lengthwise, maggots!
    How you be doing, Edward m'lad?
    I'll not fall here today, bastards! Come at me!
    Can you fight free, lad? Can ye make it clear?
    Here's the path to perdition!

Despite their best efforts, Thatch was soon overwhelmed.

British soldiers killing Thatch

  • Thatch: Kenway!
  • Edward: Here!
  • Thatch: In a world without gold, we might have been heroes!
  • Edward: THATCH!

Thatch was killed and Edward thrown overboard.

  • Edward: Devil curse me... Where's the Jackdaw...!

Edward reached his ship and escaped into the open sea.

  • Adéwalé: What of Thatch, sir? Did he fall? Captain?
  • Edward: He drinks damnation.


Edward Thatch was killed by the Royal Navy, and Kenway barely managed to escape. He also learned of a ship called the Princess, aboard which he might find the Sage.


  • The name of this memory references a poem by Dylan Thomas.
  • This memory featured as the gameplay demo for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag at E3 2013. However, it differed in several ways from the final version.
  • After swimming back to the Jackdaw, it is initially possible to sink the Man O' War Thatch was killed on; however, it is impossible to damage or sink two of the frigates accompanying it. 



Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag memories
Main memories
Sequence 1: Prologue
Edward Kenway
Sequence 2: The Spanish Main
Lively Havana - ...And My Sugar? - Mister Walpole, I Presume? - A Man They Call the Sage - Claiming What's Due - The Treasure Fleet
Sequence 3: The Republic of Pirates
This Tyro Captain - Now Hiring - Prizes and Plunder - Raise the Black Flag - Sugarcane and Its Yields - Proper Defenses - A Single Madman
Sequence 4: Retribution
This Old Cove - Nothing Is True... - The Sage's Buried Secret - Overrun and Outnumbered
Sequence 5: Mistaken Motives
The Forts - Traveling Salesman - Unmanned
Sequence 6: Shifting Sands
Diving for Medicines - Devil's Advocate - The Siege of Charles-Towne
Sequence 7: The British Invasion
We Demand a Parlay - The Gunpowder Plot - Commodore Eighty-Sixed - The Fireship
Sequence 8: No Regrets
Do Not Go Gently... - Vainglorious Bastards - Marooned
Sequence 9: Muddied Waters
Imagine My Surprise - Trust Is Earned
Sequence 10: Dead Reckoning
Black Bart's Gambit - Murder and Mayhem - The Observatory
Sequence 11: To the Lees
To Suffer Without Dying - Delirium - ...Everything Is Permitted
Sequence 12: The Eagle and the Jackdaw
A Governor No Longer - Royal Misfortune - Tainted Blood - Ever a Splinter
Sequence 13: Epilogue
The End - How Grand, Master Kenway!
Templar hunts
Opía Apito
The Taíno Assassin - Templar Ships - Right-Hand Man - The Trail of Lucia Márquez
Rhona Dinsmore
Bureau Under Attack - A Thief in the Market - Arms Race - Flint's End
The Maroon Assassin - Recruiting Maroons - Under Attack - The Commander's Ruse
Vance Travers
Oh Brother... - The Other Brother - Upton's Sorrow - Queen of Pirates, King of Fools
Assassination contracts
The Plantation Master - The Guard Post - The Slave Traders - The Judge - The Weapons Smugglers - The British Captain - Beach Bonfire - A Shipment of Powder - The Spanish Commander - Unlicensed Dealer - No More Taxes - A Botched Escape - The Pirate Captain - The Outlaws - Tomb Raiders - A Last Drink for the Road - Castaway - The Unworthy Brother - The Poachers - The Deserter - The Twin Dilemma - The Dreaded Pirate - The Expedition - The Slave Master - A Slaver's Business - The Informant - The Treasure Hunter - Shady Business - The Smuggler's Squat - The Outlaw's Cave
Naval contracts
An Eye for an Eye - The Law of the Ocean - A Spanish Plague - Driftwood - Silk on the Waves - Contraband - Private Escort - Blind Justice - The Realities of War - Hunter Gatherer - Papers, Please - Weathering the Storm - Smuggler's Den - A Personal Matter - The Final Contract
Aveline missions
The Rebel Camp - The Fort - The Tower
Freedom Cry missions
The Calm Before the Storm - A Common Enemy - Laying the First Brick - A Ship of His Own - Lifting the Veil - A Scientific Inquiry - Plant the Seeds - Down with the Ship - De Fayet's Last Stand