- "Were that we applied the sword more liberally and more often, the world would be a better place than it is today."
- ―Edward Braddock.[src]
At some point, Braddock became a soldier in the British Army and a member of the Templar Order under Reginald Birch. He was introduced to Haytham Kenway in 1735, after his half-sister Jenny was kidnapped, and promised to lead the investigation into her whereabouts, and those of Jack Digweed, whom Haytham suspected was behind the attack. Secretly, however, Birch and Braddock sent the mercenaries to kidnap Jenny in a ploy to obtain Edward Kenway's journal, and to induct Haytham into the Templars.
By 1747, Braddock was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Coldstream Guards, when Haytham tracked one of his mercenaries, Tom Smith, to the regiment in the Dutch Republic. Braddock had Smith hung on grounds of desertion before Haytham could interrogate him, but gave his fellow Templar permission to investigate among his troops. He also requested his help against the French Army, who had commenced the siege of Bergen op Zoom.
In a letter between Braddock and Birch, Braddock revealed that the true reason for Smith's execution was to cover up any loose ends regarding the attack on the Kenway mansion. Braddock also expressed his distaste over Birch's fanatical obsession over the First Civilization artifacts, seeing them to have compromised the Order.
Two months later, the French had won. During the retreat from the siege, Braddock refused a young man's request to allow his family entry onto Braddock and Haytham's boat. After the young man called him craven, Braddock ordered his executioner Slater to kill every last one of them.
Following this, Braddock and Haytham fought in several other campaigns, though Braddock became increasingly violent and cruel to the point that he ruthlessly killed civilians and his own allies alike without the non-corrupt authorities knowing, much to Haytham's shock. Haytham told Birch that he was concerned that Braddock was turning away from the Order, but Birch was indifferent. Among his troops, Braddock's reputation and blood-lust for violence earned him the nickname, "The Bulldog".
French and Indian War
- "If we win this war - nay, WHEN we win this war - it will be because men like you obeyed men like me, and did so without hesitation. We must have order amongst our ranks, and a clear chain of command. Leaders and followers. Without such structure, there can be no victory. "
- ―Braddock to one of his soldiers, 1755.[src]
Having left the Templar Order, Braddock noticed John Pitcairn's unauthorized presence in Boston and had him arrested and charged for desertion and treason. Haytham and Lee arrived, revealing that both Lee and Pitcairn were in Haytham's service under Templar orders. Despite this, Braddock reluctantly consented to give Lee to Haytham, but bitterly denied releasing Pitcairn.
In a plan to retrieve Pitcairn, Lee followed and pretended to be an angry citizen against the British Regulars, provoking Braddock into a chase by throwing horse manure on him. Once he had Braddock on his tail, Lee lured the General and his men to a dead end, which allowed him, Haytham, and Pitcairn to attack and eliminate Braddock's patrol. When Braddock was the last man standing, Haytham spared his life, but warned he would show no mercy the next time they meet, and left with Pitcairn.
The Braddock Expedition
- "The French will leave or they will die!"
- ―Braddock to Washington.
As conflict and territorial disputes between the British and the French colonies escalated, Braddock was given command of two regiments and was assigned to retake Fort Duquesne from the French. In order to navigate through the frontier, Braddock enlisted George Washington, a volunteer from the Virginia Militia, as a guide.
In the winter of 1754, France offered a truce, of which Braddock refused. Instead, Braddock continued on his offensive, determined to defeat and drive the French from the land. While rallying his troops and supplies, Braddock brutally attacked several Native American villages, driving the inhabitants out of their land. As a result, Braddock became an enemy of several Iroquois clans, whom Haytham would eventually join forces with in a plan to murder Braddock.
- "Your death opens a door. It's nothing personal. Well, maybe it is a little personal. You've been a pain in my arse, after all."
- ―Haytham upon killing Braddock.
The expedition continued on until July of 1755, during which Braddock killed one of his own soldiers after accusing him of treasonous and insubordinate behavior. Braddock was then approached by Haytham, disguised as a British soldier, who held him at gunpoint. The expedition was then ambushed and attacked by Iroquois warriors, devastating and killing many Redcoats.
In the resulting chaos, Braddock attempted to flee on horseback while Haytham chased close behind. Washington briefly came to Braddock's defense, shooting Haytham's horse out from under him, but was subdued by a Kanien'kehá:ka woman.
Haytham then continued to pursue Braddock on foot, quickly catching up and impaling him with his Hidden Blade. During Braddock's final words, Haytham admitted to him that he had killed him out of necessity, but that some semblance of personal motivation compelled it as well. Braddock defended his actions, believing that the world would only improve if violence was used regularly, and Haytham agreed to an extent with the current situation by stabbing him once more. From there, Haytham departed, taking Braddock's Templar ring from his finger.
Braddock was carried off of the battlefield by his men, and died of his wounds four days later. To keep his body from being desecrated by the French, Washington ordered that it be buried in an undisclosed location. The British army then marched over the grave to erase all evidence of the burial. His body was eventually discovered by workmen maintaining the very same road in 1804.
Washington kept Braddock's command sash after his death, and reportedly took it with him wherever he went for the rest of his life.
Personality and characteristics
- "...He killed and killed. Enemy or ally. Civilian or soldier. Guilty or innocent. It mattered not... If he perceived one to be an obstacle, they died. He maintained that violence was a more efficient solution. It became his mantra... and it broke my heart."
- ―Haytham Kenway, lamenting on Braddock's cruelty.
Braddock was originally described by Haytham as brave and bold. However, Braddock changed into a definitively ruthless and violent man, driven by the belief that force was necessary to ensure resolution and success. He also expressed distaste over the need to rely on the Pieces of Eden, which strained his relationship with Birch. It was possible that this split between them cause Braddock's distancing from the Templar Order.
His reliance on force resulted in indiscriminate killings of eneimes, civilian and even his own allies. Braddock was also quick tempered and cruel; he applied strict discipline to the point of brutality against his own soldiers, executing one for expressing an opinion with which Braddock disagreed.
- Due to a production oversight, Braddock wore the uniform of a regular, despite being a general.
- In reality, Braddock is much older than in the game; he was in his sixties when he was killed while the game portrays him in his mid-thirties or forties.
- In 2015, his name was on a list of known British Templars used by the Templar Isabelle Ardant.
- Despite being Scottish, Braddock instead speaks with a rough English accent in-game.