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Imagine My Surprise was a virtual representation of one of Edward Kenway's genetic memories, relived by a research analyst at Abstergo Entertainment through the Animus.


Edward traveled to Kingston to learn more about the Sage's location.


  • Adéwalé: Stealing a fishing schooner single handed? Damned canny, captain.
  • Edward: As is taking back my brig from this pillock. Once again, I thank you both.
  • Kidd: This billy-huff didn't last two months with your ship before he came limping back to Nassau. Took the pardon straight away.
  • Rackham: I had to, lads! That Rogers was on to me from the first.
  • Adéwalé: Hold your tongue, Rackham!
  • Kidd: So what now? Still chasing your elusive fortune?
  • Edward: Aye. And I'm close. I've heard the Sage is sailing out of Kingston on a ship called the Princess.
  • Kidd: Put your ambition to better use, Kenway. Find the Sage with US.
  • Edward: I've no stomach for you and your mystics, Mary. I want a taste of the good life. An easy life.
  • Kidd: No one honest has an easy life, Edward. And it's aching for one that causes the most pain. All right, Rackham. Back to retirement.

Edward sailed to Kingston.

  • Edward: What news Adé?
  • Adéwalé: This bahjohn works for the Royal African Company. Tell him what you told me.
  • Slaver: I haven't seen the Princess for eight weeks or more. Meaning she may soon be back.
  • Adéwalé: What else?
  • Slaver: I thought this buck belonged to the other men who was asking about the Princess this morning so I told him that-
  • Edward: What other men?
  • Slaver: Haughty sailor in plain rags. And a gent with a scar just here.
  • Edward: Where have they got to?
  • Slaver: Staying just 'round the corner, they said.
  • Adéwalé: I grow tired of chasing these fantasies of yours, Edward. As does the crew.
  • Edward: Hang in there, man. We're getting close.

Edward located Benjamin Hornigold and Woodes Rogers.

Edward tailing Hornigold and Rogers

  • Rogers: Have you alerted the men? We're short on time.
  • Hornigold: Aye, there'll be two soldiers waiting for us at the crossroads.
  • Rogers: Very good.
  • Hornigold: If you don't mind me asking, Sir. What's the meaning behind these blood samples we're taking?
  • Rogers: Torres tells me that blood is required for the Observatory to properly function.
  • Hornigold: How do you mean, sir?
  • Rogers: If one wishes to use the Observatory to, say... spy on King George, then one would require a drop of the king's blood to do so. In other words, a small sample of blood gives us access to a man's everyday life.
  • Hornigold: Does Torres mean to spy on me then? For I've just given him a sample of my blood.
  • Rogers: As have I, Captain Hornigold. As will all Templars. It is a measure of insurance.
  • Hornigold: And trust, I reckon.
  • Rogers: Yes, but fear not. Torres has shipped our samples to a Templar safehouse in Rio de Janeiro. We will not be the Observatory's first objects, I assure you.
  • Hornigold: Aye, sir. I suppose it's a small price to pay for what the Templars have given me in return.
  • Rogers: Precisely.
  • Hornigold: Governor, when you hunted pirates in Madagascar, what methods worked best?
  • Rogers: I believe it was my charisma that persuaded them. Violence and threats should always be a last resort. In Madagascar, I offered those pirates a choice... take a pardon and return to England penniless but free men, or be hanged by the neck until dead.
  • Hornigold: Just as you did in Nassau.
  • Rogers: Precisely. A pity Commodore Chamberlaine did not live to see my thorough success.
  • Hornigold: It's not like you to gloat, Rogers.
  • Rogers: We all deserve a moment, don't we?

The men met with Laureano Torres.

Hornigold detailing Sage's location

  • Rogers: Grand Master! Welcome.
  • Torres: (Good evening.) What have you learned?
  • Rogers: The Princess was taken by pirates six weeks ago. And so far as we know, the Sage Roberts was still aboard.
  • Torres: Very good. It is something, no? And what measures are we taking to recover the Princess from these pirates?
  • Rogers: Captain Hornigold has dispatched some of his best men to ensure the Sage's capture.
  • Torres: Hm. What of the Sage's present location. Do we know?
  • Rogers: Africa, your excellency.
  • Torres: Africa? By God, the winds do not favor that route.
  • Rogers: I concur, Grand Master. I should have sailed there myself. One of my slave galleys would be more than capable of making a swift journey.
  • Torres: Slave Galley? Captain, I asked you to divest yourself of that sick institution.
  • Rogers: I fail to see the difference between enslaving some men and all men. Our aim is to steer the entire course of civilization, is it not?
  • Torres: A body enslaved inspires the mind to revolt. But enslave a man's mind, and his body will follow on naturally. Efficiently.
  • Rogers: A fair point, Grand Master.
  • Torres: Eh, remind me... where in Africa are we looking?
  • Hornigold: Príncipe, Sir. A small island.
  • Rogers: We've sent two of our best men. Burgess and Cockram. Privateers with fast ships and firm hearts.

Edward confronting Hornigold

Hornigold spotted the Jackdaw anchored in the harbor and called out to Edward.

  • Hornigold: Edward Kenway! Imagine my surprise at seeing your Jackdaw anchored there. Have you heard all you came to hear? Will you now go rescue the Sage from our clutching hands?
  • Edward: A pox on you, traitor! You sold us down river!
  • Hornigold: Because I found a better path! The Templars know order. Discipline. Structure. But you never could fathom these subtleties. Goodbye, old friend! You were a soldier once! When you fought for something real. Something beyond yourself!

Edward escaped the guards and left the area.


Edward learned that Bartholomew Roberts could be found on Príncipe.



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