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Man of Mettle was a visual representation of Ratonhnhaké:ton's genetic memories from an Apple of Eden-induced reality.[1]


After having captured Benjamin Franklin, Ratonhnhaké:ton returned with the man to Samuel Adams.


As Ratonhnhaké:ton entered the safehouse with George Washington's former lieutenant, he watched as Kanen'tó:kon tossed several papers into a fire and Samuel Adams studied a map on a table. From there, Ratonhnhaké:ton shoved Franklin forward.

  • Ratonhnhaké:ton: Mr. Adams. I have a prisoner.

Adams turned around and after his initial shock, pointed at Franklin.

  • Adams: Franklin! You bastard! Take him out, have him shot!

Kanen'tó:kon moved behind Franklin and held a knife to his throat.

  • Franklin: No, no, Sam! I've come to my senses! I want to help!
Man of Mettle 2

Adams speaking to Franklin

Adams closed the distance between them and leaned in close to Franklin's face.

  • Adams: What of the murder of my cousin John? The families of Dorchester? What about the Old North Church that you burned with everyone inside?
  • Franklin: All horrible.
  • Adams: Do as I said.

Adams waved his hand and turned to walk away as Kanen'tó:kon began to drag Franklin towards the exit. However, Ratonhnhaké:ton raised a hand in protest and strode over to Adams' side.

  • Ratonhnhaké:ton: No. I believe he will help us. The only way to end this is to get to Washington. And Franklin knows Washington well.

Franklin began to speak and they turned to face him.

  • Franklin: We've just learned that he is in New York.
Man of Mettle 5

Adams and Kanen'tó:kon discussing their escape from Boston

Adams turned back to the map on the table and Kanen'tó:kon released Franklin, before Adams addressed Ratonhnhaké:ton and began to relate his thoughts to him. Meanwhile, Kanen'tó:kon stepped away from Franklin and sheathed his knife, to which Franklin rubbed his neck.

  • Adams: But if we could join Jefferson's rebels in Manhattan, we could attack the King together. But how am I to escape the stranglehold around Boston? The docks are overrun with soldiers.
  • Kanen'tó:kon: Putnam is gone and the Captain at Boston Neck is secretly sympathetic to us. I am sure he will help us if he thinks he can get away with it.
  • Adams: Looks like he must help us in such a way that he will not be caught... Perhaps he can triple the soldiers' rum ration. That way, we can catch them drunk at Boston Neck and break through.

Adams turned to face Franklin as he interrupted.

  • Franklin: And once in New York, I can be of particular help!

Adams walked to the other side of the table while waving a hand in dismissal.

  • Adams: I don't want to hear it.

Franklin continued speaking anyways, making his way to the table and stood across from Adams.

  • Franklin: I created a very special means of protection for Washington's palace. An attack there would be completely unexpected.
  • Ratonhnhaké:ton: You can get me past these protections?
Man of Mettle 6

Franklin telling Ratonhnhaké:ton about the blacksmith

Franklin turned to address Ratonhnhaké:ton.

  • Franklin: You will need a metal of a specific weight. There's a blacksmith in town, loyal to me, he'll help you.
  • Adams: This is absurd.
  • Ratonhnhaké:ton: I will get Franklin's metal and we will catch up with you.
  • Adams: This is a fool's errand, my friend, but I hope to see you in New York.

Ratonhnhaké:ton nodded to Franklin in the direction of the exit and the two departed. Ratonhnhaké:ton then set off in search of the blacksmith, eventually finding him trying to reshape a pair of tongs. As Ratonhnhaké:ton approached the blacksmith, who turned out to be David Walston, he briefly looked up from his work.

  • David: What can I do for you, Mister?
  • Ratonhnhaké:ton: Benjamin Franklin has sent me. He asks something of you.
Man of Mettle 7

Ratonhnhaké:ton speaking to David

  • David: Franklin?
  • Ratonhnhaké:ton: He tells me you have an unusual metal. He would like you to give that to me.
  • David: Well, thing about that is...
  • Ratonhnhaké:ton: The metal, please.
  • David: Fella came along the other day wanted his horse shod. Times bein' what they are, I was clean out a' iron. Man's got a right to feed his children, don't he? Sorry, mister.
  • Ratonhnhaké:ton: You used it for horse shoes?
  • David: Hi. Looked good, too. Real good. Feller rode away looking fine. Works in the citadel, that one.
Man of Mettle 12

Ratonhnhaké:ton returning with the horse

David pointed in a direction over Ratonhnhaké:ton's shoulder with his hammer. As he went back to work, Ratonhnhaké:ton set off in the indicated direction. Eventually, Ratonhnhaké:ton arrived at Fort Hill and discreetly stole the horse amidst guard dogs and sentries. Following this, he escaped through the gates, only to be shot by a firing squad. As he fell from the horse, it ran away, forcing Ratonhnhaké:ton to chase it until it calmed down. Eventually, Ratonhnhaké:ton made his way to Franklin who had been stoking a fire to melt the metal.

  • Franklin: Oh, it's hot in there! I stoked the brick oven. I've got to get the heat extremely high in order to melt the metal. Did you get it?
  • Ratonhnhaké:ton: I hope you have a crowbar.
  • Franklin: What for?

Ratonhnhaké:ton nodded towards the horse behind him.


Adams, Kanen'tó:kon, Franklin, and Ratonhnhaké:ton formulated a plan to escape from Boston and attack Washington in New York. Ratonhnhaké:ton then retrieved a metal for Franklin that would allow him to bypass Washington's palace defenses.



Assassin's Creed III memories
Main memories
Sequence 1
Refresher Course - A Deadly Performance - Journey to the New World
Sequence 2
Welcome to Boston - Johnson's Errand - The Surgeon - The Soldier - Infiltrating Southgate
Sequence 3
Unconvinced - Execution is Everything - The Braddock Expedition
Sequence 4
Hide and Seek - Feathers and Trees - Hunting Lessons - Something to Remember
Sequence 5
A Boorish Man - A Trip to Boston - Boston's Most Wanted - Lying Low - Stop the Presses - The Lost Son's Return - River Rescue - Training Begins - The Hard Way
Sequence 6
On Johnson's Trail - The Angry Chef - The Tea Party - Hostile Negotiations
Sequence 7
The Midnight Ride - Lexington and Concord - Conflict Looms - Battle of Bunker Hill
Sequence 8
Something on the Side - Bridewell Prison - Public Execution
Sequence 9
Missing Supplies - Father and Son - The Foam and the Flames - A Bitter End
Sequence 10
Alternate Methods - Broken Trust - Battle of Monmouth
Sequence 11
Battle of the Chesapeake - Lee's Last Stand
Sequence 12
Laid to Rest - Chasing Lee
Davenport Homestead - Kanatahséton - Evacuation Day
Duncan Little
Gangs - Gangs of Boston
Clipper Wilkinson
Conscription - Martial Law
Deborah 'Dobbie' Carter
Rationing - Hoarding Provisions
Jamie Colley
Smallpox - Protect the Clinic
Jacob Zenger
Martial Law - In the Wolf's Lair
Frontiersman missions
Boy Who Cried Wolf - Finding the Sasquatch - The Haunted Lighthouse - The Headless Horseman - Monster of the Sea - Unidentified Flying Object
Hunting Society
The Man-Eater - Feline Feet - The Patriarch - The Pack Leader - Acute Cat - The Elk Bachelor
Boston Brawlers
The Boston Brawlers - Peter Bunyon - The Sailor - The Smuggler - The Stinger - The Ropebeater - The Merchant - The Tournament
Naval missions
The Chase - The Rescue - French Involvement - Biddle's Hideout
Naval locations
Fort Wolcott - Dead Chest's Treasure - The Ghost Ship - The Mad Doctor's Castle - Oak Island - The Ruins at Cerros
Privateer contracts
Henderson in Distress - Paving the Way - Dread of Night - Troubled Waters - Raiding the Prospector - One of a Kind - Blistering Dawn - A Call for Help - Search for the Somerset - The Sea Wolves - A Midnight Engagement - The Giant and the Storm - Sinking a Secret - The Ghost War, Act 1 - The Ghost War, Act 2
Manor Mysteries, Part 1 - Manor Mysteries, Part 2 - Legacy - Achilles' Painting
Big Dave
Deserter - The Proper Tools - An Eye for Trouble - The Comeback
Godfrey & Terry
Burglar on the Homestead - The Fight - Bowls Beginner
The Whittler's Weapons - Tools of the Trade - Thousand-Pound Idea
Warren & Prudence
Abused - Prudence's Primrose - Happy Expectations - Pig Herder
The Brawler - Norris Goes Courting - Norris Tries Again - Raw Materials
Lyle White
Happy Expectations - Get Me a Doctor! - Slander - Wait Times
Cutting Ties - Silk Errand - The Final Straw
Silent Hunter - White Trophy - Fool Me Once...
Daily Life
Encyclopedia of the Common Man - Room at the Inn - Finding His Flock - The Wedding
Field missions
Modern Tower - The Stadium: MMA Night - Return to Abstergo
Benedict Arnold missions
Traitor in Our Midst - Showing Traitors the Way - A Spy Among Us - Battle of West Point
The Tyranny of King Washington
The Infamy
Awaken - Warn the Village - Sky World Journey - One-Man Wolf Pack - Path of Revenge - Justice Served
The Betrayal
Prison Break - Sky World Journey - Dive Bomb - Consequences - Return to Sender - Man of Mettle - Pieces in Motion - Aquila Unchained - Escape to New York
The Redemption
Dark Waters - Sky World Journey - The Parting of the Blue Sea - Feeding the Masses - One Step at a Time - The Signal - Halls of Injustice - Inevitable Confrontation