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


Edward and Thatch set out to acquire a galleon for Nassau's defense.


Edward and Adéwalé met with Thatch and Kidd.

  • Thatch: Here's to our pirate republic, lads. We're prosperous and free, and out of the reach of kings, clergy, and debt collectors.
  • Kidd: Near five-hundred men now pledge their allegiance to the brethren of the coast in Nassau. Not a bad number.
  • Thatch: Truth. Yet we lack sturdy defences. If the King were to attack the town, he'd trample us.
  • Edward: Then let us find the Observatory. If it does what these Templars claim, we'll be unbeatable.
  • Thatch: Not that twaddle again, Kenway! That's a story for schoolboys. I mean proper defences. Steal a galleon, shift all the guns to one side. Would make a nice ornament for one of our harbours.
  • Adéwalé: It will not be easy to steal a full Spanish galleon. Have you one in mind?
  • Thatch: I do, sir. And I'll show you. She's a fussock she is. Fat and slow.

Edward and Thatch set out on the Jackdaw to find El Arca del Maestro.

  • Thatch: Your Jackdaw handles nice. Pinched her from the Spanish, was it?
  • Edward: Aye, in the midst of a hurricane.
  • Adéwalé: Just before the treasure fleet was smashed against the shore.
  • Thatch: Was the haul aboard as rich as men are saying?
  • Edward: A thousand times that. I reckon a million pounds worth of reales were sunk that day.
  • Thatch: Devil love a hurricane! Might have a dive there one day. See what we can rummage up.
  • Adéwalé: Diving them wrecks would be a nice change of pace for us. No need for violent actions against merchants and such.
  • Thatch: Well! That's some soft talk coming from a pirate. And as it happens... I mostly agree. We'll save the clashing of cutlasses for the military, and them that get in our way. Easy as she goes. No telling what you may find out here.
  • Adéwalé: Like staring through a waterfall.
  • Edward: Don't soil your breeches, lads. I got this.

The Jackdaw tailing El Arca Del Maestro

Edward spotted the galleon and started tailing her.

  • Adéwalé: That ship's a monster! Look at the size of her!
  • Thatch: Aye. And we'd not last long face to face with her. You hear that, Kenway? Keep your distance, and we'll strike when fortune favors us.
  • Edward: Under cover of darkness, most likely.
  • Thatch: Aye, it may come to that.

They observed several smaller ships attacking the galleon.

  • Thatch: Charles Vane. He's as reckless as they come.
  • Edward: An old friend of yours?
  • Thatch: Not a man I'd call a friend. But we've been doing this kind of work for so long, I can't help but respect the man.

The galleon fired its mortars, forcing the Jackdaw to evade the fire.

  • Thatch: Charles Vane, slinking off with his tail between his legs. That's good news for us.

Several smaller ships showed up to protect the galleon.

  • Thatch: Bleeding bastards! We'll have to deal with this skirmish fast. Forget the galleon and send these interlopers to hell.

Edward telling Thatch about Du Casse

Edward sank the Spanish gunboats.

  • Edward: She's sailing for that island.
  • Thatch: I know the place. A natural stronghold used by a French captain named Du Casse.
  • Edward: Julien du Casse? The Templar?
  • Thatch: Name's right. Didn't know he had a title.
  • Edward: I know the man. And if he sees my ship, he'll know it from his time in Havana. Meaning he may wonder at who's sailing her now. I can't risk that.
  • Thatch: And I don't want to lose that galleon. Let's think on it... and maybe wait till it's dark before hopping aboard.


Edward learned where the galleon made berth, and the identity of its captain, the Templar Julien du Casse.



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