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Return to Abstergo was the third field mission undertaken by Desmond Miles from the Grand Temple, in 2012.[2]


Desmond learned that his father had been captured by Abstergo Industries, and set off for Rome to rescue him.


Desmond walked into the Abstergo headquarters.

  • Rebecca: They're probably holding your father on the upper levels. Same place they kept you. There's an elevator bank down the hall. Try not to let them see you.
  • Desmond: They know I'm here, Rebecca. There's no way they don't.
  • Shaun: This, this was a bad idea.

Desmond walked down the hall to the elevator bank, but was stopped by two guards.

  • Guard: Hand over your weapons and come with me, sir.
  • Desmond: I can show myself in, but thanks for the offer.

Warren Vidic began addressing Desmond over the loudspeaker.

  • Warren: I'd rather this not turn ugly, Mister Miles.
  • Desmond: Then let me through.
  • Warren: Subdue the subject, please.

After dealing with the guards, Desmond made his way to an elevator at the end of the hall.

  • Rebecca: Fourth floor.
AC3 Desmond Elevator

Desmond locked in the elevator

After reaching the second floor, the elevator stopped.

  • Warren: Well, I see you've learned absolutely nothing since you left us. Walking into an elevator in the middle of a hostile environment. Really?
  • Desmond: Where's my father?
  • Warren: You'll see him soon enough. Now be a good boy and wait for security to fetch you.
  • Rebecca: You're gonna have to climb the rest of the way.

Desmond climbed out of the elevator into the elevator shaft.

  • Abstergo agent: He's headed up the elevator shaft! Send someone in!

As Desmond climbed up to the fourth floor, more guards searched for him.

  • Guard 1: Need eyes on him!
  • Guard 2: He can't be far.
  • Guard 3: Where the hell is he...?

After killing the guards, Desmond continued down a hallway.

  • Rebecca: Your dad could be anywhere, Desmond. I'm sorry but I just don't know where he is.
  • Desmond: That's okay. I do...
AC3 Desmond Cross Lab

Desmond hiding from Cross in the Abstergo laboratory

Desmond made his way through the building, encountering several more guards along the way, until he reached the Animus Project laboratory and was ambushed by Daniel Cross.

  • Daniel: Give me the Apple.

Daniel shot at Desmond, who hid behind an Animus.

  • Daniel: Let's not draw this out. You've got nowhere to go and I've got a gun. Speaking of which... It's the 21st century and you're still running around with only a tiny knife for protection? It's stupid. Alright Desmond. Game's over.

Before he could shoot Desmond, Daniel began to suffer from the Bleeding Effect.

  • Daniel: Not now... There is still work to be done. Niet! (No!) Get out!
  • Desmond: What the hell was that?

Daniel fled the laboratory.

  • Warren: What the hell is going on down there?!

Desmond pursued Daniel to a window overlooking the Animus training facility.

  • Daniel: Get out! Get ouut! Get ouuuut!

Daniel leapt through a window onto one of a network of girders above the room, followed by Desmond.

  • Warren: Enough is enough Mister Miles. I invited you here in the spirit of cooperation. But you've responded to my hospitality with only violence. I had hoped we might preserve you and further study your memories. But you're not worth the trouble. I hereby authorize the use of deadly force. Kill the bastard! And then bring me the Apple!

Desmond eventually caught up with Daniel and assassinated him, taking his gun and heading to another elevator.

  • Desmond: Where's Vidic?
  • Rebecca: Fifth floor.

The elevator arrived at the fifth floor and Desmond stepped out.

AC3 Desmond Gun

Desmond making his way to Vidic's office

  • Rebecca: Vidic's office is up ahead.
  • Warren: You... You killed him... Daniel was like a son to me... A sickly son, perhaps... But one full of promise... He accomplished so much... and so well. And now you've taken him from me! From us! Like the Apple. Like Lucy. We want to help the world, Desmond. To save it from itself! But you keep getting in the way. All our hard work, ruined. You're a fanatic. All your kind. Maintaining the erroneous belief that WE are evil. That the work WE do is wrong. We ENRICH lives here. We SAVE and TRANSFORM them. But you... You just keep taking and taking what isn't yours!

Desmond fought his way to Vidic's office, until only his secretary was left standing.

  • Secretary: Please don't kill me! I'll let you in!

Desmond walked through the doors and confronted Vidic.

  • Desmond: Dad!
  • Warren: Not so fast, Mister Miles. In case you hadn't noticed, I'm the one calling the shots. Now give me the Apple.
  • Desmond: You want it? Fine. Here it is.
AC3 Vidic's Last Moments

Vidic pleading for his life

Desmond raised the Apple, manipulating the security guard nearest to Vidic. Using the Apple's power, Desmond forced the guard to raise his gun and point it at Vidic.

  • Warren: Wait. No...

Under the influence of the Apple, the guard shot Vidic, before turning the gun on himself. Desmond then used the Apple to control every other guard in the room, manipulating them all into shooting themselves. Desmond then freed his father, who was tied to a chair.

  • William: You never should have come here. You put everything on the line - for, what? So you could rescue your father?
  • Desmond: Yeah.

After grabbing the power source William had recovered from Cairo, Desmond escorted him out of the building, using the Apple to kill the guards in the lobby.


Desmond killed both Daniel Cross and Warren Vidic, rescued his father and returned to the Grand Temple with the final power source.



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