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The Surgeon was a virtual representation of one of Haytham Kenway's genetic memories, relived by Desmond Miles in 2012 through the Animus 3.0.


Haytham and Charles Lee set out to find Benjamin Church, but discovered that he was being held prisoner by Silas Thatcher.

Memory Animus Feedback System[]

  • Eavesdrop on Ben Church's neighbors while hidden.
  • Eavesdrop on more conversations to find Church.
  • Meet Charles Lee.
  • Climb the church and synchronize.
  • Perform a Leap of Faith.
  • Talk to the town crier..
  • Accompany Lee to the waterfront.
  • Reach the warehouse entrance undetected.


ACIII-Surgeon 1

William informing Haytham about his progress

Haytham returned to the Green Dragon Tavern and met with his allies.

  • Haytham: Evening, gentlemen.

Thomas Hickey belched.

  • Charles: Charming.
  • Haytham: Oh, peace, Charles! He'll grow on you.
  • Thomas: Oi, Catherine ya fussock! Git back here! Daddy needs a drink!
  • Haytham: How fares the search?
  • William: Maths and maps are not cutting it.
  • Haytham: What of your local contacts?
  • William: We'll need to earn their trust before they'll share what they know.

Thomas grabbed Catherine and put her on his lap.

  • Thomas: I've an idea on how we might be effectin' that. There's a man who's taken to enslavin' natives. Rescue 'em and they'll owe us.
  • Haytham: Do you know where they're being held?
  • Thomas: 'Fraid not.
  • Charles: Benjamin Church will. He's a finder and a fixer. He's also on your list.
  • Haytham: And there I was, wondering whom I might solicit next. Well done.

Haytham and Charles then made their way towards Church's house. Haytham knocked, but no one answered.

  • Haytham: Wonderful.
ACIII-Surgeon 2

Charles Lee and Haytham examining Benjamin Church's house

Charles then kicked down the door.

  • Haytham: Charles!
  • Charles: Sir?

Haytham joined Charles inside. There, they found a large mess.

  • Haytham: Seems like we're not the only ones looking for Mister Church.
  • Charles: Dammit! He could be anywhere. What do we do?

Haytham cut off a piece of a portrait of Church, giving it to Charles.

  • Haytham: We find him. Come, I'll show you how.

Haytham moved towards Benjamin Church's neighbors and started eavesdropping on their conversation.

  • Woman: Should we write his family, do you think?
  • Man: Not our business to meddle—even if we've the best of intentions.
  • Woman: But if you could have seen it! They were surely drunk, carrying on like that. And during the day, no less!
  • Man: Such scandalous behavior from one who aims to be a surgeon? Not likely if he keeps up such carousing...
  • Woman: A truly shameful display. Benjamin's parents would be mortified.
  • Man: Perhaps I should send someone to retrieve him before he damages his reputation beyond repair...
  • Woman: They stumbled off to the northeast—no doubt in search of a tavern or some other place of ill repute.
  • Haytham: Start questioning those on the street. I'm headed for higher ground...

While Charles showed the piece of Church's portrait to people on the street, Haytham climbed the New South Meeting House to gain an overview of the area.

  • Charles: I'm looking for Mr. Church. Mr. Benjamin Church.
    Excuse me, do you recognize this likeness?
    Pardon. Do you know this man?
    I'm terribly sorry, but it's important I find this man.
    A moment, please. I'm looking for the man that fits this likeness.
    If I may? I wonder if you recognize the man in this portrait?
    It's of the utmost importance that I find this man.
    I beg your pardon—have you seen this fellow?

Haytham then moved on to listen in on other conversations.

  • Haytham: Time to take a listen. With luck, one of those people knows what became of Benjamin.
  • Redcoat 1: I've asked the criers, but they all plead ignorance.
  • Redcoat 2: Bugger that! They're lying.
  • Redcoat 1: Aye. What can I do? Threats slide off them and I'll not deign to grovel.
  • Redcoat 2: Actions speak louder than words, my friend. Arrest one and put him in stocks. See if he's so glib then.
ACIII-Surgeon 9

Haytham eavesdropping

  • Redcoat 1: To do so without cause will set them singing songs about us. Last thing the city needs is town criers complaining about our abuse of authority.
  • Redcoat 2: Then forget it. The crime is done, the killers gone, and those who know won't share their secrets. If the city wishes to harbor scoundrels—let them pay the price for it.

Haytham moved to another group of Redcoats.

  • Redcoat 1: ...and so he says to Church, that one way or another the debt would be settled. I don't envy the man. He's grim times ahead.
  • Redcoat 2: What do you think they're planning?
  • Redcoat 1: All I know is it can't be good. Cutter was with 'em.
  • Redcoat 2: Probably looking for a nice quiet place to do the deed. From what I hear tell, his work usually involves quite a bit of screamin'.
  • Redcoat 1: Which reminds me, we'd best not buy any meat tomorrow.
  • Redcoat 2: Good call, that.

Haytham moved on to another conversation.

  • Man 1: ...I asked if I could help and they waved me away. Insisted it was all under control.
  • Man 2: How odd. Did they say what had happened?
  • Man 1: No. Only that it was a trifling matter and he'd be returned home soon. There was some blood, though... So I wonder if it wasn't more serious than they let on.
  • Man 2: Where were they taking him?
  • Man 1: Towards the hilltop. Perhaps there's a doctor at the fort.

Haytham moved to an alley, where he saw a Redcoat harassing a civilian.

  • Redcoat 3: I need you to focus.
  • Man 3: Easy for you to say! You didn't just watch your friend die!
  • Redcoat 3: Recall what happened as best you can.
  • Man 3: There were... three, no, four of them. All of clearly ill repute. They carried a fifth. He was bruised and unconscious. Thomas, the fool, tried to offer aid. So they cut his throat. And then they moved on, as if it were nothing. As if it were normal.
  • Redcoat 3: Which way did they go?
  • Man 3: I... I don't know. I was focused on trying to stop the bleeding.
  • Redcoat 3: Come on now, try and remember.

The man vaguely gestured down the road.

  • Man 3: That way... I think.

Haytham and Charles met up again.

  • Haytham: See, Charles? We'll have Church in no time, just as I said we would.
  • Charles: If I might ask, sir, where did you learn to do all this?
  • Haytham: It is a requirement when you are raised in the manner that I was. Perception is fundamental to the Order. It guides the feet when running and climbing. Informs the hands when striking and fighting. But most important, it transforms the senses. And we begin to know the world in a different way. Careful. The place is well guarded. We need to slip past them...

Haytham and Charles moved closer to Boston Harbor and started infiltrating it without being noticed. They soon reached the warehouse door, which would not open.

  • Haytham: Locked! Hmmm. I'll have to find the key. Wait here...

Haytham pickpocketed the keys from a nearby guard and opened the door.

  • Haytham: Here we are, then.
ACIII-Surgeon 5

Silas threatening Benjamin

  • Silas: Why must you always make these things so difficult, Benjamin? Merely provide me with recompense and all shall be forgiven.
  • Benjamin: I'll not pay for protection I don't need!
  • Silas: Clearly, you DO require protection, else we wouldn't be here!

Benjamin spat on Silas' feet.

  • Silas: How very gauche. Now, what shall we do about our guest?
  • Cutter: Maybe I take 'is hands. Put an end to 'is surgerin'. Maybe I take 'is tongue. Put an end to 'is wagglin'. Or maybe I take 'is cock. Put an end to 'is fuckin' us!
  • Silas: So many options. I can't possibly decide. Take all three.
  • Benjamin: Now hold a moment. Perhaps I was hasty in refusing you earlier...
  • Silas: I'm so very sorry, Benjamin, but that door has closed.
  • Benjamin: Be reasonable, Silas.
ACIII-Surgeon 6

Silas watching as Cutter prepares to torture Benjamin

  • Silas: I rather think I was. But you took advantage of my generosity. I won't be made a fool a second time. I fear I lack the constitution to beat witness to such barbarism. Come find me when you're finished, Cutter.
  • Benjamin: You'll regret this, Silas! Do you hear me? I'll have your head!
  • Silas: No, I rather think you won't.

Silas left and Cutter started his work. Meanwhile, Haytham snuck up on him.

  • Cutter: Just a quick little swipe and no more ears! How's that sound, Mister Church?
  • Benjamin: At least I'll be spared more of your inane prattle.
  • Cutter: Maybe you'll get lucky and pass out, though I dare say I'll do me best to ensure that doesn't happen.
  • Benjamin: Your parents must be so very proud to have raised a specimen like yourself.
  • Cutter: Quiet now! I need to concentrate on me work. Hold still a minute. I gotta decide where to start. A little bit from here... a little bit from there... Make meself a nice keepsake, I will.
  • Benjamin: You're absolutely mad.
  • Cutter: Just like all good artists!
  • Benjamin: You're a ruffian common as dirt, Cutter.
ACIII-Surgeon 7

Haytham assassinating Cutter

  • Cutter: And proud of it!

Haytham stabbed Cutter from behind.

  • Benjamin: Who... Who are you?
  • Haytham: Haytham Kenway, at your service.
  • Benjamin: I... I don't understand... Why are you here?
  • Haytham: Walk with me, Mister Church, and all will be explained.

The three men then left the warehouse and returned to the Green Dragon.


Haytham recruited another ally from his list, saving Benjamin Church from torture and coming one step closer to his true goal.

Behind the scenes[]

Although three other eavesdrop locations are provided, the mission only requires the completion of any two, regardless of their location or what information is given.



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