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To Suffer Without Dying was a virtual representation of one of Edward Kenway's genetic memories, relived by a research analyst at Abstergo Entertainment in 2013 through the Animus Omega.


Edward, having been imprisoned, worked with Ah Tabai to rescue Mary Read and Anne Bonny.


Edward was led to Mary and Anne's joint trial.

  • Judge: The charges, sir. I'll hear them again.
  • Official: Milord. His Majesty's Court contends that the defendants, Mary Read and Anne Bonny, did piratically, feloniously, and in an hostile manner, attack, engage, and take seven certain fishing boats... Secondly, this court contends that the defendants lurked upon the high seas and did set upon, shoot at, and take, two certain merchant sloops, thus putting the captains and their crews in corporeal fear of their lives.

Woodes Rogers, Laureano de Torres y Ayala, and El Tiburón entered the trial and sat behind Edward.

  • Rogers: Edward James Kenway. Born of motley parentage in Swansea... to an English father and Welsh mother. Married at eighteen to Miss Caroline Scott, now estranged.
  • Torres: She is a beautiful woman, I'm told. But not at all well these days.
  • Edward: If you touch her, you bastards, I'll—

Rogers drew a flintlock pistol and aimed it in Edward's lower back

  • Torres: Quite a surprise finding you here, rotting in a Jamaican prison. We heard rumors that you had taken up with the pirate Roberts.
  • Rogers: If you know the Observatory's location, tell us now and you'll be out of here in a flash.

Torres stood up and spoke over Edward's shoulder.

  • Torres: Rogers can hold these British hounds at bay for a time. But this will be your fate if you fail to cooperate.

Torres, Rogers, and

  • Judge: ...You, Mary Read and Anne Bonny, are to go from hence to the place from whence you came, and from thence to the place of execution, where you shall be severally hanged by the neck till you are severally dead, dead, dead.
  • Anne: O rot!
  • Judge: May God in his infinite mercy be merciful to each of your souls...

Mary and Anne interrupted the judge by announcing their pregnancies to the people of Kingston.

  • Mary: We're pregnant! Do you all hear that?
  • Judge: What the devil did she say?
  • Official: They plead their bellies, Milord.
  • Anne: Aye! You can't hang a woman quick with child, can ya?

The jury and the lawyers reacted in an uproar.

  • Judge: Quiet! Quiet! If what you claim is true, then your executions will be stayed, but ONLY until your terms are up.
  • Anne: Then I'll be up the duff the next time you come knocking!
  • Judge: Remove them!

Four months after the trial, Edward was locked in one of Port Royal's gibbets.

To Suffer Without Dying 1

Edward distracting the guards

  • Soldier 1: What's your name, pillock? Kenmore? Conway?
  • Soldier 2: It's Walpole, ain't it?
  • Soldier 1: Walpole? Where'd you get that?
  • Soldier 2: That's the rumor going 'round. As dirty and daft a pirate as ever sailed these West Indies.
  • Soldier 1: Well, whatever his name, you're to make sure he suffers without dying. Orders from the governor. And back to the prisons at sundown.
  • Soldier 2: And massage his feet if he's aching, shall I?
  • Soldier 3: Jaysus, a shit detail as ever was.
  • Soldier 2: Can't they kill the bastard? Ain't been a good hanging in months, since Rackham got his.
  • Soldier 3: Eh, hard to understand how it works. I've heard it said they scooped up Captain Vane near a year ago, and he's not seen the end of a rope.
  • Soldier 2: I can't fathom it. Some men they stretch for days after capture. Others they sit on.

As Ah Tabai hid in the bushes, Edward rattled his cage to distract the guards.

  • Edward: Oy!
    Oy! Water!
    Hey! Open this gibbet.
  • Soldiers: Quiet!
    Quiet you!
    Oy! You stop that!
    Oy! Stop that.
    Stop your twaddle!
    This is a warning!

Ah Tabai assassinated the guards.

To Suffer Without Dying 2

Ah Tabai rescuing Edward

  • Ah Tabai: Good morning, captain Kenway. I have a gift for you.

Ah Tabai took the cage key from one of the soldiers' bodies and tossed it to Edward, who released himself.

  • Ah Tabai: Do not mistake my purpose here. I have come for Anne and Mary, and you owe me nothing for this. But if you would lend me your aid, I can promise you safe passage from this place.
  • Edward: I'll need weapons.
  • Ah Tabai: You are comfortable with these, I am told...

Edward was given two Hidden Blades, a blowpipe, and a supply of darts.

  • Ah Tabai: We must hurry.
  • Soldier 4: Why 'aven't they killed that other one? Walpole, or some such idiot name. 
  • Soldier 5: Maybe he has friends looking out for him.
  • Soldier 4: Or money. Like Stede Bonnet from Barbados.
  • Soldier 5: Naw, naw. They hanged him too.
  • Soldier 4: Did they?
  • Soldier 5: Aye. Blubbering and bawling, he collapsed at the gallows. Weeping like a little lamb.
  • Soldier 4: Serves the bastard right.

Edward found Jack Rackham's skeleton in a gibbet.

  • Edward: You weren't much of a friend, Jack Rackham. Nor an able sailor neither. But you were strange and lively, and you made me laugh more than once. And that's enough to make me sorry for seeing you like this. I hope you found a lasting peace, down there, among the dead.

Edward and Ah Tabai entered the prison complex, where they found a delirious Charles Vane in a cell again singing "Down Among the Dead Men" as he did when marooned.

  • Vane: Here's a health to the king and a lasting peace / To faction an end, to wealth increase; / Come, let us drink it while we have breath, / For there's no drinking after death, / and he that will this health deny, down among the dead men, / Down among the dead men, / Down, down, down, down, / Down among the dead men let him lie.
  • Edward: Hello, Vane. I caught wind you'd been discovered and brought here. Didn't hear what happened after though.

Vane shouted unintelligibly.

  • Edward: Best of luck to you mate. I wish we'd parted as friends.

In a nearby cell, Anne Bonny shouted for help from the guards.

  • Anne: You spineless cockrobin! Help her, for God's sake. Fetch help, somebody! Mary's ill! Somebody please!
  • Soldier 6: Hush your pie hole, bloody mick!
  • Anne: Fuck off, you! Ahoy! My friend's just had a child, and she's... and she's poorly now! Help, somebody!
  • Soldier 7: Shut your bleeding trap, or I'll fill it my own way!
  • Anne: Sassenach (English) bastards! Murderers! Grown men, the pair of you, standing over a dying lady like she was a piece of meat!
  • Soldier 6: A dying pirate! There's your difference!
  • Soldier 7: Aye. If she dies from childbirth, all the better, eh? God carries out her sentence and our hands are clean.
  • Anne: You bastards! Somebody help!

Edward and Ah Tabai dispatched the two guards.

To Suffer Without Dying 5

Edward and Ah Tabai rescuing Mary and Anne

  • Edward: Mary? Mary, it's me! Edward!
  • Anne: Edward? Who's this fella!
  • Edward: It's all right, Anne. He's a friend. What's wrong with Mary?
  • Anne: She's ill.
  • Edward: And her child?
  • Anne: They took her. No idea where. Ah!
  • Ah Tabai: I know it pains, M'lady. But we must be silent.
  • Edward: Can you walk? Lean on me, Mary. Come on.
  • Mary: I can't...
  • Soldier 8: Search every cell!
  • Edward: Come on. That's it. You're all right.
  • Mary: Stop! Stop. Please.
  • Edward: I ain't leaving you, dammit! Lift your arm!
  • Mary: It's no good.
  • Soldier 9: There's no one here!
  • Edward: I ain't leaving you nowhere! No bloody way!
  • Mary: Put me down, Edward! Don't die on my account. Go.
  • Edward: You're such a pain in the arse. Damn it, you should have been the one to outlast me.
  • Mary: I've done my part. Will you?
  • Edward: If you came with me, I could. Mary?
  • Mary: I'll be with you, Kenway. I will.

Mary passed away and Edward carried her body outside.

To Suffer Without Dying 8

Edward bringing Mary's body to the others

  • Soldier 8: Fan out! Search every nook and cranny!

Edward met with Ah Tabai and Anne Bonny.

  • Anne: What's happened to Mary? What's wrong?
  • Ah Tabai: Is she gone?
  • Anne: Oh, no... Oh, God!
  • Ah Tabai: What will you do now?
  • Edward: Nothing sensible.

Ah Tabai returned Edward's robes to him.

  • Ah Tabai: You haven't earned these, but they suit you. Good fortune to you, Edward Kenway.


Edward escaped captivity, along with Anne Bonny, but Mary Read died after childbirth.

Behind the scenes[]

Even if Edward does not rattle his cage, the game does not wait for the player and still lets Ah Tabai kill the guards and free Edward. 

It is possible to leave Mary's body behind, resulting in a slightly altered ending cutscene. [citation needed]

If players have Edward head in the opposite direction of Ah Tabai's boat immediately after being freed from the gibbet, a glitch can [citation needed] occur where Edward is able to free roam in Port Royal wearing his prison rags.



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