Arend grew up in the neighbourhood of Osdorp in Amsterdam, where he trained under a martial artist named Ali.阿倫德一度是一個非常成功的綜合格鬥冠軍，卻因為公開自己的性取向所帶來的負面新聞影響到了他的職業生涯，並最終因此被迫退役。在那之後，他遇見了哈蘭，一個曾在美國和他有過相似境遇的人，兩個人很快就墜入了愛河，之後哈蘭引薦阿倫德進入了兄弟會並將阿倫德招募為自己的弟子。
In London, Arend and his fellow Assassins reviewed the media, where a large explosion in Berlin dominated the headlines. Kiyoshi argued that killing a hundred seventy people in public didn't really fit with the Templar methodology and suggested that another faction might be in play. My'Shell revealed that she had a list of Pieces of Eden retrieved from the Hong Kong Abstergo lab and pulled up an image of the Koh-i-noor. With My'Shell convinced that it was present in the Spanish Civil war, Charlotte strapped herself into the makeshift Animus.
The machine, however, appeared to malfunction, resulting in Charlotte dangerously becoming trapped inside a simulation and unable to be woken. An injured Guernica returned to find the team surrounding the stricken Animus. He was shocked to learn that My'Shell had repaired the machine with unvetted Abstergo parts and feared that the machine was now compromised. She made her apologies and left, while Guernica informed the others that they will need the assistance of Felix Oladele, an Abstergo Entertainment employee with Erudito sympathies based in Montreal and familiar with Animus extractions.
Arend and Kiyoshi made the flight immediately to Canada, using a cargo plane perform a halo jump onto the roof of Abstergo Montreal. After working through the few guards present, they reached the office of Oladele only to find him already slain by the same "Assassin" from Hong Kong who armed himself with a high-tech suit. Unbeknownst to them, this foe's identity was Jasdip Dhami. Jasdip then proceeded to wound both of them with throwing knives, throwing Arend out the nearest window which he just manages to hang onto. After a few shots from Kiyoshi's gun, Jasdip leapt from the window.
Arend and Kiyoshi both make their way back out, heavily injured. The only way that Jasdip could know where they were headed is if they had a leak either from the Animus or from one of their own within the Brotherhood. They then decided to lay low in a safe house.