Assassin’s Creed 2 (2009)

You return as Desmond Miles. Lucy, of course, is here too and is urging you to hurry up and get in the Animus. You don’t know what’s going on but you might as well do as she says because Lucy suddenly looks like she was redesigned in order to activate a lot more male boners. Hot darn!


Memory Sequence Zero

Lucy syncs your experience with a new past memory–Ezio’s. Only. You’ve gone so far back that you experience his birth. That’s right. Cry cry motherfucker. You are literally a baby.


Woops not anymore. Lucy hauls you out, takes the file she needed from the Animus by doing that sync, and then you two escape together. You guys fight and ninja your way out of Abstergo. Along the way, you see plenty other Animus around. Are other people also facing the same situation as you? She brings you to a secret base with other assassins where she plans to teach you how to become one of them. You meet Shaun, a loveable shithead who’s the brain behind the operation, and Rebecca, who’s the mechanic or engineer that created the new Animus you’re using called “Baby”. You use it to try to find the Pieces of Eden before Abstergo does.


Memory Sequence One

Welcome Ezio! You’re having a good time–fighting enemies, taking names, sleeping with the ladies, being an errand boy, beating up your sister’s asshole boyfriend–when your father is taken to jail. He tells you to go give a letter describing he was framed to his closest friend to get him free. But alas! Said friend is actually a betraying asshole! He successfully hangs your father and two brothers.


Memory Sequence Two

They spot you and try to get you next but you run like a lil bitch because they have gold plated giant monster guards and you can’t take them on at your level. You get your hidden blade fixed and can go after him for realsies this time though. You sneak past his guards and do the killing of that betraying asshole so good that the guards question their own skill. You’re wanted now so you escape to your uncle Mario and his villa, bringing the rest of your family with you.


Memory Sequence Three

Snooty tooty Vieri appears to kill you. You, obviously, are the best ninja ever and take his men down (and he runs away like a baby). Oh yeah, and your uncle Mario appears with a classic Super Mario joke. He also reveals that you come from a family of assassins and that Vieri and his troops are Templars that have been harassing you guys. You join your uncle’s squad and take down Vieri. Who knows: if that guy weren’t such a dick, you might’ve been friends! With friendship bracelets and everything! But, you know, him being a dick to your family kinda has a way to make you wanna kill a guy. Yep. You return to the villa and Mario confides that Vieri was working for other men. So you decide to take them all down. For your father! Viva la revolution!


Memory Sequence Four

You go after this guy called “the Fox” because he’s got the intel you need. He’s like the cool creepy cousin you’d like to have forever but also not really because wtf get away from me.  You are after Vieri’s dad, Francesco. Fox man tells you about the Templar meeting (where that Francesco man will be attending) and leaves you to eavesdrop it. From that meeting, you hear that your target is going to attack the Medici family in front of everyone. You go save Lorenzo, who turns out to be a friend of your father’s, and then kill Francesco.


Memory Sequence Five

Jacopo is next on your list. You get clues to his location and listen in on his meeting with the big boss, Rodrigo. Unfortunately, Rodrigo, knowing his bro was targeted, went LOL and killed stealed him from you. He then saw your upsetty spaghetti face from behind a pole and tried to kill you too, but, of course, you’re the best and wrecked his squad. Unfortunately, he himself was able to safely escape.


Memory Sequence Six

You head off to Venice while helping your buddy, Leonardo da Vinci, who was stuck because his cart was broken. It’s carrying a flying machine! He can’t drive though because he’s weird like that so you help him out, but guess what, Rodrigo decides it’s time to fuck you up again. Too bad you’re awesome and they’re all dead! At Forli, you head off in a ship to Venice.


You’re out of the Animus for a break. They warn you that with too much exposure you can get symptoms and practically become your ancestors without using the Animus! It’d be super totally awesome if it didn’t totally drive people completely bonkers though. You bond with the other members and then go practice your skills with Lucy to become a pro assassin yourself. After your training, you get so caught up in your hallucinations that you re-become Altaïr to chase down a random Templar woman who turns out to be your secret lover. She is also with child though, so you can also follow it around. You wake the fuck up to Shaun being a dick because he’s excited to get back to work. You go back into the Animus for more.


Memory Sequence Seven

Welcome to Venice! Praise the sun! You help out a thief-guild women back to her old pal Antonio. They already know about you and your mission though, and the whole thief squad is here to help out. You all gang up on Emilio and take the bitch down! Woo!


Memory Sequence Eight

Now onto Carlo. The Templars are planning to kill the current Doge so that Carlo takes his place and controls the fleet. But they’re also rushing because they know you’re around. Such foolishness! Carlo kills the Doge and blames it on you, but you get Carlo right after so it’s still your win.


Memory Sequence Nine

Turns out they’re still going with same old plan of putting a Templar in at the Doge position. This time with an asshole called Marco that tried to kill his bestfriend out of jealousy one time. There’s a festival going on where he’s going to make an appearance for the party. Biggest mistake ever! You sneak in and assassinate Marco (you also made a fool out of Dante, the bff, poor guy).


Memory Sequence Ten

The new Doge is a good guy but can’t help you because he wasn’t been voted in just yet. Silvio’s taking the opportunity to bring forth an army while it can’t be refused. Bartolomeo can help you build an army yourself though, so you go save his life so that he helps you. Your armies fight it out (honestly you did all the work) and you manage to kill Silvio and Dante in the same faceoff.


Memory Sequence Eleven

It’s your birthday! Too bad you’re too busy brooding like a lil bitch. You spot a large vessel arrive and your uncle Mario with it. Turns out Rodrigo’s here and he’s waiting for a super secret shipment! You go intercept the shipment and meet with Rodrigo. You fight him and your assassin squad joins you. Rodrigo flees and leaves his package behind. Your squad tells you you’re The Prophet that Rodrigo wishes he were. (This is because Ezio-you is the one that passes information to Desmond-you (because Desmond-you’s in the Animus living as Ezio-you)).

The assassins take you away to hold the magical ceremony so that you’re one of them. Thankfully, Altaïr altered it so you don’t have to chop off your finger, because this was how the Templars learned to identify assassins. Instead, you get your finger branded with a burn that looks like a ring.

You got the Apple of Eden from the package.


You get out of the Animus. They’re worried about you but you want to continue. They put you back in, but a little forward in time since Abstergo is soon to be on you guys and you need to hurry. Shaun updates you on the changes: turns out Rodrigo becomes the Pope.


Memory Sequence Twelve

and

Memory Sequence Thirteen

are DLC.


Memory Sequence Fourteen

You meet up with the other assassins and discover that The Apple shows the world map on The Codex pages. It shows The Vault is in Rome–that’s why Rodrigo became Pope! To open The Vault though, you need both The Apple and The Staff, and you have a feeling the bastard’s already found the second one.

Oh. You also have facial hair.

You sneak into Rodrigo’s fancy Rome palace to kill him. He uses The Staff against you! You use The Apple against him! He manages to take it from you and kill you! Oh no! He leaves you to die so that he can go open The Vault. Thankfully, that’s when you miraculously heal up and go after him again. He believes that he’s The Prophet that is the only one allowed to open it. Too bad that’s you and not him! You don’t kill him, but with you there, The Vault opens.

A figure appears. She is one of those that came before and created the Pieces of Eden. She speaks to Desmond-you rather than Ezio-you. The humans betrayed them to use the pieces for war. So in retaliation they recreated civilization. But now they are all dead. In order to save the world from war, you must find the temples. But the world is also going to get destroyed by the sun. Is that what’s with the temples? It’ll help reset the world back to what it was? Before it was unstable and before everyone wanted war? Who knows!


 

You’re out of the Animus. You have ten minutes to escape before Abstergo arrives. Go go go!

Warren appears to take you back but you fight him off. He flees and you guys escape to a new hiding place.


Side note

The twenty glyphs come together to show a short video of Adam and Eve stealing an Apple of Eden and escaping.

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Assassin’s Creed (2007)

This summary was created for myself (or others who feel it is helpful). It is not meant to be extremely accurate about the game’s details, but to convey what I perceive unfolding from the story. There’s a TL:DR session at the end for a quick plot check.


Assassin’s Creed (2007)

The game starts with you rejecting the Animus. You get introduced to Warren (the scientist in charge of the project) and Lucy (who works the Animus since mister scientist can’t do anything for himself). They’ve kidnapped you, Desmond Miles, for this project that allows you to relive your ancestor’s memories. Oh, and they threatened to kill you if you don’t work with them. Yay! They ease you in with a tutorial and then you get started on your first memory.


Memory One.

You become Altaïr, a badass, top-rank, crème de la crème, assassin. Only, he’s so full of himself that he ignores the three rules to assassin-hood when going after Robert de Sablé and fucks everything up. You return to your assassin boss, Al Mualim, to report that you have failed and discover that Robert de Sablé has followed you back in order to get rid of all of you assassins (because Templars don’t like assassins, so why not chase you with a giant army?). You help defend the city and squish them like bugs. You’re congratulated for saving the city but because you failed on your mission of getting the treasure from Robert de Sablé in the first place, he knocks you the fuck out to deal with you later.


You get hauled right back out into present time because you need a break from the Animus. You “stretch your legs” (aka eavesdrop on Warren and Lucy) as she scolds him for trying to keep you in longer which would kill you. He’s on a tight deadline but who cares, you’re more important! You’re the main character! You can go talk to Lucy. You discover that you’re also an assassin in this current time, but your parents were overbearing paranoid freaks so you couldn’t really do anything. Then you ran away from home and got kidnapped by Abstergo! Lucy explains that Abstergo has eyes everywhere, so it was no surprise.


Memory Two.

As Altaïr, you get the chance to redeem yourself if you kill Al Mualim’s targets. To start you off, you snoop out the traitor in the Creed, the one that helped Robert de Sablé get in the city. You figure out that a villager and one of your assassin brothers were actually working for the Templars. Al Mualim kills the villager and gives the assassin a second chance. Al Mualim then reveals that there’s another nine (yes, a big ol’ 9) people that you must also kill. For peace or whatever.

Tamir is the first on your list in Damascus. He’s a black market merchant and he’s got a huge shipment of illegal weapons incoming, but these are for someone else rather than his usual contact. Upon his assassination, Tamir reveals that he and his brothers are working for a much nobler cause. He warns that, by going after all of them, you would ruin yourself. Not that you care.


You’re pulled out to rest again. Lucy explains that the reason Warren sucks is because they only have a week to complete their project. Also, the Animus can translate speech into modern English, though you feel as if some people were talking to real time you (Desmond), not past time you (Altaïr). Finally, Abstergo is the largest pharmaceutical company in the world–it works primarily on anti-depressants. But yet this Animus project has nothing to do with anti-depressants.

Lucy also allows you to look at her computer (Sept 3 files):

  • Warren has a tendency to lose his access pen. Winky face.
  • All Abstergo employees sign a contract that says they can’t talk about anything of the company and its projects to anyone. Aka you.
  • “Wind up like Leila” was a threat Warren used and when Lucy inquired, he refused to give her more information.

The next day, Warren wakes you and blah blah blah says that he’s working to bring the world into order, to remove conflicts, to achieve peace, etc. Lucy arrives and you start back up.


Memory Three.

Al Mualim is proud of you but refuses to tell you more information because that’s what made you fail that one time. Way to hold a grudge. You’re headed to Acre and Jerusalem this time for your next targets.

In Acre, you’re after Garnier, a doctor. He works in a large fortress, where his patients roam about. He tortures and experiments on these patients, and said patients come from Jerusalem so that the people of Acre don’t freak out. While some of his patients can’t handle the doctor, most of them feel better because of him. When you kill Garnier, he reveals that he’s trying to fix them psychologically, but his experiments aren’t going well because he doesn’t have the Pieces of Eden that we took from them. You go back and confront Al Mualim that Garnier seemed to be doing some good and Al Mualim convinces you that the doctor was controlling the patients’ happiness through the hope of getting better.

You move on to Jerusalem and your target is called Talal. He was the guy that kidnapped the people here and sent them to Acre for the doctor to experiment. The city knows him as a slaver and master archer. You find him at one of his warehouses, but alas! It was a trap! He was expecting you! You’re forced to chase him down but that’s nothing to a master assassin like you. Like your other target, he claims that he’s helping the people he kidnapped, because he wants to save them like he was once saved. The people he picked were people that needed help, not just ordinary slaves.


You’re pulled out of the Animus again. This time it’s the machine that needs a break. Lucy talks about her past: she wasn’t able to get a job anywhere when Abstergo hired her. Then she assembled the Animus. Though, once she did, people were sent to kill her but Warren saved her life.

In your room, you find an access code hidden in your closet (no one else knows you’re here, so it’s from Lucy) so that you can leave your room freely now. You go back into the main room: the Animus cooled down and Lucy’s gone. You are able to pick up Lucy’s access pen though. With this, you can get into her computer again (Sept 4 files).

  • Lucy tried to contact another member of Asbtergo to inquire about Leila’s death. She is still refused information.
  • Warren responds again that it was suicide, even if Lucy doesn’t believe it. He tells her to stop digging around.

The next day, Lucy tweaked the Animus so you can stay in longer now. Warren is still rambling about being an evil dictator. Right before stepping into the Animus, you steal Warren’s access pen from his pocket. It’s unsafe to hack into his computer though, so you’ll have to wait until you finish your next memory.


Memory Four.

Al Mualim explains that the two leaders of the war (King Richard and Saladin) are going to meet up but it’ll take a while. Instead of going after them and stopping the war, you’re ordered to go after their corrupt leaders. There’s one in each city: Abu’l Nuqoud in Damascus, William of Montferrat in Acre, and Majd Addin of Jerusalem. You, ever so faithful, will go kill them.

You head to Damascus first. Abu’l Nuqoud is a rich merchant who never leaves his quarters. However, he is holding a festival at his palace and will be making an appearance.  As well, he ordered a huge shipment of wine for the occasion (a lot more than what is allowed wtf). The party starts and Abu’l Nuqoud appears from above. He says that he enjoys seeing everybody happy, but the truth is, he poisoned the wine. Dun dun duuuuuuun. Everyone’s dying, so obviously he’s full of shit. You kill him like a beast and he explains that he poisoned and killed everyone to stop the war.  That’s kinda fucked up but whatever. You’ve killed more people than he did so yeah. You start to doubt the meaning behind the kills that Al Mualim ordered but said boss tells you to chill out and to stop thinking so hard. And, obviously, to continue being his personal hitman.

Acre now, and you’re going after William of Montferrat. This guy and Richard (the king) are known to always argue and these arguments make William sulk away in his citadel. William has a secret plan that he wants to complete, to kill King Richard. You head to the citadel and find William predictably arguing with Richard. Richard is too busy with the war to care for his pet William and leaves. William slinks off into his citadel so you follow him along and go in for the kill. William explains that he did indeed plan to murder Richard (knew it!) in order to put the people in power (did not knew it). He wants to abolish the monarchy and work towards democracy. He was stealing food to ration them for the future, and he was an asshole to teach discipline to his people. But now he’s dead. You go back and Al Mualim reveals that every one you’re going after works for Robert de Sablé.

To Jerusalem! Majd Addin is our target and he’s an executioner, but only of people who get in the way of “their” (coughTheTemplarscough) plans. And turns out, one of the people he is going to execute is one of your brethren of the Creed, so you gotta go fast and stop him before your bro dies. Luckily, he gives a lecture to the people before he does his job. This gives you time to get in there. That’s no problem for you! In the middle of his speech, he and his guards kill citizens (rebels + those to be executed, minus the assassin because you’re the best) so you do the same to him. Majd Addin defends himself by saying that he’s after the way that the assassin’s controlled the city at one point–through fear and power. He’s a power hungry control freak.

You hop back to Al Mulaim.


You’re hauled out of the Animus before you can talk to him. You’re in trouble! The real-time assassins came to save you from the Templars but they were stopped (i.e. killed). Boom. Big reveal: Abstergo is Templars’s company. Your two Templar friends scoot off so you can go nuts and hack into their computers.

Lucy’s computer (Sept 5):

  • In the outbox, you see an email she sent to Rikkin (if you’ve seen the recent movie like I have, you know he’s one of the top Templars in Abstergo), still asking for information on her friend Leila. Lucy is saying that she can be trusted with the information considering everything she’s done for the company (which is not legit because she’s been breaking the rules).

Warren’s computer (Sep 3):

  • Inbox: A storm delayed Abstergo’s Satellite launch.
  • In the outbox: replies to Lucy about his pen + Leila inquisition (but you already saw these earlier)
  • Deleted: The reminder not to divulge important information to anyone.

Warren’s computer (Sep 4):

  • Inbox: More news, this time about drilling for oil in the Weddell Sea, which breaks treaty laws.
  • Deleted: A note from a mysterious sender. He talks about knowing what Warren’s up to: the Templars have (or had?) a metal ball that opens up and makes people kill each other. Warren’s being warned that mystery man will spill the beans and tell the world.

Warren’s computer (Sep 5):

  • Rikkin replied to Lucy saying to contact someone else since he’s away (automated message).  But we didn’t find this message on Lucy’s computer. Seeing as how the next message is a whole two hours later, we can conclude that Lucy removed her deleted box messages. She might be hiding some files from you in her computer.
  • Rikkin replies to the whole thread to Warren warning him to keep Lucy under control since she’s his responsibility (after keeping her alive) but he says “again”. This hints at the first “stirring up the shit” where they sent people out to kill her. Did they try to kill her over simply building the Animus or was there a deeper reason?

That’s all the information you can get so it’s time to go to bed and get back into the Animus.


Memory Five. 

Al Mualim explains that the three leaders desire control over people, to get the holy land and the Piece of Eden. But we have it. He even shows it to you. It’s “temptation” and has a lot of power–it controls the minds and hearts of the people who gaze on it. Every person that you have killed so far were Templars and working with Robert de Sablé to create war against the Creed in order to get the Piece of Eden. You must continue to stop them!

Your next target is in Acre, a guy called Sibrand. He wants to create a blockade to stop King Richard’s troops from arriving in town (betrayaaaaaal) but he can’t get the northern docks he needs to make it happen. He did, however, double the guards at the docks where he’s hiding, but that doesn’t stop you from getting to him and killing him. Sexy. Before he dies, Sibrand says that he doesn’t believe in God and explains that his blockade is to stop the reinforcements in order to free the people from the tyranny of faith (which is controlled by the monarchy, aka King Richard). But he was doing this under orders, like you with killing him. Back to Al Mualim, who says that by killing these guys, you’re weakening Robert de Sablé’s forces.

You head over to Damascus to go after Jubair. Jubair is a man who works with the scholars to destroy books and knowledge in the city. He even tossed one of his fellow scholars in the fire simply because he questioned him. They believe that knowledge is lies, that they cannot rely on words. After the burning (that you secretly watched like a ninja), Jubair and his followers go out to scream to the world how awesome you are. You find the real one using your badass vision and take him down. Jubair defends himself by saying that people themselves are like books, that they all tell a version of the truth, and that there is no way to tell what’s real. He tries again by explaining that the ancients scrolls is what caused such harmful actions like war.


Time for another break. You hear Warren and some other man talk about finishing up this project (and you). Lucy was the one who ejected you early. She warns you that we need to stop them before its too late. She says that they’re going to use your memory to find the Piece of Eden in order to take control of the world. Oh, and there’s also more than one Piece of Eden in the world. Yay. The one that they already had got destroyed.

You pretend to go to bed so that they leave and you can sneak on their computers. Lucy’s computer (Sep 6):

  • In deleted items, there’s a conversation between Lucy and an unknown person. They explain that Abstergo has eyes on another artifact and the “launch” (the Satellite launch) will let them find it. The unknown source Lucy is talking to has been delaying Abstergo as much as they can. You yourself are being used for a different artifact. Lucy also asks for a rescue. The reply secretly says yes in what looks like spam mail.

Warren’s computer (Sep 6):

  • Files were leaked (from our anonymous source) so that Abstergo is now under investigation so that the Satellite launch is on hold.
  • You get a password for the computer in the conference room. You can’t go into the conference room yet because you don’t know the code nor got a key to get in.
  • There’s also a news clipping about the leak that caused Abstergo to be under investigation.

You talk to Warren that your memories don’t match up with what you already know. Warren explains that anyone can write a book and make others believe in their information, that you shouldn’t trust everything you read or hear.


Memory Six. 

You’re with Al Mualim as usual. Robert de Sablé is the last one standing in your way. Al Mualim explains that the Piece of Eden is powerful and consuming, and that they want to use it to create a united, peaceful world. But they go about it the wrong way. Al Mualim was hoping that through all your kills that Robert de Sablé would stop, but he didn’t. So you must go and end him for good.

Your final destination is Jerusalem. The crusaders that are in town with Robert de Sablé are fancier than the usual and are headed for the cemetery, for the funeral. They are all also ready to pick a fight, so you need to be extra sneaky sneak. They recognize you mid ceremony though, so you go ahead and confront Robert de Sablé. But Robert is not Robert! He sent in a girl as a decoy so that he could run away! Robert de Sablé is trying to unite King Richard and Saladin together against the assassins, and the 8 people you killed count as proof to how dangerous your cause is. You let her go.  You fear that it’ll already be too late to return to Al Mualim so instead you chase Robert de Sablé to Arsuf. After a lot of murdering along the way, you find King Richard and tell him that Robert is a traitor, that he ordered the 8 men you killed to work against him. Lo’ and behold, Robert de Sablé was a sneaky bastard, hiding nearby, and claims you to be a liar! (I would too tbh.) King Richard is a useless shit so he has you two fight it out. Robert de Sablé reveals that it was actually Al Mualim that has betrayed you, that he was actually a templar in disguise, and that since he knew the other templars, he wanted them dead and used you to do it, in order to keep the Piece of Eden all to himself. Gasp!


You are pulled out of the Animus again. You hear Warren yelling at you now. Your real-time assassin friends found you (again) and are attacking Abstergo. You have no idea what he’s talking about and how this came to be. You have a better idea now though–Lucy and her mysterious source. But the assassins were taken care of, and apparently Abstergo were also hunting down other assassins and killing them too, just in case. So now you’re all out of luck on that rescue Lucy was hoping. Once Warren leaves, Lucy tells you that although Warren said that, they haven’t found your parents, oh, and that she’s also an assassin. Odd how you never noticed that before (a missing finger is kinda a big deal).

Once you pretend to sleep and Lucy leaves, you can check the computers again. Lucy’s computer (Sep 7):

  • In the outbox, you find out the code for the conference room.

Warren’s computer (Sep 7):

  • In the inbox, there’s a message from Rikkin (the boss!) saying that you suck and that they want to find another guy to replace you. He also suspects that someone inside Abstergo is a mole. You already know that that mole is Lucy.
  • Again in the inbox, another news file. This time about the increase in security at the border between America and Mexico. Is this truly because of illegal immigrants or are they trying to find more assassins?
  • In the deleted box, his conversation with Lucy about the conference room door password.

Because you now know all the details for the conference room, you can sneak right on in. You find the laptop and hack in as usual. The computer seems to be a Warren’s fancy confidential work computer (Sep 7):

  • Rikkin explains that the Satellite that will be searching for the Pieces of Eden is not full proof. He lists their findings:
    1. You are working on the 3rd Piece of Eden they are after. They pressure Warren to hurry the fuck up.
    2. They have a Philadelphia Project, which talks about how they noticed a possible time shift from another subject’s data. They wish to contain the artifacts that alter time in order to avoid paradoxes.
    3. The Tunguska Incident is the case where assassin’s attacked their research center and destroyed their artifact. They nabbed assassins and figured out how to find more artifacts through them.
    4. “Grail”, the Holy Grail, is removed from the list. According to your data, artifacts related to Christ-figures are literary devices and are therefore not real.
    5. Mitchell-Hedges Communicators will be active once the Launch happens and Warren will have access to the channel.

The next day, Warren wakes you up and rushes you in on this memorable day.


Memory Seven. 

You reach Masyaf and find that everyone has been brainwashed by Al Mualim. You get ambushed by other assassins and eventually make it to Al Mualim. He was waiting for you though. You fight off the enemies–copies of the 9 that he sent you to assassinate.  You kill them again and Al Mualim takes his turn against you. He duplicates himself so you have to figure out the real one. He explains that in order to keep power, free will can’t exist. He reveals that all conflicts and wars were created because of the illusions of the Apple of Eden. You fight again. He’s teleporting around this time but you’re still super duper amazing and kill him. You want to destroy the Apple of Eden after, but as it reveals a map where all other Pieces of Eden are, you realize that you can’t destroy it. You need to find these and destroy them too.


You’re yoinked out of the Animus again. Warren is talking to someone about getting more Pieces of Eden. Lucy convinces them that you might be useful before they try to kill you. With such long exposure to the Animus, the bleeding effect allows you to see red symbols everywhere. None of it make sense though. You believe that it is blood from other subjects that have been in this room before you.


With the end credits done, you can check the computers again. Lucy’s has nothing new. As does the conference room computer. However, Warren’s computer has new information (Sept 8):

  • In the inbox there’s news of the second plague in Africa.
  • In the deleted box, Lucy explains the Bleeding Effect, which was when you can’t tell the difference between yourself and your ancestors. This happened to the subject before you, which was why he went crazy and wrote all over the walls with his blood.

TL;DR.

  1. You fuck up killing Robert de Sablé, who’s a Templar that hates assassins. You’re demoted.
    • Abstergo kidnapped you after you ran away from your assassin fam.
  2. Find the traitor in the Creed and kill the illegal gun merchant.
    • You get to check out Lucy’s computer for free.
  3. You kill a doctor who tries to fix people and the guy who ships him the people to fix.
    • You can get Lucy and Warren’s access pens so that you can always have access to their comps.
  4. You kill a rich merchant who poisoned everyone with wine, a leader that wants to overthrow the monarchy, and a ruthless executioner.
    • Assassins try to save you pt.1.
  5. You kill the traitor that wants to abolish the monarchy for religious reasons and the knowledge hating, mindfucking fellow burning all the books.
    • Abstergo is now under investigation, slowing them down greatly.
  6. You get to try to kill Robert de Sablé again. But it’s a girl. Oops. You chase after the real him and King Richard has you two fight it out. Robert de Sablé reveals that Al Mualim (your boss) is the real traitor, that he’s also a Templar!
    • Assassins try to save you pt.2. Also gain access to the conference room.
  7. You kill Al Mualim and reveal the location of all the Pieces of Eden.
    • You’re seeing blood stains on the walls and floors.
    • The subject before went nuts because of the Animus.

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I’ve been in a great need to vent about a certain someone in my life and writing in my journal just doesn’t seem to cut it. They’ve been adding necessary stress to my life and I’m hoping that with this post, most of it will fall off my shoulders and that I could deal with it better. If you don’t like this kind of post, I recommend you please look away and do something’s that more worthy of your time. This is mostly to free myself.

Cupcake (named so for the sake of anonymity) has always been a negative person from the start. Complaining but never pulling off any action to change it. One of our big fallbacks was because of this, because she couldn’t read the mood and would constantly bring us down. No matter how happy we were, she always had to remind us that the food was better elsewhere, or the teachers didn’t really care, or that her mother was better, blah blah blah. She tried to change herself, and it worked for a while. But she got into the habit of talking behind one of my friend’s back “I want to change them for the better! They should be like this instead of [I don’t really remember but yeah]!” This dear friend of mine, Pug (called so because she loves pugs), was a very straightforward and a no shits given person. If she hurt you, she didn’t care, so long as she was being truthful. She specifically hated lies and back talk. She had a feeling something was up with Cupcake, so she asked me what she was so excited about lately. I told Pug what Cupcake’s been saying and hopefully been trying to do with her. Pug got really offended and confronted Cupcake. Cupcake didn’t answer and ran off. She avoided us for a few weeks before she literally disappeared–she had changed schools to run away from our affair (later she told me that she had actually done it because her mom, a teacher there, could help her with the school work, but I call bull).

(One time, when Cupcake, Pug, and I were all at my house, Cupcake got upset with the amount of snacks that I was eating (I was upset about something) and Pug came to my defense. We went downstairs afterwards, to my room, but Cupcake decided to stay in the living room instead, ignoring us. Halfway in the evening, we saw that she had left the house and went back home. But, she left the door wide open. We had an indoor cat. If my brother hadn’t kept the cat in his room accidentally, we would’ve lost her. My family’s cat. Cupcake was so upset she didn’t care if she risked loosing our cat. I find it ironic how a year ago, she lost her own cat. I like to think that fate played it’s part.)

In university, we applied for the same program so we saw each other a decent amount. I acted like nothing happened and would treat her like a normal friend: occasional chatter to and from class but that’s it. It was still awkward, because Pug had left elsewhere to focus on her studies so I had no idea how to react about that event. It had nothing to do with me, so I had no idea where our friendship was.

It slowly grew back and we warmed back up with each other. It was in the midst of a sleepover in the summer of our studies that I had introduced her to MMORPGs. She was simply the type to read books and watch anime and paint in her spare time. But as soon as I introduced her to Aura Kingdom (very good game, I highly recommend) she was addicted. She played it all the time and even brought her laptop to school to play around classes. I had no problems with it–she was having fun and making friends and we had another thing to talk about. But then I started to realize the she was getting more and more aesthetic items and lying about it when I asked–“Oh, that looks good! How’d you get them?” She would answer with: “Oh, you get them at level 60” or “there’s a quest for them!” Something felt off, but I left it slide. A few weeks later, when I flew past those levels, I flashbacked and realized she had lied. She had a tendency to forget the things she said though (or claim she did), so there was no point bringing it up. Eventually, I learned that she was seducing boys to get her things because “she was easy”. This was explained to me by my close friend Plume: “easy is the type of girl that’s flirty and not so good at the game so boys can easily impress and win over, even if it means giving items. She’s easy because she gives her attention, affection, compliments, etc. as soon as they do something she likes” (because it’s kinda difficult to physically have sex with others over a game on the internet). (Plume worded it beautifully but I don’t exactly remember because it was two years back, so this is an approximation of what she said.)

I found myself obviously envious–I worked for months trying to get gold to buy one item and she would get them for free by the truckload. It was disheartening, but I eventually got over it with the fun I was having with the guild I was in. She noticed and decided to create a new character to join the guild I was in. I didn’t mind–my guild was fun and awesome! However, as soon as she got in, she spammed chat and irritated the other members. Luckily for them, she was almost never on that character (and then got upset when she didn’t get to participate in the stuff we were doing). She was too busy on her main character seducing more boys and getting a new boyfriend every week. The more she did this, the more some started to hate on her and cause drama–which she would then relay to me. I stuck to my usual advise of “if what they’re saying isn’t true, then ignore them and do what you want; blah blah blah”. It was getting repetitive.

And then I got a boyfriend. And she grew bitter about it.

I understood why some of my friends started to get irritated with me, because I would spend a lot more time with him than them. I agree that that was indeed happening and I didn’t have the whole “managing relationships” thing down. Some were understanding. Cupcake… well… “You should put effort into our relationship and invite me to do things!” even though she wasn’t doing that either. We made plans for her birthday: we were going to another city to shop and go to the pool (the date was two-three weeks before her actual birthday). It was fine with me at first, but then I realized that, in the game that we both played, that weekend was crucial for me to attend their cyberevents. I asked her many times if we could re-arrange the dates for the next week after. I thought she’d understand because we were both at a similar obsession with the game (her socially, me for dungeons/guild events) but she refused to comply. I let it slide, it was her birthday event afterall and so she was allowed to call the shots. However, when the time came, my mind was completely distracted with the game: what’s going on? Is my team okay? Would they play better if I were there? Do they need my help? Wolf (my boyfriend, because he loves wolves and huskies) was telling me how it would be better if I were there. I got upset and snapped that I should’ve never gone to her birthday event. She snapped that I wasn’t her friend. I snapped that she’s so obsessed with the game that she doesn’t try to make any other friends (and she’s had multiple opportunities through me). She snaps that they’re my friends, not hers so she doesn’t have to befriend them. The fight ended with me in tears and her dismissing my apologies. The next day it calmed down and we were able to go shopping with a somewhat happy mood. But that fight (our first real fight) was one that scarred me. It was at that mark that I grew scared of her.

For the next few weeks, she would repeat the same sentence as before: “You should invite me to places so we can do things! I planned my birthday event so you should put in some effort too! Friends would put effort!” or around those lines. I wasn’t the plan maker in my group of friends, and she was an outlier that rarely showed up (and no one but me knew how to contact), so she was often left out. Because of this, I don’t like inviting people that the plan maker (this role changes a lot) may hate (because it’s happened before) so I don’t invite anyone. I wait to be invited, hear who’s invited/coming, and live with it. Once, I was invited to a movie. Cupcake had classes so I didn’t bother mentioning it to her. Later, another friend in the group found her leaving her class and invited her along to the movie. While I had no problem with it (I actually felt really relieved that she came, especially after our odd bouts across skype), she later asked me a few times “So why didn’t you invite me?” I told her my reasoning, that I don’t feel right inviting someone out of turn, but I could tell by her attitude that she wasn’t convinced. She told me I should’ve asked permission and made more effort to invite her. She was guilting me, I knew it, and it was working.

Things are fuzzy after that, but I reached the point where I stopped playing the game. I got to level 71, where everything was grinding dungeons and no longer really fun. I tried making new characters but didn’t find it as good as it should have been. Cupcake stayed in the game for the social aspect, which I admit was pretty striving–the PVP areas were full of people who loved to socialize! (Too bad that wasn’t my scene, even online.) Our friendship stayed the same, still iffy but kinda there. I noticed that a few months after the movie, she deleted me from her skype. I took that as a sign that she was once again upset that I wasn’t “putting effort” into our relationship (she admitted later that this was indeed the case).

I’ll fastforward to this year, with the stuff I mostly recently remember. Under her two disabilities of Dyslexia and ADHD, she’s allowed to ask for notetaker in class. Because I was her friend (and I had a class with her), the teacher asked me specifically to do it, but since the teacher basically gave us the notes, she said I only needed to model how I organized my notes in class. I said yes, because this seemed like an easy pass on my CV (I was allowed to put it on so it seemed like a grand idea). The first few months, it was fine–I showed Cupcake the order of my notes and she copied me and it was pretty fun. She mimicked it in class so she simply had to put them in her binder later at home. Then she stopped trying. She stopped listening in class. She stopped organizing the notes. She stopped caring about the subject matter. She’d ask me every 5 minutes for the time and she tell me how much she wished the class would end and that she’d be home. This happened for weeks. I had to grab her notes in class and organize them for her like her little puppet, else I was afraid she was going to say I wasn’t doing my job properly to the teacher. I put up with it. She stopped complaining and started paying attention again because homework and class content was getting increasingly important as the end of the semester arrived. I noticed that she would get really upset when I got a grade better than hers, so I avoided looking at them and instead shoved them in my bag. I felt like I was only allowed to be happy about my grades at home, because my parents felt like the only encouraging ones, as they only cared for me and not who I was besting. I hated comparing my notes to Cupcake–she wasn’t able to keep her name on the dean’s list this year, to get a scholarship so she didn’t have to pay (like I have to but wish I didn’t)–so she takes grades super seriously and throws a fit when she can’t raise her GPA up again. While I understand this is her personal business and I have no say, I feel like it’s not such a big deal when I simply get one grade better than her, especially since she stopped caring about classes. It’s because of these fits of hers that I’m scared to even boast my surprisingly good grades to Wolf or Plume (who are way more understanding and supportive than her).

And yes, during the semester, I invited her to events, because I decided plan some this time (and I was very organized with it–I reserved restaurants weeks ahead and had meeting points thought out and everything–I was very on point). She never complained on that front ever again. However, when it’s someone else’s plans, she won’t make the effort to socialize and will constantly ask me when it’s time to leave. I understand if she doesn’t like what’s going on, but her constant nagging ruins what fun I’m having. When I told this to Wolf, because I got really upset when she did this at our friend’s birthday party, he said plainly: “She needs to stop being a baby and suck it up. If she doesn’t like it then she should just leave.” I secretly agreed with him, but found myself defending her. Thinking back, I shouldn’t have, because I honestly don’t think she’d do the same if we’d have swapped places.

Christmas time, I had a really important talk with my aunt and uncle. I was staying at their place for a few nights while I visited family. They loved having me over and I loved visiting them so it was great. During one of the nights, we had a really deep talk. My aunt has depression from her job and shitty working conditions (and more), so that made her and her husband so much more wiser. We got into deep stuff–she talked about her experiences, I asked questions and tried to relate and tried to help. At one point, I told them that I was really introverted at time. “Do you know why sometimes you get drained so fast?” I shook my head no but tried. “We react more/easier to stimulus?” (this was what someone in psychology had told me, I believe). “Because some people are energy stealers. They steal all of yours and make you drained.” Although I didn’t quite believe it (I like to think of everyone the same and not stealers), my mind immediately thought of Cupcake. Every time she came over (which was every week), I could only spend a few hours with her before I felt exhausted. With Wolf or Plume, I felt rejuvenated and like I could waste the whole day with them. With Cupcake, I was on nails. We only watched what she wanted to watch, she dismissed my ideas, she doesn’t like it when I play video games with her there (she may not admit this one but I can tell when she’s not happy), she only wanted to do her type of things. I even tried playing Life is Strange, a video game that was practically a movie, with her and she went “there’s too much talking, I want more action!” I understand that we may not have the same interests, but she has this need to constantly dominate. It’s easy to tell too: “How about this movie?” “Hmmm no. I want something more…. [romance, cartoon, disney, etc.] Keep looking.” Anything I wanted to do wasn’t important.

I invited her over to a New Years party, which was supposed to be family + lovers only (my aunt was very excited to show off her boyfriend). Earlier, Cupcake told us that her family didn’t do anything for New Years so we took pity on her and invited her along. The day itself, she disappeared to one of the bedrooms, where my brother’s cat was locked in (because they didn’t get along with our cat) and she stayed there for the whole evening until supper time. I liked hanging out with Wolf and having little moments with him, but I was too worried about Cupcake and making sure she had a good time (because I was technically her host for the evening) that I dragged us into the room and we all spent the time there until supper (Wolf didn’t really care). After supper and a surprisingly long game of cards, UNO (because my dad and aunt kept trying to cheat), we escaped back to the living room. This time there was more people so Cupcake was sitting on the floor (the boys were watching on the other TV). After a few minutes of watching TV (which I found had pretty amusing jokes) she left to go back to my brother’s cat and cuddle it (and you could tell by their face that they didn’t like being held but Cupcake wasn’t letting go–she’s a very cat-affectionate person). My brother joined her in the room, because it was his cat and he has to supervise (which I felt bad for because maybe he would’ve wanted to do something else). This time I decided to let them be. I wasn’t going to drag us again in there because she didn’t want to watch television with us. They stayed in there until it was time to go to bed. Until the very last second (where Wolf had to drag me by my feet away from the TV to get changed because I was being stubborn and childish). This isn’t as bad. I apologized to her in case she found it boring but she said it was fine.

The next day, we slept in and were pretty much very lazy. After spending most of the morning hogging the TV, my brother claimed it for hockey. This was fine with me, I was colouring, Wolf was on runescape, and Cupcake pulled out her laptop. After a few more hours, Cupcake asked me to watch a movie in my room. I complied because I liked the movie she wanted to watch. I didn’t have it though, so we had to search it up online. However, since it’s a very revered and popular film, there was essentially no good version of it anywhere. The only version we could watch had horrible sound (I’m hard of hearing so sound quality is very important to me!) and the colours were so distorted that 3/4 of the screen was black. Clearly we wouldn’t be able to watch it. I asked her if there was another movie instead. “Nah, I think I’ll just go home. What were you planning to do?” I told her that if we weren’t going to watch a movie, I’d go back in the living room with my brother and Wolf (hockey was funny to watch–someone always got injured in some surprising way). “Okay, I’ll just go home.” She packed up quickly and left. I saw her out and apologized again if it was boring for her. That was when I realized that she had tested me. With asking what I wanted to do next–she had actually asked “who were you going to hang out with?” and I chose Wolf and my brother instead of her so she left. I’m hoping that I’m overthinking it.

The new semester is here and I’m relieved that we’re not in the same classes. I see her at our group’s hangout spot now, because she’s gotten used to me going there. She does the same as usual and pulls out her laptop and ignores everyone else. She would cut into conversations I’d have with other people to tell me random things. I put up with it because it’s probably the only time she’ll say anything, even if what she’s doing is incredibly rude to the person I was talking to. The only topic she seems to always want to bring up is her internet romances and drama. I listen along because it’s important to her and she needs the advice.

We had a sleepover the passing weekend. This was when I got really upset and decided to write this entry. I slept over to her house and then the next morning we were driving to the next city for some shopping. While the night before, their family got along really well and sweet and it was a superb time, the morning was just hectic. Her dad didn’t want to drive us so she kept saying things like “he’s always PMSing like this in the mornings!” and “Call down dad, gosh.” even though he was talking at normal volume and was actually not freaking out (and I know because I’ve seen all of them when they actually freak out). Her mom, who’s sick and not allowed to leave the house, asked us to get something for her (and from what I assumed, would pay us–well Cupcake technically because she’s her daughter so she’s supposed to buy). Cupcake made unpleasant noises and “detached herself” (looked away and ignored her mom). I memorized the information and agreed because sure, if my mom had asked that, I’d do it for her. My mom spoils me so I would be fine shopping for her (so long as I got size details, which technically we did). Cupcake threw a fit when her mom asked for yet another thing. Her mom reacted pretty well to it: “It’s okay. It’s okay. I’ll go for it myself. Don’t worry about it.” Before, like a few years ago, she would have told Cupcake off (because, you know, she’s sick and can’t actually shop for herself right now) but now it’s different. Their whole family is very different. Her dad is super lonely. Her mom is bed ridden. Their family dog has hip pains so is also bedridden. Cupcake locks herself in her room and throws tantrums when her parents ask her to do anything (even just pulling out the dishes from the dishwasher). When we were at the stores, I told Cupcake in the car that we should buy her mom the bra she wanted and that we’d get paid back. She objected but then seemed to understand. At the store, I reminded her again, and she looked away with a “No! That’ll be 100$ right there!” (the bras were on sale for 16$ so that was a big fat lie) and went on to look for herself. I didn’t even have the gall to argue with her to do it. Cupcake could easily just leave me stranded in this city–she was my way home so I had no choice to get along with her wishes, unless I’ll be stuck waiting forever for my parents to come get me and I really do not want that burden on them. I’m not going to make my parents suffer because Cupcake’s still acting like a selfish child.

At the mall, I was on a mission to buy a gift for my dad, and her to get a new bra. Suddenly, she wants to go see a movie. I tell her that there’s nothing I want to see nor looks good. She pulls up one that I haven’t seen the trailer to and it looks very much like her type of movie, but not mine. “I don’t know.” I told her. I needed to shop for my dad and watching a movie was definitely way off track. She didn’t even seem to care about buying her bras anymore. She was so focused on watching something and eating popcorn. “I bet if it were Wolf and them inviting you, you would totally be all for it.” I was shocked at this. I wanted to answer with: “they wouldn’t even watch that kind of movie in the first place” but she was using general terms as in any movie. I also wanted to answer with “they’re more fun than you”, but, again, she could totally ditch me here in this town. I couldn’t say what I wanted to say. I deflected the conversation when she brought it up, turning it back to the fact that I had to worry about my dad’s birthday (that was the next day!! This was the only time to shop for him!!) but it didn’t seem to sink in until we finally hit the mall and I listed all the dad-esque shops I wanted to check.

Last week, I was planning skating events. I love skating and doing it on a weekly basis would make me increasingly happy. Cupcake was on board as soon as I brought it up–heck, even beat me to the punch. “We should skate Friday!” She said and I nodded. But I also wanted to skate with Wolf, so I asked her if he could also go Friday (unless she’d feel too much like a third wheel). I wanted her to be truthful with me. Instead, she looked down and played with her food. “I’ll just skate in circles.” Another manipulative guilt tactic. Clearly I wasn’t allowed to do anything with just the three of us anymore. It made me frustrated because Friday was the only day that was good for all of us. I dropped one of my classes partially with this reason in mind and it hurt me to do it.

I remember when I tried to tell my aunt one of the reasons I wanted to be a teacher. “When I was in math class, Cupcake didn’t understand what the teacher was saying so I had to teach it to her–”

“That’s not your job.” My aunt had said. She was also a teacher so her input was very important to me. “You shouldn’t have to do that for her. She wants to be a teacher too, right? She needs to learn to be dependent and do things on her own, not have you do everything for her when she doesn’t understand. That’s not right.” I told her how she needed a note taker and how I had to organise her notes. “She shouldn’t be allowed to do that. Teachers write ALL the time. Reports, papers, assignments, tests, lesson plans, you name it! She can’t just not write–she won’t be an efficient teacher. She needs the practice of writing for herself.”

While I want to believe that all of my misfortune is her fault and that she should fix herself. I’m wondering if this is also partially my fault. I could have conditioned her that way. Starting with me helping her in math class, along with her mother helping her with all of her homework, and up to now. She’s been taught that she can just about run to anyone and they’ll help her and give her what she wants. There’s no real effort, because I’m there and I love helping others, and her mom’s there because she wants to see her succeed (she didn’t even freak out that much when Cupcake’s GPA lowered and her paid scholarship was gone!), and the boys over the internet will do what she wants if she pushes enough. She’s been taught by all of us that she can get and do what she wants because no one will argue with her, no one will tell her differently. If we do, she throws a tantrum and makes us feel guilty, and bam, she wins.

I think from this point on, I need to learn to say no to her, to learn to go against her tactics. She has been threatening me with the “if you don’t [do what I want you to do], we’re no longer friends!” card, even if she hasn’t done it as much, but it’s still inherently there with everything we’ve done together, and it’s stressing me very much. She always has the upper hand in some way she may or may not realize (she’s my drive, I’m at her place, it’s her birthday, teacher told me to, etc.) and needs to dominate even more in some other way (get my attention, have me do things for her, not let me hang out with others too, etc.) She’s so constant and controlling in my life that I can’t even focus on reading my books for class–I’m that wrapped around her little finger like a puppet. I’m dreading skating with her on Fridays, because then she’ll want to come over and I no longer have fun hanging out with her. I’m scared to invite her to anything or else she’ll behave like she did at my friend’s birthday party. She doesn’t think of others and the fact that I have to accommodate my very being to fit her needs is what drains me so much. To her, it seems like only she’s allowed to be happy. And we all suffer for it.

(Rant is over. I applaud you if you read this far! Have a cookie if you’d like, I have plenty~)

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Update

It’s been a while since I’ve been on here and I’m glad I decided to take a look.

I can see more mistakes and problems with my ongoing prompt story. It had gone way too off track from what I had planned to write in the first place. I’m considering either rewriting it or starting over completely. I don’t want to get rid of it though, because I like to look back at how much I’ve progressed. I might even simply pause the story to work on another, and come back to this one once I’m more confident to work with what’s already there.

Either way, this is just a little update to say that my prompts will be on hold until I have an idea what I want to do with them. I mean, they were already on pause because it’s been a while since I wrote them, but I’m just making this little update to make it official!

Thank you for your time~

-Mar

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