Assassin’s Creed: Altair
In 2007, bartender Desmond Miles is kidnapped by the Abstergo Industry and forced into their machine, the Animus, a device that replays the memories of the user’s genetic memories. Think DVR meets ancestry.com. Desmond is forced to relive the memories of his Assassin ancestor Altair Ibn-La’Ahad during the Third Crusade as he attempts to regain his former status by assassinating nine Templars.
During the assassinations, Altair learns that each Templar was searching for “Pieces of Eden” (artifacts similar to the Ark of the Covenant he’d stopped Robert de Sablé from stealing at the start of the game). Altair kills de Sablé, who then reveals the tenth Templar, Altair’s leader, Al Mualim, who also has the Apple of Eden that can control people’s minds.
Altair kills Mualim and touches the Apple, which shows other parts of the world that contain Pieces of Eden. With the locations discovered, Desmond is taken out of the Animus and learns that the Templars still exist in the modern day as Abstergo and want to collect the Pieces to take over humanity and prevent the end of the world in 2012. Now having what they need, Desmond’s saved from getting offed by Abstergo by Assassin mole Lucy Stillman, but the situation is further complicated by some residual Animus energy allowing Desmond to read messages on his room left in blood left by someone only known as Subject 16.
Later forced into the Animus again to repair his mind (more on that later), Desmond relives more of Altair’s memories during Assassin’s Creed Revelations. After killing Mualim, the Assassin took the Apple and command of the Assassins. While on a decade long defense against the Mongol invasion in Masyaf with his wife Maria, one of Altair’s disciples named Abbas stages a coup and killed Altair’s youngest son Sef. After Maria was also killed, Altair and his oldest son Darim go into self-imposed exile for 20 years. Altair later returned to Masyaf, killed Abbas, and years later, encodes his memories on five keys that access his library. Keys that would later by found by a future ancestor of Desmond’s…