Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Kenway’s Life for Me
With Desmond now dead, Abstergo’s taken his body and used various parts for their new cloud computing abilities, which they use for Ubisoft Entertainment, a French video game company that shows players specific parts of history that they like through their hit video game series, Assassin’s Creed. No really, this is a thing that happened.
In any case, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has the Ubisoft Employee plopped into a chair to sift through the memories of Welsh pirate/complete bastard Edward Kenway, respectively the father and grandfather of Haytham and Ratonhnhaké:ton during the Golden Age of Piracy in 18th century Carribbean. The official reasoning for this is to prep for an interactive Animus powered interactive feature film, but in reality, it’s to find a First Civilization Observatory that can monitor anyone anywhere in the world after acquiring a blood sample. Kenway gets thrown into the mix after killing and taking the uniform of a rogue Assassin and meeting with Bartholomew Roberts, aka the Sage (the only one who can lead the Templars to the Observatory).
Other pirates that Edward comes in contact with during his adventures, such as Blackbeard, Charles Vane, and Ben Hornigold, set upon making their vision of a pirate utopia a reality. Edward helps them seize control of Nassau and create a pirate republic that quickly gets exploited thanks to disease, a lack of economy, poor ruling, and the Templars exploiting it for their own gain. Edward and Roberts find the Observatory and grab the device powering it, but Roberts, who admits that he uses whoever he thinks will help him achieve his goals and doesn’t care about the Assassins or Templars, turns on Ed at the last minute and gets him locked in prison for piracy charges. Edward escapes thanks to the Assassin Mentor Ah Tabai and joins their Order. He manages to defeat Roberts and return the device back to the Observatory to lock it away for good before traveling back to England after learning that his wife Caroline has passed and of the birth of his daughter Jennifer Scott. Years later, Edward now lives with Jennifer and his young son, Haytham.
In the present day, the Employee is encouraged by the company’s IT manager John to start snooping around the offices and hack multiple Animus terminals and cameras to provide information to Shaun and Rebecca, who’ve infiltrated Ubisoft. John eventually has the Employee go to the Animus’ core, where they see Juno and learn that despite opening her temple to stop the flare, the world isn’t ready for her yet and she can’t even possess them. John tries to murder the Employee to cover up the botched Juno resurrection and reveals that he’s the reincarnated Sage, before getting killed by Abstergo security. The Assassins continue infiltrating Abstergo, but neither them nor the Templars can explain Sage’s presence or that of his followers, the Instruments of the First Will. Cryptic.