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trainkun0908
08-11-2014, 10:03 PM
When I first heard of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag more than a year ago, I was a little skeptical about whether Ubisoft can pull it off. After all, Assassin's Creed III was just released and while that game was quite good, it was worse than expected with a lot of stuff not put in.

I played ACIV and I was pleasantly surprised with it. It was one of the better instalments of the franchise.

However, I really wished that the storyline could have been much different, starting in Edward's early years as a privateer and then through his formative years to finally become a fully fledged Master Assassin. The plot isn't very Assassin-like, with only a mild connection to the Assassin Templar war.

This is what I envisioned ACIV before release and what I wanted it to become so badly even now.

Plot:

In the beginning of the story, Edward was just a 20 year old privateer looking for money to support his wife. After serving on Blackbeard's ship for two years where he was taught many skills including basic swordfighting, ship steering and climbing, he went back to his home to find it burnt down. It turned out that his father angered some Templars and they decided to make an example of him. Obviously Edward was not thrilled to find his family homeless, so he went and hunted down the Templars responsible. After killing one Templar, he was caught and sentenced to death. An Assassin broke him out of prison but since Edward could not stay in Bristol anymore (the man he killed was a high ranking official), he went with the Assassin to the Carribean Sea. After several years, Edward was in command of the Jackdaw, tasked with building an Assassin Fleet in the Carribean. He found out about the defection of Duncan Walpole to the Templar cause and hunted him down, taking the Templar Armor from him to infiltrate the Templar meeting.

After establishing a business relationship with Stede Bonnet, Edward attended the Templar meeting, learning of the Observatory and the Sage. During the escort of the Sage, he knocked out several Assassins, which later earned him the enmity of some of the Assassins. He then freed the Sage from prison after ensuring that the Sage would not reveal the Observatory's location. Torres and his men discovered him while freeing the Sage, albeitly not in Templar disguise, and he quickly fled to hide his true identity. On the way to Nassau, Edward freed the several hundreds pirates held captive in the Spanish Treasure Fleet, earning their loyalty (which will later proved useful when Edward finally established his fleet).

In Nassau, Edward quickly went to work with Blackbeard, Hornigold, and James Kidd (who he knew in the Assassins) to liberate the city from British rule. After a month's work, Edward quickly realised that to build an Assassin Fleet, he needed income and the easiest way for that is pirating. He then learnt how to do that from Blackbeard and Hornigold. He discovered that du Casse was about to launch an attack on the fledging Pirate Republic and decided to assassinate him (also discovering that Great Inagua was a natural fortress, thus suitable for his mission). He infiltrated the island under guise as Templar, and assassinated Du Casse while in audience with him.

Taking the island as his own personal base, Edward went to work building his own personal fleet, training captains and upgrading both his ship, Great Inagua and his fleet. He also set about taking down the Templar power in the Carribeans, which had grown exponentially because of Duncan Walpole's treachery (Walpole already sent the Assassin information to the Templars before defecting to them). As the Templar began their assault on the Assassins, Edward aided the Assassins in repelling them in Tulum as well as in the Assassin Bureaus around the Carribean, assassinating several major targets. in multiple assassination contracts and naval contracts (which he gained by establishing contact with that Dutch merchant), he quickly gained notoriety in the Carribeans. During this time he struck a friendly relationship with Mary Read, who became his Assassin partner.

Edward also met with the main Templars a lot to discover their plans. However, from these meetings he began to feel conflicted, as the Templars' ideology is also quite appealing. When the Sage was recaptured by the slaver Prins, Edward volunteered to recover him. During the assassination of Prins, Torres arrived and discovered Edward's true identity. This greatly disappointed Torres (who grew fond of Edward and wanted him to succeed him as Grandmaster), and he placed a bounty of Edward's head.

Nassau became poor, with disease running rampant. Edward, indebted to Blackbeard for his training, took to searching for Medicines and aided Blackbeard during the siege of Charlestown, where Edward assassinated another Templar. Governor Rogers then came ashore to Nassau alongside British commander and fellow Templar Chamberlaine to negotiate the surrender of Nassau. Edward worked to destroy multiple British checkpoints and finally sent a fireship into the British blockade, boarding Chamberlaine's warship and killing him, and decimated the remaining British Fleet with his own personal fleet.

Attending Blackbeard's official retirement ceremony with the remaining pirates, Edward soon found himself in a battle against a whole British armada, which destroyed the remaining pirates and killed Blackbeard.

Discovering that he could not hold the combined naval might of the British and Spanish empires, Edward lost faith in the Assassins' cause, believing that if they were really about freedom, they should have saved Nassau. He quickly set about recovering the Observatory to oppose the British and Spanish Empires(he got the idea from the Templars). However, upon freeing the Sage and recruiting him into his Fleet, he discovered that the concept of the Observatory went against his own principles. Roberts also betrayed him and took half his fleet to join the Templars (he was promised wealth and power to join them, in exchange for the Observatory's location). Edward returned to Great Inagua and rebuilt his fleet, beginning a long and grim task in destroying Roberts' fleet. In the middle of it, he also rescued Mary (who died and asked that Edward reaffirmed his faith in the Assassins) and Anne from prison. It was also at this point that he heard that his wife and father died. Anne also became his lover and quartermaster after this as Adewale became a fully fledged Assassin and Captain of his own ship.

Finally destroying Roberts' fleet, he hunted Roberts to Principe and after a lengthy naval battle against both Roberts and a combined Spanish British fleet (who was sent by the Templars to take care of Roberts, who betrayed the Templars), he assassinated Roberts. As Roberts died, he revealed that he told Torres and Rogers about the Observatory's location and they were now preparing a large fleet to blockade the Observatory off, effectively holding control of it. Edward raced back to the Carribean and intercepted Rogers' fleet with his own fleet, sinking all of them and assassinating Rogers (who falsely revealed that Torres had not yet departed). Edward then went to Havana, where he killed El Tiburon. Upon discovering the ruse, he sailed to the Observatory, where the Templars had fortified the place. After taking down the fleet blockading the Observatory, Edward went ashore and systemically dismantled the Templar defenses, forging an alliance with the Guardians in the process. Finally, Edward assassinated Torres, expressing his own regret that Assassin and Templar could not unite.

His work finished (Assassin Fleet fully fledged and Spanish and British naval might in the Carribean temporarily stemmed), Edward gave Adewale command of the Assassin Fleet and settled down with Anne in the London, where he raised Haytham and continued to teach fellow Assassins how to sail. Robert Faulkner was also trained by him. However, in a routine patrol mission with the Jackdaw, he was ambushed by a Templar fleet and killed alongside Anne. This ambush was orchestrated by Reginald Birch, which acted as business advisor to Edward but was secretly a Templar.

Story ends.

This would have given ACIV a much more important view on the Assassin-Templar war but would also set up Haytham's and Connor's lives (Haytham trained by Birch and Connor trained by Faulkner in naval warfare). This would also address much of the issues that Assassin's Creed has concerning its core pillars. You would get to know each of the assassination targets you have (their motivations, their habits) and would also emphasise equally on stealth as well as combat.
This would also not only give Edward a more bad *** ending, but gave him much needed character growth and impact on the Assassins' history.

Ah well, hopefully Assassin's Creed Unity and Rogue could be done better. We will see in a few months then.

EmbodyingSeven5
08-12-2014, 12:14 AM
......................... Oh. well try not to think so far ahead next time. may be upseting to find out it wasn't what you were expecting

OH and welcome to the fourms!!!

Assassin_M
08-12-2014, 12:50 AM
However, I really wished that the storyline could have been much different, starting in Edward's early years as a privateer and then through his formative years to finally become a fully fledged Master Assassin. The plot isn't very Assassin-like, with only a mild connection to the Assassin Templar war.

This is what I envisioned ACIV before release and what I wanted it to become so badly even now.

Plot:

In the beginning of the story, Edward was just a 20 year old privateer looking for money to support his wife. After serving on Blackbeard's ship for two years where he was taught many skills including basic swordfighting, ship steering and climbing, he went back to his home to find it burnt down. It turned out that his father angered some Templars and they decided to make an example of him.

stopped reading after this. Just no.

D.I.D.
08-12-2014, 12:55 AM
You imagined the characters, locations and specific plot details (such as medicines) for Black Flag a year before it came out?

Can you PM me with next weekend's lottery numbers, please?

Kaschra
08-12-2014, 12:58 AM
You... changed AC4's ending.
I love AC4's ending.
Therefor I do not approve.

But I'm also not so keen on the rest of your story. I liked that Edward was not an assassin throughout most of the game.
Oh, and what M mentioned.

Xstantin
08-12-2014, 01:02 AM
I liked that Edward was not an assassin throughout most of the game.


I always thought that was Edward's selling point :confused:

Assassin_M
08-12-2014, 02:23 AM
Alright, so after reading it (because i'm a hypocrite) I'm gonna have to be harsh..this is the most contrived dribble I'v ever read. I have a few points.

1- You're shoving the Templars and Assassins EVERYWHERE needlessly. It makes everything feel convenient and creates such a small small world where everyone knows everyone and that the conflict is everywhere when it really isn't...it's also not good story telling. It narrows the scope of a universe, which is ESPECIALLY what AC tries to always do. The huge scope lies in the conflict not the universe of the story. It's like you're dead set on making EVERYONE either a Templar or an Assassin...there's no middle path for you, no third party, heck you even had the Sage become a Templar for NO reason.

2- nonsensical, inexplicable and confusing motivations, actions and goals. Why would the Assassins save Edward when he gets caught by the Templars? How could a sheep farmer possibly upset a high ranking official that he'd want to burn his home? Why would Edward agree to being tasked to creating a fleet for the Assassins? Why would Edward do ANYTHING to the Templars? because one Templar burned his house? that he killed, nonetheless...there's no reason for Edward to escape from Templars in Bristol to templars in the Carriebean, that doesn't make any sense

3- Characters and plot points come up and disappear all of a sudden without being mentioned again at all, this is probably because you thought about shoving events from the actual story into your head canon that you supposedly thought up before the game was released.
Duncan Walpole is a already a Templar in your story, with an armor..how do the Templars fall for it when Edward takes his armor and attends "the meeting"? Why does Edward knock out Assassins? Why would there be Assassins attacking? didn't THEY send Edward there to gather intel? Why would the Assassins be upset at him knocking out some of them? he was only staying in character.
Edward runs into events for no apparent reason too, he's suddenly hunting Walpole then he's establishing a business relationship with Bonnet then he's freeing hundreds of Pirates..what? Why? Oh and it's convenient because in the beginning, Edward wanted to create a fleet....riiiiiiigght. He;s going to make hundreds of rogues suddenly become soldiers with a cause in one day's time, of course.
Why would Edward go to Nassau? He's not pirate, why is he there? Why would Du Casse attack Nassau?

4-Your story is the EXACT same as AC IV with the contrived and convenient beginning shoved in there for no reason but oh noooooes, you want to shove Templars and Assassins everywhere without much thought.

Sesheenku
08-12-2014, 03:15 AM
Let's leave the story telling to the story telling... er.... To people more capable than you anyways.