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plot summary (dead kings) ***spoilers*** (plot holes?)

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alright.

i finished dead kings last night, but the problem is that i don't remember the beginning of it.

can someone sum up the end of unity and all of dead kings and their plot lines for me?

I'm good with the plot up until they kick Arno out of the brotherhood.

1 - why did they let Arno continue to hunt down the templar grand master if they kicked him out of the brotherhood
2 - what the hell happened in dead kings? how many years were between ACU and dead kings?
3 - when did he get let back into the brotherhood? did he? was dead kings his story of coming back to the fold even though we never see him come back to the fold?

near the end he mentions that he'll kill someone, or complete a mission, "because I am an Assassin." was dead kings Arno's way back? investigating stuff, getting wrapped up in another PoE. doing what he must because deep down he's an Assassin even if the brotherhood doesn't recognize him as one? if he's not in the brotherhood, why can he do co-op missions with them?

(also, anyone want to do the two co-op missions for dead kings with me this weekend?)

“To have peace there must be strife; both are part of the structure of the world and requirements.” - Ancient Egyptian Proverb

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After Arno gets kicked out, he goes to Versailles, gets drunk for a bit, and gets picked up by Elise and brought back to Paris. From then on out, they are working on their own to take out Germain's lieutenants and Germaine himself. He kills Germain in a boss fight where Germaine has the Sword of Eden, but Elise gets killed in the process. After that it flashes forward to him as part of the order and in his master Assassin robes, doing a leap of faith and then hiding Germain's bones in the catacomb with Napoleon. The modern story was about the Assassins trying to find germain's remains (since Abstergo is trying to use Sages to sequence memories of TWCB), but since they're exposed to the elements + among literally millions of other bones, there's no need to worry about Abstergo finding them. Basically a "oh, this didn't really matter" ending.

Dead Kings takes place directly after him killing Germaine, when he's still distraught over the death of Elise. It can be assumed he didn't check in with the Assassins first, since he's taking a contract from the Marquis De Sade to try to get enough money to travel far away.

I'm assuming you followed the story of how Leon inspired Arno to try to stop Napoleon rather than just focus on getting paid.

During the ending montage it's implied that he contacts the assassins for the first time in a long time, giving them the Piece of Eden because they've informed him on what such things are. Then as a result of his new sense of purpose, he goes back to Paris to rejoin the brotherhood, leading to him eventually becoming a Master Assassin as seen in the ending of the main game.

It's obviously implied that Arno did co-op either before he got kicked out or after Unity's ending, which is probably why the ended the game on him being a member of the Order again.

As for why Napoleon is with him in that ending despite being an indirect antagonist in Dead Kings, it's important to consider that Napoleon's politics and actions changed dramatically over time, and also that just because a powerful person might have tried to do something bad once doesn't mean the Assassins would not ever seek an alliance with him again.

Arno sent the Apple to Egypt, Napoleon invaded Egypt, and he's shown in the AC2 Glyphs as having the Apple. It's pretty easy to chart a course of how that alliance goes sour.

According to the lead writer, (the guy who wrote the AC2 and brotherhood glyphs as well as Brotherhood's story) Dead Kings had only a 12 page script because of budget constraints. (it was a DLC, and furthermore it was free.) This explains why it doesn't explicitly state things like how it fits into the timeline, but I don't think it's that hard to figure out if you remember how Unity ended.

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Thanks.

It's just been so long (and so many things happened between then and now) that I forgot little things like "plot" and "character motivations."

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hey, no problem! ACU's plot definitely felt more and more jumbled as it went on, with lots of self-contained climaxes and potential endings that didn't flow naturally into future events. I can understand not being clear on it if you came to Dead Kings after such a long time!

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So I finished all of the Dead Kings zone, Franciade?, (except the one co-op mission... any takers?) and went back the the regular Paris map. Man is it overwhelming... I have 85% completion, but there are so many damn symbols on the map from chests, cockades, missions, it's so overwhelming. I probably still have 10+ hours of objective chasing if I want to 100% this game... if...

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I just did most of the murder mysteries and the paris stories missions that seemed interesting. I mostly wander the map with the HUD off, so I get any chest that is guarded by a pattern of guards that is fun to sneak past. Don't care at all about the floating collectibles.

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