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Sorrosyss
01-21-2017, 07:10 PM
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The Last Descendants series focuses on a group of young adults, as they venture into the modern day war between the Assassins and Templars. Featuring a variety of historical locations and settings, as well as cameos from other parts of the lore, they are recommended for any AC fan.

NOTE: The following analysis covers the first two novels some major lore highlights, specifically those that have a significant bearing on the current present day setting of the franchise. The analysis for the third novel can be found here (http://www.accesstheanimus.com/ACLD_Fate_of_the_Gods_Review_Summary_Analysis.html ).



The Protagonists

There are six main protagonists, whom together represent the Last Descendants of the series' name.

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Owen Meyers

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Javier Mondragón

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Natalya Aliyev

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Sean Molloy

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Grace Collins

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David Collins

But whom are they Descendants of? More on that below...



The Fate of Rebecca Crane

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Last seen bleeding out at the end of Syndicate after being shot, it is wonderful to see her fully recovered and back out operating within the field. She assists Griffin, a fellow Assassin whom is training Owen and Javier, in utilising an Animus in a hidden Assassin hideout. She is currently operating in the New York area, apparently separate from Shaun for the time being.



The Untold Heroics of Shaun Hastings

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Speaking of Shaun, he has been active within Madrid for some time. This is of course the location of the Abstergo facility shown within the Assassin's Creed movie, so we must assume he is likely aware of Callum Lynch and the other held Assassins. He apparently was stealing Animus plans, which would suggest that the Brotherhood now has the ability to build the Animus shown within the film. This ties up with comments from the filmmakers stating that the design may show up in future games.



Exoframe Animus

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The Aerie is an Abstergo facility that appears to have been purpose built for the Phoenix Project, and the search for Pieces of Eden. They have yet another version of the Animus called the Exoframe. This one allows a similar range of movement as that shown within the movie, but instead keeps the user stationary in an enclosed space. You could almost call it a happy medium between the old and newer models.



Extrapolated Memory

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Extrapolated memories are a new concept to the franchise, but not one that is entirely unknown to us. Specifically, they allow the Animus to take data from existing DNA sources, in order to project and simulate the events of a specific ancestor. If someone interacted with them, then the software can analyse their mannerisms and intents, and try to assign a path for that individual between 'known' data sources. Essentially, the Animus is 'making it up' when there is no true data. But then we have seen Abstergo modifying stories before when it suits their purpose (such as in Liberation), so having this ability assigned to the artificial intelligence of the machine would kind of make sense.



The Trident of Eden

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The Trident of Eden was originally wielded by Alexander The Great, whom as a result was one of the most successful conquerors the world has ever seen. Upon his defeat, the Trident head was split into three Prongs, and taken by three different individuals. Each Prong holds a different power over humans, instilling an overwhelming emotion - Faith, Fear or Devotion.

The Faith Prong was discovered in the first book within the former home of Ulysses S. Grant at Mount McGregor, USA.

The Fear Prong was discovered within the tomb of Möngke Khan, Mongolia.

The Devotion Prong is believed to be have been in the possession of King Harald Bluetooth, the viking ruler of Denmark. (10th Century)

At this time, Isaiah is now in possession of the first two Prongs, with the third likely to be the focus of the third book. The assumption is that when the three are combined, it will create an unstoppable supreme ruler upon Earth once more.



Isaiah's True Agenda

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Which leads us to Isaiah. At the end of the second book he collects the second Prong, and declares himself death. He rescinds his allegience to the Templar Order, and sets off in search of the final Prong to complete the Trident.

Whilst it would not be the first time we have seen someone corrupted by the powers of Pieces of Eden, I found it curious that he elected to have already spent the time to write out and send Victoria Bibeau a 'manifesto' of some kind. This is curious, as it would suggest premeditation to his actions. We have also heard of a manifesto before in Black Flag. Yes, that of the Instruments of the First Will, that was plastered all over post it notes in the Abstergo office by John Standish. Is Isaiah truly acting in his own interests, or is his true plan to recover a powerful weapon for Juno's imminent return?



The Ascendance Event

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Ok this is the big one. Its a difficult concept to explain, but there is some science to it. Both the Templars and the Assassins are now aware of an event called Ascendance. What they have found is that there are specific bloodlines that appear together throughout time - coined memory concordance. These bloodlines also seem to be attracted to, and in contact with Pieces of Eden, as if guided by an unseen force.

One of the explanations provided is that it is related to the theory of the collective unconscious mind. This was a theory created by Carl Jung who summed it up as follows;


The collective unconscious comprises in itself the psychic life of our ancestors right back to the earliest beginnings. It is the matrix of all conscious psychic occurrences, and hence it exerts an influence that compromises the freedom of consciousness in the highest degree, since it is continually striving to lead all conscious processes back into the old paths.

This is the reason that a person can never encounter a Spider in their lifetime, and yet display absolute fear when first seeing one - the theory being that at some point ancient humans associated spiders with being dangerous, presumably due to poison.

Within the AC universe, the work of Sebastian Monroe discovered that within all humans there is what he coined Sub-DNA. This is a separate code hidden beneath the primary DNA, that is only found in select humans, but possibly was part of all humans at some point. What makes the series' protagonists so vital to the story, is that all six together contain the entirety of the Sub-DNA code. But why?

In essence, it sounds very similar to the Precursor DNA of the Isu. We have seen a few of the protagonists use Eagle Vision, so we know that the Isu is within their blood as well. But whom exactly are these six the Last Descendants to? The six bloodlines that broke apart the Trident? Unlikely I'd wager. Perhaps it goes even further back. Right back, to Adam and Eve. Admittedly the group has a wide racial diversity, but as we have often seen family trees can go further than most of us can possibly imagine.

The Isu were experimenting with ways to enthrall the world in order to save it from a global catastrophe. Indeed, we have seen the Apples of Eden completely corrupt the minds of some humans. But Adam and Eve were different. As hybrids, they contained an entirely different DNA, but also one that meant that they were immune to and could resist the mind control of Isu technology. If their bloodline passed down this immunity as Sub-DNA, then throughout history these bloodlines have been coming together each time to promote free will whenever a Piece of Eden emerges, likely attracted by their own Isu DNA. Within these six young adults - these Last Descendants, is not only the key to stopping anyone wielding a Piece of Eden against them, but also arguably the power to reverse engineer that mind control back out. In theory, it could help Abstergo unlock the power to create their own Apples of Eden.

Its a fascinating concept, and its ramifications could be keenly felt across the AC franchise. I look forward to learning more within the next novel.

darthmarticus
01-24-2017, 08:54 PM
Amazing write-up. Why have 100 people viewed this and not made any reply? This is by far the most interesting post here this year.

Sorrosyss
02-04-2017, 01:42 PM
Thanks!

Seems the third book is now scheduled for a September release too.

darthmarticus
02-06-2017, 10:16 PM
That's a bit further away than I expected, given the distance between the first two.

Sajn12
02-07-2017, 11:14 PM
First of all, I've got a question. Does anybody else think, that the "house", where Griffin was hiding with Owen and Javier, was Desmond's Farm?

For me, it was absolutely awesome, when Rebecca appeared in Tomb of the Khan. One of my favourite characters and finally I knew she's alright after her injury in Syndicate. BUT, when she was leaving Griffin, she said that she's got some important mission to do. What could it be? Maybe something we'll see in Uprising?

I like the idea of Isaiah being Instrument of the First Will. never thought about him this way. It would be most curious.

joshoolhorst
02-08-2017, 10:38 AM
First of all, I've got a question. Does anybody else think, that the "house", where Griffin was hiding with Owen and Javier, was Desmond's Farm?

For me, it was absolutely awesome, when Rebecca appeared in Tomb of the Khan. One of my favourite characters and finally I knew she's alright after her injury in Syndicate. BUT, when she was leaving Griffin, she said that she's got some important mission to do. What could it be? Maybe something we'll see in Uprising?

I like the idea of Isaiah being Instrument of the First Will. never thought about him this way. It would be most curious.

I don't think so if I was Abstergo I would've burned the place down after killing all Assassin's and getting information. I would as an Assassin not go back to that place because it's probably guarded so the change is little.
I don't really like that Isaiah as a Instrument of the First Will because I can't see it working here but he maybe it works but I don't expect it to but they have to explain where those pieces come from one day in these books

Elder-Kalakta
02-08-2017, 05:44 PM
I don't think so if I was Abstergo I would've burned the place down after killing all Assassin's and getting information. I would as an Assassin not go back to that place because it's probably guarded so the change is little.
I don't really like that Isaiah as a Instrument of the First Will because I can't see it working here but he maybe it works but I don't expect it to but they have to explain where those pieces come from one day in these books

They come from Isu labs and factories. :p

joshoolhorst
02-08-2017, 06:02 PM
They come from Isu labs and factories. :p

I know but the book readers perhaps not

Elder-Kalakta
02-08-2017, 06:17 PM
I know but the book readers perhaps not

I do remember Monroe mentioning that an advanced civilization built the Pieces of Eden. I know that as someone familiar with the series and its lore, I wasn't in the least bit confused. But the author did seem to have explained it really well so that even a new reader would be like "oh, so these were built by an advanced society in the past."

Then a quick trip to the wiki with "Piece of Eden" would resolve any remaining questions as to who built them.

I'd still love to see more about the Trident and its past. I bet Poseidon built it as he's famous for the Trident. Speaking of which, I wonder if he designed the Seismic Temples as well seeing as he's known as the "Earth Shaker." So much interesting to explore. I look forward to seeing if future books explore this.

Sorrosyss
02-08-2017, 10:45 PM
Well just to be clear, it's my assumption that Isaiah is actually an Instrument - it's not actually confirmed. However, when you look at the comic titles there seems to be a genuine push from the Instruments with the imminent arrival of Juno. I don't think its coincidental, put it like that. He could well be power crazed just of his own volition, but that'd be a little boring in my view. I'd rather the books tied into the grand narrative.

As for Desmond's farm - I think it's unlikely. I got the impression that it was far more remote than the house in the novel.

NondairyGold
02-09-2017, 06:13 PM
First of all, I've got a question. Does anybody else think, that the "house", where Griffin was hiding with Owen and Javier, was Desmond's Farm?

For me, it was absolutely awesome, when Rebecca appeared in Tomb of the Khan. One of my favourite characters and finally I knew she's alright after her injury in Syndicate. BUT, when she was leaving Griffin, she said that she's got some important mission to do. What could it be? Maybe something we'll see in Uprising?

I like the idea of Isaiah being Instrument of the First Will. never thought about him this way. It would be most curious.

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Here's whats left of the farm!!

RVSage
02-09-2017, 06:25 PM
Need to get these

Sorrosyss
02-11-2017, 03:32 PM
Here's whats left of the farm!!

Ah yes, good call. That ends that debate then. :)

Sorrosyss
04-29-2017, 09:18 AM
By way of update, the final book has been pushed by three months to the end of December. Its fun to speculate that if the novel was tied to the plotline of the next game, then it might even suggest that the game release has moved to early 2018. But I'm likely just clutching at straws. :p

I guess we'll pick this up in 8 months!

joshoolhorst
04-29-2017, 10:04 AM
By way of update, the final book has been pushed by three months to the end of December. Its fun to speculate that if the novel was tied to the plotline of the next game, then it might even suggest that the game release has moved to early 2018. But I'm likely just clutching at straws. :p

I guess we'll pick this up in 8 months!

fffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuu I am so excited for the book

Elder-Kalakta
04-29-2017, 08:27 PM
By way of update, the final book has been pushed by three months to the end of December. Its fun to speculate that if the novel was tied to the plotline of the next game, then it might even suggest that the game release has moved to early 2018. But I'm likely just clutching at straws. :p

I guess we'll pick this up in 8 months!

Delays (and sometimes things being pushed forward) happen quite often and it may not be necessarily mean the game's been delayed too.

It could just be Ubisoft telling the author to change something for whatever reason.

joshoolhorst
05-01-2017, 05:24 PM
How old are all these characters anyway?
The main protagonist kids
Owen seems pretty alright with blowing a helicopter up in the sky with people in it... Well if there are people in it.

Nerdman3000
06-20-2017, 06:11 PM
In theory, it could help Abstergo unlock the power to create their own Apples of Eden.

Its a fascinating concept, and its ramifications could be keenly felt across the AC franchise. I look forward to learning more within the next novel.

I actually theorized this a while back. Good to see I'm not the only one who considered this. :D

Well done on the analysis by the way.

Sorrosyss
07-26-2017, 12:03 AM
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The third book is titled Fate Of The Gods and comes December 26th.

Also...


"There’s one time period, but there is another simulation that’s taking place in the book that’s really unique. I don’t know that we’ve ever seen anything like it in the Assassin’s Creed universe, and it really gets at what the Ascendance Event is, and what the title of the series refers to – Last Descendants. The teens go into a simulation … of the collective unconscious. So these are memories that are really deep, and they’re memories that kind of go back to the beginning of humanity and what makes us what we are, but ultimately they also have to figure out where these memories came from, and going through that simulation takes them back to the beginning. I think fans who are really drawn to the Precursor lore and the First Civilization will be happy."

Eve hype! :p

Syndicate122
07-26-2017, 05:20 PM
http://blog.ubi.com/app/uploads/2017/07/acld3_cover-665x1013.jpg

The third book is titled Fate Of The Gods and comes December 26th.

Also...



Eve hype! :p

why does that look like Char or the cover?

joshoolhorst
07-28-2017, 01:08 PM
http://blog.ubi.com/app/uploads/2017/07/acld3_cover-665x1013.jpg

The third book is titled Fate Of The Gods and comes December 26th.

Also...



Eve hype! :p

OMFG thank you for posting this I was looking for it!:D

I thought there was a interview over maybe reliving First Civ memory's in Origins and we have already seen a memory of Juno in the comics. The yellow background kinda confirms it for me remember when Ezio used a artefact in Revelations and the memory corridor was gold yellow a bit and he saw Altair's memories and it there were descriptions of Gold looking city's.

Sorrosyss
07-29-2017, 12:55 PM
why does that look like Char or the cover?

Its Owen and Natalya on the cover. Admittedly her get up is pretty similar to Charlotte's.

Syndicate122
08-09-2017, 09:30 AM
Its Owen and Natalya on the cover. Admittedly her get up is pretty similar to Charlotte's.

Hmm interesting.....AC wikia claims the person on the cover of the first novel and the third to be that of Griffin's while the author didn't give a solid confirmation on who it could be,I guess it's left for us to interpret

Sorrosyss
08-13-2017, 02:44 PM
I was utterly wrong, its apparently Griffin and Yanmei on the cover.

Syndicate122
08-14-2017, 01:27 PM
it's alright :D

joshoolhorst
08-15-2017, 12:21 PM
I was wrong to XD

joshoolhorst
10-08-2017, 12:47 PM
Oke people rate the books and which one is your favorite:)

cappyfish
10-26-2017, 03:23 AM
I was utterly wrong, its apparently Griffin and Yanmei on the cover.

Wait, Yanmei is alive? I thought she died in Tomb of Khan??

joshoolhorst
10-28-2017, 10:35 PM
Wait, Yanmei is alive? I thought she died in Tomb of Khan??

Maybe it's just for show

Sorrosyss
12-09-2017, 09:12 PM
Only a few weeks to go until we get our answers. :)

joshoolhorst
12-14-2017, 08:05 AM
Only a few weeks to go until we get our answers. :)

I am so hyped for the last book! we should do a count down for the last one now:)

12 days left where I live:)

joshoolhorst
12-23-2017, 12:42 AM
Did the book just get delayed? I checked on Amazon and other sites but they all say January.

TheLightsyder
12-26-2017, 12:31 AM
According to Amazon my copy will be delivered tomorrow

joshoolhorst
12-27-2017, 02:06 PM
According to Amazon my copy will be delivered tomorrow

Oke I get the book in 5 days or so I might just stay out of this page from now XD

Sorrosyss
12-30-2017, 06:03 PM
Hi all. For those asking for my review, analysis and story summary of the third novel - it can be found on the ATA site, right here (http://www.accesstheanimus.com/ACLD_Fate_of_the_Gods_Review_Summary_Analysis.html ). Enjoy.

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joshoolhorst
01-03-2018, 03:33 PM
Oke I am pissed, my book is supposed to come in today according to the mail FINALLY but there is nothing today and the site I ordered it on says now 8-9 days more... What the hell why even bother making promises, well sorry guys seems I can't read it now.

EDIT 26 MINUTES LATER:.... Huh what's this... Last Descen- HOLY COW! Sends messages to all friends forgets everything XD

joshoolhorst
01-04-2018, 05:58 PM
That moment you are 150 pages in in less than 24 hours since you have the book...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y73sPHKxw

joshoolhorst
01-06-2018, 10:38 AM
So a few hours ago I read through the hole book iand if I had to describe it in one word it would be Amazing.
I enjoyed almost every moment in the book, the writing was compelling, the surrounding interested me, the fights were well detailed, great ending, it is my favorite of the three books but if there was just one problem I had with it it had to be some of the things went rather fast like the final battle, don't take me wrong it was really cool and something the games can take note of but yes this was my biggest issue with the book I hoped there would be a few more pages.
I do see new comers that are introduced through Mathew's Last Descendant could be a bit confused by the other ''faction'' in te book so this is related with why I wanted more pages.
The end fight could use this soundtrack XD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaxkSlvwzpo
Well this makes me sad that it's over XD I do think about making a spoiler post when I learn spoiler tags.

joshoolhorst
02-03-2018, 12:25 AM
Oke because I am pretty sure everyone read the book now weeks after release... I still think the Trident can be restored, the staff of Eden exploded but those were different circumstandings and a different Piece of Edens, I do get how Monroe got away with the Trident because everyone was confused and well everyone thought it was broken and Natalya would trust the Trident more to Monroe than to Victoria and well what was she going to do... Order the Abstergo employers/agents to get him yeah not gonna happen and not like she could do much herself.

I do wonder what will happen with Isaiah's body now wouldn't Abstergo try to look in his DNA to see his conecctions with Juno's cult? would be quite interesting for the sequels but for now let the characters rest a bit now I hope they come back in like three or four years or so.

Nice to see Minerva again I am happy that this novel series ads to the lore more than the other novels in the series in my honest opinion.
It was really nostalgic again to see Minerva appearing to Owen, Natalya and Grace, I do kind of disagree with how it went but I don't want to change the author's mind because he keeps surprising me with what will happen next I just found it to short and the hole Ascendant Event felt like a story right from a fairy tale but there might be more towards it and I wonder if we will see Minerva again after that. Maybe we even see Jupiter, Juno or any other Isu member.

LizzRuby
04-29-2018, 03:06 PM
Hi, does anyone know if yanmei and griffin were given a proper burial rite ?

joshoolhorst
06-04-2018, 11:39 AM
@LizzRuby

GOOD question I do think Yanmei had a burial rite because I don't believe that Griffin would just let her lie there. Griffin I don't know I don't think he had a burial but THIS makes me wonder what happened to Isaiah. We know he's dead but not what happened to his body maybe they use some of his blood for Helix to track down Instruments he might have met? don't know.
Maybe in a sequel we know what happened.

LizzRuby
06-13-2018, 06:28 PM
Interesting, but I don't think the templars/abstergo will use isaiah's dna to find other instruments because they are too busy with their precursor dna research and that they don't view the instruments as much of a threat.

pmorales50
09-07-2018, 03:38 PM
I am reading the 3rd book now and I love the concept behind this. I just put in another post how I would like to see a game take place in China during the time the Mongols were invading it.That idea came from the second book. I think a series about the trident would make for an awesome trio of games also. Good post.