ByAnthony Muzzarelli, writer at Creators.co

Spoilers are ahead…you have been warned.


If you completed Assassins Creed 3 back when it was released in 2012 you are most likely over the fact that Desmond sacrificed his life to stop the Earth from being toasted by the Sun. What if I told you that it didn’t have to be like that? What if I told you how Ubisoft could have saved Desmond the trouble of dying, and saved the players from the three separate faceless, voiceless Abstergo Employee’s we have been forced to play through Black Flag, Rogue, and Unity. Here, you will find your answers and realize that Ubisoft did it all wrong.

So let us recap, at the end of Assassins Creed 3 Desmond had finished the important part of Ratonhnhaké:ton’s life and found the key that will open the Temple doors in New York. Desmond has shown remarkable growth in his combat and climbing skills as well, proving so by breaking into a penthouse, a MMA match, and even an Abstergo facility. Ubisoft built up Desmond’s character from an annoying bartender who complained all the time and could barely hold his own in a fist fight, to a lethal killing machine with and without weapons. I won’t even go over the fact that Desmond had his own personal problems to deal with as well (cough cough…Lucy…Daddy issues…cough cough) So why would Ubisoft build up such an amazing character, then have some “Magic Space Wizard”, as he would put it, convince him to give his life to save the Earth? It makes no sense to kill a moderately loved character just to do it.

No Desmond think this through!
No Desmond think this through!

Now for awhile everyone thought that Desmond was actually still alive and he was just recovering during the course of Black Flag. Everyone thought that, until we seen Abstergo employees sawing things out of Desmond’s chest when they found his body in the Temple. They took blood samples, saliva samples, then put his body in a body bag and disposed of it in an unknown way; it’s safe to say that Desmond is very dead. Now I know you want me to get to the point, you want to know what crazy theory I have that could possibly change the modern world of Assassins Creed and keep Desmond and Earth safe. The answer is very simple and he’s been with us from the very beginning.

Clay Kaczmarek "Subject 16"
Clay Kaczmarek "Subject 16"

Clay Kaczmarek (or Subject 16 for those of you who have not read every bit about this series like I obsessively have) had been a mystery since AC1 but the last of his mystery was finally shoved off in AC: Revelations (plus AC3 and AC4 if you listen to certain people and items) Clay was shoved into an Animus long before Desmond was, but the difference between the two is quite major. Clay was an Assassin who was sent with another Assassin, Lucy Stillman, to infiltrate Abstergo and find out what they are planning. Lucy ended up betraying Clay by not getting him out of Abstergo when she was supposed to, and Clay ended up going insane from being put into the Animus too many times without any breaks. After awhile Clay decided to leave his legacy for the next subject and escape in his own way, he used his blood to mark up his room with riddles and puzzles making them only visible by a person who has Eagle Vision. Afterwards Clay uploaded his consciousness into the hard drive of the Animus and killed himself, knowing there was no escape from Abstergo with Lucy still there. Later on Desmond discovered these markings in his room and so began the mystery of Subject 16.

When Desmond went into a coma after killing Lucy he woke up in a place within the Animus named "Animus Island". While walking along the beach Clay and Desmond met face to face for the first time and discussed how Desmond could escape, every once in awhile Clay would have his weird moments but hey he was insane and such so we'll cut him some slack.

Now that we know some back story here is where my Alternate Ending kicks in, when Desmond is about to relive the last of Ezio's memories Animus Island starts to dissolve and disappear Clay called it being "scheduled for deletion". While Desmond was freaking out Clay hugged Desmond causing a weird, faint, blue thing to rap around them, observe:

Bro Hug
Bro Hug

Now normally we'd think "okay he is just saving Desmond like he said...big deal!" You're right in thinking that, Clay does scream "I'M SAVING YOU IDIOT!" Before forcing Desmond through the gates and out of Animus Island. Later on when Desmond awakes from his coma however, he raises his arm and it glows that same faint blue:

I see your arm is glowing..lets never talk about it
I see your arm is glowing..lets never talk about it

Now they do not discuss his arm so we never know why it was glowing in the first place, so that is where my Alternate Ending comes in. In case you did not notice in the picture I used earlier, Desmond uses that SAME exact hand to touch the...magical spinning orb of destiny thing that kills him. Now when his hand burns up it glows blue as well, all of this is highly suspicious but as I have already stated he is definetly dead.

What Ubisoft COULD have done is this: Desmond falls down dead and Juno walks down saying the creepy Juno things that she is known for and the game ends, let us think Desmond is dead for awhile that is totally okay. In reality Desmond was just knocked out by the power surge, he then is seen after the extremely long credits getting up and limping out of the temple with a determined expression on his face. When Subject 16 had screamed "I'M SAVING YOU IDIOT!" it was because he knew what lie in the temple and that Desmond would need some way to survive it, so he gave Desmond his life energy that way when a "sacrifice" was made to save the Earth it was Clay's life energy getting destroyed not Desmond's. So Desmond gets away with nothing more than severe burning on his hand that will just take awhile to heal, and to add a little cherry on top Desmond could have broke into the Abstergo facility at they very end of AC: Rogue and got into a death battle with Otso Berg, disabling but not killing him, and rescuing the employee from making the life or death decision given to them. This would make fans happy and is definetly a better idea then whatever first person catastrophe Ubisoft is thinking of for AC: Victory.

Well guys that is it! Thank you for reading this and let me know what you think of it in the comments below!

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