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In a few short months my life changed forever. I know my easiest days are behind me, but I don't want them back – not now. My name is Desmond Miles, and I am an Assassin. I am an Assassin.
~ Desmond Miles
You know it's true. It's already started. I need to do this now. So go! GO!
~ Desmond's last words to William Miles.

Desmond Miles (13th March, 1987 - 21st December, 2012) is the main protagonist of the first five Assassin's Creed video games. He was a member of the Assassin Brotherhood and was descended from many legendary assassins, including Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Edward Kenway, and Ratonhnhaké:ton.

He is voiced by the famous video game actor, Nolan North, who also voiced Nathan Drake of the Uncharted series, Vashryon of Resonance of Fate series, Primis Edward Richtofen in the Call of Duty zombie series, Alex Mason in Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified, Superboy in Young Justice, and Deadpool in numerous media.

History

Background

The viewpoint and player character of the early entries of the series, Desmond is a genetic descendant of Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze and Ratonhnhaké:ton. He is a full-blooded Assassin, who is dragged into the Secret War against his will. Not the greatest fighter at first, but the "Bleeding Effect" of being constantly exposed to the Animus and his ancestors, coupled with his genetic ties, allows him to develop agility and fighting skills on a par with his forefathers.

Biography

Early Life

Desmond Miles was born on March 13th, 1987 in "the farm" of Black Hills, South Dakota to William Miles and an unnamed mother. During his youth, Desmond was raised in "the farm" and was trained with the children there by his father, and the experienced scarred him due to the intensity. He became tired of hearing of the Assassins war against the Templars, and started to believe that his parents were conspiracy theorists. When he was sixteen, Desmond escaped "the farm" and went to New York after being advised so while he was wandering through the "bad lands". Desmond managed to get a job as a bartender, and attempted to have a normal life, but did miss his family and friends. Around 2005, Desmond had a one night stand with an unnamed woman, who had his son Elijah, continuing his bloodline.

Though Desmond tried his best to hide himself from the Templars, he was founded by Abstergo, as they needed another subject after their previous subject, Clay Kaczmarek, committed suicide. He was abducted and taken to an Abstergo facility in Italy, and was forced to work with Dr. Warren Vidic and Lucy Stillman into reliving his ancestor's memories.

Assassin's Creed

In 2012, Desmond was forced to relive the memories of his ancestor, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, who was an assassin during the crusades. He was watched by the Templars while he was in the animus, but was allowed to rest in his own room to prevent his health from deteriorating. During nights, Desmond managed to escape from his room and look through emails from the Templars and Vidic's computer. The Assassins attempted to rescue Desmond, but failed and Lucy decided to reveal to him that she was a member of the Assassins. Eventually, Desmond reached Vidic's goal of reliving Altaïr's memories and finding the location of a piece of Eden. After being finished, three executives wanted to kill Desmond, but Lucy intervened, believing that they could use more of Desmond's memories to learn more about his ancestors. Desmond then learned that he had eagle vision, having suffered from the "bleeding effect" like Clay. He then went into his room and used his vision, seeing the scribbles and scrawling of Clay that were messages from his blood.

Assassin's Creed II

Desmond was freed from Abstergo by Lucy, who helped him escape from the facility after having him relieve the birth of his ancestor, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. The two arrived to an Assassin hideout, and met Rebecca Crane and Shaun Hastings, who were members of the order. Lucy informed Desmond that they wanted him to become a trained assassin, and since he had the "bleeding effect", he could achieve this by going into the Animus 2.0 and relive the memories of Ezio. Through the memories, Desmond learned that the bishop, Rodrigo Boriga collected a piece of Eden and made it into his staff. Ezio defeated Rodrigo, and entered the vault that was underneath the Vatican.

Ezio met Minerva, who warned him about the end of the world, and mentioned Desmond's name to Ezio. When this happened, Desmond was pulled from the Animus, as the group had to leave the hideout since the Templars found them. They managed to escape, and Desmond was then re-hooked into the Animus while in the van so he could continue to relive Ezio's memories.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

The group managed to find another hideout in the "Sanctuary" that was underneath the Villa Auditore, and Desmond continued to relive Ezio's memories in Rome. Desmond finished relieving the memories, learning that Ezio found a piece of Eden and placed into a vault that was underneath the Colosseum. The group made it to the vault, and Desmond touched the Apple of Eden, and Juno took control of his body. Juno showed Desmond that Lucy was secretly a Templar spy, and forced him to kill her to prevent Vidic and the Templars from finding them.

Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Upon killing Lucy, Desmond fell into a coma, and his body was taken to an unnamed location and was put into the Animus by his father. Stabilizing his condition, Desmond's mind entered the "black room", and met wit ha virtual creation of Clay, who told him that he would have to relive Ezio's memories to return to his conscious. When the island that the black room was located on started to disintegrate, Clay sacrificed himself to help Desmond enter Ezio's last memory. Once Ezio find the Apple of Eden that Altaïr possessed, he called out to Desmond and directed him to the Synch Nexus. Desmond met with Jupiter, who tasked him to find the Grand Temple, and allowed him to awake from his coma.

Assassin's Creed III

Desmond managed to find the Grand Temple with his father, Shaun and Rebecca, who placed their equipment and the animus there so Miles could relive the memories of Haytham Kenway and Ratonhnhaké:ton. Though Desmond started to relive the memories to find the artifact, he was pulled out when they informed him that the Animus power supply was low. Desmond then journeyed to New York to get a power supply, and had a brief encounter with Daniel Cross before escaping. Desmond would return to the animus, but would journey to Brazil to get the second power supply, where he encountered Cross once again. Returning the temple, Shaun informed the group that the third power supply was in Egypt, but William decided to go after it so Desmond could continue going into the animus.

Reliving through some of Ratonhnhaké:ton's memories of helping the colonist during the American Revolution, Desmond was pulled out of the animus and was informed by Shaun and Rebecca that they received a video from Warren Vidic. The doctor informed the Assassins that his men intercepted William in Egypt, and brought him to Abstergo to be a bargain - to give him the Apple of Eden in exchange for William. Deciding to save his father, Desmond traveled to the Abstergo facility in Rome with Shaun and Rebecca, and was confronted by Cross. Before Daniel could get the piece of Eden from Desmond, Cross suffered from the "bleeding effect" due to being close the apple. Desmond chased Daniel across the facility, and managed to kill while Cross was panicking from the "bleeding effect".

Desmond then confronted Vidic in his office, and used the Apple of Eden to kill all of the guards and force one guard to kill Vidic. Desmond saved his father and returned to the Grand Temple with the third power supply, returning to the animus to relieve Connor's memoires. Eventually, Desmond reached the memory to learn of the Grand Temple's key, which was buried in Achilles Davenport's homestead. Inside the temple, Desmond was greeted by Juno and Minerva, and was given two choices - sacrifice himself to save the world, but allow Juno to escape, or let the solar flare burn the world. Deciding to save humanity, Desmond ordered William, Shaun and Rebecca to leave the temple, and touched the orb. Desmond sacrificed himself to prevent the solar flare, thus allowing Juno to escape.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Though not a main character in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Desmond appears as a corpse, as it was retrieved by Abstergo. His DNA was collected and his genetic memories were uploaded to Abstergo, and his ancestry to Edward Kenway was given to Abstergo Entertainment.

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

It's revealed in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla that Desmond's mind was in the Grey, a place where an individual's mind can live a digital afterlife. Desmond was transformed into "The Reader", and met with Layla Hassan, an assassin who showed him the possibilities of the timelines he didn't explore.

Powers and Skills

  • Eagle Vision: Since he is the descendant of many Master Assassins and even the First Civilization, he has the power of Eagle Vision, a form of supernatural senses. He even learned from Connor how to track people with the Sight.
    • Telepathic Immunity: Due to his First Civilization DNA, he was not a victim to the mind control properties of the Apple of Eden.
  • Genius-Level Intelligence: Desmond also possesses all of the knowledge from his ancestors. He has heightened wisdom and intellectual capacity, that he got from Altair's memories inside his genes. He also has all of Altair's knowledge about everything that Altair gained from the Apple of Eden. He also has all of Connor's wisdom as well.
    • Advanced Engineering: Through the knowledge hidden within the Apple of Eden, Altair learned and managed to create a Hidden Blade, one which would no longer require the need to cut off the left ring finger. He even created a method by which an assassin can wield two Hidden Blades and even left manuals as to who to use them in combat and assassinations. He even created newer metallic compounds for his Armor which he designed to be extremely light and extremely resilient. It can be assumed that Desmond learned this skill from him.
    • First Civilization Wisdom: Due to him spending years studying the secrets of the Apple of Eden, he created new designs for newer advanced weapons, medicinal potions and assassin's physical skills. He even learnt a lot about the First Civilization as well as their era.Eventually, Connor and Ezio were able to learn about the First Civilization as well. It can be assumed that Desmond learned this skill from them.
    • Accelerated Learning: Desmond learned that Connor was able to learn many skills in a very quick and successfully in a short amount of time and was an excellent leader and military strategist. It can also be assumed that Desmond picked up this skill from him.
  • Master Assassin: He was a highly skilled Master Assassin. He learned and developed a vast array of skills, such as picking pockets, blending into crowds, armed and unarmed combat, alternative or multiple weapon attacks, stealth and public assassination techniques, free-running and long-range combat. It should be noted that all three previous Master Assassins had all the same skills all of which are mentioned above. Desmond managed to inherit them all. He is or has the potential to be the most versatile and skilled Master Assassin due to the bleeding-effect from memories of Altair, Ezio, and Connor.
    • Peak Human Conditioning: Since he has picked up all of Altair, Ezio, and Connor's physical abilities, he is also capable of performing every physical feat that all of them can perform without effort.t.It should be noted that all three previous Master Assassins had all the same skills all of which are mentioned above. Desmond managed to inherit them all. t.It should be noted that all three previous Master Assassins had all the same skills all of which are mentioned above. Desmond managed to inherit them all. also has all the strength, mobility, acrobatic prowess, endurance & metabolism to peak human condition, maybe even slightly beyond it due to the bleeding-effect, essentially condensing decades of training and experience in a span of a few days.
      • Superior Strength: He was several times that of even the strongest soldiers of the British Army. His punches could easily kill a person and break metal plating on armor. In terms of brute strength, he seems to be stronger than other Master Assassins as he is an able to lift to full-grown men up.
      • Superior Mobility: His reflexes, agility, and speed are also more potent, being able to easily counter and defeat hordes of opponents. He was able to kill many of them before they could even see him coming to them, as he moves with such great speed and agility.
      • Superior Stamina: He can even fight an entire army without showing any signs of fatigue.
      • Superior Durability: He also has a great deal of durability as he was able to land on his feet, after falling from several stories, without any signs of struggle or lack of comfort. He was even capable of surviving being stabbed deep in the stomach by a deadly poisoned blade. Connor withstood explosions, bullets, harsh beatings, and shrapnel in his abdomen and continued to fight.Like the few peak-bodied Assassins born before him, Connor had far greater durability and endurance than the average man. He could survive building-destroying explosions without suffering any injury and heal from it later on, and even when seriously injured, he was capable of fighting head-to-head with his own father and even gain the upper hand for some time, and his sense of combat never faltered, always managing to point out weak spots in said situation.
      • Superior Metabolism: His metabolism is also superior, as he recovered from being stabbed in the stomach by a sharp blade dipped in deadly poison within several moments. This has also allowed him to retain his inhuman physical prowess in his advanced age as well.
      • Indomitable Willpower: He was able to wield the Apple of Eden without even showing small signs of corruption or madness. He was the only one being capable of wielding the Apple of Eden to its full effect, likely due to his part First Civilization DNA.
    • Master Martial Artist: He has all of Altair, Ezio, and, Connor's combat skills, thereby making him a one-man army, potentially better than all 3 due to the combined bleeding-effect of them. It should be noted that all three previous Master Assassins had all the same skills all of which are mentioned above. Desmond managed to inherit them all.
      • Master Swordsmanship: He is equally deadly with a blade, able to use a multitude of countering, blocking, slashing, bashing, and parrying techniques. His abilities with a sword are extremely dangerous and could allow him to combat legions of enemies by himself.
      • Expert Acrobat: Like any Master Assassin, he is a remarkable free-runner, parkour master & mountaineering expert. These abilities combined with his seemingly superhuman strength & speed, made his acrobatic prowess far more profound than all the other Assassins, before and after him.
      • Escape Artist: He was able to escape after being held hostage by a legion of templars and even from a noose tied to his neck.
      • Assassinations: His primary objective is to use the Hidden Blade to assassinate his targets.
      • Expert Spy: He is well adept in blending in his surroundings as well as sneaking around heavily guarded places. He would usually blend in with dense crowds and mimic their activities. He is extremely skilled in espionage, stealth, infiltration, disguise, thievery, and eavesdropping.
      • Expert Marksmanship: He is also an incredible marksman, capable of using throwing knives, bows, firearms or using long ranged weapons with peak proficiency.
      • Gadgetry: He has access to a vast set of tools, weapons & equipment at his disposal, the main weapons being his Hidden Blades.
  • Leadership: Desmond was able to lead his own cell of Assassins up until his passing.
  • Apple of Eden: While using the Apple of Eden, he has a vast of psionic abilities, ranging from telepathy, mind control, empathy, limited telekinesis & even accelerating his movement speed, giving him a form of slowed down time.
    • Mind Control: Desmond was able to use he Apple's mind control properties in order to cause a guard to shoot Warren Viddic and then commit suicide himself. He even used it to cause every guard guarding the exit into committing suicide.

Equipment

  • Hidden Blades: Desmond was given hidden blades by Lucy.

Gallery

Images

Trivia

  • The character was molded after Francisco Randez.
  • His name comes from the etymologic of "Deasmhumhain", which means "South Munster".
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