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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

Desmond Miles 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 Uncharted series and Vashryon of Resonance of Fate series.

By age 16, Desmond became tired of living in hiding and aspired to pursue his own dreams. Using the minimal training of Assassin skills he had obtained from his father, William Miles, Desmond fled from the Assassin compound he had grown up in and managed to travel from South Dakota to New York City, where he found employment as a bartender in the Bad Weather nightclub.

In September 2012, Desmond was kidnapped and incarcerated by Abstergo Industries, a Templar organization, and forced into a machine called the Animus to relive the genetic memories of his ancestor, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad. It was Abstergo's aim to acquire a map that detailed many "Pieces of Eden" spread across the Earth, which Desmond was reluctantly successful in doing. Following this, he managed to escape Abstergo with the help of Lucy Stillman, an undercover Assassin, and joined an Assassin cell in Italy, which consisted of herself, Shaun Hastings and Rebecca Crane. Utilizing an upgraded Animus of Rebecca's construction, Desmond relived the memories of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, in order to improve upon his newly obtained skills.

Eventually, with the knowledge gained from Ezio's memories, Desmond and his fellow Assassins obtained the location of Ezio's Apple of Eden, which was located underneath the Colosseum. Though successful in obtaining the artifact, Desmond's body was taken over by Juno, a member of the First Civilization, and was made to stab Lucy after Juno revealed her to be a traitor. As a result of the shock, Desmond fell into a coma, and was placed in the Black Room, the safe mode of the Animus, in an attempt to stabilize his condition. With help from the virtual construct of Clay Kaczmarek, "Subject 16" of Abstergo's Animus Project, Desmond was able to regain consciousness, and found himself located in the state of New York once more, this time with Rebecca, Shaun, and his father, William.

While in the Grand Temple, Desmond relived the memories of Haytham Kenway and Ratonhnhaké:ton to find the key to the sanctum containing the device needed to prevent a devastating solar wind. He also undertook field missions to retrieve power sources for the Temple, coming into conflict with Daniel Cross. After his father was captured, Desmond rescued him from Abstergo's Roman facility, and assassinated Cross and Warren Vidic in the process.

After finding the key, Desmond opened the sanctum, but discovered he had been misled. It was made known that the device would save the world, but also unleash Juno, who had been imprisoned because of her hatred for humanity; using the device would also claim Desmond's life. Regardless, Desmond chose to sacrifice himself for humanity's survival, while expressing faith that his fellow Assassins would find a way to stop the new threat.

Equipment, 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 both 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 has or is 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, theivery, 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 avery guard guarding the exit into committing suicide.
    • 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 avery guard guarding the exit into committing suicide.
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