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It might be that this idea is only the beginning of wisdom, and not its final form.
~ Edward Kenway.
For years I've been rushing around, taking whatever I fancied, not giving a tinker's curse for those I hurt. Yet here I am... with riches and reputation, feeling no wiser than when I left home. Yet when I turn around, and look at the course I've run... there's not a man or woman that I love left standing beside me.
~ Edward Kenway.

Edward James Kenway (March 10, 1693-December 3, 1735) was the main protagonist of the 2013 action-adventure video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, the sixth major installment in the Assassin's Creed series. He was also a posthumous mentioned character in Assassin's Creed III, Assassin's Creed Rogue and Assassin's Creed Syndicate; the franchise's fifth, seventh and ninth major installments respecitvely.

Kenway was a Welsh-born British privateer-turned-pirate who later became a member of the Assassin Brotherhood. He is the father of the Assassins's Creed III antagonist, Haytham Kenway and the grandfather of the protagonist of the same game, Ratonhnhaké:ton (or Connor Kenway).

Edward used to be a privateer in the British Navy and was stationed in West Indies. However, a quick end to the war and the promise of gold, glory and fame eventually seduced him into a life of piracy; it was during this quest that Edward first encountered the Assassin and Templar Orders, and became embroiled in their struggle.

He is voiced by Matt Ryan. Ryan has also voiced/portrayed John Constantine in various media.


Early Life

Edward Kenway was born in Swansea, Wales to Bernard and Linette Kenway, and the family later relocated to Bristol in South West England. A known troublemaker in his youth, Edward met and fell in love with Caroline Scott, and later married in 1712 despite the disapproval of her parents. Caroline's father disowned her and didn't provide her with a dowry, leaving the married couple deprived of wealth. Edward became dissatisfied with his life as a former and wanted to make his fortune as a privateer in the West Indies, and decided to do so even after Caroline returned to her family. Caroline's father then sent the Templar Wilson and the Trade Organization to burn the Kenway family's home, and Edward managed to save his parents. However, Bernard disowned his son, who decided to get revenge on Tom Cobleigh and Julian, who had committed the act of burning the farm.

Though Edward managed to kill Julian, he was bested by Wilson, and was taken aboard the Emperor, becoming a privateer on the ship. Edward was harassed by his peers, especially the sailor Blaney, who slowly began to hate Kenway since the latter didn't fear him. Captain Alexander Dolzell told his crew that they would possibly turn to piracy due to the War of the Spanish Succession was coming to a close, and Edward later helped Dolzell in capturing the British merchant ship, the Amazon Galley. When Edward noticed that the Amazon Galley's captain was wearing a ring similar to Wilson, he asked for answers before Dolzell killed him. During the siege, the privateer Edward Thatch and his crew attempted to rescue the Amazon Galley, but Blaney committed mutiny against his crew and attempted to kill Kenway. However, Thatch instead proposed a brawl between Kenway and Blaney, and the latter broke the rules of the brawl by using a weapon.

Thatch then shot Blaney dead, and Edward was recruited into Thatch's crew, and trained under Thatch's on how to use a sword and firearm. Edward would later met Benjamin Horningold, and served under Thatch's privateers until the Treaty of Utrecht was signed in 1713, which ended all conflicts of fighting empires. Seeing that British privateers were no longer needed no tolerated in the West Indies, Edward turned to piracy and became a crew member of Abel Bramahs Jacobite.

Black Flag

In 1715, the Jacobite attacked a passing vessel which crippled Bramahs ship, who was killed and forcing Edward to take the ship and attack the vessel. Though victorious, the Jacobite sinks into the sea, forcing Edward and the assassin named Duncan Walpole to wash ashore to Cape Bonavista. Walpole offered to pay Edward to passage to Havana, but Kenway agreed to pay immediately before Duncan attempted to kill the pirate with a pistol. The firearm misfired due to the wet gunpowder, and Edward chased Walpole across the jungle and killed him. Finding a letter on Walpole's corpse, Edward learned that Governor Laureano de Torres y Ayala asked for Walople to meet with him in Havana, but didn't realize that the letter was in fact Torres welcoming Duncan to the Templar Order. Edward then took Duncan's robes and decided to impersonate him so he could receive payment from Governor Torres, and headed to Havana after rescuing the merchant Stede Bonnet.

In Havana, Edward got into a fight with a thug who recognized Edward as a pirate, and was forced to leave the area when Spanish soldiers came to break up the fight. Edward returned to Bonnet, and learned the Spanish had seized Bonnet's ship holdings, and collected the package meant for Governor Torres. Edward then infiltrated the tower to collect the package, but was unable to get Bonnet's holdings due to him not having a spare of hands. Edward then went to the meeting, where he met Governor Torres, Woodes Rogers, and Julien du Casse, where he gained the hidden blades, pistol, and was inducted into the Templar Order. The group then went to the city docks to collect the Sage Bartholomew Roberts, but they were ambushed by the Assassins who wanted to stop the Templars from learning the location of the Observatory. Kenway assisted the Templars and retrieved Roberts, and was paid by Torres of a thousand reales.

Annoyed about the pay he received form the governor, Edward decided to find the location of the Observatory to sell it to the highest bidder, but realized he would need to ask Roberts of its whereabouts. Infiltrating the prison, Edward found that Roberts had escaped, and that the Templars had discovered that Kenway was not Walpole. Torres decided to have Edward be imprisoned on a Spanish treasure fleet for robbing the Templars of Walpole, and Kenway attempted to remind Torres that he gave him the package. On the Spanish fleet, Edward managed to escape from imprisonment alongside Adéwalé, and the two rescued fellow prisoners and escaped from the area with a brig. After making it out of the storm, Edward made Adéwalé his quartermaster, and named the brig the Jackdaw after a bird he recalls from his early life. Edward traveled to Nassau, and met with Thatch, Horningold, and James Kidd on fighting against the British to weaken their control over the Caribbean.

After plundering ships and stealing supplies from a plantation, Thatch informed Edward about protecting the pirate republic from the British, and learned that a ship that Thatch was tailing held Du Casse. Seeing that Du Casse would inform the Templars of his survival, Edward went through the Great Inagua jungle and assassinated Julien on his ship. Afterward, Edward claimed the Great Inagua as his new home, and Kidd told Kenway to meet him at Tulum in several weeks to show him something. In Tulum, Edward was introduced to the Assassin Brotherhood, who were angered at him for giving Torres the package and killing their fellow brethren in Havana. After helping Kidd confirm the Sage in the temple, Edward helped the Assassins fight off a siege by the Templars, rescuing Assassins and his crew. The Assassin's leader, Ah Tabai told Edward he was forgiven by the brotherhood for helping them, but he was not allowed to return due to the damage he had caused.

In 1716, Edward was informed by Charles Vane and Jack Rackham that Governor Torres was residing in a fort, and Kenway captured the fort and made Torres help him reach Roberts since he was captured by the slaver Laurens Prins. While trailing Torres, who was meeting with Prins in Kingdom, Edward was informed by Adéwalé that Kidd was there to assassinate Prins. Edward managed to convince Kidd to work with him, and the two managed to kill him. During the course of this action, Kidd revealed herself to actually be a woman named Mary read, and Roberts escaped after revealing he was working with Prins. In the following years, the people of Nassau became sick, forcing Kenway, Thatch and his allies to find medicine for the citizens. Edward managed to get the medicine, giving it to Thatch before returning to Nassau once again. The Royal Navy had blockaded the town, and Rogers and Peter Chamberlaine were sent to meet with the pirates to give them pardons, with Hornigold accepting the offer. Edward and Vane worked together to destroy the naval blockage, and traveled to the Great Inagua to make it their new base.

In 1718, Edward meets with Thatch who has decided to retire, and informs Kenway that a man named Roberts was working on a slaver ship named the Princess. After speaking with Thatch, Edward noticed a man acting suspicious, and overheard that the man speaking with a British officer, which turned out to be an ambush on Thatch and his crew. Edward assisted in helping Thatch disable a Man O'War, but Thatch was killed by the British while Edward was knocked off the ship. Shaken by the loss of Thatch, Edward returned to the Jackdaw and fled from the area and met with Vane. Mourning the loss of their friend, Edward and Vane decided to work together again to find the Princess, and managed to gain information that the ship sailed in Kingdom every couple of months. However, Rackham started a mutiny of Vane's crew, and left Edward and Vane to be stranded while Rackham stole the Jackdaw and was planning on selling Adéwalé.

Edward and Vane were marooned on Isla Providencia, but the former was forced to fight against Vane due to him being disgruntled and manic. After fighting Vane, Edward left the island by sneaking onto a schooner, and returned to Great Inagua. He found Mary and Adéwalé waiting for him, having an incarcerated Rackham after he took the pardon from the British.


Due to his actions in the Caribbean and finding the Observatory, the Assassins managed to use to expand their influence and cripple the Templars in the area. Sadly, Edward's death crippled the British Assassins, who's presence in London was declining until Jacob and Evie Frye managed to undo this centuries later. Sadly, Edward's son Haytham would become a Templar and would help them find treasures, but Edward's grandson and descendant, Ratonhnhaké:ton and Desmond Miles would become assassins and would fight against the Templars.


During his formative years, Edward was a brave, albeit reckless individual who was infatuated with the idea of fame and glory. Such was his obsession that he left his first wife to become a privateer in the British Navy, hoping to score his fortune in the Caribbean and prove his worth. After the Treaty of Utrecht effectively made privateers redundant, many turned to a life of piracy, Edward among them.

As the captain of the Jackdaw he quickly became feared and respected for his skill at the helm of a ship and his combat prowess, with even the renowned Edward Thatch commenting on his ability. It was the promise of wealth, power and infamy that spurred Edward into seeking out the Observatory, at the expense of both the Templars and Assassins. Although the Assassin Mary Read knew him to be good at heart and capable of change, the Assassins en-large remained suspicious of him and strongly disagreed with his lifestyle.

Despite the vested interest of both the Assassins and the Templars in the veteran pirate, Edward remained steadfastly focused on his own goals: power, infamy and proof that he was better than he was born to be. Edward was also one to take any advantage afforded him, twisting the meaning of the Assassins' Creed to suit his own ends. Only after losing his friends and compatriots to greed and glory-seeking did he recant his previous behavior, and come to realize what the Creed truly promised: the power to make himself better than he was.

As a father, Edward encouraged his son to think for himself instead of believing everything his home-school teachers said. He also expressed pride toward his son when Haytham said that he would have offered a mugger clemency, instead of acting on the impulse to kill him. Edward could be quite conservative in other respects, such as his decision to marry off his daughter to Birch, as was the tradition of the day.

Powers and Abilities


Eagle Vision: Additionally, Edward possessed the rare ability of Eagle Vision, a form of supernatural senses, inherited by beings who are descendants of Isu people. He can see through walls, predict movements and even hear conversations from afar, giving him the advantage against his enemies.


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.

  • Peak-Human Condition: Due to extensive training and meditative techniques, he possesses Olympic levels of strength, speed, endurance & agility.
    • 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. 
    • 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.
  • Master Martial Artist: He has the skills from being a pirate and later on a Master Assassin. He was skilled enough to defeat several soldiers and fight many people at the same time. 
    • Swordsmanship: Being trained by pirates and later, the Assassins, Edward was skilled in the use of blades. He was expertly able to fight many people at once and wield dual swords in combat. Originally, swords were not his forte, but after long hours of practice and training and straight-up fighting, Edward became one of the best swordsmen in the Brotherhood's history.
    • 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.
    • Assassinations: His primary objective is to use the Hidden Blade to assassinate his targets. He learned how to use Hidden Blades thanks to the hints from Templars Woodes Rogers and Julien Du Casse
    • 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, tracking, locksmith.
    • Marksmanship: He has proven to be an expert at using the Pistol able to hit his targets from very far away.
    • Gadgetry: He had access to a vast set of tools, weapons & equipment at his disposal, the main weapons being his Hidden Blades. He usually carried: Hidden Blades, pistols, swords, rope darts, blowpipe, smoke bombs, and throwing knives.
  • Expert Sailor: He was an expert Seaman and was able to captain his boat, the Jackdaw, with incredible skill. This skill was later inherited by his son and his grandson, Haytham and Connor Kenway respectively


  • Hidden Blades: Edward was given the hidden blades from Julien du Casse in Havana, and requested that Edward show them some Assassin techniques in action. Picking up on hints from Du Casse and Rogers, Edward was able to replicate the moves with relative accuracy.
  • Swords:
  • Pistols:
  • Smoke Bombs:
  • Blowpipes: Kenway aquired a blowpipe, when he visited Tulum and susbequently aided Mary Read during a slave raid on the settlement. Using the darts, Edward was able to eliminate British soldiers and free both Assassins and his own crew members alike.
  • Rope Darts: In 1720, rope darts were given to the pirate Edward Kenway by Ah Tabai, Mentor of the West Indies Assassins, after Edward proved himself worthy of having ties with the Assassins. He most notably used one such dart to slay the infamous pirate Bartholomew Roberts during a naval battle off the coast of West Africa.


You mistake my motive old man I'm only after a bit of coin.
~ Edward Kenway
Maybe the world does need men with ambition to stop people like you from mucking it all up.
~ Edward Kenway
You stepped in the path of my prize not a thing a man should do.
~ Edward Kenway
You through in with the very kind we once hated.
~ Edward Kenway
At least the world has one less snake in it and that's enough for me.
~ Edward Kenway
I'm only seeing a job done.
~ Edward Kenway
That maybe but killing rights a far greater wrong than what I did.
~ Edward Kenway


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