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Uphold the principles of our Order, and all for that for which we stand. Never share our secrets nor divulge the true nature of our work. Do so until death – whatever the cost. This is my new creed. I am Shay Patrick Cormac. Templar of the Colonial... of the American Rite. I am an older man now, and perhaps wiser. A war and a revolution have ended, and another is about to begin. May the Father of Understanding guide us all.
~ Shay Cormac reflecting his loyalty to the Templar Order.
I make my own luck.
~ Shay Cormac's catchphrase.

Shay Patrick Cormac (Born September 12, 1731) is the main protagonist of the 2014 action-adventure video game, Assassin's Creed game, Assassin's Creed: Rogue, and is one of two overarching antagonists (along with Jacques de Molay) of Assassin's Creed: Unity.

He was a member of the Templar Order, operating around the Atlantic Ocean during the Seven Years' War. Formerly a member of the Assassin Brotherhood, Shay devoted his Templar career to hunting down his old associates after the Lisbon incident. Aboard his ship, the Morrigan, Shay's travels brought him to New York and the Appalachian Mountains, among other locations to stop his former mentor Achilles Davenport.

Unlike many other Templars in the franchise, who did heroic things for evil reasons, Shay was generally more heroic than a typical Templar, as an anti-villain; either way, his motives for doing villainous things for good reasons, make him not as evil as this wiki would lead you to suggest.

He was voiced by Steven Piovesan.

Biography

Early Life

Shay Patrick Cormac was born on September 12th, 1731 in New York to unnamed family, his mother died from childbirth and his father worked in the merchant marine. Shay was raised by his aunt since his father was absent for most of his youth, and became friends with Liam O'Brien. Once he reached the right age, Shay joined his father at sea and was trained in the use of swords, guns, and rifles. In 1747, Shay's father was killed when they encountered a storm, leaving him heartbroken and isolated while wandering the streets of New York.

Shay would reunite with Liam while fighting in taverns, and was introduced to the Colonial Brotherhood mentor Achilles Davenport. Shay was inducted into the brotherhood after a year, he devoted himself to the creed, but pondered the morality of the assassins and Achilles' control.

Assassin's Creed: Rogue

Helping the Assassins

In 1752, Shay and Liam met fellow assassin Louis-Joseph Gaultier, Chevalier de la Vérendrye and even fought the latter when Cormac came off as ambitious and cocky. Despite this, Shay would assist the assassins in eliminating the Royal Navy who had intercepted smugglers that Louis-Joseph was suppose to meet in the North Atlantic. Shay managed to take over a ship named the Morrigan, and decided to become the captain and allowed Liam to be his first mate. Afterward, Shay and Liam returned to Davenport's homestead to inform their mentor, who was speaking with Caribbean Brotherhood member Adéwalé. While waiting for Achilles to finish his discussion with Adéwalé, Shay was further trained by Liam and fellow assassins, Hope Jensen and Kesegowaase. After receiving his training in firearms, hunting, and using the hidden blade, Shay was tasked with collecting the precursor box and the manuscript from the Templars.

Shay traveled to meet with Louis-Joseph and Le Chasseur, who sent him to Mount Vernon to eliminate the Templar Lawrence Washington, and felt remorse in doing so since Lawrence was already ill with tuberculosis. Before eliminating Washington, Shay saw the Templar speak with Samuel Smith, James Wardrop, and Jack Weeks, and overheard him give the box and manuscript to Smith and Wardrop to protect. Shay succeeded in tracking down Samuel Smith at sea, and assassinated him at Terra Nova to recover the precursor artifact and later eliminate Wardrop to receive the manuscript. Shay then worked with Hope to get help from the inventor Benjamin Franklin, who used his lighting rods to charge the box to project a holographic display of the globe with the precursors. Seeing one of the temples in Lisbon, Shay returned to Achilles, who tasked Cormac with traveling to the temple to retrieve the piece of Eden.

Betrayal

In 1755, Shay traveled to the temple in Lisbon and discovered the piece of Eden underneath the church, and the artifact disintegrated upon removing it from its pedestal. Removing the artifact caused a massive earthquake, and Shay was forced to escape as the city collapse and everyone there was killed. Shay returned to the homestead and confronted Achilles, blaming him for causing the deaths of innocents before being kicked out by Hope and Liam. Shay decided to steal the manuscript from the Assassins to prevent more destruction, but was confronted by his former allies when Achilles caught him. Shay managed to escape, but was shot in the back by Louis-Joseph and fell into the bay. Though believed to be dead by the Assassins, Shay survived as he was rescued by the Templar George Monro, who placed Cormac in the care of Barry and Cassidy Finnegan in New York.

Becoming a Templar

Weeks later, Shay awoke and helped the Finnegans deal with criminals that broke into their home, and learned from one criminal that their leader was at his compound. Shay then infiltrated the compound and killed the gang leader, thus freeing the district from bandits and criminals. Afterward, Shay met George Monro, who explained the Templar's philosophy and tasked Cormac with saving Christopher Gist from execution. Shay succeeded in doing so, and decided to make Gist his first mate after clearing the port of gang members and assassin stalkers. Shay and Gist then met with Monro, who informed them that a French fort was messing with his operations, and Shay learned that it was Le Chasseur. Shay confronted Le Chasseur and killed him, but learned from the latter that the criminals were creating a poisonous gas in New York to fight against the authorities.

Returning to New York, Shay learned from Monro that a unnamed woman was heading the creation of the gas, which Cormac realized was Hope. Monro also told him that the woman was suppose to meet with Benjamin Franklin, and Shay met the inventor and received the prototype grenade launcher. Cormac then used the grenade launcher to destroy the factory, and was thanked by William Johnson and Jack Weeks for his actions. For months, Cormac showed himself to be a valuable asset for the Templars, and proved himself to be a possible recruit by Monro after helping evade Kesegowaase and his men. Shay would later kill Kesegowaase while his men were attacking a city, but soon learned from Kesegowaase that it was diversion so Liam could collect the manuscript. Shay found Monro's building on fire, and rescued the colonel, who gave him his Templar ring before passing away.

Following Monro's death, Shay was inducted into the Colonial Rite of the Templar Order by Grand Master Haytham Kenway, and Cormac informed Kenway of the precursor sites. Shay then worked to hunt down and eliminate his former allies, and first started with assassinating Adéwalé with the assistance of Haytham. Returning to New York, Shay worked with Weeks to break Hope's control over the city's criminals, and later learned from Kenway that Hope was hiding in an mansion. Shay traveled there and eventually killed Hope, and later worked with Captain James Cook on several occasions. When working with Cook for the last time, Shay managed to confront and kill Louis-Joseph, but learned that he was decoy for Achilles and Liam to make it to the precursor site in the artic.

Reporting the information to Haytham, Shay worked with the grand master with confronting both Achilles and Liam, with the latter causing the destruction of the artic after colliding with the precursor artifact. After dealing with Liam, Shay found Haytham battling Achilles, and convinced Kenway to let Achilles live so he could spread the message about the precursor sites. Haytham agreed, but crippled Achilles so he wouldn't follow them, or plan to kill them after he recovered from the artic. After stopping his mentor, Shay was tasked by Haytham with finding the precursor box, which Cormac noted would take years to find.

Assassinating Charles Dorian

Shay was still searching for the precursor box and managed to get information being in the possession of Charles Dorian, who was an assassin of the French Brotherhood. In 1776, Shay was assisted by Benjamin Franklin in getting into the Palace of Versailles, but kept his true attentions a secret from his old ally. At the palace, Shay assassinated Dorian and collected the box, but Charles remarked that Haytham's son, Ratonhnhaké:ton had thwarted the Templar's plan for the New World. Though somewhat distraught that his years of work was undid, Shay decided that the Templars would kickstart the French Revolution to restore balance.

Legacy

Shay's actions caused Charles' son, Arno Dorian, to be adopted into the de la Serre family and later become an assassin like his father. Cormac would continue to help the Templar Order, and later started a family of his own, training his children and grandchildren to become templars. His grandson, Cudgel would become a well known Templar, and Shay's lineage would go onto his descendant, Javier Mondragón. Shay's memories were collected by Abstergo, and Juhani Otso Berg used his memories to send a message to the Assassins.

Abilities

  • Eagle Vision: Due to his part Isu heritage, he has their sixth sense or also called Eagle Vision.
  • 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.
    • Peak Human Conditioning: Since he was trained by the Colonial Brotherhood, Shay is very highly trained to the peak of physical fitness.
      • Superior Strength: He was several times that of even the strongest soldiers of the British and French Armies. 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. Shay withstood explosions, bullets, harsh beatings, and shrapnel in his abdomen and continued to fight. Like the few peak-bodied Assassins born before him, Shay 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 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 survive a lot and attributed it most of it to luck rather than his sheer willpower that allowed him to stay alive.
    • Master Martial Artist: Trained as an assassin by the Colonial Brotherhood, Shay is an immensely skilled fighter both unarmed and with weapons. Although skilled before, Shay's true potential as a warrior is brought out after the events in Lisbon, with his new found conviction motivating him to utilize his skills to the full degree of their potential, allowing him to outwit and outmatch numerous skilled assassins, many of them veterans with decades more experience than him and who had also trained him personally.
      • Master Swordsman: He is also 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 other Assassins of his time.
      • 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.
      • Master Marksmanship: He is also an incredible marksman, capable of using throwing knives, firearms or using long-ranged weapons with peak proficiency.
      • Weaponry/ Gadgetry: Among his arsenal of weapons, Shay had his Hidden Blades, Flintlock Pistols, sword and dagger, Air Rifle, Rope Darts, Smoke Bombs, Throwing Knives,and a Grenade Launcher.
  • Sailing: Shay appeared to be a skilled captain, adept at navigating the Morrigan through the icy waters of the North Atlantic.

Quotes

What he's doing is wrong.
~ Shay talking about Achilles
Then I go there proudly knowing I have done right.
~ Shay talking about going to hell when he dies
Convinced to the end.
~ Shay talking about how much he believes the Templars
Oh am I boring you!
~ Shay Cormac
This is my domain!
~ Shay Cormac
Oh shiny!
~ Shay Cormac
I'm sorry I'm trigger happy!
~ Shay Cormac

Gallery

Trivia

  • His first name is anglicized form of the Gaelic Séaghdha, which means "hawk".
  • Original concept showed Shay's Templar attire having a hood, but it was removed to fit his new allegiance.
  • He is one of the few characters in the series to betray the Assassins and become a Templar, the first (chronologically by game) is Lucy Stillman.
  • Unlike most playable characters in the series, Shay can kill civilians without desynchronization. However, doing so causes him to be hunted depending on the hunting system.

See Also

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