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"Abstergo? You're telling me that the world's largest conglomerate is a front for an evil organization that wants to control us all? Actually, that makes perfect sense. No wonder I can never finish the game."
―Charlotte de la Cruz, 2015.[src]

Charlotte de la Cruz (born 1992)[1] is an employee of Malta Banking Corporation from San Diego who undertook Assassin training in 2015. She is a descendant of the Briton Assassin Tom Stoddard, the Haitian Assassin Elsie, the Incan courier Quila and the English Assassin turncoat Hiram Stoddard.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Charlotte de la Cruz grew up in the Bronx in New York City. Her father disappeared from the family when she was a baby and she was raised by her mother. Her maternal grandmother, Florencia, whom Charlotte idolized, came in and out of her life throughout her childhood. As a child, de la Cruz watched her family go almost bankrupt scrounging cash for her uncle's healthcare after he was denied his insurance, causing her to distrust big businesses and corrupt politicians. She attended college in upstate New York, where she accumulated a large student debt. At some point in her life she moved to San Diego, California and became aware of the Assassin-Templar War after browsing conspiracy websites and playing Abstergo Entertainment's Helix products.[2]

RecruitmentEdit

The Assassins took interest in her ability to use Eagle Vision.[2][3] Kody made contact with her online, probing her sympathy for the Assassins. After she came home from work, she was greeted by Xavier Chen and Galina Voronina, and immediately ambushed by Templars seeking to kill them. De la Cruz was knocked unconscious during their escape and taken to Chen's cell's hideout in the Salton Sea. There, she was introduced to Kody and the Animus, and learned that they needed her help.[2]

It was explained an Assassin named Joseph Laurier had apparently gone to the Templars in San Diego to inform them of an artifact hidden by his ancestor during the Salem witch trials. They needed her to enter the Animus and relive her ancestor Thomas Stoddard's memories of the era to determine if Joseph was telling the truth and had betrayed the Brotherhood, or if he was just baiting the Templars.[2]

Charlotte progressed through the memories of her ancestor's interactions with Joseph's ancestor Jennifer Querry and was shocked to hear the Isu Consus speak directly to her through Dorothy Osborne, instructing her to seek "the ones with greater knowledge". Galina became impatient and demanded they move ahead to intercept Joseph. Xavier insisted they finish verifying what happened, and Charlotte was loaded into their van with the Animus to save time.[2]

Charlotte witnessed Jennifer's death, and it was agreed Joseph's ancestor did not know where the relic was hidden, so he was luring the Templars. Xavier and Galina left the van to rendezvous with Joseph. Charlotte had her doubts, and insisted Kody return her to Stoddard's memories. Continuing, she realized Jennifer was not the only ancestor of Joseph present in Salem, and that he was indeed betraying the Brotherhood.[2]

Confronting JosephEdit

Entering the Abstergo facility Xavier and Galina had gone to meet Joseph at, Charlotte posed as an employee who had forgotten the code to a room she needed. The employee Brad helped her enter a storage room, but when he asked what department she worked in, she responded she was from World Share, which Brad recognized was a lie as Abstergo and World Share were enemies: Charlotte kneed him and bound and gagged him with duct tape before donning a hood and ascending a maintenance shaft.[2]

Just as she neared Joseph's floor, she slipped and fell, but was able to spin onto another shaft and hold on with her knife: Kody noted she had begun to inherit Tom's abilities via the Bleeding Effect. Climbing up, she entered a gym and saw Joseph had already drowned Xavier in a swimming pool, and had broken Galina's leg. She attacked the burly traitor to prevent him from finishing her off, but he just tossed her into a wall. Joseph explained he betrayed the Brotherhood because his lover Christian had died on a mission overseen by Xavier, but he was still an Assassin and had planted a bomb. He explained to Charlotte why the Assassins sought her out and offered her the chance to join him. As Joseph's bomb went off, Abstergo burst in and opened fire. Charlotte carried Galina through an air vent, which returned her to the maintenance room Brad was in.[2]

Charlotte was shocked to find Brad had died, and after noticing his medical alert bracelet, realized he had asthma and suffocated because he could not reach his inhaler. She then dolefully carried Galina back to the van. Galina ordered Kody to inform their leader Gavin Banks to send a team to Salem, but Charlotte told her it was unnecessary, as Joseph never told the Templars where Dorothy's body was buried. As they drove away, Galina asked her how she felt after Xavier and Brad's deaths, to which she sarcastically responded she was happy.[2]

Hunt in MexicoEdit

The Assassins fled to Mexico, where they momentarily took up residence inside an Assassin safe house in Mexico City. While there, Charlotte relived the memories of the Haitian Assassin Elsie, who was present at Dutty Boukman's execution, in order to find Boukman's book, which had information the Templars were after. However, Charlotte was ejected from the Animus early due to a fault, delaying her search. Frustrated, Charlotte suggested replacing the Animus, which prompted Kody to reveal the various features he had installed into the Animus, which he called "Red Rider", in order improve its performance and increase Charlotte's comfort. After Charlotte thanked Kody for his efforts, Kody remarked that he wanted the Animus to be as good as Charlotte, stating that she was a natural and that not everyone could jump into memories the way she could. After reassuring Kody of his importance, the Animus was fixed and Charlotte resumed her session, having learned to appreciate patience.[4]

After taking a room in a motel, Charlotte used a burner phone to keep her mother informed of her location. They hired two local doctors to reset Galina's leg; she wanted to leave, but Kody explained he could barely speak Spanish. As the female doctor tended to Galina, the male drew a pistol, but Galina pulled out her own and shot him to death, before ordering Charlotte to grab it and aim it at the female doctor. She explained she was knew nothing of his motives, stating he was new. Galina knocked her out.[3]

They moved to the opposite motel, as it would be the last place the Templars would expect. Charlotte noted to Kody that she had wanted to leave back before the man intended to attack the, believing that she was not cut out for the situation. Kody reassured her that there was a reason she was there and that, due to her impressive performance, she might even help them find the hacker collective Erudito. Realizing they were the ones Consus had obliquely directed her to find, she had Kody hook her up to the Darknet to find them. After a night of searching, she discovered a meeting was planned for the following week, but the location was password-encrypted. The sole hint was the question, "What does the cute Pishta say?".[3]

She recalled that her grandmother's childhood nickname for her was "Pishtaco", apparently shared by an ancestor who lived during the fall of the Inca Empire. Waking Kody up, she ordered him to place her back in the Animus, where she began reliving the memories of the chasqui Quila.[3]

Charlotte spent two hours in the Animus before Kody was forced to pull her out to let it recharge. Galina then told her that they found the Templar Garcia-Lopez, who could lead them to Joseph. Charlotte refused to participate in what she knew was a kidnap-and-torture scenario, believing finding Erudito was more important. When she accused the Assassin leader of being jealous that Consus picked her, Galina told her that using the Animus leaves them exposed and if she refused to participate in the operation, she'd destroy the Animus, forcing Charlotte to agree to help.[3]

Charlotte attempted to stealthily tail Garcia-Lopez but got too close, allowing the Templar to spot her and run off. Charlotte helped Kody into Galina's truck before the authorities arrived. Galina immediately accused Charlotte of blowing the operation. She admitted she made a mistake and insisted on going back into the Animus. Galina retorted that this wasn't a game where she could respawn, as Garcia-Lopez would tell the Templars and come after her.[3]

Charlotte then ignored Galina's order to watch the van to re-enter the Animus. Galina and Kody soon discovered her and pulled her out, the former being made that she ignored orders and the latter noting that the batteries were cooked. Fed up with Galina, Charlotte chose to leave to find new batteries, with Galina telling her she's on her own.[3]

Charlotte then found her way to a bus stop, wondering if being an Assassin forever on the run is what she really wants. She considered calling her mother to say she's coming home but hesitated, wondering if the Templars were tracking her calls. She then became distracted by a thug attempting to extort a citizen and decided to intervene. After failing to talk him down, she used her new skills from the Bleeding Effect to defeat her opponent.[3]

Charlotte later detected Galina following her, who revealed that the Mexican Cartel abducted Kody and sent his left ear as proof.[3] Charlotte joined Galina in a rescue attempt at the cartel's stronghold at the Estadio Azteca stadium, where Charlotte used her stealth skills while Galina took up a sniper position. As Charlotte made her way to Kody, Galina placed blame on her for her mercy, as the female doctor alerted the cartel and for letting Garcia-Lopez escape, which prevented them from leaving the city. Charlotte was soon ambushed by the cartel leader Arturo Viera, who shot her in the right foot to force Galina to surrender her, but Charlotte managed to break free of his grasp so Galina could have a shot. Soon after, the Templars arrive in a chopper, gunning down Viera and his girl. The Templar Whittaker attempted to capture her before being restrained by his superior, Ortega Sanchez.[3]

Suspecting that Templars believed her to be very important to come after her, Charlotte pointed a gun at her head. She then cut a deal with Sanchez, in exchange for Galina and Kody's safety, she'd provide them with the location of Erudito's meeting three days from now. Sanchez gave her a day to find out the password to the location before striking her injured foot with his cane, saying its insurance against a doublecross and threatened to harm her friends and family if she did not hold up her end of the bargain.[3]

Following her synchronization with Quila's memories, Charlotte learned that the password was Don Gonzalo Pardo, revealing that the Erudito meeting was in Argentina. Soon after, Charlotte prepared to turn herself over to Sanchez, only for the cartel to attack the Templars, in part of Galina having cut a deal for the cartel to avenge Viera's death.[3]

Taking a commercial flight to Buenos Aires, Charlotte spotted a man sporting a sign reading Don Gonzalo Pardo, who showed them to their Erudito contact, revealed to be her grandmother, Florencia.[3]

Working with EruditoEdit

Some weeks later, in an Erudito hive, the team attended a meeting with members of Erudito. During the meeting, Florencia exposed her plans to turn Erudito into a more active and militaristic group by training field agents and building hive bases across the world, which was opposed by Dewalt, who was more traditionalist and wanted Erudito to stay in the shadows. When Charlotte suggested that they try to find a way to make everyone happy, she was informed by Guernica Moneo about the Phoenix Project and its ultimate goal of resurrecting Juno. When Dewalt asked for a full-membership vote of non-confidence, Florencia begrudgingly told him to send the message and that they would meet in an hour.[5]

Afterwards, Charlotte questioned Florencia on what exactly her mission was supposed to be, as all she knew was that she was going to be looking for Consus. Florencia explained that they had originally thought that Consus had only spoken to a young Assassin named Giovanni Borgia and only once when he was very young, but now believed that Consus had communicated with Giovanni more than once and thought he had hidden a message. When Charlotte asked whether the Templars had it, as they had access to all of Giovanni's memories, Guernica showed her a visual representation of Giovanni's memories and asked her whether she could see what he was pointing at. When Charlotte answered that she could not see anything there, Guernica explained that it was probably a false memory and that the Templars did not know about a second encounter because Giovanni did not remember it. Charlotte then deduced that one of her ancestors had witnessed the encounter, which Guernica confirmed to be correct. After Florencia explained that Charlotte's ancestor had been with Giovanni twice, once in 1515 and a second time in 1516, and that they thought Charlotte's Eagle Vision would let her see the truth, Charlotte told her that she wanted to find out more about their family and had many questions. However, Florencia told her that now was not the time and that she had to keep focused on Consus.[5]

While walking through an orchard, Charlotte was informed by Guernica of how Florencia's leadership had turned Erudito into a more effective group, remarking that they had taken down more targets in the last six months than they had done in the past two years. After stating that he believed Florencia's plan to set up permanent hives on each continent was Erudito's future, Guernica informed Charlotte that, despite Florencia stating that it was no big deal, it was possible that she could lose the vote and that he could not even guarantee that the members who listened to him would vote her way. Charlotte concluded that they needed to find a way to convince them and that she knew just the woman.[5]

Walking back into the Erudito complex, Charlotte saw Galina training two new Erudito field agents, My'shell Lemair and Sheed, by sparring with them. After the sparring match was over, Charlotte approached Galina and suggested that maybe they did not have to leave and that Galina could talk to the Erudito leadership to convince them to vote in favor of Florencia's plan. However, Galina refused, stating that she was not a speech-maker and wanted nothing to do with Erudito's politics. Charlotte tried to convince Galina by telling her to think of it as a mission, but Galina replied that they already had a mission: Finding Joseph. Charlotte then suggested that they had a bigger mission in the form of stopping the Phoenix Project, much to Galina's surprise. After Galina explained that she and Gavin Banks had almost died trying to end it, Charlotte asked her to help her make sure they got another chance.[5]

Later on, the team attended Florencia and Dewalt's videoconference with all the Erudito collective members. As Dewalt was starting to convince the collective to vote against Florencia's plan and the search for Consus, Charlotte once again tried to convince Galina to say something. After Galina once again refused, remarking that nobody there wanted to hear from her, Charlotte chose to stand up and address the collective, despite Florencia's protest. Charlotte told the collective that she understood their reluctance to accept Florencia's plan, as the Templars would try to ruin, or even kill, anyone who opposed them and change was frightening. However, she continued by stating that Florencia's plan was not going to be enough, remarking that the Brotherhood had people in every corner of the world and they still got nearly eradicated. Charlotte concluded by stating that neither group could defeat the Templars on their own and that Erudito and the Brotherhood should merge. After Galina objected, Charlotte insisted to her that joining forces with Erudito could push the Brotherhood's rebuilding process forward by months or even years and, in turn, Galina could train Erudito's agents better than anyone in their organization could. After Charlotte asked Guernica to confirm whether he had found Joseph, which he confirmed he had, she made a proposal: She would find Consus for them and share whatever she found with all of them so that they could all decide the best way to stop the Phoenix Project and, in exchange, they would give them Joseph's whereabouts and Galina would find him using Erudito's field agents as back-up, helping Florencia prove the value of her vision. Shortly after, the results of the votes came in, favoring Florencia.[5]

Afterwards, Charlotte talked to Galina, who was about to leave for Somalia, having learned from Erudito that Joseph was hiding out there and going by the name "Alan Wilde", with My'shell and Sheed as back-up. Charlotte urged Galina to not kill Joseph unless it was absolutely necessary, remarking that she could tell that there was something more to him than violence. After telling Galina to be careful, Charlotte was surprised to receive a hug from her. She was then told by Galina to be careful as well, who remarked that she did not think everyone there was so eager to have Charlotte back, unless it was with a knife. Charlotte was then told by Galina that she believed in her and that she had grown up very much, before she then departed with My'shell and Sheed.[5]

Finding ConsusEdit

As Charlotte was being prepared to enter her ancestor's memories in the Animus chamber in the complex, she asked Guernica which ancestor she was going to jump into, to which he replied that he was going to keep that a surprise. Shortly after, Florencia walked into the chamber and asked to know the results of Charlotte's stress test, to which Guernica answered that, aside from a puncture mark, she was great. When asked about the puncture mark, Charlotte told Florencia about how the Templar named Sanchez had jabbed her in the foot and how, after a day when nothing happened, she did not think it was a big deal. However, Florencia chastised Charlotte for dismissing it, remarking that she could have been injected with nano-trackers or infected with some slow-acting poison. As she apologized for her mistake, Charlotte was incased inside a dome which surrounded the Animus, which would thoroughly scan her for the next two hours. After starting the scan, Florencia told Charlotte of how Dewalt would try to prevent the merger with the Brotherhood by using Charlotte to get rid of her. Florencia clarified by saying that the merger was dependant on Charlotte and Galina succeeding in their respective tasks and that, if either of them failed, everything she worked for would be destroyed.[5]

Sometime later, Charlotte's scan was interrupted by Kody, who had hacked the machine in order to make it think that it had run the full two hours. Kody explained that he thought that Guernica was hiding stuff from her and remarked that, although Consus had wiped Giovanni's memory, her ancestor, Hiram Stoddard, an ancestor of Tom Stoddard, did not say anything about Consus after witnessing him either. As Charlotte relived Hiram's confrontation with Giovanni in 1516, Kody stated that he believed that something was wrong with Hiram's mind as well and that Guernica knew it. Kody clarified that he had dug up information on Hiram and that, by 1516, he was a bitter and ruthless man, earning him the nickname "Bloody Hiram". When Charlotte asked Kody how exactly this made Hiram any different from Tom, Kody explained that, for Hiram, this behaviour came out of nowhere and that he thought that Hiram's mind was a very dangerous place to be. Kody then stated that he thought that something bad happened to Hiram when he met Consus and that all Erudito wanted was answers and that they did not care what would happen to Charlotte as long as they got them.[5]

Personality and characteristicsEdit

De la Cruz is a headstrong, opinionated and witty woman who deplores the inequality of the world. Before meeting the Assassins, she illegally transferred ten thousand dollars to her customer, Ms. Morehead, so the latter could pay her daughter's healthcare. However, she quickly regretted this brash "Robin Hood" act of heroism.[2]

Similarly, Charlotte's principles led her to storm out of an application for a job at World Share when her opinions that they should only give to less corrupt governments were dismissed. She also expressed discomfort with reliving the memories of her white male ancestor, and subsequently having to synchronize with his decision to not prevent the deaths of women accused of being witches.[2]

Equipment and skillsEdit

Charlotte possessed Eagle Vision[3] allowing her to sense the veracity of other people's statements as well as being able to see through walls.[2]

TriviaEdit

  • The name Charlotte is a French feminine diminutive of Charles, which is derived from an old Germanic element meaning "free man". "De la Cruz" is a Spanish surname meaning "of the cross".
  • Charlotte's job at Malta Banking Corporation was a reference to the Assassin's Creed movie, which, at the time of the first issue's release, was being filmed in Malta.[6]

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