As a result of his time in the Animus, Daniel Cross suffered from the Bleeding Effect, leaving him haunted by visions of his ancestor's memories. As he grew up, he turned to drugs and alcohol, growing violent and unstable.
Daniel refused to take his prescribed medication and his hallucinations grew unbearable. One night, during a drunken binge in a bar, he stumbled out into the street. Struggling with fractures in reality, he lashed out at a bystander offering assistance, accusing him of being a Templar.
A woman named Hannah Mueller intervened by pulling him into a car and driving off. She believed him to be an Assassin, like her. Hannah took Daniel to a training camp outside Philadelphia to meet with her director, Paul Bellamy. Bellamy interrogated Daniel, eager to discover who he really was.