Sample 17 Supervisor
On 29 October 2013, Melanie inducted a new employee into the company, and introduced them to the company's CCO, Olivier Garneau. Afterwards, Melanie showed the employee to their Animus station and left them to explore Edward Kenway's genetic memories.
On 13 November 2013, Melanie unknowingly found a picture of Juno in a copy of Pirates of Nightmares. She started to ask the Abstergo Entertainment development team, however none of them knew what it was. The investigation into the image was then taken over by Laetitia England.
Not long after this, Olivier went missing while en-route to a shareholder's meeting with Laetitia at Abstergo Industries, and Melanie was forced to assume control in his stead. Simultaneously, Melanie found herself dealing with a series of hacks across the company's servers, security systems, computers, and Animi. All the evidence seemed to suggest that the recently inducted employee was responsible.
Eventually, the hacks escalated to such a level of severity, that Melanie was forced to isolate several members of the Sample 17 team in the Bunker, a basement level of the Montreal facility, that would allow the researchers to continue their work without compromising the rest of the facility.
Eventually, the decision was made to detain the suspected hacker, and Melanie, escorted by armed security, made her way to the analyst's room. Inside, they saw John Standish from IT trying to poison their suspect, but he was shot and killed during the attempt.
Melanie had the analyst treated for his injuries and had him placed in her office as he recovered. When he later awoke, she apologized for suspecting the analyst, reasoning that John had been solely responsible for the hacks all along after finding evidence on his computer. She then rewarded the analyst with a sneak-peek of the trailer for the company's latest product, the Pirates of Nightmares.
After the death of John Standish, Melanie reported to Laetitia England. She told Laetitia how Standish was killed and asked if Laetitia had heard anything from Olivier since he disappeared.
Abstergo Entertainment CCO
After the disappearance of Olivier Garneau, Melanie took over as Chief Creative Officer of Abstergo Entertainment office in Montreal, and was inducted into the Templar Order.
On 21 January 2014, Alan Rikkin, the CEO of Abstergo Industries, wrote a letter to Melanie congratulating her on her promotion, offering a raise and informing her that her duty as the CCO will commence on 3 March 2014.
A few days later, Melanie was contacted by the Head of the Phoenix Project Álvaro Gramática, who congratulated her on her promotion and sent her documents in regards to the project. He also told her of his upcoming trip to Montreal and convinced her to write a memoir about John who was revealed to be a Sage and was of interest to Gramática.
On 27 February, Gramática again contacted Melanie, informing her of his current location in Toronto and would be arriving in Montreal later that night. She discussed the documents that was shared to her in their previous contact, remarking that she was stunned by the footage recovered from John's genetic memories. Melanie informed Gramática that she would task her researchers to look for more information in regards to Sages.
On 30 May 2014, Melanie contacted Gramática, giving him an update on several Sage references she had found: one during the Hun Empire, one that was encountered by the French Assassin Arno Dorian as well as a singer by the name of David Jones in 20th century England. Sometime later, Melanie gave him a list of several Sages that her research team had found.
In June, Melanie focused on creating new games, especially about different Assassins and Templars through history, asking for opinions to the employees, among them Robert Fraser. While looking at Robert's progress on the Arno Dorian project, Aidan St. Claire, Project Manager, handed her one of Robert's sketches, and she wittily left a posit on the sketch congratulating Robert for his work.
On 25 June, Melanie sent Robert an email telling him to stop playing "games of chance" like Pharaoh since this would create tension within the employees and then encouraged him to find other ways to spend time with his colleagues.
Sometime later, Aidan gave her Robert's psychological evaluation that was made to see if he had the Bleeding Effect and Melanie thanked him for keeping her informed. She as well asked him to watch Robert's behaviour closely.
On 29 July, Robert, after spending a week with Abstergo's psychiatrist Victoria Bibeau, sent her a reapplication letter for Arno's project claiming that he was now in perfect conditions to continue his work. After speaking about it with Aidan, she decided to reapplicate Robert. Unexpectedly, some days later both Robert and Victoria started burning documents and deleting every file related to Arno Dorian. They also leaked the unsequenced memories to the Assassins before they were terminated.
Melanie ordered Aidan to recover what was left from the files to give it to Templar initiate Percy Westcreek for him to review and to help him finish Arno's memories. Since Percy had the Eagle Vision, Melanie would often give him some artifact for him to examine, like Arno's watch, the chalice from the Assassin Order initiation, and a Templar badge of office.
When Percy relived Arno's memories up to his encounter with Sage and Grand Master François-Thomas Germain on 21 January 1793 at King Louis XVI's execution, Melanie gave him a promotion within the Templar ranks as well as the title of Journeyman, which gave him access to to confidential information on the Isu, their technology and Abstergo's Phoenix Project. After Percy had finished reading the information, Melanie revealed him the true purpose of his project, finding Germain's remains before the Assassins.
Thanks to Percy's swift work with Arno's memories and his abilities with the Eagle Vision, Melanie provided Percy with a trip on an Abstergo Entertainment private jet to examine the French Assassins' hideout underneath Sainte-Chapelle, hoping that Percy's Eagle Vision would help him discover some secrets others might have missed.
On 6 August, Melanie informed Gramática of several intrusions faced by the facility, which he responded saying that the intruders are using the Helix software to sequence genetic memories like them. He sends one of his technicians to help her with the intruders, which she accepts.
On 21 August, Melanie was contacted by Violet da Costa in regards to the several breaches they had encountered. She sents her a sample of the text that her team had decoded, believing that the group who breached the facility had relations to John Standish. Sometime later, Violet briefed Melanie on a breach that she had not encountered before, and that an 'entity' was possibly 'living' in the network.
On 15 September, Gramática sent Melanie a report on the Phoenix Project that he was involved in, in light of the recent security breaches that she was facing.
On 2 November 2014, Melanie was contacted again by Gramática, who wished to check on her team's progress with Arno Dorian. She shared that Arno was a gifted Assassin and his memories were difficult for her researchers to relieve. Gramática advised her not to stress her researchers and told her that she was invited by Alan Rikkin to attend a small party at his home in Cape Cod, which she accepted.
Later that month, a research analyst triggered a virus embedded in the memories of Shay Cormac stored in the Helix, causing the entire facility to become compromised. In response, Melanie ordered an evacuation of the building, leaving Violet da Costa and Juhani Otso Berg in charge of restoring the systems and security. Melanie later called the research analyst to her office, telling them of Olivier's disappearance, and granting the analyst necessary security clearance to continue exploring Shay's genetic memories. After the research analyst finished analyzing Cormac's memories, Melanie and Violet were present when Berg gave the analyst a choice of joining the Templar Order or being killed.
Around the same time Melanie was working on the Dvija A.I. project, but needed a digital version of Monima Das to finish. She also sought to work with MysoreTech to create virtual historical tours, concerts, and sporting events. Arend Schut was one possible figure to be featured in a virtual MMA fight.
Personality and characteristics
A fair, cheerful, and amiable woman, Melanie was quite good-natured and genuinely cared for those working under her. She argued several times with Olivier Garneau about the pressure that Abstergo Industries had put on them, and their high priority in locating the Observatory. Following Garneau's disappearance, Melanie was reluctant to use the full extent of her powers to isolate the Project team, noting that although she had the contractual right to detain them indefinitely, she would rather not.
She often became genuinely concerned when any of her employees were subjected to harm or duress, as demonstrated when the newly recruited research analyst ran into trouble in several instances.
She even argued with Olivier when he planned to over work the employees to find the Observatory.
However, she seemed to become less compassionate after joining the Templar Order, and seemed to have no qualms in letting Berg kill the research analyst if they refused to join the Templar Order. Nonetheless, she actively encouraged the research analyst to join the Order, believing that the Order would promise them a better life.
- The name Melanie, as well as its French variant Mélanie, is derived from the Greek μελαινα (melaina), meaning "black, dark".
- Melanie referenced being married in the database article for The Queen's Staircase, saying that she saw them during her honeymoon in Nassau.
- However, in a conversation recovered from Abstergo's servers, Melanie mentioned needing only one plane ticket in order to attend Alan Rikkin's party "unless something exciting happens", implying that she was single or divorced.
- Melanie had a great-great-grandfather who fought in the American Civil War; he was noted to have met President Abraham Lincoln a few times.
- Her name was spelled "Mélanie" in Question the Creed.
- Melanie has had contact with five members of the Inner Sanctum, including Álvaro Gramática, Laetitia England, Alan Rikkin, Isabelle Ardant, and Juhani Otso Berg.
- In Assassin's Creed: Rogue, there is a document where Melanie mentions MMA fighters Guilherme Venancio and Luis Otavio Duris. These are the same fighters that fought in São Paulo, Brazil during the modern day in Assassin's Creed III.
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (first appearance)
- Assassin's Creed: Rogue
- Assassin's Creed Unity: Abstergo Entertainment - Employee Handbook
- Assassin's Creed: Unity (mentioned in Database entry only)
- Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (mentioned only)