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Owen Meyers (born 2001) is a teenager attempting to clear the name of his late father, as well as the descendant of Alfonso del Castillo.

In 2016, Owen was recruited by Monroe, who sought to bring together a group of other teenagers that had Templar or Assassin ancestors, in order to find the Trident, a Piece of Eden. The group, which in addition to Sean was composed of Owen, Javier, Natalya and the siblings Grace and David, accepted after Monroe told them about the Assassin-Templar War.

Biography

Early life

At some point during Owen's childhood, his father was arrested for the hold-up of a branch office of the Malta Banking Corporation. Owen believed him when he maintained his innocence but his father, who had a tumultuous youth, was nevertheless convicted and later died in prison.[1]

Following his father's conviction, Owen and his mother went to live with his maternal grandparents. Owen had a difficult time with his grandfather who was convinced that Owen would eventually follow his father's path.[1]

Meeting Monroe

In 2016, despite the fact that they eventually grew apart, Owen asked his friend, Javier, to help him prove the innocence of his late father. Owen wanted to use a clandestine Animus owned by the mysterious Monroe to relive the memories of his father's supposed bank robbery. However, as the duo met with Monroe, the man told them that he couln't help them as Owen had only access to his father's memories from before his own conception and hadn't any DNA sample of his father taken from after the robbery.[1]

Despite Owen's disillusionment and for the sake of curiosity, they still decided to use the Animus and experienced the memories of two of their ancestors who met during the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. The ancestor of Owen, Alfonso del Castillo, was a conquistador who unknowingly witnessed Hernán Cortés using a Piece of Eden, in fact a prong of the Trident of Eden, to brainwash the ancestor of Javier, a Tlaxcaltec commander named Chimalpopoca. [1] Following this discovery and after Monroe disappeared without answering their questions, Owen and Javier unknowingly became persons of interest for both the Assassins and the Templars. Indeed, a Templar agent tried to approach him on the street some days later, but an Assassin killed him from a nearby roof prompting Owen to flee, escaping the Assassin with the help of Monroe.[1]

After Monroe told them about the Assassin-Templar War and convinced them that the best course of action was to find the artifact first and hide it from the belligerents, Owen and his friend Javier joined Monroe's team of teenagers. Recruited by Monroe, they all shared into their DNA, the ancestral memories of the same event: the 1863 draft riots in New York City, during which the prong was used again.[1]

Choosing a side

Under the guidance of Monroe and thanks to his modified Animus which allowed multiple users to share their session, Owen relived the memories of the Assassin Varius, while the others looked for clues into the memories of their own ancestors. In 1863, Varius was instructed to recover the hidden prong and deliver it to General Ulysses S. Grant, but was later hunted by Cudgel Cormac, Javier's ancestor. However, the group eventually discovered that thanks to Varius' new recruit and Grace's ancestor, the gifted Eliza, the dagger managed to reach General Grant who kept it until his death.[1]

However the use of the Animus didn't go unnoticed and a Templar strike team captured the teenagers with only Owen and Javier escaping thanks to the skills they learned from their ancestors while Monroe disappeared. As they were debating about their options, the Assassin whom Owen previously met, Griffin, found them back thanks to the tracking device in their stolen Abstergo bike.[1]

Griffin convinced Owen to trust him, and the teenager in turn convinced his reluctant friend to work with the Assassins, explaining that Pieces of Eden are always abused and that Monroe may suffer the same fate. The teenagers revealed to the Assassin the location of the Dagger, in Grant's house. After Griffin prompted them to use Eagle Vision to see if was truly trustworthy and after he promised to secure the Brotherhood's help in order to prove that Owen's father was innocent of the crime he was arrested for, he brought them to his safe house. Noting the boys' disappointment in their dilapidated surroundings, Griffin explained about the Great Purge that nearly drove the Assassins to the edge of extinction and how ruthless the Templars truly were.[1]

After equipping themselves and receiving a call from Gavin Banks, who revealed that the Dagger was in fact a prong of the Trident of Eden, they took a private plane to New York and from there drove to Grant's house. However, someone arrived there first and left with the artifact beforehand, the stash being empty. Before they left, three helicopters filled with Templar agents arrived to the house and after Owen destroyed two of them with an EMP grenade, they escaped.[1]

Once they made it to safety, Griffin scolded Owen for disobeying his order not to engage the Templars, and threatened to renege on his promise if it happened again. He then reminded that Abstergo will not rest until the other Pieces of the Trident are found and that Owen and the other teenagers are the key to finding them. Offered a choice to carry on, Javier considered dropping out but Owen, determined to find the truth, agreed to help the Assassins.[1]

Search for the second prong

Owen and Javier spent the next few weeks being trained in basic combat and freerunning by Griffin, before being forced to scuttle their storage locker safehouse when the Assassin informant, Rothenburg, warned Gavin Banks that the Templars had found them. After evading the Templars by taking a series of taxi cabs, they arrived at their new safehouse, where Rebecca Crane had set up the Animus for Owen, informing him that his Chinese ancestor, Zhang Zhi, may lead them to the second prong.[2]

While in the Animus, Owen observed comparisons between himself and Zhi. Ultimately, Zhi's memories were a deadend, as she was crippled after assassinating Mongke Khan. After he exited the Animus, he learned that Javier had broke into a police warehouse and stole his father's casefile. Looking through the evidence, Owen found a spit sample containing his father's DNA from after the robbery. However, Griffin stated they first needed to decode and upload his father's memories to the Abstergo Cloud and use Helix. Nonetheless, Owen became filled with hope that he could finally prove his father's innocence to his family, the world and himself.[2]

Infiltrating the Aerie

With Owen's DNA a dead end, Griffin's only recourse was to extract his friends from the Aerie. Owen and Javier insisted on coming with him, reasoning that their friends may not trust the Assassin. Javier's argument over Griffin's uncertainty of succeeding on his own won him over.[2]

While infiltrating the Aerie, Owen and Javier get separated from Griffin when an alarm went off. The two teenagers managed to get in by threatening a Templar named Cole with a pain grenade before sedating her. When they reached the garage, they find the Templars firing on David, Natalya and Monroe. Pinned down by gunfire, Owen chose to stay behind to allow the others to escape. Subsequently, a Templar named Isaiah showed up and, believing Owen to be an Assassin, revealed that he wasn't fooled by Griffin's diversion and that he was outnumbered. Monroe, who had stayed behind, surrendered himself and urged Owen to do the same.[2]

Guest at the Aerie

Owen was taken to Isaiah's office, where Grace and Sean were brought to him. Isaiah tried to convince him he was on the wrong side, claiming that the Assassins set up his father for the robbery that sent him to prison. Owen refused to believe him and produced the spit sample he had on his person, demanding access to Helix to verify his allegations, and was promised a day to decode his father's DNA.[2]

The next morning, Owen argued with Sean over which side of the conflict was in the right. Immediately afterwards, Owen accessed his father's memories, which seemed to confirm Isaiah's allegations. After getting out of Helix, Owen obtained Isaiah's promise to speak with Monroe.[2]

Owen later learned in a group meeting with Dr. Victoria Bibeau that Isaiah lied to him, as Bibeau claimed no knowledge of such a deal. After being told that Isaiah was preoccupied, Owen and Grace deduce that he was heading to Mongolia to find the second prong, after which he admitted that he had seen the prong, which got the Templar's interest, before telling her that his DNA wouldn't help find it.[2]

After Bibeau had left the room, Owen plotted with Grace to free Monroe and head to Mongolia, with Sean promising not to rat them out. After creating a fake pain grenade, they are caught by Cole, who brought them directly to Monroe, revealing that she was helping them escape the Aerie. Owen asked her if she was Rothenburg, the Assassin informant inside Abstergo, to which she denied.[2]

After Cole sealed the trio in the shipping crate, Owen turned to Monroe for confirmation of his suspicion, to which the ex-Templar stated that Cole helped him infiltrate the Aerie for his own independent rescue attempt and advised not to ask questions that might put Cole in danger.[2]

During the journey, Owen caught up with Monroe on what had been happening with them, during which he learned that Monroe didn't have the first prong He then asked if Isaiah mentioned the Ascendance Event and, at Owen's request, explained what he knew of the Ascendance Event and the sub-DNA, revealing that all six teens make up the whole of the sub-DNA.[2]

Mongolia

Upon their arrival in Mongolia, they are soon discovered by Isaiah and captured. Subsequently, the Templars spotted survivors from a crashed Assassin plane and were prepared to take it out when Grace, fearing her brother was there, told Isaiah to set off a series of lights to lure David in so he could give Isaiah the location of the tomb. Once David was captured and interrogated by Isaiah, he claimed that the tomb of Mongke Khan was south of the Templar camp. After Isaiah had left, Monroe asked David why he would betray the tomb's location, to which Owen retorted that it was better than the Assassins getting their hands on it. Owen then told him of how he accessed his father's memories, but Monroe claimed that Isaiah falsified the memory to show Owen what he wanted to see, but Owen stubbornly refused to believe it.[2]

After David got a guard to let him use a portable toilet, Owen and Grace felt a strong Bleeding Effect between them, enabling them to use their ancestors' skills to incapacitate several Templars. When they fnd David, he led them to the tomb's real location, where they found Javier and Natalya, the latter having sedated Griffin and Yanmei. As they excavate the Khan's tomb, Owen told everyone what Monroe told him, to which Javier agreed with the ex-Templar that Isaiah tricked him. Once they finished the excavation, Isaiah appeared, having let them believe he was deceived so he could follow them. As the Assassins recover and attack, Owen and Javier pursue him into the tomb, but were unable to stop him from getting his hands on the second prong, rendering them helpless before its fear-inducing powers. After Isaiah fatally wounded Yanmei, he declared his defection from the Templar Order and took all the assembled Templars away, leaving Owen and his friends alone.[2]

With Griffin carrying Yanmei's body, the group made their way back to the Templar camp. Subsequently, Victoria arrived at the camp, having just learned of Isaiah's betrayal and informs everyone that he had also acquired the first prong. When Victoria's bodyguards raised their weapons in alarm upon hearing that the Assassins were present, the teens reasoned that Isaiah was the bigger threat. Thus, Victoria and Griffin agreed to a ceasefire until they find the third prong and stop Isaiah.[2]

Personality and traits

Since childhood, Owen's singular focus was his father's innocence, which made him easy to exploit with the first Templar agent he encountered and later Isaiah.[1]

Equipment and skills

Thanks to the Bleeding Effect, Owen had acquired the skills of his ancestor Varius. He had also learned basic combat and freerunning from Griffin.[1] Additionally, whenever he's in Grace's presence, they feel a strong Bleeding Effect between each other that enables them to work together to take down enemies.[2]

Upon joining the Assassins, Owen made use of knives and a variety of grenades.[1] Later, after synching with his ancestor Zhang Zhi, he added a laser array and crossbow pistol to his arsenal.[2]

Trivia

  • Owen is a welsh name which comes from either the old Welsh for "young warrior" or is a Welsh variant for the Greek name Eugenios meaning "well born".

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