Rifts appeared to be breaks in the programming of memories within the Animus, which could be seen using Eagle Vision. Each of the ten rifts were found on key landmarks throughout Rome, and concealed Clay Kaczmarek's cluster puzzles.
Rifts were the equivalent of Glyphs, but instead of revealing a second Truth video, they simply relayed the message "The miracle is in the execution" over the apparent ultrasound of an unborn child, along with the inclusion of an executable file.
Unlike Glyphs, Rifts could not be seen or accessed without the use of Eagle Vision. Ezio Auditore had to grab the edge of a Rift, whilst using Eagle Vision, and climb into it.
- On the outside north wall of the brothel on the second floor wall.
- On the back of the Palazzo, near the roof, towards the end of the free-running path.
- Inside the Pantheon, on the wall right above the main entrance. Ezio could obtain this cluster by entering the pantheon on free running up the wall near the entrance then walking around and jumping on it.
- On the western tower near the left dome.
- At the very top, northern side of the Colosseo, just west of the view point. It was on the outside wall, and Ezio could use the Colosseo's buy landmark sign as a point of reference, as the rift was almost exactly above that.
- Near the small town where Leonardo frequently was located, on the north side of aqueduct. Ezio could climb onto the top of the aqueduct and then drop down over the side to reach it. It was very close to the Borgia tower but on the opposite side of the aqueduct.
- On the Borgia tower facing north towards the city.
- East side of the wall, on the outside of the perimeter, facing the aqueduct.
- In the inner courtyard where Octavian de Valois was assassinated, on the eastern wall.
Rifts retained some of the puzzles included in Glyphs, such as the rotating pictures and image-finding puzzles, but also included several new ones.
- Chess: Desmond was shown a chessboard with all corresponding chess pieces, as well as a riddle that told him which piece to use and where to move it.
- Decoding: Desmond was given a variety of images and a riddle, of which he could alternate between with a screen containing a two-layered rotating wheel that contained symbols, acting as a code sheet, as well as 2 rows of 4 boxes bearing changeable symbols that acted as a code entry box. By reading the riddle, he could search through these images for the hidden object that revealed the "correct coordinates" located in a single image, and, when the correct coordinates were found, Desmond could rotate the wheel to break the code.
- Sound wave matching: Desmond was given an audio recording and multiple sound waves. By selecting the correct sound waves to match the one shown on the screen, he was allowed to listen to the audio tape and/or move on to the next puzzle.
- Quarantine zone: This puzzle was always the last puzzle of every rift. Desmond was shown a black screen with a relatively small circular crosshair that revealed red, blinking dots as well as a background image. These dots emitted beeping sounds, increasing the closer the crosshair was. All dots had to be "activated" in a certain amount of time, and if any of the remaining dots were not activated, the puzzle was reset. These dots remained in the same area every time, even after the puzzle had been reset. After completing this puzzle, Desmond was given a video clip.
"They become increasingly aware of our existence. We can no longer rely on the divine right of the aristocracy to maintain control. We need a new system, something much more subtle."
"The individual intends only his own gain, and he was in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention."
"By far the greatest part of those goods which are the objects of desire, are procured by labour; and they may be multiplied, not in one country alone, but in many, almost without any assignable limit, if we are disposed to bestow the labour necessary to obtain them."
Puzzle 2: The first and third rings were linked, as were the fourth and first. Desmond turned the first/third rings right five times, the second ring right five times, the third ring left four times, and the fourth/first rings left twice to solve the puzzle.
"A great empire has been established for the sole purpose of raising up a nation of customers. It cannot be very difficult to determine who have been the contrivers of the whole mercantile system; not the consumers, we may believe, whose interest has been entirely neglected; but the producers, whose interest has been so carefully attended to it."
Puzzle 3: The third ring was linked with the second as was the fourth with the first. The puzzle was solved by turning the first ring right three times, the second ring right four times, the third/second rings left five times, and the fourth/first ring right once.
"A country that makes provision to increase in inhabitants, whose situation is good, and whose people have a genius adapted to trade, will never fail to be gainers in the balance, provided the labour and industry of their people be well managed and carefully directed."
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Morse Code Translated: DAR KNESS LOSTD NUMB
(The ciphertexts were decoded using the Vigenere cipher, as hinted at by the relevant quote, using the key IMF - letters highlighted in red on the hidden quote. IMF was an abbreviation for the international monetary fund, which was created by the men featured in this puzzle after the Bretton Woods conference - held at Mt. Washington hotel, also featured in this puzzle).
Harry Dexter White. Remember this name.
"I find myself more and more relying for a solution of our problems on the invisible hand which I tried to eject from economic thinking twenty years ago" —John Maynard Keynes
"Le Chiffre indéchiffrable." (Vigenère cipher)
lqgb dnlpjv otczyzuja mwm fmm zje rwwzyqqw = "Debt ridden countries are the new frontier".
"How can I adopt a creed which, preferring mud to the fish, exalts the boorish proletariat above the bourgeois and the intelligentsia who, with whatever faults, are the quality in life and surely carry the send of all human advancement?"
Rqpgxqqeqizikxzjpzkwmczyuawmbfxqwuasmkfvpfkqsbdftnfvw = "Jekyll Island Club duck hunt more paper money and a central bank" (the secret meeting leading to the creation of the Federal Reserve).
"It would all be done in secret, the Assassins would never know until it was too late."
"Owing to pressure from below, the pressure of the masses, the bourgeoise may sometimes concede certain partial reforms while remaining on the basis of the existing social-economic system."
Wzjwrypq rpquzaaqpjilfmmzj kqxamwgbwmexcdj = "One of them he provided the necessary pressure."
MESSAGE FROM ABSTERGO INDUSTRIESEdit
July 22, 1944
Fellows, rulers, welcome.
I deliver this speech to you as, several floors below us, a silent revolution begins.
Ranny Olds and Henry Ford. As many of you know, these founders gave us the assembly line, the device we have used to control both (this indoctrinated into the worship of our money (?) ) capitalists and workers (slaves (?) ) alike. But I dream of a future in which such ugly chains will no longer be necessary. In 1910, our founders designed the Plan, it falls to us to see it through.
But, what of the Communists, who intend to spread the bread so thin that everyone will starve? It is our duty to (neutralise (?) ) them and their followers. We muse ensure that the continue to eat, to reproduce, to be productive members of society. That is our burden, to shepherd those beneath us through life, and we must embrace it, even if (force is required (?) ) they themselves do not.
H. and S. brought on the turmoil and fear necessary, now we must strike fast to ensure the development continues in the proper direction. We will appear to concede ground against the workers, remember the successful ruse of Rockefeller's dimes, but soon there will be no ground we do not own.
In 1937, we founded this company, this enterprise, with a purpose. The time to nurture it to fruition is upon us.
Puzzle 2: The first ring was linked to the fourth, the third to the first, and the fourth to the second. The puzzle was solved by moving the first/fourth rings right once, the second ring left four times, the third/first rings right four times, and the fourth/second rings right once.
"It is possible to invent a single machine which can be used to compute any computable sequence."
"I'm not interested in developing a powerful brain. All I'm after is just a mediocre brain."
LUXJ = "FORD" (Caesar cipher)
ATOZKJ LXAOZ IUSVGTE, AY HGTQY, IGX IUSVGTOKY ZXGTYLKXXKJ ZNKOX IUXVUXGZK JKHZ ZU ZNK GXMKTZOTK VAHROI. = "United Fruit Company, US banks, car companies transferred their corporate debt to the Argentine public." (Caesar cipher)
SUXK ZNGT ZNXKK ZNUAYGTJ QORRKJ. = "More than three thousand killed."
GRRKTJK CGY MUOTM ZU TGZOUTFROFK ZNKS. = "Allende was going to nationalize them."
YKVZKSHKX KRKBKTZN. = "September eleventh."
SGQK ZNK KIUT USE YIXK GS. = "Make the economy scream."
EYE TEA TEE pronunciation of the letters "ITT" = "CNN"
H. K. masterminded it.
Chile, 1964. The people cheered his name until 1973.
Salvador Allende wanted the people to own Chile's corporations.
"We should like your economic program to succeed and we will do out best to help you."
Argentina 1970s: 30,000 people Disappeared in the raids.
"Nature shows us basic order and hierarchy are necessary." - Augusto Pinochet
"The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves."
Mossadegh wanted oil profits to go to the people.
Hired Actor. (on the rioters in the far right picture)
RESTRICTED HANDLING: CLASSIFIED MESSAGEEdit
Subject: South America
If we are to ensure the Company's success, Company agents must be free to move from country to country and maintain power within all of them. A global international order must be implemented.
Tell the Capitalists that if they help ensure the the Junta remain in power, we will pass all their corporate debt on to the Argentine people. That will ensure that they crush any popular revolt. I want the trade unions destroyed if we are to move forward
The free market must be allowed to prevail. F.'s visit last year helped things along, but now all companies must be sold to the private sector, ideally on the cheap. The price of bread and other staples must rise. I want to ensure that the people remain marred in poverty and unable to resist.
Any traces of this plan should appear to implicate the U.S. government. The Company's involvement must remain hidden.
For successful examples of a similar opening of the markets, look no further than the 1953 liberation of Iran and the 1954 liberation of Guatemala.
Hidden Message Edit
"Wages should be (lowered to keep the middle class subservient to us (?)) left to the fair and free competition of the market, and should never be controlled by the interference of (a popularly elected government(?)) the legislature."
There were also two Templar symbols, one on each side of the message.
Gorbachev, 1990: Man of the Decade. Brings democracy to Russia. Establishes the Constitutional Court.
August 1991: Declared the White Knight of the people, Yeltsin stands up to Communist threat! Gorbachev loses popularity!
December 1991: Secret meeting called in the Belavezhskaya Forest. Yeltsin unseats Gorbachev, becomes leader of Russia!
1992: Russian economy opened to elite oligarchs, private companies.
1993: Parliament Disbanded by Yeltsin as he seizes control of Russia! Decree 1400! Constitutional Court disbanded!
1993: 2.5 billion in aid from the U.S. Congress to Yeltsin after he disbands Parliament!
Perestroika: The dream of a democratic state led by the people.
Various musical scores
The one below the Perestroika picture: "Bretton Woods began it. The IMF delivers." (the same as on the picture of Yeltsin shaking hands)
The one on top of the forest picture: "The most favorable condition for reform is a weary public."
LETTER TO BORIS YELTSINEdit
I am writing this letter to encourage you to act. One rarely finds oneself in such an opportune position. Gorbachev does not have our interests at heart. He is moving far too slowly to privatize and my greatest fear is that he has no intention of doing so at all. I understand that you have expressed similar concerns. With that in mind, here is something to remedy the situation.
Several of my top advisors at the Company maintain a monetary connection with the Communist old guard. They tell me that a riot might be easily incited while Gorbachev is away. If you were to repel an attempt to seize parliament in front of the media, it could very well tip the scales in your favor.
Telephone me at No. 10 and we shall talk further.
1999: Yeltsin ensures his protégé, Vladimir Putin, follows his lead.
Musical score = Apartment bombings start Czech war and elect Putin all planned by Abstergo.
"The capitalists think we run these companies for profit. The fools."
"Those "fools" work for you."
"Optional slavery in exchange for pieces of paper. Doesn't that strike you as foolish?"
Puzzle 2: The puzzle was solved by selecting Chief Justice John Roberts' left hand, revealing a hidden Templar ring.
Democracy must die to ensure the stability of the world. Capitalism will end it.
Justice Kennedy: "We now conclude that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption (in Government)."
Justice Alito: "I believe very strongly in limited government, federalism, free enterprise, the supremacy of the elected branches of government, the need for a strong defense and effective law enforcement, and the legitimacy of a government role in protecting traditional values."
Justice Roberts: "Congress may not prohibit political speech, even if the speaker is a corporation."
Justice Scalia: "Indeed, to exclude or impede corporate speech is to muzzle the principal agents of the modern free economy. We should celebrate rather than condemn the addition of this speech to the public debate."
Justice Clarence Thomas: "We don't issue mandates to businesses that you've got to do this and you've got to do that."
Don Evans: "It is the government's role to create the conditions, the friendly environment, that will attract capital." CEO of Tom Brown Inc. Oil, U.S. Commerce Secretary (2001-2004).
Paul Wolfowitz: When it comes back to the test of whether we are doing our job or not, it's whether we're promoting development, not whether we're promoting democracy." President of the World Bank, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense (2001-2005).
Donald Rumsfeld: "Scour the department of defense for functions that could be performed better and more cheaply through commercial outsourcing." Chairman of Gilead Sciences, U.S. Defense Secretary (2001-2006).
Condoleezza Rice: "The growth of entrepreneurial classes throughout the world is an asset in the promotion of human rights and individual liberty, and it should be understood and used as such." Chevron Board, Hewlett-Packard Board, U.S. Secretary of State (2005-2009).
Dick Cheney: "We have to make America the best place in the world to do business." - CEO of Halliburton, Vice President of the U.S. (2001-2009).
George W. Bush: "I know it's going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we're in." Director of Harken, President of the United States (2001-2009).
GILD $7.45 2001, $84 2007.
Row, row, row your BOAT.
On the George W. Bush picture was a message with the words "We the people..." marked as "1 2 3". The way to decode it was by relating each number to a word on the U.S. Constitution and taking the first letter of that word.
230, 129, 213, 218, 251, 261, 194, 35, 11, 263, 9, 261, 203, 214, 225, 77: 192, 153, 67, 20, 280, 241, 143, 20, 251, 221, 114, 254, 159, 121, 81, 279, 47, 61, 169. = The final frontier: Destruction as profit.
24, 4, 113, 2, 77, 30, 46, 10, 37, 81, 58, 187, 167, 198, 99, 56, 100, 181, 124, 81, 11, 9, 166, 3, 77, 42, 200, 101, 223. = Contractors ran the war for profit. (There seems to be an issue with this decoding, when decoded it actually reads Comtractors instead of Contractors.)
251, 280, 53, 107, 181, 254, 274, 133, 183, 24, 223, 214, 9, 291, 284, 259, 267, 234, 136, 255, 279, 203, 129, 88, 162, 8, 28, 79, 102, 147, 48, 204, 202, 192, 41, 225, 263, 242. = Iraq was auctioned off to the highest bidders.
101, 270, 156, 264, 50, 262, 94, 301, 192, 295, 263, 284, 168. = It is so ordered.
LETTER FROM THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED-STATESEdit
- I have convinced Sandra to join the majority opinion. The enticement of retirement under a Republican president tipped the scales. Although the ruling will differ from our previous decisions on Equal Protection, it will not call attention to our actual goals. With Sandra gone, we can pave the way for the key majority member of the Order to be seated. As discussed, W. will prove the perfect distraction. I have no doubt he will restart animosities with Iraq. Let him, it will give C.'s contractors more work. When the time comes, I will make sure W. is given Roberts' name.
- With Roberts on the court, it will only be a matter of waiting for the right case. After the destruction of Campaign Finance laws, the Company will be free to elect anyone they choose to the Senate, the House and, eventually, the Presidency.
- Soon, our hopes will be realized. Government will no longer derive its authority from the people, but from us, their protectors.
The capitalists will do whatever we tell them to. We print the dollars they worship after all.
"It will undoubtedly cripple the ability of ordinary citizens, Congress, and the States to adopt even limited measures to protect against corporate domination of the electoral process." - Justice Stevens
Cleanup of Deepwater Horizon contracted out for billions.
Puzzle 1: The first ring was linked to the second, the second to the fourth, the third to the fourth, and the fourth to the first. This was where things get tricky, but the solution was simplified by moving the first/second rings left once, the second/fourth rings left four times, and the fourth/first ring right twice.
"Good evening and welcome to television."
Puzzle 1: The first ring was linked with the third, the second with the first, the third with the second, and the fourth with the second. The puzzle was solved by moving the first/third rings right twice, the second/first rings right twice, and the fourth/second rings right five times.
"O brave new world. What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?
1=On the page with the multiple pictures, the hidden messages under them were all elements from the Periodic Table.
LiOBAlFKCaArMnVFMgMgPSBSiFCa. = "Chemistry will open it."
HHeKCaBArNPPVSiKFCaHMgMgHeScCaSiPCaMnPSc. = "Abstergo owns it all but not you."
MgBHTiBCaOBAlCaOBFArVPArCaOMgBKKSFBLiBKPCSHSBAr. = "Leave them their worthless pieces of paper."
CaOBFArLiPSiCaArPMgFKKMgFSSFSiN. = "Their control is slipping."
CaOBBeFLiCaHCaPArKLiHSiCaLiArScKOFCa. = "The dictators can't crush it."
CaOBPMgFNHArLiOKLiHSiCaNaFMgMgFCa. = "The oligarchs can't kill it."
CaOBLiPScArCaKLiHSiCaKCaPSFCa. = "The courts can't stop it."
BeBLiBAlHeBArScCaMG = "December 21, 2012"
- Even after completing the present-day segment in the Colosseum and falling into a comatose state, Desmond was still able to hear the voices of the modern Assassins after completing the final Rift. However, the game would not conclude with Desmond in free fall, but in an ordinary loading screen still featuring him.