Shaun Hastings is a member of the Assassin Order who gave tactical guidance to numerous Assassin teams across the globe. His support was often targeted towards Assassins who were out in the field, occasionally offering assistance in the form of messages, relayed from higher command.
Within his team, Shaun acted as both historian and analyst, assisting Desmond Miles during his time in the Animus 2.0. This help mostly came in the form of creating Database entries on the various people, places, and events Desmond encountered.
- "Most Assassins, Desmond, are like you, yeah? They're "born" into the Brotherhood. Not me, though."
- ―Shaun to Desmond.[src]
Originating from England, Shaun was interested in conspiracy theories and the unexplained from a very early age. Though initially unaware of the existence of the modern-day Templars and Assassins, when Shaun was around 15, he did some investigations into a company known as Abstergo Industries, and discovered that they were "up to no good".
This eventually inspired him to prevent their wrongful activities in any way he could. While working as a junior professor, Shaun took the pseudonym "Guy Fawkes" (after one of the co-conspirators of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot) and began spreading the word.
He published articles detailing Abstergo's inner workings to WikiLeaks and other news groups, searching for people with "stories to tell"; all the while remaining unaware that the Templars would try to silence him.
Rebecca Crane was the first to point out the danger he was putting himself in, and attempted to warn him that he was "messing with the wrong people." However, Shaun did not believe her, and eventually was discovered by Abstergo Chief Executive Officer Alan Rikkin.
Shortly after this, on 10 December 2010, Shaun was kidnapped by Abstergo. Fortunately, he was able to escape from the van that was taking him to the company, with Abstergo only discovering afterwards that the van's computer had been hacked, creating a false alert for a need to stop and refuel.
Rebecca then contacted Shaun once more, "rescued" him, and recruited him into the Assassin Order.
- Desmond: "What's all this stuff for?"
- Shaun: "This stuff, Desmond, oh this stuff is nothing special, really, this stuff is just the stuff that keeps our entire operation from falling apart really."
- ―Desmond and Shaun in the hideout.[src]
After Lucy Stillman and Desmond Miles had escaped Abstergo and reached the hideout, Shaun was the first to greet Desmond, and introduced both himself and Rebecca, before promptly insisting that they all get straight to work.
Desmond then entered the Animus to relive the memories of one of his ancestors, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. While Desmond was inside the Animus, Shaun supplied Desmond with information in the form of database entries, as well as the occasional piece of advice on glyph puzzles.
In his role as historian and analyst of the group, Shaun was constantly working on his computer, and rarely had the opportunity to speak with Desmond – often telling him bluntly to "go away" if ever Desmond tried to bother him while he was busy.
During the assault on the hideout by Warren Vidic and several Abstergo guards, Shaun assisted Rebecca in packing up the Assassins' equipment, and later, drove the group to their next hideout at Monteriggioni.
Escape to the Sanctuary
- "Did you miss me? No? Anyone? Hello, am I speaking out loud? Hello? Workaholics."
- ―Shaun returning to the Sanctuary.[src]
Upon leaving the hideout, Shaun and the others drove north in an attempt to reach a cabin located in the Swiss Alps, where they would continue searching through Desmond's genetic memories. However, Abstergo set up a roadblock in Grosseto, Italy to intercept the group of Assassins. Looking at a map for a different place to hide, Shaun suggested that the team should take a detour that would lead them to Monteriggioni.
After arriving in Monteriggioni, the team set up camp in the Sanctuary, due to its thick walls blocking outside signals. Shaun then assisted the team by hiding the van, and teaching Desmond how to reroute power into the underground chamber.
Once the setting up was complete, Shaun continued with his research, operating similarly to the way he had in the previous hideout. In contrast, though, he was much more respectful and tolerant towards Desmond than he had been previously – however, his attitude remained rude and impatient with Rebecca, which caused Lucy to give him a greater workload than the other Assassins.
During Desmond's breaks outside the Animus, Shaun told him about the history of the events he was experiencing, mentioning things such as the fate of Caterina Sforza, and Cesare Borgia's explicit letter to the Pope about his wedding night.
Journey to the Colosseum
- Desmond: "I wonder if [the Apple] will change things. Whether it can tip the scales in our favor."
- Shaun: "I'm sure it will. It has to."
- ―Shaun and Desmond at the Colosseum.[src]
After Desmond located the Apple of Eden through Ezio Auditore's memories, the modern-day Assassins were still left with the mystery of how to get into the Apple's Vault. Although Rebecca knew it was accessed with a spoken password, the group was unsure of what it could possibly be.
Desmond pointed out the numbers that they had found written on the wall earlier, as well as the tetractys symbol, which Shaun correctly deduced its relevance to God, and his 72 names. This number, Shaun also stated, was the same year that Rome's Colosseum was built. Following this, they all concluded that was where the Apple would be found, and began their long road trip.
Upon finding the Apple, Desmond used it to ask where the Temples were located, which resulted in it projecting a series of symbols and images. Shaun, upon identifying the Phrygian cap and the Eye of Providence, said that both objects came together in only "one place."
However, before Shaun could finish his explanation, Juno possessed Desmond through the Apple, causing a temporal freeze, and forced Desmond to stab Lucy in the abdomen.
Lucy and Desmond collapsed to the floor after this, but both Shaun and Rebecca were still visibly conscious, and appeared unaffected by the Apple's power.
After Desmond's collapse
- Rebecca: "Shaun, you feeling okay?"
- Shaun: "Sure, yeah, yeah, I'm fine, yeah. We're Assassins after all, aren't we, eh? Why should we be surprised if one of us dies every now and again?"
- ―Shaun, regarding Lucy's death.[src]
Following Lucy's death, Desmond fell unconscious, and slipped into a comatose state. Rebecca and William Miles brought Desmond to New York City in an effort to reawaken him, with Shaun staying behind to arrange and attend Lucy's funeral in a cemetery just outside of Rome.
Following a phone call with Rebecca and William, during which Shaun expressed his suspicion that Desmond may be a sleeper agent similar to another former Assassin which William vehemently denied, Shaun boarded a plane to join them in New York.
Eventually, the four of them took a van to the coordinates found by Ezio in the Pythagorean Vault, taking the Apple recovered from the Colosseum Vault with them. As they arrived, Desmond awoke from the coma which had taken hold of him, and stated that he knew what they needed to do.
The Grand Temple
After exiting the van at the entrance, Shaun assisted in carrying the supplies inside, as well as setting up his computer-network and the Animus. From there, he spent the majority of his time monitoring Desmond and working on the new Database. Eventually, he realized that the team would need power sources to open the door, and began work locating them.
The first he found was in an office building around New York, where he had Desmond go to pick up. With Rebecca's input, he provided communication access for the missions in an earpiece. He also drove the van to the drop-off and pick-up points.
The second one, located in Brazil, was in the access of a tycoon's wife that was watching a MMA match at the time. Sending Desmond, he helped navigate him through the area so that he could reach the power-source. Shaun also helped Rebecca with keeping the train open for Desmond to escape.
The third, located when the team returned to the Grand Temple, was in Cairo, Egypt. This time, Shaun gave support to William, who went to retrieve it in Desmond's stead. After William was captured, Shaun helped with the transport to Rome to infiltrate Abstergo's Headquarters and pick him up.
When the team returned and the Grand Temple Key was found, Shaun went with them through the door. After watching Minerva and Juno speak with Desmond, he left the area with William and Rebecca by Desmond's order as he activated the Eye, sacrificing himself to save the world.
Undercover at Abstergo
Shaun took a job as the barista in order to facilitate communication with Rebecca, who was acting as a courier, collecting a number of data files that had been obtained by an Abstergo Researcher at the behest of John in IT. When John ended up killed by Abstergo, Shaun and Rebecca contacted the researcher, apologizing for getting them into trouble and promise to make up for it.
Characteristics and personality
- "England is not in Europe actually, Rebecca. We, we tolerate Europe, you know? Like, like a person tolerates herpes."
- ―Shaun to Rebecca in Monteriggioni.[src]
When Shaun and Desmond first met, Shaun would often have too little patience to talk with him, though at other times, the two would converse at length. He also often insulted Rebecca, once insinuating that she was immature with the phrase, "the grown-ups are talking", neglectful of the fact she had saved his life multiple times.
Shaun was desperate to enter the Animus, and even resorted to begging Lucy through her e-mail, which she declined by not replying. However, when confronted about it, he said that "the job behind the desk" was much better.
His cynical attitude was also evident in many instances, such as when he pointed out that the Assassins were still killers, whatever their motives; making them no more the "good guys", than the Templars.
Shaun was also skeptical of most institutions, such as the church and government. He noted in one description of Venice that the city's past "followed the historical norm: The people got screwed." Despite some of Subject 16's puzzles implying that the Assassins had actively resisted Abstergo's use of capitalism as a mechanism of control, Shaun's dialogue once contradicted this, as he used the word "communists" as a jibe directed towards Lucy and Rebecca.
Despite his attitude towards Rebecca, Shaun still held her in higher regard than he cared to admit, most likely because of the numerous occasions on which she had saved his life. Only Lucy seemed to tolerate his snide remarks, even seeming to trust him to a great extent, as he was the only one to whom she revealed her feelings for Desmond.
Shaun's interest in history was shown clearly through his extensive database entries, and also in an e-mail from William, who claimed that Shaun would enjoy the area in which the Assassin leadership was based, as it had "lots of history."
Shaun was quite confident in his own abilities, once calling himself a "master at decryption." He also thought himself to have a gift for "seeing things and making connections", an ability he compared to Desmond's Eagle Vision, only more "useful" in his opinion. He was likely only referring to his high intellect though, rather than some kind of superhuman ability.
- Shaun was named after Sean Hastings, a cult hero in the computer industry.
- Danny Wallace, the voice and model of Shaun, was contacted by Ubisoft when he attended the BAFTA video game awards with a friend. After the event, he was e-mailed and asked if he would like to be a character in an unknown video game, which he accepted. This game turned out to be Assassin's Creed II.
- During the corrupted sequences in Assassin's Creed II, Shaun stated that he forgot that Rodrigo Borgia eventually became Pope, even though there was a portrait of him in his Papal attire on the wall next to his computer.
- In Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Shaun had a portrait of Cesare Borgia near to his desk, as well as pictures of famous landmarks in Rome, such as the Pantheon, and some of Leonardo da Vinci's designs, such as the crossbow.
- Shaun's password for his e-mail account was GuyFawkes23.
- It was hinted that Shaun was an altar boy at some stage in his childhood, due to his mention of his priest once saying, "You know too much for your own good."
- Shaun was mentioned in Ezio Auditore's backstory in Soulcalibur V, as the one who noticed the irregularities in the Animus readings that resulted from Ezio's jump to the later 16th century, the time setting of Soulcalibur V. When looking at the readings of the Animus, Shaun commented that it appeared like a readout from the Richter scale, which is used to measure the magnitude of an earthquake.