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Sometimes in this game I'm just running around as a garden variety cold blooded mass murderer, but sometimes I commit the unspeakable crime of... purchasing property

I frequently find myself at max Templar Awareness, which causes the meter to have a red flashing background. If I do something to reduce it somewhat (bribing a witness or assassinating a herald... wait, I might have that backwards... sorry heralds :( ), the background of the meter stays red. If I can manage to bottom it completely out, it goes back to black, however.

So to summarize:

  • at 100%, the meter is flashing red
  • Once it's been to 100%, but before I do enough to make it 0%, the background stays red but stops flashing.
  • At 0%, the background goes back to black, and stays that way regardless of my awareness, until I hit 100% again.

Is there anything different about the second state versus the third? Should I be completely eliminating my awareness any time it hits the max in order to avoid some penalty?

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When the background is red but not flashing, your assassin dens are at risk of being invaded by templars. Personally, I found the den defense mini-game to be quite annoying. As such, I tried to always keep my templar awareness at "anonymous," which is the third state you described. All you need to do is assassinate a few officials and/or bribe a few heralds; I considered that a small price to pay to avoid den defense missions

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Though you have to be pretty high on that meter just to be able to assassinate the officials. The heralds got rich off of me as a result. – Jeff Mercado Dec 12 '11 at 0:24
@JeffMercado True, although if you continually try to clear your awareness right whenever it hits the top of the charts, then you won't have an issue. I didn't have many issues clearing my meter – Dave McClelland Dec 12 '11 at 0:48
Me neither, just kinda annoying that for the most part, the heralds were the only option. – Jeff Mercado Dec 12 '11 at 0:57
Ugh, this is what I was afraid of. I hate the awareness system in this game with a passion. – agent86 Dec 12 '11 at 1:19
@agent86: Don't worry, once you get your 7 Master Assassins, you will be completely immune to the Templar Awareness. – Jeff Mercado Dec 12 '11 at 1:23

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