I read somewhere (cannot find the link at the moment) that Altair, Ezio and the Kenways (including Connor) are not directly related to each other except through Desmond. Is there any family tree or something to show how he is related to them?

If the Kenways are on Desmond's father's side, could he not have gone in the Animus as well in Assassin's Creed 3?


Here is a family tree of Desmond's ancestry (click on the picture to zoom in).

As you can see, the Auditore and Ibn-La'ahad sections of the tree are completely independent of one another (and their link is currently unknown).

It is not known how directly the Kenway portion of the tree connects to the others, so until future games reveal this link we will be unable to tell how well connected they are to the Auditores or Ibn La'ahads.

We can also see from the tree that the relationship to these ancestors is on Desmond's mother's side of the tree. So Desmond's father would be unable to use the animus to access their memories since he has no direct ancestral link to any of these families.

However, presumably any family member on Desmond's mother's side of the tree (from the generation after Connor to Desmond) would be able to access the same memories we have accessed from Desmond so far.

Hopefully the coming games of Unity and Rogue will help fill in some of these blanks on the family tree.

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    Someone bumped this question and I just noticed this anwser (which is pretty good). Although, in hindsight, it's 2016 and Unity, Rogue (and now Sindycate) completly shat on Desmond. – Oak Jan 22 '16 at 1:06

And if the Kenways are on Desmonds fathers side, could he not have gone in the animus as well in Assassins Creed 3?

At one point in AC 3 Desmond angrily shouts that at his father

after it is revealed that Haytham is a templar

Right before his father

punches Desmond in the face (something long overdue).

So that suggests the Kenway's are on Desmond's fathers side (at least in Desmond's mind - his father neither confirms nor denies).

As for why his father couldn't go into the animus, it's strongly hinted that there is something special about Desmond. Perhaps it is the convergence of blood lines from his mother and fathers side?

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  • Quotes to show the strong hint he is 'special'? – Samiko Aug 22 '14 at 14:22
  • @Samiko: I don't have an exact quote, but, for example, when Minerva speaks to Ezio she talks directly to Desmond (much to Ezio's confusion) suggesting it has to be Desmond in the animus – Wjousts Aug 22 '14 at 14:34
  • Ahha yes i remember now. Thanks, another great answer. – Samiko Aug 22 '14 at 14:36

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