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I finished the main storyline and just started the The Tyranny of King Washington DLC. Before starting I understood that the DLC is an alternative universe, as detailed in the first episode's description on the Xbox Marketplace:

Following the revolution, Washington goes mad with power and rules as a tyrannical King. Connor awakes in this reality as Ratonhnhaké:ton – never having joined the Assassin order – and is greeted by his mother Kaniehtí:io, accepting a new mission to take down Washington. Acquire all-new skills to fend off this new threat to freedom. Live history as it never happened and ignite a new revolution!

I assumed that the the storyline takes part after the events in the main game, albeit without "Connor" joining the Assassins. However, a couple of things do not make sense when compared to the main storyline:

1 - Kaniehtí:io (Connor's mother) died when Ratonhnhaké:ton (Connor) was a boy, by an attack ordered on the village by George Washington, whereas in the DLC you see Connor's mother killed by an attack (ordered by George Washington) when he is an adult
2 - Ratonhnhaké:ton (Connor) receives his hidden blades from Achilles, and later kills his father (Haytham), whereas in the DLC Haytham doesn't appear to make an appearance but Connor receives his father's hidden blades from his mother


How far back does this alternative reality actually begin?

At what point in the main story do the events of the DLC begin (e.g. is it after Sequence 12)?

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    I think it diverges earlier, as Connors mother gives him his fathers hidden blades, and alludes that he stayed with her when she got pregnant, leaving the Templar Order. Connors remark about his grandfather alludes that Haytam was alive long enough to tell his son about his family. – Anders Jul 2 '17 at 21:28
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Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a clear answer to either of your questions, but I will do my best to address each of them based on the information I was able to find.

1) How far back does this alternative reality actually begin?

As far as I can tell, we can say that it must have started at the very latest when Connor was 4 (as according to the wiki, this is the age at which his mother died) - had the alternative reality started any later, Connor's mother would be dead in the alternate reality of the DLC. As to when it started, it's very hard to say - there does not seem to be information that indicates an exact starting point. However, based on the fact that the revolutionary war still occurred as normal, I would venture to say that the alternative reality of the DLC likely did not 'split' from the true reality of the base game much earlier than the death of Connor's mother. This is because had the reality split much earlier (say, centuries), there would be changes in reality that would have propagated throughout time, resulting in a significantly different alternative reality (i.e. there might not be an America discovered, or even a revolutionary war. Thus the alternative reality must be similar enough to the reality of the base game to have all these similar details).

tl;dr - The reality must have split (and thus begun) no later than Connor was at age 4 (according to the wiki, Connor was born in 1756, so no later than 1760), and likely not that much earlier than Connor's birth (since any earlier would likely lead to a completely different history and would probably change the entire setting of the alternate reality).

2) At what point in the main story do the events of the DLC begin?

Well, if the DLC occurs in an alternate reality, and we know that it could not have started later than the death of Connor's mother, then we can say that at the latest the DLC events take over when Connor is 4. However, I am not sure that this question can be answered - since they are two different realities, and we don't have a definite moment in time when the two realities 'split' from one another, we can't say with certainty when the DLC events begin. Thus the best answer I could give would be that the DLC universe events take over when the realities split from one another, which is no later than 1760.

Edit (based on OP's comment):

In order to become King Washington, he would presumably need to win the revolutionary war, which as I recall would occur after sequence 12. However, to address your question more directly - does the DLC take place during or after the main game - I would say that it occurs separately from the main game (and thus not before or after). Different timelines implies that different events must have occurred, so saying 'before' or 'after' does not really make sense when comparing events in the game.

However, from a dates perspective, since Connor was presumably born at the same time in both timelines, and since he is an adult in both sequence 12 and the events of the DLC, we can say that the events of the DLC likely took place around the same time as sequence 12. However, once again, since the timelines are different and have different events, in order to know if the DLC occurred before or after sequence 12 specifically, we would need more information around the dates in the base game and the DLC.

If this whole multiple realities concept seems confusing, that's because it is! I would recommend checking out this interview of cosmologist Sean Carroll explaining the overlapping of realities - pay specific attention when he begins using the cars metaphor.

  • @camelCase Does the updated answer above better address your question? – B. S. Morganstein Jun 10 '16 at 13:34
  • Yes, you seem to have the intentional question and the wider scope of timelines covered – user101016 Jun 10 '16 at 13:36
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I would say Washington never deployed the attack on Connor's Village. This would have meant Connor's mother never died and Connor would never have had that motive to leave the village (seeking answers surrounding his mother's death). George Washington's path will have played out differently as well... perhaps in that time he encounters the apple and is corrupted by its power, winning the revolution and making himself King??? (Simplest answer). So the variable is no attack on the village..

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Its a Parallel universe or an alternate timeline as you may say . In the beginning of the game we see that connor in the original universe is sitting infront of a bonfire. Then washington comes to him by horse. Washington shows connor the apple he found. Connor points at the apple & warns washington of its dangerous effects & tells him to not use it. Washington consumed by the apples greed gets angry & uses the power against connor. As we don't know what the true potentials of the apple of eden made by 1st civilization are,as far as we know the apple could even rewrite time or mess with time or something. My theory is that- at the same time the washington in the dlc universe(the one where connors mother is alive)also used the apple. Thus it cause some kind of cross time brain swap. Meaning that the conscience of the connor from the original universe ended in the dlc universe & thus he remembers the story of the original timeline. This theory probably makes sense & may be true.

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