Subject 16 blood messages

After finishing Assassin's Creed it's possible to switch on Eagle Vision, which lets any assassin see hidden messages. Inside Desmond's room is a massive mural written in blood on the wall; the blood of Subject 16. The mural has various comments and codes of historical significance. There are also text in hebrew and possibly chinese.

The game also has hidden e-mails between Lucy, Vidic, Abstergo employees and unknown links to Lucy. I haven't been able to write down the contents, nor did I find all of the e-mails.

Most of the messages seem odd and farfetched after having only played Assassin's Creed. But after playing Assassin's Creed 2 (and Brotherhood) it becomes so much more clear. At least when it comes to the trinity hints and Revelations 22:13!


Mural in Desmond's cell

"We are all books containing thousands of pages and within each of them lies an IRREPARABLE truth."
Subject 16 refers to humans as 'books' containing memories of ancestors that cannot be altered.

"Within Emperor jiajing' sin and quelzcoalt's Hunger lies the Answers"


Emperor Jiajing ruled China during the 16th century. He was a cruel emperor who banished and executed most of his opposition. He survived an assassination attempt by his concubines. He spent the later part of his life concocting elixirs out of virgin blood and mercury substances to try prolong his life.
Jiajing also built the three Taoist temples 'Temple of Sun', 'Temple of Earth' and 'Temple of Moon'.
Also, the deadliest earthquake in chinese history happened during Jiajing's reign, killing over 800,000 people.


Quetzalcoalt is a Mesoamerican diety, named by his Nahua followers, and has the meaning "feathered serpent". In some beliefs the feathered serpent, the god of fertility and growth, is part of a triad, along with the goddess of motherhood and reproduction, and the god of rain and thunder. Other beliefs say the feathered serpent is the god of war.
In some Christian circles, Quetzalcoalt has been described as a white, bearded god who descended from the skies, and therefore is considered to be Christ.


"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."
Revelations 22:13. (International version 1984)
Another biblical reference, though after having played all AC games, except AC2: Revelations, the messages get whole new meanings. It starts with Alta´r and ends with Alta´r in AC2: Revelations?!

This code appears in the mural several times. Sometimes with two zeros separated by dots and sometimes with three zeros. The code is called 13 b'ak'tun. In Mayan litterature the term "world ages" is used frequently suggesting that the gods created several failed worlds, each ending after 13 b'ak'tuns, or 5125 years. The Mayan Long Count's "zero date" of the third world is said to be set to 11 August 3114 BC in the Gregorian calendar. Based on this, the fourth world will reach its end of its 13th b'ak'tun,, on 21 December 2012.

Barcode 12212012

This code indicates the date 21 December 2012. A New Age interpretation of the date says it's the beginning of Earth's physical and/or spiritual transformation. A third, and pretty morbid belief, says that the date is the end of the world as we see it.

Nazcan spider

Animal drawings

There are three animal drawings in the main research area. A spider, a hummingbird and a monkey. They have the charicaristics of the Nazcan Lines (geoglyphs) found in southern Peru. Subject 16 seems to suggest something significant happened in this area at some point. Or perhaps will happen...


To read the above, start at the bottom right corner and read upwards. It translates into the following:
"they drained my soul and made it theirs i drain my body to show you where i saw it"

Subject 16 means that Abstergo drained him of his ancestors memories with the use of the Animus. He then literally drained his body to write the messages in blood to Desmond.

Borromean rings and Eye of God

Borromean rings The Borromean rings are mostly used to idicate strength in unity, and the unity of three. The inner section of the rings form a triquetra, which also represent the unity of three. What those 'three' are highly depends on what group of believers use it as a symbol. Pagans mainly refer to the three stages of the goddess; maiden, mother and crone. Wiccans sometimes use it to represent mind, body and soul. Christians use it as a sign of the Trinity; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The Eye of God represent the omnipresence of God, who watches over all things. The triangle surrounding the eye symbolizes the Trinity.

The Eye of Horus

Eye of HorusHorus is an ancient Egypt diety in the shape of a man with a falcons head. He is the god of the sky, war and protection. The symbol is also called Eye of Ra or the Wadjet (from goddess Wadjet), meaning "rising one".

Yona Guni

Yonaguni is the most western island of the Ryukyu chain of Japan. It is mostly famous for its underwater monument said to date back 2000-3000 years ago. There is a strong possibility that the monument is artificial due to its sharp edges, terraces and broad steps. The monument is rumoured to have traces of animal drawings on it, which brings us back to the animal art in Peru.
The word(s) are written just outside Desmond's room, along with simple sketches of a hill, the sun and two pagodas.


To read the above, start reading at the bottom right corner and read upwards. It translates into the following:
"artefacts sent to the skies to control all nations to make us obey a hidden crusade do not help them"

"I have entered the abyss and never returned"
Subject 16 could be refering to his planned suicide and how he managed to let his conscious remain within the Animus.