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Nightmare Fuel / Assassin's Creed II

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  • Subject Sixteen's Sanity Slippage commentary at a few points in the Glyph puzzles. It ends with him declaring that he's unable to deal with all the pain he's lived through via the Animus — "The guillotine cuts my neck, the bullet hits my chest, the water fills my lungs..."
    • " The wolves are out hunting. Where, oh where, has Jaaack gooone? "
    • "With Jack deep underground, it was easy."
    • "In the beginning-ng-ng... Genesis. Genesis-s-s-s."
    • Also his comment of "the woman cries as I fuck her". It's small, but it's that moment it hits that, instead of the noble Assassins like Altaïr, Ezio and Connor, Desmond could have relived a monster's memory...
    • The last recording implies that Lucy was forced to watch him kill himself. It might explain why she goes over and beyond to keep Desmond sane and alive.
  • A couple of the videos Shaun makes for Ezio's targets:
    • Francesco de' Pazzi's ends with a shot of Giovanni Auditore after he's been hanged. Nightmare Face at its best.
    • Vieri's isn't much better, as it ends with him serving a rival and his family a meal "to die for." Talk about a sore loser!
    • The one for Marco Barbarigo and Dante Moro tells us about the attempt on Dante's life, which is unsettling enough. But it's accompanied by a closeup of a bloody, half-dead Dante with a dagger just buried into the side of his head. However, Dante survived, became brain damaged and wound up becoming Marco's personal bodyguard.
    • The ending of Carlo Grimaldi's database. So much for true love.
    • Silvio Barbarigo's mentions how his uncle apparently "died in bed" — and we see an image of two courtesans approaching him with knives, while Silvio watches from the doorway.
    • Rodrigo Borgia's ends with him standing among the corpses of those he killed, grinning like a madman as crows are heard cawing in the distance.
  • A few of the Glyph puzzles, if you think about it enough. The Templars have a longer reach than you know, and fingers in every pie.
    • "Hat Trick" — another "find the Apple" puzzle, except the "you're getting closer" is the sound of a heartbeat picking up speed. When you find it, it changes to a "patient is flatlining" beep.
    • "THEY BURNED JOAN ALIVE" — cue painting of Joan being burned at the stake, accompanied by a horrifying scream.
    • Topsy the elephant, especially since this was something Edison actually did to ruin Tesla.
      • Which itself is a road full of nightmare fuel. The oldest motion picture known to exist is from 1888. It's inventor, Louis Le Prince, disappeared from a moving train two years later, as well as his luggage. He had been trying for years to file patents for the motion picture, which were being blocked via the money of Thomas Edison. And then Edison got even richer off of the motion picture once his main competition disappeared under mysterious, unsolvable circumstances. That's hardly the only mysterious or openly evil case from Edison, by the way. He also paid kids for their pets to electrocute with Tesla's invention to try to ruin him. Kids would also sell him neighbors' pets.
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    • The Henry Ford letter in "Titans of Industry" is truly sickening in its implications.
    H. has it, so I assume the war will begin as soon as he can take over. We'll let him have his fun (Lord knows, that kind of purge will be good for Europe)...
  • Minerva's warning about the First Disaster — especially after you've played Revelations.
  • The Poison Blade. Its victims begin feeling uneasy at first, but before long they start thrashing on the ground and begging for help. No wonder Altaïr called poison a coward's tool!
  • Savonarola's execution in the Bonfire of the Vanities DLC. Sure, he kind of had it coming, considering what an asshole he was, but it is still really painful to watch and listen to. He is bound to a stake and a fire is started directly underneath his feet. Even Ezio thinks it is too gruesome a death for anyone to suffer and puts him out of his misery with a quick, albeit brutal, neck-stab. And for extra discomfort, if you fail to do this, you get to listen to Savonarola's frightened prayer turning into agonized screaming as he is cooked. Nice job there.
  • In the final Assassin's Tomb, you have to free run to hit a series of switches across a large underground lagoon... a lagoon that happens to house a very large and irritable giant squid that takes a swing at Ezio in a cutscene. Sure, nothing actually happens if you fall in the water, but just try and stop yourself from cringing when you do.
  • One of the easter eggs involves looking into murky water for at least forty seconds. Upon doing this, a massive octopus-like creature swims by, glowing orange eyes fixing on you for a second. Try it again, and it attacks you with a tentacle, just barely missing its mark.
  • Although they're practically part of the background, there is something particularly chilling in the outfits of the Plague Doctors, who are, of course, Truth In Video Games. They remain intimidating until you come within earshot and start hearing them dispense their quaint Renaissance era medical advice.
    "I have fresh-caught leeches today."
  • The "acquittal" of Giovanni, Federico and Petruccio Auditore... because it's one thing to see already-dead hanging corpses in a video game, it's a completely whole 'nother to witness the execution without a discretion shot, except for Petruccio, and if you watch Francesco de' Pazzi's video, it ends with a close-up of the slain Giovanni's face, the noose still around his neck.
    • We see them again in Rodrigo Borgia's video, hanging from the ceiling while Rodrigo is standing among the corpses of all those he killed, a grin on his face as one can hear crows cawing.
  • Ezio slowly pushing his hidden blade into Checco Orsi's throat. It makes what Altaïr did to Majd Addin look friendly by comparison.


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