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Infiltrating Abul Nuquod's Palace

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHvrRuha1K8
[Promoted to front page. -stabguy]

Getting inside the merchant king's palace just prior to the cutscene (non-story) is something I have wanted to do in a while. Here's the setup.

Infiltration
You need a vigilante for this. Luckily there's a group of them not far away from the palace. You would first want to kill the guards in between where you want to lead the vigilante. Have a guard fight you to lead the vigilante. This could take a while since most of the time is spent watching the guard struggle with him. But then the guard pushes him away and comes again after you. This is how you lead the vigilante. Make sure the guard doesn't get too far from him or the vigilante gives up and goes back to the others. Lead them to the door of the palace that Abul Nuquod exits out of. You will encounter a group of guards. Kill all but three guards uncluding the one used for the vigilante (this doesn't seem to work if there are more than three guards). Now here's how you get into the palace. If you jump on the platform by the wall of the door the guards will think you are on the other side of the wall and go there. It is a little common in the AC games for guards to think you are somewhere else, especially if it's by a wall. Getting guards to go after you by jumping while crouching is known as the Pathfinding Charm, discovered by IanXO4.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRdq6ioX8NE
This is where the vigilante comes in. You need to be locked onto a guard so that you are in battle mode and can counter kill your way in the palace. Jump only when the guard and vigilante are struggling so you don't have the guard also trying to go in the palace.

Exploring the Palace
After you get in stay close to the wall to avoid the memory starting. Take the path shown in the video. Notice how the rooftop archers are all gone. Now for Abul Nuquod. Unfortunately you can't get to him without the memory starting. In fact he and his bodyguards don't even appear until the memory starts. So just drop by and say hello to them before starting the scene. So infiltrating the palace doesn't have much use besides saying it's possible.

I've gotten out of the palace by dropping from the roof, gone a far distance away, and come back. From the front door I can see the bodyguards are no longer on the balcony, and possibly also Abul Nuquod, but with no way to get inside it's unclear what has changed.

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I just thought of something. I think it's very likely that the guards will be there anyway when you go far away and then return, since the game has severe popping issues and you really have to be within a radius of like 20m to see, even when just walking.

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Yeah, but if you think about it the reason why they don't appear until the memory records might be because they are on the balcony. Most targets are on ground level when they appear, which is why they are prestaged. But since the balcony would probably disappear if you are far enough away Ubi had to make sure something like that wouldn't happen. And since the barriers prevent you from going back inside there's no way to tell. Perhaps someone can use cheat engine to confirm what happens to Abul Nuquod and his bodyguards.

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Nice find, I mucked around with this too but couldnt really be bothered with it.

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Nice find, I mucked around with this too but couldnt really be bothered with it.

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Jack-Reacher wrote:
Nice find, I mucked around with this too but couldnt really be bothered with it.

Jack-Reacher wrote:
Nice find, I mucked around with this too but couldnt really be bothered with it.

Speaking of Groundhog Day...

You won't even feel the blade.

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Groundhog Day with Bill Murray is on TV today. I think Aurel is in a similar situation. All he has all the time is the AC games. He's tried to kill himself to get out of the same old routine, but he can't. He knows the game inside and out and possibly the secret of life.

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...he did it again, guys. If you've found any exploits, don't mention them, Aurel already knows about it.

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I should watch Groundhog Day sometime. Big smile

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If you've found any exploits, don't mention them, Aurel already knows about it.

Oh yeah, that. I didn't make it into a video because I was already trying other things, but you should make the vid.

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aurllcooljay wrote:
I should watch Groundhog Day sometime. Big smile

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If you've found any exploits, don't mention them, Aurel already knows about it.

Oh yeah, that. I didn't make it into a video because I was already trying other things, but you should make the vid.

I've got it recorded already, but it's only 15 minutes of video and I want to try some other things. Tongue

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