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In AC1 Lucy tells Desmond that the Masyaf artifact was destroyed in the Denver accident. Then in AC2, Ezio intercepts a Piece of Eden that the Templars have just retrieved from Cyprus. I think the Codex mentions that Altaïr took his Piece of Eden to Cyprus, so we are led to believe that this is the same Apple. In AC:B Desmond recovers Ezio's Apple from beneath the Colosseum. Clearly this isn't the one that was destroyed in Denver. Desmond and Lucy seem unfazed by the fact that the Apple is here and intact.

Many of us said "plot hole". I recall somebody saying that AC:R went to great lengths to fix that plot hole. Certainly it shows Altaïr's Piece of Eden being left in Masyaf. Does it explain what happened in Cyprus, such as when and how Ezio's Piece of Eden arrived there? I wasn't really paying attention. Which game was it where we first learned that there was more than one Apple? It would help if someone could give a concise explanation of where these two PoE's have been. Was it a coincidence that they were each on Cyprus at some point?

Assassin's Creed Wiki says there were six known Apples. They go on to say who possessed each Apple. For example "Apple #4" went from China to Nikola Tesla, then to Thomas Edison and Mark Twain (AC Wiki is ambiguous about the order here), and finally Hitler! I realize that all of these people are mentioned in glyph puzzles but I doubt that you can infer a clear chain of custody on which Apple of Eden each person had or determine the total number of Apples this way. Those guys on AC Wiki do a lot of talking out of their asses.

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From what I gathered about the Apple in question, I always thought that the Templars went to Cyprus because they got Altair's codex, which is where he says that the Apple is hidden in Cyprus. After playing ACB, that it was an Apple put there for Ezio to relay his message to Desmond (I mean, Altair COULD look into the future with his Apple). In ACR...

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Altair kept the original Apple in his library in Masyaf.

I mostly look at the "intricate" plot points in a more general way than the overall plot, so I could be wrong in my assumption, but this is what I assumed from everything.

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stabguy wrote:
Which game was it where we first learned that there was more than one Apple?

At the end of AC1 there's the hologram of the earth showing locations of more POE. I think there was also an email mentioning more artifacts.

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With all the bad-ass advertisements of Conner killing, doing parkour ,and more killing. Completely made the P.O.E., Assassin's equivalent to Dragonball Z's dragon balls, slip out my mind.

But the one thing i always love about AC endings. After all that fun you had assassinating people with the various weapons in your arsenal . It always reminds you that AC's storyline is much.Much deeper than what it seems.

To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Rick and Morty. The humor is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the jokes will go over a typical viewer's head. There's also Rick's nihilistic outlook, which

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It was an Apple put there for Ezio to relay his message to Desmond (I mean, Altair COULD look into the future with his Apple).

Whoa. You're saying that Altaïr looked into the future, saw that Ezio/Desmond needed an Apple, somehow acquired a second Apple, hid it on Cyprus and left a clue in the Codex so that the Templars would find it and inadvertently deliver it to Ezio. That's deep!

FYI, Codex page 26 is where Altaïr talks about hiding "the" artifact on Cyprus:

So it shall be sealed. We will take it to the island - once theirs, now ours. There is a treasury there – hidden well - and it shall have to suffice. Risky to separate myself from the artifact that others may discover it. Riskier still to keep it close.

There's a topic similar to this one on GameFAQ's AC3 board. YurkleNorf (as bobbyrk) has been commenting on it:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/621796-assassins-creed-iii/62536345

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stabguy wrote:
JoeyFogey wrote:
It was an Apple put there for Ezio to relay his message to Desmond (I mean, Altair COULD look into the future with his Apple).

Whoa. You're saying that Altaïr looked into the future, saw that Ezio/Desmond needed an Apple, somehow acquired a second Apple, hid it on Cyprus and left a clue in the Codex so that the Templars would find it and inadvertently deliver it to Ezio. That's deep!

That's just how my mind worked out it. I'm probably way off, but I just thought he saw that Ezio was going to use the Apple to open the Vatican vault, hid it in Cyprus and wrote the Codex entry about it, and kept the Apple from AC1 with him at all times.

Even ACR can't explain it. Here's the ending where Altair explains about Cyprus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2mdxGQb2OI&feature=player_detailpage#t=211s

It's false information for enemies of the Assassins. A scapegoat so that they won't discover the Masyaf library.

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