Altair: Niccolo Polo...Our time together was brief, I know. But I have faith this Codex will answer the many questions you have yet to ask.
Niccolo Polo: Altair, this gift is...invaluable. Grazie.
Altair: So where will you go next?
Niccolo Polo: Back to Constantinopoli for a time. We will establish a guild there before returning to Venezia.
Altair: Your son Marco will be eager to hear his father's wild stories.
Niccolo Polo: He is a little young for such tales. But one day soon, si.
Altair's son: Father! A vanguard of Mongols has broken through. The village is overrun!
Altair: Niccolo, your cargo and provisions are waiting for you by the village gates. We will escort you there.
Niccolo Polo: Thank you, Mentor.
Altair: Ready the catapults and watch for my signal.
Altair: Stay close.
Altair: This way.
Altair: Let's move. Stay close.
Altair: All right. This way.
Altair: Let's move.
Altair's son: Father, are you hurt?
Altair: Give me a moment.
Altair: Ah. The end of an era...
Altair: When I was very young, I was foolish enough to believe that our Creed would bring an end to all these conflicts. If only I had possessed the humility to say to myself, "I have seen enough for one live. I have done my part." Then again, there is no greater glory than fighting to find the truth.
Niccolo Polo: We are ready.
Altair: A last favor, Niccolo. Take these with you and guard them well. Hide them if you must.
Niccolo Polo: Artifacts?
Altair: Of a kind. They are keys, each one imbued with a message.
Nicolo Polo: A message for whom?
Altair: I wish I knew.
Altair: Forgive the haste of my handwriting, Claudia. Much has transpired, and little of it good. I am on a ship bound for Constantinopoli, in pursuit of a man whose treachery has eluded me until now. Prince Ahmet - Suleiman's uncle - is the man leading Templars here. He is the mastermind behind their Masyaf expedition, and he will stop at nothing to retrieve the keys, all of which are now in Assassin hands. So what holds me back? Why do I not take the keys to Masyaf myself and be done with these fools? Because I have been careless. Because the Templars know about Sofia, and they are looking for her. Oh Claudia, if anything should happen to her, I could not live with myself. I have dragged her into a war she knows nothing about, and it will be my burden to bear if she comes to any harm.