Recruiting a Bolden
Sometime after, Berg and Violet were put in charge of an Abstergo facility in Philadelphia. Members of their staff included senior technician Caitlin Gift, a descendant of Darius Gift, and a doctor called Freddy. That year, the Templars had managed to locate a descendant of Albert Bolden, a 72 year old Vietnam veteran named André Bolden, and brought him to their Philadelphia facility under the pretext of wishing to cure his PTSD. After greeting André and putting him inside the Animus in order to relive his ancestor's memories of the Barbary Coast in the early nineteenth century, Berg and his team were surprised to discover that André's ancestor was not Solomon "Solo" Bolden, the Black Cross, but instead Jan van der Graff, a Flemish agent of Napoleon Bonaparte.
After André woke up, neutralized two men and fled the complex, Berg belayed Caitlin's order to apprehend him, stating that André would not get far. Tracing André back to his hotel, Berg explained the Bleeding Effect to him and also explained that they were looking for an important item that was tied to André's family. André agreed to continue exploring his ancestor's memories on the condition that Berg not lie to him again.
After agreeing to André's demand, the two returned to the facility and Berg explained to the team that they not only had to face a fractured timeline but also had to deal with the real possibility of losing track of the entire bloodline of the Black Cross due to Jan van der Graff being Andre's ancestor instead of Solomon Bolden. When Violet asked what they knew about Graff, Caitlin replied that they knew almost nothing, aside from a brief appearance in the accounts of Tavis Olier. However, Violet stated that it was not possible, explaining that Tavis was the previous Black Cross who was missing and presumed dead by the time of Solo Bolden. Faced with the question of how Graff ended up in Tavis' memoirs, Berg remarked that there was only one way to find out, which André correctly deduced involved putting him back into the Animus.
As they monitored André's session, Violet asked Berg if it was wise to let André know so much about them, to which Berg answered that André, as a soldier, understood that they were doing something important and that he had his own reasons for helping them. After Violet remarked that she had never known him to be so trusting, Berg remarked that he trusted her.
After witnessing the death of Solo Bolden and Graff's imprisonment within the dungeon of the palace of Selim III, André was pulled out of the Animus by Caitlin. On the way to the Animus room, Berg was asked by Violet whether he planned to reveal everything to André, as he had now also heard about the Koh-i-Noor, to which Berg answered that he did not know.
Later on, Berg joined André at a bar and payed for his drink. When André asked Berg what they were hoping to obtain by making him relive Graff's memories, Berg that it was not about money, but was life and death. After André asked Berg to explain what he meant by life and death and what it was all about, Berg revealed the truth of the situation to him, regarding the Templars, Assassins, the Pieces of Eden and the Black Cross. However, André did not believe Berg and called him crazy, to which Berg replied that, after everything André had seen and experienced, this did not sound too far fetched.
As André left the bar, Berg followed after him. However, at that moment, a car drove past and shot at them. Fortunately, Berg managed to pull André to cover just in time and subsequently jumped inside the vehicle and eliminated its occupants. After the car crashed, Berg got out of it and told André that they had to go. When André asked him what to do about the restaurant, Berg told him not to worry, as they owned it. Calling Violet, Berg asked her where she was, to which she replied that she was close, and instructed her to get to the lab, informing her that they had been attacked and that he was bringing André in.
At the lab, Berg was approached by Violet and Freddy. After asking her what Freddy was doing there, Violet replied that she thought he might have been hurt. After telling Violet that he was fine and instructing the doctor to check on André, Berg informed Violet about the four gunmen and that he did have the chance to ask who had sent them. After Caitlin arrived at the lab, Berg instructed everyone to continue André's Animus session. When Violet asked what the hurry was, Berg informed her that he suspected that they had a leak and that this unknown party knew that they were getting close to something even if they themselves did not know it.
However, when they started André's session, he screamed out in pain. Caitlin explained to Berg that there was a lot of violence in that stream, which made him realize that Graff was in a torture chamber. When Berg asked Caitlin if they could get past it, she was initially unsure, as there was a lot of it, but eventually managed to fast forward the memories to a few days afterward. After André's session was finished, Berg informed Violet that, although they still did not have enough, they could not make André come back by force. Berg also handed her the Templar pin that had belonged to Albert Bolden, instructing her to give it to André, as Berg himself was too busy cleaning up the mess caused by the drive-by shooting. As he was talking on the phone with the proxy he used to hire the hitmen who attacked Bolden in order to save the old man and win his loyalty, Berg received a call instructing him to come to the lab, as there had been an incident.
Otso and Violet arrived at the lab, only to find the murdered body of Caitlin Gift lying on the lab floor. While Violet told him that they had discovered proofs that Caitlin has been contacting a third party on her computer, Otso wasn't convinced and believed that Gift was strangled after she discovered traces left by the mole. Concerned that a fifth column had infiltrated the Templar Order and killed one of their own to cover their activities, Berg tasked Violet to track down the 'mole' within the lab. In the meantime, he convinced André to once more enter the Animus to further explore the memories of van der Graff.
Later, after Andre emerged from the Animus after witnessing the Assassins recovering the diamond in the past, Otso once again met him at the bar. There Berg reflected on how they have achieved little in their search for the Koh-i-Noor while losing a good Templar with no clue on why Freddy killed her as the doctor was later found dead. However, Bolden revealed to the dumbfounded Templar that despite the appearances, his ancestor fooled the Assassins and kept the artifact. Dre then stated that Berg's war was a war he had no wish to be part of, and passed the Black Cross pin to Otso as he believed that he was going to need it for what he had to do. Otso agreed and reflecting on his conversation with Violet that he couldn't trust no-one because of the moles within the Order, he dutifully decided to assume the mantle of Black Cross.
To prepare for his role as the new Black Cross, a role Berg viewed as a cutting from the Assassin Brotherhood grafted to the Templar Order, the Templar decided to study the lives of prominent Assassins such as Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Edward Kenway or Ratonhnhaké:ton.
By February 2017, Berg had fully embraced his role of Black Cross; accomplishing his official duties during the day while anonymously rooting out corruption from the Order by night with the help of André Bolden. In Hong Kong, Otso Berg and Violet Da Costa were called to investigate a former Phoenix Project site cleared out months an transformed into an archive office were several Assassins bodies were found. On site, Otso was perplexed as to why a small unidentified army appeared to be defending an Abstergo archive against the Assassins. The Master Templar ordered Violet to bribe the chinese police to leave the site as it was, and retired to his hotel room for the night.
Changing into his high tech Black Cross attire, Berg returned to the skyscraper to conduct an investigation of his own. Assisted by Bolden, who was acting as a tech support, the Black Cross discovered evidences that both high tech Templar equipment and Assassin weaponry were used by the mysterious men who butchered the Assassins.
One month later, back in Montreal, Berg and Da Costa further talked about the odd events that transpired within Hong Kong. Juhani was still confused as to how Assassins evidently came across a greater equipped force in what amounted to an administrative location. Suddenly, both of their phones - along with those of every Templars' around them rang - displaying the Black Cross symbol.
Knowing that it was a summoning from the Inner Sanctum to a meeting with them at a nearby retreat, Berg sent Bolden dressed as a Black Cross to protect his secret identity. Refusing to reveal his identity or to bow down to them, the Black Cross affirmed his independence and informed the Sanctum that the Order has been infiltrated by a fifth column. After he gave the finger to England, a seated Berg jumped on the Black Cross, feigning to be enraged by his insolence, but was thrown across the room. Warning the Sanctum that for him they were all suspects, Bolden promised to call upon them soon - and left after dropping a smoke bomb.
Returning to his apartment, Otso was soon joined by Bolden who was still wearing his outfit. Thanks to their trick, Berg was now sure that for the foreseeable future, the Sanctum would stay impervious to the fact that the Black Cross was one of their own. Otso then revealed to Bolden that the Abstergo goggles he found in Hong Kong were from the company division in Europe, and decided to head to Berlin to investigate further.
Once in Germany, Berg followed Heinrich Hart, the Abstergo engineer who created the goggles and witnessed his interrogation by Galina Voronina and Arend Schut Cunningham, the Assassins seeking answers over their losses in Hong Kong over the intel given by Hart. After their departure, the Black Cross jumped on Hart - also seeking answers from the traitor. However, instead of being afraid by the Cross, the Assassin mole revealed that he had left a trail on purpose for Berg to follow, and that it was about time he arrived. Unleashing an electric whip, Hart attacked Berg but was quickly subdued. As Hart cryptically reveals his true identity as an Instrument of the First Will, he pulled out a high explosive from his pocket to kill them both. The Black Cross barely gets to the nearby window before the entire building exploded, and jumped into the river below.
Having survived the blast in Berlin wich claimed the lives of 170 persons, Otso Berg returned to his flat to find Andre waiting for him. Expressing his growing frustration over the apparent fifth column that has infiltrated the Templar Order, Otso is advised by Andre to look for anomalies in Abstergo accounts if he wished to find the moles within Abstergo. If a third party was truly feeding from the Templars, then their money must be redirected somewhere it shouldn't be.
Following Bolden's advice, Berg discovered that money was indeed moved from Abstergo's account in Geneva and headed there to meet with the banker in charge of the money. Once there, Berg bumped into the Assassin My'shell Lemair, who was also investigating into irregularities in the accounts of the Assassins. As Lemair was trying to flee after learning that Berg was there too, the Templar grabbed her and took the woman at knife point to the backstairs. Berg demanded to know why Abstergo money was going to the Assassins, to which Lemair swore that they didn't know about it.
As he was interrogating the Assassin, Berg realized that they were watched and knocked My'Shell with a headbutt before fleeing. Several Instruments suddenly appeared and chased Berg, who killed five of them with his bare hands until he collapsed from his wounds. He was then slapped around by Jasdip Dhami, whom revealed himself as the high tech 'Assassin' of the fifth column. Dhami warned Berg to stop his investigation or else he would risk his daughter's life, before throwing Berg over a guard rail.
My'shell later brought the injured Berg back to the Assassins hideout, where he was attacked by Galina, who he had encountered in the Buckingham Palace back in 2015. He later met up with the Assassins in a restaurant to discuss details about the encounter in Geneva. He told the group that given the current situation, he could not approach Abstergo for help and that both he and My'shell were following the trail of the Templar money to Geneva.
Berg proposed that the group who attacked Charlotte in Hong Kong and the group that attacked him were the same group of people, being led by Dhami himself. As Galina questioned Berg as to why he thought he could trust the Assassins, he responded saying that he had little options, saying that when people are faced with only bad choices, it's best to opt for the one with predictable outcomes. Charlotte, having witnessed how powerful the Instruments were and what they were capable of, accepted his offer and proposed to start by locating the Koh-i-Noor.
Back at the Assassins hideout, Berg offered to help the Assassins with their research and findings which they rejected, believing that he will not find anything at all. As both sides argued about their ideologies and alignments, Arend found an old image of the Spanish Assassin Ignacio Cardona standing alongside a soldier, which Berg identified as the Black Cross Albert Bolden.
During the session, Charlotte desynced from the Animus as she wasn't fully recovered from her encounter with Juno. She asked that Berg leave her sight for a while so that she could concentrate, to which he replied that he is going to have a chat with Guernica Moneo, a member of Erudito and, secretly, an Instrument of the First Will.
Berg played a game of Jenga with Moneo as they exchange their views and opinions on their goals and alignments. As Moneo unwittingly revealed their devotion to Juno at the end of the game, Berg thanked him for the information before leaving the room. Berg later received a blood sample of from André, which he used to relive the memories of Albert Bolden during his search of the Koh-i-Noor in the Spanish Civil War, as Charlotte was unable to continue relieving Cardona's memories.
Having found out the location of the jewel from Bolden's memories, Berg exits the Animus and asked the Assassins to dig into their records for information in regards to Glaucia Acosta. He later contacted André, requesting him to keep watch on Álvaro Gramática's laboratory and inform him if they were preparing to resurrect an ancient deity in a cloned body. Berg then informed the Assassins that the Koh-i-Noor was buried in a mass grave in the Spanish hillside, about 60 miles south of Barcelona and that if the Instruments were to find the jewel first, they would be able to resurrect Juno and bind the other Pieces of Eden. Berg and the Assassins then made preparations to travel to Spain to recover the artifact.
- ——尤哈尼·奥措·贝格, 2015年[来源]
He put great emphasis on the completion of his missions as evidenced by his ordering of Violet to escape with the Shroud, while he distracted the Assassins; however, he did not act solely based on orders alone, displaying a sense of flexibility in the field that resulted in him being scolded by his superiors. One such situation occurred during the mission in Cairo, as William Miles posed as a tour guide to a group of students once he had arrived.
Despite Juhani's ruthless personality, he was not a cruel man at heart. Juhani cared deeply for his daughter, and was willing to go great lengths to guarantee her safety, even killing an Abstergo agent for making her cry. When Juhani defied orders when capturing William Miles, Laetitia England later accused him of avoiding conflict in order to protect the young civilians, as they reminded him of his daughter. Juhani resented the accusation, explaining that causing unnecessary chaos would have allowed Miles to slip away. Juhani despised the entire Inner Sanctum considering them ruthless relics trying to maintain there power, Even when preoccupied with his duties as a Master Templar, Juhani still made sure he had time to spend with his daughter. When exploring the memories of his viking ancestor, he displayed disgust and shame at his ancestor's savagery and ruthlessness of killing a helpless prisoner.
Opposed to causing a scene, Juhani opted instead to apprehend William Miles in the Cairo museum, when the Assassin attempted to recover the First Civilization power source for the Grand Temple. Being a member of the Inner Sanctum, Juhani possessed knowledge of all activities in which Abstergo Industries was involved.
While Juhani placed trust in few of his Templar brothers, he admitted to trusting Violet da Costa with a great deal, even personal details such as his daughter. He also seemed to have a great partnership if not friendship with Albert Bolden both being former soldiers, so much so that Albert was the only person he trusted to keep his identity as the Black Cross a secret and help him in his investigations.
As the Black Cross, Berg has a custom-made outfit from André Bolden, complete with a red Templar cross on the chest, along with a hat and a thick red scarf. The suit features gauntlets equipped with a grappling hook that can be used for climbing. Berg also incorporated a set of Abstergo Skunkworks division prototype military goggles as well.
- Coming from Southern Finland, he is more likely to be a Finno-Swede, descendants coming from Sweden hence the Viking ancestor.
- Berg's inspirations included Al Mualim, Haras, Haytham Kenway, Duncan Walpole, Baptiste, Vali cel Tradat, Shay Cormac, Lucy Stillman and Daniel Cross, all of whom are traitors to the Assassin cause.
- Berg is the only known Black Cross that is also a member of the Inner Sanctum, with previous Black Crosses having functioned as enforcers for the Inner Sanctum without being part of it.
- While Berg is a Templar field agent that's specifically trained to hunt down the remaining Assassins, it's unknown if "Assassin Hunter" is a Templar rank.
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