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Title: Thirty-Three (or ThirtyThree)
Author(s): devovitquesuasartes/devovitsuasartes
Date(s): 2012
Length: 23k words, 16 chapters
Genre: Drama
Fandom: Assassin's Creed
External Links: version (original)
AO3 version

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Thirty-Three is a Desmond/Clay fanfiction by devovitquesuasartes/devovitsuasartes (usernames on FFnet/AO3, respectively).

There is also a sequel, Mad To Live.

Author's summary

Introduction: I found the ending of Assassin's Creed Revelations extremely annoying, not least because it was unclear what happened with Sixteen, Desmond and Animus Island. The fan-run Assassin's Creed Wiki states that somehow Subject Sixteen sacrificed himself to save Desmond from deletion, meaning that his consciousness was deleted and he's now officially "dead". I say balls to that, if only because he's the only truly interesting character in the modern plotline and I want him to return for Assassin's Creed III. There are still far too many unanswered questions to just shunt him out of the games forever.

So this story is based on two things: Subject Sixteen's request for Desmond to take him along upon returning to his body, and the statement he made right at the end of the game when he was hugging Desmond: "What is a man but the sum of his memories? We are the stories we live! The tales we tell ourselves!"

The story is rated M because it'll probably get a bit rough somewhere down the line. You can also expect to see some Desmond/Sixteen stuff so feel free to stop reading now if that's not your cup of tea.[1]


There are no words for how much I loved this story. I really hated what happened ilat the end of ACR to Clay too, and I just can say that I sincerely hope (as strange as this may sound) that ACIII includes this very plot in some shape or form. For now I'll just say that I absolutely adored this story and that I hope that you write more fanfics of this pairing.[2]


  1. ^ ThirtyThree Chapter 1, FFnet
  2. ^ Review by crimeson-plasma, July 15 2012