Completing the Homestead Quest "Deserter" unlocks the Blacksmith, Big Dave.

Deserter is a Homestead Mission (Blacksmith) in Assassin's Creed III


Big Dave

Artisan Type[edit]


Unlocks Artisan Level[edit]

Level 1

Unlocks Building[edit]

Davenport Homestead - Big Dave's House

Sequence Available[edit]

Sequence 08

Starting Location[edit]

SW part of John's Town region in the Frontier. See map below.

How to Start Homestead Blacksmith Mission[edit]

Approach the area where Big Dave is surrounded by Redcoats and engage them




Help Big Dave


Kill the Red Coats surrounding Big Dave to trigger a cinematic and complete the mission.


Connor: Are you hurt?

Big Dave: Nothing to worry about. Thank you stranger.

Connor: What were they doing to you?

Big Dave: This lot was dragging me over the country side trying to make an example of a deserter. Sorry... who are you?

Connor: Connor. A deserter you say...

Big Dave: I don't much agree with the fight, and I love this country. So there you have it. Name's David Walston. My friends call me "Big Dave". Might I ask where you live so that I can repay the debt when I'm able? Might take me a while, us smithers don't earn much coin these days.

Connor: Our community is not far from here, and we could certainly use the services of a Smith. Would you consider applying your trade there?

Big Dave: Well it'll make repaying you a lot easier. I just might.