In Assassin's Creed III, there is a side mission that the player can undertake. It involves collecting various trinkets for a crazy old bastard named Peg Leg (I doubt that was the name his mother gave him, but you never know.) Anyway, if you give him enough, he gives you pieces of a map. If you've gotten 100% on the game, you would be familiar with this. But this is one of the reasons why Three holds a special place in my heart, apart from the fact that it was the first AC I've played all the way through.

The map depicts a place called Oak Island, where, according to legend, the pirate Captain Kidd buried his greatest treasure. I was very happy when I discovered this. Oak Island is a real place. The legend is a real legend.

The story goes that Kidd supposedly buried part of his treasure on an island "east of Boston." Now, some of you may be thinking "how many islands are there east of Boston?" Well, many. But in 1795, three teenaged boys were exploring and came upon the remains of an excavated pit. This "Money Pit" became a focal point for treasure hunters and debunkers for centuries, all looking for Kidd's treasure. I'm not gonna tell you the whole story, because I wouldn't do it justice.

I'm from Nova Scotia, which Oak Island is a part of, and that legend is a big part of the folklore we have here. While I have no doubt the Money Pit is real, I don't think it has anything to do with pirates. What those boys found was probably a filled-in well that had once been used by the region's German settlers. Still, it's a good story.

I've actually been to Oak Island. Well, not really. I've been to Mahone Bay, where the island is located, but couldn't get on the island itself. It's private property now, and I guess the new owners are a little uptight about people coming over and digging the place up, looking for pirate loot. Go figure.

I'm bringing this up now because, if ever they do a Five Facts on Assassin's Creed III, I hope this is one of them.