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"The Creed of the Assassin Brotherhood teaches us that nothing is forbidden to us. Once, I thought that meant we were free to do as we would. To pursue our ideals, no matter the cost. I understand now. Not a grant of permission. The Creed is a warning."
―Arno Dorian, reflecting on his perception of the Creed.[src]

Arno Victor Dorian (born 1768) was a member of the French Brotherhood of Assassins and a Master Assassin during the French Revolution. The only known son of Charles Dorian, an Assassin who was murdered by the Irish-American Templar Shay Cormac, Arno was then made a ward of François de la Serre, Grand Master of the French Rite of the Templar Order, and raised alongside his closest friend, Élise.

In May of 1789, François de la Serre was murdered at the Palace of Versailles as part of a coup within the French Templar Rite, and Arno was framed for the murder. While imprisoned at the Bastille, he met Master Assassin Pierre Bellec, who told Arno of his Assassin heritage. Wracked with guilt over his past failures, Arno joined the Assassin Brotherhood in the hopes of avenging his biological and adoptive fathers, while also working to uncover the true instigators of the revolution.

Throughout his journey, Arno gained various allies, including Antoine Lavoisier, Marquis de Sade, Georges Danton, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Élise, who had recently been inducted to the Templar Order and sought revenge against her father's murderers. Arno and Élise soon discovered that François-Thomas Germain had orchestrated de la Serre's death in the hopes of reforming the Templar Order, and instigated the Revolution to this end. When the Assassin Mentor Honoré Mirabeau accepted an alliance with her on behalf of the Brotherhood, Bellec poisoned Mirabeau and tried to kill Élise as well, forcing Arno to assassinate his former teacher. 

After killing most of Germain's subordinates, Arno was exiled from the Assassin Brotherhood and shunned by Élise, causing him to retreat back to the now abandoned and dilapidated de la Serre estate in Versailles. Six months later, Élise found Arno in a drunken, depressed state at the Palace and apologized to him before they both returned to Paris. After eliminating the remainder of Germain's allies, they tracked him down at the Temple in July of 1794, where a final confrontation ensued. Germain killed Élise using the Sword of Eden, and Arno killed him in return.

Heartbroken over Élise's death, Arno sank into alcoholism and depression once more and ultimately resolved to leave Paris altogether. To this end, he accepted a mission from the Marquis de Sade in Franciade, where he met a young boy named Léon. Together, they discovered that Napoleon was planning to use an artifact buried beneath the town to take control of France. Initially hesitant to take action, Arno regained his sense of duty and put an end to Napoleon's plans, recovering the artifact–an Apple of Eden–in the process. Arno decided to remain in France and rejoin the Assassin Brotherhood, eventually rising to the rank of Master Assassin. He would sire a child at some point in the future and is an ancestor of Callum Lynch.[2]

By the year 2014, Arno's genetic memories had been studied by both Abstergo Entertainment and an unidentified member of the Initiates hacker group.

Biography

Early life

Youth in Versailles

Arno was born into a noble household in Versailles, France, on 26 August 1768, as the only child of Charles and Marie Dorian. Because of his upbringing, Arno was well-educated and had access to a wide selection of tutors and books from a young age. Some years later, Marie abandoned her family after a dispute with her husband, leaving Charles to raise their son alone. Since then, Arno frequently traveled with his father, visiting places around Europe and North Africa.[3]

On 27 December 1776, Arno accompanied his father to the Palace of Versailles, where he was scheduled for a meeting. Once inside the palace, Charles instructed Arno to sit in a chair while he went to meet with his fellow associates. Arno wished to go with his father, who assured him that he would return shortly - even giving Arno his pocket watch to keep track of the time - and see fireworks with him. Before leaving, Charles asked Arno to stay put and not run off, to which Arno reluctantly agreed. However, a mysterious young noble girl appeared and enticed Arno into chasing her. As soon as he caught up to the young girl, she encouraged him to steal an apple from a nearby bowl, prompting several guards to chase him away. Arno then introduced himself to the girl, who then proceeded to introduce herself as Élise de la Serre. She claimed that her father was meeting with King Louis XVI.[4]

Arno and his father

Arno and Élise overheard the nearby commotion and, thinking the guards were still after them, confessed to stealing an apple; when the guards ignored him and continued onwards, Arno and Élise followed them at her urging to see what was going on. The children discovered that Charles Dorian was assassinated by an uncaught man. Seeing his father's deceased body, Arno dropped his father's watch on the floor, breaking it. Taking it back, he could only stare in silent, horrified shock. He was brought out of his stupor by François de la Serre, Élise's father, who then became Arno's warden. From that point forward, Arno was raised at de la Serre household alongside Élise, with whom he bonded over the years.[4] However, Arno remained distraught over the loss of his father and often wrote letters to him on his adopted father's suggestion, to cope with his grief.[5]

Raising by de la Serre

When François' wife Julie fell ill, Élise stopped playing with Arno and spent more time at her mother's bedside. Arno, who barely knew Julie and was forbidden from entering her room, spent his days alone. François, distraught when his wife finally died, found comfort in being Arno's guardian. As he grew older, de la Serre began training Arno, sparring with him and teaching him how to hunt. When Élise was sent to Maison Royale de Saint-Louis school at Saint-Cyr to continue her education, she wrote letters to Arno regarding her negative feelings towards the students and teachers.[6]

During their youth, Arno and Élise were troublemakers. Once, Arno distracted a cook while Élise stole the jam. When Élise had been stuck in a dog-infested orchard, Arno helped her over the wall.[7] They also travelled together. Spending a winter in Strasbourg, where they weren't allowed to leave the house because of the snow. They were stuck with only German books to read and a cook who believed that the house was haunted by a Frankish prince.[8] Once, they went in Marseille, having some kind of adventure.[7] But Arno was never authorized by Mister de la Serre to follow Élise in Paris. While growing, Arno and Élise became closer, even starting a romantic relationship.

In the mid-1780s, Arno was reported in several dispatches from the Marshallcy in and around Versailles.[3] Mister de la Serre regularly helped him to escape from charges, even if Arno's actions disappointed François. Olivier, François' butler, tried many times to report Arno to the authority and frequently assigned Arno to menial duties. At some point, Arno developed the Eagle Vision, a sense that permitted to locate individuals even through walls. As Arno didn't know how to control it, he could only use it for a few seconds.[4]

By 1788, Arno had moved out of the de la Serre household and lived in the slums of Paris. It was there that he spent his days and nights drinking, playing cards, and even entertaining women, breaking his tryst. But despite his distance, Arno remained in contact with his adopted family, especially François and Élise.[6]

De la Serre murder

On 5 May 1789, Arno lost his father's watch in a card game with two blacksmith brothers, Hugo and Victor. Although Arno endeavored to steal the memento back, Victor caught him in the act. Enraged, the brothers chased him back to the de la Serre household, where François attempted to mediate the situation. When François returned, he briefly sermonized Arno and informed that Élise would be in town for the night but that she will return to Paris the next day. To see Élise, Arno tried to convince François that she needed an escort but he assigned Arno to assist Olivier with chores.[4]

Arno agreeing to deliver the message

Olivier assigned Arno to brush the horses before Mister de la Serre leaving. As François left the household on his carriage, the messenger Perrault attempted to deliver a letter that Arno volunteered to deliver in his stead as Perrault was already exhausted. Initially, he lost sight of de la Serre's carriage and mistook another carriage for his. Facing an angered man, Arno apologized to him and dashed off, climbing the spire of a nearby church in the hopes of locating de la Serre's carriage. Arno used Eagle Vision to spot the carriage, which had been parked in the courtyard of the Hôtel des Menus-Plaisirs.[9] 

Infiltrating the vast complex, Arno witnessed King Louis XVI's ill-fated address to the Estates-General. Locating François, Arno followed him and saw his warden discussing with the deputy Mirabeau, planning a truce. Before Arno could catch up to François, he saw that Hugo and Victor tailed him. Cornered in a room, Arno bested the two brothers in combat only to be chased away by the guards.[9]

Returning to the de la Serre household, Olivier informed Arno that François will not return until late. Arno decided then to pass the night with Élise but the butler informed him that she will be at a private party in her honor at the Palace of Versailles. Frustrated that he wasn't invited, Arno waited for the return of Mister de la Serre. Impatient to see Élise at the party, Arno decided to slip the letter under the door to François' study, confident that he would find it upon his return. Before leaving, he took one of François' suits for the party.[10]

Later that evening, Arno arrived at the gate of the palace but wasn't allowed to enter as he hadn't an invitation. Arno then climbed the fence and infiltrated the Palace. As he was on a balcony, the gate guard called Arno to get down but he refused. In the Hall of Mirrors, Arno saw Élise and followed her in a private room. They shared a kiss before Élise remarked that Arnoo wore one of her suits. While she explained that she wanted to invite him but her father refused, guards arrived in the corridor to find Arno. She told Arno to exit through the window while she kept them occupied.[10]

Arno with the deceased François

Reaching the palace's courtyard, Arno came upon Mister de la Serre. Seeing him staggering, Arno thought that he was in for public drunkenness. When he collapsed onto the ground, Arno rushed over to help him, only to see he was dead. Unaware of what was going on, Arno heard a man calling out another Sivert, who called out to the guards in an attempt to frame Arno for de la Serre's murder. As Arno saw Sivert escaped, the guards subdued Arno, who fell unconscious.[10]

Imprisonment

Awakening, Arno found out he was in a prison. Passing before a cell, Arno saw a naked Marquis de Sade messing with the guards as he shot through his window that the prisoners were killed. Arno was thrown in a cell and passed out. Waking up, Arno discussed with his cellmates. Bernard Laroche informed him he was at the Bastille. Seeing a wall with strange drawings, Arno tried to speak with the prisoner next to them but the soured cellmate only responded by calling Arno pisspot. Arno tried to call the guards to explain what happened to Mister de la Serre but they didn't listen. Before sleeping, Arno saw that he had only his father's watch on him.[11]

The next morning, Arno woke up to discover that the prisoner who called him pisspot had stolen his father's watch. Infuriated, Arno demanded that he give it back, but was challenged to a duel with wooden training swords instead. After besting him, Arno once again demanded his watch back before telling him to return to his "crazy drawings". As the prisoner asked what drawings he spoke about, Arno showed him the wall but discovered that the drawings weren't there. The prisoner grabbed Arno by the arm, dragging him over to the wall and telling him to concentrate. By using his Eagle vision, Arno saw once again the symbols. The prisoner told him that they were messages from the past and that he had himself thrown into half the prisons in Paris in search of them. As the prisoner asked what was his name, Arno introduced himself. Not surprised, the prisoner introduced himself as Pierre Bellec and that he knew Arno's father. Bellec then returned the watch to Arno and told him that his father was a member of the Assassins, a group dedicated to protecting liberty of humankind. Bellec offering to train him and join the Brotherhood but Arno quickly refused as he only wanted to join Élise. Bellec told him that he couldn't do this if he remained here, so Arno accepted to be trained.[11]

During two months, Arno trained in sword-fighting with Bellec in their cell. During this time, Bellec revealed that François de la Serre was the Grand Master of the Parisian Rite of the Templar Order, the sworn enemy of the Brotherhood who wanted to control humanity.

On 14 July, the Bastille came under attack from a civil uprising, allowing Arno and Bellec to make their escape when guards tried to secure their cell. Making their way to the roof of the prison, Bellec ordered to Arno to jump. As Arno refused, Bellec gave him a medallion saying he could join the Assassins if he escape from this. Bellec bid him farewell before performing a Leap of Faith from the fortress's battlements. As Arno was cornered by guards, he jumped despite his initial reluctance and landed in a haystack.[11]

Arno and Bellec escaping the Bastille

Escaping from the Bastille, Arno immediately made his way to Élise's residence but was greeted with accusations of involvement in her father's murder. Arno pleaded that he had nothing to do with it and told her of her father's Templar affiliations, only to learn that she was fully aware of it as she was a Templar herself. She then showed him the letter he was supposed to deliver the night François was murdered, which would have warned him of the impending assassination. Realizing that his negligence inadvertently caused François' death, Arno left the mansion.[11]

Joining the Assassins

Induction in the Brotherhood

"...The Assassins... They gave me a purpose. Something to believe in. To see that betrayed... I need to make it right myself. I need to know why."
―Arno Dorian, reflecting his thoughts to Élise, 1791.[src]

Wracked with guilt and blaming himself for de la Serre's death, Arno drown his sorrow in alcohol. Looking the medallion Bellec gave him, Arno saw with the Eagle vision the symbol of a rose window. Wanting to erase his past mistakes, Arno decided to join the Assassin. Matching the medallion's symbol with the window of the Sainte-Chapelle, Arno entered in the chapel. Finding a mechanish, he put the medallion in it. As he rearranged the chandeliers, Arno opened a secret hole on the floor. Arno jumped in it.[12]

Arriving in tunnels, Arno met Bellec who brought him before the Assassin Council of the Parisian Brotherhood composed of Mirabeau, Sophie Trenet, Guillaume Beylier, Hervé Quemar and Bellec himself. Before them, Arno expressed his desire to join the Brotherhood to redeem his mistakes. As some like Trenet weren't inclined to let Arno joined the Brotherhood due to his guilt, Bellec vouched for him. Mirabeau authorized Arno to pass the a ceremony known as the Eagle path.[12]

During the induction ceremony, Arno drank in a chalice containing a hallucinogenic brewage. Seeing visions of his life, Arno experienced once again the deaths of his father and François, who were killed by the same hooded figure. Arno tracked the killer and end his life. Seeing himself as the killer, Arno paid the last rites before waking from the hallucinations.[12]

Arno's induction to the Brotherhood

Opening his eyes, Arno was surrounded by the Council who recited the tenets of The Creed. Bellec gave to Arno the Hidden Blade, the signature weapon of the Brotherhood. Mirabeau stated that Arno was dead with his sins and failures and that he was reborn as a novice of the Assassin Brotherhood. Arno activated his Hidden Blade, officializing his induction.[12]

One of his earliest missions with the Brotherhood was to protect Théroigne de Méricourt during the Women's March on Versailles.[13]. In another mission, Arno planted journals to help the doctor and deputy Joseph-Ignace Guillotin to promote the use of the Guillotine for the death penalty.[14]

In 1790, Arno returned in the Bastille for Jean Henri Latude to recover the ladder he used during his escape.[15] When the former Minister of Finance Jacques Necker was about to flee France, Arno was sent by the Council to recover Necker's treasure. The Assassin succeeded and even paid the border officials to let Necker leave Paris.[16] Arno was later contacted by the poet André Chénier to recover the last verses of his poem "Le Jeu de Paume", which was stolen by Jacques-Louis David's henchmen as Chénier criticized the painter.[17]

As revolutionaries were against the Catholic Church and his wealth, many churches and orders were targeted by criminals and angry mobs in Paris. When thugs terrorized the Convent of the Daughters of Calvary's nuns, the Council sent Arno to kill the criminals.[18] Arno also escorted with the National Guard a group of Carmelite nuns which was threatened by an angry mob.[19]

Even if Arno ended his relation with Élise, he continued to receive letters from her, especially warning him about joining the Brotherhood.[20]

First Blood

On 4 January 1791, Arno joined Bellec in tracking down Arpinon, an extortionist working for the Templars. Perhaps unexpectedly, Arpinon was accompanied by none other than Charles Gabriel Sivert, but Bellec chose to assassinate only the former, much to Arno's frustration. After acquiring a ledger of Templar records from Arpinon's corpse, Arno complained to Bellec about his decision to let Sivert live. In response, Bellec told Arno that Sivert was not on the list of targets for that day. When they reported back to the Council, Bellec criticized Mentor Mirabeau for his truce with the Templars, prompting Guillaume and Trenet to remind Mirabeau that the truce was with de la Serre, who had been dead for more than 2 years by that point. Arno then managed to gain Bellec and the Council's blessing to assassinate Sivert, after much persuasion.[21]

Before beginning his first assassination, Arno entered the Café Théâtre, which was situated just above the Assassin sanctuary on Ile Saint Louis. There he met Charlotte Gouze, an Assassin and the manager of the Café which served as the intelligence gathering front for the Brotherhood. As the Café had fallen into disrepair, Gouze chose Arno as the steward of the place. Taking the Café as his residence, Arno renovated it to create a financial revenue and bought seven other cafés in Paris to serve as safehouses for the Brotherhood where he received orders from the Council. In the Café Théâtre, Arno met the Assassin and fencing master Augustin Grisier who taught Arno advanced techniques in both combat and stealth.[22]

Exploring the basement, Master Quémar explained to Arno that the Assassins formed clubs to accomplish difficult missions. Arno also discovered the armor of Thomas de Carneillon which had been locked in a vault for two centuries as the seal that opened the door had been broken, and then lost. Quémar explained that it used to be tradition for Assassins who had performed a great service to France and the Brotherhood to be awarded the armor. Quémar continued that to unlock the vault surrounding the armor, Arno would need to recover the parts of the seal by solving a series of enigmas made by Nostradamus. Arno would eventually solve the eighteen Nostradamus Enigmas and complete the seal to be awarded the armor.[22]

When Arno entered in the police station of the Île de la Cité, he proposed his help to reduce crimes for Charles Cochon de Lapparent who firstly refused but was convinced by the inmate Eugène François Vidocq that Arno could solve the murders which happened in Paris. After receiving Vidocq's advice to lead a proper investigation, Arno solved a quadruple murder link to a prophecy of Nostradamus in a monastery. Succeeding in his first case, Arno continued to solve mysterious crimes.[23] Among them was the death of two actors of the Theatre Troupe of Amiens[24], the double murders linked to the death of the Grand Master Jacques de Molay[25], the mystery of the bag filled with bones[26], the poisoning of a La Voisin's descendant[27], the first-look accidental death of Professor Marcel[28], the decapitation of the Salpêtrière Hospital's warden[29], the suicide of a Director of Finance[30], the dismembered bodies of the Salpêtrière[31] and the poisoning of an apothecary.[32]

Arno followed Sivert to his meeting at Nôtre-Dame the next morning. From there, he proceeded to assassinate Sivert's accomplice Duchesneau and take his place in the confessional booth. Posing as Duchesneau, Arno learned all he could from Sivert before stabbing him in the cheek with his Hidden Blade, killing him instantly. In that moment, Arno saw Sivert's memories, discovering that the Templar felt underappreciated by de la Serre. Arno learned that Sivert had recruited a partner-in-crime on the night of François' murder, the Roi des Thunes, who struck the killing blow. The Templar and the Roi des Thunes met through the mediation of a man named la Touche.[33] Arno then returned to the Council and reported his findings. When he requested permission to hunt down Roi des Thunes, he was given the Phantom Blade, a mechanism which could shoot darts. Before leaving, Beylier warned Arno that he had sent his apprentice Brasseur against the Roi des Thunes, but that he never returned.[34]

As the Templars looted Nôtre-Dame, Arno and another Assassin took back the religious artifact.[35]

The Cour des Miracles

The Marquis de Sade introducing himself to Arno Dorian

On 19 January 1791, Arno arrived at the Cour des Miracles to single out the Roi des Thunes ' lieutenant Aloys la Touche, who was in the process of amputating a young man's right foot. Before Arno could intervene, the Marquis de Sade casually introduced himself and advised Arno not to lash out so hastily, suggesting instead that he follow la Touche back to his master. Arno accepted this advice and tailed la Touche back to his residence. Once inside, he assaulted la Touche and shackled him to the wall. Arno demanded Le Roi des Thunes ' location from la Touche, threatening to kill him if he didn't comply. Terrified, la Touche told Arno that he could find the King of Beggars in the catacombs beneath the old church.[34]

While Arno infiltrated the catacombs, la Touche managed to free himself and warned Le Roi des Thunes before the Assassin could get to him. Nevertheless, Arno succeeded in assassinating Le Roi des Thunes, and learned of his grudge against de la Serre from his memories. He also learned that both Le Roi des Thunes and Sivert were instructed by a hooded figure to kill François. On his body, Arno recovered the pistol of Brasseur.[36]

Returning to the surface, Arno discovered that the Marquis de Sade had become the new Roi des Thunes. As Arno turned to leave, de Sade produced the poisoned pin that killed de la Serre, identifying a silversmith named François-Thomas Germain as its creator.[36] Afterwards Arno informed the Council about his investigation. Mirabeau allowed him to resume his mission. Arno went to return Brasseur's pistol to Beylier, however the Master Assassin told the young Assassin to keep it, to honor the memory of his apprentice.[37]

Later, food-hoarders took farmers hostage in the Cour des Miracles to receive their harvest. The Council sent Arno who then saved the farmers.[38]

Rescuing Germain

While infiltrating Germain's shop Arno discovered that the place was heavily guarded by the Templars. As he reached Germain, the silversmith claimed that a man named Chrétien Lafrenière commissioned him to create the pin, and confirmed Arno's statement of Lafrenière being a Templar. He also informed the Assassin that Lafrenière stocked weapons in the Halle aux Blés, preparing something.[37]

Arno learning about Lafrenière

Infiltrating the Halles aux Blés, Arno found a ledger indicating that Lafrenière organized a meeting in the Holy Innocents' Cemetery. Fearing that Lafrenière prepared an attack against the Assassins, Arno burnt down the gunpowder stock, leaving in extremis as the building burnt in flames.[39]

Later, Arno went in the Holy Innocents' Cemetery before the reunion to plan his assassination. As Lafrenière discussed with other Templars coming from Europe, Arno killed the Templar only to learn that Lafrenière had penned the letter to François de la Serre, warning the former Grand Master of an eventual betrayal within the Templar Order. Arno also discovered that Lafrenière was planning an attack on the Hôtel de Beauvais.[40]

Reconnecting with Élise

Arno reported his findings to the Assassin Council, who were outraged that he had assassinated Lafrenière without their consent. However, when Arno mentioned that Lafrenière was planning on attacking the Hôtel de Beauvais, and not an Assassin base, the Council begrudgingly agreed to send him to investigate the meeting.[41]

After successfully infiltrating the hotel where the Jacobin Club organized a meeting, Arno eavesdropped on a secret meeting of a group of Templars, led by an unknown figure plotting to eliminate Élise. After hearing this, Arno escaped the hotel and managed to save Élise from the Templar ambush at the Hôtel Voysin.[42] Following this, Arno then rendezvoused with her at the Café Théâtre, where he offered to help Élise avenge her father. To this end, he proceeded to bring a blindfolded Élise before the Assassin Council where despite the hostility from the Assassins—particularly Bellec—Mirabeau was more inclined to parlay with her.[7]

Arno and Élise before the Assassin Council

While the Council debated over Élise's offer of alliance, Arno informed her of Germain and his last known location, prompting her to run off.[7] By the time she came to a stop, Élise informed Arno that Germain was exiled from the Templar Order for his radical views and heretical notions about Jacques de Molay. Investigating Germain's residence, they found its empty, as the man had anticipated that his deception would not hold up. Upon evading a Templar ambush, Élise found a ledger confirming that Germain had murdered her father. As they were shot at by snipers, Arno instructed Élise to go to Mirabeau's estate while he dealt with their attackers.[7]

Mirabeau murder

When Arno arrived at Mirabeau's estate, he found the Mentor dead with Élise next to the body. Suspecting someone was attempting to pin the blame on Élise, the two investigated the murder and discovered that Mirabeau was poisoned with aconite.[43]

Informing Master Quémar on the death of the Mentor, the Master accorded him one day to investigate on the matter before informing the Council. Quémar also gave him the address of an apothecary who sold aconite in great quantity. Arno and Élise tracked down the apothecary and had discovered that Mirabeau's murderer was an Assassin. The apothecary also revealed that he dropped off the second dose in a cache for the killer.[43]

Near the Sainte Chapelle, Arno used his Eagle Vision to follow the trace of aconite. Climbing on the chapel, Arno discovered that the traitor was Bellec. His master had done this because he strongly believed that no peace could be achieved between the two factions and that purging the Brotherhood to remake it into a stronger organization was a good thing. This approach had been similar to what Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, and Connor had done, but in Bellec's case, it backfired. Even though he tried to persuade Arno to join his cause, he refused and was forced to fight his former teacher.[44]

Arno ending Bellec's life

Arno managed to gain the upper hand in the fight, having no choice but to kill Bellec when he tried to kill Élise. Before dying, Bellec commended Arno for defeating him, and urged Arno to finish him off, otherwise, he would never stop. While delivering the killing blow, Arno saw the memories of his master, how Bellec saved his father Charles from an attack of a Templar, the day he took Arno's pocket watch and understood he was Charles' son before their fight. He also experienced the memory of Mirabeau's murder, how Bellec tried to dissuade his Mentor to help Élise before poisoning him. Arno paid him his final rites and left the Sainte-Chapelle with Élise.[44]

As a lesser punishment for allowing two Master Assassins to die, the Council assigned Arno to "fetch and carry work" and he was seized from Germain's case. The Council also refused the alliance with Élise.[45]

Change of Regime

However being sidelined, Arno continued to be active in Paris. The executioner Charles-Henri Sanson tasked Arno to recover the components of the guillotine which were stolen by henchmen of two Sanson's victims. [46]During Spring 1792, Théroigne de Méricourt contacted Arno to kill a Templar gunsmith and steal his blueprints for the Parisian militia.[47] Later, Arno recruited prostitutes to provide force for de Méricourt Women's Brigade.[48] During Summer 1792, Arno and three other Assassins aided Théroigne against the Templar Flavigny's attempts to cause a food shortage in the city, recovering the food and killing Flavigny.[49]

Arno meeting Napoleon Bonaparte

On 10 August 1792, as the Sans-culottes led a riot on the Palais des Tuileries, the Council ordered Arno to infiltrate the palace and destroy Mirabeau's letters to the King which could compromise the Brotherhood. Entering the King's office, Arno was caught off guard by an army officer who held him at gunpoint as Arno activated his Hidden Blade. The Assassin retracted his blade and the army officer released him. As they came to understand they were not searching for the same thing, Arno and the officer cooperated to find the King's hidden safe. Finding the letters, Arno burnt them in the fireplace while the officer took a specific key from the safe. As the palace became swarmed with extremists, the officer activated a secret passage while Arno defended him. The two escaped through a hidden elevator which led to the basement.[45]

As extremists entered the King's office, Arno recognized a Templar who was present at the Jacobin Club. The officer informed Arno that he was Frédéric Rouille, a captain of the National Guard. As they fled through the sewer, the officer introduced himself as Napoleon Bonaparte, Second Lieutenant of Artillery. When the pair reached another room of the palace, Bonaparte ordered a cannonball to be shot by his soldiers, creating a hole in the wall and an exit to the outside. As Arno wanted to continue his track on Germain, the Assassin asked Bonaparte to help him to find Rouille before parting ways.[45]

On 2 September, Arno met Bonaparte who informed him that Rouille and his men will attack the Grand Châtelet prison. Arriving at the prison, Arno watched as Rouille and his men killed prisoners and guards. The Assassin infiltrated the prison and killed the Templar. In his memories, Arno saw that Germain recruited Rouille in the Order after he was rejected by Mirabeau during the Estate-General of 1789. The Assassin also witnessed the memory of the Hôtel de Beauvais ' meeting, and discovered that Germain wished to starve the people of Paris in order to turn public opinion against the monarchy. This operation was being handled by a Templar named Marie.[50]

As the French monarchy was abolished, Paris was threatened by an invasion by the Austrian Army. On the night of 2 September 1792, an Austrian spy ring attempted to kill Georges Danton, a leader of the Revolution. Arno and another Assassin were sent to protect Danton and kill the Comte de Gambais, the leader of the spy ring.[51] The Chouans also operated in the city. The Council sent Arno to collect spy intelligence from the groups.[52] Later, Chouans burnt down a vineyard but Arno intervened and eliminated them.[53] When the Chouans stole cannons from the lieutenant Joachim Murat, the officer tasked Arno to sabotage the cannons before he could lead an attack on the royalists.[54] As the royalists used Chappe signal towers to send messages to the general of the Austrian Army, the Duke of Brunswick, the general and ally of the Brotherhood Thomas-Alexandre Dumas asked Arno to sabotage the towers, ending the threat.[55] As the royalists prepared a coup attempt, stocking their money and guns in the Hôtel des Ambassadeurs, Arno and a team of Assassins stole their stocks.[56]

Gouze informed Arno that the Café Théâtre was targeted by Les Actes des Apôtres, a pro-royalist journal that also led criminal activities. As they burned manuscripts on the Place Dauphine, Arno saved the writings and brought them to the Café Théâtre.[57] Later, one of Gouze's informants, Colette, had been compromised by Les Actes des Apôtres. Arno saved her and killed her Innkeeper.[58] When the Queen's dressmaker Rose Bertin decided to work for the Café Théâtre, Les Actes des Apôtres targeted her. Arno defended Bertin and recovered her costumes.[59] Later, the leader of Les Actes des Apôtres Renard stole the Sancy diamond in a raid on the royal treasury. Arno recovered the Sancy and gave it to a smuggler who sent it to Russia.[60] To end their actions, Arno tracked Renard and killed him, dissolving Les Actes des Apôtres.[61]

In the uproar of the Revolution, Arno tried to help anyone who was in danger. Arno escorted the Duchesse de Fremiet after her son was lynched at a lamppost by rioters.[62] Arno also trained the young Marianne as she sought revenge on her neighbor who denounced her parents who were guillotined.[63] Arno also recovered for the Convention the diamonds stolen during the raid on the royal treasury.[64]

Later the Council sent Arno to steal a letter by Jean-Paul Marat which protected gang members from arrest.[65] Arno also killed the Duc de Barrois for the Brotherhood as he sent his rivals to the guillotine so that he could take their property.[66] When the collusion between the King and Mirabeau was discovered, Arno was sent to destroy Templar propaganda against the late Mentor.[67] As the Templars used the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés as a warehouse, Arno and an Assassin stole their goods.[68] Later Arno and an Assassin organized a heist on the Palais-Royal as the Templars used the palace to run their operations.[69]

Antoine Lavoisier, a chemist and ally of the Brotherhood, contacted Arno to save the mathematician Pierre-Simon Laplace who was arrested. Laplace informed the Assassin that he tried to stop an ill-prepared flying boy experiment which could kill the human guinea pig. Arno received a Leyden jar and swapped it with the original one during the experiment in the College of the Four Nations, allowing the subject to survive.[70] Later, Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier contacted Arno as her husband was kidnapped by Marat's henchmen. Arno saved him and recovered the formula of poisonous smoke bombs the chemist created for the Brotherhood.[71]

Arno was challenged by the Chevalier d'Éon, one of the best swordswoman in Europe, for a special mission. After the Assassin defeated all his adversaries in a duel, even Éon,[72] the Chevalier asked him to infiltrate the Crimson League, a group of aristocrats lead by the Crimson Rose, otherwise known as Sir Reginald, who saved nobles from the guillotine. Arno saved the group who was ambushed at the Hôtel Fieubet and integrated himself into the League.[73] Later Arno operated with the League to save Reginald's cousin, the Comte de Choisy.[74] Éon then informed Arno that the Crimson Rose was in fact a British Templar and all the persons he saved were Templars. Arno eliminated all members of the League to stop their actions.[75]

Working with Élise

On 31 October, Arno met Élise who informed that the woman he saw in Rouille's memories was Marie Lévesque, one of the first Templar who joined Germain. Arno investigated on the docks of the Hôtel de Ville while Élise investigated on Lévesque's whereabouts. On the docks, Arno saw that the barge containing the grain hijacked by Lévesque's men. Following the barge, Arno arrived in Templar docks where Lévesque ordered that some of the grain bags needed to leak. Arno pickpocketed from the captain orders indicating that Lévesque sent the grain to Luxembourg Palace.[76]

Later, Arno met Élise at Luxembourg Palace. Reuniting their information, they understood that Lévesque's plot was hoarding grain in order to turn the middle and lower classes against the King. While Élise tried to get the grain out of the palace, Arno infiltrated the building as Lévesque hold a party and assassinate her. In her memories, he saw that during the Hôtel de Beauvais ' meeting, the member of the Convention Louis-Michel le Peletier schemed to make the King executed.[77]

Arno catching the hot-air balloon to escape

After he fled the palace, Arno arrived at the meeting place and saw that Élise was tracked by Templar extremists. The two withdrew in the Sorbonne and Élise managed to escape from their enemies using a hot air balloon while Arno followed her on the rooftops before catching the balloon in mid-air. As Arno and Élise reflected on the future of France and their relation, they shared a romantic moment. The morning after, Arno woke up in the crashed balloon where he found a note of his lover indicating that she needed to go.[78]

On 20 January 1793, Arno and Élise went to the Louvre to meet the Marquis de Sade to know le Peletier's whereabouts as he was also a member of the Convention. The Marquis informed Arno that le Pelletier was at the Palais-Royal for celebrating the upcoming King's execution. Arno snuck into the cafe le Peletier was dining in and substituted the Templar's wine with a poisoned bottle. Upon its consumption le Peletier was rendered paralyzed, allowing Arno to assassinate him, to which the Assassin learned that le Peletier had cast the tie-breaking vote for the execution of King, and that François-Thomas Germain would be present for the execution.[79]

Excommunication

On 21 January 1793, Arno confronted Germain as the execution was underway, with the latter proclaiming the rebirth of the Templar Order. Germain posited to Arno that the reason for de la Serre's murder was to rid the Templar Order of corruption and bigotry, while also stating that it served only the first phase of the Order's reformation, and that it would be truly reborn with the death of the King.[80]

Arno confronting Germain and the guards

Germain revealed his plans as Louis XVI was placed at the guillotine. By ridding France's upper class and aristocracy of power, it would be much easier for the Templars to gain control over France, by granting power to the people instead. Once the King was beheaded, François proclaimed that Jacques de Molay had been avenged, then made his escape, leaving Arno to deal with his subordinates. With Élise caught in the fighting, Arno focused more on defending her than pursuing Germain. This displeased Élise, who desired revenge and rejected any further aid from Arno.[80]

Arno met with the Assassin Council to discuss his lead on the Templar Grand Master, however he was directed to the ceremony chamber. Arno attempted to update the Council, but they silenced him and cast judgment on him instead. The Council did not approve of what they believed was a personal vendetta for revenge, brashly killing targets without permission from themselves. They declared that Arno was banished from the Brotherhood and he was no longer welcome, but that he was fortunate they would not punish him further.[81]

Exile

The drunkard of Versailles

Élise returning Arno's watch

Arno left the Sanctuary and Paris to live at the de la Serre estate in Versailles, where he gained a reputation for being a drunkard. On 4 June 1793, in his stupor, he got into a bar fight, ending in his humiliating defeat and the loss of his father's watch to the gang leader. He tracked the gang to the Palais de Versailles, was forced to face the terrible memories of his past, and killed the entire gang, only for Élise to turn up with his watch in hand.[81]

Deducing that she wanted something from him, Arno furiously reopened old wounds from their last fight, stating that he cared more about her than killing Germain and that he wanted to assuage the guilt he felt for causing her father's death. When he allowed Élise to speak, she informed him that Paris had become more chaotic because of Germain's Reign of Terror. She encouraged him to be the man she loved and return with her to Paris. Arno agreed to come, but only after he assassinated Aloys la Touche, who had sown dissent and fear amongst the populace of Versailles.[82]

During this, he reconciled with and saved his former enemies Victor and Hugo, who were supposed to be sentenced to execution. Arno stole the key of their cage to enter in it and took their place at the execution. Approaching his target, Arno killed la Touche. In his memories, Arno discovered that la Touche had a grudge against the monarchy after he was fired as a tax collector for discovering that an individual stole in the King's treasure. His recruitment in the Order was an opportunity to take his revenge. During the de Beauvais meeting's memory, Arno saw that Germain had place la Touche under the order of Maximilien de Robespierre, the leader of Committee of Public Safety and a Templar.[82]

Fighting the Terror

Returning with Élise in Paris, Arno joined forces with some of his former brothers, Arno helped the Assassins in undermining Robespierre's leadership of the Republic. On July 1793, one of his first mission was to rescue the Girondists who were imprisoned by Robespierre and François Hanriot, the Captain of the National guards.[83] The same months, with a team of Assassins, Arno participated to a tournament to approach the General Marcourt, a Templar who organized a coup against the Convention. Succeeding in the challenges, Arno and the Assassins killed the general and his associates.[84]

On 17 July 1793, Arno investigated the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat. He discovered that the murder was Charlotte Corday, a sympathizer of the Girondist who wanted to stop Marat's bloodshed. She was arrested and guillotined.[85] Later, Arno investigated the death of a civilian who was shot by the Solar Cannon of the Palais-Royal and discovered the murderer.[86]

During the Terror, Arno was contacted by the playwriter Pierre Beaumarchais who tasked him to eliminate the Chief censor who blocked the production of new plays.[87] Arno was again contacted by Beaumarchais to steal Mademoiselle de Montansier's notebook containing the secrets of the customers of her brothels.[88]

As the Louvre was about to become a museum, Arno was tasked by the Council to kill the chief of smugglers who operated at the Hôtel de Sens.[89] Later, Arno and other Assassins infiltrated the Luxembourg Palace to recover artwork supposed to be transferred to the Louvre but the kept by the local nobility for their own personal stash.[90]

During this trouble time, Arno tracked individuals that took advantage of the Revolution. He helped the gendarme Jean-Baptiste Dossonville to take down a scam auction held by the Bande noire, who .[91] Arno infiltrated the headquarters of the Black Office and killed three of their spies.[92] Arno killed the Captain l'Au who organized robberies in the district of the Invalides.[93]

As Louis Antoine de Saint-Just was an ally of Robespierre, Arno took an interest in him. He killed his valet as he discovered that Saint-Just commanded a coat made from human skins.[94] He also destroyed sabotage cannons that Saint-Just and Robespierre sent to Bonaparte to stop his career.[95] As Saint-Just tried to frame Sade for the murder of a prostitute, Arno investigated the case and proved the innocence Sade.[96] Later, Robespierre's allies plotted to overthrow the Assembly at the Café Procope, Arno killed them.[97] He also killed the gendarme and Templar Jean Gilbert who foiled the Assassins' plan to save the Queen.[98]

In November 1793, Arno and an Assassin recovered the notebook of Didier Paton, a spy of Robespierre who had discovered the identity of many Templars of Paris. They also saved Paton as his master ordered his execution. For preventing his execution, Paton decided to repay their action by joining the Brotherhood.[99]

The same month, Arno investigated the death of Philibert Aspairt who was killed in the catacombs.[100] Arno also soled the death of the deputy Michel Hennebert poisoned during a dinner.[101] When Arno returned to the station police, he saw that Vidocq escaped from his cell leaving a letter thanking him for his work.

During this period, the Marquis de Sade tasked Arno to kill the cruel procurer Grignon, improving his influence as the Roi des Thunes.[102] Later, Sade was arrested for moderatism by Grignon allies. Arno infiltrated the Châtelet and stole the order for de Sade's trial, saving the Marquis.[103]

On 10 February 1794, Arno and a team of Assassins were sent to the Salpêtrière Hospital to save another team of Assassins who were captured during their assassination mission against Jacques Roux, the leader of the Enragés who worked for the Templars. After liberating their brothers and sisters, the Assassins killed Roux as he prepared to further the Terror.[104] Later, Arno killed one of Roux's lieutenant as he incites a crowd to riot in the Hôtel de Cluny.[105]

In March, Arno met the deputy Nicolas de Condorcet who wanted to leave Paris to escape from his political enemies. As his rival stole his research, Arno recovered them before returning them to Condorcet.[106]

Arno was contacted by Marie Tussaud after someone stole from her the heads of Olympe de Gouges, Jacques Pierre Brissot and Jacques Hébert. Arno recovered the heads permitting to Tussaud to make their death masks.[107] Later, the sans-culotte Jean Lessard, who was rejected by Tussaud, took over her shop. Arno saved Tussaud and her employes and killed Lessard.[108]

On 5 April 1794, Arno and a team of Assassins attempted to rescue Georges Danton from the guillotine after his arrestation by Robespierre. Danton refused, proclaiming that with his death Robespierre's reputation will fall. He also tasked the Assassins to save his friends and recovered his letter from Robespierre.[109] The same day, Arno killed Andrés de Guzmán, who participated to the fall of Girondins.[110]

In May 1794, Arno and an Assassin prevented a raid on Mirabeau's tomb in the Panthéon as Robespierre wanted to expose the link between Mirabeau and the Brotherhood. The Assassins recovered his relics and placed them in the Café Théâtre.[111]

Fall of Robespierre

Arno acquiring a list

On 8 June 1794, despite the anarchy, Paris was in the middle of a celebration. Élise revealed to Arno that the Festival of the Supreme Being was being hosted by Robespierre. Arno insisted on assassinating Robespierre, but Élise suggested a different approach since Robespierre was well-guarded.[112]

After discreetly infiltrating the celebration and locating Robespierre, Élise planned to discredit him in the eyes of the public, allowing her and Arno to interrogate him on Germain location when he will have no support. Arno agreed and gathered incriminating evidence, an ambiguous list of deputy names written by Robespierre. While Élise poisoned Robespierre's winery with powdered ergot, Arno eliminated the guards who could arrest her. After Arno planted the evidence on several people, the people turned against Robespierre, seeing him as a bloodthirsty dictator.[112]

During this period, Arno killed the thug known as the Giant Iscariotte who terrorized the population of Paris.[113]

On 27 July, much to Arno and Élise's surprise, Robespierre was arrested by the Convention. As they feared he will be executed, they decided to intercept his escort to interrogate him on Germain's location. On the way to Luxembourg prison, they discovered that Robespierre's escort was attacked by the Paris Commune. While Élise decided to check the Luxembourg prison, Arno investigated the district to found Robespierre. As the Templar fled when he saw him, Arno tracked Robespierre down to the Hôtel de Ville. While the Convention forces surrounded the building, Arno infiltrated the place and confronted Robespierre, taking the pistol the Templar point at him. Élise arrived in the Hôtel de Ville and interrogated him on Germain whereabouts. As he refused to cooperate, Élise shot him in the jaw, to which Robespierre revealed that Germain was in the Parisian Temple by writing it on parchment. Arno and Élise left Robespierre being captured by the guards of the Convention before going to the Temple.[114]

Confrontation with Germain

Élise and Arno arriving to the Temple

Following this, Arno and Élise arrived at the Temple. Arno reluctantly accepted to split up with Élise to cover more areas. Even if he didn't find any weak spots, Arno infiltrated the Temple and located Germain on the top of the tower. Before Arno could assassinate him, however, Germain used the power of a Sword of Eden against him, forcing Arno to take cover. Discreetly approaching his target, Arno was thrown away by the power of the Sword before Germain disappeared.[115]

Locating him in the Temple undergrounds, Arno subsequently managed to find Élise again, and together they entered the Templar crypt in the catacombs, where they once again confronted Germain. While Élise was distracting Germain, Arno attempted to assassinate the Grand Master once more but failed due to a shield projected by the sword. After three more attempts, Arno managed to breakthrough, but the shock wave trapped him under rubble. Élise came to Arno's aid but noticed Germain attempting to escape. Despite Arno's protests, Élise left him behind to pursue Germain but failed to kill the Grand Master.[115]

Arno over his lover's dead body

Élise's sword was broken during the fight, while the Sword of Eden's power was rendered unstable. Arno managed to free himself and rushed to help Élise, but was too late as the Sword of Eden exploded, killing Élise and mortally wounding Germain in the process. In an act of grief, Arno slowly assassinated Germain by stabbing him in the throat with his Hidden Blade. In a vision following his death, Germain discussed directly to Arno, explaining his struggle of being a Sage, and his beliefs he was connecting to Jacques de Molay after discovering his Codex Pater Intellectus. After his expulsion by François de la Serre, Germain saw the revolution as the only way to reform the Templar Order which was decadent for him. The installation of the Terror will afraid population of untrammeled liberty, facilitating the control of the Templars. Before leaving, Germain explained to Arno that his death will change nothing, as someone else will take his place to lead the mass and to remember that when Arno remembered Élise.[115]

As Germain finally succumbed to his wounds, Arno mournfully carried Élise's body out from the Temple, leaving behind Germain's lifeless body inside. Arno also recovered the depowered Sword of Eden, using it in combat.[115]

Hiding in Franciade

Arno undertook another mission with his fellow Assassins and Théroigne de Méricourt, attacking the Jacobins' headquarters. Killing the guards, the Assassins went to the underground where the Templar leaders hid. Killing them, the Assassins left the place, freeing France from the Jacobin influence.[116] Arno also defended Joseph Bara's funeral procession from a royalist attack on the way of Panthéon.[117]

Depressed following Élise's death, he took a sabbatical in Franciade, the former city of Saint-Denis, drinking away his sorrows in a local tavern. Eventually, on 3 August, he was contacted by de Sade, who asked him to find a Condorcet's manuscript hidden in the tomb of Louis IX of France inside the royal necropolis under the Basilica of Saint-Denis. During their meeting in the tavern, the Marquis paid Arno's drinking debts and promised him a place on a ship leaving France for Egypt four days later, in exchange for Condorcet's scientific studies. The innkeeper who listen the conversation warned Arno about ghosts who lured in the necropolis[118]

While searching for the manuscript in the undercity, Arno found out that the manuscript was not in the tomb. While leaving, Arno witnessed a group of crypt raiders were searching for the entrance of a temple. As one of the raiders was lock up in the underground by his acolyte to find the temple, Arno approached him. Mistaking Arno for a ghost, the raider ran away and fell in a pit, killing him. On his body, Arno found a lamp and a map leading to Dom Poirier's list of stolen relics in the Abbey of Saint-Denis library. Infiltrating the Abbey, Arno found the list indicating that the manuscript was stolen by a thief named Léon living in an old red house.[118]

Going to the address, Arno met Madame Margot who informed him that she didn't see Léon since he went to the windmill the day before. Arno followed the lead and saw raiders at the entrance of the tunnel. Infiltrating the underground, Arno found out that Léon, which was a young boy, had been captured by the raiders for spying on them. Arno also witnessed that the raiders were led by the Captain Philippe Rose and sponsored by Napoleon Bonaparte to open a temple under the Basilica with a special key. Rose and Bonaparte saw paintings representing the temple and the key, making them believed they were close to the temple.[119]

Léon giving Arno the manuscript

As Rose ordered the execution of Léon after the departure of Bonaparte, Arno saved the thief. Reassuring him by saying he was sent by Margot, Léon led Arno in the tunnel, giving him a Guillotine Gun he stole from raiders. As the young boy as a desire to save France, Arno convinced Léon that he needed Condorcet's manuscript to protect it from France's enemies. In the tunnels, the two witnessed a discussion between Bonaparte and his lieutenant. They learned that the commander used Rose to recover an artifact store in the temple to rule France. Seeing that Bonaparte gave the key to the lieutenant, Léon wanted to protect France from his plot but Arno tried to convince the young orphan that this will only delay the inevitable. As the boy ran, Arno followed him to the old red house. Arno argued with Léon as he wanted to leave France. Léon, angry that Arno didn't help him, reluctantly gave him Condorcet's manuscript.[119]

Arriving in the tavern to deliver the manuscript to de Sade, Arno saw a person who he believed was Élise de la Serre. As she ran, Arno followed her but realized that she wasn't Élise but only a thief. As he got up, Arno was contacted by Madame Margot who thanked him for finding Léon. As he leaving, Margot explained that she began the orphanage after she left her son years ago and that Léon believed that Arno could be the savior of France. Troubled by her words, Arno went in the court where Léon trained with his sword. Arno accepted to help him to stop Bonaparte before leaving France. While reading Dom Poirier's list, Arno saw three patens which were represented in the paintings of the temple. Arno decided to recovered them.[120]

Going to the Basilica, Arno found the notes of Dom Poirier. While reading them, Arno discovered the Suger's Legacy, clues leading to two patens but also information permitting to access to the Eagle of Suger, a sword created by the abbot Suger with the artifact of the temple. Arno solved the clues, collecting the patens and the sword, which emitted light when he parried attacks.

Returning to Léon, Arno discovered that the boy found the third patens. As they tried to solve the mystery behind the patens, Margot arrived with a candle. As Arno saw an image on the patens through the light, he aligned the three plates, making a map of the cavern leading to the chamber temple. Arno went alone in the chamber and saw Rose and the raiders trying to lock the door of the temple, but each time a raider tried a lock, he was killed by a blast. While exploring the rooms under the chamber, Arno saw a ghostly image that led him to mechanisms. He activated it, reporting the ghost image in the chamber, frightening the raiders. Returning to the main chamber, Arno saw a beam of light created by the ghost indicating the correct lock.[121]

Returning to the old red house, Arno was informed by Léon that he saw the lieutenant who had the temple key on the market. Arno tracked and discovered that the lieutenant organized a smuggler ring with the raiders. Arno confronted him, menacing to reveal to Bonaparte about his business if he didn't give the key. The lieutenant indicated to Arno that the key was in a raider camp in the catacombs. Arno infiltrated the camp and stole the key.[122]

In the chamber of the temple, Arno was able to open the door but was ambushed by Rose who shot at him. Arno fell into the depths of the necropolis, but survived but lost his lantern during the fall. As Rose and his men entered the temple, the Captain decided to keep the artifact for himself. While thinking about how he could join the surface in the dark, Léon arrived and launch the lamp to Arno. Managing to reach the Temple, Arno took a short cut to impeach Rose to recover the artifact. Arno fought the Captain and his men and killed them. In Rose's memories, Arno saw that he was Rose that gave artillery to Bonaparte during the Siege of Toulon. He also saw that Rose was bribed by a soldier to give the artifact to a certain lady Eve. In the Temple, Arno unlocked the artifact, the Head of Saint Denis, a lamp shaped like the head of the saint. He used its power to repel the numerous raiders and escape the Temple.[123]

Arno holding the piece of Eden

Later, as agreed, Arno met de Sade in the tavern and gave him Condorcet's manuscript. However, he repaid his drinking debt with a Louis d'or and left without a word, having decided to stay in France. Examining the Head of Saint-Denis, Arno extracted an Apple of Eden, another Piece of Eden. Understanding its power, Arno contacted the Brotherhood, asking them to bring the Apple to Al Mualim in Cairo, beyond the reach of Bonaparte. Before leaving Franciade, Arno bid farewell to Madame Margot and Léon.[123]

Before his departures, Arno liberated the districts of Franciade from the raiders' influence. During his times, Arno recovered the last will of Abbot Suger who wanted to be buried where monks would pass over him each day. Seeing that the headstone was missing, he searched it and discovered that it was removed by the congregation of Dieu Résistant in Panetière. Saving one of its defrocked monks, Arno was rewarded by seeing the headstone and the second part of Suger's last will.[124]

While collecting books around Franciade Arno discovered that a tanner used the skin of Louis XIV of France as leather for the cover. He tracked the tanner and discovered he killed other individuals to use their flesh. Arno killed the tanner to stop his activities.[125]

Exploring catacombs, Arno discovered that raiders wanted to open Marie de' Medici's sarcophagus to recover the Rose Scepter. Arno learned that a jeweler created a key to open the sarcophagus but that it was captured by the raiders. Trying to save him in a raiders camp, Arno discovered he was already dead. Founding the key on his corpse, Arno recovered the Rose scepter.[126]

In the undergrounds of the city, Arno discovered the Cult of the Iron Mask, a group that worshipped the famous prisonner and waiting for his return. As they attacked Arno, he killed them and saw that they protected a locked room. Reading their notes, he learned that the three keys were given to members of the cult. Arno recovered them and opened the room, only finding a chamber with the memoirs of Louis XIV. Deducing that the Man in the Iron Mask was dead for a long time, Arno left the place, keeping with him an Iron Mask.[127]

Arno also solved the murders of civilians by a street artist[128] and the murders of two female soldiers.[129]

Returning to the Brotherhood

Ruddock's betrayal

Passing by Paris in August 1794, Arno met the former director of the Paris Observatory Jean-Dominique Cassini. Wanting to leave Paris after his imprisonment, Cassini tasked Arno to recover his celestial observations in the Observatory. Arno collected them and gave its to Cassini.[130]

Now residing in Versailles, Arno was met in September 1794 by the outcast Assassin Bernard Ruddock, an acquaintance of Élise's who had contacted Arno at some point after Élise's death. Ruddock gave Arno a letter that Élise had written in the event of her death, explaining a number of her actions and directing him to find her chest of keepsakes. She only asked that Arno allow Ruddock to keep a pack of letters that she had been given by Jennifer Scott on her trip to London, which would allow Ruddock to gain favor with the Assassin Council and rejoin the Brotherhood.[6]

Arno agreed to honor her wishes, took Ruddock's address and told him he would be in touch once he had obtained the letters and Élise's chest. Arno also agreed that he would endorse any efforts he made to win favor with the Assassins. Arno traveled to the Maison Royale de Saint-Louis where he met Élise's teacher, Frederick Weatherall and was given the chest as promised.[6]

Ruddock had followed Arno and betrayed him, attempting to kill him on the order of the British Templars. However, Ruddock was killed by Weatherall before he could shoot Arno. Arno stayed with Élise's friends during the years following her death, having been invited to stay by her former maid out of respect to her mistress.[6]

Master Assassin

Arno as a Master Assassin

By October 1794, Arno had rejoined the Brotherhood and was working again with his brothers, when sixteen years after Rousseau's death, his remains were transferred to the Pantheon. As it passed through Franciade, the procession carrying the ashes of the philosopher to Paris was attacked by raiders hired by a mysterious benefactor, but the plot was foiled and the raiders eliminated by Arno and another Assassin.[131] With the Assassins, Arno went in the Abbey of Franciade to recover the French Crown's treasures stole in the Royal necropolis.[132] At some point, Arno earned the rank of Master Assassin.[115] During the following years, Arno also tried to honor Elise's last will of reducing the gap between the Templars and Assassins. He also frequently visited Élise's grave and proclaimed himself redeemed of his previous mistakes.[133]

As de Sade learned that Arno was involved in the disappearance of his death warrant, the Marquis tasked Arno to recover pieces of evidence to blackmail Grignon's acolytes, protecting de Sade from other threats.[134]

The Brotherhood entrusted different missions to Arno. In 1794, he was tasked to recover the Rights of Man of the American writer Thomas Paine, who was prisoner in a hôtel particulier. Paine informed him that his writings were taken away by his wardens. Arno recovered the Rights of Man but also the Age of Reason and the Common Sense. As Arno proposed to break free Paine, the writer refused as a manner of principles.[135] When the Brotherhood discovered that the Templars kept prisoner the Prince Louis-Charles, Arno was tasked to save him as he might have valuable knowledge. Bringing the young boy, Arno was informed by the Assassins that he wasn't the Prince but his groom, but as he grew up with him, he was valuable for the Brotherhood.[136] When the Assassins had planted fake relics in tapestry to draw out Templar agents, Arno was tasked to kill the Templars who stole its.[137]

When the secrecy of the Brotherhood was in danger, Arno helped the Assassins. In 1795, the Italian swindler and double-dealer Jean-Baptiste Rotondo escaped from Prison with information on the Assassins. Arno was sent to kill him before he informed the Templars.[138] Arno was also tasked to recover a section of the Encyclopédie Diderot which could expose the Brotherhood. After it was stolen by a thief, Arno purchased him but was ambushed by his acolytes. Arno killed the thieves and recovered the Encyclopédie.[139] At some point, an old Assassin pretending to be the highwayman Louis-Dominique Cartouche tasked Arno to recover his memoirs which were stolen by the Templars as they contained sensitive information on the Brotherhood. After Arno collected the memoirs, the old Assassin revealed that he was the third individual to bear the title of Cartouche and that Arno could be a potential successor.[140]

Arno continued to liberate the district of Paris for the Brotherhood. Arno killed the thugs on of the bridges of the Île de la Cité[141] and the Bièvre district.[142] Under the Directoire, the Brotherhood discovered that the Templars infiltrated the Council of Five Hundred. Arno killed them to prevent the establishment of a new Reign of Terror.[143]

At some point, Arno was contacted by the fortune-teller Marie Anne Lenormand who foresaw that someone wanted to kill her. Arno protected her by killing the men she pointed.[144] Later, Lenormand called on Arno once again, as she saw in her cards that a group of monks searched a mechanism to unlock Nicolas Flamel's laboratory containing the Elixir of life. Arno stole half of the key.[145] Afterwards, Lenormand indicated that the alchemist Denis Molinier had the second part of the key. Arno infiltrated his laboratory, discovering that Molinier was a Templar. Arno stole the other half of the key.[146] Lenormand tasked Arno to find the laboratory, which was under Nôtre-Dame. The monks that tried to recover the elixir attacked Arno who killed them. The Assassin entered in the laboratory, taking the Elixir of life and brought it to Lenormand.[147]

Arno was approached by a recruiter who wanted him to join the Cult of Baphomet but for that he needed to steal two holy chalices from Nôtre-Dame. After he delivered the two artifacts, the recruiter gave the password to come to the ritual, which was "Father of Understanding".[148] Understanding they were linked to the Templars, Arno contacted the Brotherhood to have more information on the Cult. Infiltrating the ritual in the catacombs, Arno killed the Templar agents.[149]

On the Île de la Cité, Arno investigated on the repport of satanic apparitions near fountains. Arno discovered that thugs put drugs in the water to steal the citizens. Arno stopped them.[150] Arno also killed the thugs known as the Turtle, the Snake and the Bear who terrorized the citizens of Bièvre district.[151]

Around 1795, Bonaparte tasked Arno to protect from the sans-culottes his fiancée, Désirée Clary. Working with the cavalry captain Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Arno repealed her attackers.[152] Later, Bonaparte suspected that Bernadotte fell in love with Clary and asked Arno to investigate on the case. Discovering that Bernadotte wanted to declare his love for Clary during a dinner with Bonaparte, Arno went there. As the arrival of Bernadotte created gossips among the patrons on Clary's fidelity, Bernadotte fought them and Arno helped him. Feeling ashamed, Clary rejected Bernadotte.[153]

Later, Captain Dumas informed Arno that Bonaparte was the target of the royalists. Arno protected the commander during his romantic stroll with Joséphine de Beauharnais.[154] After that, Dumas asked Arno to recover letters from his mother and siblings. The Templars stole them to blackmail Dumas, so Arno killed them and collected the letters, bringing them to Dumas.[155]

As Bonaparte dated Joséphine, Désirée Clary contacted Arno to help her to bring back Bernadotte. Arno found a drunken Bernadotte before courtesans but e convinced the Captain to follow him. To prove her love, Clary tasked Arno to recover her love letter to Bonaparte. As Arno stole the letter, Bonaparte carelessly agreed to get rid of them. Arno brought the letters and Clary burnt them. As Bernadotte proposed to her, thugs attacked the group. Arno defended them and left the new couple.[156]

Napoleon and Arno recovering Germain's corpse

On 24 December 1800, after Bonaparte became Consul of France, Arno prevented a Royalist assassination attempt on Napoleon involving snipers, as well as an explosive device known as the Machine Infernale. Arno managed to assassinate the snipers before they could fire at Napoleon's carriage, and the Machine Infernale was detonated too early, away from Napoleon's carriage. Arno then tracked down the Royalist leader behind the assassination attempt and eliminated him and his henchmen.[157]

In August 1808, Arno returned to the Temple, accompanied by Napoleon, then Emperor of the French. There, they discovered Germain's corpse which had long since decayed. They then buried his skeletal remains in the Parisian catacombs.[115]

In around 1822, Arno assisted the Egyptologist Jean-François Champollion in recovering a stolen rubbing of the Rosetta Stone, a missing portion of the stone written in Egyptian hieroglyphs contained sensitive information about the Brotherhood. Succeeding in his mission, he denied the Templars the opportunity to study the stone's information on the Assassins.[158]

Legacy

Arno Dorian appearing to Lynch

In 2014, centuries after his death, a DNA sample of one of Arno's descendants living in Montreal was acquired by Abstergo Entertainment. In order to find out what happened with Germain's remains, Robert Fraser was tasked with reliving his memories, however, he suffered a strong Bleeding Effect, believing himself to be Arno and eventually destroying all his work and burning his superior's hard drive in order to help the Assassins.[5]

Around the same time, the Assassins recruited the Helix Initiate to investigate Arno's memories on their behalf. By the end of that year, both the Assassins and Templars discovered that Germain's remains were useless for the purposes of the Phoenix Project.[159]

Two years later, in 2016, Abstergo kidnapped another of Arno's descendants, Callum Lynch, though this time it was to relive the memories of a separate individual, Aguilar de Nerha. Later, as Callum fully synchronized with Aguilar, Arno was present among a group of his Assassin ancestors that briefly appeared through the Animus.[160]

Personality and characteristics

"What is this, the sixth time? Seventh? Perhaps a new hobby might be better for your health."
―François de la Serre, regarding Arno's troublemaking habits, 1789.

François de la Serre saving Arno from trouble

In his early life, Arno was witty and charismatic but also no-nonsense, which fed into his sharp sense of humor, falling back on it whenever he felt emotionally vulnerable. He was brash in nature, rushing into action over reason, which was a flaw seen by members of the Assassin Council. This often led him into trouble along with his adoptive sister Élise. Due to the fact that he was well-educated, Arno often quoted classical books, though his noble upbringing did not prevent him from cheating at card games.[133]

After the murder of his adoptive father, Arno set out on a quest to find redemption, using this goal to help others in the turbulent time of the French Revolution. As a newcomer to the Assassins, he was prone to questioning their typical approach and age-old beliefs but was aided in the field by his stealthy and ruthless nature. It was at this time that he began to mature and take his life more seriously. As he became more serious, his personality began to quickly change, and was able to focus on the task at hand; as a result of this, he wasn't as witty or brash as he once was.[133]

Arno, seeing the turmoil in France first-hand, desired to bring justice. He displayed dismay or even frustration when Bellec told him not to intervene when extremists were harassing citizens, or when de Sade discouraged him from saving a man getting his leg amputated by la Touche. This stemmed from the fact of his failure to save his adoptive father, and the desire to amend his mistakes.[133]

Arno and Léon embracing

Initially, Arno did not take his role as an Assassin seriously, seeing it as little more than an opportunity for revenge against De La Serre's murderers. But over time, Arno realized the true purpose of the Creed, and its flaws. He concluded that the Creed merely served as a guide and a warning, rather than a principle meant for one to follow, having witnessed first-hand how ideals led to dangerous fanaticism, as seen with Bellec and Germain. Or how Élise became obsessed with getting revenge, which cost her life in the end.[133]

Following Élise's death, Arno suffered from depression and sorrow, causing him to become more cynical in nature. This ultimately led to his abandonment of France, and unwillingness to involve himself in saving it from Napoleon's schemes, while also discouraging Léon from doing so. However, after witnessing the "dark magic" the Head of Saint-Denis possesses, he eventually came to terms with his past, and regained his resolve to be an Assassin again.[133]

By the time he became a Master Assassin, Arno had become extremely wise and analytical. He was able to understand that an idea, if pushed too far, would be detrimental to the person and those around him.

Arno was fiercely independent, as he questioned the Assassins' Creed and the ways of Altaïr, preferring to do things his own way. He also declined Napoleon's offer to join the French Army saying that he "wasn't much of one to take orders." Napoleon respected Arno for this, remarking at how they both had similar views that defined them differently to most other people. Arno also somewhat respected Napoleon's views to an extent as well.

Equipment and skills

"I am... no longer certain of Lafrenière's motivations. In his memories, I saw him writing the letter that would have warned (Mister) de la Serre of his betrayal. When he spoke of his impending attack, he mentioned a club in the Marais - not one of our safehouses."
―Arno Dorian describing his gift, 1791.[src]

Bellec practicing Arno's swordfight

From his early childhood, Arno spent several days sword fighting with Élise, who proved to outrank him. He was later taught by François in terms of basic swordsmanship as well as hunting. By the time of his early adulthood, Arno had become a decent swordsman as proven where he was able to fend off Hugo and Victor. He perfected the art in which he could engage multiple opponents in battle and utilize the environment to his advantage. Eventually, it was honed to the point where Arno was able to defeat his mentor Bellec. He later passed these lessons on to a young girl named Marianne in the fight to reclaim her home.

Arno grew to become a skilled freerunner as he was able to scale buildings as well as natural elements with relative ease, his agile speed allowed him to traverse over and under several obstacles. In addition, he proved to be a capable swimmer, able to swim great distances with exceptional ease.

Upon joining the Brotherhood under the wing of Pierre Bellec, Arno eventually became a Master Assassin trained in the methods of stealth, swordsmanship, combat, firearms, pickpocketing and lockpicking. Arno was able to wield a variety of weaponry including swords, pistols, spears, heavy weapons, rifles as well as Guillotine Guns. As he journeyed through the Brotherhood, Arno also claimed several weapons from his targets as trophies, namely a round axe (from Charles Gabriel Sivert), an officer's pistol (from the Roi des Thunes), a light halberd (from Frédéric Rouille) and finally the Sword of Eden from François-Thomas Germain.

Arno aiming his Phantom Blade

Arno's stealthy and ruthless nature aided him. As a master of stealth, he could utilize various corners and hiding spots to silently assassinate his targets without being noticed. He proved to be proficient with his Hidden Blade utilizing it in both stealth assassinations as well as in open combat.

In terms of weaponry Arno wielded a Hidden Blade alongside a Phantom Blade, which was capable of firing normal and berserk darts; He carried a wide range of bombs in his arsenal including smoke, stun, cherry or poisonous gas variants, of which he could utilize them to either distract or cripple his enemies.

Arno utilizing Eagle Vision

Arno possessed sharp observational skills as he was able to identify and pinpoint several opportunities that could aid him during his assignments; these deductive skills also helped Arno when solving numerous murder mysteries around Paris. Arno possessed the rare ability of Eagle Vision, as well as two sub-versions dubbed 'Eagle Pulse' which he used to perceive his enemies, allies and objects of interest – even through walls – but only for a limited time, and 'Communal Sense' which allowed his fellow Assassins to see what he saw, albeit within a limited range. Additionally, his First Civilization bloodline granted him the ability to see the memories of those whose lives he took.[6]

Romantic life

Élise and Arno sharing a passionate kiss

Taken in as an orphan into the de la Serre household, Arno grew up along with François de la Serre's boisterous daughter, Élise. Viewing her more as a friend than a sister, his feelings for Élise eventually changed into mutual love as they both matured, though they kept the romance a secret due to differences in social class.[133] Due to their own respective educations, the lovers had very little time together and could only meet up several times a year. Additionally, although Arno loved Élise he did break his tryst with several women during their long periods of separation; but still loved only her.[6]

Once Élise discovered Arno's failure to deliver a letter warning her father of the betrayal, their relationship became strained. Élise held Arno responsible for her father's death, and it was not until years later, coincidentally by which point Arno had joined the Assassins, that the two began to rebuild their friendship and quickly resumed their romance. After Élise died, Arno was thrown into depression and cynicism. However, he was eventually able to get his life back on track and have descendants at a later unknown point in his life.[133]

Trivia

  • Arno's name is a derivative of German Arnold and French Arnaud. Its old German origin is Arenwald, meaning "eagle power", from aren "eagle" and wald "power" or "governing". Victor is Latin for "conqueror", while Dorian is a Greek name meaning "gifted".
  • Much like Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad before him, Arno was an Assassin that consorted and eventually became romantically involved with a Templar. However, Altaïr had been aware of Maria Thorpe's allegiance before entering into the relationship, while Arno was not aware of Élise's until after the murder of her father.
  • Arno was mentioned in Assassin's Creed: Rogue in a message from Melanie Lemay to one of the Abstergo Entertainment employees regarding research into Arno's genetic memories. He appeared in person during the final memory of Shay Cormac relived by the Helix research analyst. This appearance takes place when Arno meets Élise for the first time before Shay kills his father.
  • In all but one trailer, Arno is shown using the Hidden Blade on his right arm, but in the game, it is on his left arm. The only trailer to show the Hidden Blade on his left arm is the TV-spot trailer.
  • Arno's backstory is somewhat similar to Ezio Auditore's: Both men were of noble descent, carefree and trouble-making in their youth, both suffered familial losses at the hands of the Templars and both ended up humbled and wiser by the Assassin Brotherhood later in life.
  • Arno's birthday corresponds with the proclamation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789.

Appearances

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