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Headlining the Guillotine was a virtual representation of one of Arno Dorian's genetic memories, relived by a Helix initiate through the Helix Navigator.

Description

Joseph-Ignace Guillotin asked Arno to discreetly replace journals criticizing the guillotine with more positive journals.

Dialogue

  • Guillotin: The journals ridicule me to no end! They call the new machine a whirligig! Imagine! I devise a humane method of execution, and the newspapers do nothing but print negative reports. Could you print this article emphasizing the advantages of the guillotine? Then, surreptitiously, replace the journals sold on the street with the new ones?
  • Journalist: But my dear doctor, do you not agree that the purpose of an execution is to show the people the terrible retribution of the state?
  • Guillotin: The purpose of an execution is simply to end the life of a criminal. My machine accomplishes this in the best way.
  • Journalist: I disagree, citizen! We want to see the man drawn and quartered! We want to see his head fly from his neck, not plop into a basket!
  • Guillotin: We all know stories of executions gone awry - ears lopped off and so forth. No, we must have a better way, and thanks to science, that way is at hand. With this machine, built by Tobias Schmidt, I can cut off your head in the twinkling of an eye, and you never feel it!

Arno made his way to the printing press.

  • Printer: At last! My new apprentice. Hurry, we need the new edition printed right away!

Arno retrieved the journals.

  • Town crier: National disgrace! New machine would remove all spectacle from public executions!

Arno planted the journals on town criers.

  • Town crier: Dr. Guillotin's miraculous machine would cut off heads in the twinkling of an eye!

Outcome

Arno planted journals supporting the guillotine on town criers, ensuring that the device became the preferred method of execution.

References

Assassin's Creed: Unity memories
Main memories
Prologue
The Tragedy of Jacques de Molay
Sequence 1
Memories of Versailles - The Estates General - High Society
Sequence 2
Imprisoned - Rebirth
Sequence 3
Graduation - Confession - Fin de Siecle
Sequence 4
The Kingdom of Beggars - Le Roi Est Mort
Sequence 5
The Silversmith - La Halle aux Blés - The Prophet
Sequence 6
The Jacobin Club - Templar Ambush
Sequence 7
A Cautious Alliance - Meeting with Mirabeau - Confrontation - The Resistance
Sequence 8
The King's Correspondence - September Massacres
Sequence 9
Starving Times - Hoarders - The Escape
Sequence 10
A Dinner Engagement - The Execution
Sequence 11
Bottom of the Barrel - Rise of the Assassin - The Bastille
Sequence 12
The Supreme Being - The Fall of Robespierre - The Temple
Cooperative missions
Women's March - The Food Chain - The Austrian Conspiracy - Political Persecution - The Tournament - Heads Will Roll - Les Enragés - Danton's Sacrifice - Moving Mirabeau - Jacobin Raid - The Infernal Machine
Heists
Tithing Templars - Catacomb Raider - The Party Palace - Royals, Guns and Money - Smuggler's Paradise - Ancient History - It Belongs in a Museum
Paris stories
Tall, Dark Strangers - Flamel's Secret: The Monks - Flamel's Secret: Denis Molinier - Flamel's Secret: The Elixir of Life - Using the Ol' Noggins - Waxworks - Sewer Rat - À la Lanterne! - The Great Escapist - Critical Comedown - Scene Stealer - Devilishly Tricky - My Kingdom For Some Whores - De Sade's Reprieve - Sadistic Blackmail - The Cult of Baphomet - The Ritual of Baphomet - La Bande Noire - Iscariotte, the Giant - Headlining the Guillotine - A Fistful of Duelers - The League of the Crimson Rose - Return of the Crimson Rose - Crimson Sunset - Flying Boy - Carmalite Nuns - Stop the Presses! - Encyclopédie Diderot - Désirée Desired - Désirée Dismayed - Désirée Delighted - French Crown Jewels - Coat of Arms - Swiss Stash - Vicious Verses - Arm the People - "Escort" Mission - Cassini's Constellations - The Condorcet Method - A Romantic Stroll - Signaling Officer Murat - A Nice Chappe - Precious Correspondence - Constructing a "Close Shave" - Up in Arms - Marianne Returns Home - The Little Prince - Turtle, Snake, Bear, Paper, Scissors - Tapestry Thief - Cartouche's Memoirs
Café Théâtre missions
Explore the Café Théâtre - Auto-Da-Fé - Colette - Damsel in Seamstress - The Queen's Necklace - Foxy Renard
Social Club missions
Bridge Brigands - Marat's Missive - Let Them Eat Hay - Cat Food on a Hot Tin Roof - Hoarding Hostages - Café Procope - Roux's Remains - An Engaging Egyptologist - Artful Dodger - A Dramatic Exit - Breaking the Habit - Extortion Contortion - Chouan Riddles - Bara's Funeral - Retribution for a Rabble-Rouser - The Black Office - Betrayer of the Queen - Spiked Bourbon - Special Delivery - Smoky Yet Robust
Murder mysteries
Murder Foretold - Barber of Seville - The Body in the Brothel - Ancestral Vengeance - The Body Politic - Bones of Contention - The Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat - Hot Chocolate to Die For - The Hand of Science - The Decapitated Warden - The Death of Philibert Aspairt - The Red Ghost of the Tuileries - Cut the Middle Man - A Dash of Poison
Nostradamus Enigmas
Mercurius - Venus - Terra - Mars - Jupiter - Saturnus - Aries - Taurus - Gemini - Cancer - Virgo - Leo - Libra - Scorpio - Sagittarius - Capricorn - Aquarius - Pisces
DLC
American Prisoner - The Chemical Revolution - Killed by Science
Dead Kings
Sequence 13
Buried Words - The Book Thief - A Shadow from the Past - Raising the Dead - Under Lock and Key - A Crown of Thorns
Cooperative and heist missions
Last Rites - Holy High Rollers
Stories of Franciade
Last Will - A Royal Hide - The Unopened Rose - The Eyes of the King
Murder mysteries
Blind Justice - Equal Justice
Suger's Legacy
I - Nativitatis Et Mortis - II - Morbum - III - Diabolus - IV - Natura - V - Crux - VI - Noctis - VII - Dies