- "They burned Joan alive."
- ―Clay Kaczmarek, 2012
Jeanne d'Arc (English: Joan of Arc; 6 January 1412 – unknown), La Pucelle, the Maid of Orléans, is a national heroine of France and a Catholic saint. She had one of the highest known counts of Precursor DNA and wielded a Sword of Eden to victorious battles during the Hundred Years' War.
Jeanne was born a peasant girl from the d'Arc family around 1412 in Domrémy. She was nicknamed "Jeannette" during her youth. By the age of 13, she had visions from Saints Catherine, Michael and Margaret, her "Voices" telling her God's will that she free the land of English domination. As she grew older, Jeanne started to wander along the river, "as if someone was talking to her", as observed by her brothers Pierre and Jean. Her growing behavior was deemed much stranger when she began to sneak at night to attend matins at church.
On 1 May 1428, she met her step cousin Gabriel Laxart who could unconsciously see her glowing aura through his Eagle Vision. This added to his growing interest in her and the two became fast friends. She joined his family on 12 May to Burey-en-Vaux, where she requested his help for her sacred mission.
The pair succeeded in convincing Durand Laxart to take them to the Vacouleurs. She insisted to see the captain, Robert de Baudricourt, to escort her to the Dauphin in Chinon. Her attempts failed however, and she returned to Domrémy and later fled to the Neufchâteau after an attack. Months later, Joan became involved with a breach of lawsuit involving a marital contract after refusing to marry her fiancee, saying that she never agreed to it.
By 7 January 1429, de Baudricourt still refused to see her. She had collapsed from cold and hunger earlier by standing outside his hall. Depressed, Joan had an emotional breakdown from the repeated refusals as Gabriel comforted her, ranting that Orléans hunger and suffer from the siege since October.
The maiden got her wish when de Baudricourt’s squire, Jean de Metz, arrived to meet her. The squire tried to warn and discourage Joan yet she remained undeterred and more determined to see the Dauphin. During her speech, her Precursor radiance flared, enabling her to convince de Metz as he pledged to protect her.
The Maiden of Prophecy
- "I was born for this. There is nobody in all the world, neither king nor duke, nor any other, who can recover the kingdom for France. This kingdom will have no help, if not from me!"
- ―Jeanne d'Arc convincing de Metz that she is the maiden of prophecy[src]
Word about the Maid of Lorraine had spread during her time in Vacouleurs; by 22 February 1429, the townsfolk aided in collecting supplies for her after Joan returned from Nancy.
As part of a Templar plan to obtain her Sword of Eden, Jeanne was captured by English troops, accused of witchery, and allegedly burned at the stake on May 31 1431, at the age of 19. However, Jeanne was saved by the Assassin Brotherhood who had her young protegee, Fleur, willingly take her place; Geoffroy Thérage was the executioner.
Fifteen years later, Jeanne, no longer linked to Consus, reconnected with a heartbroken Gabriel Laxart, with whom she produced at least one child.
Personality and characteristics
Throughout her young age, Jeanne d'Arc was shown to be a devout Christian and would love going to church, even if her brothers found it strange. She also had a strong devotion to fight from a young age, claiming that it was the desire of God himself for her to free the French from English occupation.
She was fierce and charismatic; Joan could easily calm and ease tension from the people around her. Since she was a youth, d'Arc was described by Gabriel to be the "lively one", her lithe and strong body full of energy.
Equipment and skills
- "Gabriel is reacting to her the way people usually do to one of the Apples of Eden . He's drawn to her, almost despite himself. I can literally see this - this radiance through his eyes. And her whole career - at the beginning at least - gives us example after example of how she inspired and persuaded people."
- ―Simon Hathaway explaining Jeanne d'Arc's precursor abilities to Victoria Bibeau[src]
Jeanne was extensively trained by the Assassin's even if she never joined their ranks. She was able to lead the French Army against the Brtish Occupation with tremendous victory in the Hundred Years' War. She also wielded a Piece of Eden, the Sword, which she used alongside the Heart, and thus had unlocked the Sword's entire set of miraculous abilities.
- Jeanne's bloodline seems to have a strong link to the Isu, since her cousin, Gabriel Laxart, also had unnatural abilities, though less potent than Jeanne's.
- Though it is not 100% confirmed, it is more than likely that Jeanne is also an ancestor of high ranking Templar Simon Hathaway, as he is a descendent of Gabriel Laxart, with whom Jeanne had a child.
Assassin's Creed II (Glyphs only)
- Assassin's Creed: Heresy (first appearance)