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The National Convention was a political assembly that ruled France from 21 September 1792 to 26 October 1795. It was the first democratically-elected government body in the history of the nation, and concerned itself with the politics of the French Revolution. Notable deputies included Maximilien de Robespierre, Georges Danton, Jean-Paul Marat, and the Marquis de Sade.
Meeting in the Tuileries Palace, the Convention was responsible for such important events as the trial and execution of King Louis XVI, the creation of the First Republic, the abolition of slavery throughout French territories, and the Reign of Terror. The political parties present in the Convention were notable for their hostile opposition to competing parties; particularly, the struggles between the Jacobins and the Girondists escalated into armed conflicts, and several deputies were executed by their fellow legislators.
Gradually, as the Revolution went on, public opinion towards the Convention became increasingly negative, prompting riots and uprisings. The Convention dissolved itself in 1795, not long after the events of 13 Vendémiaire.
Deputies of the Convention were presented with a unique sword as a symbol of their status. One such sword was gifted to the Assassin Arno Dorian after he protected a team of tax collectors travelling through the town of Saint-Denis.