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Nicholas II (1868 – 1918), born Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov, was the last Tsar of Russia, Grand Prince of Finland, and titular King of Poland until his forced abdication. He was the son of Tsar Alexander III.

Biography

Early life

Nicholas II of Russia was born in Alexander Palace, located in the small village of Tsarskoye Selo, near Saint Petersburg. He was the son of Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna.

In 1881, Nicholas witnessed the assassination of his grandfather, Tsar Alexander II, at the hands of the Assassin Brotherhood. As a result, Nicholas' father became Tsar Alexander III and Nicholas himself became Tsarevich (Son of the Tsar).[1]

In 1888, Nicholas traveled with his family from Crimea to Saint Petersburg via train. While Alexander's family was in the dining car, the Assassin Nikolai Orelov entered intent on assassinating Nicholas' father. However, Alexander wasn't sat at the dining table with the rest of his family, confusing the Assassin and affording Alexander the opportunity to attack his would-be killer from behind. A fight ensued, with the train car derailing as a result.[1]

The Tsar's family were trapped inside the train, but Alexander's strong physique allowed him to lift up the train car's roof, enabling his family to escape. Afterwards, the Russian royal family returned to Saint Petersburg, where their safe return was celebrated.[1]

Rule as Tsar

Following the death of his father, Nicholas ascended to the Russian throne. During Nicholas' tenure as Tsar, the Templar agent Grigori Rasputin grew close to the royal family in order to obtain access to the Imperial Sceptre, a Staff of Eden. In 1908, Rasputin stole the artifact and brought it to Tunguska.[2] After the Staff was destroyed in the Tunguska explosion, Rasputin recovered a shard of the artifact which he used to maintain influence over the royal family.[3]

Following the loss of the Sceptre and it's mind-influencing abilities, Nicholas' power in Russia began to ebb. The people became dissatisfied with the Tsar and his rule, and soon Vladimir Lenin's Bolsheviks came to prominence.[3] In 1917, under pressure from the Assassin Brotherhood and faced with an inevitable uprising, Nicholas abdicated the throne,[4] but maintained residence in the Winter Palace.[3]

Later life

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Nicholas showing Orelov the Imperial Sceptre

On 7 November 1917, the Winter Palace was infiltrated by the Assassin Nikolai Orelov. The Assassin murdered the Tsar's guards, before grabbing him and showing a picture of the Tsar with the Imperial Sceptre, wanting Nicholas to lead the Assassin to the location of the Piece of Eden.[3]

Nicholas led Orelov to the room where the Sceptre was placed, though Orelov quickly concluded that it was merely a replica, as the original Sceptre was made of a glowing, enchanting form of metal. Nicholas then begged the Assassin to spare the life of his family, should his objective be to kill the Tsar, just like the Assassin did with his father's family. Orelov replied that he didn't come to kill him and left through one of the palace's windows, but not before hearing the Tsar told him that Grigori Rasputin wore a shard around his neck that consisted of the same material as the Sceptre, according to Orelov's description.[3]

In 1918, Nicholas and his family had been put under house arrest in Yekaterinburg. On the night of 17 July, the Tsar and his family were taken to the house's basement by members of the Templar Order intent on stealing the family's Precursor box. The family were lined up and executed, though his daughter Anastasia Nikolaevna managed to escape with the help of Nikolai Orelov.[5]

Legacy

In 1945, one of the Tsar's many summer retreats, Livadia Palace, was used for the Yalta Conference, an international summit between Templar puppets Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin.[6]

Details of the Tsar's Staff and his death were later collected by the Assassin Clay Kaczmarek in 2012 and hidden in the Animus for his successor, Desmond Miles to find. Desmond accomplished this in September of that year.[7] In a photograph of the Tsar attending the 1903 ball in the Winter Palace was a binary cipher which read "17th July 1918", the date Nicholas and his entire family were murdered.[2]

Later that year, the last known photograph of the Tsar was collected by Abstergo Industries as part of their Abstergo Files accessible to Templar recruits who participated in the Animus-based training program.[8]

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