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The French Assassins were the Brotherhood of Assassins located in France. They were most notable for the involvement in the public disbanding of the Templar Order in 1307, to prevent the Templars from infiltrating the Royal Court in the early 16th century and to stop the Assassin–Templar War before the French Revolution.


Destruction of the Templars

Early in the 14th century, the Assassins manipulated King Philip IV of France, in order to destroy the Templars. With the help of Pope Clement V, who was sympathetic to the Assassin cause, the Templars were branded as heretics, and their stronghold attacked by the King's forces in 1307. The Grand Master of the Templars, Jacques de Molay, was captured during the attack and put to death by fire, along with sixty other Templars. However, unbeknownst to the Assassins, nine Templar leaders had gone underground and continued their work in secrecy, despite the public disbanding of their Order.

Working with the Italian Brotherhood

In the early 16th century, King Louis XII left Paris and quarreled with Ferdinand II over the ownership of Naples, leaving his foreign ministers in charge. However, the King was unaware of their ties to the Borgia, and it allowed them to target the religious reformist Desiderius Erasmus.

To escape the plague, Erasmus planned to hire a carriage out of town, though the Templars disguised themselves as travelers and offered him a ride. With Erasmus' life in danger, the French Assassins and a team of Ezio Auditore da Firenze's Italian apprentices tracked them down, and with coordinated shots, killed all of the guards. After rescuing Erasmus, he told them that the Templars were holding another Assassin captive.

Following this, the Assassins tried to find their Brother, who had been captured by the men working for the Borgia. A group of Italian Assassins sent from Rome by Ezio were able to receive information from corrupted ministers about the Assassin's whereabouts, and tracked down Archbishop Georges d'Amboise, before interrogating him. He revealed the names of the ministers associated with the Templars, whom the Assassins later disposed of.

After that, the Italian Assassins rescued the French Assassin from the manor he was held in, but he eventually succumbed to his wounds. However, he informed his Brothers that he had only revealed false information to his torturers. He also warned his rescuers to be wary of the Orsini family, who had ties to the Templars.[1][2]

In 1511, King Louis XII acted on Marseille's threats of secession motivated by the French Assassins, and ordered his army to banish all Assassins from the city. Aided by Ottoman Assassins sent from Constantinople by Ezio Auditore, the combined Assassin force hindered the army's efforts, though without violence.[3]

American and French Revolutions

In the early 18th century, the Assassin Council sent the French Assassin John de la Tour to the Thirteen Colonies. In 1740, de la Tour became acquainted with Achilles Davenport, who was sent by the Mentor of the Caribbean Assassins, Ah Tabai. Achilles soon became the Mentor of the growing Colonial Assassins.

During France's involvement in the American Revolutionary War, the Assassin William de Saint-Prix was sent to aid the Thirteen Colonies.[4] During the French Revolution, the Assassins aimed to prevent needless deaths, but otherwise wanted to avoid involving themselves, believing the people had the right to make their own mistakes and learn from them. However, they became concerned that an outside force was influencing the revolution.[5]

Assassin-Templar truce

By 1789, Grand Master François de la Serre sought to establish a truce between the Parisian Rite of the Templar Order and the French Assassins. The Assassin Mentor, Mirabeau, supported the idea, which led to a time of relative peace between two factions. However, the truce came to an end with the death of de la Serre at the hands of Charles Gabriel Sivert and the Roi des Thunes, on the orders of a former Templar and a Sage, François-Thomas Germain. De la Serre's adopted son, Arno Dorian, was accused of the murder and imprisoned in the Bastille, while Germain was elected as the new Grand Master, and began working with his supporters to stage a revolution in France.[5]

During his imprisonment, Arno met an Assassin, Pierre Bellec, who offered him a chance to settle the score with de la Serre's killers, by joining the Assassin Order. Following the escape from the Bastille during a storming of it by the citizens, Arno sought out the Assassins, and was inducted into the Brotherhood. Over the course of the French Revolution, due to the fact the truce between the two factions was no longer honored, Arno assassinated key Templar figures in his pursuit of Germain himself.[5]

Eventually, Arno brought Élise de la Serre, the daughter of Grand Master de la Serre, before the French Assassin Council, in order to gain information on Germain and try to re-establish a truce between the two factions. However, in his fanaticism, Bellec opposed the idea and poisoned Mirabeau in an attempt to discredit Élise and prevent peace from being achieved. However, Arno discovered the deception and confronted Bellec at Sainte-Chapelle, killing his former master after a duel. Élise herself continued to work with the Assassins for a time, however, when Germain and Maximilien de Robespierre managed to execute King Louis XVI, due to Arno's failure to assassinate Germain during the execution by opting to save Élise from his followers instead, she broke her ties with the Assassins.[5]

In another stroke of misfortune, Arno himself was expelled from the Assassin Order, owing to his rash actions and his disregard for obtaining the Assassin Council's permission to strike at a target. However, after a prolonged period of absence from the Assassins, it is evidenced that Arno was reassigned his place with them, as he managed to obtain a set of robes reserved only for Master Assassins.[5]




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