- "For centuries we have focused on the trappings of power: the titles of nobility, the offices of Church and State. Caught in the very lie we crafted to shepherd the masses... In the wake of revolution, the Order will adapt. They will retreat to the shadows and we will, at last, be the secret masters that we were meant to be."
- ―François-Thomas Germain to Élise de la Serre, regarding the Templars' agenda, 1794.[src]
The Parisian Rite of the Templar Order, sometimes known simply as the Paris Rite, was one of the autonomous factions comprising the Templar Order. The Rite operated throughout Paris and Versailles, during the late 18th century.
The Rite was headquartered in Paris, and notably managed to maintain a truce with the French branch of the Assassin Order, negotiated between the Grand Master François de la Serre and the Assassin Mentor Mirabeau, for several years, despite opposition to the idea among members of both factions.
After discovering the Codex Pater Intellectus, written by Grand Master Jacques de Molay, in a vault beneath the Temple in Paris, François-Thomas Germain, a high ranking member of the Rite and a Sage, became influenced by the ideals of the long dead Jacques de Molay - also a Sage - regarding the shape of the Templar Order and humanity itself. Germain proposed radical changes to Grand Master de la Serre, but was cast out due to his fanaticism.
Germain deemed the Order corrupt, its position among the aristocracy making the Templars forget their true purpose. He secretly plotted with other members in the Order who shared his ideals, as well as recruiting individuals disillusioned by the corruption of the French monarchy. His first recruit was Marie Lévesque, who was the only member of Templar Order to defend him during his trial. Later he recruited to others Templars, Louis-Michel le Peletier and Charles Gabriel Sivert, the first for his convictions and the second for his underappreciation by de la Serre. Sivert also recruited the Roi des Thunes and Aloys la Touche who tried to join Templar Order but were rejected by de la Serre. Before the revolution, Maximilien de Robespierre was inducted in Germain's side.
In 1789, members of the Order gathered at the Palace of Versailles for the induction of Élise de la Serre, daughter of François de la Serre. However, Germain used this opportunity to stage a coup against de la Serre. Sivert and the Roi des Thunes lured de la Serre into the gardens of the palace, murdered him and put the crime on the ward of de la Serre, Arno Dorian.
The French Revolution
Despite Germain's recognition as Grand Master, he was still opposed by the moderates, supporters of de la Serre who were led by Élise. During the Estates-General, Germain recruited Frédéric Rouille, a young guard who believe in revolutionary ideas and was rejected by Mirabeau. On 5 October, the radical Templars attempted to make the Women's March on Versailles more violent and kill Théroigne de Méricourt but the Assassins protected the crowd. The same day, a Templar meeting at Hôtel de Lauzun between Élise and his followers was ambushed by radical Templars. The old guard members were killed, except Élise, who jumped in the Seine to escape. After this event, the last allies of Élise were turned, brided or purged.
In January 1791, Sivert began to extort money from nobles and members of clergy against protection. The money gained would served Germain's plan. But Sivert was killed by Arno Dorian who became an Assassin. Few days later, Arno assassinated the Roi des Thunes and learned that the murders of de la Serre have a connection with a silversmith named Germain.
On 31 March, Arno investigated in Germain's shop and found Germain, unknowingly he was the new Grand Master. With subtle manipulation, Germain led Arno to believe that Chrétien Lafrenière, one of the last support of Élise, had been behind De la Serre's murder, and that he was imprisoned in his residence for several months by Lafrenière's men. The Assassin subsequently killed Lafrenière before he could amass his own forces against Germain's followers. In disarray, the remaining members of the moderate faction were wiped out, leaving Élise as the sole survivor. The night of the death of Lafrenière, the radical Templars met at Hôtel de Beauvais where they organized the last steps of their plan to overthrow the French monarchy and to publicly condemn and execute the king. . Marie Lévesque must hoarded the food to make the population more violent against the royal family, Rouille must found the proof that the king threath with the austrians to jeopardize the revolution and le Peletier must convinced the Assembly members to condamn the king. Arno, who eavesdropped the meeting, learned that Germain wanted to kill Élise the next day on an ambush. The Assassin saved the Templar and together they decided to join their forces against Germain.
Taking over France
On 10 August 1792, after a year of hoarding, the people of Paris rioted against the royal family and stormed the Tuileries Palace. Rouille went to the king's bureau to find document that proved the intelligence with the austrians but also the Assassins. But Arno burned Mirabeau's letters before Rouille could take them. On 2 September, Rouille participated to the September Massacres in the Grand Châtelet. Arno, who continued his investigation without the permission of the Council, killed Rouille. During the summer of the year, Théroigne de Méricourt tried to stop the hoarding planed by Flavigny, but she was captured. The Assassins saved her and with her help, killed Flavigny. On 31 October, Marie Lévèsque stocked food in Luxembourg Palace to accuse the royal family. But Élise prevented her plot and Arno killed her.
Despite the death of notable members of the Templars, Germain suceeded to comdamn the king. On 21 January 1793, Germain assisted to the execution of Louis XVI. Arno who killed le Peletier, learned that Germain was there and tried to kill him. But Germain escaped from Arno and Élise. With the monarchy gone, it would be replaced by the Republic of France, headed by Maximilien de Robespierre. In June, the Templar puppet François Hanriot led an insurrection of Sans-culottes which resulting with the arrestation of the Girondists. The Assassins rescued them and help them to leave the city. A month later, the Templar General Marcourt and fellow Templars planned a coup d'état in order to accelerate the revolution. But one of the conspirators, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, was in fact an ally of the Assassins and informed the Brotherhood about Marcourt's plan. Marcourt organized a tournament for recruiting men for the coup. A team of Assassins infiltrated the tournament to approached Marcourt and killed him and his conspirators in the Invalides.
In September, Germain and Maximilien de Robespierre installed what which be called the Reign of Terror for eliminating all enemies of the Revolution and achieve the Great Work. Germain believed that with the horrors of the resulting anarchy, the people would once again submit themselves to a higher power rather than to themselves. In November, a Robespierre's spy, Didier Paton, uncover the Templar Order and revealed to his master, unknowingly the fact he was also a Templar. Paton was condemned to death. The Assassins recover his notebook where many Templars were listed and saved Paton from the guillotine. Paton joined the Brotherhood.
Later in February 1794, the Templars planned to use Jacques Roux and his Enragés to take Paris and created chaos. A first team of Assassin was sent to kill Roux, who was imprisoned in the Salpêtrière Hospital, but they failed and were imprisoned in the asylum. A second team of Assassins rescued the first team and succeed in killing Roux.
On 5 April, after the opposition of Danton and other Indulgents, Robespierre send to the guillotine as traitor of the Nation. He also planed to kill Danton's allies but a team of Assassin saved them. In May, the letters of Mirabeau to the king were published. After learning that, the population of Paris wanted to remove the ashes of Mirabeau from the Panthéon. The Templars tried to retrieve the ashes to exposed the Brotherhood with the discover of an Assassin crypt. But the Assassins arrived first.
In Versailles, La Touche executed people to instal fear in the population. But Arno, who was expelled from the Brotherhood, killed him. On 4 June, Robespierre began to lose the popular opinion after Élise poisoned him to look like a mad man during the cult of Supreme Being and Arno gave a list of deputies wrote by Robespierre. Germain let down Robespierre and on the 27 July, the Convention arrested him in the Hôtel de ville. Arno and Élise interogated him and learned that Germain hid in the Temple. Germain prepared the confrontation by taking the Swords of Eden hid by Jacques de Molay's advisor four centuries before. In the fight, the sword created a explosion which killed Élise and injured Germain. Arno slowly finished him. In his last moment, Germain told to Arno that his plan would succeeded even without him and that another shepperd would guided the mankind.
The 28 July, Robespierre was guillotined and Templars from the Jacobin Club were killed by the Assassins. With the death of the two Grand Masters, the Templars was no more a threat for France. Under the Directory, Templars tried to infiltrated the Palais Bourbon with the Election but Arno killed them. They also wanted to kill someone who seemingly be the prince Louis XVII. But Arno saved him even he was the servant of the prince.
- In Assassin's Creed: Rogue, Achilles Davenport has a wall where he collected information on the Parisian Rite. One of the Parisian Templars was named Charlette Lévesque.
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