- "Avenging someone you've lost is wrong, but revenge my past and origin is something different. The Creed forbids me to compromise the Assassin Brotherhood, but I cannot stand and watch as a ghost of my past ruins the city of Paris. What's justice and what's right, are two different subjects. "
- ―Cerise to the Étienne-siblings and Grimon Chimen, 1791
Cerise Favero da Rotta (née Lémieux) was a French noblewoman and unofficial the lover and fiancé of Émile Bonnaire. She later became the wife of the Welsh-Italian Assassin Jacopo Favero – and became one herself. During the French Revolution, Cerise became an ally of the Parisian Assassins Marie Anne and Pierre Étienne, together with the Master Assassin Laurent Mouzay.
Cerise is an ancestor of Meryl Toast-Rock.
Biography [edit | edit source]
Early life [edit | edit source]
Born and raised in the city of Calais, France, Cerise had no right to heir the family-fortune – though it was not much. Cerise's dowry was not much either, so it would be hard to marry her away later in life. Cerise spend her life doing nothing. She wanted to live, see the world outside her father's house. She was surrendered by maids and governesses from morning to evening, and was never to leave her father's sight. Cerise could only gossip with other high-society-friends when she became older.
One day, Cerise and her father went to an inn; there, she noticed a young man. Cerise asked if their majordomo needed someone to take care of the works he did not manage to do any longer. Before they left, her father man asked if the man could think to work for him – to which he agreed on. Now working as a servant for the House of Lémieux, Cerise soon got a more intimate relationship with the man: Émile.
Émile Bonnaire[edit | edit source]
Eight years after becoming a member of the Conseil de Calais, the Parisian Templar Absolon Noir was visited by Cerise. She had heard of Absolon's gentleness when it came to justice. She told that her father, Michel Lémieux, had decided to marry her away to a Venetian nobleman – Cerise's brother, Marcel, supported the action of their father. Cerise wanted to marry one of the servants: Émile. Absolon promised to help the family.
The following night, Absolon had hired a captain to bring the lovers to the city of Saint-Nazaire. Absolon had told the lovers to meet him there. As the two climbed the gangplank and Cerise thanked Absolon for being so discret, Michel stepped out from the shadows – accompanied by Marcel. The lovers felt betrayed by Absolon – which they had all reason to. Unknown to the truth, Cerise did not knew that her father was a Templar; because of this, Absolon stood loyal to the father. Marcel took his sister back to the Lémieux-estate. Absolon pulled out a sword and killed Émile by pushing it through his stomach. He then pushed the poor man into the sea below the two Templars.
Jacopo Favero da Rotta [edit | edit source]
Marriage and honeymoon[edit | edit source]
After the failed attempt on marrying the servantboy, Cerise was sent to the city Venice. Her groom awaited her: Jacopo Favero di Rotta. The ceremony was witnessed by the Favero- and Lémieux-family. Cerise and Jacopo were united in holy matrimony in the church of Santo Stefano in November 1754. After the wedding, the families stayed at a hotel for some days before they left for the Favero-estate.
Arriving at the estate, Cerise found the place fantastic. She had felt the life would be like walking in a trance: saying yes all the time to her husband. Her husband wanted to involve her in his work, he wanted to know what she liked to do, what she did as a girl, what she felt about living in Italy – and how she hoped it would be. Cerise forgot all about the life she would have got with Émile – but she never forgot him. During the weeks she had spent on travel from Calais to Venice, she had used her time to create a drawing of him.
Cerise had not been taught more than simple reading and etiquette by her governesses. Her husband wanted her to participate in administrating their land, and she did not knew a thing, so Jacopo spent his free-time to help her with mathematics. Cerise said that a woman was not to do such things, but Jacopo did not believe in such an old belief.
The other brother [edit | edit source]
At the outbreak of the Seven Years' War, two years after the wedding, the French Navy had attacked the island of Minorca. Cerise had learned that her brother-in-law, Bertrando, was a sort of freelancer – and his latest mission was to bring some valuables from Minorca along with a Brit to England. One day, Bertrando stood at the stairs of the estate. The whole man looked to be have seen some dark things. It was a wonder that he did not fell to the ground. Jacopo, Cerise and the servants – the parents were in Austria – brought Bertrando to the living room. Cerise sent one of the servant girls to the village and bring a doctor to the estate at once. The servant left. Meanwhile, another servant took a wet cloth and put it on Bertrando's forehead, the man had a strong fever. Bertrando held his brother's hand while looking at the roof, breathing slowly. "Where are the goods?" Jacopo asked. "They got it," Bertrando answered. Cerise wondered what the goods was, because Jacopo yelled: "DAMN!" The servant who had went to the village, had returned – she explained the man had just walked from a house just down the street. Cerise thanked the doctor for coming, and the man told he was happy to help. "However," he said, "I need to work alone. Everyone needs to leave the room, but I can already see that it not some deadly." The servants left the living room, walking back to the kitchen. Cerise and Jacopo sat down in the garden, trying to cool down with the birds tweeting.
At the bench, Cerise asked her husband why he had reacted so badly on the cargo that was lost – and who had got it. Jacopo told it was some relics he wanted to study. Cerise asked herself why Jacopo would want that: he hated history, and old stuff especially – even his grandfather. "It must've been some really important relics – since you never have cared about relics and artifacts before … You're lying, aren't you?" Jacopo told that was untrue: "No, no. This artifact have something of extreme value, and both me and my family – Bertrando, mother and father – do not want that relic to be in the hands of the Temp-" Cerise wondered why he had stopped in the sentence. She asked: "In the hands of whom?" Jacopo did not answer, so Cerise repeated the question. Still no answer. Cerise became angry and said: "I'm your wife and I love you. I respect your private life; still, we're not supposed to have any secrets for each other. Now, tell me: why does this artifact have such value, and whom should they not fall into the hands of?" Jacopo seemed to think over what he should say, and when he finally decided to tell her, he decided that she would maybe like to sit on the bench. Cerise did so, and Jacopo began to explain. "When I'm done telling this, you will likely think I'm mad – but it is actually true. The artifact that has been lost is the Crown of Eden, and it is now owned by Templars – a group seeking to control the mankind. The Crown is a tool created by an ancient civilization who came long before us – though it's purpose is unknown to us. And we – me, my parents and Bertrando – are Assassins; our (the Assassins) purpose are to stop the Templars from create their New World Order. The Templars' vision of peace are to control the men and women of the earth; the Assassins' are to let the mankind have free will, with no greater power guiding them." Cerise sat like a question mark, wondering what she would believe. "You're right at one point. I think your mad."
The Cult[edit | edit source]
Philippe-Hugues Bertas had just arrived in the city of Ajaccio, Corsica. He met with his three contacts at the docks: Absolon Noir, Michel Lémieux and Georges-Louis Mericer. Bertas was a scientist within their branch, and an expert on Those Who Came Before. The three Templars walked with him to their stronghold. They had no idea they were being followed by Cerise and her husband. After the battle of Minorca, the Templars had sent the Crown to different locations in order for the Assassins to lose the track of it: this process had taken several months, but at last had an ally of the French Brotherhood, Charles Dawkins, located the Crown.
Cerise, Jacopo and Charles followed the Templars from the rooftops, using throwing knives at patrolling soldiers when it became necessary. At last the Templars reached their stronghold, a church. Here, they was greeted by a monk – which Charles Dawkins believed to be Constant Lavoie, the Templar leader of the Mediterranean Rite. The five men walked out to the graveyard, where they soon met a new man, which Dawkins said to be Gauthier Moreau. The monks were the leaders of a cult they lead in the mediterranean: Cult of Ridefort. The Templars and the monks walked through a door that seemed to go to some catacombs. The Assassins slipped down from the rooftops and walked into the graveyard. Six nuns noticed them, and drew swords – the Assassins had not cared for them, but now it was obvious the women were also members of the Templar cult. Cerise and her fellow-Assassins drew drew their weapons, making themselves ready for the impact with the cultists.
Notes[edit | edit source]
Cerise felt good, and after three years she had very good control on mathematics. Cerise could even participate on transactions for the family. When it was nothing to do, Cerise and her husband spent time on learning more about general subjects – and when Cerise needed a break, Jacopo granted it and they went for a horseback ride.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Family[edit | edit source]
House Lémieux [edit | edit source]
Cerise's family of origin
House Favero[edit | edit source]
Cerise's family through Jacopo Favero.
Assassins[edit | edit source]
Allies of Cerise were all Assassins.
Templars [edit | edit source]
Templars targeted by Cerise, but was not killed by her.
Others[edit | edit source]
Victims[edit | edit source]
Victims of Cerise.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Cerise's mother died giving birth to Cerise.
- The section The other brother is a reference to a memory in the ACIV: Black Flag
- Everyone of the Lémieux-family start with the letter M, but not Cerise – marking her as a special character.