- "I could sneak in, murder them all one by one, then waltz out the front door, but what would be the fun in that? That powder room is awfully close to a window. Close enough that a good shot could blow it all sky-high. Hmmm...yes, I quite like the idea of sending the Templars up to their Father of Understanding in little bitty pieces."
- ―Gaspard Thorne before his assault on the Templar stronghold.
|Gaspard Jean Thorne|
Gaspard in Philadelphia.
May 5, 1787
January 27, 1861
Gaspard Thorne (1787-1861), born Gaspard D'Aramitz, was the son of the famous Revolutionary War Assassin Alexander D'Aramitz. He was an Assassin during the War of 1812 (1812-1815) and most other American and French Wars until 1848.
Gaspard was a few inches under 6', with pale skin, angular features, short dark hair, and ice blue eyes. Mischievous and dashing, his fashionable exterior hid a master strategist and consummate fighter.
War of 1812 (1812-1815)
In the War of 1812, Gaspard fought alongside the Americans against the once-again Templar-driven British. On October 13, 1812, Gaspard was sent to assassinate the Templar General Isaac Brock at the Battle of Queenston Heights. Although the Americans were defeated, Gaspard's mission was successful, and another prominent Templar was dead. Gaspard was placed in command of the American privateer ship "The Sea Hunter", and he was extremely successful before he was recalled two months later. At the Battle of Lake Champlain, Gaspard was the creator of the idea of using cables to turn ships, an idea that helped Captain Thomas Macdonough win a resounding naval victory.
War of the Sixth Coalition (1812-1814)
In the last year of the War of the Sixth Coalition, Gaspard was sent to retrieve the First Apple of Eden from Napoleon Bonaparte, a mission in which he was successful. When the British Templars sacked Napoleon's quarters looking for the Apple, Gaspard came out of his hiding place in a wardrobe and killed them all, dumping the bodies in the Seine River. He brought the Apple to England and gave it to the British Mentor.
War of the Seventh Coalition (1815)
From England, Gaspard was sent back to France to aid the British Assassin Arthur Wellesley in defeating Napoleon's forces as he came to retrieve his lost Apple. Gaspard distinguished himself at the Battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon was finally driven into lifelong exile.
After the chaos of several wars, Gaspard returned to America. While in Louisiana, he met Jacquelina, the daughter of the Assassin Aveline de Grandpré. They were married in 1820 and lived quietly in Virginia until Gaspard was sent away again in 1830.
July Revolution (1830)
Although the Assassins had originally supported the Bourbon monarchs during the Bourbon Restoration, they disapproved of the rule of King Charles X. So, they switched their support to the rebellious House of Orleans and sent Gaspard and Jacquelina to ensure an Orleans victory, which they did by killing several Bourbon Templars and promoting revolution in favor of new rule.
Killing Jonathan (1832-1833)
"Order is what is truly best, Gaspard. You will see in time, just as I did."
"Lies, Jonathan. Lies. You Templars have become the very corruption you must erase from the world. Man deserves its free will."
"Lies, Gaspard? No, my words are true."
"Nothing is true."
"Order is best, brother."
"Everything is permitted. Requiescat in pace, Jonathan."
-Gaspard and Jonathan during the latter's final moments.
After the July Revolution, Gaspard again returned to America and settled back down with Jacquelina. But in 1832, Gaspard was ordered to assassinate his brother Jonathan, an Assassin sleeper agent who had been converted by the Templars. A discouraged Gaspard searched for Jonathan, sad at the prospect of killing his younger brother. He soon received a message from Jonathan, in which was written that Jacquelina was held captive and that Gaspard had to turn himself in. Infuriated by this letter, Gaspard redoubled his efforts and banished from his mind all thoughts of Jonathan's redemption. In early 1833, Gaspard stumbled across Jacquelina's prison. After killing the guards, hiding their bodies, and releasing Jacquelina, Gaspard lay in wait for Jonathan. Gaspard lay in wait above the barn door and attacked Jonathan when he entered. Jonathan, Assassin-trained, was a competent fighter and vicious opponent, but Gaspard finally overpowered him.
French Revolution of 1848 (1848)
After many more years of peaceful living in Virginia, Gaspard was dispatched on one more mission.
Gaspard and his twin sister Victoria were born on May 5, 1787 to Alexander D'Aramitz and Melissa Thorne. Like his father and grandfather before him, he was trained from birth to be an Assassin. He was officially inducted into the Assassins by his father in 1805, at age 18. He adopted Thorne, his mother's maiden name, as his surname in attempt to distance himself from his father's fame and create a name for himself. He was dispatched not only to multiple cities, some overseas, but also into the frontier to hunt down and assassinate the remaining Templars in America. After four and a half years of success, the remaining Templars realized what was happening and banded together in a secret stronghold to attempt to dissuade Gaspard. Not to be stopped, he tirelessly explored, interrogated, and bribed until, finally, he discovered the stronghold's remote location in early 1811. After days of scouting, he infiltrated it and moved the stored kegs of gunpowder into a pile next to a window near the Templars' living quarters.
Later that day, he punctured the kegs with a rifle shot from a nearby hilltop and set off a chain explosion that demolished the fort. After that, he was an active participant and famed Templar-hunter in most of the American and French wars for the next nearly four decades. In America, he distinguished himself in the War of 1812 (1812-1815) and the Mexican-American War (1846-48). In France, he participated in the War of the Sixth Coalition (1812-1814), the War of the Seventh Coalition (1815), the July Revolution (1830), and the French Revolution of 1848 (1848). In 1833, he was forced to track down and assassinate his brother Jonathan, who had gone over to the Templars. He was offered the title of Mentor, but he refused because "I have no patience for Apprentices, be they stupid or smart. But especially not the stupid ones." In 1820 he married Aveline de Grandpré's daughter, Jacquelina. He died without any children on January 27th, 1861, in New York, New York.
Gaspard dressed in the height of fashion, though his dandified appearance was a carefully constructed decoy allowing him to appear harmless yet still conceal multiple weapons. His favorite outfit consisted of a loose, high-collared white silk shirt with puffy sleeves and lace at the wrists and throat. Over that went a tight-fitting royal blue doublet with silver buttons engraved with the Assassin insignia and a deeply V-necked burgundy waistcoat. The waistcoat, which had open sleeves along the inside of the arm, had embroidery made from steel wire hardened enough to deflect blades. He also wore dark red pants tucked into black leather boots with a hooded white cloak over it all. His lacy wrists provided perfect cover for his dual Hidden Blades, Hookblade, and a modified, silenced Hidden Gun. His silver cloak chain was detachable for use as a garrote. Several slim throwing knives were stored in the edges of his cloak, and dual daggers were tucked inside his waistcoat. His primary weapon, however, was an eagle-headed heavy cavalry hanger, with which he was a master. While in the field, he preferred the more traditional Assassin Robes in white with blue accents. He was an elegant, acrobatic but dirty fighter, and he almost never lost.
- Gaspard frequently dreamed the memories of his ancestor Il Lupo.