"If we live without accomplishing anything for someone, what is the meaning of living? "
―Jeannot to his killers, 1796
Jeannot René
Biographical information

June 1751
Bordeaux, Kingdom of France


February 1796
Paris, First French Republic

Political information
Real-world information
Appears in

Assassin's Creed: Changes

Voice actor

Michel Perron

Jeannot René was a French Templar-activist during the French Revolution, acting on behalf of the duke Louis Philippe II. He was the first-born son of Louis and Victoire René, though conceived outside of marriage. Jeannot was the older brother of the Assassin allies Claude and Suzanne René.

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Early life Edit

Born and raised in the city of Bordeaux, Jeannot was the first son of Monsieur and Madame René, and the older brother of Claude and Suzanne René.

Jeannot and his brother were both taught in the ways of trading and fighting by their father, while Suzanne was raised to become a housewife and a seamstress by their mother. Both of the brothers decided to enter the French Army later in their life, both returning and settling down after ten years of service.  

Templar-recruitment Edit

After Jeannot's sister was banished from the family – with the reason that she refused to marry someone – it did not take long time before Louis René ended his life. Victoire, Jeannot's mother, followed soon after, ending her life in front of some soldiers guns – accused for a crime she did not commit.  

Jeannot had to take care of the family business, as the new head. He had married himself to a British woman named Dove, who had an eye for new contacts in the Colonies and in the Caribbean. She traveled often to these locations, returning with a currency that in livre usually had a huge sum. One time, Jeannot decided to come with her to Caribbean. If she managed to do such profitable travels to the West Indies, why couldn't he do the same?

Jeannot and Dove arrived in the city of Port-au-Prince in 1779. The city was huge and crowded, and the married couple spent an hour to locate Dove's contact: a woman named Madeleine de Bullion. Finding the woman at a huge, white building, Jeannot and Madeleine discussed how they could make their acquaintance deeper. Jeannot and Madeleine soon agreed on that she would provide his little company with some sugar he could sell, in exchange for ancient artifacts or valuables – the latter being jewelry or old books. Jeannot felt the deal was quite good, but Madeleine warned him, stating: "If my requests aren't being accomplished, you will feel the ramifications I'll provide you with later." This meaning that if he did not returned the favor, she would "deal with him" in her own way.

When the Bullion-woman traveled to France in 1781, Jeannot had provided with old books he thought she would like – and an artifact he had found on a trip to Egypt one time: a ring. Jeannot and Madeleine soon became close associates, and at one point he visited her while she had an American friend on visit. During one of these visits, he was maken aware of the existence of the Templar Order. Jeannot had proven himself to be a useful resource for the Order. Some time before however, Madeleine had spent some time – when she was not with the American friend – walking in the gardens, discussing what Jeannot wanted with his life. After Jeannot explaining that both of his parents had died because of his siblings suddenly departure, he told that he wanted to make something out of himself. He told the siblings' name, and Madeleine left for carrying out some orders before returning.

The following day, Jeannot was recruited into the Templar Order because of his wish to change the world and make something out of himself. The witnesses were: Madeleine, Madeleine's brother, Madeleine's son, her friend from the Colonies, and Dove René.

In 1784, Jeannot left the French Army.

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Trivia Edit

  1. Jeannot is a diminutive of the French name Jean, meaning "Yahweh is gracious".
  2. René is the French form of the late Latin name Renatus, meaning "born again".
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