- "I would be wary of your friend. I have felt the pain of killing a loved one. You'd do well to ensure you never have to endure such grief."
- ―Keroe'nak;wa warning a young Ratonhnhaké:ton of his friend, Kanen'tó:kon shortly before her death.
Keroe'nak;wa (1734-1767) or Kero as she was better known to close members of her tribe, was an Algonquian princess and later queen of the Ajaonakwi lands in Virginia, USA.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Upbringing
- 3 Queen of the Ajaonakwi
- 4 Assassins
- 5 Looking For The Apple
- 6 Role In Edward Braddock's Death
- 7 Kali'entath;ma's Betrayal
- 8 Eradication of Templars
- 9 Marriage and Children
- 10 Attack on Kanatahséton
- 11 Disease and Death
- 12 Burial and Funeral
- 13 Legacy
With strikingly appealing features, Kero was renowned for her dark flowing black hair and a nose that was praised by everyone who encountered her. Her complexion was like that of her mother, fair and tanned. She had natural ruby lips and wore a buckskin dress with the assassin emblem imprinted on the centre.
Compared to her ancestor, Amounte in standards of beauty, Kero caught the eyes of many suitors from a young age, tribesmen and women often complimented her appearance even in childhood. Brought up in the untamed, remote wildernesses surrounding Virginia, Kero was invited along to her first hunting trip aged just seven where she witnessed the first signs of what was becoming known as 'civilisation'.
Her uncle, a senior Ajaonakwi hunter and brother of the chief at the time was captured by 'white men with strange spears' who invaded her home village and destroyed her family longhouse, plundering the indigenous loot kept in the chief's residence. She never saw her uncle again, and it took a little over four years to repair the damage left by the attackers.
Queen of the Ajaonakwi
Aged sixteen, her father was killed by the same men who took her uncle nine years previously. From the wise woman of the tribe, she learnt of a group of people known as the Knights Templar, a faction who meant to abuse the powers of the First Civilization, a race who left behind several powerful items that could manipulate the environment around the wielder.
Her coronation took place on 5 March 1750, and was attended by chieftains, villagers and other dignitaries from the surrounding areas. From that day forward, she was known and respected as the royal queen of the Ajaonakwi, and ruled the tribe politically and often consulted with clairvoyants and mystics for advice with her control of Ajaonakwi.
Sometime around 1751, Kero made the acquaintance of Assassin Mentor, Achilles Davenport, who offered to teach her and her fellow tribesmen the values of an ancient order promising them that his teachings would help defend against any future attacks from the Templars. Kero and her followers agreed to embrace the ideals of the brotherhood. Kero was officially inducted into the assassin order in 1753.
First Mission With Achilles
As summer set in circa 1753, Kero left her village in the temporary care of her younger brother, Kali'entath;ma to find the new Templars gathering in the thirteen colonies. Using her gift of tracking, Kero led Achilles to the outskirts of Boston, where they found Templar recruit, Thomas Hickey, a young and arrogant man who aimed to gain more respect in the order to advantage his own desires.
Kero and Achilles followed him and his companions through the frontier and kept a record of their movements. Late in 1753, Achilles was called away from the mission to attend to matters with his family and business in New York. However, Kero persisted with their quest, and led an ambush that killed fourteen redcoats and almost killed Hickey in February 1754.
Looking For The Apple
Like many other assassins before her, Keroe'nak;wa had heard of the ancient relics known as pieces of Eden. In order to prevent the Templars from acquiring the Apple of Eden, who were becoming a more prevalent sight in the Americas by the mid 1750's, Kero decided to seek out a piece of Eden herself.
Regrouping with the assassins circa May 1754, a now twenty-year old Kero planned a raid on Fort St-Mathieu after the wise woman of her village foresaw the face of a man named Edward Braddock rallying his troops for an attack on the Ajaonakwi village. Knowing from a rendezvous with Achilles on his homestead in 1754 that Braddock was a Templar, Kero went forward with her plot to steal an apple from Fort St-Mathieu and ultimately kill Edward Braddock.
Keroe'nak;wa soon enacted her scheme. Though unsuccessful in her quarry to find the fabled apple of Eden which she was looking for, she found Braddock, whom she proceeded to stab in the gullet, fatally wounding him. She escaped from the building minutes later, evading the regulars who discovered the injured military leader in his chambers.
Searching for the Shard
Disheartened with herself for not locating the Apple, she returned to Achilles, who was now nursing his seriously ill wife and child. Tracing some leads, Kero learned of the Shards of Eden. Small rings that possessed similar powers to other pieces of Eden, though were weaker than their apple and staff counterparts.
By digging through archives and researching their origins in the Assassin Order's countless libraries throughout America, Kero discovered that the shard of Eden had once been used by pirate, William Kidd who had buried the shards somewhere in the world, and who had drawn a map that directed the used to the shard.
Peg Leg gave her directions to Oak Island and seasoned sailor and friend of the assassins Robert Faulkner agreed to sail her to her destination. Kero used gunpowder barrels and kegs to blow below the surface of the tunnels that ran through oak island. Once she had unearthed the shard, she decided to leave it behind on oak island for another generation of assassins to uncover.
Role In Edward Braddock's Death
Summer of 1755 approached and Kero, alongside trusted friend from the Kanien'kehá:ka, Kaniehtí:io rode out to meet with the combined forces of three local tribes. Though Hesitant to assist the Templar Haytham Kenway she was persuaded to aid the mission because her fellow tribesmen were partaking and that she shared a mutual hatred of Braddock for murdering her neighbouring tribes.
While Haytham and Ziio chased Braddock on horse and foot, Kero took on the redcoats back at the expedition camp, running them through with her favoured spear. By the end of the conflict, Kero had claimed the lives of over forty men that day, all British, all a threat to her freedom.
When Ziio and Haytham came back to the camp, hand in hand, Kero regretted not going with them to see Braddock's final moments, leading her to wonder if Kenway and Ziio really had killed him.
In her absence, the Templars capitalised upon the chance to recruit some turncoats against the assassin cause. Their manipulation of Kero's naive, younger brother was one of the most quick and effective processes ever. In such a short time he had been turned against the principles Kero and her assassin brethren held dear.
Kali'entath;ma was manipulated by the powers of the Apple, the same one that Kero had failed to retrieve at Fort St-Mathieu a year earlier. She returned to find her people nearly enslaved by the Templars who had took advantage of the weak political situation in the Ajaonakwi village.
Confronting her brother, Kero explained to him the error of his ways. But he did not listen. He told of how the Templars blamed the assassins for the slaughter of their kinsmen years earlier. Unable to reason with her deluded brother, Keroe'nak;wa saw no other option but to kill him. Heartbroken, Kero stabbed Kali'entath;ma in the chest repeatedly.
Following the murder, Kero rebuilt her domains, evacuating the village of all Templar loyalists. She remained inactive from her work as an assassin for the rest of 1755, only bringing herself to complete one contract by the start of 1756.
Eradication of Templars
Kero played a vital role in the extermination of countless Templar diehard branches throughout the Philadelphia region of America in the later half of the 1750's. Circa 1758, she was selected to spearhead a march across the frontier to supply the members of the brotherhood stationed out by Fort Duquesne trying to stop the British from taking it as their own.
The march lasted seven weeks, during which time Kero and the other assassins walked, ran, sailed and swam. Once they had reached their destination, Kero was hailed as a hero and allowed to take some of the food they heaved across the rough and harsh landscape.
November of 1758 came, during which time Kero heard of more and more of her fellow natives being captured and sold across the globe as slaves. One of the many men and possibly the most respected figure in the trade at the time, Nathaniel Goldbourne, had his sights set on acquiring seven tribes of native Americans throughout the frontier.
Kero's agents, who had been aware of the threat of kidnap for years, informed her of his activity personally, allowing her to mark him for death. Although Goldbourne never officially allied with the Templars, he had made some detailed enquiries, which put him on Kero's list.
One night in December of 1758, while planning to load over fifty men, women and children onboard a slave carrier to be exported across the Atlantic, Goldbourne was set upon by three assassins including Kero herself. The trio of assassins attacked him, slashing open his throat and stabbing him in the abdomen. As Goldbourne died on the floor of the docks, Kero and her coworkers liberated the would-be slaves and killed the remaining Templars.
Marriage and Children
At the age of 25, she married childhood sweetheart, Canowickakte (b.1733-d.1787) (m. 1759-1767), a hunter by whom she had three children, Kai (born. 1760) Tiaou, later known as Katherine (b. 1761) and Kerys, named after her mother at birth in 1764.
Fitting her work as a mother around the busy schedule of being both an assassin and ruler already, Kero cared for her children with the help of the elders and friends in the village.
Attack on Kanatahséton
Heavily pregnant with her first child, Kero made a trip to Kanatahséton, where she intended to convince the people there to join forces with her tribe and the assassin brotherhood that had largely crumbled and disbanded. Alas, her plan failed when the village was engulfed by Templar invaders who torched the small community to the ground.
To pursue the attackers would be to endanger the health of her and her unborn eldest, Kai. Thus, Kero decided not to give chase, but the face of a middle aged man was left printed on her memory for the rest of her life.
Barely surviving the onslaught at Kanatahséton that bore a striking resemblance to the attack on her own village when she was seven, she was rode back to Ajaonakwi with her life intact.
Disease and Death
Shortly after the birth of her final child in 1764, Kero fell ill with a sickness that seemed to be ravishing the land of the Americas. Confined to the bed of her longhouse by 1765, she was dismissed from her work on all projects within the brotherhood and gradually fully retired from the fragmented order that had only a few trainees working it at the time she had contracted this aggressive disease
Slowly, as she was in the grip of the mystery illness, her control over the tribe slipped and more duties fell to her husband to take on. Consequently the Templar resistance that had accumulated before being smashed by Kero years earlier regrew like the severed arm of a starfish.
Over the course of 1766 she was plied with many different tonics and potions to cure her of the debilitating ailment. As her condition failed, her spirits worsened, she was handed a strange and invigorating concoction early one morning in 1766 that enabled her to walk once more, to see her children and experience usual life in the camp.
Thrilled with the effects of this enigmatic brew, Kero ordered that the vial be studied to supply more. The elders and clairvoyants were able to gather enough ingredients for an entire years worth of medicine. For a long time, people including her young family thought she may make a full recovery from the disease.
Encounter With Ratohnhaké:ton
- "I sense one of you will achieve magnificent accomplishments"
- "What about the other?"
- "The other I am not so certain of. I feel there may be a great loss. I would be wary of your friend. I have felt the pain of killing a loved one. You'd do well to ensure you never have to endure such grief."
- -Keroe'nak;wa to Ratohnhaké:ton discussing her vision of Kanen'tó:kon's death.
She woke early one spring morning in 1767 to collect firewood, herbs and travel to the valleys beyond to see the beautiful sights one last time. Near the devastated carnage of the village that was rebuilding seven years on from Charles Lee's vicious assault, she spotted two young boys playing in the woods.
Recognising the face of one them from the village ambush years previously, she felt a strong feeling from within her, before seeing a vision of Kanen'tó:kon's death at the hands of Ratohnhaké:ton. In the daydream, she noticed the killer wore an assassin emblem. She engaged them in a dialogue, asking them about what they perceived to be right and wrong.
Happy with Ratohnhaké:ton's responses at least and quite sure of how Kanen'tó:kon would meet his end, she gave the young boy a cynical warning of his friends fate. Moments later, she plunged from a high up log in a final leap of faith, landing in a haystack. Spread out across the forest floor, she lay at one with nature until her illness took her.
Burial and Funeral
Her dead body was unearthed by a party of searchers despatched by her husband. She was buried beneath the village on Ajaonakwi soil, laid next to her parents, brother, and young sister with a plot reserved near to her for her own children and husband.
People all over the Virginian area mourned her passing including the neighbouring tribes and hundreds were invited to the Ajaonakwi region for her funeral. The ceremony was conducted by her clairvoyants and a eulogy was delivered by her husband, Canowicakte.
Kero was succeeded by her seven year old son, Kai, who was crowned king of the Ajaonakwi on 7th May 1767 and heavily guided by a council of elders and his father in his leadership.
Kai, who turned the village off the path of violence and led them into a peaceful direction without any assassins or Templars, agreed to house the pieces of Eden to Kero them safe from the Templar order, but refused to associate any deeper with them than that. He ruled supreme for well over fifty years into his old age and ultimate death circa 1841.
Tiaou, later taking the name of Katherine when she married welsh sailor and merchant Louis Conroy in 1786 became a writer when she and her spouse moved up north to Washington. She also served as a housewife, tending to the chores and household duties expected of a woman in the 18th and 19th century America. She was killed in an accident at sea accompanying her husband on a voyage across the Baltic Ocean aged forty-eight.
And Keroe'nak;wa 'Kero' Kerys followed the example set by her older sister and left the tribe at the age of 15, to join a musical band who had travelled far and wide across the continent from England. She produced music for them for thirteen years, before pursuing her own goals as a songstress. She published twelve albums and penned a total of 238 songs for herself as well as various other composers and performers in California from 1794 through to 1827. A case of tuberculosis claimed her life in 1830.