As a French Assassin, she served under the late Master Assassin Pierre Étienne, then his sister Marie Anne. Her speciality-weapon was her spear. Recruiting Marie-Jeanette allowed the Étienne-siblings to use their Assassin apprentices to quickly stab the enemies or breaking their neck with her spear, before disappearing in a smoke bomb.
She was the mother of Philippe Étienne – a boy she had with her husband Pierre Étienne.
Marie-Jeanette is an ancestor of the modern day Assassin Nancy.
Early life Edit
Marie-Jeanette was born and raised in the city of Le Havre. Her father was a merchant and ally of the Brotherhood, while her mother was a former member – after disobeying the Council, she had been expelled. After Marie-Jeanette's father found out of this, he wanted to join the Brotherhood, but Claudette refused him to do so. Their daughters however, was taught as merchants and Assassins. Claudette's vision was to end the Templars' rule, but her children was the one to do so – by entering the Assassin Order and reform it to not spare any Templar. Because Olivier was not allowed by his wife to join the Brotherhood, he got a list by her however – a list with names of men and women that was Assassin that he could support economically to promote the Assassins' cause.
Her mother died when Marie-Jeanette were 11 years.
When Marie-Jeanette came of age, she and her twin decided to meet with the local Assassin in Le Havre. The Master Assassin, a man with the name Laurent, tested their skills. He found them old-fashioned and unoriginal however. He stated: "We are soldiers, and if we are to win a war, we need unique people – you are not unique at all." This was frustrating, and the twins left – wishing to never join the Assassins, though Marie-Jeanette decided in her mind that someday she would prove Laurent wrong.
Because of the rejection to entering the Assassin Order, Marie-Jeanette and her sister began to aid their father in trading. As merchants, they traveled to other places of the world, and at one point they crossed the Atlantic Ocean for Montréal. In her diaries, Paulette states she finding the city rough but she likes it. Marie-Jeanette felt unwelcome however.
French Revolution Edit
After Marie-Jeanette's father is given an offer from a merchant in Paris, the Simons travel to the city. However, when the family have just come a little way into the city, they are being attacked by extremists. Marie-Jeanette and her sister jumps off the carriage, trying to fleeing the area. However, they are being stopped the exact moment by the extremists. Marie-Jeanette draws her spear and begin to fight. Her sister, armed with dual swords, fighting by her side. The two complement each other – the one attack the other's opponent, while the other defends the first's back. At one point they are overwhelmed however and flee to their estate in Paris – a building they not had visited since they were children.
Back at their house, the siblings kill the last extremists. They now suddenly understand that their father is gone. Paulette screams to her sister, claiming that she should've warned Paulette. Marie-Jeanette, protect herself that she had just followed Paulette – and she had enough problems with fighting off the extremists following them. The siblings had a long argue, and it ended up with an early night for both of them.
The following weeks, Marie-Jeanette and Paulette spent time on trying to locate their father. After they had asked men and women in Paris if they knew something about an old, disappeared merchant, people spat on the ground and left – mutter about something of rich people would soon be executed. However, a poor woman living close to the Bastille answered that she had seen a man be taken to the fortress. The sisters thanked the old woman, but when she stopped them from walking and pulled out a hand, the siblings sighed before taking out some livre and gave it to the woman. They left her and began snooping. Soon, the siblings became known with the Templar plot in the Le Marais: a blacksmith and a rebel carrying out the dirty-work for a Master Templar and his agent. The Templars used the siblings' father to carry out transactions and slowly transfer the family's money to the Master Templar.
The Templars Edit
However, deeper the siblings got into the Templar-plot, the more they were being exposed for the Order. They could not leave their house at the same time. If they did so, the siblings' house would probably be ransacked – and the house was too valuable to loose. If they showed someone were home, the extremists would stay out. Yet, this could not last forever, and the sisters printed an article in the newspapers, stating: "An innocent man are being held prisoner in the Bastille. We, his daughters, have information on the captor and his acolytes. Contact us, please! We need help to liberate him from the slimy crusader." The last was written to get the attention of the Assassins, and so it did. The Master Templar had read this, however, and he set Charles Benedetto to kill the sisters. The lieutenant led an attack on the siblings' estate. During their defending of their home, the sisters was suddenly aided by two Assassins – as they could tell from their clothing. After killing Charles and his followers, the sisters moved on themselves to the Bastille – looking for the man hiding himself there. As they approached the fortress, the two men told the women to go back to the estate – they would take care of it all. Paulette laughed, stating: "He is our father, and if you don't know it from the records, me and my sister are daughters of an Assassin. We are just as skilled as you two are. We are coming with you."
Climbing up the fortress of the Bastille to the towers, the sisters used their stealth learnt from their mother to silently take out the snipers with their weapons, or by stunning them. The two male Assassins used something called Phantom Blades in addition to their hidden blades. While the old man killed his targets from a safe distant, the younger Assassin – even younger than Paulette and Marie-Jeanette – ran up to his targets, grabbing them, spinning around them and then stab them. Marie-Jeanette found this reckless – and wondered how this … boy had managed to enter the Brotherhood when she hadn't! After taking down the enemies at the top of the Bastille, the Assassins and the sisters killed the extremists at the bridge in the centre above the courtyard. Killing these men too, Marie-Jeanette and her sister tried to spot their target. After scouting for a time, one of the Assassins stated: "There he is!" He pointed at a huge man with red beard. The siblings made themselves ready to attack; meanwhile, the old Assassin dropped down a smoke bomb. The Assassins and the sisters quickly climbed down the walls, and began to kill the extremist. Through the smoke, Marie-Jeanette saw the huge Templar running away; her sister warned the old Assassin. The man lifted his pistol and fired. The Templar stopped. The crowd outside of the fortress fled.
The Templar turned around. He pulled out his warhammer. The one who had fired was the elderly Assassin, so he spent time on reloading. The Templar watched the three that was about attack him. The Templar wielded his warhammer against the attackers. He dealt quick with Marie-Jeanette, making her loose her consciousness.
When Marie-Jeanette came back to herself, the Templar lay at the bottom of the moat. His neck was broken and his throat was sliced. There was no chance he could have survived.
After searching through the Bastille, Marie-Jeanette and her followers did not found Olivier. What they found however, was a surviving extremist in the courtyard. Paulette pulled out her sword, pointing to his chest. "Where is my father, bâtard?" The man laughed, but Paulette then threatened him. The extremist then answered that he only knew that his brother had been sent to the Arsenal with a key. There he would meet with Constance Dufour. The man then took his last breath.
The Agent Edit
The next evening, Marie-Jeanette and her sister met with the Assassins. They had spent their day on reconnoiter the Arsenal: finding out what the agent was up to, what her schemes were, where Olivier could be – such things. It had not taken a long time before they had located her apartment, where Templar-banners hang on the walls. It was obvious she was a Templar, but it seemed she wanted to leave the Order, because while the young Assassin in white had investigated her papers – all Templar-related – she had taken all proofs of her allegiance and burnt them. She even had thrown her pin into the fires. She had then heard her name being called from the staircase, and she went to out to talk. When she returned, the Assassin had taken his way out of the window – closing it after him. However, he had taken a book with Templar-records. It told about the latest the transactions. The Assassin gave it to Paulette, who – after quickly looking over it – understood that the money had been spread across Paris in order to not store it all at one place – making it difficult to catch it all at once. The sisters thanked for the help. Marie-Jeanette then asked if the Assassins had managed to locate their father, to which they replied that that was not the case. The woman became frustrated, but Paulette told her to calm down. With that, Marie-Jeanette and her sister followed the Assassins. The agent seemed to have a bit of a hurry, because suddenly they saw her walking out – more or less yelling to her protectors that she had to leave. She told four lieutenants – one at the time – to make the boats ready. She then walked over to a storehouse where she told the guardsmen something. The two climbed down in a hole before bringing up an old man. Marie-Jeanette and her sister would have screamed under other circumstance, but now they were silence. Their father was there! They followed the agent and her guardsmen to the docks by the Seine. While they stalked them, the Templar and an extremist had a conversation with Olivier – mocking him. They were all protected by the National guard, who seemed to take no notice that an enemy of the Crown had decided to join the group. Marie-Jeanette therefore suspected that the National guards was either influenced by the Templars as their puppet, or they simply followed orders because of money.
At the docks, Marie-Jeanette and her sister wanted to know what they were going to do. The agent were going to leave in just few minutes if they did not do anything quickly. So, the Assassins threw their smoke bombs. The sisters followed the two Assassins in the jump. They all landed at the docks, and began to swing their weapons. Marie-Jeanette used her spear to impale a member of the Swiss guard. With the spear, she lifted the enemy up in the air before the spear went right through the man. Marie-Janette was then ordered by her sister to follow the Assassins. The smoke rose from the fight, and Paulette ran after the extremist – who held Olivier over his shoulder. Meanwhile, Marie-Jeanette and the Assassins jumped out in the river – following the agent, who just now left the docks.
While tailing the agent at the Seine, she suddenly seemed to realize that it was futile trying to escape by the boat. She left it, jumping into the river. The rowboat – which was heavily loaded with cargo – turned around. The goods fell into the river, making – among other things – the tea be deteriorated. The agent was lucky. She had ended up at one of the Extremists' docks. She pointed to the river, screaming: "Assassins!" The agent pulled out her pistol, but realized it would be useless after being in the water, so she pulled out her sword.
Arriving at the riverbank, Marie-Jeanette fought off one of the Extremists before quickly moving over to the agent; she must have believed the extremists would deal with the Assassins – she had chosen to stay, but now she regretted. The agent lifted her sword to defend herself. The spear was parried. The agent swung her sword towards Marie-Jeanette, but she parried the hit – she then kicked the agent in the lower leg. The woman fell to the ground. Marie-Jeanette was to impale the woman, but the latter rolled away – getting back on her feet. The agent then screamed before charging onwards to Marie-Jeanette. She turned around before throwing the spear into the agent's side. Marie-Jeanette then took out the spear but quickly moved up to the agent and put it over her throat – and with a quick movement, the attacker breaks the agent's neck.
Marie-Jeanette loots the agent's corpse, finding a key in her pocket. She hands it over to the Assassin in white robes. The extremists were dead, obviously.
Schemes de Kilmister Edit
Some days later, after returning home to their estate from the market, the Simons discovered the house had been occupied by extremists – who seemed to be lead by a Jacobin named Kevin de Kilmister. Kevin was a fallen aristocrat who now seemed to carry out dirty-work for other nobles, and this seemed to be one of these jobs – as was told by the people living in the neighborhood. Furthermore, they told, Kevin seemed to be looking for some notes in a book. Many walls in Paris had ears. Marie-Jeanette thanked the man who had filled them in with the last information: Kevin carried a red cross on him. After discussing, the siblings agreed on that Marie-Jeanette would find the Assassins again and ask for their help. Meanwhile, Paulette would bring their father to an inn close to the Assassin hideout – where Paulette would guard him.
A few weeks later, Kevin had been killed, but the house had been emptied for everything: paintings, heirlooms, documents, items of value and but not the book with transferring and transactions. The book had been hidden inside a wall close to the entrance. The family had dabbled with the idea of living in Paris for a while – carrying out the transactions and redo the transfers of the money, but until they were settled they had paid a bricklayer to hide the book. This seemed to have been a good idea, since the Templars not had recovered the book. However, because everything was either robbed or destroyed – the house included – the family decided to move back to Le Havre. However, Marie-Jeanette decided that – in order to make their father happy – she would stay in Paris for a while longer and search for the items. Marie-Jeanette was convinced that the Assassins would help, and Paulette said that after all this, maybe they would.
After escorting her sister out of the city – with the help of the white-dressed Assassin from earlier – Marie-Jeanette asked if he could help her further. The Assassin replied that he would do what he could. The woman thanked him, and shared the locations she knew about where the family's valuables was to be located. The Assassins asked: "How do you know I just won't go to these locations and take the items for myself?" She simply replied that she had trust in him after what he did for her family.
Retrieving family-valuables Edit
First thing on the list was a portrait of Marie-Jeanette's mother. The first had managed to find out that it was placed inside a house in the Marias district, not far from the Church of the Madeleine. The houses was guarded by the Saint Vierge group – and she believed it was the appartement of Master Templar Bourienne's son: Portos Bourienne.
Marie-Jeanette agreed on meeting the Assassin near the houses. When he was in trouble, she would aid him if he needed help – if he was caught in the act or something like that. The Assassin gave her a set of smoke bombs to use. She thanked him. The Assassin needed assistance three times. The first time, Marie-Jeanette jumped down from a roof and stabbed the enemies with her spear. She then turned her spear around and impaled the remaining threats through their throats. Afterwards she disappeared in a smoke bomb. The second time she was needed, Marie-Jeanette would sneak up to the targets, grabbing their head and hit them to each other, before using her spear on the remaining enemy by stabbing him in the chest. She left in a smoke bomb. The third and last time Marie-Jeanette was needed, was to enter one of the rooms from a window. She did so. One of the enemies screamed at her, but she threw her spear towards him, impaling her enemy. Meanwhile, she would break the remaining enemy's neck with her bear hands. Afterwards, she ran to the first corpse, took her spear, and left through another window.
When the Assassin had located the painting, he was taken by a surprise by Portos Bourienne. Portos was dressed in a dress and a woman's hat on his head. However, he pointed a sword on the Assassin and demanded to know what he did inside his house. The Assassin called for Marie-Jeanette again, and she entered through a window. This time, she did not manage to enter unnoticed however. Portos had to know about the Assassins way of actions, because he pulled out a pistol and pointed it at Marie-Jeanette. He ordered the two Assassins to stand by the fireplace, and so they did. He demanded to know what their game was. Marie-Jeanette replied that she wanted to retake the painting that belonged to her family. Portos laughed before shooting. The blow hit Marie-Jeanette in the left arm, and she fell to the ground. The Assassin used his hidden blade and shot Portos in the arm. The man screamed in vain and fled the room. He cried out for support. Soon was the room filled with soldiers. The Assassin fought them off while Marie-Jeanette recovered. After the Assassin had killed them all, the two took the painting and fled through a window. At the rooftops, Marie-Jeanette thanked the man for the help. "Out of curiosity, what's your name?" The Assassin smiled for a time before answering: "Pierre. Pierre Étienne." Pierre followed Marie-Jeanette back to her house before he found a doctor to help her repair the wound.
Four days went before Marie-Jeanette called on Pierre again.
The next item on the list was the hidden blades Marie-Jeanette's mother had wielded during her time in the Brotherhood. Kevin de Kilmister seemed to have found out that her mother had created them with the help of Shards she had taken from a Templar. The blades were hidden some place in the Saint Marcel district – where Portos's brother, Baptiste, was to be located here. Unknown to her, Baptiste had been ordered by Master Templar Bourienne and Marguerite LaVenduz to take the blades apart and obtain the shards. This was a task that was easier said than done. Each time Baptiste tried to harm the blades, they created a blast and a shock wave that sent Baptiste flying away from it.
From the repeating flashing lights and screams, Marie-Jeanette and her associate assumed that Baptiste was outside. Pierre and his associate was observing a tannery from a nearby church. Marie-Jeanette was still wounded, but not badly. She stated: "At least I'll have a cool scar." Pierre seemed to like her comment. The two infiltrated the tannery.
The two agreed on in order to frighten the Templars, and delivering them a message, the two would execute a full-scale attack on Baptiste's soldiers. Baptiste stood by a table with a provisional tent. Marie-Janette could hear his frustration, and he was too busy solving this riddle that he did not saw the murderers slowly taking down the snipers before removing the defenders by the entrances to the tannery. After doing this, Marie-Jeanette and Pierre stood by each other when the latter took a pistol and fired to Baptiste. The man screamed in fear and saw to where the shot had come from. He began to scream orders before he took the blades on his wrists and screamed up to the two attackers. The extremists began to climb up the walls. The two attackers jumped from the building and landed on each of their victim. Baptiste screamed for assistance, but he was defendless: he was all on his own. Marie-Jeanette and Pierre ran up to the man and attacked. Baptiste ejected the blades on his wrists. When the attackers swung their weapons on Baptiste, a shock wave sent them backwards. Baptiste ran towards the Assassins with the blades out. However, he was not skilled with the blades – Pierre killed Baptiste with no problems. After fighting off the remaining extremists, Marie-Jeanette and Pierre took the blades on Baptiste's wrists.
After retrieving the painting and the blades, Marie-Jeanette soon learned that Master Templar Bourienne had sent his son Portos to retrieve the money and bring them to his estate in the countryside. When the woman learned of this and contacted Pierre, she was surprised to see another Assassin with him. This was a man from her past: dressed in blue robes and a black armament on his torso. Laurent Mouzay stood in front of her, the man who had rejected her and her sister all those years ago. "What are you doing here?" she asked. "Do I know you?" Laurent asked. Marie-Jeanette was surprised, stating: "I had too old-fashioned skills to join the ranks of the Brotherhood, monsieur." His eyes became wide open, before stating: "It's ironic, but after the reports delivered to me by the Council, your skills are actually good. I'm sorry." Marie-Jeanette felt no need of forgiving him, instead turning to Pierre. "Portos is on his way out the southern gates. If we follow him out, we can attack him without being disturbed by the National guards." Just as she said it, a carriage loaded with chests on the roof came down the street. It was followed by a cart loaded with other goods.
Tailing the carts to the city gates, the Assassins and Marie-Jeanette climbed over the city walls, ending at the outside of Paris. Marie-Janette and her associates tailed the Templars along he road. When they had crossed a bridge, the Assassins attacked. While Pierre went for the cart, Marie-Jeanette and Laurent went for the carriage with Portos. Unexpectedly, some men and women who stood right with the houses began to attack the escort. In the chaos, Laurent explained they were allies of the Brotherhood – after Marie-Jeanette had told about Portos leaving the city, the Brotherhood had told mademoiselle René about it.
Marie-Jeanette saw Portos leaving the carriage, running back to the city gates. Laurent saw it too, and took out a pistol. He fired. Portos screamed and fell to the ground. "He's not dead. Finish him off … Assassin." The woman ignored the statement for some seconds – but thought on it in just some seconds, while she ran: Assassin? Had Laurent accepted her after this short time? Impossible. When Marie-Jeanette approached the Templar, the man pulled out his pistol to fire, but Marie-Jeanette kicked it out of his hand. "Non, non. S'il vous plaît. Épargne moi; Je t'en supplie." Marie-Jeanette did not care for the begging. She found her spear and impaled the Templar.
Returning to the Assassins, Marie-Jeanette saw Laurent use his sword to impale several victims – extremists still breathing. When Pierre saw her, Marie-Jeanette looked at him, stating: "I did it. Portos is dead. Also, he carried this." Marie-Jeanette gave Pierre a letter. Pierre thanked her and opened it. "It's a letter from his father that explains how the transactions of your father will be going from now. It says that the money will be transferred to a contact in Troyes." Laurent took the letter and read it. "I'll personally deal with this. The Council will not allow you to act from you personal interests, mademoiselle. Pierre, bring this woman to Mirabeau and the Council. They will initiate her. I support it – with the reports and personal experience. Go."
19th December 1790, was Marie-Jeanette initiated to the Parisian Brotherhood of Assassins.
Returning home Edit
Paulette and Olivier traveled to Le Havre, spending the following months to get the business back on its feet. The Templars had – despite using only three months – managed to destroy almost all of the company. In late December – some days before christmas – Marie-Jeanette returned to Le Havre with the painting of their mother, their mother's blades, some items of value and a necklace from the Assassin Order. The Assassins had granted Marie-Jeanette to become a part of the Brotherhood. Paulette was thrilled over her twin managing to become an Assassin, and so was their father.
Later life and death Edit
During the rest of the Revolution, Marie-Jeanette stood by the side of the Étienne-siblings – especially Pierre. Later, she was joined by five other Assassins that served as their apprentices. As the years went on, Pierre and Marie-Jeanette developed a relationship. In 1795, she married Pierre, and in 1797 she gave birth to their son – Philippe. With his brith, Marie-Jeanette retired from the Brotherhood until December 1800. She had learned by her husband that a plot involving a bomb was to be carried out by surviving royalists. While Pierre was to stay home, she went out to find out more about it.
At the eve of 24th December 1800, Marie-Jeanette and Arno Dorian overlooked the carriage of Napoleon Bonaparte – taking out snipers on the latter's way to the opera. However, at some point the bomb was ignited – just a few meters from Napoleon's carriage. However, as the explosion happened, Arno and Marie-Jeanette was taken down by two turncoats. Marie-Jeanette recognized one of them as Louis la Mort and the other as Arne Otsberg. While Arno managed to stop Arne, Marie-Jeanette told Arno to locate the royalists – and so he did.
Marie-Jeanette grabbed her spear and began to fight Louis la Mort. The man had decided to leave the Assassins after they refused to stop Napoleon. He meant the man was a despot and a tyrant. The woman stated that it was wrong, Napoleon would lead France in a new direction. "Fool!" Louis yelled, "Napoléon is a former Templar! He used his contacts in the Order to get his hands on the key to the Saint-Denis Temple – and now he has got his hands on an Apple the Order obtained through The Blacksmith almost ten years ago!" Marie-Jeanette refused to believe it. The Assassin Council would have knew it. The two Assassins crossed swords and they began to dueling. Marie-Jeanette swung her spear towards the turncoat la Mort. La Mort used his sword to parry. He lifted his sword against her; Marie-Jeanette turned around behind him and tried to do the same move as she had done on Bourienne's agent in 1790. La Mort was wiser than that however and ducked. He ejected his hidden blades however and stabbed her in the stomach. Marie-Jeanette wobbled for some moments before she lifted the spear against la Mort again. The turncoat grabbed her spear with his free hand and threw it away. He tried to stab the woman, but she used her hidden blades to lead the sword away from her and stabbed la Mort in the back. He screamed in vain, but he would not stop. He had lost his sword, but he too ejected the blades on his wrists. The two then began a quick duel with their hidden blades, wounding the other more lethally for each blow. At last Marie-Jeanette stabbed la Mort in the chest. She was holding him over the balustrade with a hidden blade to his throat and the other in his chest. "How could you do this, la Mort?" The turncoat could barley speak after the fight: "For liberating France from a future threat." Marie-Jeanette could still not understand: "What threat? Napoleon? The Templars?" La Mort shook his head before he in a quick movement grabbed Marie-Jeanette in the shoulders and threw her over the balustrade. She was falling to the street below – which was still in full chaos. As she hit the ground, la Mort leaned on the balustrade: "Naïve Assassins."
- Marie is the French and Czech form of Maria
- Maria has uncertain meaning, but several theories including "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved" or mr "love".
- Jeanette is meaning "Yahweh is gracious".
- Simon come from Σιμων (Simon), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name שִׁמְעוֹן (Shim'on) which meant "he has heard".
- Marie-Jeanette was retrieved by Arno after he killed François-Joseph Carbon and was given a proper Assassin burial