- "If you're dead, I've made my point!"
- ―The Duellist
13 March 1721 (aged 35)
Renardo Aguilar was born on April 29, 1686 to a Spanish father, Ángel Celilio Aguilar (1644 - 1701) and a Basque mother, Elixabete Mendiluze (1664 - 1716). Ángel was a banker from Madrid, whereas Elixabete was leader of a group of courtesans that operated across the province of Navarre. Renardo's father was inducted into the Templar Order in 1663 at the young age of 19, and quickly rose up the ranks. His bank in Madrid was the result of Templar funding. Elixabete was not a Templar at the time of Renardo's birth, but in 1693 she was brought in at the request of Ángel.
Renardo was brought up in Madrid with his father. He only saw his mother once every couple of months, and as a result grew close to him. Ángel's journal revealed that in secret, he taught his son how to use a sword, create poisons and many other things that would become useful later in Renardo's life. In October 1701, Ángel was killed by Ah Tabai, who at the time was a low-ranking member of the Assassins. Not wishing to join his mother in Navarre, Renardo took to the streets of Madrid. Here, he became a successful pickpocket and met Felicia Moreno, a fellow thief three years his junior. The two quickly became romantically involved.
In 1704, Renardo, now aged 18, was demonstrating his impressive swordsmanship in Madrid when he encountered Francisco Lórenz de Rada. de Rada, a previous member of the School of Verdadera Destreza, brought Renardo to his home and taught him how to utilize his skills further. Felicia Moreno was later recruited too, and the pair were found to both have knacks for swordsmanship. In May 1706 after over two years of teaching, de Rada's health was failing and he rewarded Renardo one of his impressive swords for his patience and talent and allowed him to leave.
Being discovered by the Templars
Realizing that he now held both impressive talents and an impressive weapon, Renardo turned from petty theft to worse crime, among them robbery and murder. With Felicia at his side, the two made quite a fortune and spent their short time together lavishly. Shortly thereafter, they found themselves in Havana. On Renardo's 21st birthday in 1707, he had broken into the estate of none other than Laureano de Torres y Ayala, then-Governor of Cuba and Grand Master of the Templar Order. After successfully stealing exactly 27 boxes of jewelry worth approximately R$100,000, he was discovered by Torres. Instead of having him killed, Torres was impressed by the man's skills and sat down to speak with him. Felicia, who was keeping surveillance, discovered something was amiss and escaped the scene. According to one of Torres' guards, he made tea and explained who he was. He then proposed a truce: Renardo would kill someone that Torres needed killed, and he wouldn't be killed. Renardo accepted.
The day after, Renardo sat by a pigeon coop in the market section of Havana and awaited the bird destined to reach him. Eventually, the pigeon arrived, and the name was none other than Francisco Lórenz de Rada, the man who taught him most of what he knew. Knowing it was too late to decline, Renardo trekked uphill to de Rada's new residence in the hills of Havana. Once there, Renardo broke in from the backyard of de Rada's house. It was not overly fancy, simply a modest house in the hills. Inside, he found nothing. Nobody was there. Relieved that he wouldn't have to murder his mentor, Renardo left from the same way he broke in. Unfortunately, de Rada was there, sitting in a chair facing the cliff. He was reading a book. Renardo approached and simultaneously drew his beautiful sword, given to him by the man he was about to kill. It took him no more than a moment to decide whether to make de Rada aware he was about to die. He chose not to. With a very swift slash of the sword, Francisco Lórenz de Rada was no more. His body slumped in the chair, while his head rolled around on the wet grass. Renardo looked up at the sky. "Usted tendría entender. Que en paz descanse, mentor", he said, hand to his heart. Francisco was the first out of dozens of murders committed by Renardo Aguilar.
(Olivier, Renardo's memories from 3/13/1707 to 4/26/1714 are blank. Any ideas? -ML)
Inducted into the Templar Order
On April 26, 1714, Templar records indicate that Renardo was formally inducted into the Order. He was awarded a mid-sized house in the middle of Havana, and served as an assassin for them. He became known for his extremely well planned out executions, frequently using poison, and only using his sword when absolutely necessary. Between April 1714 and August 1716, he is believed to have killed more than 75 targets, though his cover was never blown.
During Renardo's rise to power, Felicia was left in the dust. After the incident at Torres' mansion, she cut all ties with Renardo and ventured to Martinique to serve as a petty theif. In June 1714, however, Felicia was also inducted into the Templar Order. The two encountered each other in July and quickly reconciled. Once discovering their talents and relationship, the Templars frequently used the pair for important assassinations. In November of the same year, they were seen together in Spain during the week that Alexendre Maître was killed, and it is likely that they were behind it.
By 1716, Renardo had entirely outgrown his street beggar persona, instead he was frequently seen at posh banquets, and around town was always seen in the highest quality clothing. He had crates of fine Madeira wine brought to his residence daily, and refused to drink any other wines. On October 3, 1716, Renardo's mother Elixabete arrived in Havana to visit Renardo. Despite not seeing each other for fifteen years, the two were observed together constantly while she was visiting. However, on the 13th of the same month, Elixabete was at his side when she suddenly dropped to the ground. She was not breathing, and Renardo noticed the mark of a poison dart in her neck. He made a large commotion, and guards were summoned. Despite his despair, Renardo fled the scene. Elixabete was fifty-two.
(Nothing notable happened from 1716 to 1721. He killed many people, but nobody special other than maybe John Leake. Can we skip this part since the entire entry is only for future reference? - ML)
(Yes, since we have other things on hand at the moment. But just this time. - OG)
Abduction and death
On March 12, 1721, Renardo was at a banquet in Havana. While drinking one of his Madeira wines, he started to feel unbalanced and collapsed. When he awoke, he was on a ship, the Dragon's Gale in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. Three masked men approached him, and took him to the deck. He then realized that it was an Assassin ship. The men took off their masks, but Renardo did not recognize them. The captain, a tall and muscular man approached with Renardo's own sword and, without hesitating, stabbed him in the stomach and dropped him to the ground.
- Renardo: It was not supposed to end like this...
- Assassin: No Templar will ever meet a peaceful end, ciertamente no es así, de todos los pueblos (certainly not you, of all people.)
- Renardo: I cannot die yet! I still have much to live for! I -
- Assassin: You lived only to kill the innocent. By killing you, we have ended another severe threat.
- Renardo: Have you any clue how many of us there are? You cannot take their lives back, Assassin. You should have done this much earlier...if your goal is simply to prevent death.
Renardo succumbed to his wound.
- Assassin: Even in death, you do not understand. Que en paz descanse.