May 8, 1764
Saint Vierge (1789-death)
Thérèse Bruxelles was a French smuggler who was active during the French Revolution. Thérèse Bruxelles was a skilled Templar who could get anything the Templars needed across the globe, and was also a member of the Saint Vierge group.
Thérèse Bruxelles was born on May 8, 1764 in Calais, France. Her mother and father were wealthy upper-class merchants who worked with many different companies across the world. Being born in the upper-class meant manners, grace, and respect for fellow upper-classmen, but Thérèse didn't fit any of these traits. Thérèse's parents tried to teach the important parts of being an upper-class citizen, but Thérèse found all of it boring. Thérèse was always into living life on the edge, doing things that her parents hated. Thérèse also had a tendency for violence and foul language, getting into countless fights at her school and verbally assaulting her tutors. Thérèse's parents knew for a fact that they couldn't change their daughter, so they just accepted her for who she was. When Thérèse was 18 years old, she came home one day to find her home partially on fire. With butterflies in her stomach, Thérèse rushed into her house and found three random men in the house slit her father's throat. Thérèse' eyes burst with tears as the men noticed her. One of the men began to walk up to her, but Thérèse thought ahead and charged at the man and hit him in the chest. The man fell on his back as Thérèse took the pistol that was on his waist. Thérèse looked into the man's eyes, that were noticeably full of fear, and shot him in the head. Thérèse looked at the other two men who looked shocked. Thérèse took the knife that belonged to the man she killed and walked up to the two others. The two men snapped out of it and one of them swung his knife to her head. Thérèse ducked in time and took the opportunity to drive her knife into his stomach, then his head when he bent over. The final man looked at Thérèse as if she was the devil himself and began to look for a way out, but the only exit was the front door, and Thérèse stood in the way. Thérèse walked up to the third man and stabbed him in the chest and glared into his eyes as he died. With her parents dead, Thérèse gathered her things and began to live her life on the streets.
Thérèse spent the next few years of her life living on the streets, a life she was actually okay with. It was full of violence, and Thérèse, of course, loved violence. As Thérèse got older, her skills at using pistols also improved drastically. Thérèse would enter shooting competitions and she showed other men that though she was a woman, she was more skilled than all of them put together. On February 18, 1789, Thérèse was sitting in a tavern drinking some rum, when a woman wearing skimpy clothes entered the tavern. Thérèse knew she didn't look like the type of woman who would be at a tavern regularly and decided to keep an eye on her. The woman then walked up to Thérèse and asked her if she wanted work. Thérèse looked up confused and asked what kind of work, to which the woman said she needed some weapons delivered to a certain location in Paris. Thérèse decided to take the job, she had done some smuggling in her past and was looking to booster up her reputation. The woman introduced herself as Marguerite Lavenduz and gave Thérèse a note that had all of the details needed. Thérèse looked at the note later that day and the note said that the stash of weapons was hidden underneath a certain tile at the docks, then once they were collected, Thérèse was to travel to an street next to the Notre Dame Cathedral where an associate would pick them up. The note also cautioned Thérèse to be careful as the docks were being guarded by men who were associated with a group that were enemies of Lavenduz, but the note didn't give them a name. Thérèse set out the next night to the docks with two pistols and a dagger and just as the note predicted, the docks were guarded by at least eight men. Thérèse crept her way to the docks and followed what the note said: Go forward, then go to the right, the weapons should be under the sixth tile. Thérèse did as the note said and moved with the shadows to remain unseen. Thérèse made it to the sixth tile on the right and it was loose, so she took it off and found that there was a whole four feet deep and six feet wide, and in it was a black bundle that heald undisclosed weapons. Thérèse was able to sneak out without any of the men seeing her and began her journey to the Notre Dame Cathedral. After two and a half days, Thérèse made it to Paris. Thérèse was immediately taken in awe of the complete size of the city , life everywhere, all different sights and sound. The people however, weren't so great, there were almost riots on every single street Thérèse passed through, and it made navigation difficult. After five hours, Thérèse finally found the street that she was supposed to deliver the weapons. Thérèse waited around for the associate to show up, then spotted three men walk near her. Before she could blink, Thérèse found herself pinned to the wall by to of the men as the third approached her while laughing. Thérèse knew what was about to happen and used her free legs to kick the man behind her in the groin. While the other two were distracted, Thérèse took advantage to sweep one of them off his feet then punching the third in the face. Thérèse was tired and decided for once to show mercy and yelled for them to leave. As the three men ran away, Thérèse heard clapping to her left and standing there was LaVenduz. Thérèse asked LaVenduz why she didn't help her, to which LaVenduz revealed that the whole mission was a test to see if Thérèse was good enough for her Order. When Thérèse asked what Order she was reffering to, LaVenduz told Thérèse to be patient, as she would know in due time.
Another thing that LaVenduz told Thérèse, was that the order she worked for was willing to give Thérèse a nice house in the French Borough of Île de la Cité under the condition that Thérèse be ready to work for them when the time came, to which Thérèse accepted graciously, she hadn't had a home since her parents died.
Joining The Templars
Thérèse spent the next few weeks getting used to her new home in the Île de la Cité as well as wondering when the so-called Order would need her help. Her chance would come on August 12, 1789, when LaVenduz sent Thérèse a letter that had details of another mission. Thérèse was initially excited for another mission, but that excitement was supressed when the letter just said that Thérèse was to take another bundle of weapons to the docks of the Bièvre Borough. Thérèse, although disappointed, wanted to join the cause that LaVenduz followed, so on August 14, 1789, she began her mission. The mission was mostly uneventful for Thérèse, aside from some riots going on. Two hours after beginning her walk to the docks, Thérèse was walking in a mostly deserted alleyway and could see the docks on the other side. Suddenly, someone spun her around and once she was, extended blades from their wrist to Thérèse's throat. Thérèse reacted quickly by pushing the person's arm away while stepping to their side, then gave them a jab to the ribs. Thérèse then got a good look at the person, it was a man wearing green hooded robes, and wielding a spear. Thérèse thought that everything about this man was strange, but didn't think on it too long as he was starting to recover. Thérèse began her attack by charging at him shoulder-first and slammed him into a nearby wall. The man was completely helpless as Thérèse pulled out her pistol and put it to his head. Thérèse was about to pull the trigger when someone else came up from behind her and pulled her hand back before she could fire. Thérèse turned around and saw that the person was woman wearing red robes wielding a sword. The woman extended wrist blades just like the man and stabbed Thérèse in the stomach, and the man from before got up and used the little strength her had to walk up behind Thérèse. The man claimed that Thérèse's Templars would fail and she would die. Thérèse was unsure of what he was walking about, but knew she was done for. Thérèse then heard a slashing sound and squeezed her eyes shut, but she didn't die. Confused, Thérèse opened her eyes and saw the woman was fighting LaVenduz a few feet away. Thérèse looked behind her and saw the corpse of the man from before with slash wounds in his back. Thérèse looked back at LaVenduz fighting the woman with a fan with blades in it from the looks of it. Thérèse didn't think twice and pulled out one of her pistols and aimed at the woman in robes and fired. The bullet entered in the woman's skull, killing her instantly. Thérèse then collapsed from her wounds, then woke up a few hours in a bed. Thérèse straightened herself up from the bed and saw LaVenduz sitting on a nearby chair looking at Thérèse. Thérèse asked where she was, to which LaVenduz reveled that she was at the headquarters fro the Order she worked fro. Thérèse couldn't contain it any longer and finally asked who LaVenduz worked for and who the hooded people were. LaVenduz told Thérèse that she worked for an order called the Templars, who were men and women who seeked to unite the world under their rule and give people freedom through order. LaVenduz then said that the hooded people were the Assassins, heathens who wanted to give everyone in the world complete and udder freedom. It was also revealed that the Templars and Assassins were mortal enemies who were constantly fighting each other for centuries. Thérèse found herself agreeing with the Templar's philosophy, complete freedom would only lead to chaos and destruction. Thérèse declared that she wanted to join the Templars, to which LaVenduz said that was what they were in the building for. LaVenduz told Thérèse to get ready and go downstairs when she was ready. Thérèse got up and grabbed her pistols and hat and began her walk down the stairs. Thérèse entered a room with LaVenduz being accompanied by several others. Thérèse then made verbal vows, promising to serve the Templar Order from then until her death. After the vows were complete, LaVenduz gave Thérèse a ring, making her a full fledged Templar.
Stationed in the Saint Vierge
Thérèse spent the next few months serving the Templars in whatever smuggling mission that was needed from her, which were rare. The Templars couldn't find any proper routes to find that Thérèse could use. As time went on and the smuggling missions became more rare, Thérèse would talk of her annoyances of the Order to LaVenduz, to which LaVenduz said she had a solution. Thérèse was interested and asked what LaVenduz had in mind, what was said next confused Thérèse. LaVenduz said that she had visions from a woman whom she reffered to as "The Grey Lady." This Grey Lady had told LaVenduz that the Assassins and Templars are nothing than despots, and through the Grey Lady, all would be living in a golden age under one ruler. Thérèse initially thought that LaVenduz was crazy, but wanted something to do for one, and asked what she needed to do. LaVenduz explained that Thérèse was to smuggle weapons for the Templars as always, but also search for the Jewel of Eden needed to complete the process of summoning the Grey Lady. Thérèse accepted, she didn't care that LaVenduz believed in ghost stories.
Thérèse spent the next three years following orders in looking for the Jewel of Eden, but was ultimately unsuccessful. Other than that, Thérèse found it icreasingly harder to believe all the stories that LaVenduz had been telling her, of the "ones who came before" and how humanity needed to live under their rule once again. All of it became too much for Thérèse to believe, but ultimately remained loyal to the Templars and Saint Vierge, as they gave her purpose.
In 1792, Thérèse began to notice a something strange in her ever-rare smuggling missions. The route she would normally take would be full of people rioting, so many that there would simply be no way around them and she would have to take a longer route altogether. At first Thérèse thought it was just because of the revolution that was going on these days, but she thought that it was strange that all the riots were happening in districts that were well guarded and were generally peaceful. Thérèse knew that something wasn't right and decided to investigate. After completing one of her smuggling assignments, Thérèse knew it would be several weeks before she would be sent on another one, so she took this time to investigate. Thérèse chose to investigate the Conciergerie, which was a prison used by the French King. Thérèse chose the Conciergerie because it was a prison, and it had to be well protected, which meant no riots. Thérèse spent the next few days patrolling the prison, but found nothing. After four days of looking for nothing, Thérèse decided to give up and search elsewhere. Suddenly, Thérèse heard yelling coming from across the street, the voice sounded strangely foreign for some reason. Thérèse ran toward the yelling and saw a crowd gathering, and in the center stood a man in blue robes shouting for the people to stand up against signs of the king's oppression, meaning the prison. After the man was done shouting, a riot had ensued and Thérèse began to follow the man in blue. The man was fast and elusive and had all the traits of an Assassin, the mortal enemies of the Templars. Thérèse did her duty and began to full blown run after the man. The man then began climbing the buildings fast and before Thérèse could blink, he was on top of the rooftops and ultimately lost her. Thérèse went back to her apartment and arranged a meeting with LaVenduz to ask if she knew of this Assassin. Four days later, LaVenduz arrived at Thérèse's apartment and Thérèse began her questions. First and foremost, Thérèse wanted to know who the man she saw at the prison was. LaVenduz said that the descriptions sounded the most like Arne Otsberg, a Swedish Assassin who had transferred to France after hearing of the Revolution, that was all LaVenduz knew. The second question on Thérèse's mind was what Otsberg's plan was. LaVenduz didn't have an answer for that, but asked some questions of her own. LaVenduz asked Thérèse where the riots were taking place, to which Thérèse told her that the riots were happening in almost all districts of her borough. That's when it hit Thérèse, Otsberg was creating riots in her borough to make sure people rioted and to make sure that all the routes surrounding her were blocked. Thérèse's heart sunk as she realized that she had waited too long and she needed to escape soon. LaVenduz gave Thérèse permission to leave her borough for now until things got cleared up, and Thérèse exited the building.
Thérèse exited the building she met LaVenduz in and hurriedly began to get to her apartment. Along the way, Thérèse would look behind her constantly to see if she was being followed out of paranoia. Thérèse got home a few minutes and started packing her apartment to get out of her borough. Thérèse suddenly realized that she didn't have a backup plan, she didn't know where to go. Thérèse settled on going back to Calais and then writing back to LaVenduz from there tell her that she was safe. Thérèse got her stuff ready and walked out the door. Thérèse was able to make her way out of the city in a few hours, always making sure to check everywhere for signs of Assassins. Three days passed and Thérèse finally made it back to Calais, and relieved that she made it back safely. Thérèse walked around town and bought a room at a local inn to stay in for awhile. Thérèse wrote a letter to LaVenduz that said how she was safe and ready for duty if need be. Thérèse decided to spend the rest of the day walking around the town and beach of Calais. Thérèse was comforted from all the familiar sights and for the first time in days, finally felt safe. Night came and Thérèse made her way back to her room at the inn and stepped in. There greeting her was Arne Otsberg himself who waisted no time in stabbing Thérèse in the stomach, then setting her down. Otsberg didn't say anything as he let her down, the two then exchanged words before Thérèse passed from this world.
Thérèse: "This is it then? My life is over because I wasn't quick enough this time. Shame on me."
Arne: "Shame on you and all of your Templar brothers and sisters."
Thérèse: "What have my colleagues done to feel great shame? Follow orders? I guess that makes you as much a fool as I am!"
Arne: "I follow orders from a people who work to give humanity freedom. People who want to rid the world of you Templars who want nothing but order!"
Thérèse: "If it's freedom you want, then you are a greater fool than I've ever thought. Freedom does nothing for the world but create chaos and destruction! The Templars will give order, yes. But they are not the ones I truly serve. The ones I serve will make sure humanity is under the rightful rule of her. She can't be stopped and my colleagues will make sure she is set free."
Arne: "What are you talking about? Who is 'she'?
Thérèse begins to succumb to her wounds
Arne: "Wait! what are you talking about? Please!
Thérèse succumbs to her wounds
Arne: "Gå nu och bli dömd av den du tjänar. Vila i frid." (Go now, and be judged by the one whom you serve. Rest in peace."
- Thérèse is the French form of Therese
- Therese is the German and Scandinavian form of Theresa
- Theresa has uncertain meaning, but it could be derived from Greek θερος (theros) "summer", from Greek θεριζω (therizo) "to harvest", or from the name of the Greek island of Therasia (the western island of Santorini).
- Thérèse's last name, Bruxelles, is the French variant of Brussel – Belgium's capital.