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Arno Dorian standing before the French Assassin Council

Throughout the history of the Assassin Brotherhood, several branches adopted an Assassin Council, or Council of the Brotherhood, as their governing body. The statutes of the Levantine Assassins contained a provision for the creation of an Assassin Council, and the dissolution of the Council by the Brotherhood's Mentor.

During the Renaissance, the Mentor of the Italian Brotherhood led an Assassin Council comprised of several local Master Assassins. The French branch of the Assassin Order during the French Revolution and the British Brotherhood during the Industrial Revolution were also led by their respective Assassins Councils.

HistoryEdit

Levantine CouncilEdit

Swami: "A meeting of the council has been called for tomorrow morning."
Altaïr: "The what?"
Swami: "With Malik imprisoned, a council was formed to oversee the Order, in accordance with the statutes of the Brotherhood."
—Altaïr being told about the newly-formed council by Swami, 1227.[src]

During the early years of the 13th century, the sect of Assassins operating in the Levant held provisions for the establishment of an Assassin Council to oversee the Levantine Brotherhood in the event that a suitable Mentor could not be appointed. Following the departure of Mentor Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad from Masyaf — the Levantine Assassins' seat of power at the time — to combat the growing threat of the Mongol Empire, and the imprisonment of the interim Mentor Malik Al-Sayf on the charge of murder, the Assassins convened a council headed by Altaïr's rival, Abbas Sofian.[1]

Sofian's council numbered ten Assassins in total, and upon Altaïr's return to Masyaf in 1228, consisted of men the former Mentor considered to be among the Order's most weak-minded and conniving, including the likes of Farim. Soon after his return, Altaïr met with Sofian and the Assassin Council to discuss his quest to halt the Mongols' advances and his success in slaying Genghis Khan, the Mongol leader. Though the statutes of the Levantine Brotherhood once would have allowed the returned Altaïr to assume leadership again and dissolve the sitting council, Sofian's scheming had altered the statutes' ordinances so he and his council could stay in power, having declared Altaïr too compromised to lead.[1]

When Altaïr later took back the Levantine Order from Abbas Sofian's leadership in 1247, the Mentor elected not to continue the Assassin Council, though he retained several trusted advisers.[1]

Italian CouncilEdit

"Business first. I am calling a meeting of the Council of the Brotherhood here tonight."
―Mario Auditore.[src]

During the era of the Renaissance, the Italian Assassins maintained an Assassin Council, otherwise known as the Council of the Brotherhood. Comprised of several notable Master Assassins, often under the oversight of the current Mentor, the Assassin Council was responsible for choosing the Italian Brotherhood's leader and ratifying significant decisions regarding the direction of the Order.[2]

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The Italian Council meeting to discuss the Borgia threat

In 1500, several members of the Italian Assassin Council — including the Assassin leader Mario Auditore and Niccolò Machiavelli — met at the Villa Auditore in Monteriggioni to hear Ezio Auditore da Firenze recount his confrontation with Pope Rodrigo Borgia and the discovery of the Vatican Vault beneath the Sistine Chapel. In the aftermath of Cesare Borgia's devastating attack on Monteriggioni that cost the life of Mario Auditore, Ezio and Machiavelli were appointed dual chiefs of the Council by virtue of their deeds furthering the Assassin cause.[2]

The Assassin Council later ratified the ascension of Ezio to the role of Mentor and leader of the Italian Assassins.[2] During Ezio's tenure as Mentor, the Italian Assassin Council could count Machiavelli, Bartolomeo d'Alviano, Rosa, La Volpe, Paola, and Claudia Auditore among their numbers,[3] each offering the Mentor aid, intelligence, and advice.[4] When Ezio later stepped down as Mentor, and named Lodovico Ariosto as his chosen successor, the council was left to ratify his decision.[3]

French CouncilEdit

"Assassin, this Council charges you to go to la Cour des Miracles. Find there the Templar agent le Roi des Thunes. Learn his secrets, and bring him peace."
―Mirabeau ordering Arno to assassinate le Roi des Thunes, 1791.[src]

The French Assassin Council was active since at least the mid-18th century, dispatching John de la Tour to the early American Colonies. Operating under the council's orders, de la Tour aided in the establishment of a new Colonial Brotherhood of Assassins around 1746, though his death at the battle of Louisbourg left control of the Colonial Assassins in the hands of Mentor Achilles Davenport.[5]

In 1748, Gaspar Velasquez and his associates in Spain began working on the blueprints for a powerful new brig to bolster the Colonial Assassins. However, they were unable to build the ship themselves due to the threat posed by the British Templars. The following year, the plans were given to the French Council, who had the ship — dubbed the Aquila — constructed in Brest, France, and delivered into the possession of the Colonial Brotherhood.[5]

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The French Council during the Revolution

By 1789, the French Council was led by the Mentor Mirabeau, and operated out of the Assassin sanctuary beneath the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. At this point, the council was composed of four other Master Assassins: Pierre Bellec, Sophie Trenet, Hervé Quemar, and Guillaume Beylier. In July of 1789, they inducted Arno Dorian into the Brotherhood, and, as the French Revolution broke out, sought to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict.[6]

In 1791, Mirabeau was murdered by his fellow council member Pierre Bellec, for attempting to establish peace with Élise de la Serre, a Templar betrayed by her own Order. Bellec, having been witness to Templar atrocities committed in the name of purging the Assassins, viewed Mirabeau's push for peace as treason against the Assassin Order. Bellec's crime was uncovered not long after by Arno, leading the two Assassins to engage in a fight that left the former dead, and the Assassin Council deprived of two of its members.[6]

Thereafter, chairmanship of the French Council fell to Trenet, who later lead the council to expel Arno from the Assassin Order. They did not approve of his selfish reasons for joining the Brotherhood, nor the manner in which he repeatedly acted outside the tenets of the Creed, brashly killing targets without the council's consent, in order to pursue a personal vendetta against the rogue Templars who killed his adoptive father. The French Council banished Dorian, but did not seek to punish him further, and would ultimately welcome the young Assassin back years later,[6] after he had matured and shown true dedication to the Brotherhood's cause.[7]

British CouncilEdit

Evie: "London must be freed. To provide a better future for all of its citizens."
Henry: "Well thank goodness the Council saw reason and sent you to aid us."
―Evie Frye and Henry Green, 1868.[src]

By the year 1868, the British sect of the Assassin Brotherhood was overseen by an Assassin Council that was reluctant to take action against the Templars that so thoroughly controlled London at the time. Against the orders of the council, the young British Assassins Jacob and Evie Frye nevertheless traveled to London to help Henry Green, the leader of the city's remaining Assassins.[8]

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