- "The King is... merely a symbol. A symbol can inspire fear, and fear can inspire control - but men inevitably lose their fear of symbols. As you can see."
- ―François-Thomas Germain on the execution of Louis XVI, 1793.[src]
The execution of Louis XVI was an event during the French Revolution, in which the French king, Louis XVI, was sentenced to death by the National Convention under the influence of the Templars and beheaded using the guillotine at the Place de la Révolution on 21 January 1793.
François-Thomas Germain, Sage and Grand Master of the Parisian Templars, organized the execution of the king as a step to his plan to control France, and also to avenge Jacques de Molay's death. In March 1791, Germain and his followers prepared the last details of their plan; Frédéric Rouille found evidence that the king schemed against the National Assembly. Rouille handed over the information to Louis-Michel le Peletier, who would reveal it to the Assembly. Marie Lévesque and Flavigny hoarded the food arriving in Paris to starve the populace and increase the disorder in the city, leading to the storming of the Tuileries Palace and the arresting of King Louis by the Convention in August 1792.
The Convention abolished the monarchy and declared the first republic under the leadership of a Templar, Maximilien de Robespierre. In January 1793, the king was sentenced to death, with the vote of le Peletier which decided the fate of the king. The day of the execution, Germain admired his work but was found by Arno Dorian, who wanted to avenge his foster father's death. Germain explained to Arno that the Templar Order was reborn and without the monarchy and aristocracy, they would control the society with the gold. After the execution of the king, the Grand Master escaped and left Arno with his guards.