In 1789, Hugo's brother defeated Arno Dorian in a game of pharaoh, winning the latter's cherished pocket watch. Arno later broke into Victor's house and stole the watch back. Upon discovering this Victor attacked Arno, allowing Hugo to take the watch. As Hugo ran away with it, Arno was able to tackle him and take the watch back.
Hugo and Victor eventually caught up with Arno at his home, accusing him of theft. The brothers were forced to leave with nothing however, as Arno's adoptive father François de la Serre kept him from being persecuted.
Later that day, Hugo and Victor tailed Arno to the Estates-General, intending to take the watch back. After a duel between Arno and the brothers, the former proved victorious, escaping the guards who arrived at the scene.
In 1793, during the Reign of Terror, Hugo and Victor were convicted as enemies of the state, and sentenced to death by guillotining. To the brothers' fortune, Arno planned to assassinate Aloys la Touche, the man in charge of the execution. Pretending to be one of the prisoners, Arno neared la Touche and assassinated him, breaking up the execution and saving the brothers' lives.
- The names of Victor and Hugo are a reference to the French poet and novelist Victor Hugo.
- Hugo mentioned the reason for his and Victor's imprisonment was stealing a loaf of bread. This is a reference to the protagonist of Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables, Jean Valjean, who was imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread.