- "Pope Clement, hear me! Before this year is out, you will answer for your crimes before God almighty. And you, King Philip, no punishment is too heinous for the great evil you have inflicted upon the Temple. I curse you! Curse you to the thirteenth generation of your blood! You shall be cursed!"
- ―Jacques de Molay's dying words, 1314.[src]
|Jacques de Molay|
Jacques de Molay (c. 1244 – 1314) was the last publicly recognized Grand Master of the Templar Order, and a Sage. Upon his execution, the Templars disappeared from the public life, and became a secretive organization.
During the early 14th century, even as Jacques led his Order into their Golden Age, the Assassin Order influenced the French King Philip the Fair to turn against them. The Templars were branded heretics, their fortress was stormed, and hundreds of them were arrested.
As their Grand Master, Jacques understood that the Templars could no longer survive in a public image, and decided to make the ultimate sacrifice. Before his inevitable death, he sent nine of his most trusted men - who possessed "knowledge of the Ancients" - out into the world to continue his work.
In 1314, Jacques allowed himself to be interrogated, then burned at the stake, also cursing the names of King Philip IV of Paris, his descendants and Clement, who all died shortly after. By doing so, he saved the lives of his brethren, and made their enemies believe that the Order had died along with him, though they had merely moved underground.
In the late 18th century, Jacques' descendant, Anne de Molay murdered two of the descendants of Jacques' interrogators. She failed to murder the third, which resulted in the Assassin Arno Dorian handing her over to the the police.
Jacques was later commemorated in 1937 by the Templar Order's new public front, Abstergo Industries. There, an image of him was displayed prominently in the room accessible only to members of the Order's Inner Sanctum.
In 2001, researchers at the Vatican Secret Archives uncovered a document written in 1308 by Pope Clement which absolved Jacques de Molay of all charges. The parchment was later mysteriously lost.
- Contrary to other known Sages, Jacques de Molay did not appear to be affected with heterochromia. However this was probably an oversight of the development team.
- Jacques de Molay is revered as a hero among the Templars, similar to Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad among the Assassins.