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Arno: "I know the company your wife keeps. I think you're in over your head."
Thomas: "Please, I beg you! You don't know what she's capable of!"
―Arno and Thomas Lévesque on Marie, 1792.[src]
Marie Lévesque
ACU Marie Levesque
Biographical information
Died

31 October 1792
Paris, French Republic

Political information
Affiliations

Templars

Real-world information
Appears in

Assassin's Creed: Unity
Unity novel

Voice actor

Amber Goldfarb

Marie Lévesque (unknown – 1792) was a French merchant and a member of the Parisian Rite of the Templar Order, operating during the French Revolution. She, along with Chrétien Lafrenière, Louis-Michel le Peletier and Charles Gabriel Sivert, served as advisors of the Grand Master François de la Serre for several years.

However, when François-Thomas Germain was exiled, Marie secretly pledged her allegiance to him, becoming part of a radical faction that sought to gain control of the Parisian Rite of the Templar Order. Following their murder of de la Serre, they engineered the French Revolution; Marie's role in this scheme was to hoard food, causing the people of Paris to grow hungry and increasingly riotous and eventually blame this on the royals. Before the culmination of her plot could come to fruition, however, she was assassinated at her own party by Arno Dorian.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

"Marie was the only one who argued against Germain's exile; I'm not surprised she's thrown in with him."
―Élise on Marie's switch in allegiances, 1792.[src]

Born to a lineage affiliated with the Templars since the Third Crusade, Marie was taught the Order's ways from an early age. When her family began to experience financial difficulties, she married the wealthy Thomas Lobit in 1771 to alleviate them. The Lobits, though prosperous, were eager to be recognized as legitimate nobles and, complying with the demands of Marie's father, had Thomas take the surname of his wife.[1]

Within a few years, Marie had rebuilt her family's fortune.[1] She eventually became one of François de la Serre's official advisors, referred to as "the Crows" by de la Serre's daughter Élise for their "long black coats, dark felt hats and eyes that never smiled". They would often debate fiercely with de la Serre and his wife Julie on what actions to take, especially when it came to King Louis XVI, whom the Crows wanted to depose.[2]

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Marie at Germain's expulsion

When François-Thomas Germain, a high-ranking member within the Order, was due to be cast out for his heretic notions, Marie was the only one who argued in his favor. Germain was nonetheless exiled, leaving Marie conflicted. When he subsequently visited her at home and requested her help, she agreed without hesitation.[1]

Over the years, Germain's supporters would grow in number and influence, with others like le Peletier and Sivert joining the cause. On 5 May 1789, Marie and her fellow Templars attended Élise's official induction into the Order at the Palace of Versailles. In truth, they had arranged for Sivert and the Roi des Thunes to kill de la Serre after the ceremony, allowing them to seize power and install Germain as the new Grand Master.[1]

French RevolutionEdit

Marie: "The price of grain is higher than ever, Grand Master. Our agents are in place to divert the shipments to our docks."
Germain: "Good... Starve them. Through famine and fury they will see their false masters for what they are..."
―Marie and Germain discussing plans, 1791.[src]

As the French Revolution broke out, Germain's followers exploited public discontent with the monarchy and sought to create as much chaos as possible. Still, they were kept in the dark about the true purpose of their activities. On 31 March 1791, Marie joined le Peletier and Aloys la Touche at the Hôtel de Beauvais for a Templar meeting.[1]

While waiting, Marie voiced her concerns that supporters of the old guard, like Lafrenière, would try to stop their plans, though la Touche informed her that an Assassin had already been manipulated into killing Lafrenière. They were subsequently joined by Frédéric Rouille, following which they went to meet with Germain. The Grand Master explained he wanted to avoid King Louis XVI being made a martyr following his death, by discrediting him first.[1]

Marie was subsequently entrusted with procuring as much of the food supplies coming into Paris as she could, preventing them from reaching the markets. With the price of grain high and the food scarce, the citizens grew more desperate and displeased with the monarchy as time went on; riots became commonplace. Marie was aided in these endeavors by her assistant Flavigny, though the latter was tracked down and eliminated through the combined efforts of the Assassins and Théroigne de Méricourt in the summer of 1792.[1]

Having starved the population of Paris for more than a year, Marie prepared to pin it all on the royal family. She had large amounts of grain escorted to the Luxembourg Palace's wine cellars, following which she organized a gala there on the 31st October, to celebrate the palace's conversion into a prison. Marie counted on the grain being discovered, which would lead the people to believe the royal family had been hoarding it during a time of famine, thus adding to the anti-Royalist sentiment amongst the populace and triggering a massive riot.[1]

She also had Thomas, her husband, removed from the party by locking him up in one of the palace's rooms. However, the Assassin Arno Dorian infiltrated the palace to put an end to her schemes. In addition to freeing Thomas, Arno also liberated several people imprisoned in the palace dungeons and arranged for a fireworks display to distract the guards and the partygoers, respectively. Despite the presence of her bodyguards, Marie was assassinated as she watched the fireworks. From her memories, he learned that le Peletier was planning to have the King executed due to the Templars' success in their plot, and set forth to tracking the man.[1]

TriviaEdit

  • Ironically, the Abstergo Industries database entry for Marie claimed she bought large amounts of grain for the purpose of distributing it to the poor and donated money to support the reformation of Paris' prisons.
  • The name Marie is a French variant of Mary, itself derived from the Hebrew Miryām, the meaning of which has been variously interpreted as "bitter", "rebellious" or "wished-for child". Lévesque comes from the French évêque meaning "bishop", the origins of which can be traced back to the Greek episkopos "overseer".
  • Marie's outfit colour is inconsistent in the game: during cutscenes, it appears black or dark grey, but is light grey in-game.

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