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"I know the human animal. What you fear, what you love. Is Rose a bad man? Undoubtedly. But I, Napoleon, can control him and turn him to what's best for France."
―Napoleon Bonaparte, 1794.[src]
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Biographical information
Born

15 August 1769
Ajaccio, Corsica, Kingdom of France

Died

5 May 1821 (aged 51)
Longwood, Saint Helena

Political information
Affiliations

French Army
French Empire
Assassins

Real-world information
Appears in

Assassin's Creed II (Glyphs)
Assassin's Creed: Unity

Voice actor

Brent Skagford

Napoléon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821), born Napoleone di Buonaparte, and later Napoleon I, was a Corsican military and political leader who ruled first as the First Consul of France from 1799 to 1804, then as Emperor from 1804 to 1815. He rose to power amidst the chaos and political turmoil of the French Revolution. He was also an acquaintance to the Assassin Arno Dorian.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Born in French-owned Corsica, Napoleon Bonaparte's heritage gave him a bad impression among his fellow students in military school. He was also a known troublemaker due to his long leaves of absence.[1]

In 1791, he aided Pasquale Paoli, a Corsican liberator, who later grew up to despise Napoleon's family. Due to exceeding his leave of absence, Napoleon was dismissed from the army. Nonetheless, he was still appointed as colonel of a battalion tasked with suppressing a peaceful demonstration. Against the orders of his superiors, Napoleon's troops took control of the citadel of Ajaccio.[1]

In 1792, Napoleon participated in the Siege of Toulon during the French Revolution. Due to his experience as an artillery master, Napoleon earned the attention of Augustin and Maximilien de Robespierre, the former appointing him as the brigadier general, with the command of the artillery of the French Army in Italy.[1]

Meeting Arno DorianEdit

"You certainly don't look like a blood-crazed revolutionary. The hood... is a bit sinister though, if you don't mind my saying."
―Napoleon, during his first encounter with Arno, 1792.[src]

In 1792, Napoleon infiltrated the Tuileries Palace in order to acquire a key, which would unlock a First Civilization temple beneath Saint-Denis, that had been placed in a chest and hidden in a secret vault by King Louis in the latter's study. At the same time, the Palace was under attack by several revolutionary extremists led by Napoleon's subordinate, Frédéric Rouille.[1]

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Napoleon holding Arno Dorian at gunpoint

Arno Dorian too had infiltrated the palace to search for compromising documents belonging to Honoré Mirabeau. As the Assassin entered the office, he was ambushed by Napoleon who held him at gunpoint. Initially hostile towards each other, the pair lowered their guards once they realized that they desired different prizes.[1]

With Arno's Eagle Vision, they discovered the King's hidden vault. Distracted by destroying the documents, Arno failed to notice Napoleon taking the casket which contained the key to open the Saint-Denis Temple. The pair was then aided by Bonaparte's soldiers, who managed to blow a hole in the palace's wall and provide them with an escape route.[1]

Collaboration with ArnoEdit

"Life is more valuable than dignity. But this is what happens when you give command of the government to half-starved lunatics, and command of the army to bloodthirsty savages."
―Napoleon, regarding the turmoil of the French Revolution, 1792.[src]

In September 1792, Napoleon was accosted by several revolutionaries, though they let him go once he proclaimed his allegiance to the French Republic. Later on, he assisted Arno in finding Rouille, whom Napoleon had unsuccessfully tried to transfer to a far-off garrison. Thanks to Bonaparte's information, Arno was successful in assassinating Rouille in the Grand Châtelet prison.[1]

Napoleon then became engaged to noblewoman Désirée Clary. During the French Revolution, as Napoleon feared for Désirée's safety, he sent his fellow captain Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte and Arno to protect her from royalist mercenaries. As Arno fought off the attackers, Désirée was struck by Bernadotte's charms, and a mutual romance began to blossom. However, as Désirée was promised to Napoleon, she resisted Bernadotte's advances despite her feelings.[1]

Eventually, Napoleon became aware of the romance, and asked Arno to look into the matter. Finding evidence that Bernadotte intended to ask for Désirée's hand, Arno attempted to stop Bernadotte and spare Napoleon any embarrassment, but arrived too late. As Bernadotte confronted his superior, Désirée demanded he leave her alone.[1]

Arno, sent by a remorseful Désirée, snuck into Napoleon's house and stole love letters sent between him and Désirée. However, Napoleon did not mind the theft at all, as he had begun to lose interest in Désirée, and was instead smitten with another woman, named Joséphine de Beauharnais, who would become his future wife. Eventually, Arno was sent by Thomas-Alexandre Dumas to escort Napoleon as the latter met with Joséphine. Despite Napoleon's protests, Arno followed the couple, and eliminated Royalists who attempted to assassinate Bonaparte.[1]

Excavating Saint-DenisEdit

In August of 1794, Napoleon secretly hired Philippe Rose to excavate the Precursor temple underneath Saint-Denis in order to obtain the artifact, an Apple of Eden, hidden there. On 3 August, Napoleon personally came to check up on Rose. When shown a carving of the temple, Napoleon noted that a part of the carving resembled the key to the temple door. He ordered Rose to find the door. He then took note of a young boy, Léon, who was captured by the raiders. Napoleon instructed Rose to escort the boy back to the surface, but once Bonaparte had left, the raiders intended to murder Léon.[2]

Napoleon then moved to another part of the catacombs, where one of his lieutenants complained about Rose, whether he could be trusted. Napoleon compared Rose to a rat wanting food and was confident that he could control him, even though he knew that Rose was untrustworthy. Assuring the Lieutenant that what he did was for the good of France, he then placed the temple key in a box and entrusted it to the soldier.[2]

Unbeknownst to Napoleon, his lieutenant had convinced Rose to take the Apple of Eden to a bigger bidder. Sent on a mission by the Marquis de Sade, Arno Dorian became entangled in Napoleon's quest for the artifact, and in the process killed Rose. He managed to retrieve the Apple first and sent it to Al Mualim in Egypt, where Napoleon could never acquire it.[2]

On 6 August, Napoleon was arrested on charges of treason, desertion and supporting Maximilien de Robespierre during the Reign of Terror. Eighteen days later, due to his influence in politics, Napoleon was soon released and acquitted of all charges.[2]

Rise to powerEdit

"Napoleon's claim to fame was using cannons on the streets of Paris. Outnumbered 6 to 1, he crushed Royalist forces marching on the National Convention."
Bishop, regarding Napoleon's rise to power, 2014.[src]
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Napoleon during the 13 Vendémiaire uprising

For the next few years, Napoleon had a successful career during the crushing of the 13 Vendémiaire uprising in Paris. Despite commanding only five thousand troops against twenty-five thousand insurgents, Napoleon defeated the Royalists through the use of cannons and grapeshot. His successful campaigns in Italy to fight the Austrians caused an upsurge in his popularity.[1]

In 1798, Napoleon embarked on a campaign to Egypt and Syria, with the intention of claiming the Apple of Eden from the Saint-Denis Temple.[2] After successfully retrieving the artifact, he returned home in 1799. Using his newfound power,[3] Bonaparte seized power for himself during the 18 Brumaire coup, becoming the First Consul of France.[1]

On 24 December 1800, the last remaining Royalists of the 13 Vendémiaire coup, led François-Joseph Carbon, plotted to use "The Infernal Machine" against Napoleon. Arno was able to eliminate all of the snipers who fired on Napoleon's carriage as it headed towards the opera. However, the plan backfired when the Infernal Machine detonated too early, away from Napoleon's carriage. Napoleon's men then escorted the Consul to safety while Arno and a team of Assassins tracked down Carbon and eliminated him, preventing any further assassination attempts.[1]

In 1808, Napoleon accompanied Arno to the Temple, where they discovered the skeletal remains of François-Thomas Germain. The pair then buried his body in the Parisian Catacombs.[1]

During the last few years of the Haitian Revolution, Napoleon remained as the Consul of France. He saw Toussaint Louverture as a threat, and sent Charles Leclerc to remove him from power, as well as giving him orders to reinstate slavery in the colony. He succeeded, but later in the war, French troops were forced out of Saint-Domingue. As a result, Napoleon, seeing the disadvantages of owning the colonies that continue to rebel against the French, sold the French colonies to the United States, in what would be known as the Louisiana Purchase.[4]

Personality and characteristicsEdit

"A man of principle."
―Arno sarcastically describing Napoleon, 1792.[src]

Napoleon was an eloquent and collected man who rarely lost his temper, only displaying subtle signs of annoyance when pressured. However, he was prone to losing composure when conversing with Joséphine, frequently stuttering and pausing nervously.

Napoleon also displayed a habit of speaking in military lingo, describing how to 'flank' Joséphine while still remaining engaged with Désirée. He maintained an upper class attitude towards those around him, which made him very intolerable among his colleagues such as Bernadotte and Dumas. A possible reason for his aristocratic mannerisms was likely due to his less impressive Corsican heritage.

At times, Napoleon could be cold and ruthless should he need to, as seen going to great lengths to acquire the Pieces of Eden. He coldly burnt several rats alive while in the ruins of Saint-Denis, simply to prove his point to his lieutenant. However, he nonetheless ordered for the boy, Léon, to be safely escorted back to the surface, seeing him to be harmless.

Following their first encounter, Napoleon and Arno Dorian bonded, despite their philosophical differences. Napoleon trusted Arno enough to allow him to help run personal errands with Désirée, while Arno seemed confident enough to speak with Bonaparte about his relationship with Élise de la Serre. Though Arno thwarted Napoleon's plans with the Apple of Eden in Saint-Denis, the two did not interact or meet each other, and maintained contact for several years.

Equipment and skillsEdit

"Better than anyone, he knew how to exploit his victories and cover up his defeats for the sake of public opinion."
Shaun Hastings, 2014.

Napoleon was a gifted and capable leader, able to come up with military strategies that granted him victory despite the overwhelming odds. During the 13 Vendémiaire coup, despite being severely outnumbered, Bonaparte managed to defeat the Royalists with minimum casualties through the use of cannon fire. His charisma also played a pivotal role in his rise to power, garnering massive popularity in many of his campaigns.

As a commander of artillery, Napoleon was a skilled marksman, capable of shooting down an extremist rebel charging towards him without misfiring. Napoleon also carried a cavalry sabre, which was common for the men of his rank. He also displayed quick reflexes, being able to catch Arno off guard and hold him at gunpoint during their initial meeting.

TriviaEdit

  • Léon referred to Napoleon as "the little commandant", a reference to Napoleon's depiction in many forms of popular culture as being of short stature.

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