Paris is the capital and largest city of France.
Paris was founded during the 3rd century BCE, when a Celtic tribe named the Parisii built a fortified settlement on the Ile de la Cite.
In 52 CE, the Romans conquered the Parisii Celts and built a town on the Seine river named Lutetia.
In the late 3rd century, Paris and its surrounding region were converted to Christianity. By then however, the Roman Empire was in decline; the Franks subsequently captured Paris in 486 CE.
During the Middle Ages, Paris grew rapidly and became one of the largest towns in Europe. In response to its expansion, King Philippe-Auguste constructed the Louvre fortress and a wall surrounding the town.
On 18 March 1314, Pope Clement V, influenced by the Assassin Order, ordered that Jacques de Molay, the Grand Master of the Templar Order, be burned at the stake. De Molay's death marked the dissolution of the Knights Templar as a public organization and influenced their conversion into a secret faction.
During the Renaissance, France was ruled by King Louis XII, though he left the kingdom under the charge of his courtiers, who were secretly allied with the Templars. A group of Italian Assassins, sent by their Mentor, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, traveled to Paris to battle that Templar influence.
In 1527, Giovanni Borgia and Maria Amiel traveled to the Louvre in order to find the second half of "the Book", which had been used by Nicolas Flamel to turn lead into gold. Afterwards, they visited the Flamel tomb in Paris' Holy Innocents' Cemetery, but only found it devoid of bodies, or any sign of the Book.
Before the RevolutionEdit
In 1776, the Assassin Charles Dorian, attended an Assassin meeting at the Palace of Versailles. However, as Charles searched for his son upon its conclusion, he was assassinated by the Templar Shay Cormac.
As he died, Charles told Shay that the American Revolution had undone the Templars' work in the newly-formed United States of America. Shay suggested that the Templars could stage another revolution, in order to restore the balance of power between the two factions.
From 1789 to 1799, a period of social and political upheaval occurred in France due to the extravagance of the aristocracy. This, coupled by famine and economic turmoil, gradually enraged the French working class and inevitably sparked a revolution against the monarchy and upper classes.
Sometime towards the end of the 19th century, Samuel Liddell Mathers, accompanied by the disembodied being of William Robert Woodman, met one of the Secret Chiefs in Paris. The Chief, who wore a ring marked with the Templar insignia, informed Mathers that his Order's partnership with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn had ended.
- Paris is also the name of a character from Greek mythology, mostly known for judging the beauty of Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite; this eventually led to the fall of Troy during the Trojan War. Paris was known to have held an Apple of Eden at some point in his lifetime.