- "Are you familiar with the Templars? One of several Knightly orders formed during the Crusades. History teaches they were disbanded nearly 200 years ago in France. Only they weren't. Merely pushed underground where they continued their nefarious work."
- ―Mario Auditore speaking about the official end of the Templar Order to his nephew, 1478.[src]
|Persecution of the Templars|
18 March 1314
On 13 October 1307, the French Assassins, through their agent in the King's court, Guillaume de Nogaret, manipulated the Crown into declaring the Templar Order as heretical; something made all the easier by the fact that Philip IV was heavily indebted to the Templars at the time. Led by the future Mentor Thomas de Carneillon, the French Assassins, disguised as Flemish mercenaries, assaulted the Temple - headquarters to the Templar Order at the time - in Paris, and either killed or arrested all who were present.
Recognized as a possibility even before its execution, the purge destroyed the public image of the Order of the Knights Templar, and drove the Order to adopt the same tactics as its bitter rivals, the Assassins, by moving underground. Operating in secret, the Templars survived and gradually rebuilt their Order, which spread across Europe.
By 1776, the Parisian Rite of the Templar Order had grown such that it once again challenged the strength of the Assassins in France.
In 1789, the Parisian Rite, led by François-Thomas Germain, another Sage who shared memories with Jacques de Molay, instigated the French Revolution in order to revenge themselves against the French crown. This vengeance was obtained when, in 1793, King Louis XVI of France was guillotined in the public gardens outside the Louvre.