Paris, French Republic
31 October 1792
- Arno: What do you know about grain merchants?
- Élise: Good to see you too. Most of them are very poor just now. Why?
- Arno: I have a lead on Germain. He has a woman named Marie buying up grain shipments and diverting them to a private dock.
- Élise: Marie Lévesque?
- Arno: You know her?
- Élise: The Lévesques have been Templars since the Third Crusade. Marie was the only one who argued against Germain's exile; I'm not surprised she's thrown in with him.
- Arno: Any idea where we might find her?
- Élise: Not her, no. But what little grain makes it to Paris these days is unloaded at the Hôtel de Ville docks.
- Arno: Promising. I'll start there.
- Élise: Perhaps I can learn something of Madame Lévesque's whereabouts.
Arno left for the docks.
- Guard: Order, order!
- Citizens: Let us through!
- Guard: One at a time!
Arno reached the docks and saw a barge sail past the dock workers.
- Worker 1: Hey! Come back here!
- Worker 2: You've missed the quay, you dolts!
- Worker 3: Where are you going?
- Arno: Time to chase a boat.
Arno followed the barge.
- Captain: To port!
Pull! Pull! Pull!
Faster, you dogs!
Watch to starboard!
Row, god damn you!
- Woman: Look out!
A cargo crane collapsed, clearing the path for Arno. The barge stopped at a guarded quay.
- Captain: Heave to! Tie off that bowline!
- Lévesque: Captain. Any problems?
- Captain: No, madame.
- Lévesque: You have your orders?
The captain pulled out his orders.
- Captain: Here, madame.
- Lévesque: Good. And I'm instructed to tell you to make certain one of the bags leaks.
- Captain: Err... yes, madame.
- Captain: Get to work!
Arno stole the orders from the captain and escaped the docks. He then read the orders.
- Arno: The Palais Luxembourg, eh? And what are you up to there?
Arno learned from Élise that the woman hoarding grain was called Marie Lévesque. Stealing a set of orders from the captain of a grain barge, he discovered that Lévesque would be at the Luxembourg Palace.