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14 July 1789


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The Storming of the Bastille was an event that occurred on 14 July 1789, during which angry Parisian citizens stormed and captured the infamous Bastille prison, a symbol of monarchist oppression in France.

Although the prison was thought to be filled with political prisoners, only seven inmates were held at the time of the storming. Two of them were Pierre Bellec, a member of the French Brotherhood of Assassins, and Arno Dorian, the son of the late Assassin, Charles Dorian. After the two met in the Bastille, Bellec began training Arno in combat.[1]

Two months later, a delegation of the National Assembly was invited to the Bastille to discuss terms with the governor. However, the protesters outside had become restless and managed to cut the chains holding the raised drawbridge. The fortress was attacked by outraged Frenchmen joined by the Templar Élise de la Serre who was in search for Arno. The general of the Bastille, de Launay, was killed by the mob; his head was hanged on a pike, which served as the start of the French Revolution.[2] During the havoc, Arno and Bellec used the opportunity to make their escape. The novelist Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade was also a prisoner, but had been transferred shortly before the building fell to the mob.[1]

After the attack, the Bastille was used as a powerful propaganda tool during the French Revolution, symbolizing the might and willpower of the people. In the following months, and after much debate on what to do with the former prison, the comte de Mirabeau settled the matter by destroying the first brick. By November, almost the entire structure had been demolished. The date of the storming, 14 July, was commemorated the following year as Le quatorze juillet, or French National Day, known around the world as Bastille Day.[1]



  • Despite the fact that the prison was demolished by 1790, it remains intact throughout the storyline of the game, albeit heavily damaged.


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