- "Our friend, Gaubert, has begun to doubt out affaires. Take him out. "
- ―Absolon to Côme, August 1789
Early life Edit
Born and raised by the Noir-family – a loyal Templar-family that had existed for centuries – Absolon was destined to become a Templar from his first breath. The Noirs were the successors of Grandmaster Gérard de Ridefort, and had therefore high expectations of themselves.
Because of this ego, Absolon and the rest of the family found it annoying to never be chose as Grand Masters of the Order. Absolon did also find it annoying, and chose to lift his family to new highs when he got the chance.
Absolon was recruited into the Templar fold as a 21-year-old. Serving as a Templar agent, Absolon soon earned his way into the back rooms. He soon became the captain of the city guard in Calais, and thus a representative at Conseil de Calais – the heart of trading, economy and order in the city.
House Lémieux Edit
Eight years after becoming a member of the Conseil de Calais, Absolon was visisted by Cerise Lémieux. Cerise was a member of House Lémieux, a French family with several members all over France. Three of them was located in Calais – Absolon's base of operations; Cerise was one of them. Cerise had heard of Absolon's gentleness when it came to justice. She told that her father, Michel Lémieux, had decided to marry her away to a Venetian nobleman – Cerise's brother, Marcel, supported the action of their father. Cerise wanted to marry one of the servants: Émile. Absolon promised to help the family.
The following night, Absolon had hired a captain to bring the lovers to the city of Saint-Nazaire. Absolon had told the lovers to meet him there. As the two climbed the gangplank and Cerise thanked Absolon for being so discret, Michel stepped out from the shadows – accompanied by Marcel. The lovers felt betrayed by Absolon – which they had all reason to. Unknown to the truth, Cerise did not knew that her father was a Templar; because of this, Absolon stood loyal to the father. Marcel took his sister back to the Lémieux-estate. Absolon pulled out a sword and killed Émile. Michel Lémieux thanked Absolon, and the two parted.
This little incident was noticed by the Templars in Paris, and Absolon was granted a seat higher in the Conseil de Calais – arranged by Michel Lémieux. In his new position, the Templar had the possibility to carry out transactions for himself, and sell what he got to the citizens of Calais.
Seven Years' War Edit
A Piece of Eden Edit
At the outbreak of the Seven Years' War in Europe in 1756, Absolon was 31 years old. He chose to join the ranks of the French Army. Some time before the battle of Minorca , French Templar intellegence could tell that an old artifact was guarded by the soon-to-be-admiral and Assassin ally John Byng. Absolon, along with Michel Lémieux, chose to travel to Minorca and retrieve it. The spies seemed to have disappeared, so the Grand Master granted the wish. From Marseille, Absolon and Michel took a ship to the island of Minorca. They had already used two weeks travel from Calais to Marseille, and used three more days to sail to the island.
After arriving at the Mahón-bay, the Templars soon (four days) located a base deep in the city's slum. The base belonged to the Assassins, obviously, and their gang – undoubtedly backed up by Byng's soldiers, also obviously. The base was nothing but a mere camp: four tents, some crates with ammunition and food, a bonfire and a handfull of Byng's men. Inside the base, three Assassins were talking to each other – and one of them gave the other a little package. The one who had got the package then left the area. It had to be the artifact they had come to retrieve.
Following the Assassin through the city, Absolon and Michel let the French soldiers taking care of the base when they retook the island. The Assassin was dressed as a redcoat, but the hood was not to be mistaken of. At the docks, the Assassin talked to some men in red and white clothes – his crew. The Assassin then walked aboard the ship and entered his cabin. The crew went back to their tasks. The question was now the two Templars could obtain the artifact without being noticed. They could not take it by night: it would be to risky. Take the artifact now would be suicide. Leave it there would make the Templars loosing it. Michel had got news about before they left the ship that it would be wise to leave the island quick: the French Navy would be there the following day. Michel and Absolon decided to buy a rowboat and row toward Toulon, where they would meet the French Navy sometime at the sea. Buying such a boat with money the Grand Master hand granted them, Absolon and Michel began to row. The Assassin ship still lay in the harbor, and from a conversation the Templars had learned the ship – HMS Fortune – belonged to the Royal Navy, and their commander, Jervis Maplesden, was to compete in the battle – meaning he would not leave during the night.
During the night, Absolon met the French fleet. The fleet had anchored for the night – ready to attack the following day. The only ship the Templars felt safe boarding, was Triton – a ship belonging to the Templars, led by fellow-Templar Mercier. When the Templars arrived at the ship, the soldiers first tried to attack the two. Mericer was quick on his feet however, and soon he stood before Absolon and Michel. Mercier told a lie to the crew: he told the two men were his relatives, and had escaped from the British. Inside the cabin, Absolon and Michel told what they had discovered: a ship belonging to the Assassins, HMS Fortune, was going to participate in the battle. The ship carried a Piece of Eden. The Templars needed it before the Assassin could planning flee from the battle, running off with the artifact. Mercier agreed, but he had got his orders, he could not just break them; Michel interrupted by stating that a Templar's task was to bring peace and order, by removing the Assassins – the Piece of Eden was far more valuable than the orders from an Assassin-influenced King. Mercier parried the utterance by stating his very life depended on following the orders of his admiral, Marquis de La Galissonière – if he did not follow the orders, he would be executed as soon as the battle was over. Absolon agreed on both statements, but supported Michel. Mercier told them, however, that he was the commander of the ship – and from Templar records, both Absolon and Michel had no experience on how controlling a ship. Both of the Templars became bitter when they heard this: it was true.
Battle of Minorca Edit
The following day, 20th May, Absolon and his fellow-Templars sailed under the French Navy's colors towards the island of Minorca. As soon as it was yelled from the crow's nest 'ship-o-hoy', the drummers began to drum: soldiers were making their way to the canon-posts. Mercier shouted orders before the ship and the rest of the French fleet initiated the attack on the Royal Navy.
The unwritten rules of warfare at sea states that larger ships are not to attack smaller. Because of this, Triton only needed to focus on brigs – which there were three of. Absolon and Michel had decided to work alongside the French soldiers, and participate in bordings. Triton was backed up by chef d'escadre La Clue's Couronne, so Triton only needed focus on one of the brigs – Couronne could take care of herself. On request from Michel – before he went under deck – Mercier attacked HMS Fortune. The battle between the Templar ship and the Assassins initiated.
Absolon and Michel was standing over one of the cannons, loading it.
The Purge Edit
The Turk Edit
Official work Edit
- Absolon is the French form of Absalom which has it's origin from the Hebrew name אַבְשָׁלוֹם ('Avshalom) which meant "my father is peace".
- Noir means "black" in French, originally used in Northern France as an ethnic nickname for someone from Southern France, Spain, Italy or North Africa.
- Absolon is the only one of the three Templars that conspired against Shamar who has a longer biography.
- Absolon is the French counterpart of the Portuguese Isabel Hellidoro
- Absolon shares his date of birth with his portrayer: Charles Sivert, 1725
- Absolon was born and murdered in the city of Calais.