|“||For centuries we have focused on the trappings of power: the titles of nobility, the offices of Church and State. Caught in the very lie we crafted to shepherd the masses... In the wake of the revolution, the Order will adapt. They will retreat to the shadows and we will, at last, be the secret masters that we were meant to be.||„|
|~ Germain to Élise de la Serre, regarding the Templars' agenda, 1794.|
François-Thomas Germain (1726 – 1794) was a French silversmith, Sage and Grand Master of the Parisian Rite of the Templar Order during the French Revolution.
After experiencing visions of the First Civilization and reading the Codex Pater Intellectus, he took it upon himself to reform the Order, which he believed had grown corrupt after aligning itself with the aristocracy for centuries. Inspired by Grand Master Jacques de Molay, Germain sought to carry out the "Great Work" and create a capitalist society in which the Templars could more easily control the populace.
François de la Serre, who was Grand Master of the Parisian Rite at the time, considered Germain's ideas too radical, and exiled him from the Order. Undeterred, he began turning de la Serre's advisors to his cause, forming a radical faction within the Templar Order. In 1789, he had de la Serre assassinated in the Palace of Versailles, leaving most of the Order under his control.
As the French Revolution broke out, Germain and his followers exploited discontent with the monarchy and sought to create as much chaos as possible. In this way, the aristocracy and clergy would be crushed and the populace would fear the idea of rising against the establishment again. The Templars hoarded food and framed the royal family, eventually leading to the execution of King Louis XVI in 1793. Under the Templar Maximilien de Robespierre, the Reign of Terror began, bringing the revolution to a violent and chaotic climax.
Along the way, Elise de la Serre, the daughter of the deceased Grand Master, opposed Germain. She and her lover, the Assassin Arno Dorian, eventually eliminated Germain's followers and tracked him down to the Temple in 1794. After the Grand Master killed Élise with a Sword of Eden, he himself was killed by Arno. In his final moments, Germain triggered a vision, telling the Assassin that his goals of reforming society and the Templar Order had already succeeded, even if he would not live to see the changes.
Powers and Stats
Name: François-Thomas Germain
Origin: Assassin's Creed
Age: 68 years old by the time of his death
Classification: Sage, Grand Master of the Parisian Rite of the Templar Order
Powers and Abilities:
Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Enhanced Senses (Smoke bombs have no effect on him, and given that Sages have 6% Isu DNA, the should at the very least have senses on par with other Eagle Vision users), Extrasensory Perception, Information Analysis, Analytical Prediction, Retrocognition and Clairvoyance, Immortality (Type 4, as a Sage, Germain is a reincarnation of the Isu Aita who will always be reincarnated in the bodies of various humans and possess his memories, experience and knowledge), Information Analysis, Technology Manipulation (As a Sage, Germain is capable of using the First Civilization's technology and artifacts without suffering from any detrimental effects), Energy Projection (With the Sword of Eden, Limited Lightning Manipulation (Can release an energy blast into the air above himself, causing a lightning strike over Arno after locating his hiding spot, with the Sword of Eden), Statistics Amplification (Can empower himself with the Sword of Eden), Swordsmanship, Stealth Mastery, Teleportation (With the Sword of Eden), Echolocation (With the Sword of Eden, Germain can use an echolocation ability similar to the infamous Eagle Vision, which allowed him to detect Arno's present hiding spot within his vicinity), Precognition (Being a Sage, Germain would regularly relive memories of Aita in a form of precognitive visions. His precognition also aided him in his fight against Arno and Élise immensely, although he was nevertheless defeated), Expert hand-to-hand combatant, Pressure Point Strikes, Manipulation, Craftmanship, Extreme Pain Tolerance, Indomitable Will
Resistance to Illusion Creation, Perception Manipulation, Sense Manipulation, Willpower Manipulation, Empathic Manipulation, Fear Manipulation, Mind Control, Mind Manipulation, Madness Manipulation (Types 1, 2 and 3), Sleep Manipulation, Death Manipulation, Diseases, Telekinesis, Transmutation, Paralysis Inducement, Life Absorption and Status Effect Inducement (Should have similar resitance to the Pieces of Eden like most Isu-Hybrids, if not better)
Attack Potency: At least Small Building level+ (Can easily contend with Arno and Elise and was only defeated when his Sword exploded. Most Sages are on par with Isu-Hybrids, who are at the very least this strong, can no-sell beams powerful enough to vaporize three humans at once and reduce them to a bloody mist, and even fight against Olympos Projects and win. Should not be much weaker than his Isu brethren or other Sages, like Bartholomew Roberts), higher with swords and the Sword of Eden (Easily overpowered Arno by using the Sword of Eden's powers, and thus should be comparable to Alexios in strength)
Speed: At least Supersonic+ (Can react to Arno's assassination attempts and Elise's blows, immediately reacted to the arrival of Arno and Elise in the temple by generating a flash to hit them, and can perform the same speed feats as him, as seen when Arno once escorted him to safety. Should not be much slower than the Isu themselves, or other Sages, like the Master Spy, who was on par with Lydia Frye, and should at the very least be on par with other Isu-Hybrids in the series like Alexios and Kassandra), higher with the Sword of Eden
Striking Strength: At least Small Building Class+ (Can trade blows with Arno), higher with the Sword of Eden
Durability: At least Small Building level+ (Took hits from Arno and survived a direct explosion of a Sword of Eden, which destroyed vast amounts of stone pillars, was only really hurt by the final explosion that blew up part of the Sword. Shouldn't be much weaker than other Isu-Hybrids and Sages like Roberts), higher with the Sword of Eden
Stamina: Very High (Can easily fight Arno)
Range: Standard melee range. Extended Melee Range with melee weapons, several meters with firearms and blasts from the Sword of Eden
Standard Equipment: Swords, Sword of Eden
Intelligence: Extraordinary Genius (Germain is a master manipulator and tactician, able to recruit many individuals by exploiting their grief against the French King and the Templar Order. He managed to take over the Parisian Rite of the Templar Order by assassinating François de La Serre, becoming the new Grand Master and imposing his own radical ideals. His machinations eventually led to the outbreak of the French Revolution and the execution of King Louis XVI. Even if he was ultimately killed by Arno, his goals of reforming society and the Templar Order had already succeeded, allowing the Templars to become the secret masters they were destined to be and creating a capitalist society in which they could more easily control the populace. Sages were known for their remarkable speaking talents at infancy alone. Also possesses the memories and intelligences of Aita, who himself was a brilliant Isu scientist)
Weaknesses: Normal human weaknesses.