GUIDE TO LA FRATERNITÉ
There is no particular ranking system for most members, but there is a few unofficial tiers. Newly inducted members have little-to-no reputation and are not too respected, as they have done nothing to warrant respect, it seems, once an assassin is proven and earns the garb, they are much more respected. Above normal assassins who hold garbs, are the most respected and trusted of the Fraternité. Most reside in Bureaus or the Headquarters of the Fraternité. The highest tier, is of course the Grandmaster Assassin, who leads the Fraternité.
When you first join the ranks of the Parisian Assassins, you hold no specific uniform.
However, when you undertake the ceremony of full-membership, you earn the official robes, pictured below.
All members who are working on behalf of the Assassins must wear the robes, excluding a rare few who have special permission from the Grandmaster to wear sentimental robes.
The HQ, known as "la Tombe"
) among the Assassins is a large complex beneath Paris. It is directly accessible from the catacombs, from a secret switch on a statue above the ashes of assassin-legend Joan of Arc. The button opens in to a staircase which leads to the central hall.
The central hall is where everyone gathers and meetings are held. la Tombe also contains a training arena, a storage hold and a barracks holding equipment for the assassins. Aside from that you can find the grandmaster's office, the library and a kitchen. There is a large section of la Tombe which is dedicated to the assassin's accommodation. The rooms are not luxury, containing merely beds and a chest to hold each assassin's belongings.
Each assassin who has passed through the ceremony will have their own robe and, most importantly the "Marque Honnête,"
) a brand given by a hot poker on the inner-wrist of the left arm showing the French Assassin's symbol.
There are three basic rules that all Assassins must follow, the three tenents. They were written by the original Parisian assassins and they remain today:
Stay est votre lame de la chair d'un innocent, pour les Assassins ne tuent que pour le bénéfice de l'innocent.
Masquer dans la vue de tous, restent invisibles. Stealth est votre arme.
Jamais de compromis la Fraternité, il est votre priorité, votre vie.
Pour ceux qui enfreignent ces règles sont des traîtres.
(Stay your blade from the flesh of an innocent, for the Assassins only kill for the benefit of the innocent.
Hide in plain sight, remain unseen. Stealth is your weapon.
Never compromise la Fraternité, it is your priority, your life.
For those who break these rules are traitors.)
There are other rules that have developed over time, but they are most certainly the ones that are most important.
Assassins are recruited in to la Fraternité by senior members, but they do not fully join the Assassins until they have proved themselves worthy. For some, this takes weeks, for others, it takes years.When they have proved themselves, the Grandmaster will hold a ceremony to welcome them officially in to la Fraternité. In the ceremony they are gifted the trademark robes and are branded with the symbol of the Parisian Assassins.
There are other Traditions in la Fraternité. For example, when an enemy is killed, assassins are expected to wish them peace. If they do not do this, they may build a bad reputation, but it is not a requirement.
The following phrases are used in common conversation between assassins often:
"Rien n'est vrai, tout est permis."
("Nothing is true, everything is permitted.")
"Vive la fraternité!"
("Long live the fraternity!")
"Nous nous tiendrons."