Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine should be a familiar name to Americans. The Englishman was perhaps most well-known for writing Common Sense, a pamphlet that argued for the American colonies to declare independence from Great Britain. The pamphlet was widely disseminated among colonialists and inspired many to advocate independence. During the war, he served as an aid to American general Nathanael Greene and helped ferry money from France to the Continental Army.

However, his story is bigger than a few paragraphs in an American history textbook. Paine traveled to France during the revolution there and published Rights of Man, a book in favor of the popular uprising. Although he couldn't speak French, he was elected to the National Convention (man, they let anyone be part of this Convention) and voted for the formation of the Republic.

Like de Sade, though, Paine was despised by the powerful, radical faction known as "the Mountain." They eventually stripped him of his office and imprisoned him. He was almost executed, too; the only reason he was spared was that his jailer accidentally marked the inside of his door with chalk instead of the outside. This small mistake saved him from the guillotine.

There were plenty of people who fought for American and French independence. However, Paine's one of the few involved in both conflicts. He'd be an interesting character to include in Assassin's Creed: Unity because he would act as a bridge of sorts between that game and Assassin's Creed 3. It's a rare opportunity to show that the two revolutions aren't just isolated chapters of history.

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