Marquis de Lafayette, also known as Gilbert du Motier and the third Sir Perceval, is a supporting character in The Order: 1886. He is based on the historical figure of the same name. Lafayette serves as Sebastien’s apprentice, who ascends to his former mentor's title upon their death. He is close friends with Grayson and a friendly rival to Isabeau.
The Marquis' history is hardly if not at all explored in The Order: 1886. Since The Order universe is an alternate take on history, it's unknown what facts about Lafayette can be regarded as canon.
Ready at Dawn also took liberty with his design. Real life portraits display the Frenchman having reddish hair contrary to light brown.
In canon, The Order contacted Lafayette after being a veteran in the American and French revolutionary wars. Sebastien Malory recruited and mentored the Marquis as he did Grayson before him. Later, Lafayette acquired the title of 'Perceval' after his mentor's death at the hands of The Rebellion.
At the conclusion of The Order: 1886, Lafayette remains friends with Grayson whilst approaching every circumstance with neutrality; conflicted by his duty as Knight of The Order and a lover of liberty.
Lafayette is shown to be younger than the other Knights, resembling a man in his late 20's, thus being one of the factors for his outgoing personality. Despite having a medium build, he is able to use heavier artillery. He has long brown hair that is slicked to the back and blue eyes. He bears a fair mustache, small goatee and a fair beard combination. He is complimented throughout the game as handsome.
Unlike the other members of the Order, his standard, Knight outfit is the uniform of the French army during the French Revolution. During the events of Whitechapel, he sports a far simpler and darker uniform comparable to any casual wear.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Lafayette is known to have a brash, whimsical demeanor, grounding some of the more serious tones of the other members of the Order. Considering that he fought in two major revolutions, the Marquis adopted a more light-hearted outlook on the concept of war. Nonetheless, he has the necessary experience to fight alongside the other Knights.
At times impetuous, his passion for freedom and liberty is only equaled by his love of women. Such notion opposed by his teammates, even fueling the core of Isabeau's doubts, as the two often exchange remarks.
History and LegendEdit
In popularly recorded history, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roche Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, was born in France on September 6, 1757, into a noble family of some standing - indeed, one of his ancestors was Marshal of France during the Hundred Years War.
At the age of 13, Lafayette inherited a vast fortune following the death of his father during the Seven Years War, and his mother soon after. A year later he joined the Royal Army and, at the age of 16 married the 14-year-old Marie Adrienne Françoise de Noailles.
In 1777, Lafayette left France to join the uprising against British rule in the newly-declared United States. Although initially met with scepticism, his passion for the cause and offer of serving without pay led to him being given the rank of Major General. At the Battle of Brandywine, his first major battle, he was shot in the leg. However, his efforts brought him to the attention of General George Washington, and the two soon became close friends - so close that Lafayette actually named his first son after him.
Lafayette played a vital role in the American Revolution, leading his troops while using his connections in France to obtain vital resources to support the ongoing struggle. At Barren Hill, Pennsylvania, Lafayette led a heroic resistance against British troops sent to capture him - an effort so significant that the hill was later renamed Lafayette Hill.
Following a visit to France to request more aid from Louis XVI, Lafayette was given greater responsibility in the war against the British, commanding the Virginia Continental forces in the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.
After the War, Lafayette returned to France and played a prominent role in the French Revolution - his efforts at home and in the United States leading him to be became known as the "Hero of Two Worlds".
Following the French Revolution he largely disappeared from public life – reportedly spending almost a decade imprisoned and under house arrest. However, it is possible that during this period he was recruited by the Order – using his tactical abilities to once more become the Hero of Two Worlds - one in the struggle against human oppression; the other in the war against the Half breeds.
Killed Victims Edit
This list shows the victims Lafayette has killed:
- The name Lafayette is a reference to the real Marquis de Lafayatte who was a French Military officer during the French Revolution. He is often referred to as "The Hero of Two Worlds" (Le Héros des Deux Mondes in French).