I’ve started this thread to explain the lore on the Hitman Series for the fan’s who wanna know about The World Of Assassination. If you have any requested Characters you wanna learn about please PM me or I’ll take the most requested Characters. Today I will begin with 47. Please note that I’m only gonna do the events that lead up to the events of the prologue in Hitman 2016 for 47 for the sake of play the games if you havent.
In the 1950’s five men of various nationalities began serving the same unit of the FFL (French Foreign Legion), namely, **Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer, Lee Hong, Pablo Belisario Ochoa, Frantz Fuchs, and Arkadij Jegorov. ** after finishing their service, Ort-Meyer started up a mental institution in Romania as a cover for genetic experiments, while all the others became affiliated with crime and terrorism. In exchange for research funding. Ort-Meyer decided to provide his former comrades with donor organs harvested from clone bodies, which could extend their longevity. Therefore in all of the terrorist’s 60’s they looked much younger.
Ort-Meyers goal was to create 'perfect assassins" who could be as physically fit as humanly possible and were capable of obeying orders with devotion and unquestionable loyalty. Dr. Ort-Meyer tried to make his discoveries public before the 47 clone was created, however, he is discredited as a scientist by his peers as they thought that Ort-Meyer’s theories were insane.
Birth of 47:
Agent 47 was created on September 5, 1964, in Ort- Meyer’s asylum in Romania. He had the numbers 640509-040147 tattooed on the back of his head [“64-05-09” is the date of creation, “04” marks he is part of series IV. "01’ marks he is the first, and “47” is to represent he is that he is the 47th], followed several years later by a Universal Product Code. Dr. Ort-Meyer saw 47 as his first genetically complete success and gave him slightly more attention, even though he had other specimens to consider.
From ages five to seven, 47 was quiet and showed little social interaction. His only display of affection was towards a runaway laboratory rabbit he adopted on August 21, 1970, displeasing Ort-Meyer. However, it died on May 2, 1972. Ort-Meyer noticed 47 crying and was surprised, as he’d never seen any of his clones do so before. Five years later, he also showed affection to a pet mouse. He cared for the mouse for about a month, until it was killed by a fellow clone as a cruel prank.
As portrayed in the comic series Birth of the Hitman, 47 had formed a brotherly relationship with a clone named 6 and together they were an impressive team of assassins. At one point in their childhood on March 23, 6 convinced 47 to run away from the asylum and they took refuge in a small farming village before being apprehended again. They would try again many years later in the 1980’s - while on assignment in Berlin, they coerced a German scientist to neutralize their explosive chip implants (he was the same person to have designed them while being employed by Ort-Meyer), after which 47 killed him against 6’s intentions. When they returned to the asylum as instructed, they attempted to free the rest of the clones. 6 would go on to escape and 47 was taken in by the rest of the guards. 6 would go on and live in the outside world under the assumed name Lucas Grey.
47 has very different memories of a “6” clone in the novel Hitman: Enemy Within in this version of events, 6 bullied him until 47 killed him in a bathroom stall when they were both 12. 47 achieved a daring escape from the asylum, during which he made a fiber wire out of a windowsill and broken parts of a broom, oiled squeaky door hinges to sneak out, and stashed a bow and arrow to kill a guard dog before he jumped the gate and hitchhiked into a Romanian town. He first noticed luxury clothing stores, which may have influenced his penchant for suit-and-tie apparel as an adult. Later, an asylum doctor found him at a bus stop and ironically rewarded him with a pancake breakfast. He explained to 47 that he was right to kill that series 6 clone and had done a good job of it, but should in the future only kill when instructed to do so.
When 47’s memory is wiped with an experimental serum in Birth of the Hitman Ort-Meyer convinced 47 of the events of *Enemy Within *, making a passing reference to “how you killed your tormentor, 6, at the age of twelve.” 47 would insist “That’s not what happened, father”, to which Ort-Meyer replies “When we’re done here, 47, it will be”
Between the ages of thirteen and twenty-three (1978-1987), 47 began a fairly negative relationship with the asylum staff, attributed to his chronic uneasiness stemming from his regular medical checkups and frequent injections. On one occasion, 47 stabbed a doctor repeatedly with several needles, thus, prompting Ort-Meyer to assign more security for 47. Along with the other clones, 47 was trained from youth to kill efficiently. He was instructed in the use of firearms, military hardware, unarmed combat, the use of disguises, and the use of more classical tools of assassination like the infamous fiber wire and sniper rifle. During his training, he was noted for his exceptional marksmanship, as well as for attacking the asylum staff with homemade slingshots, all of which were confiscated. He also shot smiley faces into targets when he was bored. This is one of the only possible examples of 47 being exposed to pop culture, although all of the clones were sufficiently educated about the outside world by using traditional textbooks.
As a result of the training he had received in his childhood, 47 can wield any weapon with ease on a mission, and can improvise and use common tools with deadly precision.
Last Years at the Asylum
On September 5, 1989, Dr. Ort-Meyer went so far as to remember 47’s twenty-fifth birthday in his journal, although 47 himself didn’t, along with comments that he had become “mature” and stopped many of his bad habits. In 1993 he stated that 47, now almost thirty, had passed every test he can think of and is his most skilled clone.
Similar to the experimental serum that erased 47’s memory of 6, additional serums were administered to all the clones to try to do away with their emotions. Birth of the Hitman recounts that in 1996, the serums made most of the clones manically depressed, some dying of starvation, dehydration, and infected bedsores as a result. Ort-Meyer had made at least 81 clones by then, but they were too weak to carry out assassination contracts in the outside world. Eventually, 47 was the only clone still left at the asylum - most were dead while others, such as 6 and 17, fell through the cracks and were living in the outside world.
Everyone backing Dr. Ort-Meyer’s research, from Providence to his French Foreign Legion friends, had grown weary of funding him with little results, and relations between them soured. Dr. Ort-Meyer sometimes blatantly suggested that he would use the clones against his French Foreign Legion friends if he felt necessary. Meanwhile, Providence demanded that Dr. Ort-Meyer turn 47 over to their care, after which they would shut down his operation. In 1999, as seen at the beginning of Hitman: Codename 47, Ort-Meyer purposely created a gap in the asylum’s security for 47 to escape.
The very next morning, Ort-Meyer was visited by the Constant of Providence (either Janus or Albert Edwards), who tell him he can resume operations to make them more clones, saying “If I were a more suspicious man, I’d say you’ve made yourself indispensable, at a time when you were very much disposable”. It was probably arrangement that Ort-Meyer would produce the 48 series, rapidly aging them to adulthood - despite the likelihood that a previous “Subject 48” died as a result of the serum, Ort-Meyer likely reused the number 48 because their design was heavily based on 47.
Joining the ICA
According to 47’s ICA file from the Hitman: Absolution trailers, the International Contract Agency first took an interest in 47’s activities in 1998 and enrolled him in 2000.
Birth of the Hitman portrays an incident in late 1999, when multiple contracts were out on the life of Bricolage Technology founder Franklin Marchand - publically known as the producer of satellite technology, he had a side business producing chemical weapons in Afghanistan, and a leak at one of his secret plants killed at least 500 people in the immediate area. He was set to make a rare public appearance at Palace de la Concorde in Paris to announce a relief fund for the impoverished people of Afganistan; 47’s unknown client insisted that Marchand dies in an apparent accident, telling him “No other circumstances tolerated. If Marchand dies any other way, he’ll be propped up as a martyr.” Meanwhile, someone else had hired the ICA to do away with Marchand, and they sent a four-member team to gun him down. 47 subdued the ICA team in rapid succession, then held a cap driver at gunpoint to make him run down Marchand with his car. Afterward, Diana met with 47 in a bar and delivered ICA’s offer to audition him, and strongly recommended to the ICA that they hire him.
The prologue of Hitman portrays 47’s audition for the ICA, conducted by training director Erich Soders and handler Diana Burnwood at a top-secret facility in a remote, snowy region. 47 went through rigorous training programs, psychological evaluations, and a thorough background check, although they found very little about 47’s previous life. While Burnwood believed that 47 would be an invaluable asset to the ICA, Erich Soders was very reluctant to recruit 47 because of how little they knew about him, telling Diana. “Franky, it’s as if the earth just spat him out.” Soder’s suspected 47 of lying about coming from a Romanian asylum, ironically because 47 covered his tracks perfectly. Soders grew displeased with this lack of information on 47 that the ICA could use as leverage against him, and administered the strictest possible tests on 47 in hopes of being able to reject him. Learning of this plot Diana also chose to “bend the rules” and helped 47 to pass his audition. 47 was then made a full agent of ICA and Diana Burnwood was assigned to him as his handler.