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Carcassonne was a French fortified city in the department of Aude, in the region of Occitanie. It served as an important location in Serious Sam 4 and was the location of where the Ark of the Covenant was kept, with the Holy Grail kept inside it.
Carcassonne was a medium-sized city designed with typical French architecture. As it was fortified, most of the city was surrounded by walls, especially the castle, to prevent attacks from siege engines. The city had a long history dating back to the Neolithic period. Throughout its history, it had been occupied by Romans, the Visigoths and, within 300 years, briefly came under Islamic rule.
During the Mental War and soon after the massive portal in Tunguksa opened up, Mental's forces began marching across Russia towards Europe, taking control over any towns and cities, including Carcassonne. These armies were being led by Lord Achriman, one of Mental's generals, who was in charge of the Earth campaign, focusing on eliminating human resistance across Europe. After Carcassonne came under siege, a French resistance cell was formed by Michelle, Sayid, and many other civilians who rose up to defend the city from the aliens. Soon after the resistance was formed, an informant called Charlie joined their ranks to provide intel about how to get into the occupied castle.
The Earth Defense Force appeared to have a base in Carcassonne. Many troops were stationed here to fight off the invading alien forces. This was evident by the abundance of military supplies, vehicles and weapons left behind.
Cité de Carcassonne
The Cité de Carcassonne was a medieval citadel located on a hill on the right bank of the River Aude, in the south-east part of the city proper. Inside the citadel laid an abandoned church that was the location of the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail.
Serious Sam 4
Having obtained critical information regarding the Holy Grail's whereabouts, the Alien Artifact Acquisition hitch a ride on a plane to Carcassonne, where Sam and his team will be meeting up with Michelle. Their plane is shot down by Octanian raiders, and the team ditch the plane and parachute down into the countryside. Sam loses contact with his teammates, but eventually contacts Kenny after making it into the city. He fights alongside Kenny until Lord Achriman suddenly shows up and kills him before he flees. Sayid meets up with Sam and introduces him to Michelle, the contact he was assigned to be introduced to.
Michelle leads Sam and a few band of resistance fighters through the alien-infested streets until they reach the sewers where their informant, Charlie, is waiting. Charlie aids the French resistance in the fight against Mental's forces until they push to the castle. Once they get to the bridge, it is bombed by Octanian raiders, and Sam is left on his own since Charlie, Michelle and Sayid are unable to cross the now destroyed bridge. Sam thanks them for their efforts and fights his way through the castle until he meets up with Carter, Father Mikhail, Hellfire and Rodriguez. Eventually, after some heavy fighting, they finally make it to the church.
Lord Achriman appears to the team once again, and a fight between them begins. Sam defeats Achriman and kills him to avenge Kenny. They then head inside the church, where Mikhail performs a ritual which reveals the Ark of the Covenant. Sam opens the Ark, which in turn reveals the Holy Grail. They are suprised to see that the Grail is nothing what they expected it to be (with the exception of Mikhail, who expressed doubt about the artifact). Just as Sam reaches out to take it, Brand and his men appear, and reveals himself to the team to be a traitor. He claims that he will be using the Grail to offer to Mental as a gift. He takes the rod and has himself bitten by the snake figure, turning him into a monster. He captures Sam and his team and makes his way back to his transport plane.
It is not known what happened to Carcassonne or the French resistance after Sam was captured by General Brand. During the events of Serious Sam 3: BFE, the city was destroyed following Earth's destruction.
List of appearances
- Serious Sam 4 (First appearance)