Fawkes was born and educated in York. His father died when Fawkes was eight years old, after which his mother married a recusant Catholic. Fawkes later converted to Catholicism and left for the continent, where he fought in the Eighty Years’ War on the side of Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformators.
He has travelled to Spain to seek support for a Catholic rebellion in England, Arriving in a coastal village two days after Saldana’s coup, Fawkes realizes that he must help rebuild stability in Spain if he hopes to gain it’s aid. Knowing that Saldana will be excommunicated for the coup, fawkes believs he must assassinate the General and ensure a person more sympathetic to the Catholic cause be put on the throne, time is short however, as the Gunpowder Plot is planned to happen at years end. As far as Fawkes is concerned the quickest path to his goals is through sabotage and assassination.