|“||Twenty-two years ago, I stood where I stand now – and watched my loved ones die, betrayed by those I had called friends. Vengeance clouded my mind. It would have consumed me, were it not for the wisdom of a few strangers, who taught me to look past my instincts. They never preached answers, but guided me to learn from myself. We don't need anyone to tell us what to do; not Savonarola, not the Medici. We are free to follow our own path. Some will take that freedom from us, and too many of you gladly give it. But it is our ability to choose – whatever you think is true – that makes us human... There is no book or teacher to give you the answers, to show you the path. Choose your own way! Do not follow me, or anyone else.||„|
|~ Ezio, upon killing Savonarola, and telling the people to follow their own path, 1498|
|“||Where other men blindly follow the truth, remember, nothing is true. Where other men are limited by morality or law, remember, everything is permitted. We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins.||„|
|~ Ezio Auditore da Firenze, upon becoming the Mentor of the Italian Assassins, reciting the Creed, 1503|
|“||Laa shay'a waqi'un moutlaq bale kouloun moumkine (Nothing is true; everything is permitted). The wisdom of our Creed is revealed through these words. We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins.||„|
|~ Ezio upon training each of his recruits to be fully-fledged Assassins.|
|“||I have lived my life as best I could, not knowing its purpose, but drawn forward like a moth to a distant moon. And here, at last, I discover a strange truth. That I am only a conduit for a message that eludes my understanding. Who are we, who have been so blessed to share our stories like this? To speak across centuries? Maybe you will answer all the questions I have asked. Maybe you will be the one to make all this suffering worth something in the end.||„|
|~ Ezio Auditore da Firenze on his role as "the Prophet", explaining it to Desmond Miles, 1512|
When I was a young man, I had liberty, but I did not see it. I had time, but I did not know it. And I had love, but I did not feel it. Many decades would pass before I understood the meaning of all three. And now, the twilight of my life, this understanding has passed into contentment.
|~ Ezio Auditore's final words in his final letter to his wife Sofia|
Ezio Auditore da Firenze (1459 – 1524) was a Florentine nobleman during the Renaissance, and, unbeknownst to most historians and philosophers, the Mentor of the Italian Brotherhood of Assassins, a title which he held from 1503 to 1513. He is also an ancestor of William and Desmond Miles, as well as Clay Kaczmarek.
A member of the House of Auditore, Ezio remained unaware of his Assassin heritage until the age of 17 when he witnessed the hanging of his father and two brothers, Federico and Petruccio under the false count of treason. Forced to flee his birthplace with his remaining family members—his mother and sister—Ezio took refuge with his uncle in the Tuscan town of Monteriggioni, at the Villa Auditore.
After learning of his heritage from Mario, after some initial hesitation, Ezio began his Assassin training and set about on his quest for vengeance against the Templar Order, and their Grand Master, the Spaniard Rodrigo Borgia, who had ordered the execution of his kin.
During his travels, Ezio managed to not only unite the pages of the Codex, written by Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Mentor of the Levantine Assassins, but also to save the cities of Florence, Venice, and Rome from Templar rule.
He ensured the future travels of Christopher Columbus to the New World and that they remained unencumbered, liberated Rome from Borgia rule, and prevented the Ercole Massimo's Cult of Hermes from rising to power, helping spread the Renaissance and Assassin ideals of independence and free will throughout Italy.
In the years that followed, Ezio began a quest to rediscover the lost history of the Order. Travelling to the aged fortress of Masyaf to learn more of the Assassins before him, he discovered it overrun with Templars and made his way to the city of Constantinople to uncover the location of the Masyaf keys which, as he discovered, would unlock the fortress's fabled hidden library when brought together.
A decade later, Ezio had retired and resided in a Tuscan villa with his wife, Sofia Sartor, and his two children; Flavia and Marcello. Sometime after helping teach the Chinese Assassin Shao Jun the ways of the Order, Ezio died of a heart attack at the age of 65, during a visit to Florence with his wife and daughter.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least 9-A physically, higher with swords, melee weapons, hidden blades, hidden gun, crossbow, bombs, Staff of Eden and Apple of Eden. At least 8-C with artillery, Leonardo da Vinci's war machines and his strongest bombs generally. Even higher with preparations
Name: Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Il Mentore (The Mentor), The Prophet, Marcello (Cover name)
Origin: Assassin's Creed
Age: 17-40 (Assassin's Creed II), 40-47 (Brotherhood, The game ends three months before Ezio's birthday in June 24), 52-53 (Revelations), 56 (Titan Comics), 60 (Reflections), 65 (Embers and at the time of his death)
Classification: Human-Isu Hybrid, Master Assassin, Mentor of the Italian Brotherhood of Assassins, Special Advisor of Pope Julius II
Powers and Abilities:
Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Superhuman Speed, Expert Acrobat and parkourer, Enhanced Senses (Ezio had noted himself to have far more finely-tuned senses than most other ordinary people during his time due to constantly honing them in his journey without rest. Many other Isu-Hybrids also have more advanced senses than most normal human beings), Regeneration (Low, healed from a stab wound inflicted by a Staff of Eden-amped Rodrigo Borgia without needing further medical aid. Has also survived being stabbed and shot numerous times in his life, like back in the Siege of Monteriggioni. As of the events of Brotherhood, the medicines he uses only dulls the pain from his injuries, not heal it), Extrasensory Perception, Clairvoyance, Information Analysis, Retrocognition, limited Precognition and Non-Physical Interaction (Via Eagle Vision, could perfectly recreate and revisit past events that had already happened, could look for objects of interest, differentiate between friend-to-foe, see a person's true intentions and revisit their memories, detect the condition of a person's life-force, figure out weak spots and analyze extremely dangerous areas to better understand them. Eagle Vision users could also fight against other precognition users and be able to predict and foresee attacks and certain events before their occurence during combat and investigations, since Eagle Vision is a limited form of the Isu's sixth sense that allows them to see through time. Ezio himself had an unusually high sense of awareness, higher than most other Eagle Vision users alive during his time, including even Giovanni Borgia and the unpredictable La Volpe, being able to predict attacks and even figuring out where and when to strike just mere moments before the attack even occurs, as seen when he is warned of nearby enemy presence and stalkers setting out to assassinate him, and as mentioned by Francesco Veccelio. Later trains this and evolve it to a literal sixth sense, which later allowed him to foresee future trails. Also taught Shao Jun on how to counter attacks via predicting body movements without actually seeing them. Talked and interacted with Minerva's soul), Master survivalist, Master tactician, Indomitable Will (No matter how tense the situation may be, Ezio will never back down from it. Also resistant to the Apple's fear-inducing and will-manipulating abilities), Multi-Lingual (Knew English, Italian, Arabic, Turkish, Greek and even French), Social Influencing (Was renowned for his charisma and highly-admired leadership skills for willing to stand up where no one else would, and thus gained a habit of making fast allies and also possesses high seduction skills, and can also anger his opponents with his taunts), Genius Intelligence, Preparation, Master Fighter, Power Mimicry (Via the Masyaf Keys. Relived all of Altaïr's memories and absorbed them into himself. Also owned a Precursor Box, which upon being imprinted with Shao Jun's memories, later permanently enhanced Princess Anastasia to be just as lethal as her), Stealth Mastery, Weapon Mastery and Vehicular Mastery (Hidden Blades, throwing knives, swords, daggers, spears, axes, maces, hammers, various war machines of Leonardo da Vinci, Greek fire, guns, advanced First Civilization technology, bow, cannons, machine guns, mortars etc.), Pressure Point Strikes (Capable of knocking out enemies by hitting at their pressure points, and has used this method to torture his interrogation victims), Technology Manipulation (As an Isu-Hybrid, Ezio is capable of using the First Civilization's technology and artifacts without suffering from any detrimental effects. Could easily open doorways to First Civilization temples which normal humans couldn't due to not having high concentrations of Isu DNA within them), Extreme Pain Tolerance
Minor Resistance to Diseases (Frequently had sexual encounters with brothels in his teenage years without suffering from STDs. Also took care of his brother Petruccio, who was plagued with several infectious ailments), Resistance to Illusion Creation, Sleep Manipulation, Perception Manipulation, Sense Manipulation, Willpower Manipulation, Empathic Manipulation, Fear Manipulation, Mind Control, Mind Manipulation, Death Manipulation, Transmutation, Telekinesis, Madness Manipulation (Types 1, 2 and 3), Status Effect Inducement, Paralysis Inducement, Pain Manipulation, Life Absorption (Naturally possesses resistances against the powers of all the Pieces of Eden due to being an Isu-Hybrid. Resisted Rodrigo's use of the Apple to control him and take away his life-force), Poison Manipulation (When he blew up the gunstock caches of Derinkuyu, Ezio breathed in huge amounts of highly toxic smokes and fumes and lasted far longer than most civilians and still managed to run at full power, whereas most civilians and guards were barely capable of even clutching for life after breathing in even small portions of the gases. His poison bombs seem to not effect him even after prolonged exposure) and Extreme Heat (Assassins during his time had to withstand being branded as a symbol of their dedication. Also walked relentless hours in the Syrian deserts during the daytime without any supplies. Also withstood being shot by fire arrows in Brotherhood) and Cold (Was capable of climbing Masyaf's icy mountains with only a cape, swam in the icy winter waters of Atlas village to stealthily kill Leandros's men)
Can glide long distances with his parachutes, Flight (With Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine), Smoke Manipulation (via smoke bombs), Explosion Generation (via Bombs), Stink Manipulation (via Stink Bombs), Surface Scaling (with Sticky Bomb shells), Fire Manipulation (With Greek Fire), Poison Manipulation (Via aconite poison blades, darts and datura bombs), Sound Manipulation (via Cherry Bomb), Can splatter blood with Blood bombs and fool people into thinking they have been injured, Fear Manipulation (Dagger of Brutus, Yusuf's Turkish Kilij, Sword of Vlad Tepes and Armor of Ishak Pasha)
Attack Potency: At least Small Building level+ physically (Being a fully-fledged Isu-Hybrid having directly descended from Adam and Eve themselves and being a high-ranking Master Assassin, he should easily be stronger than the Minotaur and should also be superior to most other Isu-Hybrids. Learned all of Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad's skills and abilities via the Codex and the Masyaf Keys. Can not only trade blows with comparably-durable enemies capable of harming him and damaging his armor sets, he can even counter them with his own blows, and he can also harm himself. Traded blows with and overpowered Rodrigo Borgia thrice in a row, even when the latter was empowered with the Papal Staff of Eden in their last two fights. Fought on equal grounds with Rodrigo's son Cesare, and eventually overwhelmed him), higher with swords, melee weapons, hidden blades, Hidden Gun, crossbow, normal artillery, bombs (Can easily blow up wooden structures and stone walls without issue. His bombs have a radius of over 4 meters, though they can easily harm people of comparable durability, and Assassins and Byzantine Templars with far weaker bombs than his could effortlessly destroy reinforced siege machines. Piri Reis blew up entire hulls of multiple large ships with the same bombs as Ezio during the Ottoman-Venetian War), the Staff of Eden (Unknowingly enhanced his own abilities when he used the Papal Staff to open the Basilica Vault after defeating Rodrigo Borgia) and the Apple of Eden (Apple of Eden clones are powerful enough to easily overwhelm the likes of Altaïr and Bayek). Building level+ with Leonardo da Vinci's war machines (Blew up multiple factories, reinforced stone cannon barracks, their towers and burned down several Borgia ships with Leonardo da Vinci's war machines, and is capable of destroying other comparable war machines. Leonardo's tank is this powerful), artillery (Made use of cannons which could easily reduce multiple wheeled cannons to splinters in one shot and take out massive siege towers in 3 hits. Also capable of one-shotting Leonardo's war machines like the Tank. Also made use of Greek Fire and left an entire harbor full of warships in flames) and his strongest bombs (In his chase for Cesare in Spain, he used Leonardo's bombs to blow up several warships, confirmed in the Brotherhood novel. Blew up the lighthouse that held up the Great Chain of the Golden Horn by using a bomb that had 50 times the power of his usual bombs) generally. Even higher with preparations (With enough preparations he managed to blow up the massive gunstock caches of Cappadocia and cover the entire underground city of Derinkuyu and leave it completely uninhabitable). Can also negate durability with the Apple of Eden and poisoned weaponry
Speed: At least Supersonic+ by himself (Easily deflected arrows at point-blank range and outran arrow hails during the events of Assassin's Creed II Discovery. Easily kept up with his Apple of Eden clones. Kept up with and dodged attacks from a Staff-amped Rodrigo Borgia, with those being amplified by the Pieces of Eden being able to fight on par with the likes of Jacob Frye, Bayek and Nikolai Orelov. Capable of dodging arquebus and musket shots simply by sidestepping and can even outrun them. Even in old age he could easily keep up with the more-agile-and-flexible Shao Jun, who herself is capable of dodging hand-gonne bullets at this speed, and was also responsible for teaching her to be able to do so. Barely managed to save Jun from an oncoming hand-gonne shot), higher with the Staff of Eden and bombs. Supersonic with artillery, Leonardo's war machines (Should be comparable to other smoothbore cannons due to Leonardo modifying them with the Apple of Eden's help) and the Hidden Gun (The Hidden Gun was based on a wheellock mechanism and thus should have comparable speeds to wheellock pistols, which can easily hit over 438 m/s). Athletic Human with the tank (Some guards often got overwhelmed by it, though they were jogging and not running at top speed). Superhuman with rowboats, Subsonic with the Flying Machine (The Flying Machine relies on diving methods, and in this case, it would not be much slower than most other diving apparatuses of the modern world today and would most likely be on par with most birds of prey) and parachutes (Should be on par with most modern parachutes), Subsonic attack speed with his crossbow
Lifting Strength: At least Class 5 (Easily overpowered a Staff-amped Rodrigo Borgia, who should be on par with Pythagoras and Tsar Alexander III, and could easily defeat Ezio's Apple-generated clones, with Apple-generated clones being capable of easily overpowering the likes of Bayek. Easily and vastly superior to Ercole Massimo, who tossed a man into a giant stone block hard enough to send it off of the ledge and even take off a chunk of a nearby pillar it was stuck against. Repeatedly wrestled with Cesare Borgia and eventually overpowered him, and Cesare himself was an accomplished bullfighter, being capable of wrestling with bulls and killing them all by himself without the aid of any of his assistants. Can easily swing around sledgehammers like swords with just one arm. Can easily twist heads a full 360 degrees with brute force. Easily managed to jump several meters into the air despite being well into his 60s and suffering from severe ailments), higher with the Staff of Eden
Striking Strength: At least Small Building Class+, higher with the Staff of Eden
Durability: At least Small Building level+ (Tanked cannonballs slamming into him multiple times in a row. Took multiple hits from Rodrigo Borgia and his Staff of Eden and survived being sent flying by its power, and also survived being stabbed by the latter, with the pope now being able to overpower Apple clones on his lonesome. His falls are powerful enough to crack the ground and wooden platforms. Has survived free-falls above seven storeys multiple times at once without ever fracturing his bones and kept running without any versatile effects on his body afterwards, and has also taken dives into water from over 30 meters to impress the Thieves Guild in both Rome and Constantinople. Dived from the top of Masyaf Castle into a pocket of water underneath the castle. Can tank his own bombs at point-blank range with no damage. Should be on par with most other Isu-Hybrids, who can tank explosions on these levels, no-sell energy beams that are powerful enough to vaporize three human beings and reduce them to a bloody mist at the slightest touch and take hits from Olympos Projects like the Minotaur), higher with armors (Both the armor sets of Altaïr and Brutus are basically equal in terms of functionality and durability, with Altaïr's armor having brushed off the same cannonballs as Ezio himself, as he later got the armor back from Monteriggioni's ruins in pristine condition sometime after Cesare's death) and the Staff of Eden. Building level+ with the Naval Cannon and the Tank (Both the tank and naval cannon could casually no-sell cannonballs that could one-shot gigantic buildings and fortress walls with ease. Can withstand their own firepower)
Stamina: Incredibly high (Went on for several decades hunting down the killers of his father and brothers with little rest, food or water. Has survived being stabbed, shot and thrown off tall buildings multiple times and still managed to fight at full power as if nothing happened to him, such as when a Staff-amped Rodrigo Borgia stabbed him through his armor, merely calling the stab as something his armor brushed off, and when he got shot at multiple points of his body and fell from several storeys right after and still managed to later on fight and blitz several armed guards without issue, later on freerunning throughout the Auditore crypt, and in the ensuing conflict, not once did he suffer from exhaustion. Singlehandedly blitzed and wiped out several enemy regiments during the Battle of Viana. Easily defeated hordes of mercenaries in several fistfighting competitions that extended multiple rounds, and Ezio won all of them. Even after being stabbed in the side, Ezio managed to wipe out every single enemy before falling unconscious. Ezio's abilities overall, gave him legendary status among the Roman Thieves Guild, so far as going to convince some of the members to believe that Ezio's freerunning skills were exaggerated, and blatantly impossible for someone his age, forcing him to prove otherwise. By the time he was 52, word had reached Constantinople of his feats, leaving even the best Assassins there in awe of his amazing endurance. One of his most notorious feats of endurance involves him sprinting at top speed for over 300 meters uninterrupted and still appear completely unexhausted. Even in old age, he managed to overpower several heavily armed Chinese men with only a fireplace poker and managed to do immensely strenuous acrobatic maneuvers while suffering from several ailments and handicaps)
Range: Standard melee range, extended melee range with equipment, several meters with throwing knives, several tens to possibly hundreds of meters with his Hidden Gun and Crossbow, higher with the Apple of Eden. Several hundreds of meters with war machines and Greek Fire. Several kilometers with cannons
Standard Equipment: Dual Hidden Blades, Hookblade, hidden gun, throwing daggers/knives, Several sets of swords (Including broadswords, longswords, rapiers, schiavonas, scimitars, falchions, sabres, kilij and a personal Yatagahn sword), metal cestus (Later discards it by Revelations), Sword of Altaïr (1506-his death), a Captain's Sword (1500-1506), Staff of Eden (Temporarily), Apple of Eden #6 (1486-1500, 1503-1506), dagger (Specifically Brutus's dagger, Romani stiletto and Sultan Mehmet's dagger as his personal choice), axes, sledgehammers, war hammers, maces, spears, poisoned darts and needle, crossbow, personal bombs (smoke bombs, poison bombs, cherry bombs, thunder bombs, stink bombs, blood bombs, coin bombs that made use of pyrite and caltrop bombs to leave soldiers incapacitated for a brief period of time), Leonardo da Vinci's war machines, Parachutes, several sets of armors, including the personal armor sets of Marcus Junius Brutus (Discards it an unknown period of time after Cesare's death), Altaïr (Discards it shortly before he leaves for Istanbul) and the Ottoman vizier Ishak Pasha, Altaïr's 5 Isu Memory Seals (Better known as the Masyaf Keys), can also make use of household objects like brooms and whatnot to aid him in combat
Intelligence: Genius. Ezio was both a highly skilled Assassin and an adept Mentor. He learned and developed a vast array of skills, such as picking pockets, blending into crowds, armed and unarmed combat, alternative or multiple weapon attacks, stealth and public assassination techniques, free-running and long-range combat. He was also able to use a variety of weapons and gadgets, including two Hidden Blades, a sword, throwing knives, smoke bombs, short blade and many more. Ezio was a very skilled freerunner from a young age. He learned how to free-run under the tutelage of either his father or older brother, and was able to move quickly and efficiently in sprinting, climbing, and jumping. Also, he was an extremely enduring and strong athlete, being able to perform all these actions without being encumbered by his large variety of weapons and armor at all. Although Ezio wasn't raised as an Assassin from the beginning like Altaïr, throughout his life he has stored a vast amount of knowledge about combat, was trained several years to be an assassin, and despite his advancing years, Ezio's skill and speed as a freerunner increased significantly, being aware of all of his surroundings as well as planning his next move very quickly and carefully, as observed by younger Assassins such as Francesco Vecellio. Ezio's actions, combined with the fact that he was also a renowned tactician and highly-effective military leader due to his charisma, also left a profound effect on the entire Brotherhood, as the entirety of Europe and the Mediterranean came under Assassin control and ushered in a Golden Age and could fully enjoy the benefits of the Renaissance thanks to his efforts, with his name being hailed as legendary as far as the Ottoman Empire even amongst ordinary civilians, and his descendants would continue to lead the Assassin order as a whole for almost 500 years after his death. He could easily interact with First Civilization architecture without having any knowledge of them firsthand. Ezio, due to his immense experience with various Pieces of Eden, ultimately decided to become a writer, his passion already being fueled by the fact that he had been an avid reader since he was a child, collecting several famous books scattered across Constantinople and whatnot, and he eventually wrote his own Codex which would later end up in the hands of Abstergo Industries. As a result of his journey, Ezio eventually also managed to attain all of Altaïr's skills, secrets and experiences thanks to Altaïr's codex and his memory seals.
Weaknesses: Standard human weaknesses, but has survived situations that would kill most peak-level human beings. Was psychologically scarred for the rest of his life after witnessing the hanging of his father and two brothers. Extremely protective of his family, and would initially retaliate violently and ruthlessly against anyone who would insult his family or his loved ones, but ultimately gave it up as he grew older and wiser. Will put himself in harms' way to protect innocents and the ones he loves, and can also become prone to losing his temper as a result (As seen when Ahmet threatened to kill his love interest Sofia Sartor). Became immensely ruthless and vengeful in his hunt for Rodrigo Borgia, although by the time he assassinated Girolamo Savonarola, he eventually managed to come to terms with his vengeance, as seen with his refusal to kill the Pope. Maximizing the Apple's range significantly exhausts him and drains his life-force, due to not having had much experience using its powers (It is not known whether Ezio had this weakness removed upon fully evolving his Eagle Vision to Eagle Sense, though it is plausible as Desmond, his descendant, was able to use it without any repercussions), although this is countered by the Apple's ability to heal him just as fast. His Eagle Sense takes some time to thoroughly identify a person and his characteristics if he chooses to be more specific or his target is amongst a crowd wearing similar clothing. Refuses to back down or give up even when the odds are against him or even when he is heavily injured. The tank requires at least 4 people to properly operate. Both the Flying Machine and the Flying Bomber require heat sources and convection of air to stay afloat, although the Flying Bomber's cannon easily removes this weakness. The Naval Cannon required Ezio to continuously switch from boat mode to cannon mode, leaving him vulnerable to oncoming fire. Initially in Assassin's Creed II, he couldn't use his Hidden Gun during combat and initially required some time to line up his shots, but as of Brotherhood, he has effectively mastered it to the point where he doesn't need to reload it to make multiple quick-and-consecutive shots at any given time. The poison blade's composition was so fragile that it broke upon use, forcing Ezio to refill once depleted. Developed an infection in the lung by 1519 due to his time in the vineyard which, combined with him completely retiring from Assassin life and training, led to his health rapidly declining, and as a result this causes him to become paranoid around strangers.