- ―Ezio Auditore da Firenze.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze (1459–1524) was a Florentine noble during the Italian Renaissance and, unbeknownst to most historians and philosophers, Mentor of the Assassin Order in Italy. He was an ancestor to both Desmond Miles and Clay Kaczmarek.
Ezio remained unaware of his Assassin heritage until the age of 17, when his father and two brothers, Federico and Petruccio, were murdered before his eyes. Forced to flee his birthplace with his remaining family, Ezio took refuge in the Tuscan town of Monteriggioni, at the Villa Auditore. Learning of his heritage from his uncle, Mario Auditore, Ezio began his Assassin training and his quest for vengeance against the Grand Master of the Templar Order, Rodrigo Borgia, who had ordered the execution of his father and two brothers.
During his quest, Ezio managed to not only unite the pages of Altaïr's Codex for the first time since Domenico Auditore but also to save the cities of Florence, Venice, and Rome from the Templars' control. He ensured the future travels of Christoffa Corombo to the "New World," liberated Rome from Borgia control, and prevented the rise to power of Ercole Massimo's Cult of Hermes, helping spread the Renaissance and Assassin ideals of independence and free thought throughout Italy.
In the years that followed, Ezio began a quest to rediscover the lost history of the Order. Traveling to the aged fortress of Masyaf in order to learn more about his ancestors, he discovered the fortress overrun with Templars and made his way to the city of Constantinople to uncover the location of the Seals of Altaïr which, as he discovered, would unlock a powerful weapon when brought together.
More than a decade later, Ezio was living in a Tuscan villa with his wife Sofia Sartor and his two children, Marcello and Flavia. Some time after helping teach the Chinese Assassin Shao Jun the ways of the order, Ezio dies from a heart attack at the age of 65 when he accompanied his wife and daughter in Florence.