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I did not choose this path. It was chosen for me.
— Ezio Auditore da Firenze

A member of the House of Auditore, Ezio Auditore 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. Forced to flee his birthplace with his remaining family members - his mother and sister - Ezio took refuge in the Tuscan town of Monteriggioni with his uncle Mario, at the Villa Auditore. After learning of his heritage from his uncle, Mario Auditore, Ezio began his Assassin training and set about on his quest for vengeance against the Templar Order, and their Grand Master, 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 Christoffa Corombo to the "New World", liberated Rome from Borgia rule, 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.

Battle vs. Jack Sparrow (by Greenberet69)[]

Life in the pirate city of Tortuga is still the same with pirates and wenches drinking, having fun, and shooting out random shots from their guns. In the Tortuga bar the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow along with 4 crew men from the Black Pearl are gathering up other pirates to join the crew. Jack sitting at the table looks up to notice a strange man in white robes.

"Excuse me mate. Can I help you with something?" Jack asks

The stranger in white walks up to Jack at the table.

"Yes you can." The stranger says

"Well, you like to join my crew mister...."Jack says

"Ezio Auditore da Firenze. And no, I don't want to join your crew Jack Sparrow." Ezio says

"That accent of yours you Italian?" Jack asks

"Yes, I am, now listen to me Jack Sparrow. You may not know it, but you killed two of my men at Port Royale." Ezio says

"Sorry mate, I don't remember killing anyone at the Port except a couple of East India Trading Company soldiers." Jack says

"Exactly. My two men were undercover to find out if this East India Trading Co. was supplying my enemies called the Templars." Ezio says

"Well sorry about that mate, but if you don't mind some people what to join my crew if you don't mind." Jack says

Ezio turns around to the other pirates and says

"Sorry people, but sign ups are closed." Ezio says

"Now what do you think you are doing mate?" Jack says

"You need to pay for your crimes Jack Sparrow." Ezio says

"Sorry mate, but first of all there should be a Captain in there somewhere, second you are outnumbered 5 to one mate." Jack says as his pirates draw their weapons.

"Your wrong Sparrow." Ezio says

"Jack then looks up to notice another person wearing the same white robe as Ezio.

"Who are you mate?" Jack asks

"I am Ezio Auditore da Firenze. I am an Assassin of Italia!" Ezio says

"Right, sorry mate, but got to go now, bye." Jack says

The Assassin with the crossbow fires at Jack but Jack ducks out of the way and the arrow strikes the Pirate behind Jack in the heartBlue. One of Jack's pirates with a Musket fires at the Assassin with the crossbow strikes the Assassin in the chest and makes the Assassin fall to the ground floorDarkred. Jack gets back up and doesn't see Ezio and orders his men out the back door. Jack and the pirates exit the bar out the back door and start heading out of the alleyway when the Pirate with the musket gets struck by an arrow in the backBlue. Jack and the other pirates look on the roof and see Ezio with his Crossbow and one of the pirates fires his Flintlock at Ezio but Ezio gets out of sight and the shot misses. Jack and his pirates head out into the street which is full of people and they start heading back to the Black Pearl. On their way there they are forced to take a detour when the road to the docks is blocked by a huge fight for money. However unknown to them they play right into Ezio's hands and they notice 2 robed men following them. Jack looks up to see a Assassin jump from the roof and tries to assassinate Jack but Jack pulls out his Flintlock and fires a shot and kills the Assassin who falls to the ground deadDarkred,

"Alright mates so you two just stay here and keep those Assassins busy I will just go to the Black Pearl and bring back help" Jack says (Sarcastically)

Jack runs off leaving the two pirates. The two assassins who are in cover move up and one of the pirates armed with a Musket fires but misses and starts to reload while the other pirate who has reloaded his Flintlock tries to find out which Assassin to shoot. Unknown to them however is that the assassins are just to act as cover while Ezio scales onto the roof of the building behind them and as soon as he sees them he gets back and starts running and jumps off of the roof

(Imagine slow motion here)

Ezio draws his Dual Hidden Blades and drives both of them into the necks of the two piratesBlueBlue. Ezio signals his assassins and they meet up and head after Jack. They enter what looks like an abandoned part of Tortuga when one of the Assassins see Jack enter a building.

"Master, over there." One of the Assassins say

The Assassin runs off with Ezio and the other Assassin follow him. The Assassin gets to the door and opens it up and sees a Cannon pointing straight at him with Jack holding the lighter.

"Hello there mate." Jack says

The Assassins eyes widen as Jack fires the Cannon which blows right through the Assassin but Ezio and the other Assassin are able to dodge the Cannonball as it flies through the other buildingDarkred. The other Assassin gets back up and goes into the building Jack is in but Jack is waiting in the corner next to a rope and draws his Cutlass and cuts the rope which causes a chandelier above the Assassin to fall right on top of him, Jack gets over to the Assassin and puts a bullet through his head with his FlintlockDarkred. Jack looks up to see Ezio get up and run towards him and so Jack starts running and exits out the back door. Jack runs into a nearby barn but once he gets inside he doesn't see sign of a back door and turns around but to see Ezio in his way. Jack draws his Cutlass and Ezio draws his Sword of Altair

"Listen mate, we could do this the easy way, or the hard way." Jack

"I don't care what way it is, you have nowhere else to run." Ezio says

Jack charges at Ezio who block a strike from Jack's Cutlass and hits Jack in the face with his fist sending Jack stumbling back. Ezio charges at Jack and the two engage in a long duel, Ezio swings at Jack's head but Jack ducks down and swings at Ezio's leg but Ezio jumps over the sword. Jack swings his Cutlass but Ezio jumps back but Jack is able to draw his Flintlock which he reloaded while running and aims at Ezio

"Sorry mate, I win." Jack says

Jack fires his Flintlock which strikes Ezio in the chest and Ezio falls down. Jack walks over the Ezio's body takes his hat off and kneels down and says

"Sorry it had to end this way mate." Jack says

He gets up to leave but unknown to him Ezio opens his eyes grabs the Sword of Altair and cuts Jack's legs and he falls down in pain.

"Not bad mate, but how did you survive?" Jack says

Ezio shows him the Armor of Altair which the bullet bounced off of. Jack draws his sword and ready to defend himself but Ezio points his hands at Jack's head, Jack is confused until he notices something under Ezio's hand. Ezio fires the Hidden Gun which goes right through Jack's skull and Jack Sparrow falls down deadBlue. Ezio keels down by Jack

"Requiescat in pace" Ezio says and closes Jack's eyes.

Winner: Ezio Auditore da Firenze

Expert's Opinion[]

While Jack had the better experience fighting more tougher enemies then Ezio's enemies. Ezio dominated up close with his better weapons and more skilled fighting up close. Also the important X-Factors of Tactics, Physicality, and Psychological health helped him. But the most important X-Factor of Audacity brought him the win as he was never afraid to fight and never run away from battle.

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Battle vs. Halt O'Carrick (by Codgod13)[]

No battle was written.

WINNER: TIE

Expert's Opinion[]

It was decided to end the battle in a tie due to both warriors having great combat and stealth skills and the victor being mostly dependent on the setting. Ultimately, Halt had the upper hand in dark remote areas where he'd be able to use stealth to his advantage, whereas Ezio would prevail in a thriving city due to his superior street smarts and close-combat mastery.

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Battle vs. Ismae Rienen (by Affectos)[]

No battle was written.

WINNER: EZIO

Expert's Opinion[]

While Ismae had a high amount of training and spirituality, Ezio was more trained for battle and while Ismae trained in poisons, Ezio was higher skilled in combat.

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Battle vs. Bayek of Siwa (by MovieStuff65 and Wassboss)[]

TBW

Winner: Ezio

Expert's Opinion[]

TBW

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Battle vs. Leliana (by MovieStuff65)[]

Ezio suppressed a grunt of exertion as he reached his hand up to grasp a loose stone, pulling himself up with the natural handhold. The naked eye never could've noticed it, but his Eagle Vision had yet to fail him.

"I'm getting far too old for this," Ezio grumbled as he extended his Hookblade. He smiles at a satisfying click as the hook latches onto the window ledge, and pulls himself upwards. The Assassin drags himself through the window, arriving into a refined and elaborate bedroom. As he rubs the loose pebbles and dirt from his hands, Ezio spares a glance out of the window to the ground below.

Several hundred stories down, the guests of his target congregated in the courtyard, mingling and sharing pleasantries. With a smirk, Ezio activates his Eagle Vision. The world turns into a dark blue hue, save for a single bright yellow drawer. Walking over to the furniture, Ezio pulled open the drawer to see a folded envelope, with the melted seal of the Templars upon it.

"In case there was any doubt..." he mutters to himself, stopping as he hears the quiet snap of a lock breaking. Placing the letter in one of his pouches, Ezio starts to head for the door. As he passes the bed, an arrow flies past his face and slams into the wooden bedpost beside him.

"It's a pleasure to meet you, Assassin." Leliana says, emerging from the shadows with her recurve bow drawn and aiming another arrow at Ezio's chest. "If you are here for what I think you are, I would recommend you simply walk away." She approaches him, forcing him back to the drawer.

"I am afraid I cannot do that, signora," he says, looking around for an escape route. He pivots towards the door, only for Leliana to match him and block the path. The older man glances at the window, causing the bard to smile.

"Doors are an option, you know."

"On a beautiful night like this? I would not waste it."

"If I had met you at another time, you would've made an excellent bard."

"Such is life..." Ezio says. The two briefly stare at each other, waiting for the other to make the first move. "I don't suppose you would be the one to walk away?"

Leliana shakes her head. "Likely not."

Ezio sighs. "Very well."

She looses the arrow, and Ezio quickly rolls to the side to avoid it. As she nocks another, Ezio unholsters the crossbow from his back and pulls the trigger. The bolt whizzes past Leliana, who narrowly avoids it as she leans out of its way. Ezio leaps forward, closing the distance as Leliana starts to draw, Hidden Blade out.

Leliana rolls under his attack, tossing her bow to the other side of the room. Leliana spins and draws her knives as Ezio stands. She thrusts forward, with Ezio to parrying it with his Hidden Blade and causing her to overextend. Ezio unleashes the Hookblade and tries an overhead thrust, only for Leliana to block it with her off hand.

Their blades locking them in place, Leliana quickly starts to sing, magic tinged in her voice. Strangely unable to focus, Ezio headbutts her, putting distance between the two of them. She slips and falls on the bed, rolling to its other side as Ezio raises his arm. She takes cover as Ezio fires the pistol hidden in his gauntlet. The blast echoes in her hearing, forcing her to cover her ears.

Seeing his opportunity, Ezio leaps out the window he arrived in. Quickly climbing down the tower, he looks up as Leliana leans out the window.

"Dammit..." she mutters to herself, trying to vain to spot her opponent in the night. She slings her bow on her back, shaking her head in disappointment as she leaves to find her own target.

Ezio sighs in relief with the scuffle over, before scurrying down the tower and back into the courtyard.


An hour later, Ezio walks up the steps among the rest of the guests. He presents his falsified invitation to the guard, who glances at it and nods. He opens the door, and Ezio walks inside.

Among all the other nobles and attendants, one in particular stood out. Briefly glimpsing with his Eagle Vision, Ezio nodded to himself as the duke glowed a bright golden yellow and red. Forming a plan, he begins to approach the duke, slyly passing between partygoers for cover. To his surprise, the duke turns from his guest and yells towards Ezio.

"Ah, signore Auditore!" he says, opening his arms in greeting. Ezio raises his eyebrow as he is offered a hand, which he grips in a formal handshake.

"My good friend has told me so much about you. I am always glad to meet any guest of Sister Nightingale." the duke says, pointing to his red-haired companion.

Smiling innocently, Leliana bows her head as Ezio approaches. She offers her hand, which Ezio takes and lightly kisses on the knuckle. "It is always good to see her," Ezio says carefully. "It is so rare to make lasting friendships in our work."

Leliana laughs and continues their conversation, greeting Ezio as if he were an old friend. "As I was telling Duke Arnolds, my dear Warden is currently immersed with the work of reconstructing Amaranthine. Being Warden-Commander is quite the task, and adding the management of an entire city doesn't make it easier."

"I would imagine so," Arnolds says. "Although, I hear you will be matching him in status soon. It is rare that I have a guest as esteemed as the future Left Hand of the Divine in my salon."

"You are too kind, my lord." Leliana says. Catching Ezio's confused glare, Leliana smiles and offers him her arm. "Please excuse us, my lord. I have not seen signore Auditore in some time, and I wish to catch up with him."

With the Duke's permission, the two assassins walk over a secluded corner. As a waiter passes them by, she grabs two glasses from his tray. Leliana hands Ezio one as she takes a sip from her's.

"I can trust that these are not poisoned." Ezio says, a wry smile on his face.

"I would not disgrace the Mentor of the Assassin Brotherhood in such a way," she replies. He raises an eyebrow, and she nods to the hood that obscured his head. "Your precious order is not nearly as secretive as you like to believe."

He chuckles, taking a glance around the room. He slips into a scowl as he watches the Duke leave the room. Before he can go to follow, he feels a firm grip on his arm.

"You still have time to walk away, Ezio." Leliana says, placing her glass to the side.

"I am afraid I cannot..." he starts to reply, before a faint scent of smoke fills his nose. As Leliana shoves past him, he notices her tucking a small vial into her glove. This is quickly overcome by the burning sensation crawling over his body, his cloak lit as if by magic.

"Guards, guards! Signore Auditore is on fire, hurry!" she yells, causing the whole room to panic and go into disarray. As the guests scramble towards an exit and guards surround him to put the flames out, Ezio lets out an admirable grunt as Leliana winks, following the duke unnoticed to all but to him.


Satisfied that the commotion would keep the rest of the party distracted, and after retrieving her stowed bow and daggers, Leliana quietly climbs the stone stairs as she follows the sound of the duke's voice. As she reaches the top step, the voices stop, with Leliana freezing and straining to listen. A few moments of silence linger, before the conversation continues, further away. She continues her stalking, pouting as the top of the stairs led to a forking hallway.

Before she could determine which path to follow, the clank of metal on stone banged in the staircase behind her. Cursing to herself, she slinks into the shadows, practically invisible as Ezio and several armored guards emerged. "You three, down that hallway! We must protect the Duke!" His companions nod, sprinting down the left hallway. He and the last guard take the middle fork, sprinting, with Leliana steathily following behind.

A few moments later, safely out of the earshot of the others, Ezio makes a show of bending over and grabbing his genuinely sore knee. "Hold a moment, signore," he says, the guard walking over to assist the older man and receiving a Hidden Blade to the gut for his troubles. Gently laying the dying man down, hand over his mouth to maintain silence, Ezio's Eagle Vision tinges the world blue once again, tracks of his target emerging in gold prints on the ground.

He, and his tail, follow the prints, finding themselves at a locked door. He takes a few minutes with the lock, before tossing aside his lockpick set and merely slicing the Hidden Blade through the hole, destroying the lock but opening the door. The Assassin finds himself taking another set of stairs downwards, lit by iron torches, and arriving in a miniature pier of sorts, several guards moving crates while the duke nervously patrolled its dock. Momentarily unseen, Ezio slinks into the shadows, ascending stacks of crates to get into a higher ground position.

Leliana, just as quietly, moves from the opposite side, sticking to the shadows as she tries to find a good spot to begin her attack from. She eventually settles behind a pair of boxes, eyes set on the duke. As she draws her bow, arrow already nocked and laced with a paralytic poison, she fails to spot the crouched Ezio in the crow's nest of their shared target's boat. Surveying the pier with his Eagle Vision, Ezio spots the hiding bard. Smirking, he draws his crossbow and fires a bolt at the crate beside her, shattering the weak object just as she looses her arrow. Aim thrown off, Leliana's arrow instead pierces a guard near the duke.

"The Assassin is here! Defend me, you fools!" Duke Arnolds yells, his half dozen guards swarming on Leliana's position. She keeps her calm, placing arrows in four of the six guards before she draws her daggers. She parries a rapier, sidesteps a greatsword, and knocks both guards off their feet with a sweeping kick. She stabs both guards in the chest before they fall, looking to her target. She frowns in disappointment and frustration as Ezio leaps from the mast directly above the Duke. The Assassin tackles down the surprised noble, plunging his Hidden Blade into Arnolds' throat, executing the same air assassination he's performed hundreds of times in his life.

"Requiescat in pace," Ezio whispers, closing the Duke's eyes and turning to his rival spy. For her part, Leliana merely shrugs before sheathing her weapons. The two share a glance of respect, before both dive into the water just as the Duke's other guards arrive, escaping into the night.

Expert's Opinion[]

While Leliana had developed training and talents for easily placing herself in a position of trust, she relied too much on her spycraft and deception to win this game. Ezio may be older and not as trained in open combat like Leliana, but he had the proper mindset to create his moment thanks to an aggressive, more predatory style. Leliana's reliance on socializing and careful planning put her several steps behind Ezio, who took the simpler, faster path to victory, and was already making his escape plan by the time Leliana was ready to strike.

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