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{{Quote|The age of [[Renaissance]]. A time considered to be the rebirth of man. Yet behind humanity's expanding consciousness, a movement was taking place. A conspiracy by one corrupt family to overthrow the powerful [[House of Medici|Medici]] dynasty, and destroy a unified [[Italy]]. But there are still some who fought for justice, and followed an [[The Creed|ancient creed]]. And it is with them, that our story begins.|The opening narration of ''Lineage'' - Episode one.|Assassin's Creed Lineage}}
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{{Quote|[[Italy]]. 15th Century. The age of [[Renaissance]]. A time considered to be the rebirth of man. Yet behind humanity's expanding consciousness, a movement was taking place. A conspiracy by one corrupt family to overthrow the powerful [[House of Medici|Medici]] dynasty, and destroy a unified Italy. But there are still some who fought for justice, and followed an [[The Creed|ancient creed]]. And it is with them, that our story begins.|Opening narration of ''Lineage'''s first episode.|Assassin's Creed Lineage}}
 
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{{Film Infobox
| name = Assassin's Creed: Lineage
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|name = Assassin's Creed: Lineage
| image = Assassins Creed Lineage Cover.jpg
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|image = Assassins Creed Lineage Cover.jpg
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| director = {{Wiki|Yves Simoneau}}
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|director = {{Wiki|Yves Simoneau}}
| producer = {{Wiki|Pierre Raymond (CEO of Hybride)|Pierre Raymond}} / {{Wiki|Serge Hascoet}}, {{Wiki|Yannis Mallat}}, [[Yves Guillemot]] <small>'''(Executive)'''</small> / {{Wiki|Ian Whitehead}} (Line)
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|producer = {{Wiki|Pierre Raymond (CEO of Hybride)|Pierre Raymond}}/{{Wiki|Serge Hascoet}}, {{Wiki|Yannis Mallat}}<br>[[Yves Guillemot]] <small>(executive)</small><br>{{Wiki|Ian Whitehead}} (line)
| writer = {{Wiki|William Raymond}}, {{Wiki|Yves Simoneau}}
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|writer = {{Wiki|William Raymond}}, {{Wiki|Yves Simoneau}}
| narrator = [[Romano Orzari]]
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|narrator = [[Romano Orzari]]
| starring = [[Romano Orzari]]
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|starring = Romano Orzari
| music = {{Wiki|George S. Clinton}}
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|music = {{Wiki|George S. Clinton}}
| cinematography = {{Wiki|Guy Dufaux}}
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|cinematography = {{Wiki|Guy Dufaux}}
| editing = {{Wiki|Isabelle Malenfant}}
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|editing = {{Wiki|Isabelle Malenfant}}
| studio = [[Ubisoft]] (Digital Arts and {{Wiki|Ubisoft Montreal|Montreal}})<br />Hyrbide Technologies
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|studio = [[Ubisoft]] (Digital Arts and {{Wiki|Ubisoft Montreal|Montreal}})<br>Hybride Technologies
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|released =
(Episode 1): October 26, 2009
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(Episode 1): 26 October 2009
(Episode 2 and 3): November 12, 2009
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(Episode 2 and 3): 12 November 2009
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(Episode 1): 14:12
 
(Episode 1): 14:12
 
(Episode 2): 09:45
 
(Episode 2): 09:45
 
(Episode 3): 14:21
 
(Episode 3): 14:21
| country = {{Wiki|Canada}}
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|country = {{Wiki|Canada}}
| language = {{Wiki|English language|English}}
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|language = {{Wiki|English language|English}}
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| preceded_by = [[Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines]]
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|preceded_by = ''[[Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines]]''
| followed_by = [[Assassin's Creed II]]
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|followed_by = ''[[Assassin's Creed II]]''}}
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'''''Assassin's Creed: Lineage''''' is a series of three short films based on the universe of the video game ''[[Assassin's Creed (series)|Assassin's Creed]]'', and were created by [[Ubisoft]]. The first episode was released on 26 October 2009 via {{Wiki|YouTube}}, and the final two episodes were released on 12 November 2009 on {{Wiki|Spike TV}}, before being later uploaded to YouTube for international viewing purposes.
'''''Assassin's Creed: Lineage''''' is a series of three short films based on the universe of the video game ''[[Assassin's Creed (series)|Assassin's Creed]]''. The films are made by [[Ubisoft]], the game company itself. The first episode was released on October 26, 2009 via {{Wiki|YouTube}}, and Episode 2 and Episode 3 were released on November 12, 2009 on {{Wiki|Spike TV}}, later uploaded on YouTube for international viewing purposes.
 
   
 
Created as a bridge for ''[[Assassin's Creed]]'' and ''[[Assassin's Creed II]]'', the film details the time of [[Giovanni Auditore da Firenze]] as an [[Assassins|Assassin]] for the Medici, and how he uncovered a conspiracy that threatened the power of the ruling body in [[Florence]].
 
Created as a bridge for ''[[Assassin's Creed]]'' and ''[[Assassin's Creed II]]'', the film details the time of [[Giovanni Auditore da Firenze]] as an [[Assassins|Assassin]] for the Medici, and how he uncovered a conspiracy that threatened the power of the ruling body in [[Florence]].
   
A DVD of the complete ''Lineage'' was later included in some of the [[Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood#Editions|special editions]] of ''[[Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood]]''.
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A DVD composing of all of ''Lineage'''s episodes was later included in some of the [[Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood#Editions|special editions]] of ''[[Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood]]''.
   
The complete ''Lineage'' is also available for purchase on Blu-ray disc, with extra content such as [[Assassin's Creed: Ascendance]], development diaries, and trailers.
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The complete ''Lineage'' is also available for purchase on Blu-ray disc, with extra content such as ''[[Assassin's Creed: Ascendance]]'', development diaries, and trailers.
   
== Plot ==
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These shorts are also included in [[Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection|The Ezio Collection]].
In the year 1476, the Assassin Giovanni Auditore skipped dinner with [[House of Auditore|his family]] to intercept [[Rodrigo Borgia]], who was roaming the streets of Florence. Ambushing Rodrigo and his men, Giovanni subdued two of Borgia's men and kept one alive for interrogation. As Rodrigo fled, Giovanni reported to [[Lorenzo de' Medici]] about his investigations, stating to Lorenzo how an important event will affect the balance of power in Florence. The Medici, along with [[Uberto Alberti]], then interrogated Giovanni's captive while torturing him on the rack, making him reveal the details of Borgia's plan: an assassination was planned for Duke [[Galeazzo Maria Sforza]] during the Feast of Saint Stephen in [[Milan]], to be carried out by Rodrigo's allies. Medici immediately ordered Giovanni to stop the assassination by going to Milan.
 
[[File:Screen shot 12.png|thumb|250px|left|Galeazzo Sforza, dead on the church floor.]]
 
During mass, Galeazzo Sforza payed tribute at the altar, as [[Giovanni Andrea Lampugnani]], [[Gerolamo Olgiati]], and [[Carlo Visconti]], officials of the Milan court, approached him. As Giovanni hurriedly made his way to Sforza through the crowd, Lampugnani commenced the assassination, which incited the church crowd. Giovanni helped subdue the assailants while Sforza's personal bodyguard chased down Lampugnani. Lampugnani was then pinned down by Sforza's bodyguard, and despite Giovanni's pleas to spare him, the guard killed Lampugnani. As the guard attended to his master's body, Giovanni inspected Lampugnani's corpse, finding a sack of [[Venice|Venetian]] coins in Lampugnani's satchel, which he took as evidence.
 
   
Returning home, Giovanni would then see his sons [[Ezio Auditore da Firenze|Ezio]] and [[Federico Auditore da Firenze|Federico]] playing chess as he and [[Maria Auditore da Firenze|Maria]] watched. After giving Ezio advice on how to be a better player, Giovanni later lamented in private about the loss of the Duke of Milan, and how the Medici was deprived of a powerful ally. He then resumed his search for the conspirators, as he prepared to head for Venice to further investigate the lead of the coins in the satchel.
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==Plot==
[[File:Screen shot 2.2.png|thumb|250px|Giovanni eavesdrops on a palace official's business.]]
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In the year 1476, the Assassin Giovanni Auditore skipped dinner with [[House of Auditore|his family]] to intercept [[Rodrigo Borgia]], who was roaming the streets of [[Florence]]. Ambushing Rodrigo and his men, Giovanni subdued two of Borgia's guards and kept one alive for interrogation. As Rodrigo fled, Giovanni reported to [[Lorenzo de' Medici]] about his investigations, stating to Lorenzo how an important event would affect the balance of power in Florence. The Medici, along with [[Uberto Alberti]], then interrogated Giovanni's captive while torturing him on the rack, making him reveal the details of Borgia's plan: an [[Assassination of Galeazzo Maria Sforza|assassination]] was planned for Duke [[Galeazzo Maria Sforza]] during the Feast of Saint Stephen in [[Milan]], to be carried out by Rodrigo's allies. To this, Lorenzo immediately ordered Giovanni to stop the assassination by going to Milan.
Arriving at Venice, Giovanni headed for the [[Palazzo Ducale di Venezia|Palazzo Ducale]], which bore the same insignia as the coins Lampugnani possessed. Subduing a palace guard, Giovanni managed to enter the palace and [[Eavesdropping|eavesdropped]] on a meeting between a courier and an [[Marco Barbarigo|official]], where the latter ordered the former to deliver a letter to their "master" in [[Rome]]. Giovanni followed the courier and intercepted him in a secluded area. Though Giovanni tried to interrogate him, the courier killed himself with Giovanni's [[Hidden Blade|blade]]. Giovanni then inspected the courier's body, and took the letter from the officials with him back to Florence.
 
   
Back in Florence, Giovanni handed over the letter, which was encrypted, to the Medici. They gave the letter to Uberto Alberti, who then gave the letter to his men. The priest [[Antonio Maffei]] was able to decipher the encryption and gave it to Alberti, who disposed of the deciphered letter after telling Maffei to keep silent over the matter. He then ordered Maffei to fetch Giovanni while he woke Lorenzo. Giovanni prepared to leave as he bid goodbye to his wife and talked to Ezio about his business.
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[[File:Screen shot 12.png|thumb|250px|left|Galeazzo Sforza, dead on the church floor]]
[[File:Screen shot 2.12.png|thumb|250px|left|Giovanni prepares to leave for Rome, with Uberto and Lorenzo.]]
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During Mass, Galeazzo Sforza payed tribute at the altar, as [[Giovanni Andrea Lampugnani]], [[Gerolamo Olgiati]], and [[Carlo Visconti]] – officials of the Milan court – approached him. As Giovanni hurriedly made his way to Sforza through the crowd, Lampugnani commenced the assassination, which incited the church crowd. Giovanni helped subdue the assailants while Sforza's personal bodyguard chased down Lampugnani. Lampugnani was then pinned down by Sforza's bodyguard, and despite Giovanni's pleas to spare him, the guard killed Lampugnani. As the guard attended to his master's body, Giovanni inspected Lampugnani's corpse, finding a sack of [[Venice|Venetian]] coins in Lampugnani's satchel, which he took as evidence.
At the [[Palazzo Medici]], Uberto claimed to have failed in the decryption of the letter. He then followed up with a contingency plan, stating that Giovanni should deliver the letter and track the steps of the other couriers, and follow where it lead. Giovanni, who knew where to find the other couriers, took the letter and left for Rome, while Rodrigo Borgia began to plot with the [[House of Barbarigo]] and his other Templar accomplices.
 
   
In Rome, Giovanni delivered the letter and tracked the movement of the other couriers, which eventually lead him to Rodrigo Borgia. Rodrigo then delivered it personally to [[Papacy|Pope]] [[Sixtus IV]], who did not take the letter and denoted Borgia being turned into a simple courier. Rodrigo then tried to convince him otherwise about the subject, which was about the Medici's lack of respect for Papal authority. Rodrigo suggested that the Pope force submission onto Lorenzo, which he disapproved of. However, he later gave his blessing and military to aid Rodrigo for the operation, so long as order was maintained in the city. Rodrigo, pleased about the agreement he had obtained, left the Pope's quarters.
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Returning home, Giovanni witnessed his sons [[Ezio Auditore da Firenze|Ezio]] and [[Federico Auditore da Firenze|Federico]] playing chess as he and [[Maria Auditore da Firenze|Maria]] watched. After giving Ezio advice on how to be a better player, Giovanni later lamented in private about the loss of the Duke of Milan, and how the Medici was deprived of a powerful ally. He then resumed his search for the conspirators, as he prepared to head for Venice to further investigate the lead of the coins in the satchel.
[[File:Screen shot 3.6.png|thumb|250px|Rodrigo asks for Pope Sixtus IV's consent.]]
 
Giovanni later followed Rodrigo's trail after he left the Vatican, and arrived at [[Basilica di San Pietro|St. Peter's Basilica]]. Further in, Giovanni was later greeted by Rodrigo, who tried to convince him to join [[Templars|their cause]]. Giovanni refused, to which Rodrigo replied by sending five assailants to dispose of Giovanni. Despite the lopsided numbers, Giovanni was successful in subduing the assailants. However, the unentangled Rodrigo threw a [[Throwing knives|knife]] at Giovanni, which hit him in the chest. As Giovanni tried to remove the knife, Rodrigo escaped the Basilica.
 
   
Wounded, Giovanni returned to Florence, where his wife attended to his wounds. He later confided with her about the assassination of Galeazzo Sforza going beyond Milan, fearing that the conspiracy would involve his family, the Medici, and Florence. Just then, armed guards led by Antonio Maffei arrived at their doorsteps, asking for Giovanni. He told Federico to buy him some time while he escaped, which succeeded.
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[[File:Screen shot 2.2.png|thumb|250px|Giovanni eavesdropping on a palace official's business]]
[[File:Screen shot 3.14.png|thumb|250px|left|Giovanni walks in the darkness.]]
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Arriving at Venice, Giovanni headed for the [[Palazzo Ducale di Venezia|Palazzo Ducale]], which bore the same insignia as the coins Lampugnani possessed. Subduing a palace guard, Giovanni managed to enter the palace and [[Eavesdropping|eavesdropped]] on a meeting between a courier and an [[Marco Barbarigo|official]], where the latter ordered the former to deliver a letter to their "master" in [[Rome]]. Giovanni followed the courier and intercepted him in a secluded area, but while Giovanni attempted to interrogate him, the courier killed himself with Giovanni's [[Hidden Blade]]. Despite the setback, Giovanni then inspected the courier's body, and took the letter from the officials with him back to Florence.
At an undisclosed location, Rodrigo and his other cohorts agreed that Giovanni was a threat to their plan, and began planning a way to dispose of him, so that nothing would stand in their way. Giovanni later escaped through the secret passages, and was able to see Ezio, flirting with a lady, as he left the passage and moved onto the streets. Fearing the worst for Florence, Giovanni tried to assure the safety of his family by stating that their Assassin lineage would give them strength in the coming battles.
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After returning to Florence, Giovanni handed over the encrypted letter to the Medici. They then passed on the letter to Uberto Alberti, who handed it to his men. The priest [[Antonio Maffei]] was able to decipher the encryption and gave it to Alberti, who disposed of the deciphered letter after telling Maffei to keep silent over the matter. He then ordered Maffei to fetch Giovanni while he woke Lorenzo. Giovanni prepared to leave as he bid goodbye to his wife and talked to Ezio about his business.
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[[File:Screen shot 2.12.png|thumb|250px|left|Giovanni preparing to leave for Rome, with Uberto and Lorenzo]]
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At the [[Palazzo Medici]], Uberto claimed to have failed in the decryption of the letter. He then followed up with a contingency plan, stating that Giovanni should deliver the letter and track the steps of the other couriers, and follow where it led. Giovanni, who knew where to find the other couriers, took the letter and left for Rome, while Rodrigo Borgia began to plot with the [[House of Barbarigo]] and his other [[Templars|Templar]] accomplices.
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In Rome, Giovanni delivered the letter and tracked the movement of the other couriers, which eventually led him to Rodrigo Borgia. Rodrigo then delivered it personally to [[Papacy|Pope]] [[Sixtus IV]], who did not take the letter and denoted Borgia being turned into a simple courier. Rodrigo then tried to convince him otherwise about the subject, which was about the Medici's lack of respect for Papal authority. Rodrigo suggested that the Pope force submission onto Lorenzo, which he disapproved of. However, he later gave his blessing and military to aid Rodrigo for the operation, so long as order was maintained in the city. Rodrigo, pleased about the agreement he had obtained, left the Pope's quarters.
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[[File:Screen shot 3.6.png|thumb|250px|Rodrigo asking for Pope Sixtus IV's consent]]
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Giovanni later followed Rodrigo's trail after he left the Vatican, and arrived at the [[St. Peter's Basilica|Basilica di San Pietro]]. Further in, Giovanni was later greeted by Rodrigo, who tried to convince him to join his cause – the Templars. Giovanni refused, to which Rodrigo replied by sending five assailants to dispose of Giovanni. Despite the lopsided numbers, and his hidden blade being broken at one point, Giovanni was successful in subduing the assailants. However, the unentangled Rodrigo threw a [[Throwing knives|knife]] at Giovanni, which hit him in the chest. As Giovanni tried to remove the knife, Rodrigo escaped the Basilica.
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Wounded, Giovanni returned to Florence, where his wife attended to his injury. He later confided with her about the assassination of Galeazzo Sforza going beyond Milan, fearing that the conspiracy would involve his family, the Medici, and Florence. Just then, armed guards led by Antonio Maffei arrived at their doorsteps, asking for Giovanni. He told Federico to buy him some time while he escaped, which succeeded.
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[[File:Screen shot 3.14.png|thumb|250px|left|Giovanni walking in the darkness]]
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At an undisclosed location, Rodrigo and his other cohorts agreed that Giovanni was a threat to their plan, and began to discuss a way to dispose of him, so that nothing would stand in their way. Giovanni later escaped through the secret passages and was able to see Ezio, flirting with a lady, as he left the entrance and moved onto the streets. Fearing the worst for Florence, Giovanni tried to assure the safety of his family by stating that their Assassin lineage would give them strength in the coming battles.
   
 
==Cast==
 
==Cast==
[[File:LineageBorgia.jpg|thumb|200px|Manuel Tadros as Rodrigo Borgia in Lineage]]
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[[File:LineageBorgia.jpg|thumb|250px|Manuel Tadros as Rodrigo Borgia in ''Lineage'']]
The films and the game share a common cast. The actors have been {{Wiki|motion capture|mo-capped}} (for narrative sequences), their faces have been scanned and their voices have been recorded for the video game.<ref name="devlop">[http://www.develop-online.net/features/644/Lights-camera-assassin Develop-Online: Lights, camera, assassin]</ref>
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The films and the game shared a common cast. The actors were {{Wiki|motion capture|mo-capped}} (for narrative sequences), and their faces were scanned and their voices recorded for the video game.<ref name="Develop-Online">[http://www.develop-online.net/features/644/Lights-camera-assassin Develop-Online: Lights, Camera, Assassin]</ref> The cast are as follows:
* [[Romano Orzari]] as [[Giovanni Auditore da Firenze|Giovanni Auditore]]
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*[[Romano Orzari]] as [[Giovanni Auditore da Firenze]]
* [[Manuel Tadros]] as [[Rodrigo Borgia]]
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*[[Manuel Tadros]] as [[Rodrigo Borgia]]
* [[Jesse Rath]] as [[Federico Auditore da Firenze|Federico Auditore]]
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*[[Jesse Rath]] as [[Federico Auditore da Firenze]]
* {{Wiki|Devon Bostick}} as [[Ezio Auditore da Firenze|Ezio Auditore]]
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*{{Wiki|Devon Bostick}} as [[Ezio Auditore da Firenze]]
* [[Claudia Ferri]] as [[Maria Auditore da Firenze|Maria Auditore]]
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*[[Claudia Ferri]] as [[Maria Auditore da Firenze]]
* [[Alex Ivanovici]] as [[Lorenzo de' Medici]]
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*Connor Nikides Kokolakis as [[Petruccio Auditore da Firenze]]
* [[Michel Perron]] as [[Uberto Alberti]]
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*[[Devery Jacobs]] as [[Claudia Auditore da Firenze]]
* Roc Lafortune as Prisoner/Man #1
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*[[Alex Ivanovici]] as [[Lorenzo de' Medici]]
* [[Arthur Grosser]] as [[Sixtus IV|Pope Sixtus IV]]
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*[[Michel Perron]] as [[Uberto Alberti]]
* [[Shawn Baichoo]] as [[Antonio Maffei|Father Maffei]]
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*[[Arthur Grosser]] as [[Sixtus IV|Pope Sixtus IV]]
* {{Wiki|Peter Miller (actor)|Peter Miller}} as [[Galeazzo Maria Sforza]]
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*[[Shawn Baichoo]] as [[Antonio Maffei|Father Maffei]]
* [[Harry Standjofski]] as [[Silvio Barbarigo]]
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*{{Wiki|Peter Miller (actor)|Peter Miller}} as [[Galeazzo Maria Sforza]]
* Frank Fontaine as [[Marco Barbarigo]]
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*[[Harry Standjofski]] as [[Silvio Barbarigo]]
* Maxime Savaria as Messenger
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*Frank Fontaine as [[Marco Barbarigo]]
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*Roc Lafortune as Prisoner/Man #1
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*Maxime Savaria as Messenger
   
== Production ==
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==Production==
[[File:LineageSet.jpg|thumb|200px|Romano Orzari and crew on the set of Assassin's Creed: Lineage]]
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[[File:LineageSet.jpg|thumb|250px|Romano Orzari and the crew on set]]
Both the film makers and game makers worked very closely to link the two titles.
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Both the film producers and game developers worked very closely to link the two titles. Live actors were filmed on a {{Wiki|Chroma key|green screen}}, which was then replaced by the game's environment that was extracted from the [[Anvil (game engine)|Anvil game engine]] to {{Wiki|Autodesk Softimage}}. Adding to this, half of the assets were re-worked on the texture and geometrical levels before being exported to be used in the film.<ref name="Develop-Online"/>
Live actors were filmed on a {{Wiki|Chroma key|green screen}} (just like Hybride Technologies, participating in the production, did with ''{{Wiki|300 (film)|300}}'' and ''{{Wiki|Sin City (film)|Sin City}}'') which was then replaced by the game's environment extracted from the {{Wiki|Anvil (game engine)|engine}} to {{Wiki|Autodesk Softimage|XSI}} (half of those assets were re-worked on the texture and geometrical levels before being exported to be used in the film).<ref name="devlop"/>
 
   
For the costumes, historians researched and concept artists from the game made illustrations of each costume, which was then made real by a costume maker from the film team. These costumes eventually influenced the 3D models in the game.<ref name="devlop"/>
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For the costumes, historians researched traditional dress and concept artists from Ubisoft made illustrations of each costume, which was then created by a costume maker from the film team. These costumes eventually influenced the 3D models in ''[[Assassin's Creed II]]''.<ref name="Develop-Online"/>
   
[[Corey May]], the writer from ''Assassin’s Creed II'' worked closely with the ''Assassin's Creed: Lineage'' scriptwriter, {{Wiki|William Raymond}}, in order to make sure both stories were linked to the original story.<ref name="devlop"/>
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[[Corey May]], the writer from ''Assassin's Creed II'' worked closely with the ''Assassin's Creed: Lineage'' scriptwriter, {{Wiki|William Raymond}}, in order to make sure both stories were linked to the series' universe.<ref name="Develop-Online"/>
   
=== Soundtrack ===
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===Soundtrack===
The score of the film was composed by {{Wiki|George S. Clinton}} (unlike ''Assassin's Creed II'''s [[soundtrack|soundtrack,]] scored by [[Jesper Kyd]]).<ref name="score">[http://www.sibeliusblog.com/people/assassins-creed-lineage-scored-in-sibelius/ Assassin’s Creed: Lineage scored in Sibelius]</ref>
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The score of the film was composed by {{Wiki|George S. Clinton}}, unlike ''[[Assassin's Creed II soundtrack|Assassin's Creed II'<nowiki/>]]''[[Assassin's Creed II soundtrack|s soundtrack]], which was scored by [[Jesper Kyd]].<ref>[http://www.sibeliusblog.com/people/assassins-creed-lineage-scored-in-sibelius/ ''Assassin's Creed: Lineage'' scored in Sibelius]</ref>
   
== Promotion and release ==
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==Promotion and release==
Ubisoft acquired on July 7, 2008 the {{Wiki|post-production}} {{Wiki|Visual effects|VFX}} studio Hybride Technologies based in {{Wiki|Montreal}} as part of the game company's strategy to extend its brands to other media forms, and to converge gaming and filming entertainment.<ref name="hybride">[http://www.ubi.com/UK/News/Info.aspx?nId=5334 Ubisoft acquires Hybride Technologies]</ref> A year later, during a press conference held at {{Wiki|Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009|E3 2009}}, Ubisoft revealed the making of short films based on the universe of ''Assassin's Creed II'' using the game's engine, with the participation of Hybride and Ubisoft Digital Arts.
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Ubisoft acquired the {{Wiki|post-production}} {{Wiki|Visual effects|VFX}} studio Hybride Technologies based in {{Wiki|Montreal}} on July 7, 2008, as part of their strategy to extend its brands to other media forms, and to converge gaming and filming entertainment.<ref>[http://www.ubi.com/UK/News/Info.aspx?nId=5334 Ubisoft acquires Hybride Technologies]</ref> A year later, during a press conference held at {{Wiki|Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009|E3 2009}}, Ubisoft revealed the making of short films based on the universe of ''Assassin's Creed II'' using the game's engine, with the participation of Hybride and Ubisoft Digital Arts.
   
Ubisoft then released more details about the project during 2009's {{Wiki|San Diego Comic-Con International|Comic-Con}}, revealing some behind the scenes shots at the same period.<ref name="comiccon">[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re-riptY5CM Assassin's Creed 2 Comic-con Panel]</ref> The first episode was shown to the press during a premiere at a theater in the {{Wiki|Champs-Élysées}} on October 19, 2009 and a public teaser trailer was released on the same day.
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Ubisoft then released more details about the project during 2009's {{Wiki|San Diego Comic-Con International|Comic-Con}}, revealing some behind-the-scenes shots at the same time.<ref>{{Youtube|re-riptY5CM|Assassin's Creed 2 Comic-Con panel|UC_fwlBSrMIfdb4Br2O_Fzlw|Assassin's Creed UK}}</ref> The first episode was shown to the press during a premiere at a theater in the {{Wiki|Champs-Élysées}} on October 19, 2009, and a public teaser trailer was released that same day.
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The first episode was released on YouTube on October 26, 2009. The second episode premiered on Spike TV on November 12, 2009 at 12am, and the third episode premiered in the United Kingdom on Film24 on November 22, 2009 at 9pm.
   
The first episode was released on YouTube on October 26, 2009. The second episode premiered on Spike TV on Thursday, November 12 at 12:00 A.M., Wednesday night, and the third episode premiered in the United Kingdom on Film24 on Sunday, November 22 at 9 P.M.
 
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* There are some differences in Giovanni's Assassin robes in ''Lineage'' that contrast with their appearance in ''Assassin's Creed II''.
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*There were some differences in Giovanni's Assassin robes in ''Lineage'' that contrasted with their appearance in ''Assassin's Creed II''.
** The robes in ''Lineage'' did not have the same "eagle beak" on the hood that was present in ''Assassin's Creed II''.
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**The robes in ''Lineage'' did not have beak-shaped tip of the hood that was present in ''Assassin's Creed II''.
** Giovanni's [[Short blades|short blade]] holster was at the side of his boot, while Ezio kept his short blade on his belt.
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**Giovanni's [[Short blades|short blade]] holster was at the side of his boot, while Ezio kept his short blade on the belt.
** Giovanni only kept two throwing knives in his robes, while Ezio was able to keep a total of twenty five knives. Also, Giovanni kept his throwing knives on holsters on his chest, while Ezio kept them on his belt.
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**Giovanni only kept two throwing knives on his robes, while Ezio was able to keep a total of twenty five knives. Also, Giovanni kept his throwing knives on holsters on his chest, while Ezio kept them on the belt.
* Giovanni's secret room had a mannequin prepared to hold his Assassin robes, while in ''Assassin's Creed II'', it was kept in a chest, along with the rest of his belongings.
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*Giovanni's secret room had a mannequin prepared to hold his Assassin robes, while in ''Assassin's Creed II'', it was kept in a chest, along with the rest of his belongings.
[[File:GiovanniBlade.jpg|thumb|200px|Giovanni's hidden blade, broken.]]
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*The film showed how Giovanni's Hidden Blade was broken during the fight with the assailants in Rome. Ezio eventually had it fixed by his friend and ally [[Leonardo da Vinci]].
* The film showed how Giovanni's hidden blade was broken, which was during the fight with the assailants in Rome. Ezio, after inheriting the blade, eventually had it fixed by his friend and ally Leonardo da Vinci.
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*During the first episode, the Auditore family had a male servant attending to their needs in the dining room. In ''Assassin's Creed II'', the only servant present in the Auditore household was [[Annetta]].
** In the E3 Trailer of ''[[Assassin's Creed: Revelations]]'', Ezio broke one of his hidden blades, just like his father.
 
* The courier intercepted in Venice was dressed in robes similar to the [[thieves]].
 
* During the first episode, the Auditore family had a male servant attending to their needs in the dining room. In ''Assassin's Creed II'', the only servant present from the Auditore family is [[Annetta]].
 
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* In the third episode, Ezio was seen flirting with a woman as his father left the secret passage. Whether this was [[Cristina Vespucci]] or a different woman is yet to be confirmed.
 
   
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* [http://www.hybride.com/index_en.html Official Site of Hybride Technologies]
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* [http://www.youtube.com/user/assassinscreedUK English Assassin's Creed's official page on YouTube]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcE8xJkK6t4 The complete movie] of ''Lineage'' on YouTube
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"Italy. 15th Century. The age of Renaissance. A time considered to be the rebirth of man. Yet behind humanity's expanding consciousness, a movement was taking place. A conspiracy by one corrupt family to overthrow the powerful Medici dynasty, and destroy a unified Italy. But there are still some who fought for justice, and followed an ancient creed. And it is with them, that our story begins."
―Opening narration of Lineage's first episode.[src]

Assassin's Creed: Lineage is a series of three short films based on the universe of the video game Assassin's Creed, and were created by Ubisoft. The first episode was released on 26 October 2009 via YouTube, and the final two episodes were released on 12 November 2009 on Spike TV, before being later uploaded to YouTube for international viewing purposes.

Created as a bridge for Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed II, the film details the time of Giovanni Auditore da Firenze as an Assassin for the Medici, and how he uncovered a conspiracy that threatened the power of the ruling body in Florence.

A DVD composing of all of Lineage's episodes was later included in some of the special editions of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

The complete Lineage is also available for purchase on Blu-ray disc, with extra content such as Assassin's Creed: Ascendance, development diaries, and trailers.

These shorts are also included in The Ezio Collection.

PlotEdit

In the year 1476, the Assassin Giovanni Auditore skipped dinner with his family to intercept Rodrigo Borgia, who was roaming the streets of Florence. Ambushing Rodrigo and his men, Giovanni subdued two of Borgia's guards and kept one alive for interrogation. As Rodrigo fled, Giovanni reported to Lorenzo de' Medici about his investigations, stating to Lorenzo how an important event would affect the balance of power in Florence. The Medici, along with Uberto Alberti, then interrogated Giovanni's captive while torturing him on the rack, making him reveal the details of Borgia's plan: an assassination was planned for Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza during the Feast of Saint Stephen in Milan, to be carried out by Rodrigo's allies. To this, Lorenzo immediately ordered Giovanni to stop the assassination by going to Milan.

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Galeazzo Sforza, dead on the church floor

During Mass, Galeazzo Sforza payed tribute at the altar, as Giovanni Andrea Lampugnani, Gerolamo Olgiati, and Carlo Visconti – officials of the Milan court – approached him. As Giovanni hurriedly made his way to Sforza through the crowd, Lampugnani commenced the assassination, which incited the church crowd. Giovanni helped subdue the assailants while Sforza's personal bodyguard chased down Lampugnani. Lampugnani was then pinned down by Sforza's bodyguard, and despite Giovanni's pleas to spare him, the guard killed Lampugnani. As the guard attended to his master's body, Giovanni inspected Lampugnani's corpse, finding a sack of Venetian coins in Lampugnani's satchel, which he took as evidence.

Returning home, Giovanni witnessed his sons Ezio and Federico playing chess as he and Maria watched. After giving Ezio advice on how to be a better player, Giovanni later lamented in private about the loss of the Duke of Milan, and how the Medici was deprived of a powerful ally. He then resumed his search for the conspirators, as he prepared to head for Venice to further investigate the lead of the coins in the satchel.

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Giovanni eavesdropping on a palace official's business

Arriving at Venice, Giovanni headed for the Palazzo Ducale, which bore the same insignia as the coins Lampugnani possessed. Subduing a palace guard, Giovanni managed to enter the palace and eavesdropped on a meeting between a courier and an official, where the latter ordered the former to deliver a letter to their "master" in Rome. Giovanni followed the courier and intercepted him in a secluded area, but while Giovanni attempted to interrogate him, the courier killed himself with Giovanni's Hidden Blade. Despite the setback, Giovanni then inspected the courier's body, and took the letter from the officials with him back to Florence.

After returning to Florence, Giovanni handed over the encrypted letter to the Medici. They then passed on the letter to Uberto Alberti, who handed it to his men. The priest Antonio Maffei was able to decipher the encryption and gave it to Alberti, who disposed of the deciphered letter after telling Maffei to keep silent over the matter. He then ordered Maffei to fetch Giovanni while he woke Lorenzo. Giovanni prepared to leave as he bid goodbye to his wife and talked to Ezio about his business.

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Giovanni preparing to leave for Rome, with Uberto and Lorenzo

At the Palazzo Medici, Uberto claimed to have failed in the decryption of the letter. He then followed up with a contingency plan, stating that Giovanni should deliver the letter and track the steps of the other couriers, and follow where it led. Giovanni, who knew where to find the other couriers, took the letter and left for Rome, while Rodrigo Borgia began to plot with the House of Barbarigo and his other Templar accomplices.

In Rome, Giovanni delivered the letter and tracked the movement of the other couriers, which eventually led him to Rodrigo Borgia. Rodrigo then delivered it personally to Pope Sixtus IV, who did not take the letter and denoted Borgia being turned into a simple courier. Rodrigo then tried to convince him otherwise about the subject, which was about the Medici's lack of respect for Papal authority. Rodrigo suggested that the Pope force submission onto Lorenzo, which he disapproved of. However, he later gave his blessing and military to aid Rodrigo for the operation, so long as order was maintained in the city. Rodrigo, pleased about the agreement he had obtained, left the Pope's quarters.

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Rodrigo asking for Pope Sixtus IV's consent

Giovanni later followed Rodrigo's trail after he left the Vatican, and arrived at the Basilica di San Pietro. Further in, Giovanni was later greeted by Rodrigo, who tried to convince him to join his cause – the Templars. Giovanni refused, to which Rodrigo replied by sending five assailants to dispose of Giovanni. Despite the lopsided numbers, and his hidden blade being broken at one point, Giovanni was successful in subduing the assailants. However, the unentangled Rodrigo threw a knife at Giovanni, which hit him in the chest. As Giovanni tried to remove the knife, Rodrigo escaped the Basilica.

Wounded, Giovanni returned to Florence, where his wife attended to his injury. He later confided with her about the assassination of Galeazzo Sforza going beyond Milan, fearing that the conspiracy would involve his family, the Medici, and Florence. Just then, armed guards led by Antonio Maffei arrived at their doorsteps, asking for Giovanni. He told Federico to buy him some time while he escaped, which succeeded.

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Giovanni walking in the darkness

At an undisclosed location, Rodrigo and his other cohorts agreed that Giovanni was a threat to their plan, and began to discuss a way to dispose of him, so that nothing would stand in their way. Giovanni later escaped through the secret passages and was able to see Ezio, flirting with a lady, as he left the entrance and moved onto the streets. Fearing the worst for Florence, Giovanni tried to assure the safety of his family by stating that their Assassin lineage would give them strength in the coming battles.

CastEdit

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Manuel Tadros as Rodrigo Borgia in Lineage

The films and the game shared a common cast. The actors were mo-capped (for narrative sequences), and their faces were scanned and their voices recorded for the video game.[1] The cast are as follows:

ProductionEdit

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Romano Orzari and the crew on set

Both the film producers and game developers worked very closely to link the two titles. Live actors were filmed on a green screen, which was then replaced by the game's environment that was extracted from the Anvil game engine to Autodesk Softimage. Adding to this, half of the assets were re-worked on the texture and geometrical levels before being exported to be used in the film.[1]

For the costumes, historians researched traditional dress and concept artists from Ubisoft made illustrations of each costume, which was then created by a costume maker from the film team. These costumes eventually influenced the 3D models in Assassin's Creed II.[1]

Corey May, the writer from Assassin's Creed II worked closely with the Assassin's Creed: Lineage scriptwriter, William Raymond, in order to make sure both stories were linked to the series' universe.[1]

SoundtrackEdit

The score of the film was composed by George S. Clinton, unlike Assassin's Creed II's soundtrack, which was scored by Jesper Kyd.[2]

Promotion and releaseEdit

Ubisoft acquired the post-production VFX studio Hybride Technologies based in Montreal on July 7, 2008, as part of their strategy to extend its brands to other media forms, and to converge gaming and filming entertainment.[3] A year later, during a press conference held at E3 2009, Ubisoft revealed the making of short films based on the universe of Assassin's Creed II using the game's engine, with the participation of Hybride and Ubisoft Digital Arts.

Ubisoft then released more details about the project during 2009's Comic-Con, revealing some behind-the-scenes shots at the same time.[4] The first episode was shown to the press during a premiere at a theater in the Champs-Élysées on October 19, 2009, and a public teaser trailer was released that same day.

The first episode was released on YouTube on October 26, 2009. The second episode premiered on Spike TV on November 12, 2009 at 12am, and the third episode premiered in the United Kingdom on Film24 on November 22, 2009 at 9pm.

TriviaEdit

  • There were some differences in Giovanni's Assassin robes in Lineage that contrasted with their appearance in Assassin's Creed II.
    • The robes in Lineage did not have beak-shaped tip of the hood that was present in Assassin's Creed II.
    • Giovanni's short blade holster was at the side of his boot, while Ezio kept his short blade on the belt.
    • Giovanni only kept two throwing knives on his robes, while Ezio was able to keep a total of twenty five knives. Also, Giovanni kept his throwing knives on holsters on his chest, while Ezio kept them on the belt.
  • Giovanni's secret room had a mannequin prepared to hold his Assassin robes, while in Assassin's Creed II, it was kept in a chest, along with the rest of his belongings.
  • The film showed how Giovanni's Hidden Blade was broken during the fight with the assailants in Rome. Ezio eventually had it fixed by his friend and ally Leonardo da Vinci.
  • During the first episode, the Auditore family had a male servant attending to their needs in the dining room. In Assassin's Creed II, the only servant present in the Auditore household was Annetta.

ReferencesEdit

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