Born during the Renaissance, Corvo worked as a mercenary during the day and moonlighted as a gladiator in the underground arenas of Rome. Known in the arena as "The Crow", Corvo was highly respected by his fellow gladiators, many of him he had beaten but spared. As a result of this, he was regarded as the unofficial champion of the underground gladiatorial scene.
At one point, Corvo came across Bartolomeo d'Alviano, a fellow mercenary and a member of the Italian Brotherhood of Assassins. On numerous occasions, Corvo served as a mercenary working in one of his companies. Bartolomeo's Mercenary Guild also managed the fight clubs and arenas of Rome, which led him to take notice of Corvo's combat skills. Finding a kindred spirit in his proud and direct personality, Bartolomeo invited him to join the Italian Brotherhood.
As Corvo always chafed at the norms of hierarchy and the entitlement of the nobility, the Brotherhood was a perfect fit for his rough but idealistic traits. He accepted the offer, with his resilience and combat skills proving useful to the brotherhood.
The Mission in Florence
In 1493, he and the Venetian thief Perina di Bastian were sent by Ezio Auditore da Firenze to investigate the Templar activity in Florence. Shortly after, Corvo was captured by the Templar Bonacolto Contarini. A team of Spanish Assassins sent by Aguilar de Nerha rescued him. To thank them, Corvo points the Assassins towards Contarini's retainers.
When the team of Spanish Assassins discovered Contarini's location, they enlisted Corvo to create a distraction as the team infiltrated the keep and assassinated their target.
- "Corvo" is an Italian name meaning "crow". "Antonelli" is a surname derived from the ancient Roman clan name "Antonius", translating to "praiseworthy" or "priceless".
- Corvo shares his character design with the Greek Templar Anacletos and the Gladiator Animi Avatar from Abstergo Industries's secondary stage of the Animi Training Program.