- "I do not concern myself with morals. How could I, in this business?"
- ―Fiora Cavazza.[src]
Fiora Cavazza was a courtesan working in the Rosa in Fiore, who was recruited into the Templar Order by Cesare Borgia. The Captain-General then used her as an envoy between his many Templar agents operating throughout Rome.
Fiora was eventually betrayed by Cesare, and after barely surviving a vicious attack from the murderer Malfatto, she joined forces with the Assassins, and helped them take down the agents she had once collaborated with.
Life in the Rosa in Fiore
- "I am a fine wine served in a low class tavern."
- ―Fiora, regarding the Rosa in Fiore.[src]
In 1497, Fiora lived in the Rosa in Fiore brothel of Rome, working as a courtesan under the leadership of madonna Solari. However, Fiora was not satisfied with her life and was eager to build powerful connections with her clients, hoping that they would allow her to leave the brothel.
She often ventured outside to gather information and allies, and earned the jealousy of the other girls by her success in doing so. Included within these allies was Brother Ristoro, a former patron who talked with her frequently, despite Fiora being disgusted by him and his "perversions".
Sometime during her stay in the Rosa in Fiore, Fiora and another courtesan, Lucia, were dispatched to escort madonna Solari's brother, Santino.
While in his company, Fiora and Lucia were treated violently by Santino, and Fiora suspected that whatever it was that Santino was dabbling in, his trade was crumbling. Not long after this event, the Rosa in Fiore was visited by a charming but mysterious client: Cesare Borgia.
Fiora was attracted to Cesare's allure, and they spent some time conversing. At first, Fiora thought he was there to enjoy her services, but Cesare explained that that was not the case.
Though Santino had been beaten as punishment for trying his hand in trades where he was unwanted, in exchange for their lives, both he and Madonna Solari had allowed Cesare to choose one of the girls for himself, to which he had chosen Fiora.
Working for Cesare Borgia
- "I have served the Borgia for six years now. Done horrible things. Seen the fantastic. I regret none of it."
- ―Fiora, 1502.[src]
From 1497 to 1502, Fiora served Cesare loyally, merely posing as a courtesan while living under his patronage. In the first year of her employment, Cesare had Fiora sleep with — and murder — his brother Juan on Tiber Island, in order for him to take his position as Captain General. Over the years, Fiora would also oversee, and eventually recruit, several of his Templar agents.
Among the agents that Fiora first encountered was Brother Ristoro, a corrupt member of the clergy and frequent visitor to the Rosa in Fiore, who supplied Cesare with religious items and letters for him to dispense at his will. Another supplier to Cesare was a smuggler named Lia de Russo, who delivered various trinkets and antiquities of little to great value.
Fiora visted met Auguste Oberlin, Cesare's personal blacksmith. Through Fiora, Auguste would relay needed supplies to Cesare, much to the displeasure of Auguste's wife. As a result, Auguste's relationship with his wife deteriorated. When leaving, Fiora observed them "growl at each other like wild dogs."
Fiora then visited Gaspar de la Croix, Cesare's engineer, in 1502. Upon visiting his home, Fiora discovered him singing a remorseful song in French and hesitated to interrupt him. She described Gaspar as a distant and haunted man, particularly after he had begun asking her uncomfortable questions about death. As she departed, Gaspar refused to accept payment for his services, and Fiora noted that he was tinkering with an arquebus thoughtfully aimed towards his front window at the passing crowd. Due to the latter, Fiora was prompted to reconsider passing the window any time she visited.
Later, Fiora was entrusted with the task of recruiting more people into Cesare's underground army, a group of people she described as his "personal collection of misfits."
She was also sent to bribe Donato Mancini, who was said to be Cesare's finest horseman, into letting Cesare win a racing match that was to take place that day. Donato was unmoved by the bribe and threats that Fiora relayed, and managed to win the race, despite Cesare's officer being sent to deter him.
Fiora also met with the Cento Occhi, a group of thieves led by a young man named Lanz, who Cesare suspected had raided one of the Borgia's carriages. In recompense for their crime, Fiora managed to convince Lanz to return the stolen money, and have his gang work for Cesare and the Borgia.
Cesare then assigned Fiora to meet and work with Baltasar de Silva to study Cesare's enemies, an Order of Assassins. Together, the two watched as one of Cesare's senators was assassinated, and although Fiora felt defeat when the Assassin escaped, Baltasar was more optimistic with the discoveries of their weapons and technique.
Fiora's next assignment was to work with Cahin and Caha, a brother-sister pair of harlequins. She found the duo to be "totally mad... yet fun". Together, the three of them killed a group of people, who had been observing a performance by the two clowns.
Fiora then met with Il Carnefice, a twisted executioner with a love for the carnage his job allowed. She described him as a beast and found him to be more disgusting than intimidating. Through Fiora, Cesare would often send Il Carnefice instructions. In one such instance, Fiora delivered a list containing his next condemnations, and told her that her name was on it. He later revealed that he was pranking her and admitted he couldn't read.
Fiora was also tasked with meeting Silvestro Sabbatini, Cesare's failed agent to whom she was to deliver the opportunity for a second chance, by presenting him with a prosthetic arm crafted by Gaspar. At first, Silvestro disdainfully refused to take it, saying that he wanted more jewels and rare metals upon it. When Fiora offered to return it to Cesare instead, he quickly snatched it from her and attached it to his shoulder.
- "He is a predator of women. A monster."
- ―Fiora, on Malfatto.[src]
Cesare's last contact assignment for Fiora was with Malfatto, a doctor with a love for slaughtering the courtesans of Rome. Fiora was frightened with the prospect of meeting up with him, since she had heard of his reputation, and since she had formerly been a courtesan herself. Cesare, however, insisted that she present a letter of absolution to him, so as to gain his allegiance.
On her first attempt to find Malfatto, Fiora found nothing but his latest victim lying in a pool of her blood, which greatly disturbed the Templar. On her second attempt however, she wore one of her old courtesan costumes, hoping to lure Malfatto out.
When she finally encountered Malfatto, he nearly attacked Fiora, but she managed to fend him off by shouting Cesare's name and by handing over the letter she was to give him.
That night, Fiora returned to the house that Cesare had bought for her, but was unable to sleep. In the middle of the night, she felt a pricking sensation at her neck, and was shocked to find not an insect, but Malfatto injecting her with his syringe.
Though the drug began to take an effect on Fiora, she managed to wound Malfatto with her metal fan before losing consciousness. When she woke up, Malfatto had gone, but Fiora's loyalty to Cesare had diminished; she was determined to betray him to the Assassins.
Fiora then crafted a list containing the names of Cesare's finest agents, all of which she had worked with, and sent them to the Assassins. To her surprise, the Assassin who came to pick her up was the blossoming painter, Francesco Vecellio.
Working with the Assassins
- "I am done with Cesare. Done with the mad people who surround him."
Fiora followed and assisted the Assassins as they targeted the names on the list she had given them. The first of the agents to be assassinated was Rocco Tiepolo, along with his mercenaries. The fight against them proved little more than a brutal massacre though, as the Assassins overcame them surprisingly easily.
Fiora and the Assassins then targeted the siblings Cahin and Caha, who they found performing in the streets. Cahin was swiftly assassinated, and while Caha at first tried to retaliate, she soon realized that she was fighting a losing battle. She finally accepted death, and sat cradling her brother's body as an Assassin shot a crossbow bolt into her head.
Some time after, Fiora led the Assassins to Baltasar de Silva's hideout, where they planned to ambush him. Contrary to their beliefs though, Baltasar proved a crafty opponent, and set fire to the building as he made his escape. When Fiora later checked the remains of the burnt structure, she found a letter from Baltasar for her. In the letter, he told her that he wished to meet with her, and discuss an alternative arrangement.
Fiora complied and visited the place Baltasar had directed her to, but realized too late that it was a trap when marksmen appeared from behind crates and aimed for her. Fiora bowed her head, but surprisingly, the gunshots never came. When she finally looked up, Baltasar and the marksmen were dead, shot by arrows, and Fiora realized that the Assassins had saved her.
Fiora's final target was Il Lupo, a Templar agent that she and Baltasar had once trained to imitate the Assassins as perfectly as possible; mimicking their clothes, techniques, and weapons. Fiora feared that Il Lupo would be the one link to reveal what harm she had done to the Assassins, and so she confronted him alone.
Knowing that Il Lupo was stronger in an open fight, Fiora lured him into looking out into the harbor towards a supposed "assignment" Cesare had given him, before striking him with poison from behind.
The Apple of Eden
- "Papà asked Fiora to eat dinner with him. Papà is angry with her. He says she is a liar. I told him she is nice, but he says she is still a liar."
- ―Giovanni Borgia, regarding Cesare's opinion of Fiora.[src]
After she had completed her hunt for the Templar agents, Fiora paid a visit to Cesare Borgia upon his request, where she was noticed by his presumed son, Giovanni. Though she and Cesare calmly shared dinner, their distrust of one another was barely hidden. Cesare questioned Fiora on his lost allies, and on her relations with the Assassins, but she denied any knowledge of either.
That night, Giovanni witnessed Fiora sneaking around, searching the house for the Apple of Eden hidden there. Thinking that she was there to play, Giovanni snatched the Apple and ran off, calling gleefully for Fiora to catch him.
Alarmed, Fiora attempted to take the Piece of Eden from the boy, but was subsequently frozen by its power. Woken by the clamor, Cesare advanced on the immobilized Fiora. Her fate was presumably sealed, as when Giovanni asked if his father would hurt her, Cesare calmly said he would.
In 2012, the genetic memories of Fiora were used as an Animi Avatar by the Templar company Abstergo Industries in the first stage of the Animi Training Program, under the title of the Courtesan. Her genetic memories would also be explored through the Data Dump Scanner.
In 2014, Philippe Chartrand of Abstergo's subsidiary, Abstergo Entertainment, also relived her memories. Abstergo Entertainment's CCO, Melanie Lemay, stated that any potential entertainment product about Fiora should focus on her difficult decisions as a spy, rather than her life as a courtesan, not wanting her to be perceived as an over-sexualized object.
- Fiora Cavazza was the only known character to have turned against the Templars, and later have her memories featured as an Animi Avatar. She was also the second known Templar to switch sides, though she was much more ruthless than Maria Thorpe.
- The name Fiora is derived from the Italian word fiore, meaning 'flower'.
- Though she shares her family name with both Luciano Cavazza and Fabiola Cavazza, the relation between the three remains unclear.