Ezio Auditore met Niccolò Machiavelli at the Mausoleum of Augustus. They walked together through Rome, discussing the Borgia's influence over the city. Ezio assisted with alleviating the situation by assassinating Iacopo de Grassi and destroying one of the Borgia Towers.
Ezio arrived at the Mausoleo Di Augusto and walked over to meet Machiavelli.
- Machiavelli: Ezio, what a surprise to see you here.
- Ezio: I thought you had sent for me?
- Machiavelli: Never. News of the Villa attack has spread across the city. We were certain that you were dead.
- Ezio: Not yet. I am still very much alive.
- Machiavelli: The Borgia must not discover that you escaped them. Follow me. Take care not to draw any undue attention.
- Ezio: When do I ever?
They began to walk through the streets of Rome.
- Machiavelli: You would be wise to purchase missing equipment. You will not live long in Roma without supplies.
- Ezio: I have my blade.
- Machiavelli: And the guards have their guns, courtesy of the Borgia. Fortunately, I can help you.
They stopped outside of a blacksmith. Machiavelli gave a bag of money to Ezio.
- Ezio: Grazie (Thank you.)
- Machiavelli: While you are in my debt, perhaps you will listen to reason.
- Ezio: As soon as I hear some, I will let you know.
- Blacksmith: That should do I hope... and please come back often!
- Machiavelli: Bene. (Okay.) Now you can survive the journey back to Firenze.
- Ezio: Perhaps. But I am not going to Firenze.
- Machiavelli: Oh?
- Ezio: There will be no peace until we rise up against the entire Borgia family and the Templars who serve them.
- Machiavelli: I do not recall such brave talk at Monteriggioni.
- Ezio: How could I have known that they would find me so quickly? That they would kill Mario?
- Machiavelli: Rodrigo surrounds himself with snakes and murderers. Even his daughter Lucrezia has been sharpened into one of his most artful weapons. But she pales in comparison to the man behind the Villa attack. He is ambitious, ruthless and cruel beyond imagining, the laws of men mean nothing to him. He murdered his own brother to take power. He knows neither danger nor fatigue. Those who do not fall by his sword clamor to join his ranks. The powerful Orsini and Colonna families have been brought to kneel at his feet and the King of France stands at his side.
- Ezio: Give me his name.
- Machiavelli: Cesare, head of the Papal armies. What does he intend to do with this power? What drives the man? That I still do not know. But, Ezio, Cesare has set his sights on all of Italia, and at this rate he will have it.
- Ezio: Is that admiration I hear in your voice?
- Machiavelli: He knows how to exercise his will. A rare virtue in the world today.
They stopped nearby some disused stables.
- Ezio: Should we not travel by horse? Roma is quite large.
- Machiavelli: As Cesare’s conquests in Romagna continue to succeed and the Borgia grow in power they have taken desirable areas of the city for themselves. We cannot use the stables here.
- Ezio: Oh, the will of the Borgia is law now?
- Machiavelli: What are you implying Ezio?
- Ezio: Do not play dumb with me, Machiavelli.
- Machiavelli: Do you have some kind of a plan?
- Ezio: I am improvising.
Ezio moved to the foot of the tower, where a Borgia Captain stood with two guards. Ezio killed the guards and threw the Captain into the nearby scaffold, crushing him to death as it collapsed around him. Ezio then returned to Machiavelli.
- Machiavelli: Just because you kill a few guards does not mean the people will grant access to the stables.
- Ezio: You are right. We need to send a signal. Wait here.
Ezio then scaled the Borgia Tower and upon reaching the top, ignited the whole tower. Walking back to Machiavelli, Ezio threw aside the torch.
- Machiavelli: It seems the stable is now available for purchase.
- Ezio: After you.
The first of the Borgia Towers was burned out, sending a signal to all those who could see it, that the Borgia now had someone to fear. The surrounding area was no longer under Borgia influence and buildings could now be bought and renovated by architects.