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The Cowl Does Not Make the Monk was a virtual representation of one of Ezio Auditore's genetic memories, relived by Desmond Miles in 2012 through the Animus.


Ezio Auditore arrived at Monte Oliveto Maggiore during his search to find Stefano da Bagnone. While there, he met with one of his uncle's mercenaries.


  • Mercenary: Ah! There you are! Listen, we've found Stefano da Bagnone. Just follow this road and it'll bring you to the abbey where he's taken refuge.
    Wait, before you go... Take these. You can create a distraction.

The mercenary gave Ezio three smoke bombs.

  • Ezio: My thanks, friend.

Ezio proceeded towards the abbey but found that many guards had disguised themselves as monks and were protecting Stefano. After infiltrating the abbey undetected, Ezio noticed Stefano walking along the courtyard, talking with a fellow monk.

  • Monk: Let us pray brother.
  • Stefano: Pray? Pray for what?
  • Monk: The Lord's protection!

Ezio watching Stefano talk to a fellow monk

  • Stefano: If you think the Lord has any interest in our affairs, you've another thing coming. But please, by all means, continue to delude yourself if it helps to pass the time.
  • Monk: You speak blasphemy.
  • Stefano: No. I speak truth.
  • Monk: But to deny His most exalted existence...
  • Stefano: ...Is the only rational response when faced with the declaration that there exists some invisible madman in the sky. And believe me, if your precious Bible is anything to go by, he's completely lost his mind.
  • Monk: How can you speak as such? You wear His vestments...
  • Stefano: Only because they afforded me the opportunity to get close to the Medici. But you're right, I should look into replacing them – after the Assassin is dealt with.
  • Monk: Ah! That unholy demon!
  • Stefano: At least on this we agree.
  • Monk: They say the devil has gifted him with unnatural speed and strength.
  • Stefano: The devil? No. These are gifts he gave himself, through training. It is disturbing how unwilling you are to credit people for their circumstances. I think you'd make victims out of the entire world if you could.
  • Monk: I forgive your lack of faith and forked tongue. You are still one of His children.
  • Stefano: I told you... Oh, what's the use? Enough of this! It's like speaking to the wind.
  • Monk: I will pray for you.

Ezio assassinating Stefano

  • Stefano: As you wish. But do so quietly. I must keep watch.

Ezio stepped out of the crowd and assassinated Stefano.

  • Stefano: Now I will see who was right...
  • Ezio: Where is Jacopo?
  • Stefano: Nothing to fear I suppose...
    They meet in the shadows of the Roman Gods...
  • Ezio: Ora sei libero dalla paura. Requiescat in pace. (Be free of your fear now. Rest in peace.)


Ezio assassinated Stefano da Bagnone and found out the location of the next Templar meeting.



Assassin's Creed II memories
Main memories
Sequence 1: Ignorance is Bliss
Boys Will Be Boys - You Should See the Other Guy - Sibling Rivalry - Nightcap - Paperboy - Beat a Cheat - Petruccio's Secret - Friend of the Family - Special Delivery - Jailbird - Family Heirloom - Last Man Standing
Sequence 2: Escape Plans
Fitting In - Ace Up My Sleeve - Judge, Jury, Executioner - Laying Low - Arrivederci
Sequence 3: Requiescat in Pace
Roadside Assistance - Casa Dolce Casa - Practice Makes Perfect - What Goes Around - A Change of Plans
Sequence 4: The Pazzi Conspiracy
Practice What You Preach - Fox Hunt - See You There - Novella's Secret -Wolves in Sheep's Clothing - Farewell Francesco
Sequence 5: Loose Ends
Four to the Floor - A Blade With Bite - Evasive Maneuvers - Town Crier - Behind Closed Doors - Come Out and Play - The Cowl Does Not Make the Monk - With Friends Like These
Sequence 6: Rocky Road
Road Trip - Romagna Holiday - Tutti a Bordo
Sequence 7: The Merchant of Venice
Benvenuto - That's Gonna Leave a Mark - Building Blocks - Breakout - Clothes Make the Man - Cleaning House - Monkey See, Monkey Do - By Leaps and Bounds - Everything Must Go
Sequence 8: Necessity, Mother of Invention
Birds of a Feather - If At First You Don't Succeed... - Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained - Well Begun Is Half Done - Infrequent Flier
Sequence 9: Carnevale
Knowledge Is Power - Damsels in Distress - Nun the Wiser - And They're Off - CTF - Ribbon Round-Up - Cheaters Never Prosper - Having a Blast
Sequence 10: Force Majeure
An Unpleasant Turn of Events - Caged Fighter - Leave No Man Behind - Assume the Position - Two Birds, One Blade
Sequence 11: Alter Egos
All Things Come to He Who Waits - Play Along
Sequence 12: Forlì Under Attack
A Warm Welcome - Bodyguard - Holding the Fort - Godfather - Checcomate - Far From the Tree
Sequence 13: Bonfire of the Vanities
Florentine Fiasco - Still Life - Climbing the Ranks - Upward Mobility - Last Rites - Port Authority - Surgical Strike - Hitting the Hay - Arch Nemesis - Doomsday - Power to the People - Mob Justice
Sequence 14: Veni, Vidi, Vici
X Marks the Spot - In Bocca al Lupo
Secret locations
Il Duomo's Secret - Torre Grossa's Secret - Ravaldino's Secret - San Marco's Secret - Visitazione's Secret - Home Invasion - Over Beams, Under Stone - Shipwrecked - Paying Respects
Beat up events
A Woman Scorned - Wanton Hubby - Philanderer on the Roof - Promiscuity Knocks - Spear of Infidelity
San Gimignano Dash - Florentine Sprint - Romagna Hustle - Venetian Rush - San Marco Scuttle - Horseplay
Assassination contracts
Day at the Market - Fallen Archers - Political Suicide - Reap What You Sow - Flee Market - Supply in Demand - Beginnings of a Conspiracy - Arch Enemies - Wet Work - Blade in the Crowd - Thicker than Water - Zero Tolerance - Honorable Thief - No Laughing Matter - False Legacy - Don't Get Your Hands Dirty - Showtime - Thin the Ranks - Go Towards the Light - Meeting Adjourned - Needle in a Haystack - Leader of the Pack - Peacekeeper - Caveat Emptor - Vertical Slice - No Camping - Dead on Arrival - Mark and Execute - Crash a Party - Hunting the Hunter
Courier assignments
Wedding Bells are Ringing - The Messenger's Burden - Speedy Delivery - The Perfect Marriage - Casanova