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The Guardian, Part 1 was a virtual representation of one of Ezio Auditore da Firenze's genetic memories, relived by Desmond Miles in 2012 through the Animus.

Description

Ezio Auditore's Apprentice informed him of merchants being bribed by the Templars, to which they then decided to investigate the market, and later met with the man who provided the vast amounts of money.

Dialogue

Ezio met with his Apprentice.

  • Ezio: Buon giorno. (Good day). How have you taken to your new post?
  • Apprentice: I do my best, Ezio, but it is no easy task to oversee a district in constant peril.
  • Ezio: Peril? What has happened?
  • Apprentice: Despite our presence, the influence of Templar money is strong. Most of the merchants here are still taking bribes.
  • Ezio: Damnazione. (Damn.) We should talk to the people, and get a feeling for their mood. Vieni. (Come.)
  • Apprentice: Most of the merchants who have sold their allegiance are Greek, and I am not ashamed to say that I understand why.
  • Ezio: Then you are a better citizen than most, efendim (my friend). We cannot expect men to find any comfort in having been conquered. But just as they have a right to demand dignity from the Ottomans, the Byzantines have an obligation to keep the innocents safe from harm. This requires a careful balancing act, and we should not be surprised if we stumble from time to time.

Ezio and his Apprentice began their investigation into the market. They soon found a merchant conversing with Odai Dunqas.

Odai Dunqas leaving the market

  • Odai: May the Father of Understanding guide and keep you.
  • Ezio: This is an impressive take for a single day.
  • Merchant: What business is it of yours how quickly I make my money? I take care of my neighbours, and they take care of me.

Ezio searched the market for clues of Templar influence.

  • Ezio: How did you come across this incredible sum of money?
  • Merchant 2: Where did you learn your manners, Italyani (Italian)? In the court of the Borgia? Clear away from my shop!
  • Merchant 3: Bless you, brother! May God shine his radiance upon you.
  • Ezio: A large sum for him as well.

Ezio spoke to an important merchant.

Ezio asking about the insignia on the money chest

  • Ezio: Salute, amico (To your health, friend.) Forgive me for asking, but the insignia on this chest... what does it mean?
  • Merchant: That? It is the seal of Theodorus Komnenos.
  • Ezio: And he is your benefactor?
  • Merchant: Benefactor? Ohi! (No!) He is my friend, my countryman. And one of the wealthiest men in this district, despite our new masters.
  • Ezio: Of course. Grazie. (Thank you.)

Ezio spoke with his Apprentice again.

  • Ezio: What do you think? Shall we pay Theodorus a visit?
  • Apprentice: I do not want to start a fight we cannot justify, Ezio.
  • Ezio: Nor do I, and if we can find a way to avoid bloodshed, we will. But if the Templars are behind this, that will give us few options.

Ezio and his Apprentice made their way to Theodorus.

  • Theodorus: What! Ten thousand Akçe is not enough? Did he actually say that? Is he mad? Does he think I piss money? Far be it for me to question how these Templars work, but I have been hemorrhaging money ever since I came into their company. Find me a quill, quickly! I believe I will write these men a sternly worded missive, packed with subtle barbs and tawdry insinuations. If that does not get their attention, I don't know what will.

Ezio questioning Theodorus

Ezio confronted Theodorus.

  • Ezio: Theodorus. Buon giorno. (Good day.)
  • Theodorus: Ah! W-who are you?
  • Ezio: You have been quite free with your money lately, and the Assassins would like to know what your generosity purchased.
  • Theodorus: Assassins. You? Both of you?
  • Apprentice: Calm, efendi (sir). We mean no harm.
  • Theodorus: I don't want to die! Please! Spare my troubled soul! The Templars have corrupted me. I am a good man at heart.
  • Ezio: Keep watch over this one. When he has regained his sanity, we will talk.

Outcome

Ezio and his Apprentice found the source of the bribes and persuaded the man to stop funding the Templar activities in the district.

Gallery

References

Assassin's Creed: Revelations memories
Main memories
Sequence 1: A Sort of Homecoming
The Hangman - A Narrow Escape - A Journal of Some Kind - A Hard Ride - The Wounded Eagle
Sequence 2: The Crossroads of the World
A Warm Welcome - Upgrade and Explore - The Hookblade - The View from Galata - Advanced Tactics - On the Defense - On the Attack
Sequence 3: Lost and Found
The Prisoner - The Sentinel, Part 1 - Guild Contracts - Bomb Crafting - A Familiar Face - The Yerebatan Cistern - Quid Pro Quo - The Mentor's Keeper - Curse of the Romani - The Sentinel, Part 2
Sequence 4: The Uncivil War
The Prince's Banquet - An Uneasy Meeting - The Fourth Part of the World - Signs and Symbols, Part I - Galata Tower - The Mentor's Wake
Sequence 5: Heir to the Empire
The Janissaries - The Arsenal Gates - Arsenal Infiltration - Portrait of a Lady - Signs and Symbols, Part II - The Forum of the Ox - A New Regime
Sequence 6: Fortune's Disfavor
Into the Shadows - Honor, Lost and Won - Bearer of Mixed Tidings - A Little Errand - Signs and Symbols, Part III - The Maiden's Tower - The Mentor's Return - Setting Sail
Sequence 7: Underworld
The Hidden City - The Spy Who Shunned Me - The Renegade - Decommissioned - Last of the Palaiologi - Escape - Passing the Torch
Sequence 8: The End of an Era
Discovery - The Exchange - End of the Road
Sequence 9: Revelations
A Homecoming - Lost Legacy - The Message
Secret locations
Hagia Sophia's Secret - The Impaler's Tomb
Citizen recruitment
The Brawler - The Pupil - The Avenger - The Acrobat - The Beggars - The Pickpocket
Master Assassin missions
The Deacon (Part 1 - Part 2) - The Trickster (Part 1 - Part 2) - The Champion (Part 1 - Part 2) - The Guardian (Part 1 - Part 2) - The Vizier (Part 1 - Part 2) - The Thespian (Part 1 - Part 2)
Faction HQ missions
Unfortunate Son - Loose Lips
Book quests
The Polo Symbols: Hippodrome - The Polo Symbols: Galata - The Polo Symbols: Arsenal - The Polo Symbols: Forum of the Ox - The Polo Symbols: Aqueduct - The Polo Symbols: Church I - The Polo Symbols: Church II
Piri Reis missions
Thunder - Smoke Screen - Cherry - Datura - Caltrops - Smoke Decoy - Sticky Situations - Tripwire
Desmond's Journey
Doubts - Training - Escape - Metropolis - Regret
The Lost Archive
The End Is Only the Beginning - The Order - Abstergo - The Mole - Bleeding Effect - The Truth - The End of the Line
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