切萨雷享受着教皇和法王的支持，并得到了瓦伦蒂诺公爵的头衔，他开始在意大利中部建立自己的势力。他推翻那些名义上是反对教皇命令的贵族们，他在1497年赶走自己妹妹的前夫乔瓦尼·斯福尔扎，让他离开罗马，后来又将他驱逐出了佩萨罗，将潘多尔福·马拉泰斯塔赶出了里米尼；在征服了法恩扎之后，他又将俘虏的年轻王子阿斯托雷三世·曼弗雷迪淹死在了台伯河中。 他成为了罗马涅公爵，并被佛罗伦萨雇佣去征服皮翁比诺以及雅可波四世·阿皮亚尼。 1501年，他在教皇的帮助下，兵不血刃地征服了乌尔比诺。在教皇征用了乌尔比诺的炮兵之后，切萨雷轻松征服了乌尔比诺。最后在1502年，他将圭多巴尔多·达·蒙泰费尔特罗驱逐出乌尔比诺，将朱利奥·切萨雷·达·瓦拉诺驱逐出卡梅里诺。他之后让米凯莱托杀死了朱利奥·切萨雷以及他的三个儿子。
By 1500, Cesare had Rome under his iron fist as the commander of the Papal army, though he and his father occasionally disagreed on his choices. He used Borgia towers and their captains to keep control over the five districts of Rome, as he was often away for extended periods of time to oversee the advancement of his army, in a bid to unite all of Italy under his rule.
During Ezio's infiltration of the Castel Sant'Angelo in late June 1501, Cesare was seen at the stables conversing with his three generals about their plans, where he told them to play along with his father's "tired old men's club", but to remember who they really served.
Subsequently, he shared a romantic moment with his sister. Cesare asked if their father had considered the funds requested by his banker, though she claimed he was away from the Castel and may need convincing. Cesare then left the Castel for Romagna to continue his campaign.
In 1502, Cesare continued to make use of Leonardo da Vinci's intellect, forcing him to design several war machines for his army. However, all of Leonardo's creations were eventually stolen and destroyed by Ezio Auditore, in secret, at Leonardo's own request.
Around that time, Cesare invited his presumed ally, Fiora Cavazza, to dinner in order to interrogate her about the recent deaths of some of his agents, mainly Il Lupo and Baltasar de Silva. However, Fiora denied to have any knowledge regarding their deaths. The same night, Cesare's presumed son Giovanni discovered Fiora trying to steal Cesare's Apple of Eden, and Cesare was alerted by the clamor, thus discovering Fiora, who had been frozen by its power. Cesare advanced on the immobilized Fiora, calmly telling Giovanni that he would hurt her.
In 1503, Cesare attended Juan Borgia's pagan party, where he gave a brief speech on a soon to be united Italy. After Cesare commanded the party to begin, Rodrigo reminded him that they had not agreed to conquer Italy. However, Cesare stated that he was now in control, although not officially, and simply told his father to enjoy himself.
Later that year, Cesare had his close friend, Francesco Troche, executed by Micheletto Corella, for telling his brother of Cesare's intentions for Romagna. Cesare then ordered Micheletto to assassinate the actor Pietro Rossi, Lucrezia's secret lover.
In August of 1503, due to the interference of the Roman Assassins, Cesare's army and funds had significantly diminished. Enraged, Cesare confronted Rodrigo, demanding to know what had happened. There, Cesare and Rodrigo argued over the former's insatiable lust for power. Rodrigo commented that he had given Cesare all he had, yet his son was never satisfied.
Cesare demanded that his father give him the Apple of Eden, but Rodrigo refused. At this point, Lucrezia barged in, crying out to her brother that their father was attempting to poison him with the bowl of apples he had left out.
An outraged Cesare responded by charging Rodrigo and shoving the poisoned apple down his throat, suffocating him. Cesare then demanded the Apple's whereabouts from Lucrezia, who confessed under much pressure. However, Ezio beat Cesare to St. Peter's Basilica, the Apple's location, and retrieved the Piece of Eden before him.
Cesare's rule spiraled downward from there. Cesare had consumed enough of the poison to leave him weak for months; while he recovered, the Assassins used the Apple to dwindle his remaining forces, while the cardinals of the Curia refused to support the Templar, branding the Borgia's money "tainted".
Cesare sent Micheletto to retrieve his armies from the northern battlefield in order to reclaim Rome, however, he was confronted by the highest-ranking Assassins as he awaited his return. As the last of his followers fell, Fabio Orsini arrived with the Papal Guard and a warrant for Cesare's arrest by the order of Pope Julius II. Cesare was taken away, imprisoned, and later exiled to Spain.
From Rome to Spain编辑
Subsequently following his arrest, Cesare was imprisoned in the Castel Sant'Angelo. However, he was able to escape the prison and flee. Somehow, Cesare managed to go to Firenze in order to execute a weaponsmith called Demetrio, who had refused to continue creating Corvix Blades for the Crows and was plotting to kill Cesare after the latter cut his tongue, however, an Assassin saved Demetrio before he could be executed. Though Cesare was later recaptured, Pope Julius II concluded that Cesare needed to be transferred to a more secure prison, and had the Templar moved to the Castillo de la Mota, Aragon, in Spain. Though Ezio had intended to kill Cesare despite his imprisonment, he was unaware of where Cesare had been transferred. He, Machiavelli, and Leonardo began tracking him down, while Micheletto, who had evaded imprisonment and remained loyal to Cesare, planned for his master's escape.
In 1506, Micheletto bribed a prison guard at the Castillo. Having had rope smuggled in for him, Cesare climbed down from his window and snuck past the main gate in his stolen guard uniform. Meeting with Micheletto, he was informed that Ezio was currently tracking him, though he said nothing on the matter. Micheletto then told his master that he had made arrangements in Valencia. With this, Cesare made his escape, and rode to Valencia with Micheletto.
Attack on Valencia编辑
- Cesare：“You got me out of La Mota, sure, and you up my hopes. But now look where you have got me!”
- Micheletto：“Master, all my men are dead. I have done what I could.”
- Cesare：“And failed!”
- ——Cesare before bursting into a tirade about Micheletto and killing him, Valencia, 1506.[来源]
Following his escape, Cesare began to rebuild his forces in Valencia, with men volunteering to enter his service and setting up a large military encampment. Whilst Cesare was raising a small army, he spent most of his time coordinating battle tactics at the Lone Wolf Inn. Ezio and Machiavelli soon discovered this, however, and were able to destroy the encampment and twelve ships with Leonardo's hand-held bombs.
Later, they spied on him from the roof of the Lone Wolf. Cesare blamed Micheletto for the Assassins' attack, and insulted him as a dog, remarking that he should find somewhere to die. During his tirade against Micheletto, Cesare claimed that he would cross the borders and join his brother-in-law, King John III of Navarre to seek his aid.
Though Micheletto begged Cesare, and reminded him of his loyal service, Cesare continued to insult him. However, this rebounded on Cesare, as Micheletto, realizing how little his service meant to his ungrateful master, attempted to murder Cesare by strangling him. However, Cesare was able to shove Micheletto away and shoot him in the head, killing him. Ezio and Machiavelli, who had watched the scene unfold, made a noise from above. Cesare, who heard this, fired his rifle and wounded Machiavelli.
Siege of Viana and death编辑
In March of 1507, Cesare tried to regain his lost honor by commandeering John III's vast army during the Siege of Viana, after which, should he be victorious, he would regain the support of the French. However, unbeknownst to him, Ezio caught wind of Cesare's involvement in the battle and set out for Viana.
During the siege, Ezio located and charged Cesare on the battlefield, though Cesare held him back just long enough to dodge his Hidden Blade and flee, screaming at his men to kill the Assassin as he retreated. Ezio's pursuit was delayed by several cannonball impacts that stunned him, and incapacitated the other soldiers in the area.
Ezio soon caught up to him on the outskirts of the castle walls, where Cesare had his soldiers kill a civilian woman, who was crying for him to help her son, who had been injured. Ezio eventually faced Cesare on the walls of Viana Castle and fought against him, with Cesare wielding a sword and a pistol.
Though Cesare attacked with speed and skill, while also periodically calling reinforcing troops, Ezio nevertheless defeated him, eventually pinning him to the ground. When Cesare vowed not to die at the hands of man, Ezio declared that he would leave Cesare "in the hands of Fate", and threw him off of the castle wall to his death.
切萨雷作为教皇军队的统帅，是一名有才能的领袖，带领军队获取了许多胜利。切萨雷也是一名熟练的剑士，轻而易举地杀死了几名比亚纳士兵，并且还能在染上“新疾病”的时候能和埃齐奥·奥迪托雷在近身剑斗中战得难解难分。切萨雷也是一个杰出的斗牛士，在没有帮助的情况下轻松杀死一头公牛。 切萨雷也是十分懂得战术的将军，他能借助教皇的力量，轻而易举占领乌尔比诺；他也能趁着刺客没有察觉的时候偷袭了蒙特里久尼； 他还能为刺客设套，让自己的手下捕杀刺客。
- Appearance and behavior
- In the novelization of Brotherhood, Cesare's face had been apparently deformed by the "New Disease", and he had resorted to wearing a mask. However, in the game, he is never seen with either said deformity or mask.
- Historically, Cesare was infected by the recent outbreak of syphilis and resorted to wearing a mask in public.
- According to the Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood novel, Cesare excelled at bullfighting. Machiavelli believed he showed such an interest in the sport due to its origins in Spain, and his aggressive nature.
- Cesare Borgia was married to Charlotte d'Albret, who bore him a daughter named Louise. This is never mentioned in the game, although Ezio visits her in the novelization. He actually died while fighting for her brother, John d'Albret of Navarre.
- Despite being shown to be adept with a crossbow in both Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy and Assassin's Creed: Ascendance, Cesare never wields the weapon in Brotherhood.
- Since Cesare is immune to executions or counters, and would even harm Ezio on the Assassin's attempts to counter-kill him, Cesare could only be killed by whittling down his defense through attacking repeatedly or by being shot by Ezio's Hidden Gun.
- Mobile game
- In the non-canonical mobile adaptation of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Cesare Borgia attacks Monteriggioni, kills Mario Auditore, and steals the Apple of Eden in 1486, the year the entire game, along with the mobile prequel is set. Unlike the canonical game, Cesare Borgia is not confronted by the Assassins at the Piazza del Popolo in 1503 after losing the Apple only to be arrested by Fabio Orsini, nor is he killed by Ezio Auditore in personal combat years later in 1507 at the Siege of Viana. Instead, he is confronted by Ezio Auditore in 1486 at the Roman Colosseum after the assassination of all his allies but still with the Apple in hand, which he uses in his duel with Ezio. The fight is separated into two stages:
- In the first stage, Cesare, augmented by the Apple, performs several techniques, some lightning-themed.
- He charges his sword in an upward swing followed by two more rapid slashes, all while emitting lightning bolts in an expanding radius around him.
- He charges at Ezio with an augmented burst of speed.
- He fires his pistol.
- Once he has nearly lost half his health, he holds out the Apple to blast Ezio away with an explosion of lightning around him.
- From then on, he adds an additional combat maneuver to his arsenal: that of throwing cross-shaped energy grenades that detonate in electric shockwaves upon impact.
- Eventually over-exhaustion from the Apple of Eden sets in, giving Ezio the opportunity to trounce him before stabbing him through the gut with his sword. The critically injured Cesare does not succumb to this wound, and fueled by the Apple, is able to not only partially recover, but flee to upper stages of the stadium where Ezio catches up to him for a resumption of their duel. At this point, Cesare outright absorbs the Apple of Eden, which transforms him into a powered-up state with an orange aura. In this state he is capable of the following feats, which he employs in his fight in addition to those he performed in the previous stage:
- He hovers off the ground, with a pool of lightning beneath him.
- He charges a ball of lightning in his hand, which he then thrusts at Ezio by charging at him with augmented speed.
- He slashes with his lightning-empowered sword, only unlike his initial combo, this focuses the lightning bolt outward in a focused direction: towards Ezio.
- By slamming the ground, he summons a trap of dark lightning from underneath Ezio, which, after shocking him with electric tendrils, crucifies him in a cross entirely composed of electricity.
- All of these attacks are unblockable to Ezio, who is forced to evade them all. Cesare is also invulnerable to damage in his state. Only after casting his lightning crucifixion technique does he become weakened enough to be injured—which Ezio exploits after breaking free of the trap through force of will alone.
- The pattern repeats until Cesare is at last mortally wounded; Ezio then finishes him by first kicking his face, then grabbing him by his neck with one hand, choking him, whereby he proceeds to use his other hand to stab him three times and slash him two times with his Hidden Blade. After seizing the Apple of Eden, Ezio immediately uses it to unleash a pillar of lightning around him that blasts Cesare away. As Cesare is blown away, Ezio utilizes his Apple-augmented speed to rapidly dash behind him and kick him back, then dash forward to intercept him once more and slam his body into the ground. From there, he executes his archenemy with one final thrust of his sword down into his head. Unlike the main game, Ezio in the mobile version is expressly motivated to kill Cesare and his allies only out of vengeance for Mario's death.
- In the first stage, Cesare, augmented by the Apple, performs several techniques, some lightning-themed.
- His given name is the Italian variation of the name Caesar.
- Historically, it is said that Niccolò Machiavelli greatly admired Cesare. However, in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, while Machiavelli respects his ability to enforce his will, he also seeks to eliminate Cesare and his family members alongside Ezio. Despite this, he does write a book based partially on Cesare's political life.
- Cesare has been compared to other Roman Templar rulers. Giovanni Borgia relived the memories of Marcus Junius Brutus through the Bleeding Effect and mistook Cesare for Julius Caesar, attempting to kill Cesare with a knife. Ezio Auditore compared Cesare to Caligula, due to the similarities in their arrogant, narcissistic personalities.
- It is suggested that Cesare was a pagan. When he confronted Ezio at Viana, he boasted that Fortuna will not fail him. Fortuna was an ancient Roman goddess of Luck though Fortuna also meant fortune in Italian.
- Historically, Cesare was killed by an ambush of four Vianan Knights during the Siege of Viana where they stripped him of his luxurious garments and jewels including his mask that he covered in his face when he contracted syphilis and the knights only left him a red tile to cover up his gentiles.
- When replaying the memory in Viana, after the cutscene in which Ezio drops Cesare from the castle walls, his body can be seen when looking down from the battlements before the memory fades out.
- When talking to Shaun in the Sanctuary, he mentions that Cesare sent the Pope a letter about the night of his wedding with his French wife, and that he had "done the deed eight times".
- In the novelization, Cesare's personal crest was described as "two red bulls quartered with fleur-de-lis", the coat of arms of Duke of Valentinois. In the game however, he wasn't given a personal crest.
- Cesare is mentioned in Assassin's Creed: Revelations during "The Prince's Banquet", where Ezio disguises himself as a minstrel and sings about Cesare's death.
- There is an action figure of Cesare available, supplied by the UK branch of the Amazon retailer.
- Cesare is represented in two mnemonic sets in Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy: the "Borgia Family" set, and the "Shroud of Turin" set.
- Cesare can be seen very briefly in the introduction to Assassin's Creed III, holding the Apple of Eden.
- Assassin's Creed: Ascendance （首次登场）
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood novel
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations （仅提及）
- Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy
- Assassin's Creed: Recollection
- Assassin's Creed: Memories
- Assassin's Creed: Identity （仅在数据库条目中提到）
- Assassin's Creed: The Official Collection
- ↑ Twitter - @acinitiates: "#ADayInHistory Captain General of the Papal Armies. Templar. Grand Master. Cesare was born on this day in 1475"
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 《刺客信条：兄弟会》
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 《刺客信条：兄弟会小说》
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 《刺客信条：权势》
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 《刺客信条：传承计划》 - 罗马：第一章－菲奥拉·卡瓦扎
- ↑ 《刺客信条II》
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 《刺客信条：传承计划》 - 罗马：第二章－乔瓦尼·博吉亚
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 《刺客信条：本色》
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 《刺客信条：传承计划》 - 罗马：第三章－弗朗切斯科·韦切利奥