->''"I cannot seem to leave my past behind me. I started this act of my life so late Sofia. I knew I would not have time to do everything. Now I worry I don't have enough time to do anything."''
-->-- '''Ezio'''

''Assassin's Creed: Embers'' is an animated short by Ubiworkshop set in the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' universe. It details the final days of legendary Master Assassin Ezio Auditore.

After the events of ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations Revelations]]'', Ezio [[RetiredBadass retired]] from his former life to live in peace and raise a family with Sofia. Age has finally caught up to the former Assassin and he feels his time on this world grows short. His life takes a turn for the less mundane when it is interrupted by the sudden arrival of a female Assassin. The young Shao Jun desires his guidance on how best to lead and rebuild her order in China. However Ezio wants nothing to do with the lifestyle he put behind him.

The short was included with both the [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition signature and collector editions]] of ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations Assassin's Creed: Revelations]]''.

* ActionGirl: Shao Jun is an Assassin and skilled in both unarmed and sword fighting.
* AdultFear: Ezio telling his daughter Flavia to stay where he can see her, then seeing her take Shao Jun's (who is then still a complete stranger) hand and walking away with her. He doesn't react well.
** Even more frightening is that, by this point, Ezio is an old man and is unable to run as well as he used to; he has difficultly catching up with them. Had Shao Jun been an enemy out to hurt Flavia instead of an ally, it would have been easy for her to just run away with the girl.
* TheApprentice: Before the events of ''Embers'', Jun was this to her mentor [[spoiler:before he was killed]] and now seeks Ezio's guidance to rebuild her order.
* BigFancyHouse Ezio's Villa/Vineyard. Turns out he kept all that money players collected in the games.
* TheBrute: The {{Mook|s}} with the portable cannon. Getting stabbed in the eye barely slows him down.
* BookEnds: Ezio began his life as an Assassin when [[spoiler:his family was executed]] and in this epilogue of his story [[spoiler:dies in the exact same plaza]].
* BlackCloak: Shao Jun wears one, even during the day. It makes her look dangerous when she first appears.
* BornIntoSlavery: Shao Jun reveals her mentor saved her from this life after she was born into being one of the Emperors concubines. The Emperor also had the tendency to slowly torture his concubines to death.
* ContinuityNod: ''Embers'' is full of nods to familiar features of the games. The sweeper dropping a broom at the beginning, walls with clear climbing routes up them (including staircases of sheet-covered boxes), common [=NPCs=] walking around (e.g. the architect in Florence) as well as a few noticeable sound effects. Machiavelli is also mentioned.
* CoolSword: Jun's weapon of choice is a jian.
* EyeScream: Ezio leaps from the roof of his villa, stabbing TheBrute in the eye. It barely even slows him down.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Ezio dies in his home city watching his beloved wife and daughter happily go about their shopping near-by with a broad smile on his face.]]
* GrumpyOldMan: Ezio is initially dismissive and irritable towards Jun, not interested in her youthful enthusiasm.
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: Ezio, who the player has followed for three whole games, dies a peaceful death watching his wife and daughter.]]
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Shao Jun is terrible at blending in, as are her pursuers. One wonders what they teach the Assassins in China. One possible justification is they are clearly not natives and blending in is pointless given they stick out like sore thumbs.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: The elderly Ezio suffers from reoccurring coughing fits.
* InformedFlaw: Invoked in the house fight to keep Ezio awesome but vulnerable; Ezio kills three guys ''with a Goddamned fire poker'', but promptly follows up his awesome flip-throw move [[FeelingTheirAge by grabbing his back and gasping a little]].
* ImprovisedWeapon: Few but an Assassin could wield a poker with such deadly effect.
* TheLastDance: ''Embers'' refers to Ezio's "fire" burning one last time before it goes out for good.
* LivingLegend: Ezio has gained much renown among his fellow Assassins despite his retirement. Shao Jun and her mentor traveled all the way from ''China'' seeking his help.
* OldMaster: Even with his best years behind him Ezio is still able to hold his own against men a fraction of his age. Even better than Shao around a third of his age. To Compare, Ezio takes out 5 with relatively little effort and she struggles with two.
* TheMentor: The reason why Shao Jun sought out Ezio is for his wisdom. He has guided two branches of the order to prosperity and glory against their enemies. [[spoiler:Ezio eventually accepts this role in the end, passing on his words of wisdom to her]]
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler: In the final act, Ezio hands over his wisdom to the young Shao Jun and also gifts her a small box. The contents remain a mystery.]]
* ThePurge: Jiajing managed to kill or drive out most of the Chinese Assassins.
* RetiredBadass: Ezio, now an old man, has lived his life in peace, away from his assassin days..
* SuperWindowJump: Played straight when an [[spoiler:''elderly'' Ezio]] dives through a [[SoftGlass glass]] window to escape attackers. He's not wearing any of the suits of armor he's collected over the years when he does this.
* YoungAndInCharge: Shao Jun intends to rebuild and lead the Assassin order in China, despite being only nineteen. [[YouAreInCommandNow This is because her mentor died while on the way to Italy]].