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An Alternate Continuity Assassins Creed fan-fiction that is essentially a "what if...?" scenario in which Ezio Auditore da Firenze chooses to spare one of his targets, the Smuggler Lia De Russo, and the ensuing adventures Lia has as a result, namely joining the Assassins undercover alongside fellow Templar agent Il Lupo while simultaneously being preyed upon by the notorious Malfatto.

Essentially an Alternate Character Interpretation type story with, as the title suggests a Heel–Face Turn at the center of it. The fan-fic can be read here:

The author of the Fan-Fiction, AzureSpider, has also written several other fan-fictions, some of which have pages on this site: The Hammer and the Rings and Spider-Man: Downfall.

This story contains examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Lia De Russo and Il Lupo obviously.
  • Action Girl: Lia De Russo herself, though she starts out as more of a Dark Action Girl. Also Faustina Collari
  • Adaptational Heroism: A mild case. Even before having a full Heel–Face Turn Lia De Russo here is more sympathetic than in the actual game, and also didn't murder an innocent shopkeeper but instead threatened her. She was still a villain though due to being a Templar Smuggler who indulged in human trafficking.
  • Affably Evil: Cahin, though he tends to babble, is still in his own way sociable and polite when speaking to the Assassins he fights and even takes his own death in good humor
  • Affectionate Nickname: Il Lupo is fond of calling Lia De Russo "bella donna" which means "beautiful woman".
  • Anti-Nihilist: Il Lupo as it turns out
    Il Lupo: "Lia, I've been thinking really, and...I don't think there's anything for me after death. If there is any greater power out there, I don't think he cares about people like you and me...Lia...I don't want to die in this war"
  • Anti-Villain: It turns out that Lia De Russo is a solid Type II, having a very Dark and Troubled Past. Doubles as a Freudian Excuse.
  • Arch-Enemy: Malfatto to Lia and Il Lupo
  • Armor Is Useless: Averted with Verulo Gallo, who's armor allows him to take an obscene amount of punishment before finally going down.
  • Ascended Extra: Almost the entire cast due to being made of mostly Multiplayer Characters who have fairly minor roles in the overall series.
  • The Atoner: What Lia De Russo becomes. Also Il Lupo as it turns out. Chapter 9 is even called "Atonement"
  • Ax-Crazy: Malfatto. Also Cesare Borgia
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The Templars manage to destroy the Assassins island base, but fortunately many of the Assassins, including Lia and Il Lupo are able to escape with their lives and find temporary residence in Faustina Collari's hideout.
  • Battle Couple: What Lia De Russo and Il Lupo become
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Il Lupo uses similar attire, weapons, and techniques to those of the Assassins...
    • But I Read a Book About It: All of which came from The Barber's notes on them from watching actual Assassins on the hunt, as well as the Barber and the Courtesan's specific instructions to him on how to pretend to be an assassin.
  • Becoming the Mask: Played with. While Il Lupo admits that he has long since abandoned his intentions to betray the Assassins and destroy them from within, he also knows that he will never fully be one and is also not prepared to fully embrace the Assassin's ideology, due in part to his slight cynicism on how he doubts that the Assassins will be able to win. Played just a bit more straight with Lia De Russo, but like Il Lupo, she ultimately does not embrace the Assassins ways in full
  • Bilingual Bonus: There are a few Italian words sprinkled throughout.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Lia De Russo and Il Lupo manage to escape Rome together and get to live a new life together with their son, but this is after being framed to look like traitors and having to kill some vengeful Assassins in self-defense. Not to mention that the Assassin's island base got destroyed earlier too.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Besides the standard Hidden Blades, there's also Lia De Russo and Il Lupo's unique variations of the weapon.
  • Body Double: Malfatto uses his protege Seraffo as one for himself
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Cahin and Caha's introduction has the former doing this.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Cahin and Caha may wear bright and colorful jester costumes, but don't mistake them for good guys.
  • The Cameo: Rodrigo Borgia and the Privateer Blaise Legros appear in flashbacks to Lia De Russo's childhood. Sofia Sartor makes a cameo in the epilogue, but is not referred to by name.
  • Children Are Innocent: Lia De Russo and Il Lupo's son Figlio Di Lupo in the epilogue/
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Cahin tends to babble nonsense that makes sense only to him. Whether or not it is solely for the purpose of disorienting his enemies is unclear.
  • Cool Helmet: The helmets of Verulo Gallo and his men
  • Cool Mask: Besides Malfatto's there's also the Pariah Illario Lombardi's mask and of course, the jester masks worn by Cahin and Caha
  • Cool Sword: A Sword of Eden shows up at one point in the story, coveted by Cesare.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Both Lia De Russo and Il Lupo have these, as revealed in Chapters 6 and 8 respectively. The latter of which even lampshades this by being called "Innocent Beginnings".
  • Dark Action Girl: Caha and Fiora Cavazza. Also Lia herself before going through Character Development
  • Deadpan Snarker: Il Lupo and Machiavelli. Lia also has her moments.
    Francesco: "Well, this is definitely not good news..."
    Machiavelli: "Well Francesco, you've just proven to have a remarkable talent for understatement"
  • Death by Adaptation: In the actual AC universe, the final fates of Fiora Cavazza, Illario Lombardi, Verulo Gallo, and Teodor Viscardi are unknown. Here they are all confirmed to have died.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Lia De Russo to Il Lupo.
  • The Dragon: Seraffo to Malfatto. Malfatto himself becomes this to Cesare Borgia after Fiora leaves the Templar order.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Fiora Cavazza may be with the Assassins, but she is clearly just as amoral as she ever was when with the Templars and doesn't buy into the Assassin's ideaology in the least.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Il Lupo, at least when around Lia De Russo anyway. Averted with Verulo Gallo, who is really only a knight in name and appearance.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Machiavelli, in keeping with the way he is in the games.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Malfatto is killed by Lia de Russo, which is not only fitting after what he tried to do to her, but is also karmic due to his being killed by a woman.
  • Left for Dead: Il Lupo by Fiora Cavazza. Also Malfatto by Ezio and his apprentices here.
  • Legacy Character: Here we see that Seraffo deliberately meant to honor Malfatto by becoming a second doctor.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Cahin, Caha, Illario Lombardi, Verulo Gallo, and especially Malfatto.
  • Meaningful Name: Lia De Russo's son "Figlio Di Lupo" means "Son of Wolf."
  • The Mentor: Not only does Machiavelli train new Assassin recruits, but Faustina Collari, now on the Assassins side, teaches the Assassins how to pickpocket.
  • The Mole: What Il Lupo and later Lia De Russo become to the Assassins, the idea being that they will infiltrate the Brotherhood to destroy it from within.
  • Monster Clown: Cahin and Caha of course.
  • Mood Killer: Pretty much Luigi's main role.
  • Nice Guy: Il Lupo is by far the nicest, warmest, and most pleasant of all the Templars. Also Faustina Collari and Eveline Guerra, who are both shown to be very laid-back and easygoing individuals since leaving the Templars behind.
  • Old Friend: Everline Guerra and Lia De Russo have history with one another as it turns out, having often worked together back when they were both Templars.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Averted several times. First Illario Lombardi does indeed try to shoot Lia De Russo, but fails. Later, Il Lupo tries to shoot down Verulo Gallo and his men, but the bullets of his Hidden Gun are only occasionally effective if at all. Finally, Lia De Russo takes the opportunity to shoot Malfatto and kill him for good