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|“||Your day is done Lorenzo! Your entire family dies by my sword!||„|
|~ Francesco to Lorenzo de Medici.|
|“||It's over... It's all over...||„|
|~ Francesco de' Pazzi's last words.|
Francesco de' Pazzi (January 28, 1444 - April 26, 1478) is an antagonist from the videogame Assassin's Creed II. He is the father of Vieri de' Pazzi and one of the Pazzi conspirators. He is secretly a Templar. Apart from that, he was also one of Florence wealthiest nobles, and he hated the Medici family. Francesco is the main antagonist of Sequence 4 - Pazzi Conspiracy, and overall the sixth main antagonist of the whole game.
Francesco was a noble, raised in Florence, he was taught to despise the middle-class, and also those who attempted to climb the social ladder.
Throughout his early life, Francesco idly watched as the Medici family took over as the leading influence and banking system in Florence, thus stripping his family of their power.
During this time, the Templar Grand Master Rodrigo Borgia made an offering to Francesco that he could simply not refuse, to kill the Medici family, so as to put the Pazzi in place of the power in the city. Francesco agreed to the terms, and the Pazzi family began to plot the Pazzi conspiracy.
However, 32 years later in 1476, Francesco was accused of murder by Giovanni Auditore da Firenze. Giovanni was preparing to present his evidence in court, but was betrayed by Uberto Alberti, who was a secret ally of the Templars. Uberto had Giovanni and two of his sons, Federico and Petruccio, executed for the crime of treason. With Giovanni dead, there was no longer any evidence against Francesco, leading him to be cleared of all charges.
The Pazzi Conspiracy
He is first seen discussing with his uncle Jacopo de' Pazzi, his son Vieri and the Templar grandmaster in San Gimignano about the murder of the Medici brothers during the meeting Vieri asks Francesco if he could kill Mario who had been harassing his soldiers bur Rodrigo calmed him down. Francesco and the rest of the conspirators leave while Vieri stayed in San Gimignano where he is killed shortly thereafter by Ezio in an attack led by Mario. He is later seen in a chamber underneath the Santa Maria Novella church in Florence, where they are discussing about the same things. He is seen to be very confident that their mission will end well laughs at his enemies, and when Jacopo warns him that his confidence led to the death of his son, he coldly dismisses that showing how little he cared for him. During the attack on the Medici's, he stabs Giuliano Medici 19 times in his chest after the former was wounded by his co-conspirator Bernardo Baroncelli. As the rest of his conspirators flee when Lorenzo fights back he tries to kill Lorenzo with the help of his guards, but Ezio fights him off, so he is forced to flee himself.
He and his uncle's army attack Florence starting a civil war. After trying to invade the Palazzo della Signoria to "persuade" the officials to make the Pazzi's the leaders of Florence. Ezio forces him to flee, and he eventually manages to stab Francesco with his hidden blade. Francesco's uncle is then seen claiming the victory and forming a crowd of supporters, though his victory does not last long as he notices Francesco's body hung from a tower, forcing him to flee and ending the violence in Florence.
Francesco de' Pazzi is portrayed as a violent and aggressive psychopath who held a deep hatred for any middle class citizen trying to make it up tot he higher class, thus leading him to hate the Medici family. He cared very little for his son, since he was not shook up by the fact that his son was dead. He is also shown to be a sadistic man, stabbing Giuliano Medici nineteen times in his chest while violently yelling at him to die. Despite his psychotic personality, he is shown to be cowardly when he choose to flee from Ezio rather than try to confront him.