- "Your orders are simple - keep watch over these fields and ensure no harm comes to the bundles of fieno (hay). It may seem a mundane task, but it's critical nonetheless!"
- ―The Farmer to his guards, 1497[src]
Rise to power
Savonarola gave the Farmer control of the fields, and other farms' resources and food supply. Without hay or resources, the citizens' farm animals had no nutrients, thus hampering other farmers' labor yield, and source of income. Doing this, Savonarola successfully interrupted Florence's food supply.
At some point in 1497, the Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze set out to assassinate the Farmer, in order to weaken Savonarola's rule. While the Farmer told his guards about the importance of hay, Ezio was able to assassinate him. In his dying moments, the Farmer claimed to have sought respect, having suffered insults about his lower-class status for a long time.