Lysistrata was an actress and a member of the Templar Order, who was often relied on for her seductive charisma.
As a wealthy Byzantine woman, she lived a luxurious, nonchalant life in Constantinople, where she was schooled in the arts by the Templars. In return for their help, Lysistrata used her alluring charm on visiting Ottoman officials, much to their benefit.
Confrontation with the AssassinsEdit
- "We have been hearing rumors for some time now that paint Lysistrata in a very dangerous light."
- ―An Apprentice to Ezio Auditore regarding Lysistrata.[src]
In 1511, Lysistrata met with a male contact, with whom she walked through Constantinople. However, curious to her intentions, the two were tailed by an Assassin, Ezio Auditore, and one of his apprentices.
While the Italian Mentor's apprentice followed Lysistrata and her contact as they weaved their way through the streets, Ezio tailed them from the rooftops. From there, Lysistrata and the man eventually arrived at the Hippodrome, where they stopped to talk for a few moments.
During that time, Ezio's apprentice made his way onto a section of the Hippodrome just above where Lysistrata stood. However, noticing the Assassin apprentice, Lysistrata stabbed her contact in the abdomen, before throwing a smoke bomb to conceal her escape. Reacting quickly, the apprentice attempted to assassinate Lysistrata, but it was too late, as she had already fled.
Determined to end her life, Ezio and his Assassin recruit attempted to chase after her, but only came to the gory sight of many bodies piled atop each other, all male, revealing her intentions would have been the same despite their interruption.
- "You do your duty well, Assassin… but you do it with such coldness that I almost pity you."
- ―Part of Lysistrata's dying words.
Later that same year, Ezio met again with his now more experienced apprentice, now a den leader, who told him that Lysistrata planned to make a public performance under a stage name. Ezio remarked that Lysistrata knew better, but that her vanity had overcome her, before departing for the waterfront performance with his apprentice.
Upon reaching the waterfront, both of them agreed to carry out the mission together to ensure Lysistrata was killed. After their conversation, Ezio then made his way down to the small crowd, and assassinated Lysistrata in the middle of one of her speeches.
In her final words, Lysistrata claimed that although the Assassins did their job well, they would create a bland world if their fight succeeded.
- Lysistrata: You do your duty well, Assassin… but you do it with such coldness that I almost pity you. The lives you fight to protect are dull, weak, and lacking luster. What a bland world it will be if you Assassins get your way.
- Ezio: Requiescat in pace.
- Lysistrata comes from the Greek words lysis ("loosening, a release") and stratos ("army").