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"You can hunt those who bear false witness against you. They traded dignity for coin. Their loss would not be mourned."
Paola speaking to Ezio Auditore about officials.[src]
Official

An official displaying a wanted poster of Ezio Auditore

Officials were minor assassination targets who falsely claimed to have witnessed crimes committed by the Assassins and testified against them.

During the Renaissance, if Ezio Auditore da Firenze committed an illegal act in an Italian city, officials, who were respected members of society, would accept Templar bribes and begin to falsely declare that they had personally witnessed him committing those acts.[1][2]

As his notoriety grew, Ezio would often seek out officials and assassinate them to silence their testimonies. However, most of the officials throughout Italy were paranoid and would flee upon sight of the Assassin, unless he was blending with nearby civilians.[1][2]

In Constantinople, during the 16th century, officials would stay and combat Ezio should they spot him, and were always accompanied by a pair of Byzantine militia.[3]

In New Orleans, Aveline de Grandpré had to deal with witnesses in a similar vein, since they would spread word of her aristocratic guise's illegal acts. Due to their paranoia, witnesses were difficult to eliminate without attracting further attention and always possessed a pair of bodyguards that deterred Aveline if she was spotted. As such, utilizing discreet weapons including the blowpipe or the parasol gun would achieve greater success than a full-on assault.[4]

During the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean, officials were naval officers who could be bribed by Edward Kenway to decrease his wanted level. They were no longer assassination targets, and could be easily found on the docks of any city, fort or inhabited island.

Trivia

  • Officials always carried some currency, which could be looted from their bodies after killing them. However, they rarely possessed anything else.
  • Officials in Constantinople wore the same clothes as bankers.
  • Caribbean officials wore the same uniform of a French soldier.

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