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The Priest (unknown - 1497) was one of Girolamo Savonarola's nine lieutenants, men put in charge to help Savonarola control Florence. He was killed by Ezio Auditore da Firenze during the Bonfire of the Vanities. Like most of the lieutenants, he was being controlled by Savonarola's stolen Apple.
Rise to powerEdit
Soon after taking control of Florence, Savonarola assigned nine men as his lieutenants. Each of these lieutenants had the duty to make sure the citizens would refrain from riots or revolutions. The priest did this by preaching to the citizens, in an attempt to gain their trust and make them loyal to his master.
The Priest stood on top of the Duomo near the tallest point in Florence, preaching to the people below in an attempt to glorify Savonarola. His men were stationed all around the building, each of which was ready to sound the alarm when they saw Ezio scaling the building. However, Ezio was able to climb the building unnoticed, and avoided the many guards stationed along his path. Ezio would perform a stealthy assassination when necessary. When he reached the top, Ezio assassinated the Priest before any of his henchmen could prevent the assassination.
"Omnipotens Deus, Rex regum, et omnium gubernator, cujus potentiae nulla creatura resistere potest, cui proprium est peccatores punire, et eorum misereri qui vere agunt pœnitentiam, serva et libera nos, suppliciter te petimus, a manu inimicorum, reprime eorum superbiam, minue malitiam, dissipa illorum machinationes et astutias, ut nos tuis armis muniti semper servemur ab omnibus periculis, ad glorificandum te, qui es unicus victoriae largitor : propter merita unigeniti filii tui Domini nostri Jesu Christi. Amen. Pater noster qui es in coelis, Sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in coelo, et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem. Sed libera nos e malo. Amen."
(O Almighty God, King of all Kings, and governor of all things, whose power no creature is able to resist, to whom it belongeth justly to punish sinners, and to be merciful unto them that truly repent: Save and deliver us, we humbly beseech thee, from the hands of our enemies; abate their pride, assuage their malice, and confound their devices; that we being armed with thy defense may be preserved evermore from all perils to glorify thee, which art the only giver of all victory, through the merits of thy only Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on Earth. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.)
- In his sermon, the Priest mentioned the "Rex Regum", which is also a name for the philosopher's stone. The philosopher's stone is a magical alchemical component with the power to turn metals, mostly lead, into gold.
- The sermon was a liturgical service, published in "Liber Precum Publicarum", In the Time of War, with the Lord's Prayer attached.