1 January 1500
Ezio entered the main hall and was greeted by Caterina Sforza.
- Caterina: Buongiorno (Good day) Ezio.
- Ezio: Caterina. To what do I owe the pleasure of your presence here?
- Caterina: I desire...an allegiance. The papal armies have resumed their march on Forlì. Your mercenaries would be a great asset to my cause.
- Ezio: It is likely that I can give you what you seek. But we will talk later.
- Ezio: Mother.
Ezio and Maria embraced.
- Ezio: Machiavelli. It is done. Though not, I think, as any of us expected. I entered il Vaticano (The Vatican) and faced Rodrigo. He used the power of the papal staff against me, but I defeated him. Combining the Staff and Apple, I gained access to the Vault. There, a moving painting of the goddess Minerva spoke. She told of a terrible tragedy to befall mankind in the future, but gave hope of lost temples that will provide aid to humanity. And then she called out to a phantom, Desmond, as if he were there, standing beside me. After her warning, she vanished.
- Caterina: Amazing!
- Claudia: I cannot imagine such wonders!
- Machiavelli: The Vault did not house the terrible weapon we feared. This is good news!
- Claudia: What of this goddess, this Minerva? Did she appear human?
- Ezio: Yes, but her words proved otherwise. All of her kind died many years ago. I wish I could show you the magic she performed.
- Mario: Who is Desmond and where are these temples Minerva spoke of?
- Ezio: I do not know.
- Mario: Perhaps we must search for them.
- Machiavelli: Tell me how it ended with Borgia. Did Rodrigo beg forgiveness? Make excuses? Promise power in return?
- Ezio: No. None of those things.
- Machiavelli: Interesting. I'm surprised he remained so composed.
- Ezio: I let him live.
- Machiavelli: The Spaniard lives?! Once our enemies are dead we can speak of vaults and gods and ancient places. You should have killed him. We're sure to suffer for it.
- Ezio: I am not here to debate the past. Together, we should discuss the future.
- Machiavelli: No. I am leaving immediately for Roma.
- Mario: Ezio, I do not know why you spared him, but I trust your judgment. Machiavelli will come around.
Ezio went to his study to take a bath. While he was in the bathtub, Caterina walked into the study and undressed to her underwear.
- Caterina: Welcome home.
Caterina massaged Ezio's shoulders, and then kissed him. The two proceeded to sleep with each other.
After Ezio revealed Rodrigo Borgia's fate, a disgruntled Machiavelli left Monteriggioni for Rome. Ezio then spent the night with Caterina Sforza.