In 1512, Galeatius de Salazar, enraged with the Templar’s failed attempts at conquering Europe under his command in the earlier years, and driven by his obsession of the pieces of Eden, left France to directly influence the war.
In February 1512, Louis XII of France appointed his nephew, Gaston de Foix, to command the French forces in Italy. Galeatius de Salazar made his plans.
* * *▶ 18 February - Sack of Brescia - The city of Brescia revolted against French control, garrisoning itself with Venetian troops, amongst which were Assassins. Gaston de Foix, having recently arrived to command the French armies in Italy, ordered the city to surrender. When Brescia refused, he attacked it with around 12,000 men. The city was overrun and their revolt crushed.
▶ ??? - Salazar’s Move - Impressed with Gaston de Foix’s work in capturing cities in the Romagna and Veneto, Galeatius de Salazar decided to use him for his own game.
Gaston de Foix was aware of an impending invasion of France by Henry VIII of England. He knew that, to protect France, his forces would have to forfeit occupying Northern Italy. This played against Salazar’s plans.
Galeatius de Salazar thus manipulated Gaston de Foix into invading Ravenna and desecrating the Holy League’s main army before the French had to withdraw.
▶ 11 April - Battle of Ravenna - Secretly convinced by Galeatius de Salazar, Gaston de Foix (with the aid of Alfonso d’Este) marched against the Spanish-Papal army and laid siege to the city of Ravenna. However, Gaston de Foix was killed during the war, which left the French under the command of Jacques de la Palice.
Jacques de la Palice, having been given no orders by Louis XII of France to continue the campaign, was dubious. Approached by Galeatius de Salazar, he was manipulated into dropping the campaign of pursuing what was left of the Spanish-Papal forces and, instead, sack Ravenna.
During the sack, Galeatius de Salazar’s ulterior plans came to light when he approached the Church of San Pier Maggiore and searched the tomb of Dante Alighieri for his scriptures in secrecy. Enraged that they were not within the Assassin's tomb, he and his Templars left the city of Ravenna.
▶ ??? - The Aftermath - The Spanish-Papal forces in Italy were almost entirely destroyed at Ravenna, but Ramón de Cardona, general of the Spanish forces had escaped.
Dante Alighieri III, knowing of the assault on Ravenna had travelled there to secure his forefathers scriptures before the sacking. He made his way to Lombardy thereafter.
Though the scriptures were not on his person he was intercepted by Galeatius de Salazar and killed in Mantova.
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August 1512, Italy.
▶ August - A New War - Enraged to be deceived twice by Dante Alighieri III, Galeatius de Salazar sent his Templars to search Verona for the scriptures. Found by Fausto Giacchetti, they fell into Templar hands despite all Assassin efforts to keep them safe...
▶ August - Withdrawing from Ravenna - With Gaston de Foix dead, Galeatius de Salazar having left Ravenna and Jacques de la Palice occupying the city without any direct order from Louis XII of France, the French were forced to withdraw from the region entirely. Ravenna then became part of the Papal States.
Galeatius de Salazar and his Templars did not return to France with them.
▶ 29 August - Sack of Prato - Ramón de Cardona, now supporting the Medici family, sacked Prato to recover the nearby city of Florence for the Medici family.
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September 1512, Italy.▶ 1 September - With the Sack of Prato a success, Lorenzo de’ Medici's youngest son, Giuliano de’ Medici, returned to Firenze after fourteen years of exile.
▶ 14 September - Lorenzo de’ Medici’s second eldest son, Giovanni de’ Medici, then returned. The return of the Medici had the full support of Pope Julius II.
16 September 1512, Italy.
Giovanni and Giuliano de Medici, along with their younger cousin Giulio, marched through the city of Firenze towards Palazzo della Signoria.
The citizens gave encore throughout the streets and then, within Salone dei Cinquecento, Giuliano made his entrance, presenting himself with his family and supporters.
The Medici family have returned to power in Firenze.
A strong, influential ally of the assassins, Galeatius de Salazar is infuriated.
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Prepare for Campaign 02.