The Italian Assassins were the Italian branch of Assassins, existing since their formation during the latter half of the 13th century.
Primarily led by the Auditore family, the Italian Assassins were mainly involved with taking down the corrupt Borgia family, the ruling body of the Templar Order during the Renaissance.
As far as we know, this is the first Assassin Branch to allow Women into the ranks, and high ranks at that. For example, Claudia Auditore was second in command while The Mentor traveled to the Turkish Assassin Branch and then onto Maysaf.
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