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My first order of business in reimagining Ezio as a woman was to learn everything I could about him and the Assassin’s Creed franchise. I had five main questions that I sought to answer:
- Who is Ezio?
- What is important about his costume?
- What did the game designers want to say about Ezio through his costume?
- How are women dressed in the game?
- How anachronistic is the costuming?
I went back to the source and replayed Assassin’s Creed II on my sad laptop that, in all honesty, should not be used for gaming. It had been a few years since I had last played the game, and my perspective on gender and social issues had changed drastically since then. This was going to be fun. What I got within the first thirty minutes of playing was that this game was definitely not made with someone like me in mind. It’s literally a textbook example of a straight white guy power fantasy. Ezio is suave, flirtatious, and deadly. Oh yeah, and the book version—Assassin’s Creed Renaissance by Oliver Bowden—is even worse. Claudia, Ezio’s sister, doesn’t even keep his books for him. She ends up joining a convent just outside of Monteriggioni.
What information I couldn’t get from playing the game or reading the book I got from the Assassin’s Creed Wiki. I’m pretty sure I drained my university of printer paper as I printed out every single Wiki article I thought would be even remotely relevant to my project. Trust me, it was a lot.