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Cesare Borgia

posted Jul 16, 2018, 10:54 AM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated Jul 16, 2018, 10:54 AM ]
After their takeover by Rodrigo Borgia, the Real Illuminati observed how the infamous pope turned the organization's ceaseless bad luck around and led them with uncanny efficiency. For the first time since the fall of Camelot, the Real Illuminati believed they were on a clear track towards the goal left to them by their founder, Alexander the Great, namely, to conquer the entire world. Yet there were many among the secretive group who felt that the ascension of Rodrigo Borgia as their leader was nothing but a terrible mistake. The chief reason for this was Rodrigo's second son, Cesare.

Cesare Borgia was the epitome of ambition. He held titles of bishop and archbishop even before his father became Pope Alexander VI, but after Rodrigo's papal appointment Cesare was named a cardinal. The Real Illuminati believed he was destined to succeed his father as the next pope, until in 1497 his elder brother Giovanni Borgia was assassinated. Records in the Secret Library of the Real Illuminati are undecided on who had Giovanni assassinated and why, but one theory states that Cesare was behind the murder. This speculation is supported by the fact that he resigned the cardinalate after his brother's death and took up all titles and duties that had been Giovanni's, including being named commander of the papal army, and handed several territories.

Witnessing Cesare Borgia's unopposed rise to power rang warning bells inside the minds of most members of the Real Illuminati. An anonymous letter presumably penned by a member of the Inner Circle spoke of his fears loud and clear with the words, `Caesar Borgia will kill us all.' The misspelling had been intentional, drawing on comparison with one of the most reviled figures in the history of the Real Illuminati, Julius Caesar. The author of the letter believed that Cesare would go on to even bigger infamy than Julius Caesar, and urged his compatriots to take action. Despite the warning, Cesare Borgia went on to carve a realm out for himself in Northern Italy, while the Real Illuminati stood by and watched, in fear of what would happen if they were to assassinate Cesare, and Rodrigo Borgia were to even suspect that they had anything to do with it.

They were forced to watch when in 1502 some of his generals rebelled against him only to be lured into a trap by Cesare where they were promptly executed. It was this event that finally made them draw the conclusion that they had to deal with Cesare one way or the other. A year later Rodrigo Borgia died of illness, leading to Cesare Borgia becoming the new head of the Real Illuminati. However, with his secular positions of power and with having resigned his offices in the church, he had no way or intention of becoming the next pope. This fact was not lost on the Real Illuminati, and nor was the fact that throughout much of his conquests and empire building he had relied on support from the reigning pope, namely, his father. It was therefore clear that Cesare would want a new pope appointed who would support all of his ambitions.

When his candidate took the papal seat as Pius III, traditionalist members of the Real Illuminati took great pleasure in living out a decade of frustration when they ordered the pope's assassination. They spared no expense at hiring an assassin who could make Pius III's death look like it had been a result of natural causes, and within a month of Pius's appointment Cesare found himself having to look for a new pope. The Real Illuminati advised him to support Giuliano Della Rovere, and in a moment of poor judgment he took their advice. When Rovere became pope by the name of Julius II, a name chosen for him by the Inner Circle of the Real Illuminati in an attempt at irony, he undermined Cesare Borgia at every turn, and eventually managed to have him imprisoned and took all his lands.

Yet the Real Illuminati had to learn the hard way that a man like Cesare Borgia would not give up easy. He managed to escape with the aid of loyal allies and people seeking the favor of the Borgias, and went on to marshal his forces to retake the lands he believed were his rightful possession. The Real Illuminati had wisely not bragged about their role in his imprisonment and hence avoided his wrath. This, in turn, allowed them to finish what they had started. In 1507, during the siege of Castle Viana in Navarre which Cesare hoped to take, an assassin hired by the Real Illuminati led a party of knights out of the castle and lured Cesare away from the siege, isolated him from his forces, and speared him to death.

The name of the assassin is missing from the records in the Secret Library of the Real Illuminati, but the significant expenditure is clearly noted in the books, as is the cost of the celebration the traditionalist members of the group held after Cesare's demise. Yet history went on to prove that they were far too quick to count their chickens, and there were plenty more foxes right outside the hen house.