Lorenzo de' Medici

posted Apr 6, 2018, 2:05 PM by Viktor Zólyomi
During the Wars of the Roses the Real Illuminati succeeded in reestablishing their fleeting control over the Kingdom of England, but in doing so, for the second time in the 15th century they completely exhausted their treasury. Although their renewed presence in Britain provided them with some income, it was just barely sufficient to maintain a minimal influence over the English Court. Hence, they looked to fill up their coffers in other ways.

In Italy, the Medici bank reigned supreme as the most successful financial institution in the region. They owed much of their success to the support of the Real Illuminati during the early 15th century when the secretive group aided the Medici family in seizing power over the Florentine Republic. In 1487, with their foothold in England relatively secure, the Real Illuminati felt it was time to cash in on old favors, and turned to the Medici family for money.

Lorenzo de' Medici, head of the Medici Bank since 1469, was a firm believer in paying old debts, and was more than eager to provide the Real Illuminati with all the financial support they needed. He also believed that, with the group once again on the rise, an alliance between the Medici family and their old patrons would be beneficial. The Real Illuminati were pleased that the head of the Medici Bank was on board, and they proceeded to plan out their moves for the next century using the funds they would get from Lorenzo.

There was, however, a complication that the Real Illuminati were unaware of. Lorenzo de' Medici was the head of the Medici Bank in name only. With no interest in managing the bank, Lorenzo, also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent, spent all his time on his political and artistic interests. He relied on a man named Francesco Sassetti to manage the bank instead, and when Lorenzo made the decision to support the Real Illuminati, it fell to Sassetti to handle the details. Unfortunately for the followers of Alexander the Great, Francesco Sassetti hated the Real Illuminati, for reasons unknown to this day. His hatred of the group was so profound that he decided he would rather bankrupt the bank than allow the Real Illuminati to use its funds to gain more power.

The shame the Real Illuminati later felt for not seeing through Sassetti's scheme cannot be put into words. Several high ranking members of the group in fact committed suicide when they realized that they, the very inventors of manipulation and plotting in the shadows, had been stabbed in the back. The treasury of the Real Illuminati went from being empty to being filled with bills and contracts they thought they would pay with Medici gold, leaving them in substantial debt.

Lorenzo de' Medici tried his best to resolve the situation but the damage had been done. While the Medici Bank managed to survive Sassetti's scheming, it went on a steady decline from which it never recovered, and Lorenzo failed to supply the promised funds for the one time patrons of his family. The Real Illuminati had to find inventive ways in which to pay their debts, and they had to do it quickly, for the numerous assassins they had optimistically contracted to eliminate certain influential figures for them did not react kindly to delays in being paid.
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