Niccolo was created as an alter ego by Machiavellii when a man from his past, Lucio, came to Florrence. Bent on revenge, Mac and his friends came up with a plan to trap Zangari. THis included dressing as nobility with the help of Lorenzo de Medici. With clothes borrowed from his father, Piero de Medici, and use of the palace, Niccolo was able to convince Zangari that he could use alchemy and a stone called Lapis Philosophorum to make gold from lead. This was all part of the trap whiche ended in Lucio beiong imprisioned.