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"M" for Murder was a virtual representation of one of Kassandra's genetic memories, relived by Layla Hassan through the Portable Animus HR-8.5.

Description

Kassandra came across a mysterious beggar in Mykonos.

Dialogue

Kassandra walked through Mykonos City when a beggar called out to her in a whisper.

  • Beggar: Psst. Misthios! You, with the eagle. Over here.

She stopped to speak to the beggar.

  • Kassandra: What's with all the whispering?
  • Beggar: Shh! If the soldiers hear us, they'll kill me. You're the misthios working for Kyra and the rebels, yes?

  • Kassandra: I am.
  • Beggar: Yes, you are. Many whispers of your deeds, misthios. Many whispers. Many secrets, too... about the rebel girl.

  • Kassandra: Who I work for is none of your business, stranger.
  • Beggar: Secrets are being kept from you, misthios. Maybe you don't know who you really work for.

  • Kassandra: Who's Kyra?

  • Kassandra: If you know something, spit it out.
  • Beggar: If the soldiers see me, they'll kill me. Apollo knows they already tried. There's a house near the market, been boarded up for ages. Sneaky sneak your way in. We'll talk later.

The beggar ran off.

  • Kassandra: Strange. I should find the house, see what this beggar has to say.

Kassandra made her way down to the market. She found a boarded up house.

  • Kassandra: House is boarded up. Must be the place.

She entered the house from the lower levels and began to investigate, starting with the bloody footprints.

  • Kassandra: Bloody footprints. A child's... Must have been hiding in that chest.

She inspected the skeleton the footprints led away from.

  • Kassandra: This woman was killed. Left in the open without dignity. An Athenian spear tip broke off in her ribs.

She checked the papyrus on the table.

  • Kassandra: A note was left behind. A warning from Podarkes. He was paying this woman to keep quiet. About what?

Finally, she went upstairs and inspected the wooden dolls.

  • Kassandra: Wooden dolls—a mother and child. One engraved with the letter "M," and the other, "K."

She pondered the clues she had collected.

  • Kassandra: Nothing else to find here. I need to speak with that strange woman.

Having completed the investigation, Kassandra left the abandoned home and returned to the beggar.

  • Beggar: And what did the misthios find?
  • Kassandra: A body... a woman. She was killed by an Athenian spear.
  • Beggar: This is all?
  • Kassandra: There was a letter from Podarkes—said he'd kill them both if she broke her silence. Both.
  • Kassandra: Why kill a child? Unless... it was his.
  • Beggar: Shh! They could be listening. Now, tell me, quietly, what else did you find?
  • Kassandra: The dolls. Engraved with the letter "K" and "M." "M" is for mater.
  • Kassandra: You asked who I worked for. The little doll with the "K"...
  • Kassandra: The child was Kyra.
  • Beggar: Yes, yes. Which means...

  • Kassandra: Kyra's skills with the blade started young.
  • Beggar: And you're Kyra's hope for the rebellion? Gods help us all!
  • Kassandra: What?
  • Beggar: Unbelievable! If the child belonged to Podarkes, and the child is Kyra, then that would make...
  • Kassandra: By Zeus! Podarkes is Kyra's pater!

The beggar clapped sarcastically.

  • Beggar: Very wise, misthios. Very wise indeed.

  • Kassandra: By the gods! Podarkes is Kyra's pater!
  • Beggar: Very wise, misthios. Very wise indeed!

  • Kassandra: The dust in there gave me a headache. Just tell me.
  • Beggar: And you're Kyra's hope for the rebellion? Gods help us all! If the child belonged to Podarkes, and the child is Kyra, then that would make...

Kassandra thought some more but still drew a blank.

  • Beggar: Unbelievable! Podarkes is Kyra's pater, misthios! Her pater!
  • Kassandra: Of course!
  • Beggar: Not very wise, are you, misthios?

  • Kassandra: Kyra needs to know.
  • Beggar: She'll never believe you. Never. Her whole life, she hunts the man who sent Athenians to kill her mater in front of her terrified eyes. But the gods spared little Kyra. She escaped.

(If players asked "How do you know so much?")

  • Kassandra: How do you know so much?
  • Beggar: I was there, misthios. I protected the little one. The Athenians were so busy trying to kill me, Kyra slipped right past their blades.

(If players asked "Why were you there?")

  • Kassandra: You were involved in this...
  • Beggar: My name was Otonia. I was a servant for Podarkes.
  • Kassandra: What?
  • Beggar: Night after night, Kyra's mater came to the house—little one wanted to meet her pater. Podarkes made me send her away. But she kept coming. So Podarkes sent me to her house with a note.
  • Kassandra: The warning.
  • Beggar: She didn't listen. Podarkes sent me back to her house, this time with Athenian soldiers.

(Leave – "I must find proof.")

  • Kassandra: Kyra needs to know Podarkes is her father. But I won't confront her until I have proof.
  • Beggar: The woman came to Podarkes's house one night, begged me to give him the doll Kyra made for him.
  • Kassandra: If Podarkes had it, he might have kept it somewhere.
  • Beggar: Only the gods would know.
  • Kassandra: I will find this doll.

The beggar woman took her leave.

  • Beggar: Now the misthios knows who she works for. The rebels should know too.

Kassandra thought about where the doll could be.

  • Kassandra: If Podarkes hid that doll somewhere in his house, I'm going to find it.

She proceeded to the house and briefly assessed the security.

  • Kassandra: This place is well guarded. Need to be careful.

With the help of Ikaros, she determined the doll was in the upper bedchamber.

  • Kassandra: There's the doll.

Kassandra infiltrated the house and claimed the wooden doll from a discreet corner of Podarkes's bedchamber.

  • Kassandra: Podarkes kept the doll Kyra made for him. She engraved it with the letter "P"... for pater.

Kassandra exited the house before anyone spotted her.

  • Kassandra: Could Kyra have known all along?
  • Kassandra: The rebels deserve the truth as well. But blood is everything to some people. They could abandon her if they knew Podarkes was her father.

Kassandra made her way back to the Porphyrion Cave to confront Kyra with the truth. Seeing she was not present, she asked Damasos where she was.

  • Kassandra: Where's Kyra?
  • Damasos She's—

Kyra appeared from behind her.

  • Kyra: Miss me already, misthios?
  • Kassandra: Kyra, there's something I need to tell you.
  • Kyra: That look on your face. So serious. Sit, relax, drink some wine.

  • Kassandra: What I'm about to say is for you alone.
  • Kyra: Follow me.

Kyra took her to her makeshift office in the back of the cave. The rebels exchanged glances but shrugged it off.

  • Kyra: Now that you have me all alone, what is it you want to tell me?
  • Kassandra: There's no other way to say this... Podarkes is your father.

Kyra laughed.

  • Kyra: What sort of joke is this?
  • Kassandra: This isn't a joke.

Kassandra presented the doll, and Kyra recognized it in an instant. She took an emotional swing at Kassandra and missed.

  • Kyra: I will kill you where you stand.
  • Kyra: This can't be.
  • Kassandra: Kyra, I'm sorry.
  • Kyra: He took everything from me.
  • Kyra: How did you find this?

  • Kassandra: I found your old house. I know about your mater.
  • Kyra: I can still hear her screams. A storm of blue armor and red blades tore through our home.
  • Kyra: I had to run through mater's blood to escape. I never returned to that place.
  • Kassandra: It was best you didn't.

  • Kassandra: How I found it isn't important. What's important is that you know.

  • Kyra: It's good you told me in private. The men don't need to know this, not yet. But please, leave me for a while. I... need to be alone.

Outcome

Kassandra learned the truth about Kyra's familial ties to Podarkes. She either revealed this information to Kyra alone and protected her secret, or outed her before the rebels and undermined their trust in her.

Trivia

  • This quest is required to advance to A Night to Remember, the final quest of the Mykonos campaign. The other two are Call to Arms, which removes Athenian control of the islands, and Hades, Meet Podarkes, which results in the tyrant's death.
  • This quest affects the final exchange between Kassandra and Podarkes.
  • Completing this quest has no effect on most of Kyra's dialogue with the player in other quests on her path, with the exception of the first dialogue of Kyra with a Cause. However, the final choice is mentioned on several occasions during 'A Night to Remember.' It is also mentioned during Goddess of the Hunt if the player revealed her secret, and thus will cut off any attempt to romance Kyra during that quest.
  • Even if the Athenians have already been deposed as a result of 'Call to Arms,' the Leader House is still a restricted zone, and as such, the Spartan replacement soldiers will attack the player on sight.

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