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"Men are useful weapons in the hands of the right woman."

Akantha (died c. 429 BCE), also known by her epithet as the Deceiver, was a member of the Order of Hunters branch of the Persian Order of the Ancients.


After the leader of their Order charged the Order of Hunters to seek out and eliminate the "Tainted Ones", the Magi of the branch, Pactyas the Huntsman, led his followers into Makedonia, Greece.[1]

While in Makedonia, Akantha made the acquaintance of the leader of Makedonia, and eventually became his wife, ensuring that he'd do anything for her. While Akantha lived at his house in Amphipolis, she often visited the Olynthos Fortress with her husband, and held parties there. She also managed to talk her husband into securing guards for Akantha's shipments.[1]

However, not everyone was in love with Akantha. There were rumours she was unfaithful, though her husband didn't believe them. In fact, he set officers to investigate the rumours, and deal with those spreading them accordingly.[1]

When Darius tasked the Spartan misthios Kassandra to find out clues within the Olynthos Fortress regarding where and when the man known as the Recruiter would meet with his minions, Kassandra also found a letter written by the leader of Makedonia to his wife, as well as a love letter, revealing Akantha's true allegiances.[2]

Having discovered her true identity, Kassandra infiltrated the leader's house, and assassinated Akantha.[1]


  • Akantha's name is Greek (Ακανθα) for 'thorn, prickle'. Allegedly in Greek mythology Akantha is a nymph whom the god Apollo fell in love with, and then changed into the Acanthus plant in return for her rebuffing his advances.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyLegacy of the First Blade: Hunted
  2. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyLegacy of the First Blade: HuntedRevealing the Recruiter

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