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"Call me Aletheia. I am truth and its revelation, and I am calling you out."
―Aletheia to Kassandra, 421 BCE[src]-[m]

Aletheia was an Isu and the Dikastes of Atlantis around the time of the Human-Isu War. Unlike many of the known Isu who were deified by their human slave species, Aletheia became a personification of truth and was repulsed by those among her own people who had embraced divine status.[4]

However, she later became involved in a potentially scandalous inter-realm affair as the mistress of the Asgardian Loki, a union which produced three children, Fenrir, Jörmungandr, and Hel.[3]

When Aletheia later suffered a grave injury, Loki, desperate to save his lover, transferred her consciousness into the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus. From there, she would one day interact with the Keeper of the staff and help the Staff's heir in her journey. She also made numerous recordings on the Olympos Project and stored them in the Gateway to the Lost City, a vault connected to Atlantis. In order to teach Kassandra how to use the staff, Aletheia also created several simulations based on the memories of her time as Dikastes of Atlantis.

Names

Aletheia was considered a god in Greek mythology. She was also known by her Roman counterpart Veritas.[5] The Norse name for Aletheia was Angrboða, considered among one of the jötnar in Norse mythology. Her name of Angrboða could roughly be translated into "the one who brings grief," "she who offers sorrow," or "harm-bidder", while other sources translated it as "truth-giver."[6]

Biography

Dikastes of Atlantis

"In my time as Dikastes, I also tried to bring balance to Atlantis, but it wasn't enough."
―Aletheia to Kassandra, c. 422 BCE.[src]-[m]

During the Isu Era, Aletheia served as the Dikastes of Atlantis, appointed by the city's ruler Poseidon. During her tenure, she attempted to bring balance by passing judgement on the city's laws and customs.[7] At one point, Aletheia became aware of the Olympos Project,[8] a scientific exercise conducted by her fellow Isu Aita and Juno as a means to quell a rebellion by the humans if they ever revolted.[7] Horrified at their experiments, Aletheia made numerous recordings detailing their actions and stored them in a number of steles in a vault connected to Atlantis.[9] Seeing that Poseidon's prohibition of experiments on humans didn't stop the two Isu from using Atlantis' Knowledge to run their nefarious project, Aletheia advised the Dikastes Basileus to end the current cycle and sink the city for good.[7]

War with Asgard

Some time later, the Isu waged a war with their Isu brethren in the city of Asgard in Scandinavia. During the conflict, Aletheia fell in love with Loki, an Isu who belonged to the Æsir group, with whom she mothered three children with: Fenrir, Hel and Jörmungandr.[3] She and Fenrir lived in Jötunheimr and Loki would sometimes leave Asgard to be with them.[10] As such, Aletheia and Loki were forced to smuggle their son to Asgard with the help from the Builder, who sought to kill Odin, the Asgardian Isu leader.[11]

Before Loki left for Asgard, Aletheia spoke to the Capitoline Triad, Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, who had started to search for a method to save their people from the cataclysm. They assured her that their success was imminent, as they had started developing a Seventh Method of salvation. She told Loki about the meeting, but he was not convinced since they had already failed six times before.[3]

One day, she was hassled by Juno, who was trying to convince her to join her side and to help her prevent the humans from inheriting the world, to which Aletheia responded that she was underestimating the humans, they would outlive their creators following the catastrophe. Suddenly, the Isu Odin, who was searching for a way to survive the disaster, entered her abode, searching for her. Having heard rumors about the new method, he questioned the two women. Juno immediately told him about their experiment. As she had learnt from Loki that Odin had imprisoned their child,[12] and seeing an opportunity to learn about Asgard's defenses, she drove Juno away and tricked Odin into subject himself to a truth device. As Odin was weakened by it, Loki reveled himself and demanded to know what he would do to Fenrir. Odin was honest and told them that he intended to keep their son imprisoned until the Catastrophe struck the Earth. Satisfied with the answers, Aletheia incapacitated him and the two Isu hung Odin from a tree.[10] Unknowingly to her, Odin, with the help of Juno, would steal the Mead from the Grand Temple and use it to build Yggdrasil, that would upload the DNA of the Asgardian Isu and, millennia later, reincarnate them in humans.[13]

Time passed and Odin, fulfilling his statement, locked away Fenrir definitely. Angered by Odin's acts, Loki talked to Aletheia about the situation. She reprimanded him, as he should have been more careful transporting Fenrir to Asgard. Desperate, Loki pondered about going public with their son's imprisonment. Aletheia attempted to calm him down, worried for their other childrens' safety if Loki's wife Sigyn found out about their affair, but Loki, determined to do something, left the conversation. Shortly after, Loki returned to her, having killed Mad One's child Baldr, poisoning him with mistletoe. Aletheia was worried of the possibility that he could've been seen by someone but he just laugh. It didn't last long for Odin to find out the killer of his son and soon his soldiers were at their door. Aletheia warned Loki about them but he wasn't afraid as he would appeal to the High Council and tell them about Odin's crimes.[3]

Aletheia contacted Loki again, who had rid himself from the courts, with news from the High Council. Apparently, they had discovered that Juno had aided Odin in the theft of the Mead,[3] so she could use a sample of it to immortalize her late husband,[13] and stripped her from her title of Mother of Wisdom, with Jupiter and Minerva imprisoning her consciousness within the Grand Temple. Having heard whispers from the effects of the Mead, she told him that it required a human host, so they could rebirth as one of them. He was surprised, even disgusted, but she said to him that it was a risk that they would be willing to take, if they were to survive their doom.[3]

Cheating Death

As the Great Catastrophe approached and the time of the Isu started running short, Odin departed from Asgard to other lands to find a way to resurrect his son. Seeing this as a perfect opportunity to strike, Loki and Aletheia went to steal the Seventh Method from Odin's domains. Just before they could steal it, Aletheia became gravely injured. Concluding that it would be the only way for her to survive, Loki transferred her consciousness into the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus. In the day the cataclysm reached the Earth, using the calculations of the Staff, she planned a way to one day be reunited with him, as he would infiltrate Odin's scret hall and use the Yggdrasil to reincarnate in a human while she would wait in silence in the Staff. They bid farewell, as Loki returned the Staff to Hermes and then left to the Yggdrasil Chamber.[3]

Helping the Keeper

Aletheia meeting Kassandra on the Island of Triton

In 421 BCE, a projection of Aletheia summoned the Spartan misthios Kassandra, now the owner of the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus, to the Island of Triton. There, Aletheia introduced herself to Kassandra, asking her to pledge herself as the "Heir of Memories". She then told Kassandra to find Theras, in order for the Heir to continue her journey.[9]

Aiding the Heir of Memories

After finding Theras, Kassandra was sent to find three tombs. Aletheia appeared at the entrance of each, in order that Layla, acting as the Heir of Memories, would be able to unlock the gate to Atlantis. During Layla's exploration of three tombs, Aletheia revealed that she had a consciousness kept within the Staff, able to communicate with Layla and listen to frequencies, speaking of a currently unidentified male "interloper" who was interfering with the communications frequency between the Altair II and Layla.[9]

After the gate to Atlantis was unlocked, Aletheia appeared as a projection to Layla, and later to Victoria Bibeau, instructing that Layla synchronise with Kassandra's experience of Aletheia's custom built simulations in order to unlock the full potential of the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus.[14]

When three members of Sigma Team attacked, Layla remarked that Aletheia had turned tail, and as such is nowhere to be found after the attack.[14]

Aletheia eventually resurfaced to let Layla continue with the trials until Victoria interrupted, fearing for Layla's destabilizing vitals. Aletheia witnessed a Bleeding Effect-crazed Layla strike Victoria dead with the Staff's power, to which caused her to regret choosing Layla as the Heir of Memories.[15]

Aletheia reluctantly agreed to let Layla conclude the final trial, but followed her into the simulation supervise her actions. Upon completion, Alethiea returned Kassandra from the simulation and congratulated her. Aletheia then spoke out to Laya one final time and warned her that the interloper, revealed to be Juhani Otso Berg, had reached their location before fading away with the Animus transmission.[16]

Reunion with Loki

In 2020 Layla Hassan had brought the Staff to the Yggdrasil chamber where the dorment body of Basim Ibn Ishaq still layed. Having fufilled the plan Loki and Aletheia had planned long ago she dropped the staff on the floor. Basim's body was dropped onto the staff and revived. After being silent for so long Aletheia once again spoke to her lover asking if their plan had gone as planned.[17]

Legacy

In 431 BCE, when Kassandra visited the Ancient Forge on the island of Andros, Aletheia spoke to her, acting as the system voice for the Forge as it upgraded the Spear of Leonidas.[18]

Aletheia's recordings on the Olympos Project was later discovered by Kassandra, who traveled to the vault in search of her father, Pythagoras.[8]

In 2018, Layla Hassan kept a record of her findings about Aletheia on her laptop.[4]

Behind the scenes

According to Pindar's Olympian Ode, Aletheia was the daughter of Zeus, however according to Aesop's Fables, she was crafted by Prometheus.[5] Aletheia was also revered as the Greek goddess of truth, as was her Roman equivalent Veritas. Aletheia, ἀλήθεια, is Greek for 'not a lie, truth'.

The 'impression' of Aletheia on Layla's computer is similar to Martin Deschambault's concept art of Minerva.

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References

  1. Assassin's Creed: Initiates – Timeline
  2. Assassin's Creed: SyndicateHopton's
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Assassin's Creed: Valhalla - Animus Anomalies: [citation needed]
  4. 4.0 4.1 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyLayla Hassan's personal files: "Who is Aletheia"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Wikipedia-W-visual-balanced.svg Veritas on Wikipedia
  6. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaDatabase: Angrboda
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Fate of Atlantis: Judgment of AtlantisThe Fate of Atlantis
  8. 8.0 8.1 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Gates of Atlantis
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Heir of Memories
  10. 10.0 10.1 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaMistress of the Iron Wood
  11. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Big Finish
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Extended
  13. 13.0 13.1 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Price of Wisdom
  14. 14.0 14.1 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis: Fields of ElysiumModern day
  15. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis: Torment of Hades – Modern day
  16. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis: Judgment of Atlantis – Modern day
  17. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla – Modern day
  18. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyMemories Awoken

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