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Aten Rising was a visual representation of one of Bayek's genetic memories, relived by Layla Hassan through the Portable Animus HR-8.

Description

Bayek seeks out High Priestess Isidora. Though she believes the curse is Amun's will, she tells him of a cult in the farmlands which worships a risen Pharaoh.

Dialogue

Bayek travelled to Karnak, where he found Isidora making a prayer in a chamber covered by fences

  • Isidora: Amun-Ra-Horkhouti, secret of expressions and shimmering of form. Come forth. Purified, purified is the Lord of Thebes.

Isidora noticed Bayek hiding behind one of the fence.

  • Isidora: You, lurking in the shadows.

Isidora walked out of the chamber.

  • Isidora: I should be angry, but you are in the house of the Hidden One. What is your business...?

Bayek met with Isidora.

  • Bayek: Bayek... of Siwa. I am looking for the source of the curse that plagues Thebes.
  • Isidora: You are not priest, or Phylakitai, and the oasis is far from here. What do you care for our troubles?
  • Bayek: Because they are not just your troubles. This curse... it stems from a relic. And countless suffered at the hands of the men who wielded another like it.
  • Isidora: You suffered more than most. Amun sees deep into your heart. But this is not men or relics, Bayek. Amun's ire is fearsome. The Pharaohs wreak his punishment for the thieves who desecrate the tombs.
  • Bayek: You believe this is your Lord's will?
  • Isidora: Amun comes at the cry of the poor and distressed.
  • Bayek: Then who in Thebes has reason to call him?
  • Isidora: Many things have been stolen from us. Relics, lives, innocence. The curse does not distinguish between rulers and subjects. But perhaps... the farmlands? Another Pharaoh walks there, but the people have escaped his ire.
  • Bayek: I will find out why.
  • Isidora: Speak to them, then tell me this is not the wrath of Amun.

Bayek left the temple.

  • Bayek: Can these farmers really welcome the curse?

Bayek travelled to the farmlands southeast of Thebes. He investigated a bunch of oil jars on the ground.

  • Bayek: A lot of oil, more than a village of this size would need.

He recovered a piece of hay soaked in oil. He investigated the remains of a fire.

  • Bayek: Not a typical village fire, this looks ceremonial.

He found a girl talking to herself.

  • Pani: I will say it Djehuty, just like you taught us. You alone, shining, risen! And when he comes, men hide, and the gods fly away. When you dawn they die. We fall at the feet of the king, the lord, the Sun, our god. 7 times and 7 times, both on the stomach and on the back.

Bayek spoke to the girl.

  • Bayek: What game are you playing, child?
  • Pani: It's not a game! I'm making a ceremony to the sun!
  • Bayek: To Ra?
  • Pani: No! To the true god.
  • Bayek: Where did you learn that?
  • Pani: Djehuty. He protected us, saves us from the cursed one. But they stole him away.
  • Bayek: Some took Djehuty? Who?
  • Pani: Bad men.

He climbed up to the roofs of a house and found an idol covered in hay.

  • Bayek: This... idol. Who is it? Crude and simply carved.
  • Old Woman: How do they live in Thebes? They do not worship the Aten.
  • Young Man: So many go about their business, as if their lives mean nothing to them.
  • Old Woman: They think the Pharaohs will spare them?
  • Young Man: Such hubris.

He found several soldiers interrogating several farmers.

  • Soldier: You people owe us money, so pay up. Tychon's orders.
  • Old Villager: Hasn't he trampled us enough?
  • Soldier: Trampled? Don't make me laugh. You have these fields and your lives because of his good grace.
  • Old Villager: It's desecration! That's why they're doing!

Bayek killed the soldiers.

  • Old Villager: Ra bless you, neb. Two less of those vultures walking the black land.
  • Bayek: You have many troubles here?
  • Old Villager: Tychon's men are the least of it. People disappear every day, to the cursed lands, or those damned bandits...
  • Bayek: Bandits are taking people? Why?
  • Old Villager: Why do bandits do anything? For their own fiendish reasons. Beggars and crooks to a man.

The villager returned to his home.

  • Bayek: Djehuty must be the priest the bandits took! He will know more about this curse.

Bayek found a man praying to a mark of Aten on the wall.

  • Crazy Priest: You! He placed seed in all women! He is the nurse in the womb. He will take all who refuse to bow before him. Bow! Bow! We must worship him! Honor him. Bring me the wine and the beer!
  • Pious Woman: My brother in Thebes calls us heretics.
  • Pious Man: Amun holds no dominion here.
  • Pious Woman: He deserted us, but for the Living Aten, we would all be dead.

He found a worker calling for fighters.

  • Storage Worker: Join me and we will rescue our priest! They will pay for taking one of our own.

Bayek spoke to the worker.

  • Bayek: Someone took your priest?
  • Storage Worker: Yes bandits. I am rounding up the able bodied to overrun their camp. I will not cower and cry as these neket iadets take our people!

The farmers travelled to the bandit camp located south of the village. Bayek found Djehuty being held captive in a tent.

  • Djehuty: I have nothing you want, thieves.
    My King, my Lord, my Sun, my God!
    My people need my protection! Release me from this prison.

Bayek eliminated bandits. He investigated a mark of Aten on the tent.

  • Bayek: Bandits were afraid of Djehuty. They must believe he can summon the wrath of the Heretic King.

He freed the priest.

  • Djehuty: Who are you that does Ahkenaten's bidding?
  • Bayek: Let us escape this place.
  • Djehuty: It is not just me you save, Seni.

Bayek escorted Djehuty out of the camp.

  • Djehuty: The Aten grants us sanctuary.

Bayek spoke to Djehuty.

  • Djehuty: You risked your life for mine!
  • Bayek: The curse, I must have what you know.
  • Djehuty: He has killed many. I was trying to purify his shrine at the farm. But the bandits took me, they fear the Aten comes at my command.
  • Bayek: You worship the Heretic?
  • Djehuty: Akhenaten... We offer our piety... songs and rituals and he does not come for us. I can show you? But the farm, the animals rot, they must be burned...
  • Bayek: I will go to the farm, in return you will tell me what you know of the pharaoh.
  • Djehuty: Yes, yes! We must resume our nightly rituals. Find me at the southern farm after the sun sets and the corruption is gone.

Bayek travelled to the southern farm. He lit up one of the piles.

  • Bayek: If nothing else the decaying animals will no longer taint the land.

He lit up the rest of the two piles.

  • Bayek: The priest said to find him after the sunset. They will be making preparations for their nightly ritual.

Bayek travelled to the village at night, where preparations of the ritual was under way. He spoke to the priest.

  • Bayek: I have done what you asked.
  • Djehuty: Then we cannot act too soon, for the sake of all who make the farmlands their home. Please, Bayek join us for the ritual. See how we appease the Pharaoh Akhenaten.

Bayek followed Djehuty.

  • Djehuty: You protected me and my people. Come, you should take part in our ceremony. Everything is prepared, the Aten rises.
  • Woman: Who is this man that aids us? He must be important or Djehuty would not allow it...
  • Djehuty: Will you honor him by gathering the sacred silica? Place it in the hands of the True King. Then will you see the strength of our hymns to the Sole God.

Djehuty climbed up to a roof overseering the ritual site, making his prayer.

  • Djehuty: You rise, perfect, singular, on the horizon of the sky. The god that created all being. God without equal! Your form, the living Aten. Risen and resplendent, distant and near. Lord of the Two Lands, son of Ra, the one Living on Maat. Your strength lives within these offerings, sparse, but unbroken.

Bayek collected the silica from the offering table. he placed one of the silica on one of the ritual statue.

  • Woman: He has given him a great honor, to place the sacred quartz upon the statues of the Aten.

He placed the silica on the rest of the statues.

  • Djehuty: As long as they stand, whole and untainted. He will live in the Aten.

Djehuty whispered to Bayek. Djehuty: Please, Bayek, will you light thw Aten? Djehuty resumed the prayer.

  • Djehuty: You are our desire, there is no other who knows you. Our eyes fall upon your perfection.

Bayek lit up the hay replica of the Aten.

  • Djehuty: O Living Aten, rejoice in your son, enfolding him in your rays. Living forever! All came forth in existence from your hand. When you rise they live, when you set they die.

The ritual ended. Bayek spoke to Djehuty.

  • Djehuty: Have the scales fallen from your eyes?
  • Bayek; You believe the pharaoh Akhenaten is the son of the Aten.
  • Djehuty: I believe that his power is fearsome. In return for honoring him, we have our lives. Can you say the same for those who bow before Amun?
  • Bayek: This cult is heresy, what textx even speak of Akhenaten?
  • Djehuty: One. In the Theban Archive. But the chiseler Tychon has closed the library to all but his thugs and thieves.
  • Bayek: I will find a way in.
  • Djehuty: Look for a statue in the archives, pointing towards some crumbling scrolls. One speaks of the Aten, and a temple lost for centuries. You think we worship an abomination. That I am damning my people.
  • Bayek: I cannot judge the path you took... not when mine is strewn with the dead.
  • Djehuty: I hope you find all you seek, friend.

Bayek left the farm.

  • Bayek: Finding Akhenaten's temple should lead me closer to the relic, and who has it.

Bayek returned to Thebes and made his way to the Theban Archives, where it was heavily guarded by soldiers. Bayek climbed up the walls to one of the windows and entered the archive.

  • Bayek: Djehuty said that a statue pointed him to the scroll?

He read a note on the table.

  • By order of Athames:
    Everything that is in the Tombs belong to Egypt. Do not think that because something fits inn your pouch you can steal from me. Anyone who does not report a find will be flogged. Anyone caught with the gold of the Pharaohs will be executed.

He read another note on the table.

  • The God's Wife of Amun:
    Appearing in the glory of the White Crown, the Chosen one of Ra, who issued from his flesh, Divine Adoratrice of Amun. The God's Wife shall take a girl child and she shall teach her the ways of the Hidden One.

Bayek investigated one of the statues.

  • Bayek: This is it, the statue Djehuty spoke of. It's pointing high up on that shelf.

He climbed up the shelf and retrieved a scroll.

  • On Akhenaten's Temple:
    You who fills the lands with beauty. We stumbled in darkness until you gave us the glimmering truth. There is but one God and it is you, Akhenaten, the living embodiment of the sun disk. We build this shrouded temple in honor of you. When you rise on the eastern horizon, the light reveals the truth path. Note from Tychon's men: I am sick of looking; this temple to the Heretic is a myth, nothing more.
  • Bayek: There is a scrawled note here! Tychon's men are also looking for Akhenaten's sanctuary.

Bayek left the archive and travelled to the waters infront of Karnak. He found a light shining into a patch of water.

  • Bayek: The light is shining there, that must be the way into the temple.

Bayek dived under the water and found a entrance covered by wooden fences. He destroyed the fence and swim into the chamber.

  • Bayek: The temple of the Aten.

He swam to one corner, where investigated and collected a relic.

  • Bayek: The Pharaoh Akhenaten holding a relic! He worshipped it as the god Aten incarnate.

He investigated several statues on the ground.

  • Bayek: He denied the gods, all of them, including the Theban triad.

He investigated a skeleton on top of a table.

  • Bayek: So did the son die, reborn as Re-Horakhty. Akhenaten, he who rejoices in the Horizon.

Bayek swam to another corner, where he found a golden statue on the floor.

  • Bayek: Living Aten who started life. Springing forth from the seeds of Amenhotep.

Bayek investigated another statue.

  • Bayek: Fed the son in the womb of his Mother the Great Royal Wife Queen Tiye. The beauteous, the long-haired.

Bayek swam to another corner, where he investigated the statues of Akhenaten and Nefertiti overlooking a model of Amarna.

  • Bayek: The Royal Palace of Akhenaten. Watched over by the Akhenaten with his beloved wife, Nefer-nefru-Aten-Nefertiti.

Bayek swam to another corner, where he investigated a stele.

  • Akhenaten's Tomb:
    Rays of the Sun Disk. Living Aten, O' sole god without equal. Your eternal resting place will live forever in the sands. You sleep with your father Amenhotep. We will not allow them to brand you forever a heretic.
  • Bayek: If the Pharaoh had the relic then who has it now?

Bayek swam out of the sanctuary and resurfaced. He travelled to Karnak to meet with Isidora.

  • Bayek: Isidora must face the truth, this is not Amun's will. I need to speak to her, see how I can put the Pharaoh to rest.

Bayek found Isidora in the back of the hall, who was overseering a body covered in natron. She noticed Bayek in the area.

  • Isidora: The curse yields another grim harvest. Did you find the answer in the farmlands?

Bayek approached her, showing the relic to her.

  • Bayek: I found this.
  • Isidora: You dare to bring this into Amun's house?
  • Bayek: I found it in a temple dedicated to the apostate Akhenaten. What is he holding?
  • Isidora: He worshipped the disc of the sun, the Aten!
  • Bayek: It's not the sun he's holding. It is the relic I seek. This and the man who has it now are behind the curse, not Amun.

Bayek uncovered a cloth covering a deceased woman.

  • Bayek: Is this Amun's will? That he sends a heretic, the pharaoh who denounced him?

Isidora came over and look, identifying her as someone she knew.

  • Isidora: Tuya! No! I sent her out into Thebes, told her she'd be safe... I did this.
  • Bayek: Akhenaten still walks. He is the key to the relic.
  • Isidora: I've been blind, hiding behind Amun's veil. Can this truly be?
  • Bayek: Isidora?
  • Isidora: This may not be the Amun, but Amun can stop him.
  • Bayek: This is not the gods... don't you understand?
  • Isidora: The Lord to the Limit still holds dominion over Thebes! And I am Amun's Wife. The people need to know that he still hears their cries.
  • Bayek: Then tell me his will.
  • Isidora: A single speck of dust from a God statue of Amun. it would purify Akhenaten's resting place in the valley, amongst the true Kings. But Tychon has taken everything of value from our temples and tombs, we have nothing left.
  • BayekL This is not the first time I have heard of his thievery. His men harrass the farmlands...
  • Isidora: While he lords it over us. Struts like a scorpion around Hatshepsut's temple.
  • Bayek: Then I will find him and his spoils.

Bayek prepared to leave. Isidora called out to him.

  • Isidora: Bayek!

Bayek stopped.

  • Isidora: The man who has your relic, what will you do when you find him?

Bayek declined to answer.

  • Isidora: Then Amun watch over you.

Outcome

Bayek visited the High Priestess Isidora for guidance, who instructed him to investigate the farmlands. Through his investigations which brought him to Akhenaten's sanctuary, Bayek discovered that the heretic pharaoh had possession of the relic Bayek was looking for. Reporting these details to Isidora, the High Priestess provided him with a way to release Akhenaten's spirit from the living.

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