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

Description

A chance encounter with an ancient and enigmatic circle of stones triggered memories from Bayek's past, and he decided to fulfill a promise made to his deceased son, Khemu.

Dialogue

While on a viewpoint above Camp Shetjeh in Siwa, Bayek spotted a stone circle in the desert.

  • Bayek: Ah. The stone circle. I brought Khemu here not so long ago.

Bayek traveled to the Amun stone circle.

  • Bayek: My son, you wanted the stars...

He had a flashback of a night in the desert with his son, with Khemu using rocks to build a map on the sand of the stone circles, the pyramids, the Sphinx.

  • Bayek: The stone circles show the gods' place in the sky. And your grandfather once told me they also show our place in the world.
  • Khemu: I'm going to find every stone circle. The Sphinx and the pyramids, too. And I'll find my place.

The flashback ended, and Bayek entered the stone circle.

  • Bayek: And you will have them.

Another flashback to a conversation between Bayek and Khemu began.

  • Khemu: Papo, why are there so many poor in Egypt? Yet those who don't belong here are rich.
  • Bayek: Egypt has forgotten who she is. Many chose wealth over honor. In the end, they got neither and lost justice as well.
  • Khemu: But we are Medjay. We will bring justice and honor back to Egypt.
  • Bayek: Yes, my son. We have not forgotten who we are. We will endure no matter our origin.
    Amun, the king of gods, divided into two forms as the great goddess of invisibility Amunet, and master of the wind. He upholds justice. Lord of the shadows and the silence, he comes at the voice of the poor. He hears the confessions of the humble and forgives them.

Bayek visited the other stone circles located through Egypt, namely the Apis, the Divine Lion, the Goat Fish , The Great Twins, the Hathor, the Horus, the Osiris, the Pisces, The Scales, Serqet and the Taweret and aligned the constellations. At each location he reminscened on conversations he had with his son and took a small stone from the circle with him.

  • Khemu: Papo, what is best in life?
  • Bayek: To seek justice and truth. To live with honor, to protect the weak and the poor. And to love your mother.
  • Khemu: My friend Kenon said it was to crush our enemies, and to hear the lamentations of their women.
  • Bayek: We are Medjay son, not barbarians.
    Apis, the bull god. He is the strength of the Pharaoh. Each year he is born as a calf with special markings. The Pharaoh finds this calf, and worships it.

  • Bayek: Medjay have a duty to the gods. We must be strong, and ready to fight. But we must only fight when it is just.
  • Khemu: I'll practice hard, Papo. I want to be strong and hunt like you do.
  • Bayek: You are already better with your weapons than many men. You'll make a fine Medjay, son.
  • Khemu: Like mom says, "May your victories multiply!"
  • Bayek: The Divine Lion, the powerful one. Her breath formed the desert. The fiercest of hunters, she lead the armies of the Pharaoh into battle.

  • Bayek: Have you talked to this girl you like?
  • Khemu: I didn’t say I like her. We were friends. But she’s being strange and avoiding me.
  • Bayek: Maybe because she likes you too. We often do not say what we mean, it will come to you in bursts.
  • Khemu: Why would she avoid me if she likes me?
  • Bayek: This… is something your mother should explain. I am better with the stars. The Goat-Fish, called Capricornus by the Greeks. The god has the head of a ram and the body of a fish. You see, even the gods do not always make sense.

  • Khemu: Papo, you know how you're Egyptian and Mother is Greek. What if Egypt and Greece go to war?
  • Bayek: Egyptians and Greeks don't hate each other. We're all the same.
  • Khemu: It feels like they do. The priest in the temple schools said Greeks were destroying Egypt.
  • Bayek: He was wrong to say that. There is good and bad in everyone. You are a child of both Egypt and Greece. You are proof they don't hate each other.
    Ah, the Great Twins. To the Greeks, they are twin brothers. To the Egyptians, they are he-goats that rise from the underworld, bringing pestilence and protections. Even the gods have two sides.

  • Khemu: Papo, when you met mother, how did you know she liked you?
  • Bayek: My heart lit on fire, of course! She smiled at me, and her eyes rendered me helpless.
  • Khemu: So if a girl likes you she smiles at you?
  • Bayek: Son, there are some things I can explain to you. The stars, how to fight. But this... is something not even the gods can tell. You will have to ask a goddess. Hathor, goddess of motherhood and joy. She is loved by all in Egypt, from the least to the greatest. Mistress of the West, she welcomes the dead to the afterlife.

  • Bayek: That is Horus, the Falcon. The Great Black One. God of the sky. The sun is his right eye and the moon is his left eye. Forever he flies across the heavens, making night and day.
  • Khemu: The eye of Horus is what the Medjay wear?
  • Bayek: Yes, Khemu.
  • Khemu: And the Pharaoh is Horus, right?
  • Bayek: Yes, my son. The Pharaoh is Horus in life, and Osiris in death. That is why the Pharaoh rules not only Egypt, but the whole world. Only a true Pharaoh though.

  • Bayek: Osiris was cut into fourteen pieces by his jealous brother, who scattered the pieces through-out the land. Osiris' wife Iset searched and found all the pieces except one.
  • Khemu: What happened to the other piece?
  • Bayek: It was eaten by a fish. It was his, ah... So Osiris was resurrected and became lord of the underworld.
  • Khemu: Oh... so he couldn't have children anymore, huh.
  • Bayek: You are growing up far too quickly. Osiris, the Father of Gods. Brother of Set who murdered him. It is said that Iset's tears for her beloved husband created the Nile.

  • Khemu: Papo, why do people die?
  • Bayek: We are not gods. Everything must die. It is what Amun has ordained for us.
  • Khemu: Will we be together in the afterlife?
  • Bayek: Be brave and strong. Fight for justice. Do not lie. This is all anyone can do. Ma'at will decide if we're worthy to walk together in the Field of Reeds. I'm sure you will though. Your ka is good.
    Pisces, the two fish. Joined by the thread of this life, they are forever balanced between the afterlife and the underworld.

  • Bayek: Those are the Scales, called Khonsu. When we die, the goddess Ma'at weighs our hearts on them against her white feather.
  • Khemu: I remember this. If our hearts are pure and light, we walk in the Field of Reeds.
  • Bayek: Very good. You were listening. The Scales measure truth and justice. Which is why Medjay pursue these two things above all others.

  • Khemu: Papo, how do you know if you're in love?
  • Bayek: Why Khemu? Do you think you are in love?
  • Khemu: I don't know. Love should feel good. You and mom are the only ones I love. But this hurts. Sometimes I can't even think straight.
  • Bayek: That sounds like love. It could be. I was once like that. I'm very sorry son. The scorpion goddess, Serqet. She protected Iset and Horus from jealous Set. She still protects against poisonous animals. But not love. Against that there is no protection, not even the gods can.

  • Khemu: Papo, do you think I'll have many children?
  • Bayek: I hope you give your mother and I many grandchildren.
  • Khemu: I'll have to find a wife, then.
  • Bayek: You're young, my son. There's no reason to rush.
  • Khemu: I won't rush. But what if I already know.
  • Bayek: You need to learn how to be a Medjay first.
    Oh, Taweret, the hippopotamus who walks. Lady of the Birth House, she is the goddess of fertility and childbirth. Mistress of the Horizon, she brings with her the yearly flood of Ar.

    • Bayek: That's the last one. I can take all the shards back to Siwa now.

    Bayek returned to the Amun stone circle in Siwa. He placed the shards taken from each stone circle, reminiscing about what Khemu had said.

    • Khemu: I'm going to find every stone circle. The Sphinx and the pyramids, too. And I'll find my place.

    Bayek knelt at the map of rocks Khemu had made, and placed the shards on each stone circle's location on it.

    • Bayek: My son.
      Your name, Khemu, means Egypt. Like Egypt, you have forever changed.
      The stars are yours now, and your place is with them.

    Outcome

    Bayek discovered every stone circles in Egypt and aligned them with the constellation in the sky, fulfilling his promise to his son.

    Behind the scenes

    The constellation diagrams used are not the traditional ones but rather the diagrams created by H. A. Rey.

    References

    Assassin's Creed: Origins memories
    Main Quests
    The Heron Assassination - Homecoming - The Oasis - The False Oracle - May Amun Walk Beside You - Aya - Gennadios the Phylakitai - End of the Snake - Egypt's Medjay - The Scarab's Sting - The Scarab's Lies - Pompeius Magnus - The Hyena - The Lizard's Mask - The Lizard's Face - The Crocodile's Scales - The Crocodile's Jaws - Way of the Gabiniani - Aya: Blade of the Goddess - The Battle of the Nile - The Aftermath - The Final Weighing - Last of the Medjay - Fall of an Empire, Rise of Another - Birth of the Creed
    Side Quests
    Special Side Quests
    A Gift from the Gods - Incoming Threat - Here Comes a New Challenger - Phylakes' Prey - Lights Among the Dunes - Secrets of the First Pyramids
    Siwa Side Quests
    Gear Up - Family Reunion - Water Rats - Hideaway - Striking the Anvil - The Healer - Prisoners in the Temple - Bayek's Promise
    Lake Mareotis Side Quests
    Hidden Tax - The Book of the Dead - Ambush in the Temple - Ulterior Votive - Lady of Slaughter - Birthright - Taste of her Sting
    Alexandria Side Quests
    The Accidental Philosopher - The Last Bodyguard - Higher Education - Serapis Unites - A Tithe By Any Other Name - The Shifty Scribe - The Odyssey - Wrath of the Poets - Symposiasts - Phylakitai in the Eye - Cat's Cradle
    Kanopos Side Quests
    Old Times - Wild Ride - Blue Hooligans - The Weasel - The Hungry River
    Sap-Meh Nome Side Quests
    In Protest - Thick Skin - Fair Trade
    Sapi-Res Nome Side Quests
    Conflicts of Interest - Smoke Over Water - All Eyes on Us - Lost Happiness - Abuse of Power - The Tax Master - The Ostrich - New Kid in Town - Worker's Lament - The Old Library
    Giza Side Quests
    Precious Bonds - What's Yours Is Mine - A Gift from the Gods
    Memphis Side Quests
    A Dream of Ashes - Blood in the Water - Odor Most Foul - Children of the Streets - Taimhotep's Song - The Baker's Dilemma - Mortem Romanum
    Saqqara Nome Side Quests
    Rites of Anubis - First Blood - When Night Falls - A Rebel Alliance
    Faiyum Side Quests
    Murder in the Temple - Feeding Faiyum - Curse of Wadjet - Rebel Strike - The Bride - Sobek's Gold - Forging Siwa - The Sickness - Fires of Dionysias - Demons in the Desert
    Faiyum Oasis Side Quests
    The Champion - The Man Beast - Sobek's Tears - The Jaws of Sobek - Bad Faith - Shadya's Rest - Fighting for Faiyum
    Herakleion Nome Side Quests
    Recon Work - Loose Cargo - Reunion - Predator to Prey
    Uab Nome Side Quests
    Seven Farmers
    Atef-Pehu Nome Side Quests
    The Matriarch
    Green Mountains Side Quests
    Unseeing Eyes - One Bad Apple - The Good Roman - Playing with Fire - Taking Liberty - Halo of the Huntress - Carpe Diem - Shadows of Apollo
    Marmarica Side Quests
    His Secret Service
    Kyrenaika Side Quests
    The Flea of Cyrene - The Lure of Glory - The Mousetrap - Founding Father - Pax Romana - Cat and Mouse - Absolute Power - Are You Not Entertained? - The Smugglers of Cyrene - Dead in the Water - My Brother for a Horse - Here Comes a New Challenger
    Isolated Desert Side Quests
    Plight of the Rebels
    Event Quests
    Antique Trafficking - Control Nuisance - Lost and Found - Missing Worker - Stolen Goods
    Tombs and Ancient Mechanisms
    Adorer of Thoth Tomb - Golden Tomb - Mountain of the Dead - Nomarch's Tomb - Seth-Anat Tomb - Tomb of Amenemhat III - Tomb of Djoser - Tomb of Khafre - Tomb of Khufu - Tomb of Menkaure - Tomb of Smenkhkare - Tomb of Sneferu - Tomb of the Cynic - Tomb of the Nomads - Great Sphinx
    Stone Circles
    Amun - Apis - Divine Lion - Goat Fish - The Great Twins - Hathor - Horus - Osiris - Pisces - The Scales - Serqet - Tawaret - The Planetarium
    Papyrus Puzzles
    A Long Drink - Burning Bush - Dead or Alive - Dead End - Deafening Silence - Divided Valley - Fallen Friend - Fertile Land - Forsaken City - In Plain Sight - Just Laws - Nature's Way - Ray of Hope - Royal Flora - Sea of Sand - Sobek's Rage - Stone Fungus - The Blasphemer - The Leaning Tower - The Stone Gaze - Thoth's Secret - Twin Despair - Underground Currents - Undue Haste - Wet Work - Mysterious Papyrus
    DLC
    Ambush At Sea - Secrets of the First Pyramids
    The Hidden Ones
    Main Quests
    The Hidden Ones - The Land of Turquoise - Where the Slaves Die - The Walls of the Ruler - The Setting Sun - No Chains Too Thick - Sic Semper Tyrannis - The Greater Good
    Side Quests
    Klysma Nome Side Quests
    Rise of Shaqilat - Howls of the Dead - The Ballad of Si-Mut and Gertha - The Killer Shadow - Shadows of the Scarab
    Madiama Nome Side Quests
    Respect Thy Brother
    Arsinoe Nome Side Quests
    Shards from a Star
    Stone Circles
    Ankh - Sobek
    Papyrus Puzzles
    Tool of Apis - Good Things to Come - Lost Cause - Stealthy Shrub
    The Curse of the Pharaohs
    Main Quests
    The Curse of the Pharaohs - No Honor Amongst Thebes - The Lady of Grace - Cleansing Rite - Something Rotten - Soured Libations - Aten Rising - The Heretic - Blood in the Water - The King of Kings - A Pharaoh's Shadow - A Pharaoh's Heart and Name - A Pharaoh's Hemset - A Pharaoh's Ka
    Side Quests
    Thebes Side Quests
    The Theban Triad - Master of the Secret Things - Perchance to Dream
    Theban Necropolis Side Quests
    Burnt Offerings - A Sister's Vow - Idol Hands - Drowned Tools - A Motherless Child - Unfair Trade
    Thebes Nome Side Quests
    Crocodile Tears - National Treasures
    Yebu Nome Side Quests
    Losers Weepers - Fish Out Of Water - Laid to Rest
    Aaru Side Quests
    Love or Duty
    Aten Side Quests
    Gods or Creed - The Cat - The Ibis - The Hawk
    Heb Sed Side Quests
    Follower or Leader
    Duat Side Quests
    Shield or Blade - A Necessary Evil - Khepri's Amulet - The God's Spark
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