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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

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