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Brasidas of Sparta (died 422 BCE) was a distinguished Spartan military officer who served during the early years of the Peloponnesian War.

Biography

Early years

Well before the Peloponnesian War swept through the Greek world, Brasidas made the acquaintance of Lagos, a farmer who went on to become the leader of Arkadia.[1] Lagos managed to get supplies through to the starving soldiers serving Brasidas; this deed made enough of an impression on Brasidas that he reminisced about it years later during the Peloponnesian War. The two kept in contact throughout the years and grew close, with Brasidas even referring to Lagos as a "dear friend."[2]

Brasidas had also befriended Myrrine, the daughter of the late King Leonidas I and wife of the general Nikolaos. When Myrrine left Sparta in around 446 BCE after the incident on Mount Taygetos, many were willing to write her off as dead, but rumors of her survival persisted, and Brasidas was delighted to learn that they these rumors were true.[3] Despite their differences in opinions, they were fond of each other's company and respected each other.[2]

Peloponnesian War

When the Peloponnesian War broke out, Brasidas was sent by King Archidamos to Korinthia, which was an ally of the state. There, Brasidas was tasked to spy on the Monger, a thug and a member of the Cult of Kosmos who took control of Korinth and the region. He also met the leader of the hetairai, Anthousa, who took charge in the efforts against the Monger's rule. However, they disagreed with one another about dealing with the Monger's death; Anthousa called for him to be killed in public while Brasidas and Sparta wanted a quiet killing.[4]

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Brasidas fighting alongside Kassandra

Around 430 BCE, Brasidas assisted the misthios Kassandra in destroying a warehouse belonging to the Monger.[4] After dispatching the waves of the Monger's thugs, Brasidas introduced himself to Kassandra and discussed how to deal with the Monger, insisting the he be killed quietly, rather than be publicly lynched as Anthousa desired, since he believed it would lead to anarchy in Korinth. Later, he learned of Kassandra's Spartan origin and lineage as being the granddaughter of the late King Leonidas I, discussing the fate of her adopted father Nikolaos and her mother Myrrine before parting ways.[5]

Return to Sparta

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Brasidas waiting outside the throne room of Sparta

Two years later, following Kassandra and Myrrine's return to Lakonia, Brasidas assisted them in their efforts to reclaim their citizenship and home.[3] He also introduced them and defended them during Kassandra and Myrrine's meeting with the Two Kings of Sparta, Archidamos and Pausanias. Afterwards, he offered advice to Kassandra, before leaving with Myrrine for Arkadia.[6]

Due to this friendship and Lagos' aid, Brasidas wanted to free Lagos from the Cult of Kosmos' grasp when he came to Arkadia with Myrrine and her daughter Kassandra in around 428 BCE.[7]

Final battles and death

In 425 BCE, war came to Sparta when the Athenians invaded the region of Messenia. Brasidas took charge in the defense of Pylos against the Athenians. During the battle while assisted by Kassandra, Brasidas attempted to eliminate Deimos, Kassandra's brother and the weapon of the Cult, only for him to be knocked away with ease[8]

Despite suffering heavy injuries, Brasidas was able to recover and returned to battle. Around 422 BCE, he captured the city of Amphipolis in Makedonia. After learning of Kassandra's survival from the battle, he sent a messenger to Athens requesting her assistance, which she accepted. During the battle, Brasidas was killed by Deimos during the defense of the city, having been impaled on his own spear.[9]

Simulation

In a simulation created by the Isu Aletheia, Brasidas' soul resided in the realm of Tartaros ruled by Hades after his death.[10]

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Appearances

References

  1. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyWhite Lies and Blackmail
  2. 2.0 2.1 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyJudge, Jury, Executioner
  3. 3.0 3.1 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyHome Sweet Home
  4. 4.0 4.1 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyPort of Lawlessness
  5. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyMonger Down
  6. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyKings of Sparta
  7. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyTo Kill or Not to Kill
  8. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Battle of Pylos
  9. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyWe Will Rise
  10. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Fate of Atlantis: Torment of Hades

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