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

Description

A stuttering, fearful street speaker tells Bayek of a strange curse killing people in the Greek Quarter.

Dialogue

While in Soknopaiou Nesos, Bayek came across a stuttering orator.

  • Nanefer: Everyone! Be careful! The curse of Wadjet! Snakes! Near the villa! At night! Fellow Greeks! Stay in your homes after dark! We have lost our harmony, and an Egyptian curse is upon us. Snakes! From the Egyptian serpent goddess! I've seen them! With my own eyes!

Bayek addressed the orator.

Bayek speaking to the orator Nanefer

  • Bayek: What curse? What are you talking about?
  • Nanefer: Greeks and Egyptians have lost harmony with each other. The gods are displeased because of it. I'm Nanefer and I don't know if I'm Greek or Egyptian. I'm an orphan.
  • Bayek: Lost harmony? What do you mean?
  • Nanefer: The Egyptian goddess, Wadjet is sending snakes into Greek Quarters at night! Only Greeks have been killed! We are out of balance!
    See for yourself! Just North of the villa.
  • Bayek: Okay, I'll look into this curse.

Bayek left for the villa.

  • Bayek: That was harder than it should have been.

As he approached, he heard loud commotion.

  • Bayek: Nek! What was that? The gods are rumbling! It came from just North of here. Must have something to do with this curse.

Bayek at the attack site

Bayek reached the site, only to find it in chaos.

  • Bayek: What happened here? I should ask around.

He investigated a body in the burned structure.

  • Bayek: This man was pinned down and died in the blaze. The structure is badly damaged. I cannot go any further. The trail leads outwards. I should look around the courtyard.

He investigated a burned body on the ground.

  • Bayek: Ugh. I can smell the burnt flesh.

He investigated a jar in the courtyard.

  • Bayek: This jar doesn't belong here. I think there's movement inside!

Bayek destroyed the jar, only to discover a snake inside it. He eliminated it.

  • Bayek: Gah! A snake! The jars have been used to transport them.

Bayek spoke to one of the men in the courtyard.

  • Bayek: Neb, did you see what happened?
  • Man: It was the curse of Wadjet! A fool and his friends feasted at the Dromos. I told him "this is a sacred place, we cannot eat here!" What did he expect would happen?
  • Bayek: And you believe in this curse?
  • Man: You Egyptians have your gods, we Greeks have ours. All I know is I don't want to anger any of them.

Bayek speaking to the caretaker

He spoke to another man.

  • Sheshanka: Another foreigner cursed by Wadjet. That is three this week. Those useless Greeks had it coming, if you ask me. But what do I know? I am just the lowly Egyptian caretaker who cleans up after the neket iadet.
  • Bayek: Be careful what you say! People have died! I need to look around.
  • Sheshanka: What you need to look at is the color of your skin, son.
  • Bayek: Harmony is what we need. Not more senseless judgement.
  • Sheshanka: Look, some of us have built a shrine in a cave under what is left of the great Temple. Why don't you come and honour Wadjet with us? Egyptians have to stick together.
  • Bayek: Maybe I will, after I look around.

After investigating the place, Bayek found his way to the cave beneath the ruins of the temple.

  • Bayek: These jars are the same as the ones I saw in the Greek area.

Bayek finding a cavern full of snakes

Bayek entered the cave, only to discover a large of number of snakes inside.

  • Bayek: They are breeding the snakes here. Gods, I hate snakes!

Bayek killed the snakes. He discovered a shrine.

  • Bayek: An elaborate shrine to the serpent goddess, Wadjet.

On the shrine was a letter.

  • Caretaker's Letter:
    Our plan is bearing fruit. Some of the Greeks are already talking about leaving the Faiyum. More will follow if we continue in our efforts.
    I'll keep playing my role as the caretaker. You keep handling the snakes and choosing the targets. Make sure only Greeks die! There must be no Egyptian casualities.
    As for that stuttering Ionian dog, grab him quietly and take him to Pannouki. I'll deal with him personally.
    Remember, there is no justice except what we make for ourselves.
    Dua Wadjet!

While Bayek was reading the note, he heard loud footsteps above him.

  • Bayek: By the sound of it, I won't have to find the Caretaker after all. He's already found me.

As Bayek exited the cave, he heard the caretaker's voice.

  • Sheshanka: He is inside! Get him when he comes out! He cannot escape!

Bayek fighting the caretaker and his guards

Bayek left the cave, confronting the caretaker and his guards.

  • Bayek: Caretaker! The snakes were yours.
  • Sheshanka: You serve Greeks?! Come on then you worthless Ionian slave. Do your master's bidding like a good Greek dog. I fight for Egypt! Who do you fight for?
  • Bayek: I serve no one and I fight, for everyone.

Bayek killed the caretaker and his guards.

  • Bayek: This is what Ptolemy has done to Egypt. A land out of balance, full of hatred and strife. At least I can rescue the hostage. He's being held by the Caretaker's men at Pannouki.
    The Caretaker is using the goddess to kill Greeks. Why such hatred? Aya would be sad. It is just as Nanefer warned through his stutter. Egypt has lost harmony.

Bayek headed to hideout located west of the village. Along the way, he discovered several bodies of Greek travelers.

  • Bayek: More of the Caretaker's handiwork. These unfortunate Greeks were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Bayek approached the hideout.

  • Bayek: The Caretaker's hideout must be up ahead.

Some of the cultists attacked Bayek, but he dealt with them, and proceeded.

  • Bayek: Argh. The smell of rotting flesh.

He investigated a mask near the entrance.

  • Bayek: Another of the green Wadjet masks.

He investigated the remains of an individual on the ground.

  • Bayek: The body looks to be a Greek. It has been here a while. That explains the smell. He was struck down from behind.

Bayek approached the top entrance.

  • Man 1: What is going to happen to that stupid stuttering Greek inside?
  • Man 2: He's going to be sacrificed to Wadjet when the Caretaker gets here.
  • Man 1: Blood sacrifice? The priests stopped that years ago.
  • Man 2: Our ancestors followed the true path, before it was corrupted by false teaching. That's why Wadjet abandoned us to the bastard Greeks.
  • Man 1: Well, at least he won't escape. You beat him so badly he's lying in his own blood. He can't even stand.
  • Man 2: Ha-ha! Stupid Greek. He had it coming. He hasn't even started to bleed yet. Wait till the Caretaker gets to him.

Bayek entered the hideout and killed several cultists. He found basket of fruits in the quarters.

  • Bayek: Fresh fruit, grain, wine. These must be gifts from the Caretaker to his men.

He found a scroll on the table.

  • Hymn of Wadjet:
    Exalted are you,
    O Mighty One,
    Mistress of the Two Lands
    You guide Horus with your eye,
    O Serpent Uraeus
    who leads all Egypt
    Sovereign of thousands
    Sacred Avenger
    Let your awakening be peaceful

He found a shrine to Wadjet.

  • Bayek: Another shrine to the snake goddess Wadjet.

Bayek found Nanefer in one of the rooms. He noticed a letter on a table and quickly read it.

  • A Son's Letter:
    Father,
    I turn 11 today, and I'm writing this letter on my own without mother's help!
    It's been two whole floods since we've seen you. I miss you, but I know you protecting us.
    Mother says you are fighting Ionian dogs. I don't know what that is, but she sometimes spends all day praying you will have the victory over them.
    One day when I'm old enough I'll fight them with you!

    I'm very proud to be your son. Come home soon.
    Unas

Bayek helped up Nanefer.

  • Bayek: Can you stand?
  • Nanefer: Thank Serapis you're here! I don't think so. They beat me...
  • Bayek: Be still. I will carry you out.

Bayek carried him out of the hideout and brought him to a safe location.

  • Bayek: Can you walk?
  • Nanefer: They beat me! They beat me because they thought I'm Greek!
  • Bayek: Wait, what happened to your stutter?
  • Nanefer: I was scared when I first met you. It makes me stutter.
  • Bayek: By the gods, is nothing true! Well, you are alive, Nanefer. Be thankful.
  • Nanefer: I'm alive, but Egypt is out of balance. You must know, Medjay, the law is harmony between all peoples. May Serapis unite us all.

Bayek left the place.

  • Bayek: That is the end of the Caretaker's cult. But Nanefer is right. Egypt is out of balance. And that is the Order of the Ancients' doing.

Outcome

Bayek discovered the Egyptian groundskeeper was behind the attacks, and he and both his guards, were killed by Bayek, thus ending the snake attacks on the city.

Trivia

  • Upon entering the cavern beneath the temple, Bayek says: "Snakes again, why did it have to be snakes?", being a reference to Indiana Jones and his fear of snakes, saying "Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?" in the 1981 movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Gallery

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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
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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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