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Drink Up was a virtual representation of one of Kassandra's genetic memories, relived by Layla Hassan through the Portable Animus HR-8.5.

Description

Kassandra approached Sophokles to obtain clues about her mother's whereabouts.

Dialogue

  • Sophokles: I suppose you've come here to mock me for my fight with Euripides?

  • Kassandra: I've seen a lot of fights. That wasn't one.

  • Kassandra: Ther's a war at the city walls. Suffering. Starvation. And you're in here arguing because...someone at the party isn't giving you the attention you need?
  • Sophokles: That's no way to calm down someone who is obviously upset.
  • Kassandra: No, its not.

  • Sophokles: I really made a fool of myself this time, didn't I? I'm Sophokles, though I'm sure you knew that. And you are?
  • Kassandra: I am looking for information that'll help me find someone. A Spartan woman.
  • Sophokles: A Spartan woman in Athens? Sounds intriguing, though if you expect me to notice someone other than myself, you expect too much. You could talk to Euripides—he's the second-most worldly man here, that pediculous, xanthodontous, exophthalmic... morosoph. But he doesn't talk without a drink.
  • Kassandra: I have no idea what that meant.
  • Sophokles: No, you don't.

  • Kassandra: So, we get him drunk, and he talks? He sounds more Argive than Athenian.
  • Sophokles: Impressive, foreigner. Euripides is from Argos.

  • Kassandra: You want to get Euripides drunk...Are you hoping he's going to make an even bigger scene than you did?
  • Sophokles: Ha! We both know that's not possible. But you're a feisty one, to say the least.

  • Kassandra: All right. If nothing else, this party could use the help.
  • Sophokles: You'll need to pick the right wine for this task. The kitchen should have what you need. Let me know when Euripides is done in, and I'll slip away unseen.

(If players choose "Why did Perikles invite you?")

  • Kassandra: How do you know Perikles?
  • Sophokles: I believe you mean to ask me, "How does Perikles know you?" I'm the greatest dramatist in the land, mentor to Euripides, lover of Asklepios, father of theater, and so on, and so on.
  • Kassandra: I'm sure it's a real honor to have you hiding in his kitchen.

(If players choose "Why are you upset about Euripides?")

  • Kassandra: You're awfully worked up over Euripides. You sure you're just friends?
  • Sophokles: I'm never "just" anything, foreigner. Though I confess, Euripides and I hold a bond deeper than brotherhood. Why he slums it with that banal young plaything, Aristophanes, I'll never know.

(If players choose "Time to liven up the party.")

  • Kassandra: I'll get the wine.
  • Sophokles: Wonderful. Now, if you want some friendly advice, Aristophanes cannot stand sweet wine. I've seen what it can do to him—absolutely, horrifyingly delightful.
  • Kassandra: It wouldn't be a party without someone losing their stomach. I'll let you know if you're plan worked.

Kassandra walked to a nearby slave to acquire the wine.

(If dressed for the occasion)

  • Slave: Save for that arrogant playwright, I don't see many distinguished guests in here. Can I help you with something?

(If not dressed for the occasion)

  • Slave: You! You shouldn't be in here. What do you want?

  • Kassandra: I'm here for your dry wine.

  • Kassandra: I'm here for your sweet wine.

  • Slave: Yes, take it. But get out of my kitchen. I'm very busy, you know!

Kassandra took the wine to where Euripides and Aristophanes stood.

(If dressed for the occasion)

  • Aristophanes: A new face in Perikles's abode! That in itself is a remarkable thing. You must have seen me doing my impression of Kleon. I call it "The Orange Ape." Tell me, what does it think?

(If not dressed for the occasion)

  • Aristophanes: A misthios in Perikles's abode? I never thought I'd see the day! You must have seen me doing my impression of Hermippos. I call it "The Dejected Weasel." Tell me, what does it think?

  • Kassandra: Did you just call me "it"?! Watch your mouth, Athenian!
  • Aristophanes: It speaks, and so feisty, too! Sometimes I wonder if I'm doomed to be the only young and beautiful thing here. So, what do they call you?

  • Kassandra: I am called many things. "It" isn't one of them.
  • Aristophanes: What do you call yourself then, creature of many names?

  • Kassandra: Kassandra.
  • Aristophanes: Hmm. I wouldn't peg you as a Kassandra. But never mind. I'm Aristophanes, and this man is Euripides. Oh, go on. Introduce yourself.
  • Euripides: I'm Euripides.
  • Kassandra: For a playwright, you're not much for words.
  • Aristophanes: Good men lead quiet lives, as old Euripides likes to say. Don't you, Euripides?
  • Kassandra: When I need to relax, I start a fight. For you, though...
  • Aristophanes: Quickly, bring him some wine so that he might say something clever!
  • Euripides: After my argument with Sophokles, I think I'd rather keep my head clear.
  • Kassandra: I'm only here because I'm searching for someone.
  • Aristophanes: And yet it gave us the distinct impression it was here to fill our wine. Let's focus on that first, shall we?

(If players choose "I'm here to serve you.")

  • Kassandra: I'm Perikles's new servant. I'd be happy to bring some wine.
  • Euripides: An Athenian servant? You? And these are wine-pouring muscles?
  • Kassandra: I was a rower on Perikles's ship, where he took pity on me. Now, I pour wine for people who question my word, and his.
  • Euripides: I... I wasn't questioning. I... perhaps one drink.

(If players choose "Why not talk to Sophokles?")

  • Kassandra: Why don't you just apologize to Sophokles?
  • Aristophanes: It's he who should apologize to you!
  • Euripides: Sophokles is a friend, and one good friend is worth an entire family. He just needs time to recover from his outburst.

(If players choose "Why did Perikles invite you?")

  • Perikles: Perikles has invited all of you here for some reason.
  • Aristophanes: Either we dine here, and praise Perikles, or we dine with Kleon... But Kleon has all the charms of a typical politician—a horrible voice, bad breeding, and vulgar manners.

(If players choose "Drink up.")

  • Kassandra: Let's conjure Dionysus, shall we?
  • Aristophanes: This... this is pure swill.
  • Euripides: Amateur! In my day, this would be considered nectar of the gods. Another round!

(If players choose "Have another drink.")

  • Kassandra: Ready for more?
  • Aristophanes: Gah! I can hardly stomach this pig's piss.
  • Euripides: I could outdrink both of you with one hand! Let's have some more.

(If players choose "Drink another.")

  • Kassandra: You ready for another?
  • Aristophanes: This wine is terrible.

He vomited on the floor.

  • Euripides: You... I like you. Who brought you here?
  • Kassandra: I brought myself. I'm on the trail of a woman who fled Sparta a long time ago.
  • Aristophanes: Fled? Why?
  • Kassandra: She lost two children. She had no choice.
  • Aristophanes: She fled to heal her broken heart. Euripides, write her into a play.
  • Euripides: I've heard Spartan mothers go to a sanctuary in Argolis to beg Asklepios for his divine pity. I should know—it's my home.
  • Kassandra: After what she went through, I'm not sure she'd trust priests.
  • Euripides: Then she sought my friend Hippokrates. He's a physician, best of the best. He still keeps his office in Argos. If she went to him for help, there's no doubt he'd have given it.
  • Aristophanes: I love getting drunk and singing. Come back if you want to sing with me.
  • Kassandra: I'll think about it.

The two moved to another part of the room.

  • Kassandra: Hippokrates in Argos... Here I come.

She found Sophokles once more, still hiding away from the main room.

  • Sophokles: How's Euripides? Drunk, I hope.

(If players choose "Euripides can't see straight.")

  • Kassandra: You can stop hiding in here. Euripides won't notice you coming out—he won't notice anything.
  • Sophokles: Hiding?! Heed this: war has come to Athens. First they take our homes, then they take our heads. I intend to be found with at least my dignity intact. Or what's left of it, anyway. If you see Perikles, tell him I said thank you for another colorful evening.

Outcome

Kassandra obtained information about her mother's whereabouts, then she visited the physician Hippokrates in Argolis at some point.

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