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"Past, present, and future. Kneel to the Cultists of Kosmos."

Exekias the Legend (died c. 420s BCE) was a Boeotian mercenary and the Sage of the Heroes of the Cult branch of the Cult of Kosmos during the Peloponnesian War.


At some point during or before the Peloponnesian War, Exekias sent one his Adepts, Belos to fight in the Pephka Arena. After defeating several warriors, Exekias sent them to Belos who boasted of his need for a challenge.[1]

At the height of the war, Exekias was hired by both Athens and Sparta to fight in the south. In a letter to Pallas, he ordered him to hold Achaia himself or die trying.[2]

Ultimately, Exekias met his match in the Spartan misthios Kassandra during her quest to destroy the Cult. Exekias was the top undefeated mercenary before encountering Kassandra, having been the oldest, and most successful one in said career, explaining his epithet, 'The Legend'.[3]

Personality and traits

In Exekias' correspondences with his underlings his was shown to be blunt and to the point. On one occasion he sent Belos warriors to fight him, to give him a challenge as he had wished, although he had most likely counted on them killing him.[1]

He also seemed unable to tolerate any sign of weakness, as shown when denying Pallas' need for help holding Achaia, ordering him to hold the region himself or die in the process.[2]

Equipment and skills

Exekias wielded a large mace in one hand, and Bludgeon Mace in another during combat, and wore a golden variant of the Brute's Helm. The mercenary also had a bear companion who fought beside him.[3]

Behind the scenes

In Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, it is possible, through rigorous leveling, to find and kill Exekias before Elpenor. This can potentially make Exekias the player's first cultist kill before even discovering the Cult of Kosmos. It is also possible for the player to encounter Exekias by random chance if he and Kassandra happened to cross paths during gameplay, which can happen as early as Chapter 2.

Over the course of the quests To Kill or Not to Kill and Judge, Jury, Executioner, and the related quests, in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Exekias is likely to be one of the mercenaries after the Eagle Bearer in Arkadia. During this time, viewing Exekias via Ikaros shows him like any other mercenary, claiming that he can be knocked out and recruited aboard the Adrestia as an epic or legendary lieutenant. Despite this, Exekias cannot be recruited nor can any other member of the Cult of Kosmos. As such, Exekias is the only mercenary that cannot be recruited, as every other mercenary can.

Exekias, a character in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, shares his name with a 6th century BCE Athenian vase-painter and potter.