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

Description

Kassandra met with the Pythia, who explained her actions.

Dialogue

Kassandra approached the Sanctuary of Delphi.

  • Priest: Oh no, not you.
  • Kassandra: You remember me?
  • Priest: Just go. I'm too old for this.

The priest stepped aside as Kassandra entered the Sanctuary. After defeating the Pythia's guards, Kassandra confronted the Pythia.

  • Kassandra: There might be a bit of blood when you go upstairs.
  • Pythia: You again?
  • Kassandra: I'm here for a different reason.
  • Pythia: After last time, they tortured me. I thought they were going to kill me just like I told you. It hurt so badly, I begged for death.
  • Kassandra: I didn't mean for that to happen.
  • Pythia: Just hurry and tell me what you want.
  • Kassandra: There's something you need to know. The Cult is dead.
  • Pythia: What do you mean they're dead?
  • Kassandra: Just that. I've killed them all. There's nobody left to control you.
  • Pythia: You may have unmasked those who made the decisions, but the Cult did not die with them. Their beliefs will live on.
  • Kassandra: Then I'll find and kill whoever follows them.
  • Pythia: That is not a possible task. Now, tell me what you want.
  • Kassandra: You told Sokrates something, and I want to know why.
  • Pythia: Questioning why the Pythia speaks is a strange thing.
  • Kassandra: I know why you speak and I know who controls your voice. Tell me why the Cult had you tell Sokrates he's the wisest.
  • Pythia: The Cult didn't tell me to say that. I did that on my own.

  • Kassandra: The Cult wouldn't allow you to do that.
  • Pythia: Which is why I was very careful. I seek Sokrates as an ally, but simply asking him to help wouldn't have worked.

  • Kassandra: Tell me the truth, or I'll force you to.
  • Pythia: I gain nothing by lying to you. If you and Sokrates are close, you're my ally in this as well.

  • Kassandra: An ally for what?
  • Pythia: I know much of Sokrates. Not only has he visited me often, but his students do as well.
  • Kassandra: Get to the point.
  • Pythia: You know the gods don't speak through me. I feel Sokrates is the one who can convince other of this. If he succeeds, the Cult will have no more need for me.
  • Kassandra: So you're hoping he comes to the conclusion that the gods don't exist.
  • Pythia: It matters not if Sokrates believes they exist. He needs simply to doubt that the gods speak through me.

(If player chooses "Why did you call Sokrates the wisest?")

  • Kassandra: I understand why you think Sokrates can help, but why tell him he is the wisest?
  • Pythia: He'll delve into what it means to be the wisest. It's my hope he'll conclude he's not, and therefore doubt the words of the gods.

(If player chooses "Why not just tell him the truth?")

  • Kassandra: If you just told him your words aren't from the gods, wouldn't that serve the same purpose... and much quicker?
  • Pythia: Sokrates is not the type to desire the answer so quickly. He'll have more drive when he finds the answer on his own.

(If player chooses "I have what I need.")

  • Kassandra: This is getting... complicated.
  • Pythia: Whatever you do, you can't tell Sokrates.
  • Kassandra: I understand. He has to come to the answer on his own.
  • Pythia: Exactly. Although if you truly wish to help Sokrates, a student of his came by not long before you. He seemed... distraught.
  • Kassandra: Distraught?
  • Pythia: He was clutching a book tightly to his chest and kept looking over his shoulder. He told me he was going into a tomb nearby until things were safe.
  • Kassandra: Thank you. I'll find him.

Kassandra exited the Sanctuary and headed for the tomb.

  • Priest: Please, don't come back here again.

She found the student safe within the tomb.

  • Kassandra: You don't need to be scared now. I'm not with them.
  • Student: That doesn't mean you won't kill me. You just want this for yourself!

The student clutches his parchment closer to him.

  • Kassandra: I'm a friend of Sokrates's.
  • Student: You are? Prove it!

  • Kassandra: I've never met someone as smart as Sokrates. I always think about our conversations long after they've finished.
  • Student: You know him, all right. I'm sorry for doubting you.

  • Kassandra: Why were those men after you?
  • Student: For some reason, they wanted these writings of Sokrates's. Well, I wrote them, but it's all his words.
  • Kassandra: That seems like a strange thing to want.
  • Student: One of them had a big mouth. He mentioned something about the priests at the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia. He said this was the final thing they needed to get rid of Sokrates.

(If player chooses "What does Sokrates teach his students?")

  • Kassandra: I've always been curious. What does Sokrates teach you?
  • Student: So much. Follow him around for an entire day, and you won't be able to sleep, your mind will be so aflutter with thoughts.
  • Kassandra: I'm not sure I'd last a whole day with him.

(If player chooses "What do you like about Sokrates?")

  • Kassandra: What drew you to Sokrates?
  • Student: I've never met a man like him, and I don't think I ever will again. Every day with him is one worth waking up for.

(If player chooses "I'll deal with the priests.")

  • Kassandra: I'll take care of the priests.
  • Student: Thank you. And... well. Please, give this to Sokrates.

The student gave Kassandra his writings.

  • Student: It hurt me to say this after all I've learned from him, but I have a family. I can't risk being caught up in whatever this is.
  • Kassandra: So you're going to stop being his student?
  • Student: It feels I have no choice. Maybe one day that will change.
  • Kassandra: I'll be sure to give him the writings.
  • Student: Thank you. Make sure he stays safe. The world will be a worse place without him in it.

Kassandra left the student.

  • Kassandra: That student gave me an idea. Xanthippe said there was a symposium. Maybe I can convince the others who were there to help Sokrates. I'm not sure why the priests want Sokrates gone, but I need to take care of them.

Outcome

The Pythia explained herself to Kassandra and pointed her in the direction to a student of Sokrates' who had gone missing. Kassandra subsequently rescued said student who gave her his parchment of Sokrates' teachings.

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