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

Description

Having fallen for Kassandra, in spite of his relationship with Kyra, Thaletas invited her to his secret spot on Delos, while testing her tracking and fighting abilities.

Dialogue

Kassandra followed the road north of the Sanctuary of Apollo on Delos and came upon the Kynthos Ruins.

  • Kassandra: These must be the ruins Thaletas mentioned. The beach is east of here.

She made her way to the beach, where a fire had been lit to produce a smoke signal.

  • Kassandra: This looks like the beach, but he's not here.

She noticed a trail of flowers leading away from the fire.

  • Kassandra: A trail of flowers? He wouldn't.

She followed the trail to Thaletas' real location up the hill.

  • Kassandra: Thaletas must be nearby.

She spoke to Thaletas.

  • Thaletas: I was beginning to think you wouldn't come.
  • Kassandra: Doubting yourself, Spartan?
  • Thaletas: Ha! I was doubting your tracking skills.

(If players followed the trail of flowers)

  • Kassandra: I'm surprised you left flowers. Was nice following something other than blood for a change.

  • Kassandra: So, those flowers. I'll be honest, you didn't strike me as the type.

  • Thaletas: I... I'm not very good with these kinds of things. There's flowers all over Delos. I saw them, and thought...
  • Kassandra: Thought what?

(If players did not follow the trail)
Kassandra gestured to Ikaros flying above them.

  • Kassandra: Tracking skills? You didn't notice my eagle?
  • Thaletas: Does he watch your every move?
  • Kassandra: I can send Ikaros away. Unless of course, you like being watched.

Kassandra winked at Thaletas, and he chuckled.

Regardless, Thaletas reflected on their time helping the rebellion.

  • Thaletas: Much has happened since we first met on the beach.
  • Kassandra: You were surrounded by Athenians. Drenched in blood.
  • Thaletas: You fought by my side.

  • Kassandra: You were irresistible.

  • Kassandra: I couldn't let you have all the fun.

  • Thaletas: When I first laid eyes on Kyra, I knew I never wanted to leave these islands.
  • Kassandra: And now?
  • Thaletas: I don't know.
  • Kassandra: Thaletas, look at me.

Thaletas turned around to look at her. She drew closer to him.

  • Kassandra: I know what I want.

She reached her hand to his cheek, but he pulled away and beckoned her to follow.

  • Thaletas: Not here. Come.

They followed the trail further up the hill.

  • Kassandra: Where are you taking me?
  • Thaletas: To one of my favorite spots on all the Delos Islands.
  • Kassandra: Isn't a Spartan's favorite spot the battlefield?

Thaletas chuckled.

  • Thaletas: Fair enough. I'm taking you to my second favorite spot.

While leading the way, Thaletas continued to talk.

  • Thaletas: When I got here, I had just lost so many people. Every man I ever looked up to sank on that ship.
  • Kassandra: You needed a place to get away from all this death. I understand.
  • Thaletas: I knew you would. That's why I'm showing it to you. This place isn't just where I go to clear my thoughts. It...
  • Kassandra: It what?
  • Thaletas: It reminds me of home.

Kassandra and Thaletas reached the summit, the Archegesion of Delos.

  • Thaletas: This is where I come to train. I found it after arriving on Delos. Exhausting my body clears my mind.

  • Kassandra: It's a beautiful spot, Thaletas. I'm honored you'd share it with me.
  • Thaletas: I'm glad you like it. Because this is where I'm going to see what you're really made of.

  • Kassandra: This place is beautiful, Thaletas. As are you.
  • Thaletas: You've won my heart, Kassandra. But to claim it, I need to see what you're really made of.

  • Kassandra: What do you mean?
  • Thaletas: Fight me.
  • Kassandra: Huh?

(Claimed to be Spartan during Trouble in Paradise)

  • Thaletas: You claimed to be Spartan when we first met. I want to see if you fight like one.
  • Kassandra: You've seen me fight.
  • Thaletas: Against Athenians, yes.
  • Kassandra: Well?

(Denied being Spartan)

  • Thaletas: When we first met, you denied being Spartan.
  • Kassandra: And?

Thaletas squared his stance and drew his sword.

  • Thaletas: The only way to truly know someone is through combat - hand to hand, flesh to flesh, bone to bone.
  • Kassandra: Fine. Just don't get angry when I break that pretty face of yours.

As they dueled, they exchanged various taunts.

  • Thaletas: Come on, Kassandra. Don't hold back.
  • Kassandra: You're more than just a pretty face.
  • Thaletas: Stop hitting like a child, and really hit me!
  • Kassandra: So when does the real fighting begin?
  • Thaletas: No doubt in my mind. You trained in Sparta.
  • Kassandra: I've got you now.
  • Thaletas: You'll pay for that.

Kassandra eventually subdued Thaletas. The two were both exhausted from the duel.

  • Thaletas: You don't fight like a Spartan. You fight like a god.
  • Kassandra: You're not so bad yourself.
  • Thaletas: Are you going to just stand there, or are you going to finish me off?

Kassandra rolled her eyes and helped him to his feet. They clasped their hands tightly and stared into each other's eyes.

Kassandra smiled. Thaletas pulled her close and they began to kiss passionately as the scene shifted to sunset. A while later, Thaletas reclined on the nearby rubble of the temple as Kassandra tied her boots.

  • Thaletas: You amaze me.
  • Kassandra: How so?
  • Thaletas: For the first time since I was a boy, I forgot about war.
  • Kassandra: Glad I could help.
  • Thaletas: What about you? Are there things you'd like to forget?

  • Kassandra: There is much of my past I wish I could forget.
  • Thaletas: I'd love to hear about it.
  • Kassandra: And I'd love to tell you. But we have a war to fight.
  • Thaletas: When this war is won, then. We'll drink and share our deep, dark secrets.
  • Kassandra: I'd like that.

They kissed once more as the sun set in the distance.

  • Kassandra: The sooner we forget what happened here, the sooner we can focus on the rebellion, and I can set sail again.
  • Thaletas: I... I loved Kyra, but I chose you.
  • Kassandra: I'm a mercenary. You're Spartan. Your love for Kyra is safe. I won't tell if you don't.
  • Thaletas: So, that's it?
  • Kassandra: Of course not. There's still a war to win. And, for now, we're fighting on the same side.

Thaletas walked off with a scowl.

Kassandra frowned.

  • Kassandra: There's nothing I want more right now, Thaletas. You're a brave warrior and a true Spartan. But I've seen the way you and Kyra look at each other.
  • Thaletas: You have honor. I feel ashamed.
  • Kassandra: Don't. You and Kyra belong together. That hasn't changed.

Thaletas began to take his leave, then turned back to call out to Kassandra.

  • Thaletas: Misthios!

(If players followed the flowers)

  • Thaletas: Don't tell my men about the flowers.
  • Kassandra: I won't.

(If players did not follow the flowers)
Kassandra turned to face him. He smiled.

  • Thaletas: Thank you.

Outcome

Kassandra dealt with Thaletas' feelings for her. It is unclear if she truly reciprocated those feelings or encouraged him to remain with Kyra.

Trivia

  • Completing the romance with Thaletas locks out Kyra's Goddess of the Hunt quest, and vice versa. However, the player can refuse to complete the romance after the duel and encourage Thaletas to remain with Kyra. This provides the XP benefit of completing the quest while leaving 'Goddess of the Hunt' available.
  • Selecting "I want to forget you" after having sex with Thaletas does not annul the romance; 'Goddess of the Hunt' becomes locked out, his dialogue at the A Night to Remember will have him still in love with the player, and all possible scenarios resulting from this outcome are the same.
  • Although the duel is supposed to be friendly, Thaletas will deal a fatal blow to the player, like any ordinary enemy, if their health gets too low.
  • This quest is no longer available after Call to Arms is completed. If it is in progress, it is canceled.

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