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Herodotos (born c. 484 BCE), alternatively Herodotus, was one of the earliest Greek historians. Often referred to as "The Father of History" in Western society, his most famous work is the Histories, a chronicle of Greece that was later divided into nine books named after the Muses. Detractors, however, mocked him as "The Father of Lies" owing to his penchant for embellishment.
During the Peloponnesian War, Herodotos accompanied Kassandra on her adventures and documented her ordeals. These records would eventually become lost to time until their rediscovery in 2018 by Layla Hassan of the Assassin Brotherhood.
Herodotos was born in 484 BCE in the city of Halicarnassus. He was eventually forced into exile on the island of Samos by the tyrant Lygdamis II of Halicarnassus, before later returning to overthrow him in a coup.
Prior to the Peloponnesian War, Herodotos met and became acquainted with the captain of the Adrestia Barnabas. Herotodos also befriended the Athenian statesman Perikles, who led Athens in the later half of the 5th century BCE.
Around this time, Herodotos also regularly travelled throughout Greece, documenting the things he had seen in his Histories. At one point, he also visited the island of Andros, where he came upon a large peculiar vault bearing mysterious shapes carved in stone. However, as he could not gain entrance, Herodotos left it alone and continued his journey. He also became aware of the legendary spear wielded by King Leonidas I of Sparta in the Battle of Thermopylae.
Meeting the misthios
- Herodotos: "My name is Herodotos. I'm a story teller, or I was. This war is forcing us all to new extremes."
- Kassandra: "That much is true. Why are you hiding your identity?"
- Herodotos: "I'm here on behalf of a man in Athens. A very powerful man. We intend to finally end this war."
- —Herodotos introducing himself to Kassandra, 431 BCE[src]-[m]
In 431 BCE, Herodotos was tasked by Perikles to seek the Pythia's guidance at the Sanctuary of Delphi. There, he was reunited with Barnabas and was introduced to Kassandra who came to seek the Pythia's help on her family's whereabouts. Recognising the Spear of Leonidas, Herotodos introduced himself to Kassandra and explained his mission in Delphi. Herotodos informed Kassandra that something was strange in Delphi; the number of guards were increasing and people were being turned away from the Oracle.
Nevertheless, Kassandra went ahead and visited the Pythia for answers, but eventually end up being prevented so by the guards. She met with Herodotos outside the temple, who informed her that Barnabas had returned to her ship. Kassandra confided in Herodotos about her past and the Pythia being seemingly aware of it. When she spoke of the Cult of Kosmos, Herodotos told Kassandra he knew and suggested that the Pythia was possibly corrupted by the Cult. As Kassandra sought to meet the Pythia in person privately, Herotodos suggested that she vist the House of the Pythia in the Chora of Delphi, where the Pythia resided in when not at the sanctuary.
After Kassandra had done so, she met with Herodotos outside the Chora and reported her findings, including the location of a chamber used by the Cult beneath the Temple of Apollo. Herodotos was told to wait for her outside the chamber's entrance, as she prepared to retrieve the mask and outfit needed for her Cultist had done so.
After Kassandra had changed into the Cultist disguise, she met with Herodotos outside the entrance, entrusting her equipment to him. When she resurfaced sometime later, Herodotos was told of what she had learn: the Cult's plans as well as her brother being alive and working for the Cult of Deimos. Herodotos urged Kassandra to travel to Athens with him to inform Perikles of what they had found, but not without requesting her to meet him at the Lion of Leonidas in Malis for a moment.
Journey to Andros and Athens
At the Lion of Leonidas, Herodotos was greeted by Kassandra and requested her to take our the spear in possession. As Herodotos touched the tip of the spear, a vision of Leonidas' battle and death at the Battle of Thermopylae was shown to him and Kassandra. This seemingly confirmed Herodotos' suspicions of Kassandra's connection to the late Spartan King and he gave the misthios a brief run-through of the events of the battle. Herodotos then told Kassandra of a vault with strange architecture he had discovered on Andros, suggesting that the Spear could be connected to it and that they should travel there to learn more. Kassandra accepted his offer, and both travelled back to the Adrestia in Kirrha. From there, they departed and set sail for Andros.
When Kassandra was tasked by King Pausanias of Sparta to ensure Sparta won the 428 BCE Olympic Games, Herodotos was delighted to learn that they were to escort the Spartan pankratist champion Testikles. Testikles unfortunately never reached the Sanctuary of Olympia, and Kassandra competed in his place instead. Herodotos himself was embroiled in an argument between Makar the Dorian and Lelex the Ionian.
In around 424 BCE, Herodotos accompanied Kassandra when she went to Theras to meet her birth father, although he remained on the Adrestia. When she returned and told Herodotos her father was none other than the famed philosopher Pythagoras, Herodotos was shocked. After Kassandra had gather the four Atlantis artifacts and sealed the ancient city, she made Herodotos and Barnabas promise never to tell anyone about the place, to which they agreed.
Return to Samos
After accompanying Kassandra in her quest for Atlantis, Herodotos received a letter from home informing him of his parents' demise. Unfortunately the letter reached him five moons too late and his missed the funeral. Herodotos asked Kassandra if she would accompany him home to pay his respect, to which his friend obliged. Arriving on Samos, Herodotos and Kassandra make their way to the former's childhood home. There they met Herodotos' childhood friend Mestor and older brother Theodoros. Mestor was happy to see Herodotos again after so long, meanwhile his brother did not feel the same. Theodoros told his younger brother to pay his respects and leave.
After trekking to his parent's memorial with Kassandra the two were set upon by the Followers of Ares, although Kassandra quickly dispatched them. Catching up with Mestor and Theodoros, they revealed what had just transpired - though neither seemed knowledgeable about the cult. Although they did point them to a nearby cave where members of the cult had set up operations.
After Kassandra had gone ahead and killed all the Followers in the cave, Herodotos and her investigated the cave and found a collection of Theodoros' poetry, a family heirloom, and a list of influential people with Mestor's name curiously missing. The discovered that Persia was planning an invasion of Samos and was being backed by either Mestor or Theodoros. They then make their way back to Pythagoreion to accuse the one responsible.
After accusing the traitor Herodotos and Kassandra were ambushed by bandits, though the misthios made quick work of them. Theodoros had been captured and held at a Pirate Coast camp, Herodotos and Kassandra later rescued him. They then went to confront Mestor, the culprit. Herodotos asked Mestor why he would betray his family and Samos, only for him to respond that Persia had promised that he would rule of Samos.
It was already too late as a couple of Persian ships could be seen on the horizon, the invasion had began. After dealing with Mestor, Herodotos boarded the Adrestia with Kassandra to go destroy the Persian ships. Afterwhich they bade farewell to Theodoros. Herodotos deciding it was time to move on asked Kassandra to take him to the Port of Piraeus in Athens to say some final goodbyes before he journeyed to Thurii. Herodotos thanked Kassandra for taking him on her quests and reminsced on their time together. Herodotos and Kassandra then parted ways.
After Kassandra's Spear of Leonidas eventually ran out of energy, Kassandra gifted it to Herodotos for his research. The spear was later buried along with his research until 2018, when it was found by Layla Hassan.
In 38 BCE, Herodotos' notes about Egypt were used by the priests of the Temple of Thoth in Sinai for research. However, they were later deemed to be filled with misinformation and odd anecdotes, resulting in some of his research being dismissed.
- Assassin's Creed: Origins (mentioned only)
- The Hidden Ones (mentioned only)
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (first appearance)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Assassin's Creed: Origins – Egyptian Notes / About the Muses
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Characters. Ubisoft. Accessed 14 June 2018.
- ↑ Totilo, Stephen. "Everything We Learned About Assassin's Creed Odyssey After Playing It". Kotaku, 12 June 2018. Accessed 14 June 2018.
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey novelization
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Packing for Greece
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Consulting a Ghost
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Memories Awoken
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Truth Will Out
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Serpent's Lair
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Memories Awoken
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Delivering a Champion
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Drachmae of Romance
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – A Family's Legacy
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Atlantis Destroyed
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Letter from Home
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Regrets
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Followers of Truth
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Family Values
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Defense of Samos
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Moving Forward
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Origins – The Hidden Ones