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

Description

Hippokrates was treating a slowly dying patient when Kassandra found him. The man worried about his young son's future and asked Kassandra to help.

Dialogue

Southwest of Thebes, Kassandra overheard Hippokrates talking to a hopeless patient in the latter's home while they were both sat down.

  • Pentheus: My life is already over. I'm nothing but my suffering.
  • Hippokrates: There may still be hope if I can learn more about what ails you.
  • Pentheus: It's no longer about me. I'm worried for my son.
  • Hippokrates: A boy still needs his father around. Besides, Dikaios is a smart boy. He'll be fine.
  • Pentheus: Not if my rivals have their way.

Kassandra entered and reproached Hippokrates as he stands up.

  • Kassandra: Hippokrates—you know it's unwise to upset a patient.
  • Hippokrates: He asks me to end his life when he knows I can't.
  • Pentheus: Misthios, please help me. I'm in such terrible pain.
  • Hippokrates: You cannot simply ask someone else to kill you in my presence. I'm your physician—I will not allow it. I can ease your pain, analyze your symptoms, and try to cure you, but that's all.

  • Kassandra: Pain is just part of being mortal. It reminds us that we're alive and keeps us sharp.
  • Pentheus: I have known many pains in my life. My own suffering isn't what I worry about right now, but making sure my family's future is secured.

  • Kassandra: Life is about choice, and we should all be able to choose for ourselves when we leave this world.
  • Pentheus: And I will, once I know my family's future is secured.

  • Kassandra: Secured how?
  • Pentheus: My family is one of the richest in Thebes, and we have many rivals. When I die, my son will become the head of our house.

Pentheus groaned.

  • Pentheus: He's just a boy.

He continued to groan from pain.

  • Pentheus: I need to ensure they can't take advantage of my death.

  • Kassandra: I'll deal with your rivals and give your son a fighting chance.
  • Pentheus: Thank you, misthios. If you steal their assets, it will weaken their position and prevent them from posing a threat to my family. That will buy my son time.

  • Kassandra: Your family will be fine. Stay focused on your treatment, and do what Hippokrates tells you.

Kassandra returned.

  • Pentheus: Have you decided to grant a dying man his wish?

(Back to dialogue choice one.)

(If players asked "What should I steal?")

  • Kassandra: What do I need to steal?
  • Pentheus: To really weaken them, steal their debt registry, their mortgage testimonials, and their collection of fine jewels.

(If players asked "Where is the estate?")

  • Kassandra: Where do I need to go?
  • Pentheus: Their estate is nearby. It's one of the most finely decorated homes in all of Thebes—except for mine, of course.

(If players asked "Why not kill your rivals?")

  • Kassandra: Why not just kill them and remove the threat for good?

While Pentheus answered, Hippokrates glared at her.

  • Pentheus: If they're weakened, they won't pose a threat to my family's position. If they're removed, another family will rise up to take their place and still pose a threat.

Kassandra shrugged and returned her attention to Pentheus.

  • Pentheus: This solution keeps my family safe, and their position secure.

(Leave – "I'll get it done.")

  • Kassandra: Stealing isn't normally what I'm paid for, but I'll get it done.
  • Hippokrates: If doing this helps bring him some semblance of peace, I will pray for Tyche to watch over you.

Kassandra left for the house less than a hundred meters away, in-between the gymnasium and the akropolis of Thebes. She managed to sneak past the guards and stole the valuable assets around the house.

  • Kassandra: That should be everything worth taking.

Kassandra returned to Pentheus' house. Hippokrates was preoccupied with coming up with the right medicine. She approached Pentheus, who was sitting up in bed.

  • Kassandra: I've done what you asked. Your family's position will be secure for quite some time.
  • Pentheus: You have given me hope that my name will live on long after I'm gone. All that I ask gods for now is that my son lives a longer and happier life than I. I'm in your debt.

  • Kassandra: You don't owe me anything, really.

  • Kassandra: I'm always happy to help a wealthy noble with his problems.

  • Pentheus: Now... it pains me to ask, but I need your help with one more thing.
  • Kassandra: I know what you want to ask.
  • Pentheus: This disease will claim me, be it today or another in the future. It's a matter of when, not if.

Kassandra shook her head lightly and lowered her voice to a whisper.

  • Kassandra: Hippokrates won't just let me kill you.
  • Pentheus: No, but he'll listen to you. If you can convince him it's what's best for me, he might change his mind.

Kassandra glanced over at Hippokrates, who was still too preoccupied to overhear their conversation.

  • Pentheus: I don't want to slowly waste away. I want to die in peace while my family remembers me in a good light.

  • Kassandra: Hippokrates is stubborn, but for good reason. He believes in helping people, not hurting them. I don't think I'll convince him otherwise.
  • Pentheus: I know he means well, but he must know I'm beyond saving.

Pentheus laid down.

  • Pentheus: Still, I understand your choice. Now, I think I need to rest.

  • Kassandra: I'll talk to him for you.
  • Pentheus: I appreciate your help. You've shown me more kindness in the last few days than most have my entire life.

Pentheus laid down.

  • Pentheus: Now, I must rest.

Kassandra stood up as Hippokrates called her over to help him with another task.

Outcome

Kassandra stumbled upon Hippokrates with a dying patient whose wish of his family's future security was soon fulfilled by her.

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