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

Description

Kassandra happened to witness a woman accused of dishonoring the Olympic Games, and came to her rescue.

Dialogue

Outside the entrance to the Hippodrome Kassandra sees a crowd watching a priestess accuse a woman who is kneeling.

  • Priestess of Demeter: This woman has disrespected the gods and shown contempt for tradition.

A man from the crowd shouts.

  • Civilian: Shame! Shame!
  • Kallipateira: Please, I only want to see my son compete.
  • Priestess of Demeter: You mean you wanted to gaze lustfully upon the bodies of the athletes!
  • Kallipateira: No, I swear!

Kassandra approaches them.

  • Priestess of Demeter: You have dishonored yourself and the Games.
  • Kallipateira: Please, let me explain.

She moves in closer.

  • Priestess of Demeter: No excuses. You know the price for your transgression.
  • Kassandra: What crime has this woman committed?

The priestess turned towards her.

  • Priestess of Demeter: Exactly that—her crime is that she is a woman.
  • Kassandra: It's news to me that's now a crime. Shouldn't you lock yourself up first, then?
  • Priestess of Demeter: I am the Priestess of Demeter—I preside over the Games. She's a married woman who tried to watch them. Disguised as a man, no less!

(If players choose "Why is it a crime?")

  • Kassandra: And why is any of this a crime?
  • Priestess of Demeter: For a married woman, there's too much... temptation.

(If players choose "Who is this woman?") Kassandra turns her attention to the kneeling woman.

  • Kassandra: Who are you?

She looks up to Kassandra.

  • Kallipateira: Kallipateira. I just wanted to see my son compete. My family has a proud lineage at the Olympic Games—my father, brothers, nephew, and son have all won wreaths. Do I not have the right to see them?
  • Priestess of Demeter: Enough of your lies!

(If players choose "That's unfair.")

  • Kassandra: She doesn't deserve to be punished like this.
  • Priestess of Demeter: This is nothing! Death is the punishment. She shall be thrown from the mountain.

The priestess points to the mountain overlooking the Valley of Olympia. Kallipateira clasps her hands together and begs Kassandra.

  • Kallipateira: Help me—prove I have a right to see my son compete.
  • Priestess of Demeter: You have no right. You broke a sacred tradition, and for that you will be punished.

  • Kassandra: Your laws are wrong, and I'll prove it.
  • Priestess of Demeter: As you're so outspoken in her defense, I will give you a chance. Present me evidence of Kallipateira's noble heritage—or she will die as she ruled, to appease the gods.

  • Kassandra: It's not my place to interfere.

Kassandra returns.

  • Kallipateira: Please help me! Prove that I had the right to see my son in the Games.

(Back to dialogue choice one.)

Kassandra tells herself:

  • Kassandra: I should find Kallipateira's son, he should be able to help prove his mater's innocence.

(If Kassandra returns to the priestess before going too far.)

  • Priestess of Demeter: Well? Your "proof"?
  • Kassandra: I'll find something to prove her innocence.

Kassandra left towards the resting area between the Temple of Zeus and the Temple of Hera. Immediately on the right after going down the stairs, she noticed a mature athlete and talked to him.

  • Kassandra: Do you know Kallipateira?
  • Civilian: I don't know her well, but she dotes on her son—and she's always making offerings.
  • Kassandra: Offerings?
  • Civilian: For her husband. She's a pious woman. He's long since crossed the Styx, and she misses him terribly... But we all have our time.
  • Kassandra: Thank you. You've been a great help.

Outside the area's pergola is a statue of a discus thrower about to release his throw and an old priestess ogling at it. Kassandra approached her.

  • Kassandra: Do you know Kallipateira?

The priestess turned to her and lambasts Kallipateira.

  • Civilian: I seen that one, all right. Always hanging round the athletes' tents. Disgraceful, if you know what I mean.
  • Kassandra: I'm not sure I do.

Her salacious manner of speaking betrays her as she closes her eyes.

  • Civilian: All those young, oiled, rippling bodies. Gives you shivers. Muscles everywhere! Ahem, disgusting it is, and her a married woman and all.

Kassandra looks towards the naked statue she was ogling at, then back towards her.

  • Kassandra: There's no harm in looking at an attractive man, is there?

The priestess appears irked.

  • Civilian: Yes, yes there is! You young ones, always thinking with what's between your legs, and she definitely was. Saw her meet a man regularly on that bench over there.

She points to a shaded bench under the pergola.

  • Kassandra: You saw her meet a man? Thank you.

Kassandra then approached the young athlete sitting on the bench.

  • Kassandra: I'm looking for Kallipateira's son. Do you know him?
  • Peisirrhodos: I should hope so—it's me!

  • Kassandra: Your mother told me you're competing in the Olympics.

The athlete replies proudly.

  • Peisirrhodos: Just like my grandfather, the great Diagoras himself.
  • Kassandra: That's good to know, but I need more. The Priestess of Demeter has accused your mother of sacrilege.
  • Peisirrhodos: Is she alright? What happened?

  • Kassandra: Your mother has been accused of impiety.

He was alarmed.

  • Peisirrhodos: What! What's going on? What happened?
  • Kassandra: Please, calm down.
  • Peisirrhodos: Calm down! Do you know what they'll do to her?

  • Kassandra: She's fine for now. She snuck into the stadium to watch you, and I need to prove that she had a right to do it.
  • Peisirrhodos: If anyone did, it was mater. Her brothers were champions, as I am now. No one honors the Olympics like her.
  • Kassandra: Thank you. Sit tight, and I'll prove your mother was in her right to attend the Games.

Kassandra noticed an open parchment on a table of food nearby and read it.

  • Kassandra: Hmm, the poem Diagoras of Rhodes... Dedicated by Pindar himself... To K, always be proud, little one. Your father is the greatest of pankration champions.

She took the parchment and before she left, opposite the poem on the other side of the pergola, Kassandra spotted a papyrus on a rag and pillows on the ground and read it.

  • Kassandra: What's this? "I have always longed for you..." Kallipateira has an admirer.

Kassandra took the letter and decided to go to the mountain after she concludes to herself:

  • Kassandra: That priestess was in a hurry to carry out her sentence on Kallipateira. I should find them quickly.

She called for Phobos and rode along the streets of Olympia, then the mountain path to the peak at the Statue of Kronos. Kassandra saw a crowd cheering for Kallipateira's death while she, the priestess, and another priest stand near the edge.

(If players decide to snipe the priestess with a bow.)

The quest fails and Kassandra talks to Kallipateira.

  • Kallipateira: You fool, you've doomed me and yourself! You've broken the sacred truce of Olympia!

(If players join them.)

The priestess addresses the small crowd.

  • Priestess of Demeter: We are gathered here today to carry out the will of the gods. To carry out justice.

Kallipateira turns to the priestess, but the priest and the priestess moves in closer.

  • Kallipateira: Please, you must believe me.

Kassandra interrupts them, and they turn their attention to her.

  • Kassandra: Wait!
  • Priestess of Demeter: You found the evidence you were looking for?

  • Kassandra: Yes. Kallipateira is the daughter of Diagoras. I found the poem of Diagoras of Rhodes dedicated to the family by Pindar.
  • Priestess of Demeter: And this proves her story?
  • Kassandra: I talked to her son and people who know her. She is a good woman who loves the Games and respects the gods. Her family has turned out champions for three generations.

The priest speaks.

  • Priest: Perhaps we have judged her too harshly. Her family has been a credit to the Olympic legacy.
  • Priestess of Demeter: As you say, it would be a shame to tarnish such a proud family name.

The priestess moves back to Kallipateira who was looking down.

  • Priestess of Demeter: The gods forgive you. Go.

She clasps her hands together in joy.

  • Kallipateira: Thank you, thank you.

She walks away from the edge and towards Kassandra.

  • Kallipateira: And thank you.

As she shakes her hand, Kassandra puts her other hand on top of hers.

  • Kassandra: Nobody deserves such a fate.

  • Kassandra: There isn't enough evidence to prove her innocence. In fact, I even found some to the contrary.

They turn and move back towards Kallipateira, who looks down in defeat.

  • Priestess of Demeter: Then justice must be served.

The priest moves her closer to the edge and she closes her eyes. After a brief moment, the priest finally pushed her off the cliff and she screams on her way down. Kassandra looks down and closes her eyes in sorrow, and as her cry disappears the priestess approached her to give her drachmae.

  • Priestess of Demeter: For your time in this matter, misthios.

  • Kassandra: I need more time. I'm sure I can convince you.

They turn and move back towards Kallipateira, who looks at Kassandra in disappointment.

  • Priestess of Demeter: You've had enough time. She was caught. She is guilty. The gods demand justice.

The priest moves her closer to the edge and she closes her eyes. After a brief moment, the priest finally pushed her off the cliff and she screams on her way down. Kassandra looks down and closes her eyes in sorrow while the priestess addressed the crowd for the last time.

  • Priestess of Demeter: The gods are appeased.

Outcome

Kassandra gathered the proof required, and presented it to the Priestess of Demeter and the Spartan Judge, who then acquitted Kallipateira.

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