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"And one day I will fire an arrow into his black heart - one for every Delian family he's destroyed."
―Kyra[src]-[m]

Kyra was a Greek woman and rebel from Mykonos who lived during the Peloponnesian War. She developed a warm relationship with a Spartan polemarch Thaletas, who had answered her call for aid against Podarkes, the King of the Silver Islands and a member of the Cult of Kosmos.

Biography

Early life

Kyra was born as the result of a relationship between her mother Dianthe and Podarkes. When Kyra was but a young child, they visited his residence often, and she made a doll in his likeness. Later, Dianthe brought the doll to Podarkes.[1]

For Dianthe's insistence on visiting Podarkes and talking about Kyra's parentage, Podarkes tried to pay her off, and even warned her not to push it. Either Dianthe ignored the warning, or Podarkes merely wanted to rid himself of the problem she and her daughter posed, for he sent Athenian soldiers, led by his servant Otonia, to Kyra and Dianthe's home to kill them.[1]

While the soldiers managed to kill Dianthe in front of Kyra's eyes, they failed with Kyra; the servant Otonia helped Kyra escape, and she never returned to her former home.[1]

Growing up

Kyra grew up homeless on the streets of Mykonos. She taught herself to hunt and became good at it, revering the goddess Artemis above all others.[2]

She couldn't remember Podarkes being her father, but her mother she remembered fondly, and bore fervent hatred towards Athenian soldiers and the man who had ordered her mother's death.[3]

Leader of the rebellion

In time, Kyra gathered like-minded individuals around herself, like Praxos and Kasos, and they joined forces. Kyra became the leader of the rebellion.[4]

Podarkes lived up to his epithet, the Cruel, however, and the rebels felt it. Growing desperate, Kyra sent out calls for help to Sparta and to the "Eagle-bearing misthios", Kassandra.[3]

From Sparta came the polemarch Thaletas, though he lost a good number of men when their ship sank during a stomp. When he arrived on Mykonos and met Kyra, the two developed mutual attractions to each other.[2]

Rebellion's end

Kyra's call for help was relayed to Kassandra by Barnabas, and they agreed to help the rebellion. After Kassandra met Kyra and Thaletas at the rebels' hideout, Kyra tasked her with weakening the Athenians, as well as with killing Podarkes.[5]

Kassandra's coming confused both Kyra and Thaletas' feelings for each other.[6] [2]

While on Mykonos, Kassandra also met Otonia, begging on the streets of the city. Otonia led Kassandra to Kyra's former home, and to the truth of Kyra's parentage. Kassandra felt that Kyra should know about it, but Otonia was of the opinion that without proof, Kyra would never believe it. The proof that Kassandra needed to recover was the doll Dianthe had brought Podarkes.[1]

Kyra did not take the news well, though when shown the doll, she couldn't deny it.[1]

Following Podarkes' death at the hands of Kassandra, Kyra recovered the body and built a pyre on which to burn it. Kassandra joined her and offered Kyra coins, for Podarkes to "pay the ferryman." Kyra accepted the coins, tossing them onto Podarkes and bidding him to go "into the river of black night." As they watched the flames, the two talked about Kyra and her plans.[7]

Trivia

  • Kyra is a romanceable character in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. Doing so will disrupt her relationship with Thaletas.
  • Even though looking at Kyra with Ikaros reveals that she is classified as a "Pathfinder" like certain members of the Daughters of Artemis, she is a proficient huntress and archer, as well as being a worshiper of Artemis, Kyra was not written as a Daughter of Artemis.[8]
  • Kyra is a name often associated with the Greek word κῡ́ρῐος (kū́rios), meaning 'lord', and especially its feminine form κῡρίᾱ (kūríā), which means 'lady'.

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Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey"M" for Murder
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyGoddess of the Hunt
  3. 3.0 3.1 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyTrouble in Paradise
  4. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  5. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyHades, Meet Podarkes
  6. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyHearts of War
  7. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyA Night to Remember
  8. Twitter - @DannyBoyBingham: "@lyratean You're right she [Kyra] could have easily been a Daughter of Artemis, but she was never written as one. Just a sharp-shootn' rebel whose heart overflows with love and sadness."

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