- "The Daughters of Artemis are strong here. I'll be on my guard."
Malis was a region in ancient Greece containing most notably the narrow coastal passage where the Spartan King Leonidas and his Greek forces stood their ground against the invading Persian army of Xerxes in 480 BCE.
Malis was a place of largely uncultured forests during the 5th century BCE, leading it to be called the "Wild Lands of the North". As such, it was favored by the Daughters of Artemis, a cult of women revering the Greek goddess Artemis.
Battle of Thermopylae
In 480 BCE, during the Greco-Persian Wars, the narrow passage of Malis was defended by King Leonidas of Sparta alongside Dienekes with a combined Spartan and Greek army. For seven days, the Spartans defended against the massive waves of Persian army. However, they were betrayed by Ephialtes of Trachis, who revealed a path to go around the passage to the Persians, allowing them to maneuver and surround the Spartans. Leonidas and his men were eventually overwhelmed and perished in battle.
During the Peloponnesian War, the historian Herodotos travelled to Malis with Kassandra to visit the lion monument, suspecting that Kassandra had a connection to King Leonidas. His theory was confirmed as Kassandra was revealed to be Leonidas' granddaughter through her mother Myrrine, and had via her also inherited the Spear of Leonidas.
Malis was comprised of three regions:
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Worlds: Northern Greece. Ubisoft. Accessed 18 June 2018.
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
- Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece – Battles and Wars: Thermopylai
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Malis: "Lion of Leonidas"
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Memories Awoken
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Ore of Aphrodite