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"The Daughters of Artemis are strong here. I'll be on my guard."

A view of the Malian Gulf from the Hot Gates of Thermopylai

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.

Once a highly contested area,[1] it was mostly inhabited by wild animals, hunters, and outlaws during the Peloponnesian War, when the Spartan misthios Kassandra explored the area.[2]


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.[2][1]

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.[3][2]

After the battle and the Persian retreat from Greece, the Greeks erected a monument near the passage to commemorate Leonidas and the Greeks who fell during the battle.[4]

Peloponnesian War

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.[5]

After her meeting with Herodotos, Kassandra returned to Malis sometime later, this time helping a blacksmith from Lalaia to recover a type of ore found in a cave in a cliff.[6]


Malis was comprised of three regions:




  1. 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Worlds: Northern Greece. Ubisoft. Accessed 18 June 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  3. Discovery Tour: Ancient GreeceBattles and Wars: Thermopylai
  4. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyMalis: "Lion of Leonidas"
  5. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyMemories Awoken
  6. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Ore of Aphrodite