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Murder in the Temple was a virtual representation of one of Bayek's genetic memories, relived by Layla Hassan through the Portable Animus HR-8.

Description

A young priest has been brutally murdered and his body left for public display. The local Phylakitai, Epigonos, asks Bayek to help investigate.

Dialogue

Bayek discovered a crowd standing in front of the Sarapeion of Karanis. He approached the crowd and found a phylakitai investigating a bloody body, with a mask on its face.

  • Epigonos: Keep back! This doesn't concern any of you. Carry on with... whatever it is you do.
  • Woman 1: Another murder! Amun, how horrible!
  • Woman 2: It's the young priest from the temple. Gods save us!
  • Man 1: Who will be next? No-one is safe!
  • Man 2: It is this cursed temple. I told you. It is a blasphemy! The gods are angry!
  • Epigonos: Move back! Back!

Bayek asking Epigonos about the murder

Bayek addressed Epigonos.

  • Bayek: Are you the Phylakitai?
  • Epigonos: Yes. Try not to trample the scene. My job is hard enough as it is.
  • Bayek: My apologies, as a protector I am attracted to such scenes.
  • Epigonos: A fellow protector? Ah yes, I see your badge. You are a Medjay? From the Old Kingdom, wow! Forgive me. This gruesome business has us all on edge.
    This is the latest in a series of chilling ritual murders by Wadjet cultists. To be honest, I'm a little out of my depth.
  • Bayek: I may be of some use to you. I am not unfamiliar with murder scenes.
  • Epigonos: Perhaps you could help investigate? The cultists usually leave a message. I haven't figured it out yet. We could check the temple.

Bayek and Epigonos ventured towards the temple.

  • Bayek: You said there have been other murders?
  • Epigonos: The cultists are murdering temple acolytes, public figures in Karanis. No-one knows why. Anyone could be their next target. The Greeks are terrified. They're saying locals are involved and are calling for blood.

Bayek following Epigonos to the temple

They arrived at the temple.

  • Epigonos: The timing is inconvenient. Years of work building over the poorly constructed Egyptian temple. Endless delays and problems. Now this. There's a lot of pressure to solve this. But please, take your time, enjoy the temple.

Bayek investigated a toppled chair covered in blood.

  • Bayek: This is a lot of blood. Someone was bound and tortured here, in front of the statue. By the signs, they were cut up badly then dragged outside.
  • Epigonos: It must have been the poor acolyte. There was no-one else here. Why did they do this?

Bayek discovered the statue smeared with green paint and a bunch of tools at its feet.

  • Bayek: A Greek god where an Egyptian god once stood. This would make some in Egypt very angry.
    Someone has smeared the god with green paint. The head's also been covered. Wait... something else is up there.

Bayek finding a mask of Wadjet

Bayek climbed up the statue and discovered its face had been covered with a sheet, with an ankh and a snake painted with green paint. A mask was also placed on the statue's arm, along with a skull.

  • Bayek: Serapis' face is hidden and defaced with more green paint. A green mask of Wadjet has been placed here. Wadjet is goddess protector of Upper and Lower Egypt. Someone is making a clear statement. But how did they get up here carrying all of this?

Bayek finding a bloody scene

Bayek investigate the top floor and found a letter on a table coated with blood.

  • Bayek: Amun, this is written in blood. It is still wet!
  • Killer's Letter:
    Today our temple is avenged against your filthy Greek god. Your high priest's blood will pay the debt to Wadjet. For Egypt! For the goddess!
  • Bayek: The murderers are going to kill the High Priest next. We have to find him. The Phylakitai should know where he is.

Bayek asking Epigonos for the High Priest's location

Bayek climbed down to the first level and talked to Epigonos.

  • Bayek: Phylakitai! I found the cultist's message. They're going to kill your High Priest next.
  • Epigonos: The High Priest! By Serapis no! Karanis' spirit will die if he does!
  • Bayek: We need to find him. Where is he? Think Phylakitai!
  • Epigonos: His villa is nearby. I know of a spot overlooking it from a safe distance. This way!

Bayek and Epigonos went to look for the High Priest.

  • Epigonos: We can see the whole area from the temple wall.
  • Bayek: Your temple is the reason for this trouble. It is a bitterness for the locals.
  • Epigonos: That's absurd! It has increased industry and trade. Everyone has benefitted.
  • Bayek: Your dead acolyte and High Priest may not agree.
  • Epigonos: Gods, the trouble I'll get if the High Priest lies dead! We must hurry.

They climbed up a wall overlooking the High Priest's villa. They discovered the High Priest being surrounded by bandits.

  • Epigonos: That's the High Priest! Those men have him surrounded. You must help him!
  • Bayek: Quickly! Get to the main entrance and act when I do.
  • Epigonos: Yes, ah... or I could stay up here as lookout! I'll warn if more bandits approach. You go!

Cultists surrounding the High Priest

Bayek climbed down the wall and approached the villa. He overheard the conversation between the High Priest and the cultists.

  • High Priest: This is madness! You gain nothing by killing me. Greece and Egypt will grow together. Our gods do not fight. Why do we?
  • Cultist: Hypocrite and blasphemer! You defiled our temple, replaced our gods with your own! Your life is forfeit!

Before the bandits could strike, Bayek eliminated them. Afterwards, he approached the High Priest.

  • High Priest: They were going to sacrifice me!
  • Bayek: You are safe now. It is fortunate you were not at the temple. You would already be dead.
  • High Priest: Serapis! They would have butchered me! These Egyptians are prayerless demons, and not men!
  • Bayek: It was an Egyptian who saved you, priest. Remember that when you pray and give thanks. We Medjay protect all, regardless of their class.

The High Priest left the villa. Epigonos arrived shortly after.

  • Epigonos: I came as soon as the fighting began. I see I am too late! Thank you for your help, Medjay. it certainly made my work here easier.
  • Bayek: You have interesting timing. What do you know of these bandits?
  • Epigonos: Egyptians unhappy with the Greeks here. Who knows what holes they crawl from? Seeing a Greek god in place of their own incensed them, no doubt.
  • Bayek: Understandably. You have not seen the last of such trouble, I think. The Ptolemies tend to divide us at times.
  • Epigonos: Sadly, I agree. Greece has brought Egypt much wealth, yet some resist all progress.
  • Bayek: This depends on your idea of progress. Progress for Egypt, or for Greece? Farewell Phylakitai. Next time you protect, remember my code.

Outcome

Bayek uncovered a plot by a cult of Wadjet and managed to save the High Priest from the cultists.

Trivia

  • Following the end of the cult, the defaced statue of Serapis was cleaned up, and all traces of the cult's deeds, save for a bit of green paint, were removed.
  • Bayek: All the blood has been washed away, but some green paint remains. Perhaps it is fitting. Some things should not be forgotten.

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References

Assassin's Creed: Origins memories
Main Quests
The Heron Assassination - Homecoming - The Oasis - The False Oracle - May Amun Walk Beside You - Aya - Gennadios the Phylakitai - End of the Snake - Egypt's Medjay - The Scarab's Sting - The Scarab's Lies - Pompeius Magnus - The Hyena - The Lizard's Mask - The Lizard's Face - The Crocodile's Scales - The Crocodile's Jaws - Way of the Gabiniani - Aya: Blade of the Goddess - The Battle of the Nile - The Aftermath - The Final Weighing - Last of the Medjay - Fall of an Empire, Rise of Another - Birth of the Creed
Side Quests
Special Side Quests
A Gift from the Gods - Incoming Threat - Here Comes a New Challenger - Phylakes' Prey - Lights Among the Dunes - Secrets of the First Pyramids
Siwa Side Quests
Gear Up - Family Reunion - Water Rats - Hideaway - Striking the Anvil - The Healer - Prisoners in the Temple - Bayek's Promise
Lake Mareotis Side Quests
Hidden Tax - The Book of the Dead - Ambush in the Temple - Ulterior Votive - Lady of Slaughter - Birthright - Taste of her Sting
Alexandria Side Quests
The Accidental Philosopher - The Last Bodyguard - Higher Education - Serapis Unites - A Tithe By Any Other Name - The Shifty Scribe - The Odyssey - Wrath of the Poets - Symposiasts - Phylakitai in the Eye - Cat's Cradle
Kanopos Side Quests
Old Times - Wild Ride - Blue Hooligans - The Weasel - The Hungry River
Sap-Meh Nome Side Quests
In Protest - Thick Skin - Fair Trade
Sapi-Res Nome Side Quests
Conflicts of Interest - Smoke Over Water - All Eyes on Us - Lost Happiness - Abuse of Power - The Tax Master - The Ostrich - New Kid in Town - Worker's Lament - The Old Library
Giza Side Quests
Precious Bonds - What's Yours Is Mine - A Gift from the Gods
Memphis Side Quests
A Dream of Ashes - Blood in the Water - Odor Most Foul - Children of the Streets - Taimhotep's Song - The Baker's Dilemma - Mortem Romanum
Saqqara Nome Side Quests
Rites of Anubis - First Blood - When Night Falls - A Rebel Alliance
Faiyum Side Quests
Murder in the Temple - Feeding Faiyum - Curse of Wadjet - Rebel Strike - The Bride - Sobek's Gold - Forging Siwa - The Sickness - Fires of Dionysias - Demons in the Desert
Faiyum Oasis Side Quests
The Champion - The Man Beast - Sobek's Tears - The Jaws of Sobek - Bad Faith - Shadya's Rest - Fighting for Faiyum
Herakleion Nome Side Quests
Recon Work - Loose Cargo - Reunion - Predator to Prey
Uab Nome Side Quests
Seven Farmers
Atef-Pehu Nome Side Quests
The Matriarch
Green Mountains Side Quests
Unseeing Eyes - One Bad Apple - The Good Roman - Playing with Fire - Taking Liberty - Halo of the Huntress - Carpe Diem - Shadows of Apollo
Marmarica Side Quests
His Secret Service
Kyrenaika Side Quests
The Flea of Cyrene - The Lure of Glory - The Mousetrap - Founding Father - Pax Romana - Cat and Mouse - Absolute Power - Are You Not Entertained? - The Smugglers of Cyrene - Dead in the Water - My Brother for a Horse - Here Comes a New Challenger
Isolated Desert Side Quests
Plight of the Rebels
Event Quests
Antique Trafficking - Control Nuisance - Lost and Found - Missing Worker - Stolen Goods
Tombs and Ancient Mechanisms
Adorer of Thoth Tomb - Golden Tomb - Mountain of the Dead - Nomarch's Tomb - Seth-Anat Tomb - Tomb of Amenemhat III - Tomb of Djoser - Tomb of Khafre - Tomb of Khufu - Tomb of Menkaure - Tomb of Smenkhkare - Tomb of Sneferu - Tomb of the Cynic - Tomb of the Nomads - Great Sphinx
Stone Circles
Amun - Apis - Divine Lion - Goat Fish - The Great Twins - Hathor - Horus - Osiris - Pisces - The Scales - Serqet - Tawaret - The Planetarium
Papyrus Puzzles
A Long Drink - Burning Bush - Dead or Alive - Dead End - Deafening Silence - Divided Valley - Fallen Friend - Fertile Land - Forsaken City - In Plain Sight - Just Laws - Nature's Way - Ray of Hope - Royal Flora - Sea of Sand - Sobek's Rage - Stone Fungus - The Blasphemer - The Leaning Tower - The Stone Gaze - Thoth's Secret - Twin Despair - Underground Currents - Undue Haste - Wet Work - Mysterious Papyrus
DLC
Ambush At Sea - Secrets of the First Pyramids
The Hidden Ones
Main Quests
The Hidden Ones - The Land of Turquoise - Where the Slaves Die - The Walls of the Ruler - The Setting Sun - No Chains Too Thick - Sic Semper Tyrannis - The Greater Good
Side Quests
Klysma Nome Side Quests
Rise of Shaqilat - Howls of the Dead - The Ballad of Si-Mut and Gertha - The Killer Shadow - Shadows of the Scarab
Madiama Nome Side Quests
Respect Thy Brother
Arsinoe Nome Side Quests
Shards from a Star
Stone Circles
Ankh - Sobek
Papyrus Puzzles
Tool of Apis - Good Things to Come - Lost Cause - Stealthy Shrub
The Curse of the Pharaohs
Main Quests
The Curse of the Pharaohs - No Honor Amongst Thebes - The Lady of Grace - Cleansing Rite - Something Rotten - Soured Libations - Aten Rising - The Heretic - Blood in the Water - The King of Kings - A Pharaoh's Shadow - A Pharaoh's Heart and Name - A Pharaoh's Hemset - A Pharaoh's Ka
Side Quests
Thebes Side Quests
The Theban Triad - Master of the Secret Things - Perchance to Dream
Theban Necropolis Side Quests
Burnt Offerings - A Sister's Vow - Idol Hands - Drowned Tools - A Motherless Child - Unfair Trade
Thebes Nome Side Quests
Crocodile Tears - National Treasures
Yebu Nome Side Quests
Losers Weepers - Fish Out Of Water - Laid to Rest
Aaru Side Quests
Love or Duty
Aten Side Quests
Gods or Creed - The Cat - The Ibis - The Hawk
Heb Sed Side Quests
Follower or Leader
Duat Side Quests
Shield or Blade - A Necessary Evil - Khepri's Amulet - The God's Spark
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