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"I know you do what's right in your heart, but you have to put your family first, lamb."
―Myrrine to Kassandra, c. 427 BCE[src]

Myrrine, also known as the Phoenix while in exile, the mother of the famed Spartan misthios, Kassandra, and Alexios, who would go on to serve the Cult of Kosmos. She was also the daughter of King Leonidas I of Sparta and the wife of Nikolaos, a famed Spartan general.

Myrrine fled Sparta shortly after the birth of Alexios in order to save his life when he was sentenced to be executed in order to avoid the prophesised downfall of Sparta. After a long and storied journey, Myrrine eventually found her way to the island of Naxos, where she ruled until 429 BCE when Kassandra, her estranged and believed-dead daughter, came seeking her family.

Together, Myrrine and Kassandra returned to Sparta and earned back their familial home and right to live in Lakonia.

Biography

Early life

Myrrine was born as the only daughter of King Leonidas of Sparta. Her arm was adorned with birthmarks that formed the constellation Aquila.[1] After her father died in the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BCE, Myrrine inherited his signature spear recovered from the battlefield by Spartan soldiers. At some point, she met the famed philosopher Pythagoras, whose possession of the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus allowed him to live beyond his lifetime. The two developed a relationship which resulted in the birth of Kassandra. However, Pythagoras' obssession with his research of the Isu led him to leave Myrrine, secluding himself on the island of Thera. Myrrine was thus left to raise Kassandra by herself, keeping the identity of Kassandra's father a secret.[2]

Years later, Myrrine met and married the Spartan general Nikolaos, who devoted himself to living up to the name of Myrrine's father. To that end, Kassandra was trained from young in order to live up to the valor of her grandfather Leonidas.[2] During one session of the training, Myrrine handed down Leonidas' spear to Kassandra as a heirloom.[3]

Incident on Mount Taygetos

"Nikolaos! Stop! Nikolaos! No! Nikolaos! Nikolaos! Look at me! Look at me, Nikolaos! Don't! Don't listen!"
―Myrrine pleading with Nikolaos not to punish Kassandra, 446 BCE[src]-[m]
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Myrrine and Kassandra being restrained

In 446 BCE, Myrrine was present when her son Alexios was seemingly killed by falling from Mount Taygetos, intended as a sacrifice, her daughter Kassandra tried to stop it but only made things worse by killing a priest. As punishment Nikolaos threw their daughter from the mountain, but her pleas failed to stop her husband.[4]

Myrrine managed to recover Alexios, somehow still clinging to life. Finding no sign of Kassandra, she was presumed dead. Myrrine traveled alone to Argolis, where she met a young Hippokrates, who directed her to look for the priests at the Sanctuary of Asklepios instead.[5] There, Myrrine was given shelter, food and a bath before being giving the conclusion that Alexios could no be saved.[6] However, the priestess Chrysis then took Alexios, aware he would survive, and raised him for the Cult of Kosmos' nefarious purposes.[7]

Finding a purpose

Heartbroken over having lost both children, Myrrine left Sparta after renouncing her name and Spartan citizenship,[2] eventually making her way to Korinth. There, she was given shelter by the hetaera Anthousa after she found her sleeping on the streets during a heavy rain. During her stay in Korith, Myrrine often kept to herself, refusing to reveal her past to Anthousa and the rest of the hetaerai. At one point, she also met the Monger, a member of the Cult who would later took control of Korinth. Eventually, she won a ship, the Siren Song, in a game of dice and departed from Korinth.[8]

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Myrrine parting ways with Xenia

After adopting the name "Phoenix", Myrrine spent a period of time sailing before meeting the pirate queen Xenia. She became a member of her crew, forming a close friendship with Xenia, who remarked her as an excellent pirate. After sailing alongside Xenia for a period of time, Myrrine would later leave again, informing Xenia that life as a pirate wasnt her true call.[9]

After spending some time sailing, Myrrine arrived in Naxos, an island polis who were at war with Paros. Seeing that the state needed a leader, Myrrine decided to remain on the island, and became its obligarch. The Cult of Kosmos, having tracked her down, sent Silanos to Paros and planted him as the rival state's obligarch to eliminate Myrrine. When the Parians made an alliance with Athens, Myrrine was left with no choice but realigned herself with Sparta again to receive support. By the time of the Peloponnesian War, Myrrine had a number of generals serving under her, including Chersis, Euneas, Hektor, and Timo.[10]

Reunion with Kassandra

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Myrrine reuited with Kassandra

In 429 BCE, Myrrine was reunited with Kassandra, who had been tracking her whereabouts with the help of Aspasia. However, their reunion was cut brief when a number of Parian soldiers launched another attack once again. With the help of Kassandra and her generals, Hektor and Timo, Myrrine was able to repel attack, finally allowing for time to catch up with her daughter. After discussing Alexios and the Cult, Myrrine brought Kassandra around the island to show her process in rebuilding the island. When the two arrived at the villa, Myrrine sent Kassandra to locate and her rescue her admiral Euneas while she left to attend a symposium held at the Temple of Dionysos.[10]

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Myrrine agreeing to return to Sparta

At the symposium, Myrrine met Aspasia, who informed her of an assassination attempt on her life by the Cult. Myrrine brushed off Aspasia's warnings, stating that she needed to be in the public due to her role as the states' obligarch. The two were later joined by Kassandra, who agreed to locate the assassins and eliminate them. Although deducing the assassins to be sent by Silanos, it was later revealed that they had in fact been sent by one of the Kings of Sparta. Stunned and motivated by this revelation, Myrrine agreed to return to Sparta.[11]

Before doing so, Myrrine sought to ensure that Naxos would be safe without her, by eliminating Silanos and the Parian fleet. With Kassandra's aid, Myrrine and the Naxian fleet were able to defeat the Parian fleet including Silanos. With Paros dealt with and Naxos secure for the time being, Myrrine remained to spent time with Timo and bid Kassandra to travel to Thera to meet her birth father.[2]

Trivia

  • Her name is derived from the Greek word μύρρο (mýrro), meaning 'myrrh'.
  • Phoenix is a mythological bird of fire associated with the sun. Every time the bird seems to die, it bursts into flames and is reborn from the ashes of its own immolation. The same can be said of Myrrine herself, having "died" as a mother from the apparent loss of her children only to rise again with a new purpose.
    • The achievement/trophy for completing Episode 5 is called "From the Ashes," a reference to Myrrine and the chapter's theme of collecting information leading to her.
  • Myrrine was born with a series of birthmarks on her arm, forming the constellation of Aquila. While looking for her, Kassandra used this identifying feature while talking with Xenia on Keos.[12]
  • Timo always stood by Myrrine, and seemed to have formed a bond with her. How deep that bond was, or what its exact nature, was never expounded on.
  • Out-of-game material, like The Art of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, constantly write her name as 'Myrinne'.

Gallery

Appearances

References

  1. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyIsland of Misfortune
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  3. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyMemories Awoken
  4. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Big Break
  5. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Doctor Will See You Now
  6. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyWritten in Stone
  7. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyAshes to Ashes
  8. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyMonger Down
  9. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyIsland of Misfortune
  10. 10.0 10.1 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyA Mother's Prayers
  11. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyDeath and Disorder
  12. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyIsland of Misfortune

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