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- "Yes, a monster! With big, red flaming eyes and a roar like Zeus' thunder!"
Said to have haunted the ancient site of Nemea, it was believed that neither blade nor flame could harm the Nemean Lion, but the legendary hero Herakles defeated it by first trapping in its den, and then strangling it with his bare hands, taking its hide as a trophy that he wore. This was the first of his twelve labours.
5th century BCE
Years before meeting the Spartan misthios Kassandra, Barnabas and his crew found a mauled, dying man on the nearby beach. Before he passed away, the man warned Barnabas of the beast roaming the region.
During the Peloponnesian War, the lion was hunted down by Kassandra at the request of Daphnae, the leader of the Daughters of Artemis. As proof of her success, Kassandra brought Daphnae the lion's pelt.
The beast and other lions inhabited a sinkhole in the area, with steep walls around it, and a cave for shelter. A closed arena where neither the beast nor its attacker could easily escape from.
One of Layla Hassan's Animus modifications allowed Kassandra to obtain a helmet said to have been made from the pelt of the Nemean Lion. Another modification allowed Kassandra to obtain a whole set inspired by Herakles' hunt for the lion. Yet another modification allowed Kassandra's horse Phobos to wear the Lion's pelt.