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

Description

A foul stench troubles the people of Memphis, and the priests aren't willing to resolve the issue. Clearing the air would do both Pasherenptah and the public a service.

Dialogue

Bayek encountered a group of priests conducting a ritual outside a tomb.

  • Priest: Hail to you, Osiris! Your limbs are lasting, you do not know corruption.
    Hail to you, Osiris! Your limbs are lasting, you do not know corruption.
    There are no worms with you, you are not repugnant.
    There are no worms with you, you are not repugnant.
    Here is the tomb of Osiris, motionless, motionless like Osiris; motionless his limbs like Osiris. Let them not remain motionless, let them not corrupt.
    They move not, they stir not: be it done for them as for Osiris. I am Osiris.

Bayek speaking to the head priest

Bayek spoke to the priest.

  • Bayek: Hail, Pure One.
  • Priest: May your heart be joyful, Medjay.
  • Bayek: Joy is scarce while Memphis chokes on the scent of the grave. I am here to discuss Pasherenptah's complaint on the Informant Table.
  • Priest: Indeed! We seek a capable person to investigate this tomb. Most are too fearful of the demons within to enter.
  • Bayek: But demons would fear a priest. Why not investigate yourself?
  • Priest: I am a vessel of the gods – I contribute through prayer.
  • Bayek: Then I will face the demons. Pray that your faith shields me.
  • Priest: Ptah grant you safety.

Bayek investigated a small opening above the tomb.

  • Bayek: This stench! Vile as the Devourer's breath. The entrance is barred. There must be another way inside the tomb.

Bayek finding an opening

Bayek discovered a small opening beneath the ritual location and slid under it, exploring the tunnel that opened. A strong stench plagued the cave, causing him to cough.

  • Bayek: (coughing)

Bayek encountered a group of bandits in the cave and eliminated them before continuing exploring. He later came across a room with a heavier stench.

  • Bayek: Gah! I can hardly breathe!
    The source of this poison is closer than before.

He investigated a bust, praying.

  • Bayek: Departed, forgive my violation of your rest. Grant that I may pass by you.

Bayek journeyed deeper, finding a chamber with several mummies.

  • Bayek: These mummies are sound. Not the cause of the smell.

Bayek discovered there also a table with a bunch of offerings.

  • Bayek: An offering to chase the smell. Someone has been here recently... someone who does not fear demons.

Bayek finding a trail of blood

Bayek discovered a trail of blood and maggots on the ground.

  • Bayek: What in the name of the gods is that foulness? I should trace it to its source.

Bayek destroyed a makeshift wooden wall and discovered behind it a chamber with a bunch of rotten mummies, haphazardly laid in mounds.

  • Bayek: The mummies. They are rotted!
    This is a crime against the dead.

Bayek investigating the rotten mummies

Bayek investigated further and found several mummies that were clearly unsound.

  • Bayek: Here. The flesh has decayed, but the wrappings are still intact.
    If the wrappings are sound, the fault lies in the embalming. Fear of demons kept the crime from being discovered. I will pay the mummification temple a visit.

Bayek left the tomb and made his way to the wabet, musing.

  • Bayek: The guarding of temples was once a sacred duty entrusted to the Medjay. Now it falls to no one.

Once Bayek had reached the temple, he was greeted by the head of the temple.

  • Temple Head: Peace be on you! May Osiris shield your loved one's journey.
  • Bayek: I do not need your services. I'm here to inspect the temple.
  • Temple Head: You are not a priest. In whose name do you dare profane our grounds?
  • Bayek: In the High Priest's name. Prove this by messenger if you wish.
  • Temple Head: ...Ah yes. Poor Pasherenptah. The curse weighs heavy on us all. I have had two embalmers run off since it began. Only untrained laborers are free to take their place. Such coarse fellows! I hope to discharge them soon.
  • Bayek: I look forward to meeting them.

Bayek interviewed one of the embalmers.

  • Bayek: Is this where bodies are delivered?
  • Embalmer 1: Yes. This is the gate to the ibu – the place of purification. The dead are brought here by their families. Then we wash them with tears wept by the gods at the death of Osiris. Or maybe just water. Hard to say.
  • Bayek: The mummies would not be tampered with so early in the process. This man is likely innocent.

Bayek talked to another embalmer.

  • Bayek: What do you—
  • Embalmer 2: Yes, yes, I know. You want to learn what I do here.
    I wash the bodies of the dead. It's a job – been doing it for ten years now. There's little to say about it, really.
  • Bayek: A man of my own nature. He bears watching, though.

The temple head became impatient with Bayek.

  • Temple Head: Is your curiosity satisfied?
  • Bayek: Not yet.
  • Temple Head: Be quicker. You disturb our work and the dead's rest.

Bayek talked to another embalmer, who was removing organs from a body.

  • Bayek: I would not want to make an enemy of you.
  • Embalmer 3: I have no enemies, and no secrets, either. This is just how we get rid of the brain – a useless organ! Next I will open the flank and take out the liver, stomach, lungs, and intestines. They are the first parts of the body to rot.
  • Bayek: Fascinating.
  • Embalmer 3: We never get visitors here. Come see us any time!
  • Bayek: A friendly face can hide guilt... yet I do not suspect him.

An embalmer commenting on the natron texture to Bayek

Bayek talked to another embalmer, who was covering a body with a mineral.

  • Bayek: Is this salt you are working with?
  • Embalmer 4: Not salt. Natron. It dries out the body... and it fries my hands to shit. I have got burns all over! Although they have been better lately.
  • Bayek: Has the natron changed somehow?
  • Embalmer 4: The texture's been a little off. Powdery. They must be getting it from a new supplier. If you want to talk natron, man out back is the expert.
  • Bayek: If natron is used to dry the bodies... There may be something wrong with the natron. I should speak to the worker out back.

Bayek headed to the backyard of the temple and talked to the worker in charge.

  • Bayek: These bodies are dried with natron?
  • Worker: Mmmph. Who might you be?
  • Bayek: A temple inspector.
  • Worker: Right, about time you got here. Memphis has been stinking of rot for months!
  • Bayek: I suspect a problem with the natron. Where does it come from?
  • Worker: Not far from here. Guarded by good men near the canal. Watch out for crocodiles.
  • Bayek: And lizards...
  • Worker: Did you say "Lizard"?
  • Bayek: It means something to you?
  • Worker: I have heard it whispered in taverns. Rumors only.
  • Bayek: If you have nothing of substance to offer, I will be leaving.

The worker directing Bayek to the warehouse

  • Worker: Wait! I can tell you this – our natron is tainted. It is mixed with sand. Go to the warehouse just north of the Great Temple. The gods be with you.
  • Bayek: So the mummies rotted due to the tainted natron. Let's see what is in this warehouse he mentions.

Bayek made his way to the warehouse, which was surrounded by guards.

  • Bayek: Here's the warehouse. I need to be careful.

Bayek confronting the temple head

Bayek infiltrated the warehouse, only to find the temple head present. Bayek grabbed the temple head and shoved him towards the natron.

  • Bayek: Only the guilty aim to disgrace the innocent.
  • Temple Head: Oh! May the gods be kind!
  • Bayek: Salt is cheap. There must be more than gold to your crime.
  • Temple Head: Gold had nothing to do with it. A priest in a blue sash brought my orders.

He removed his sash, showing his cut-off nose.

  • Temple Head: He did this to me. He threatened to do the same to my daughter. I brought foulness on the city only to protect her, I swear it! Please...
  • Bayek: Help me, and I will end this.

The temple head handed a scroll to Bayek.

  • Temple Head: Here, I kept it... Take it.

Bayek reading the scroll

The temple head fled from the warehouse. Bayek inspected the scroll.

  • Bayek: I'll send its writer to the Devourer.
    The seal of Anubis. A priest sabotaged the natron. The letter mentions a bandit cave. I will go clear out this viper's nest once and for all.
  • Letter with a seal of Anubis:
    To the Head Embalmer of Memphis:
    I am tasking you with overseeing the spoiling of natron. My men will render the natron impure by mixing it with white Saqqara sand. You will ensure its delivery, where it will be used in the mummification process and perpetuate the curse on the city.
    The sand is stored in a cave under the temple of Ptah. Its entrance is located between two large granaries. Should you get a whiff of an intruder, you know what to do.
    Do not disappoint.
    The Lizard

Bayek finding the bandits

Bayek left the warehouse and made his way to the cave. The bandits discovered Bayek and attacked him.

  • Bandit: I guess some neket iadet was listening after all!
  • Bayek: May the kas of those lost haunt you forever!
    The Devourer waits for your hearts!
    Ma'at will judge you in the afterlife!

Bayek eliminated the bandits.

  • Bayek: Memphis' dead will sleep peacefully now.

If Bayek met the priest again in the Temple of Ptah.

  • Man: I did not think to see you again. You seem like the wandering type.
  • Man: So the mummies were tampered with. May the perpetrator of this crime suffer for eternity. It seems my prayers were successful in shielding you.

Outcome

Bayek discovered the source of the foul smell plaguing Memphis and managed to stop it once and for all, allowing the dead in the city to rest peacefully again.

Gallery

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