"Packing for Greece" is a collection of files documented by Layla Hassan as she and her cell made preparation to search for the Lost Histories by Herodotos and the Spear of Leonidas.
Animus console prototype variant
- Accessing extrapolated data reconstruction.
- Subject: Descendant of Leonidas
- Est. accuracy 76.3%.
VB: Are you comfortable with that rate of accuracy?
LH: We're using centuries-old text to supplement the DNA memory from centuries-old blood. Hopefully the gaps will overlap.
VB: Understood. Berg had a problem with simulations rated below 80%.
LH: Berg has a lot of problems.
- Officially the Hellenic Republic, historically Hellas.
- First signs of human ancestors: c. 270,000 BCE. Earliest civilization c. 3200 BCE. Independence from Ottoman Empire declared 1821. Joined European Communities (now European Union) 1981.
- Successively part of the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Venetian territory, then Ottoman Empire.
- Mountainous countryside with Mediterranean climate.
- Called the "Birthplace of Western Culture" by historians. (AR)
Herodotos and His Work
- Herodotos called the "Father of History."
- Influential family. Herodotos was himself forced to go into exile in Samos, but then took part in the coup that overthrew Lygdamis.
- Studied and wrote history/travel books. Gave public lectures. Gained fame and drachmae.
- Greatest work was his History. Relies on interview rather than records (which generally didn't exist anyway). Accuracy disputed, but influence undeniable.
- His work is credited with saving a mass of invaluable information on archaic and early classical Greece. His work is methodical and extensive. (AR)
LH: He wrote about Greece and surrounding areas. He traveled the Black Sea, visited the Scythians, and lived in Egypt for months. His books were like travel guides to the ancient world.
AR: True. Though some of his work on non-Greek cultures was... specious.
LH: You mean that there wasn't a tribe of cannibals in India who threw feasts with their deceased friends as both guests of honor and the main course?
AR: I'll say a hard no to that.
LH: Let's hope his "Lost Book" doesn't include that kind of cultural glitch.
- AR: From what I've been able to interpret so far, he does mention a group of ancient geniuses who sound suspiciously like the Isu.
LH: His "Lost Book" is supposed to contain the story of a heretofore unknown hero who was a descendant of Leonidas I of Sparta. And we know the Spear of Leonidas is an Isu artifact.
AR: Leave it to the Father of History to connect the dots.
Staff of Hermes Trismegistus
- Rumoured to be a powerful and deadly hand-to-hand weapon.
- Isu technology, capable of multiple improvements.
- Evidence strongly suspect healing abilities. (AR)
LH: Healing or time manipulation? If we're right, this staff can rewrite the rules of physics, including entrophy. And we already know the Isu are capable of interacting with reaity in a way that disregards any normal timeline.
AR: I wouldn't even guess without more information.
- "Allegorical" location described by Plato.
- Current estimated location: Thera (modern Santorini), Greece.
- Previous historical evidence: the Minoan eruption which led to the collapse of that civilization was rumoured to be the source of the Atlantis myth.
- Current evidence: Complex and extensive Isu site preserved underwater. (AR)
LH: Time to shift this from estimated to reality.