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Pactyas (died c. 429 BCE), also known as the Huntsman, was a member of the Order of the Ancients in Persia during the 5th century BCE. As leader of the Order's Order of Hunters branch, he was tasked with hunting down and eliminating the "Tainted Ones".

Biography

Earlier life

Formerly a member of the Persian elite and a friend of both Amorges and Artabanus, he joined the former after the latter attempted to assassinate King Artaxerxes I.[1] Afterwards, at the behest of the Order of Ancients, he specialized in hunting down as many of the "Tainted Ones" as he could, killing them and taking the epithet "the Huntsman" as he rose to lead the Order of Hunters.[2]

Moving to Makedonia

Tasked and eliminating Artabanus, who was going by as Darius as he had fled with his son Natakas to Makedonia, Greece, Pactyas followed them with his group.[1]

In Makedonia, Pactyas found a hidden glade within the Unexplored Mount Pangeon. The grove outside he turned into a training ground where he tamed and taught the various beasts to do his bidding, attack the "Tainted Ones" at sight. These included the wolves, the wild boars and the crows.[3]

Dealing with the Eagle-Bearer

Soon after, Pactyas learned about the Spartan misthios Kassandra. Coming to the conclusion that she was one of the "Tainted Ones", he lured her to Makedonia by attacking the village of Potidaia in 429 BCE.[4] After Kassandra made the acquaintance of Darius and his son Natakas, she set out to hunt Pactyas with them.[1]

Eventually Pactyas decided to meet Kassandra, and lured her to a display he'd crafted within Therme Wetlands. There, he challenged her, but fled the conflict while his underlings attacked Kassandra.[5]

Death

Pactyas met Kassandra again some time later at the grove outside his cave-glade. He taunted her, and while he initially set his men to attack her, he ultimately faced her himself. Kassandra wounded him, however, and Pactyas fled to his cave. Despite his belief that he'd win, Kassandra bested him just before Darius and Natakas arrived. While dying, Pactyas revealed his and Darius' shared past.[2]

Influence and legacy

Following Pactyas' death, the rest of the Order of the Ancients was alerted to the presence of Darius, Natakas, Kassandra, and the threat they posed to the Order.[2]

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Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyLegacy of the First Blade: Hunted
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyLegacy of the First Blade: HuntedProtector of Persia
  3. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyLegacy of the First Blade: HuntedMysterious Malady
  4. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyLegacy of the First Blade: HuntedThe Horsemen Cometh
  5. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyLegacy of the First Blade: HuntedWhimpers Through the Fog