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A Papyrus Puzzle

Papyrus Puzzles were a series of scrolls found by the Medjay Bayek in Egypt, Cyrenaica[1] and Sinai[2] during the 1st century BCE. Hidden across the country, these puzzles led Bayek to various locations where he would find treasures containing drachmae, weapons and gear.

The Riddles

The Papyrus Puzzles were a set of twenty-five riddles in various places across Egypt and Cyrenaica. Each riddle in the puzzle had vague clues that led to a particular location.

These were:

In Siwa, come find me at the bottom of the only bowl big enough for a god.

(Obtained in the House of Life in Siwa)

If you head to the other side of the Nile in Ineb-Hedjet Nome, you can find a peak with a great view of the Nile. Take a look around, then come find me, hiding under the only tree nearby.

(Obtained in the Wabet of Memphis)

In the southwest section of the Green Mountains lives a monstrous beast with sharp tusks and tough gray skin. In his deadly arena you can find me, between the edge of the arena and where the beast sates his thirst.

(Obtained in the Apollonion of Cyrene in Cyrenaica)

In Sapi-Res Nome, north of Letopolis Temple, you can find me in the farmland. I lay where man's creation brings the Nile's water to desert sand.

(Obtained in the Zephyros Stables in the Kanopos Nome)

Alexandria is large and noisy, but one part is quiet, lonely and surrounded by water. The fallen palm tree points to where I lay, where land meets water.

(Obtained in the Iseion building, on the island of Pharos)

In the center of Sap-Meh Nome you can find me hidden in a canyon near Anthylla, in the center of the Western Nile Delta. I'm under a tree that thinks it's unique, but only because the nearby rock bridge is blocking it from seeing the others of its breed.

(Obtained in the Royal Library in Alexandria)

Two men stand guard on the Memphis eastern canal. The South one looks solemnly at his sunken friend. If you follow his gaze, you can find him and me on the river floor.

(Obtained in the Temple of Ptah at Memphis)

A few hundred meters north west of the Temple of Sekhmet, which resides by Lake Mareotis, there is a great place to go for a date. Full of palm trees and surrounded by desert, one rock fence was built and closed off with no exit. Find me there.

(Obtained in the Temple of Sekhmet in Yamu)

At the bottom border of Paraitonion is a village of ghosts. I'm in the house of the blasphemous man, who built his house farthest from Ra, the sun god's, dawning grace.

(Obtained in the Asklepieion, a large temple east of Balagrae)

On an Island south east of Krokodilopolis there is a river with unnatural color. Nearby you'll see the cause, and I'll be inside the only one that's unique.

(Obtained in the Palace of Apries)

In Atef-Pehu Nome there is a law that states that you can only make pottery on the east side of the road. I'm hidden atop the one illegal clay smoker in the region.

(Obtained in the villa south of Philadelphia)

In the east section of the Kanopos Nome is a ravaged land, where many trees fell and lost their home. I'm by the orphan tree whose parents fell down nearby, pointing toward their lonely daughter.

(Obtained in the Great Synagogue)

In the Qattara Depression there is only one place that isn't dry and sad. At dawn's first light there is one tree near the valley's entrance whose roots are halfway between Ra's glory and Apophis' shadow. Find me there but make haste, for Ra moves quickly.

(Obtained in the Tomb of Alexander the Great)

In southern Herakleion Nome you can find me beneath the tree who fancies himself a king.

(Obtained in a house on the west side of Natho)

In the southeast of Iment Nome lies a broken ship. If you meditate til morning, an X will mark my hiding spot.

(Obtained in the Temple of Horus within Letopolis)

East of Krokodilopolis, south of the shattered pyramid, a large beast of a god stares angrily at a pharaoh who shows him no respect. I'm hidden behind the blasphemer's head.

(Obtained in the Temple of Sobek in Krokodilopolis)

In Giza, three pyramids stand tall. From the top of the smaller one you can see quite a lot, even two mushroom rocks, the smaller of which I lay atop of.

(Obtained in the Eastern Cemetery Mastaba in Giza)

There is a place of remembrance for the unfortunate masses in northwest Haueris Nome. While I rest here, immobile, I cannot escape Ra's grace, but at least every dawn I avoid him longer than the others.

(Obtained in the Valley Market, the marketplace of Euhemeria)

In Faiyum, north of Dionysias Caravanserai, there is a tower with a hole by its feet. It's in need of support, so I sit behind it, but the wooden beams seem more helpful

(Obtained in the Sarapeion of Karanis)

In the south section of Mareotis Lake there is an island full of ruins. A man stares at me all day, it's quite a bother, so I'm hiding behind a column that blocks his sight.

(Obtained in the Serapeum of Alexandria)

Southeast of the city Hermopolis is a leopard's den in Uab Nome. At the top of their territory lies a place where birds should live, but do not. If you take a leap of faith, you can find me.

(Obtained in the Temple of Thoth in Hermopolis)

In Herakleion Nome, East of the temple of Khonsou, is a village that is more water than land. Behind two houses with different problems, one whose feet are always wet, and the other who can't cover his head, you can find me sitting under a tree.

(Obtained in the Temple of Khonsou in Herakleion)

South of Cyrene, in the Green Mountains, there is a lake whose water comes from a magical stream. I'll be at the source of that magic, where water flows from nothing.

(Obtained in the Tomb of Battos, near the Roman Akropolis in Cyrene)

North of Apollonia, I'm next to a lifesaver. It guides in darkness and fog, and I sit beside it under something that did not heed its warning.

(Obtained in the Temple of Zeus in Cyrene)

In the Green Mountains where they're building a great aqueduct, go find its source high up in the mountains. Inside, you can find me sitting at the bottom of the lowest pool, tucked away beside two large jars.

(Obtained in the Oracle of Apollo in the Green Mountains)


Completing all resulted in Bayek receiving a final one:

To you, the ardent adventurer.

You have found all my treasures through all the dirt, mud, hardships, beauty and soul of this world. You set your intentions and the universe helped you reach them. What will you carry as you walk away from this experience? Is it the treasure, or something more?

-The Shepherd

(Obtained after solving the other puzzles)


In 38 BCE, Bayek had become a Hidden One, and reached Sinai, where he found four additional papyrus puzzles:

In Southwestern Arsinoe you can find a giant's bull-powered fishing rod. Right in front of it are four wet posts, with me at their center.

(Obtained in the Temple of Ba'al in Arsinoe)

In Arsinoe, an obelisk tells time. His midday shadow points to me, where starfish lay.

(Obtained in the Temple of Thoth in Arsinoe)

Northeast of the Shur Quarry is a testament to man's folly, where they built two short walls to capture what cannot be caught. Though their target flows in and out at will, I am stuck in the center of their useless trap.

(Obtained in the Shur Quarry)

On the East side of Walls-of-the-Ruler you can find me under a bushy tree who grows alone on a cliff. It's hard to see us from within the camp, since a tower hides us from prying eyes.

(Obtained in Paratiritirio)

Appearances

References

  1. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  2. Assassin's Creed: Origins – The Hidden Ones
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
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