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Paros Island, or simply Paros is a Greek island located in the Aegean Sea as part of the Kyklades. Paros Harbor, a former polis, is its capital.

History

Paros Island, as well as the island of Andros, had been under the control of Naxos Island.[1] However, at the time of the Peloponnesian War, Paros island was ruled by Silanos, a member of the Peloponnesian League branch of the Cult of Kosmos pretending to be an Athenian polemarch, after the untimely demise of the island's former leader, courtesy of the Cult. Under Silanos, Paros was even more belligerent towards its neighbor, Naxos, than before.[2]

In 429 BCE Naxos' oligarch, Phoenix, sent her admiral Euneas to talk peace with Paros, but his ship was ambushed and destroyed, and Euneas as well as some of the crew were taken prisoners, tortured to betray Naxos. During his captivity, Euneas witnessed a meeting in which Silanos or some other member of the Cult participated in, wearing a mask unlike any Euneas had ever seen before.[3]

Silanos rallied his forces to openly first blockade the Naxos harbor [4], and then engage them in naval combat in the waters between the islands. In this conflict, Silanos' own ship, the Amber Dawn, was sunk and he was slain.[5] Following the conflict, Paros was returned under the leadership of Naxos.[6]

Economy

Paros Island was also considered the wealthiest of the archipelago thanks to its great marble mountain and the corresponding quarries overseen by the local militia,[7][8] most notable being the Fortified Marble Quarry set into the mountain of marble in the middle of the island.[6]

By 429 BCE, the population of artisans working on the excavated marble had surged, but this economic boom also ensured that Paros Island paid the highest tribute to the Delian League out of all member states.[7][8]

Geography

Paros Island had only one region, Sculptor's Elysium, but the island of Atoll Point was considered part of it.

Like many islands in the area, Paros boasted a pristine environment of white, sandy beaches, azure blue waters, and cypress trees.[8]

Behind the scenes

In Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Paros Island is never given an epithet unlike almost all other regions. However, on Ubisoft's own site, the island is named "The Marble Mountains", referencing the large mountain of marble, which ruled the landscape.[8]

Paros Island in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey shares the banner of Naxos Island, further establishing their connection.[6]

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Appearances

References

  1. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyCatching Up
  2. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyA Mother's Prayers
  3. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyQuarry Quandary
  4. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Paros Blockade
  5. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyUnified Front
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  7. 7.0 7.1 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyParos: Paros Harbor
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Worlds: Paradise Islands. Ubisoft. Accessed 18 June 2018.

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