- "Pephka. Best keep an eye on my drachmae."
In the 5th century BCE, the area was associated with pirates, smugglers, con artists, and other walks of criminal life. By the time of the Peloponnesian War, Pephka had become a locale gripped in the myth of the Minotaur with the town of Lato as a whole turned into a commercial shrine to the beast. Despite Pephka's unsavory reputation, this ultimately served to attract tourism which fueled its economy.
In addition to the myth of the Minotaur, with would-be-heroes lured to challenge the beast and win the vaunted "Prize of Pephka", Pephka also drew in mercenaries and other warriors with the Arena, hidden along Pephka's northern shore. Summons were sent by Maion and Skoura, the establishers of the Arena, to people who'd made a name for themselves, including the mercenary Talos the Stone-Fist. 
Dry and hot, Pephka's landscape is marked by rocks and plants that can take the heat. Cacti and low brush dot the dusty ground, and the orange-tinted hills and mountains are cracked under the burning sun.
Despite the arid biome, people have created their places amidst the swathes of the regions of Pephka. Dikte Plateau, Minotaur Hills, and Pirate Point house within the settlements of Lato, Warrior's Rest, the Arena, and Zakros most of the Pephkans.
Behind the scenes
At some point during development, Pephka's emblem was a rooster. Though otherwise replaced by the stylized head of the Minotaur, the rooster emblem is visible when visiting the message board of Pephka in Lato. It's also displayed on the sails and finery of Kronos, the ship commandeered by Melanthos, the son of the Messaran leader, who was also a member of the Gods of the Aegean Sea branch of the Cult of Kosmos.
The banner of Pephka in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey features the stylized head of the Minotaur. In the Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece as well as in The Art of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, this banner was instead dubbed the 'Kretan Banner'.
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Worlds: Arid Islands. Ubisoft. Accessed 18 June 2018.
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