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"The world belongs to the great and those who do great things."
―Phila the Tempest[src]

Phila (died c. 422 BCE), also known as the Tempest, was the Magus of the Order of the Storm, a branch of the Persian Order of the Ancients who operated in Achaia, Greece during the Peloponnesian War.

Phila was also the estranged daughter of Kleta, and a "Tainted One" like the Spartan misthios Kassandra.[1]


Early life

As a child, Phila enjoying playing in the ocean and had started learning to sail. At least several years before 422 BCE, Phila and her mother had a falling out, resulting in Phila leaving her hometown of Boura, Achaia. Phila left by ship, and after some time on her journey an accident occurred. Phila almost drowned but was saved by Amorges, who offered her purpose with the Order of the Ancients. She eventually obtained the rank of "Magus", and oversaw her own branch, the Order of the Storm.[1]

Throughout her years of service, Phila became known for her ruthlessness and strategic brilliance, which allowed her to eventually rise to the rank of commander, in charge of her own fleet which was said to be undefeated in Achaia.[2]

Activities in Achaia

At some point around 422 BCE, Phila, now known as "the Tempest" and captaining her ship the Skylla, blockaded Achaia. The purpose of the blockade was to stop refugees from Makedonia and Achaia escaping, however it also prevented anyone else from entering.[2]

In order to further strengthen her ship, Phila hired Gyras, a Patrean engineer, who was noted to be one of the best in the Greek world, to develop a fire weapon called the Chimera's Breath and install it on her flagship.[3]

When the misthios Kassandra begun meddling in her affairs, starting with the destruction of several of her ships, Phila placed a bounty on Kassandra's head enticing several mercenaries to the area to hunt her down.[4]


"There's no simple life for people like us, only death. I always knew it would end like this..."

Eventually, Phila entered the combat herself as the refugees were about to leave Achaia. Aboard her ship the Skylla, Phila engaged Kassandra's ship, the Adrestia as storm raged around them. Though Skylla was far superior in size to the Adrestia, the latter destroyed the former, and Skylla crashed into the rocks on the Achaean coast.[1]

Washed up on the shore along with a couple of the soldiers in her command, Phila was enraged. Facing her mother who pleaded with her, and Kassandra, Phila clashed with the latter, commending Kassandra on her ability, among the very first who could even hope to match her. Though the battle was hard, Kassandra eventually beat Phila.[1]

The Persian Darius entered the scene, tossing an Order Elite guard who had been watching from a cliff nearby. While Phila reeled under her injuries, Darius picked her sword from the ground, and approached her.[1]

As Phila struggled on the sand, the Order Elite commanded her to do "complete (her) mission". Despite her best efforts, Phila failed to even stand up. Darius approached her, offering her sword to her, reminding her that she could choose for herself, not blindly follow the Order's commandments. Phila smiled at him, and got back up to her feet, accepting the sword, and turned to the Order Elite.[1]

Before she could reach him, however, she stumbled again, and the Order Elite fled the scene, seeing that they'd lost the Tempest. Soon after, Phila succumbed to her wounds.[1]

Behind the scenes

The name of Phila, a character in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's DLC Legacy of the First Blade: Shadow Heritage, is derived from the Greek word φίλος (phílos), meaning 'beloved, dear'.




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – 'Legacy of the First Blade: Shadow HeritageLeviathan's Maw
  2. 2.0 2.1 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyLegacy of the First Blade: Shadow Heritage
  3. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Legacy of the First Blade: Shadow HeritageTheatrics and Espionage
  4. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Legacy of the First Blade: Shadow HeritageKnives in the Dark