Born in Athens sometime in 443 BCE, Phoibe left the polis when she was still a baby. After her parents died, she ended up on the island of Kephallonia, with only a wooden eagle she'd named Chara to remind her of her mother.
Around 434 BCE, Phoibe was begging on the streets of Sami and met Kassandra, a Spartan exile and misthios. After being given some coins, Phoibe was taken in by the Spartan. She then grew up under the wings of the Kephallonian entrepreneur and Kassandra's friend Markos. In turn, the girl's personality and background resonated with the Spartan, and the two forged a fierce bond akin to that of a mentor and pupil.
In 431 BCE, Markos borrowed a large amount of money from the thug Cyclops of Kephallonia in order to purchase a large vineyard property. As Markos was unable to repay his debts, Phoibe and Kassandra were regularly harassed by the Cyclops' thugs, though they were initially unaware of Markos' loan. Phoibe arrived at Kassandra's home, catching sight of her defeating two thugs sent by the Cyclops to collect Markos' debt and pay back for earlier instances of Kassandra causing trouble for the Cyclops. Phoibe later informed Kassandra of Markos' purchase, directing her to the vineyard near the Statue of Zeus on Mount Ainos.
Eventually, this culminated into Phoibe being kidnapped by a group of thugs sent by the Cyclops, who held her captive on Ktimene Beach. After being freed by Kassandra, she notified by the misthios of a mercenary named Talos the Stone-Fist, hired by the Cyclops to eliminate her.
Shortly after, Phoibe met with Kassandra after she helped Markos with his errand, questioning why Kassandra let Markos boss her around. After Kassandra gave her an answer, Phoibe requested the misthios with an errand of her own, this time to help her friend Kynna and her village Kausos, which had fallen under the curse of blood fever.
Sometime thereafter, Phoibe unknowingly became a pawn of Elpenor of the Cult of Kosmos, by providing his contact Krethos information about Kassandra which allowed them to discover her. This set in motion a series of events which ultimately pushed Kassandra to leave the island. After learning that Kassandra was going to depart from Kephallonia, Phoibe spoke to her at the harbour of Sami, wanting to come along, but Kassandra refused to take her. In the end, they did agree to see each other again, and Phoibe gave Kassandra her wooden pet eagle, Chara, as a companion.
Working for Aspasia
Knowing that Kassandra would not return to Kephallonia anymore, Phoibe made the decision to leave the island. She arrived in Athens as a stowaway and found other children, similar to her, and they joined up, forming a gang. This ended when they met Aspasia, a hetaera and a companion of Perikles, the leader of Athens. Aspasia offered Phoibe employment, and the girl jumped at it. It's here that she encountered Kassandra again, much to the latter's surprise. Over the course of working for Aspasia, Phoibe helped Kassandra with various tasks including with her goal of dismantling the Cult and finding her family.
Plague of Athens and death
In 429 BCE, when Kassandra returned to Athens after discovering information about her own mother, she found the city in a state of chaos. Phoibe was running a task for Aspasia at the time and she briefly encountered Kassandra for the last time.
During the course of events, the Cult of Kosmos cornered Phoibe in the Odeon of Perikles and killed her. Upon discovering this, Kassandra was enraged and attacked Phoibe's killers. Kassandra bid goodbye to her young friend and gave her last rites, returning Chara to her. Before departing Athens, Kassandra tasked Sokrates and Hippokrates with giving Phoibe a proper funeral. Phoibe was later buried in a cemetery outside Athens.
Phoibe's tombstone was later visited by Kassandra and Sokrates seven years later in 422 BCE.
When the Isu Aletheia created a simulation of the Underworld for the Kassandra to better learn how to wield the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus which Pythagoras had passed on to her, she met a simulated Phoibe within. She had drank Lethe's water and had forgotten Kassandra. The simulated Cyclops of Kephallonia forced her to drink it. Regaining her memories, Phoibe resumes her quest to find her parents with Kassandra in tow. When Phoibe goes off on her own to save the survivor of the Cyclops's attack, although she was captured instead. After Phoibe was rescued by Kassandra and the Cyclops dealt with, Phoibe passed through the doorway to Elysium to her parents.
Personality and characteristics
Phoibe was a feisty girl with a passionate sense of independence. These qualities endeared her to Kassandra, but her stubbornness nonetheless challenged their relationship at times. Regardless, she managed to always maintain an optimistic approach in most circumstances.
Behind the scenes
Phiobe is a character introduced in the 2018 video game Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, and is voiced by the Greek actor Olivia Lebedeva-Alexopoulou. Her name, Φοιβη, is Greek and derives from the word φοιβος (phoibos), meaning 'bright, pure'.
A replica of Phoibe's wooden eagle, Chara, can be interacted with in the modern day.
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (first appearance)
- The Fate of Atlantis: Torment of Hades (simulation only)
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey novel
- Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece
- Assassin's Creed: Where's the Assassin? (non-canonical appearance)
- Assassin's Creed: Valhalla – Assassin's Creed Crossover Stories (mentioned only)
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey novel – Chapter 1
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Perikles's Symposium
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Debt Collector
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Big Break
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – So It Begins
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – A Fight with Talos
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Blood Fever
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Wolf's Fate
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – And the Streets Run Red
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – We Remember
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis: Torment of Hades – Lost, but Not Forgotten
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis: Torment of Hades – A Young Warrior's Ghosts
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis: Torment of Hades – Undoing What's Been Done
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis: Torment of Hades – The Warrior, the Eagle Bearer
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey