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Playing with Fire was a virtual representation of one of Bayek's genetic memories, relived by Layla Hassan through the Portable Animus HR-8.

Description

General Agrippa is forcing Egyptians to work on a weapon of fiery destruction at the Citadel, and somehow the Roman engineer Vitruvius is involved.

Dialogue

Bayek infiltrated the camp situated outside the citadel, where he found a group of rebels held captive in cages. He approached one of them.

  • Bayek: Are you Kade? Your mother sent me to find you.
  • Kade: By Iset, is that you Bayek of Siwa? Let me out and I'll help you kill those Roman vultures.

Bayek unlocked the cage and freed Kade. He helped him free the other rebels, and Bayek helped them escape.

  • Kade: Egypt will not be your lapdog! Help me, Bayek!

They defeated the soldiers and left the camp.

  • Kade: We are free of those Roman tyrants.

Bayek spoke to Kade.

  • Bayek: The farm you came from, I saw what Flavius did. How he sucked the life from our people.
  • Kade: My mother Nenet? Is she alright?
  • Bayek: Yes. Praxilla took her to Balagrae.
  • Kade: Thank you, Bayek. You protect us even this far from the land of our ancestors.
  • Bayek: Why did the Romans bring you here?
  • Kade: To feed their hunger for war and conquest. They have ballista. We load it with a substance of hideous, burning devastation. Vitruvius, a Roman engineer up at the aqueduct invented it.
  • Bayek: Vitruvius? I know this man, I cannot believe he would make something like this.

They parted ways, with Kade heading off to Balagrae.

  • Kade: We are free of those Roman tyrants.

Bayek ventured north, and found Vitruvius in his camp.

  • Bayek: Vitruvius! We need to speak.
  • Vitruvius: What's the fuss, my friend?
  • Bayek: I believed you when you said you cared for the Siwans here. And all the while there are more at the citadel, forced to work on a weapon you created!
  • Vitruvius: It is not what you think. Walk with me and we'll get to the bottom of this.

Bayek walked with Vitruvius.

  • Vitruvius: Please understand Bayek, I was not always so focused on architectural wonders such as this aqueduct. As a hotheaded youth I came up with many means of death and destruction. One of those was a Greek Fire of sorts.

They mounted up.

  • Bayek: Greek fire?
  • Vitruvius: A substance with such potential for unspeakable suffering, I vowed never to produce it.
  • Bayek: Well the general is producing it, and forcing Siwans to arm his ballista for a war against their own country.

The reached the cliff overlooking the citadel.

  • Vitruvius: Curse my pride, I should have burned my notes. General Agrippa must have found them.
  • Bayek: Then Agrippa must be stopped.
  • Vitruvius: Do what your conscience dictates, Bayek. But understand I cannot be part of a plot against a Roman General. No matter how I may feel personally.
    Recover the formula and I will destroy it. I will not have the immolation of Egypt on my conscience. Jove protect you. Bayek.

Bayek infiltrated the citadel anew, finding General Agrippa. He assassinated the general and recovered a note from his body.

Vitruvius' Formula
Note from General Agrippa.
My men believe they finally have a stable concoction based on Vitruvius' forumla above. We plan to use test a batch on the fields near the Citadel. We have more than enough with the three stockpiles.
NOTE DO NOT TOUCH the white powder. It is HIGHLY caustic.
  • Bayek: They used the formula. I should destroy the Greek fire stockpiles! All who ally with monsters and demons will die, General.

Bayek found the rooms containing the stockpiles and destroyed them.

  • Bayek: Vitruvius will want to know his formula is in safer hands.

Bayek left the citadel and returned to Vitruvius.

  • Vitruvius: Bayek, did you find it, did you find my formula?
  • Bayek: Egypt will not burn today.
  • Vitruvius: Or any day I hope. And General Agrippa?
  • Bayek: He did not give it up willingly.
  • Vitruvius: (Sigh) He was a good Roman. But he never understood that doesn't mean you cannot be a good man. Flavius fed Agrippa's pride and ambition with talk of empires. I fear the path his supporters have taken will end in many deaths.
  • Bayek: It will end with their own. But you are a good man Vitruvius. I have seen that in your words and deeds.
  • Vitruvius: I am trying to be. Thank you again, Bayek of Siwa, you are a true protector of your people.

Outcome

Bayek saved Nenet's son Kade, escorting him out of the citadel. He later helped Vitruvius to destroy the stockpile of weapons made using his formula and retrieved it for him.

References

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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