Kassandra spoke to an old man near the Temple of Apollo.
Artaxerxes:You there. You have a kind soul. Help an old man buy this next meal?
Kassandra:Your... soul also seems kind.
Artaxerxes:I am grateful and humbled, stranger. Tell me, what do they call you?
Kassandra:If you knew the things I've done, you wouldn't be so quick to call me kind.
Artaxerxes:Nonsense. Your soul is greater than the sum of your actions, stranger... Tell me, what do they call you?
Kassandra:You need it more than me. Here, take it.
Artaxerxes:A generous gift. Thank you. What do they call you, stranger?
Kassandra:You and I have something in common. Neither of us has any drachmae.
Artaxerxes:Your company is gift enough, but... I don't know your name. Who do they call you?
Kassandra:I'm Kassandra. And you?
Kassandra:Depends on who's asking... But my name is Kassandra. And you are?
Kassandra:I'm the Messenger of Zeus. But you can call me Kassandra. And you are?
Artaxerxes:Just a simple beggar. I sailed from Persia to see the beauty of the Greek world.
Kassandra:I can do many things, Persian, but I can't restore sight.
Artaxerxes:Nor would I want you to. My blindness is a burden that the gods have given me to carry, and I will.
Artaxerxes:Be my eyes. When I was a boy, an Athenian told me the most beautiful of your lands. I would love to hear them again. Would you go to see the places I never was able to, and return to tell me the tale of your adventures?
Kassandra:I'm not much of a storyteller, but I will be your eyes.
Artaxerxes:I know I sensed kindess in you. You've made this old Persian happy again.
Kassandra:Don't thank me yet. What places do you wish you could have seen?
Kassandra:There are many statues to Athena. Which one do you mean?
Artaxerxes:In my mind, there is only one. Her story always began, "As we're rounded the hilltops, we could see Athens bustling below us, and Athena above, matching our gaze.
(If players choose "Where is the Akrokorinth?")
Kassandra:The Akrokorinth... Don't tell me, it's in Korinthia.
Artaxerxes:Smart guess. It is the most renowned temple to Aphrodite, your goddess of all life's most pleasurable trivialities.
(If players choose "Where is Mount Taygetos?")
Kassandra:You did say Mount Taygetos, didn't you?
Artaxerxes:You sound like you know that place... I have heard tales of its appetites. They say the mountain feeds on the suffering of Spartans, so the people there offer their own children to the mountain god for sacrifice.
Kassandra:That... that's not exactly right.
(If players choose "Where is the armored bird?")
Kassandra:What do you remember about this armored bird in Arkadia?
Artaxerxes:There's a beast made of armor jutting out from the mountainside, overlooking Lake Stymphalos and the undulating fields stretching like waves on a golden sea all across Akradia.
(If players choose "I'll be back soon?")
Kassandra:I'll be back with stories to tell.
Artaxerxes:As soon as you've seen one location, please return.
Kassandra visited the Lightning Zeus in Kephallonia. After exploring the statue, she recovered a papyrus.
Kassandra:This papyrus is so old... Could this be writing by Themistokles?
Themistokles on Kephallonia: Zeus's mighty figure stood aloft, its great bolt ready to punish the Kephallonians below. This is how the Kephallonians were destined to live—under the shadow of a god always watching and ready to judge.
Next, Kassandra visited the Statue of Athena on the Akropolis Sanctuary, finding another papyrus.
Kassandra:A papyrus. Says it was written by Themistokles, the Athenian general.
Themistokles on Athens: As we rounded the hilltops, we could see Athens bustling below us and Athena above, matching our gaze. There, she eternally mourned our suffering with dignity and grace.
Themistokles on the Akrokorinth: No people on this earth were more dedicated to worship than the followers of Aphrodite. No matter the time, the men were worshipping with the women, and the women with the men, only stopping to sleep or drink.
After visiting all the landmarks, Kassandra returned to Artaxerxes.
(If players choose "I saw the Statue of Zeus.")
Kassandra:I've seen Kephallonia from the Statue of Zeus.
Artaxerxes:Tell me, is it still a place of great beauty?
Kassandra:Yes, the island is beautiful. From the Statue of Zeus, you can see the sea hitting the white beaches and mountains covered in green. But its people suffer because of the war.
Artaxerxes:Ah, just how it was described to me. The gods simultaneously bless the land and curse the people. Even for gods, your gods are cruel, misthios.
Kassandra:OK, I've told you what I remember. Now tell me about yourself. What's a Persian doing here?
Artaxerxes:Persia and the Greek world are doomed to be opposites—in times of prosperity here, Persians always seem to suffer. And when you are at war with yourselves—
Kassandra:Persians know peace?
Artaxerxes:Indeed. My people prospered after King Xerxes was murdered. All except for me. A man tried to kill me with poison, which is how I lost my sight. I fled and arrived here.
Kassandra:I find it hard to believe anyone would want you dead.
Artaxerxes:You're very kind. Tell me another tale, then I'll tell you more of my past.
(If players choose "I saw the Statue of Athena.")
Kassandra:You'll be glad to know I've been to the Statue of Athena at the Akropolis.
Artaxerxes:Ah, if only I could have been there to feel her prescence. Would you... describe her to me?
Kassandra:If Athens is a city of statues, then Athena is their guardian. She stands high above everything, on guard over the city.
Artaxerxes:Yes! Not just standing tall to protect Athens, but to serve as a reminder of the suffering those poor people endured during the invasion.
Kassandra:Your turn to tell me something. You said a man tried to kill you.
Artaxerxes:The man who rose up to kill the tyrant Xerxes was named Darius... He was of a new creed of killers, unlike any Persia had known. He was also the man hired to kill me.
Kassandra:A killer of kings, hired to kill a simple blind man? Why?
Artaxerxes:I have your interest, do I? Tell another tale, and I will, too.