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


Bayek learned that two bounty hunters known as the Shadows of the Scarab were looking for him. Fearing a deeper motivation behind their actions, he decided to investigate further.


As soon as a child saw Bayek from afar, he started shouting aloud.

  • Child: There he is! The Man with the Eagle! I must tell the Scarab's Shadows! I want the bounty!

Surprised, Bayek approached the boy.

  • Child: Oh no, leave me alone! I didn't do anything!
  • Bayek: Quiet down boy, be calm. Why are you saying such things?
  • Child: There are bounty hunters looking for a man with an eagle. I will receive gold if I tell them.
  • Bayek: What bounty hunters?
  • Child: They call themselves the Shadows of the Scarab.
  • Bayek: The Scarab? Nek (Shit). Little boy: I am not the man you are looking for. That is no eagle. It is a pigeon.
  • Child: It is a very brave pigeon. Wait, are you lying? I'm telling the bounty hunters!

Bayek thought to himself as he parted company with the child.

  • Bayek: I should find these Shadows of the Scarab.

A Shadow of the Scarab

Bayek embarked on a trip to find the Shadows of the Scarab. He found the Shadow of the North and engaged him in battle.

  • Egyptian Soldier: There's the old medjay! Come here!
  • Bayek: They know a lot about me.
  • Egyptian Soldier: Is that really Bayek? The old medjay? I'll put his heart on a platter.
    You still dress the part, medjay scum!
  • Bayek: Who do you hunt for? Tell me or face your final breath!

Bayek took his chance and killed the Shadow. He continued his quest and found the Shadow of the South.

  • Egyptian Soldier: See there! The medjay of old.
    It's Bayek! I will draw and quarter him.

Bayek thought to himself as the Shadow approached.

  • Bayek: How do they know me? What brings these men after me?
  • Egyptian Soldier: I will bring your head to my master!

Despite his boast, the Shadow of the South was also killed. With both Shadows defeated, Bayek confirmed the kill and found a scroll.

Shadow of the Scarab "Go forth with strength. Go forth with vigor. No tomb will remain unturned until he is found. No light to [sic] bright to turn the darkness. Life cannot continue if this path does not find Sekhmet glorious at its end. I will wait in the desert to the south of the Turquoise land. Where the mountains and the sands meet, folded between the dunes, I will wait. Bring me the head of the man with the eagle, Bayek."
  • Bayek: A scroll. Their leader is camped in the southern desert of the Sinai. Signed, the Shadows of the Scarab. Who are these desert hunters?

Bayek traveled to the southern desert of the Sinai to confront the leader of the bounty hunters. When he arrived, the bloodied remains of a camel stood out amidst the desert dunes.

  • Bayek: Blood, hm. A bloody battle took place here.

A dead soldier buried in the sands

He followed the blood trails. On the other side of the dunes, he found distinctive tracks leading towards a familiar ritual in the sands.

  • Bayek: Bandits buried in the shimmering sands. Hm. Just like the Scarab.

He examined a body close to him.

  • Bayek: These bodies buried in the desert remind me of Taharqa. His influence still lingers?

He followed the trail to a bandit camp established inside of a cave. He entered the camp and took stock of it.

  • Bayek: This is not a typical bandit camp.

Bayek inspected the camp, finding interesting objects.

  • Bayek: A statue of Sekhmet? Goddess of Vengeance?
  • Bayek: So this is where the Shadows nest? Show yourself!

Bayek kept silence, waiting for an answer. But no one replied to him.

  • Bayek: Hmm. There is no one here.

He inspected the scrolls.

  • Bayek: A scroll dedicated to the Shadows of the Scarab... They were hunting me?

His inspection led him to a dead end, but he then saw a crack in the wall. He passed through the other side and saw what seemed to be an exit.

  • Bayek: The trail is fresh.

Bayek exited the camp and followed the trail.

  • Bayek: Footprints. what is that further in the desert?

Taharqa's Tomb

When Bayek reached the ending of the trail, he found a memorial decorated with flowers, candles, a portrait of Taharqa and a wooden toy horse. After examining all of these, he understood the identity of the leader of the Shadows of the Scarab.

He turned around and saw Kawab, Taharqa's son.

  • Bayek: I am not your enemy, Kawab. We do not need to do this.
  • Kawab: For the great Taharqa! Forever the ruler of Letopolis!

With no other choice besides killing the youth outright, Bayek chose to fight Kawab in honorable hand-to-hand combat.

  • Bayek: Taharqa's little boy has grown up.
  • Kawab: And you, medjay, have aged poorly.
  • Bayek: You have come to defend Taharqa's honor but you forget, he never had any!
  • Kawab: My father was the great steward of Letopolis.
  • Bayek: This is foolish! You are not the same as your father!
  • Kawab: For his honor.

The fight continued for a little longer. Bayek's stamina endured while Kawab's faded.

  • Kawab: No! No!!! Cursed, my family is cursed to die at your hands, Bayek.
  • Bayek: Your father did, but you don't have to. You are innocent.
  • Kawab: There is only darkness.
  • Bayek: You fight well, you have bred a fine group of warriors with your Shadows of the Scarab.

Finally, Bayek defeated Kawab. Tired, the Hidden One approached the young man, who was lying on the sand, defeated.

  • Bayek: Still winning?
  • Kawab: Just kill me.
  • Bayek: Kawab, do not make the same mistakes your father did.
  • Kawab: What other option do I have?

Kawab accepting his defeat

Without hesitation, Bayek held out his hand to help Kawab to stand. Confused, he accepted it.

  • Kawab: I've tracked you as soon I could ride a horse and kill someone with a blade. Don't try to use your ideas to change my mind.
  • Bayek: I can tell you that killing me will bring you no redemption.
  • Kawab: Be done with me. Vanish me. My existence was a mistake anyways.
  • Bayek: I want to show you something. Come with me, Kawab.

Bayek walked with Kawab a while and headed southwest.

  • Kawab: Where? Just allow me to join my father.
  • Bayek: Your father cut your grandfather's tongue out, he oppressed your people. Family is not always our chosen and true brotherhood.
  • Kawab: He was revered as a hero as well, and a leader.
  • Bayek: Do not be swayed by people's gossip.
  • Kawab: It is true that I never wanted to kill. I was driven to.
  • Bayek: I was driven that way once also, without sense though, doing misdeeds against the gods, yet Ma'at taught me a lesson.
  • Kawab: I am nothing if I do not honor my father!
  • Bayek: Then ask him why he supported child-killers? You ask him why he betrayed you!
  • Kawab: What am I suppose to do? I have nothing else.
  • Bayek: You could join us. The Hidden Ones.
  • Kawab: Your gang of killers in the shadows?
  • Bayek: We are more than this. We have a code. I had a family before I had this group. I gave it all up because I did not have a choice.
  • Kawab: And if I do not join?
  • Bayek: There is only one other option.
  • Kawab: This desert is my graveyard.
  • Bayek: Or your redemption.

After finishing the walk, Bayek tried to reason with Kawab.

  • Bayek: This is what I wanted to show you. Endless deserts and mountains. Do you hear the wind on the sands? The desert calls us at times. Now, will you answer back or be taken by it?

Kawab joining Bayek's organization

  • Kawab: All my life has been revenge and killing. But I believe what you are saying. Give me strength Ma'at to transcend who I am, to become a shadow of power and cause.
  • Bayek: Abandon yourself, and you become one of us.
  • Kawab: Then it is so. I will renounce my name, my family. I will find a new one, as a liberator, along side you Bayek.
  • Bayek: Now you are a Hidden One.

After shaking hands, Kawab sat on the sands to watch the horizon. Bayek joined him for a time, before they took separate paths back to the Hidden Ones' local bureau in the Klysma Quarry, with Bayek arriving long after Kawab. Before he entered the cave, Bayek spoke to Kawab as he sat in thought on a ledge overlooking the village.

  • Kawab: This brotherhood is strong, Bayek. Thank you for giving me a chance. Soon I will be headed to Judea. King Herod is causing problems for the people.


Bayek killed his persecutors and managed to appease Kawab's thirst for revenge, convincing him to join the Hidden Ones.



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
A Gift from the Gods - Incoming Threat - Here Comes a New Challenger - Phylakes' Prey - Lights Among the Dunes - Secrets of the First Pyramids
Gear Up - Family Reunion - Water Rats - Hideaway - Striking the Anvil - The Healer - Prisoners in the Temple - Bayek's Promise
Lake Mareotis
Hidden Tax - The Book of the Dead - Ambush in the Temple - Ulterior Votive - Lady of Slaughter - Birthright - Taste of her Sting
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
Old Times - Wild Ride - Blue Hooligans - The Weasel - The Hungry River
Sap-Meh Nome
In Protest - Thick Skin - Fair Trade
Sapi-Res Nome
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
The Planetarium - Precious Bonds - What's Yours Is Mine - A Gift from the Gods
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
Rites of Anubis - First Blood - When Night Falls - A Rebel Alliance
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
The Champion - The Man Beast - Sobek's Tears - The Jaws of Sobek - Bad Faith - Shadya's Rest - Fighting for Faiyum
Herakleion Nome
Recon Work - Loose Cargo - Reunion - Predator to Prey
Uab Nome
Seven Farmers
Atef-Pehu Nome
The Matriarch
Green Mountains
Unseeing Eyes - One Bad Apple - The Good Roman - Playing with Fire - Taking Liberty - Halo of the Huntress - Carpe Diem - Shadows of Apollo
His Secret Service
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
Plight of the Rebels
Event Quests
Antique Trafficking - Control Nuisance - Lost and Found - Missing Worker - Stolen Goods
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
Rise of Shaqilat - Howls of the Dead - The Ballad of Si-Mut and Gertha - The Killer Shadow - Shadows of the Scarab
Madiama Nome
Respect Thy Brother
Arsinoe Nome
Shards from a Star
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
The Theban Triad - Master of the Secret Things - Perchance to Dream
Theban Necropolis
Burnt Offerings - A Sister's Vow - Idol Hands - Drowned Tools - A Motherless Child - Unfair Trade
Thebes Nome
Crocodile Tears - National Treasures
Yebu Nome
Losers Weepers - Fish Out Of Water - Laid to Rest
Love or Duty
Gods or Creed - The Cat - The Ibis - The Hawk
Heb Sed
Follower or Leader
Shield or Blade - A Necessary Evil - Khepri's Amulet - The God's Spark