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"Ah, Siwa. My home. A sacred oasis."
―Bayek describing Siwa, 48 BCE.[src]

Siwa is an oasis and village located in Egypt. In ancient times, it was renowned for its Oracle of Amun, which hailed Alexander the Great as Son of Ammon during his liberation of Egypt from Persian rule.

Siwa also was the home of the Medjay-turned-Hidden One Bayek during the reigns of the two last Pharaohs of Egypt, Ptolemy XIII, and Cleopatra.

Far removed from the center of Egypt, Siwa was more isolated from the culture of the Greek Ptolemaic dynasty than other parts of the country. Consequently, its people continued to hold the Nubian military order of the Medjay in high esteem, heralding Bayek, the last Medjay, as a hero.[1]

History

Early history

The Temple of Amun was built during the 6th century BCE, by Pharaoh Amasis.[2] Eubotas, a Cyrenaean athlete, consulted the oracle asking if he would win the 93rd Olympic Games race in 408 BCE. When he won the race, the standing of the Siwan Oracle was enhanced.[3]

In February 332 BCE, Siwa was visited by the Makedonian king Alexander the Great to consult the oracle at the Temple of Amun, emulating the actions of the mythical Greek heroes such as Hercules and Perseus. This earned the approval of the oracle, who validated his claim as Pharaoh of Egypt. Proclaiming him to be the son of Ammon, the most legitimate claim to the Egyptian throne to ever be given to a foreign invader.[4]

Ptolemaic era

The Order of the Ancients with a captured Bayek and Khemu

In 49 BCE, the Order of the Ancients came to the village in search of a vault located beneath the Temple of Amun. Believing the Medjay Bayek to have knowledge regarding the vault, they kidnapped him and his son Khemu, bringing them to the entrance. While the Order was distracted by the impending arrival of Ptolemy XIII, Khemu untied his father, who attempted to fight off the Order. Amidst the confusion, Khemu was killed by the Order, who then knocked Bayek unconscious.[5] Bayek then began a quest of vengeance against the Order, leaving the village and his Medjay duties to hunt them down. His friend Hepzefa took over the Medjay duties during this period of time.[6]

Bayek's return to Siwa with Hepzefa

In 48 BCE, Bayek returned to Siwa, having assassinated his first target, Rudjek.[7] Along the way, he was confronted by Hypatos, Rudjek's personal bodyguard who had pursued Bayek to seek vengeance. The two fought and fell into the Old Kingdom ruin with Bayek later killing Hypatos. Navigating his way to the exit, Bayek was reunited with Hepzefa, helping him fend off Hypatos' men.[8] The two later rode on camels back to the village, with Hepzefa informing Bayek of the corrupted tenure of the Oracle of Amun, Medunamun, who was a member of the Order of the Ancients.[6]

Returning to Hepzefa's home, Bayek began making preparations to hunt down his next target, despite Hepzefa requesting him to rest. They were interrupted by the arrival of the village healer, Rabiah, who tended to Bayek's injuries. Unable to refuse her aid, Bayek rested while Rabiah worked. After recovering, Bayek visited Hepzefa outside his home. Discovering Bayek's old bow to be broken, Hepzefa gave him a replacement, which he tested. Shortly after, a villager came to inform Hepzefa that Ptolemaic soldiers were looking for him, due to the recent murder of Rudjek.[6] After helping Hepzefa to eliminate guards, Bayek worked to assist the villagers with their problems, as well as gaining better gear to eliminate Medunamun.[9]

After assassinating Medunamun and retrieving the Apple of Eden,[5] Bayek again left Siwa to look for Aya in Alexandria, leaving the village under Hepzefa's care.[10]

A year later, the Order of the Ancients members Flavius Metellus and Lucius Septimius travelled to Siwa, with both the Apple and Alexander's Staff of Eden in their possession. The villagers of Siwa were disabled by the effects of the Apple, allowing them both to enter and unlock the Temple of Amun without interruption. Hepzefa attempted to eliminate them both was quickly subdued and killed. His body was later found by Bayek and Aya upon their return to the village.[11]

Locations

Settlements

  • Siwa

Military locations

Treasure locations

Tombs

Papyrus locations

Behind the scenes

In the map of Assassin's Creed: Origins, Siwa comprises one of the regions of Egypt. Siwa's in-game name during Bayek's memories is anachronistic. In ancient Egypt, Siwa's name was Sekth-am. Greek geographers and historians called it Ammonium. Early Arab geographers termed the place as Santariyyah, and the modern name "Siwa" didn't appear until the 15th century CE.

Gallery

Appearances

References

  1. Reparaz, Mikel (11-06-2017). Assassin's Creed Origins - What You Need To Know About Its New Setting, New Hero and New Action-RPG Gameplay – E3 2017. UbiBlog. Archived from the original on July 3, 2017. Retrieved on June 12, 2017.
  2. Discovery Tour: Ancient EgyptSiwa: "The Ram-Headed Sphinxes"
  3. Discovery Tour: Ancient EgyptSiwa: "Predicting Victory"
  4. Discovery Tour: Ancient EgyptSiwa: "Alexander the Great, Son of Ammon"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Assassin's Creed: OriginsThe False Oracle
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Assassin's Creed: OriginsThe Oasis
  7. Assassin's Creed: OriginsThe Heron Assassination
  8. Assassin's Creed: OriginsHomecoming
  9. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  10. Assassin's Creed: OriginsMay Amun Walk Beside You
  11. Assassin's Creed: OriginsThe Final Weighing

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