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The Staff of Hermes Trismegistus, also known as the Staff of Hermes or the Caduceus, is an extremely powerful Piece of Eden created by the Isu philosopher Hermes Trismegistus.

It was notably wielded by Hermes himself, before he passed it on to Pythagoras who, in turn, passed it on to his daughter, Kassandra

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History

During the Isu Era, the Isu Aletheia replicated her own consciousness into the Staff, such that in the future, she could interact and help the staff wielder to master its power.[2]

Around the 6th century BCE, Hermes met the Greek philosopher Pythagoras along with his protégé Kyros of Zarax in a remote desert. Declaring the former a worthy successor, Hermes handed over the Staff to Pythagoras before disappearing. Pythagoras later parted ways with Kyros,[1] embarking on a journey to learn about the Staff.[2]

Functionality

The Staff of Hermes' most prominent ability is to bestow its wielder with immortality. It has the power preserve its owner and protect them from the passages of time as well as sustain them. This was seen when Pythagoras was kept alive for a very long time by the Staff as he lived inside Atlantis without proper food or sustenance due to the Staff's power sustaining him.[2]

However, once he finally passed down the Staff of Hermes to one of his children, Kassandra, he immediately passed away. The Staff was able to keep Kassandra unchanged and un-aged for far longer, more than two thousand years, until she was able to pass it down to Layla, after which Kassandra succumbed to her age and finally passed away. Whether physical contact between the wielder and the Staff is required to impart such longevity is unknown. Those who passed ownership of the Staff onto another individual, either willingly or by force, at a point that was past the former owners natural lifespan would die almost instantly. This passage of ownership required both parties to maintain simultaneous physical contact on the Staff.[2]

Aside from its life-giving powers, the Staff of Hermes was the key to sealing off Atlantis, and could take the form of whatever its user wished, given that Kassandra came back to Atlantis to greet Layla with the Staff in the shape of a lantern. Should Kassandra choose to fight Pythagoras, the Staff shows that it can give Pythagoras the physical attributes of a young man, despite his elderly appearance and vitality. Pythagoras was able to use the Staff to create precise blasts of energy and teleport short distances during combat. Pythagoras could also conjure up balls of energy, channel the Staff's mystical power into himself, and project that energy from his hands. As long as the Staff was not passed on to a successor, the current wielder would remain alive and maintain its abilities even after physically separating from it.[2] 

With The Fate of Atlantis DLC it is revealed that the Staff can easily corrupt those who do not possess the strength to wield it thus Aletheia created simulations for Kassandra to learn how to control it and through her it's 4th wielder, Layla Hansen. The simulations allowed Kassandra to learn and fully control the staff however while Layla was re-living these memories it was becoming clear to Aletheia that Layla is becoming corrupted by the staff and might not be The true Heir of Memories due to her killing Victoria Bibeau in a fit of rage after being ripped from The Animus.

In The Judgement of Atlantis DLC, it is learned that the staff's full potential can in fact destroy entire cities if an individual fell to it's influence. Kassandra's role as The Keeper of the Staff was to learn to control the staff's power and keep it at bay and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands with the trials she endured to learn to control the staff helped train her in the hardships she would face in doing so. 

Weapon statistics

Rarity DPS (Lvl 99) Default Engravings Availability
Legendary 8257 +25% Warrior Damage
+40% Chance to Ignore Half Damage
Low chance to gain a 30% Health Shield when Hit
Complete The Gates of Atlantis

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