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

Description

Taimhotep implores Bayek to help her in the preparation of a ritual to protect her unborn child.

Dialogue

Bayek found Taimhotep singing and weeping on a bench in the gardens of the Temple of Ptah.

  • Taimhotep: (How loved you are in your house of life, Your inner shrine of being! You little seed, Sprouting with the absence of the flood That follows the moon. Your ka endures, My strength feeds your joy, Your heart's stir directs me on the path. I am she who wills the shape of your breath, Who sings your name into life.)

Bayek approached her, kneeling in front of her.

  • Bayek: Why do you weep? Your curse is lifted.
  • Taimhotep: You have lost a child, so you should understand that a mother's fear never ends.
  • Bayek: Nor does a father's rage.
  • Taimhotep: Fear and rage are fair replies to life's fragility. Please, leave me to my tears.

Taimhotep's maidservant Mara arrived and asked Bayek to follow her.

  • Mara: Neb, if you will follow me? We must give her privacy.

Bayek asking Mara for advice

Bayek and Mara left Taimhotep at the bench.

  • Bayek: Is there anything I can do to ease her?
  • Mara: Hmm. She has found a ritual of protection in an ancient scroll. Only a few ingredients remain to be—
  • Bayek: I'll find them.

Bayek turned to leave. Mara rushed to stop him.

  • Mara: Wait, neb! An impatient soul is a troubled one. My lady needs parts from fresh-killed sacred birds. And would you kindly bring a fertility talisman in blue faience? There is a shop south of the temple basin where such items may be found.
  • Bayek: I will meet you on the road to the pyramids afterwards.
  • Maid: May you prosper.

Bayek left the temple and made his way to the shop.

  • Bayek: I will get the ritual item first, and then hunt down the birds.

Bayek arrived at the shop, but found it to be an abandoned tomb instead.

  • Bayek: An abandoned tomb? The maidservant said there was a shop here. Strange place for a shop.

Bayek speaking to the owner

Bayek navigated his way ever deeper into the tomb and was eventually greeted by the shop owner.

  • Owner: Ah, neb! Welcome to my humble shop.
    Seeking magical runes? Statuettes of uncommon value?
    A Medjay! How surprising.
    I have not seen your kind in some time, Medjay.
  • Bayek: We are a rare breed. As are merchants who set up shop in a tomb.
  • Owner: My customers appreciate privacy.
  • Bayek: They do not seem to appreciate variety.
  • Owner: My customers know I can provide what they seek.
  • Bayek: I hope you can do the same for me. May I have a look around?
  • Owner: But of course! I'll leave you to browse.
    Excuse me, but I have some business to attend to. I'll be back soon.

The shop owner left the shop. Bayek browsed around and discovered an inventory list, with the talisman listed on it.

  • Bayek: An inventory. The talisman in blue faience is listed here.
  • New Inventory:
    18 sekhem-style sistrums
    1 death collar, gold with lapis beads
    2 ankh-shaped mirror cases in gold leaf
    1 nursing Iset statuette in a alabaster
    1 fertility talisman in blue faience
    3 birth bricks with depiction of Hathor
    20 wax figurines (female)
    30 wax figurines (male)
    5 ostraka (burial chamber of Djoser)
    45 Demotic spell papyri (various)
  • Bayek: I should keep looking around.

Bayek found a stone tablet.

  • Bayek: "And in the second chamber lie the worldly goods of Horapollo and Shesh, to protect them and provide them sustenance." The message is incomplete. I wonder what the rest of it says.

From above, the shop owner's voice echoed.

  • Owner: Seeking magical runes? Statuettes of uncommon value?

Bayek found several vases.

  • Bayek: Nothing of value in this room. Why would the merchant sell such cheap goods here? She is hiding something.

Bayek discovered a movable shelf behind a curtain. He pushed the shelf inwards and discovered a hidden room.

  • Bayek: The merchant did not want me to see this part of the shop. These goods must be stolen.

Bayek finding the talisman

Bayek found the talisman and recovered it.

  • Bayek: A fertility talisman. Taimhotep will be pleased.

Bayek turned to leave, but he was ambushed by bandits.

  • Bandits: You've browsed long enough, Medjay!
    You're scaring our customers!

The Medjay dispatched the bandits, and left. He proceeded to hunt down some of the sacred birds Mara had mentioned. From the flamingos, he claimed their tongues.

  • Bayek: The maidservant said they want its tongue.

From the herons he took some feathers.

  • Bayek: I will take a few feathers for Taimhotep's ritual.
    That is all the items. Now to meet Taimhotep on the road to the pyramids.

Bayek made his way to the meeting point. He found Taimhotep sitting on a bench at the western gate of Memphis.

  • Taimhotep: Bayek of Siwa! Come closer.
  • Bayek: I have found what you need, Taimhotep.
  • Taimhotep: The Seer spoke truth when he named you Deliverer. My ritual must be performed in the moon's shadow, at the base of the pyramid of Djoser. Will you guard me and my maid until it is done? There may be dangers on the road as well.
  • Bayek: Gladly.
  • Taimhotep: Then let us ride to the pyramid, and wait until the night unfurls in splendor.

Bayek escorting Mara and Taimhotep

Bayek, Taimhotep and Mara mounted a camel and they begun their journey.

  • Bayek: This is uncertain country. Why not bring more guards?
  • Taimhotep: My ritual must remain private.
  • Bayek: Is that also why we travel off the main road?
  • Taimhotep: Yes. It is less safe, but more secret.
    The lack of a son lowers my husband in the esteem of the people. And if they knew of the babes I have lost, his ability to compel the gods would be called into question. There are whispers against him already. My troubles bring shame to him, and to me.
  • Mara: Nebet, it is not your fault—
  • Taimhotep: Hush, Mara. I know you mean to be kind, but the scrolls are clear. The woman is the carrier of the child's sex.
  • Mara: I do not believe that, nebet.
  • Taimhotep: (sighs) Mara... we have had this conversation before. Let's be quiet now, in case our voices carry to unfriendly ears.
  • Bayek: Good idea.

Bayek, Taimhotep, and Mara encountered bandits of the funerary complex outside the pyramid. Bayek eliminated them and they continued their way. A while later, they arrived at their destination, at the foot of the pyramid. They dismounted.

  • Taimhotep: We are here.
  • Bayek: My sword stands between your ritual and any who threaten it.
  • Mara: Ptah's blessing on you.

Mara performing the ritual with Taimhotep

While Taimhotep and Mara reached the ritual location, and prepared to perform it, Bayek kept watched over them from afar, and reminisced.

  • Bayek: Every morning of my childhood, my father and I spoke the Prayer of the Medjay, a promise to those in need.
    "I am a Medjay. I am a feather in the eagle's wing... a living dagger, plunged from the sky into the heart of chaos. I am a truth unknown... a scabbard unfilled... a son of the Nile... and a defender of the people. You cannot kill me, for I walk among the dead. Come forth by day, and I will guide you home."
    My son should have learned this prayer from me.

Outcome

Bayek helped Taimhotep and Mara to prepare for a protective ritual, and then accompanied them to the Pyramid of Djoser, where they successfully performed the ritual to protect Taimhotep's unborn child.

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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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