The Contender was a virtual representation of one of Kassandra's genetic memories, relived by Layla Hassan through the Portable Animus HR-8.5.
Kassandra travelled to the
Sanctuary of Olympia, taking Testikles' place in the pankration games in the Olympic Games.
Kassandra arrived at the Sanctuary of Olympia.
Kassandra: The Sanctuary of Olympia! Where the greatest athletes compete for fame and glory.
She travelled to the
Stadium, where Ikaros spotted the pankration organizer, Paios.
Kassandra: I need to talk to him.
As she approached, he barked for final check-ins.
Paios: Pankration here! Last chance to claim your spot!
Kassandra spoke to him to check in.
Kassandra: I'm here for the pankration.
Paios: You must be joking. The only fighter we're missing is Testikles.
Kassandra: He's a little under the... water - I mean weather. I'm the one taking his place.
Paios: OK, OK. Save it for the fight.
Kassandra placed her hands on her hips.
Kassandra: I'm Testikles.
Paios: You're Testikles?! The same Testikles I went out drinking with last season, the one who made advances on my wife... and brother?
Kassandra: Er... The diet and training is... transformative.
Kassandra: The people came for a show. I'll give them one.
Paios: This is unprecedented, but the crowd will riot if the pankration is cancelled. Very well. The competition begins shortly.
Kassandra: Time to go.
Paios nodded and led her inside. Kassandra changed into her athletic attire and stepped into the ring, facing her competitor,
Leander: Welcome all, it is my pleasure to introduce to you
Kallias. A former champion here in this stadium, and now an esteemed judge in Olympia.
The crowd, including
Alkibiades, applauded for Kallias' arrival.
Kallias: My friends, it is an honor for me to introduce this event, one so close to my heart.
Kallias: The pankration!
The crowd continued applauding.
Kallias: I will not delay you with words, for we all want to see action.
Kallias turned towards Kassandra and Orion.
Zeus, let the competition commence!
Kassandra and Orion prepared to battle.
Orion: I'll squish you like a bug.
Leander: Welcome to Olympia. Today we gather not in war, but in peace — to honor Zeus and
Alkibiades, among the crowd, begins to recite a poem.
Alkibiades: "So I, the
Muses' nectar shedding; To conquerors deal the draught divine; Whose brow, with garlands amply spreading; Pytho and Olympia twine. Blest the sound of virtuous fame —"
Leander cut him off.
Leander: There could be no more fitting tribute than a quote from
Pindar. Let the contest begin!
Kassandra stretched her shoulders while Orion boasted.
Orion: I'll crush you like an ant.
Orion attacked Kassandra, who countered his first blow.
Orion got one good hit.
Orion: Huh, you'll be easy!
She landed a few more blows on him.
Orion: It hurts!
Leander: That's a big hit!
Leander: I'm glad I'm not in there!
Kassandra: Where's your tough talk gone now?
Leander was pleased with the fight.
Leander: This is a fight you'll talk about for a long time!
Kassandra tired of toying with him and finished him off.
Orion: Why you...
Orion: Please, please by the gods... No more!
Kassandra: That was your best?
Kallias: That was but the beginning.
Leander: Now that our contestant is warmed up, let's see what she can do against
The next competitor, Erastos, stepped into the ring while rubbing his hands.
Orion officially yielded, and Kassandra won the round.
Kassandra: That was easy.
Kassandra did a double take.
Leander: All welcome our next opponent, Erastos!
The next opponent, Erastos, arrived and the fight began.
Erastos: Don't blink or you'll be seeing stars!
Kassandra landed a blow on Erastos.
Leander: Another big hit!
He got in a good hit of his own.
Kassandra: Come on, that's the spirit!
Alkibiades cheered for her.
Alkibiades: Come on, beautiful - you've got this!
Erastos' dodging was somewhat greater than that of Orion.
Erastos: Too slow!
Kassandra: Stand still and let me hit you!
The fight continued as they exchanged blows.
Leander: I don't know how they're still standing!
Erastos got in another good hit.
Erastos: This scorpion stings!
After a somewhat greater challenge than before, Kassandra won the second round as well. The crowd cheered with Leander clapping for Kassandra's performance.
Leander: The crowd loves you... but you're not done yet.
Kassandra: Not done?!
Leander: A fine offering to the gods, wouldn't you say?
Leander: Soon, we will return for the final contest - the mighty Kassandra against our reigning champion,
Kassandra opened her mouth slightly as though to speak, but then uttered a weary sigh and walked off. Kassandra changed back into her
misthios attire and met with Alkibiades and Barnabas.
Barnabas: Astounding! To think I could be a companion to an Olympic champion.
Alkibiades: You're even better at sparring than I am—
Alkibiades held his fist near his chest, and Barnabas and Kassandra looked at each other with concern.
Alkibiades: Though if
Sokrates were a more willing partner...
Alkibiades collapsed and retched, and Barnabas and Kassandra tended to him.
Barnabas: Alkibiades, are you all right?
Alkibiades: I was... with my friends
Demophanes and Kallias. Respected Olympic judges, no less... Kassandra: Too much cheap wine?
Alkibiades stared at her with uncharacteristic annoyance.
Barnabas: You look like you drank from
Medea's cup... Kassandra: Medea's cup? You think he's been poisoned?
(If players asked "Where were you?")
Kassandra: You were... celebrating?
Alkibiades: It's the Olympics. What's not to celebrate? We were at the
(Leave – "I'm going to find Demophanes.")
Kassandra: If you've been poisoned, I need to find these judges.
Alkibiades: Poisoned? Do you think that they could be too or... No. Never! They're good men you can't think one of them... They host a celebration every Olympics to celebrate the sacred truce.
Alkibiades proceeded to vomit. Kassandra turned to Barnabas.
Kassandra: Stay with him. I'll find out what happened.
Kassandra replaced Testikles in the pankration Olympics. She defeated Orion and Erastos, advancing to the finals against the reigning champion Dorieus. After the event, she met with Alkibiades and Barnabas, the former collapsing and presumed poisoned. Kassandra decided to investigate the celebration he attended.
Kallias can be killed prior to this quest, which in turn will affect Leander's introduction to the pankration event and Kassandra's fights. The intermission is the same, however, and Alkibiades is still poisoned. The dialogue always references Kallias as host of the celebration, which is either an oversight or indicates that he arranged the poisoning to take place with or without him present.
As Alkibiades did not collapse until after the opening rounds at the pankration, it is more likely he attended the celebration beforehand and the poison itself was slow acting.
Kassandra following Paios to prepare for the event
Kassandra and Orion getting into position
Kallias and Leander addressing the crowd
Kallias observing the matches from the judges' seats
The audience watching the matches
Alkibiades in the audience for the matches
Kassandra fighting Erastos
Kassandra meeting Alkibiades and Barnabas after the event
Kassandra and Barnabas tending to Alkibiades
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey memories
Battle of 300 - So It Begins - Debt Collector - An Eye for an Eye - Fancy Guests - Penelope's Shroud - The Big Break - Learning the Ropes - Equal Employment Opportunity Program
A Journey into War ( - The Athenian Leader - Crumble and Burn - One Man Army - The Athenian Treasure Trove - The Missing Map - Portion Control) The Final Push - The Wolf of Sparta - Onwards to Phokis
The Wolf's Fate - Consulting a Ghost - The Truth Will Out - Snake in the Grass - The Serpent's Lair - Memories Awoken - ( Upgrade the Spear)
Welcome to Athens ( - A Venomous Encounter - Escape from Athens - Ostracized) Perikles's Symposium (
Drink Up - Oil and Love)
Island of Misfortune - First Do No Harm - The Priests of Asklepios ( - Enough is Enough - Written in Stone - A Heart for a Head) Speak No Evil - The Doctor Will See You Now - Ashes to Ashes - To Find a Girl - To Help a Girl - Follow That Boat - Port of Lawlessness - Monger Down
Abandoned By the Gods - And the Streets Run Red - Athens's Last Hope
A Mother's Prayers - Catching Up - Death and Disorder - Going Down - Quarry Quandary - The Paros Blockade - Unified Front - Home Sweet Home ( Bully the Bullies - One Bad Spartan Spoils the Bunch) - Kings of Sparta - Delivering a Champion - The Contender - The Long Game - Pankration - To Kill or Not to Kill - Judge, Jury, Executioner ( - White Lies and Blackmail - Gluten Free - Breaking Bread - Fourth-Degree Burns) The Conqueror - The Fall of Deianeira - The Last Fight of Aristaios - The End of Drakon - The Last Hunt of Nesaia - A Bloody Feast - The Battle of Pylos
Doing Time - The Resistance - A-Musing Tale - Unearthing the Truth - The Knights - We Will Rise
Where It All Began
Dinner in Sparta - We Remember - A Fresh Start
Cult of Kosmos
The Delian League - The Eyes of Kosmos - The Gods of the Aegean Sea - The Heroes of the Cult - The Peloponnesian League - The Silver Vein - The Worshippers of the Bloodline
A Family's Legacy - The Gates of Atlantis ( He Waits - Lore of the Sphinx - Awaken the Myth - Stairway to Olympos - Romancing the Stone Garden - Love's Long Shadow - A Slithery Plea ( Hard to Artemis - Heavy is the Spear - Keys to Happiness?) - Writhing Dead) - Ancient Revelations - Atlantis Destroyed
World Side Quests
Once a Slave
A Growing Sickness - Escort Service
Death Comes For Us All
Sibling Revenge - Brewing Love - The Stolen Steed
Besieging Bandits - Cave Crusader - Fortress Fallout - Lacerated Leaders
Hungry Gods - Merciful Gods - In the Footsteps of Gods - Shark the Vagrant - A Fight with Talos - Mercenary Work - Lumbering Along - A Small Odyssey - A Ship Came Sailing
Idiot Hunt - Purple Pain - Takes Drachmae to Make Drachmae - Place in the Kosmos - All Bonds Will Break - Atoll Order - Pick Your Poison - The Handmaiden's Story - In a Rush
Training Days - A Legendary Hunt - Brothers in Arms - Not My Mother's Daughter - A Treasury of Legends - Sacred Favors - A Godless Blight - End of the Day
Family Values - Confiscated
The Lost Arkalochori Axe - Flowers for the Dead - Gortyn Out of Hand - Revenge Served Cold - It's Complicated - Bare It All - Civil Unrest - Say That Again!
The Writing's on the Wall
The Grand Minotour - Bravely Ran Away
Chip on Your Shoulder - Hostage Situation - Caged and Enraged - Clothes Make the Daughter - The Elixir - Revenge of the Wolf - Shroud of the Bear - Son of a Fisherman - Waiting for Galarnos - Qamra, Medicine Woman
A Pirate's Life - Crewless - Photios's Pre-Tirement - Age is Just a Number - The Daughters of Artemis - Helping a Healer - Sins of the Past - The Unkindest Cut - Fortress Fallout - Lacerated Leaders - Cave Crusader
Making Friends - Heart of Stone - Red in the Wreckage - We're Not Thieves - We're Treasure Hunters - A Chest Full of Drachmae - Recruitment Drive
Trouble in Paradise - Call to Arms - Hades, Meet Podarkes - "M" for Murder - Grin and Bear It - A Night to Remember
A Business Opportunity - Dead or Alive - The Con of Cons
Character Side Quests
Death and Taxes - The Taxman Cometh - Sharp Tongue - Freedom Isn't Free - Blood and Water - Dagger to the Heart - Wasn't Born the Kingfisher - The Kingfisher and the Robin
Handle with Care - Designated Rider - Rock Hard - Across the Border - Happily Ever After?
Hull, Yeah! - A Pirate's Life
Prince of Persia
The Daughters of Artemis - The Goddesses' Hunt - Kallisto the Bear - The Erymanthian Boar - The Hind of Keryneia - The Kretan Bull - The Krokottas Hyena - The Lykaon Wolf - The Nemean Lion - Artemis's Request
The Dunce Conundrum - Another Kind of Poetry
Creating Opportunity - The Wise Warrior - In the Midst of Chaos - Swift as Wind - Last Request - The Final Battle
Call to Arms - The Great Contender - Legend No More
A God Among Men - Left to Dye
A Life's Dedication - Language of the Ancients - Chasing Phantoms - Origins of a Ritual - The Tribute - Keep the Faith
I, Diona - By the Fates
A Friend in Need... - Heitor's Gonna Hate
The Hunting Party - Let My Patients Go - Inheritance Insurance - Too Much of a Good Thing
For the People - He Who Stops - The Liberator
Kyra with a Cause - Bleeding Hearts and Stolen Money - Goddess of the Hunt
Minotour De Force - The Pre-Trial of Accuracy - The Pre-Trial of Endurance - The Pre-Trial of Strength - Cashing In On the Cow - What Lies Below the Surface - No More Bull
Helping a Healer - Sins of the Past - The Unkindest Cut
Ambition - Only Fools Want War - Rise Through the Ranks - The Cost of War - Know Your Enemy - Nemesis
Old Friends, Old Problems - Farm in Flames - Markos's Fate
Tough Love - Have You Seen My Mikkos? - Doctor's Pet - Indulging Just a Little - School of Hard Knocks - Retribution
A Family Ordeal - The True Story
Barnabas Abroad - Throwing the Bet - Gutter Runner - The Drachmae of Romance - Kallipateira
The Message, the Stick, and the Artist - Art Leading Life - The Kytheran Statue - The Samian Statue - The Thasian Statue - Pieces of the Puzzle - Journey's End
The Blood Fever
Sparring with Roxana - Archery Practice - Foot Race
They Just Want Cruelty - Heroes of the Arena
Citizenship Test - Witness Him - Free Speech - On a High Horse - A Life's Worth - The Sokratic Method
The Thaletas Way - Paint the Sand Red - Hearts of War
Birds of a Feather ( Rumored Feather Location) - Sacred Vows ( Rumored Bracelet Location) - She Who Controls the Seas ( Rumored Conch Shell Location) - Throw the Dice ( Pan's Flute - Apollo's Lyre) - Priceless Treasure
Tombs and Ancient Stelae
Tomb of Alkathous - Tomb of the First Pythia - Artemision Tomb - Mycenaean Tomb of Ajax - Tomb of Eteokles - Pheidon's Tomb - Agamemnon's Tomb - Giant Heroes Burial Ground - Alkaios Tomb - Tomb of Brizo - Tomb of Polybotes - Tomb of the Forgotten Hero - Tomb of the Daughter of Atlas - Waterfall of Styx - Tomb of the First Champion - Destroyed House of Oinomaos - Tomb of Orion - Tomb of Eurypylos - Parmenon Tomb - Abandoned Tomb - Tomb of Orpheus - Stony Sepulchre
Ashes to Ashes - Bottomless Lake - Fatal Attraction - Hound Docked - Record Sunshine - Happy Hour - Pressed for Time - A Finger Tip - A Specific General - Red Scent - Heart and Sole - A Deal for Freedom - Beneath Theseus's Dreams - Elbow Greece - Goat's Gruff - Killer View - Backstage Pass - Odor in the Court - War Eagle - Pride of Place - Smoke Signal - Blue Eyed Beauty - Upon Typhon's Crown - The Floor is Lava - Two of Clubs - An Arm and a Leg - Rock and Roll - Turning Tides - Stone Cold - Procrastinate Now - Stubborn Mule - Needle in a Haystack - Grave Discovery - Estate Envy - Marbled Morale - Till Death Do Us Part - Soldier to Shoulder - Mapping Out - Rightful King - Strange Disease - Sweet Tooth - Hobby Horsing - Farming Coin - Prophecy Prevention - Centaur Field - Bridging the Gap - Pigsty - Fire in the Belly - Stadium Love - Made in Abyss - Tastes like Chicken - Foggy Memory - Procession of Bones - Helios's Greeting - Showboat - Dye Dye Dye - Belly Flop - Hungry for Misadventure - Star-Crossed Lovers - To the Edge of the World
Impact Side Quests
Left for Dead - There Goes the Neighborhood - Falling on Deaf Ears - Infantile Revenge - Dare to Desert - Grieving Widow To Be - Rival Lovers - Competing Admirers - Trouble Follows - Sent by Brasidas - Wasted Devotion - Honey Eyes - The Real Killer
Timed Side Quests
Always Vengeance - Another Wolf Another Day - Art of War - Bad Romance - The Beggar's Fate - Broken Promises - Dances with Witches - Dirty Deals - Disappearing Act - Discretion and Accessibility - False Idols - Family Trinkets - A Foolish Errand - A Full Bladder - Goats and Ghosts - The Gods Have Plenty - The Gods Need No Gold - Hungry Soldiers - I Need a Hero - Injured on the Job - The Marauders' Lesson - Miners' Strike - Morality Issues - More Drachmae More Problems - Not Just Decoration - Pilfered Hecatomb - Plagues, Sharks, and Other Good Times - Precious Jewels - Protected in Death - No Time for Scouts - Save the Forest - Shop Talk
Message Board Quests
Bounty on an Athenian Ship - Bounty on Athenian Soldiers - Bounty on a Bandit - Bounty on Bandits - Bounty on a Daughter of Artemis - Bounty on a Follower of Ares - Bounty on a Mercenary - Bounty on Merchant Ships - Bounty on a Politician - Bounty on a Spartan Ship - Bounty on Spartan Soldiers
The Big Game - Burned Men and Broken Skulls - Cursed Gold - Destroying Feasts - The Fear of Arrows - Fire at Will - Flat Muscles - Great Cleansing - Lakonian Vessels - Lawless Hearts - Leading Forces - The Lightning Bringer - Masters of the Sea - Ocean Threat - Paint the Ocean Red - Poison in the Air - Poor Don't Fight - Raging War - Red Grudges - The Red Orders - Red-Tainted Gold - Rooting Out Spartan Forces - Shadow Forces - The Spartan's Attempt - Sparta's Wrath - Spartan Futility - Surprise Bankruptcy - To Hell and Back - Where Feathers Fall - War for the Sea
The Lost Tales of Greece
The Show Must Go On
Setting the Stage ( A Sophisticated Tipple - Everyman's Drink) - Evening the Odds - The Curse of Fame - The Hedonistic Method - Showtime
A Divine Intervention
Test of Judgment - Test of Character - Test of Faith - Test of Adaptability - Test of Courage
The Image of Faith
The Measure of a Man - Bad Weed - Down From On High - The Wild Hunt - Chicken or Egg - A Matter of Faith
The Daughters of Lalaia
A Gathering Storm - Sharp Lessons - Daughters of Artemis and Daughters of Aphrodite - Learning the Land - The Ore of Aphrodite - The Best Defense - Blood for Aphrodite
A Poet's Legacy
Praxilla's Admirer - Lyre Lyre - Repairing the Lyre - Praxilla's Legacy
A Brother's Seduction
Prodigal Son's Return - Honoring the Dead ( Bloody Libation - Dressing up for Charon) - Career Orientation - Wounds of Days Gone By - Moving On
A Friend Worth Dying For
Odyssey Into the Past ( Beware the Siren Call - To Be Nobody - Wine for the Swine) - Daddy's Home - Demeter's Fire
The Heir of Memories
The Heir of Memories - Finding Theras - Three Symbols Entombed ( Agamemnon's Symbol - Eteokles's Symbol - Orion's Symbol)
One Really, Really Bad Day
Righting a Wrong - A Town in Need, Indeed ( A Horse, of Course - Ajax on Fire - The Blind Blacksmith) - Here Be Pirates - There Can Be Only One
Old Flames Burn Brighter
Where We Left Off - Runaway - Unplanned Parenthood - A Night in Tegea
A Sokratic Mess - Finding One's Voice - Persuasion Check - Deposition Opposition - You're Such a Sokratease
Prince of Persia - The Dunce Conundrum - Another Kind of Poetry
Legacy of the First Blade
The Horsemen Cometh - Shadow of a Legend - More Questions than Answers - Hunting the Huntsman ( Starting the Hunt - Mysterious Malady - Revealing the Recruiter - Whimpers Through the Fog - Piecing the Puzzle) - Protector of Persia - The Order of Hunters
The City that Cried Wolf - A Curious Request - Taking Out the Competition ( Agis of the North - Gaia the Fist - Theos the Stargazer - A Good Toast) - Thank You, - Maláka! Again, - Maláka?! Dead Man Rises - Hide-and-Seek- Finders Keepers
Stranger Tides - Into the Storm - Chasing the Storm ( Persian Puppetry - Prodigal - Theatrics and Espionage - Safe Passage - Calm Before the Storm) - Leviathan's Maw - Home - Order of the Storm - Knives in the Dark ( Atos the Beast Caller - Hirpes the Sordid - Aias the Clean - Kephalon the Thinker - Proktos the Moon King)
On the Grapevine - Thank You, - Misthios Tides of War
The Simple Life - A Flight in Fire - Answers from Ashes - Two Knives Against the Dark ( Command and Control - The Ordering of the Kosmos - The Spartan Dog - The Trap Is Set) - The Last Magi - Smoke and Fury - Legacy of the First Blade - Remnant of the Ancients - The Order of Dominion
Give Our Respects - The Favor - No More Wine
The Fate of Atlantis
Fields of Elysium
The Isu Beckon - Trials of the Keeper - Welcome to Elysium - A Lover and A Fighter - Dark Horse - Sudden and New - The Keeper and Key Maker - The Keeper and Kyros - The Keeper and the Flame - The Keeper, a Killer - Good News - Have Another Drink - Popular - Dead Kings and Pretty Things - Persephone's Little Birds - A Life for a Life - The Beacons Are Lit - No Good Deed - The Rebellion's Uprising - A Growing Perception - Give 'Em Hades
Free Their Minds, the Rest Will Follow
Brick House - High and Dry - Sleeping Giant - Dear Demeter - Keep Your Eye On Me
Torment of Hades
The Second Calling - Guardian of the Gates - The Underworld's Fallen Guardians - Pay the Ferryman - Beyond the Veil - The Next Lesson - Labors of the Keeper
Lost, but Not Forgotten - A Young Warrior's Ghosts - Undoing What's Been Done - The Warrior, the Eagle Bearer - A New Lease on Death - Arms of Atonement - The Snake Sheds His Skin - Death Before Dishonor - A Cursed Sickness - Home is Where You Make It - Death-Light Robbery - I Don't Belong Here - The Weight of Sparta - Kill Me Once, Shame on You - Fallen from Grace
Bad Copycat - Round and Round - Boulder to Fall - Starving - Titans of Industry
Judgment of Atlantis
The Last Call - Welcome Home - Burden of Leadership ( Crowd Pleaser - Rebel Scum - The Atlantean Patient) - A Complete Education - Wisdom of the Ancients - The Fate of Atlantis
Rightfully Yours - Lighten Up - The Birds and the Bees - In Dreams - Most Adamantly - Blood Gets In Your Eyes - Fire Amid the Water - Good From Far, Far From Good ( Sixth Sense of Sympathy - Through the Cracks) - Deadly Little Secrets
The Son Who Faced the Sun - Tossed for Tyche - And My Pickaxe - A House from Cycles Past - Across the Board