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The Hedonistic Method was a virtual representation of one of Kassandra's genetic memories, relived by Layla Hassan through the Portable Animus HR-8.5.

Description

As part of putting on Thespis' play, Kassandra tracked an absent actor to a mystery cult. But the true mystery was yet to come.

Dialogue

Kassandra traveled to the Spring of Piera in search of one of Thespis' missing actors. When she arrived, she spoke to a woman in the camp at the spring.

  • Hedone: Hello! Have you come to learn about the mysteries of Hedone?

  • Kassandra: Sure, I'd like to know. Let's start with... what's Hedone?
  • Hedone: Hedone is the goddess of bliss. And since we all seek bliss, we are all Hedone.
  • Kassandra: I'm not seeking bliss. I'm seeking an actor.

  • Hedone: We have no actors here, only teachers and students.
  • Kassandra: Look, his name is Tros. He's an actor working for Thespis.
  • Hedone: I recall hearing that an actor joined us... But now his name is Hedone. Like mine. Everyone here is Hedone.
  • Kassandra: Just give me a straight answer. I need to find that actor.
  • Hedone: I'm sorry. I'm the only one permitted to speak with outsiders. But if you pass our initiation, others will speak with you too.

Kassandra sighed.

  • Kassandra: Fine. Initiate me, Hedone. What do I have to do?
  • Hedone: Wonderful! You must complete two tasks to demonstrate your devotion. First, climb to the top of the Waterfall of Eternal Joy and dive into Froth of Fantasy.
  • Kassandra: Right. And then what?
  • Hedone: Then, explore the Cave of Deepest Self Knowledge and return with the treasure you'll find inside.
  • Kassandra: Waterfall dive. Cave treasure. Got it.

Kassandra climbed to the top of the waterfall near the spring.

  • Kassandra: This is the waterfall. Now to pick a good spot and jump.

Kassandra dove into the water below. She then searched for the cave that Hedone had referred to.

  • Kassandra: That cave must be around here somewhere.

The cave's entry was hidden in the side of the cliff near the waterfall.

  • Kassandra: Ah, that must be the cave with the treasure inside.

Kassandra searched the cave and found the treasure that Hedone was referring to.

  • Kassandra: That's what I'm looking for.

She brought it back to Hedone who was waiting for her at the top of the waterfall.

  • Kassandra: I jumped from the waterfall and found the treasure. Now will you initiate me?
  • Hedone: You have initiated yourself! Welcome to the Mysteries of Hedone, Hedone! Go talk with your brothers and sisters, they'll be happy meet you.
  • Kassandra: I'll go speak with them now.

There were four people worshiping in the water. Kassandra spoke to them one-by-one, hoping to pick which one was the actor.

  • Kassandra: Are you Tros? I'm looking for an actor named Tros.
  • Hedone: What? I had nearly reached the third level of Hedone's godly bliss when you interrupted me. Now I have to start all over again!
  • Kassandra: You get on with that. It's probably best you stay away from acting.

Kassandra approached another Hedone.

  • Kassandra: Chaire. Are you Tros, the actor?
  • Hedone: Um, I, oh... N-no, I'm not him.
  • Kassandra: Good. Otherwise Thespis is terrible at choosing actors.

Kassandra approached another Hedone.

  • Kassandra: Hello. I'm looking for the actor Tros. Is that you?
  • Hedone: Oh, an actor? I'd love to be an actor. But my friends told me I'd need to practice my stage presence first.
  • Kassandra: That's wise advice. Good luck with that.

Kassandra approached another Hedone.

  • Kassandra: Hello, are you Tros, the actor?
  • Hedone: You must be new. There are no actors here. Our only role is to be Hedone, to inhabit her grace and tranquility.
  • Kassandra: You sound like you know something about the theater.
  • Hedone: I wouldn't say I know much about it. I might have studied a little Aristophanes, a little Euripides... Medea was robbed, you know.

  • Kassandra: If you aren't the actor Tros, you're certainly good enough to be him. Come act in Thespis' play.
  • Hedone: I'd like to help you, Hedone, but I need to stay here. Work on my enlightenment, all right?

  • Kassandra: Picture it – you, up on a stage, showing hundreds of people how wonderful the message of Hedone is. I'm offering you that chance, you just have to take it.
  • Hedone: That is magnificent. A chance to spread the joy of Hedone to so many people... I'll do it.
  • Kassandra: Good. Now go report to Thespis at Pelops Market in Elis. And get on with your rehearsals, Hedone... I mean, Ephialtes.

  • Kassandra: I'm going to speak with some more Hedonists.
  • Hedone: That's a good name.

Kassandra left to speak to another Hedone.

Kassandra approached another Hedone.

  • Kassandra: Hello. I'm looking for Tros, the actor.
  • Hedone: Well, none of us use our old names here. But acting, I know about that. Make the audience laugh when they want to laugh, and cry when they want to cry.
  • Kassandra: And how would you make an audience laugh?
  • Hedone: Well, I'd probably slip and fall on a piece of goat's bladder. Works every time.
  • Kassandra: I see... And to make them cry?
  • Hedone: I'd tell them about how much I miss my poor dead goat. And if that didn't work, I'd cut an onion at the same time. Old theater trick, you know.

  • Kassandra: Thanks for your time. I'll speak with the rest of the Hedonists.
  • Hedone: We should use that name. Might get more people joining with a snappy name like that.

Kassandra left to speak to another Hedone.

Hedone left to meet Thespis.

Outcome

Kassandra wasn't sure if she had found Tros, but procured a suitable actor to play Ephialtes in Thespis' play.

Notes

The Hedones can be spoken to in any order.

References

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