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

Description

Kassandra spoke to the blacksmith of Lalaia on the advice of Periktione.

Dialogue

Kassandra approached the village's blacksmith.

  • Methiadusa: They tell me to make the weapons, but do any of them ask if I know how?
    Oh! Who are you?
  • Kassandra: A mercenary hired by the village magistrate.
  • Methiadusa: Oh. That explains why I don't know you. I'm Methiadusa. Please don't tell me you need new weapons or armor.
  • Kassandra: I don't. But the rest of the village does.
  • Methiadusa: That's worse.
  • Kassandra: I thought you were the village blacksmith. Why are you so reluctant?
  • Methiadusa: I'm not the village blacksmith! My father is, and my brother is his apprentice. I just fetch wood when they need it. Now they all expect me to arm the village!

(If players choose "Where is your family?")

  • Kassandra: Are you the only member of your family left?
  • Methiadusa: I'll know when the men return from war. Mater left with the Ferryman last year.

(If players choose "Let me help you.")

  • Kassandra: Is there any way I can help?
  • Methiadusa: I think pater left the molds and tools nearby. But I need ore, and even then, I might make something uterrly useless.

(If players choose "Why do you doubt yourself?")

  • Kassandra: You look capable enough to me.
  • Methiadusa: There's a difference between knowing how to do something with your mind and knowing how to do it with your hands.
  • Kassandra: Fair enough.

(If players choose "Tell em about the ore.")

  • Kassandra: What kind of ore do you need?
  • Methiadusa: Any kind of ore will technically do... but...
  • Kassandra: But?
  • Methiadusa: My pater used a legendary ore when making a dagger for my mater. It's called Aphrodite's Ore. Sounds strange, but it's true.

(If players choose "Why is the ore named for Aphrodite?")

  • Kassandra: How did the ore get its name?
  • Methiadusa:The legend says Hephaistos, god of the forge, found this ore and used it to make a helmet for his wife, Aphrodite. She loved it for its color. Because of that, the ore works in the hands of any smith.

(If players choose "Where is the ore?")

  • Kassandra: Where can I find the ore?
  • Methiadusa: It's hard to reach. It's down the cliffs at the Persian Remnants, in a secret cave just above the water.
  • Kassandra: Sounds like you've been there before.
  • Methiadusa: I told you. I wasn't the smith. I was there to fetch what pater needed. I'd go myself, but I need to heat up the kiln.

(If players choose "Leave – I'll go find the ore.")

  • Kassandra: I'll bring back Aphrodite's Ore.

Kassandra headed to the cliffs in Malis near the Hot Gates of Thermopylai. She climbed down the cliffs, entering the cave Methiadusa spoke of. After a while of searching, she found and recovered one of the ore.

  • Kassandra: I can see why this ore is named for Aphrodite.

Kassandra continued to recover the ores, successfully finding five needed by Methiadusa.

  • Kassandra: That should be enough ore for Methiadusa. Time to head back.

Kassandra returned to Methiadusa in Lalaia.

  • Kassandra: I found the ore.
  • Methiadusa: Amazing! I'll ready the molds.
  • Kassandra: Will that be enough for the village?
  • Methiadusa: It should be a good start. Oh! That reminds me, I have a problem.
  • Kassandra: You and the rest of Lalaia.
  • Methiadusa: I'm just one smith and I can divide my time between making weapons and armor, but it will slow down the process. It would be faster if I just worked on one. Which should I focus on, weapons or armor?

  • Kassandra: Weapons can be improvised, armor can't. Focus on keeping people safe.
  • Methiadusa: Yes, you're right. Your confidence gives me hope. Thank you for your help.

  • Kassandra: I've done all I can for these women. Time to get back to Periktione.

Outcome

Kassandra helped Methiadusa to recover some Aphrodite's ore, allowing her to forge some equipment for the village.

References

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