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

Description

Kassandra returned to Dyme to play hide and seek with Natakas and Elpidios and prepare a family feast.

Dialogue

Having returned to work after some time to start a family, Kassandra received a letter from Darius.

  • Kassandra: A letter from Darius. Says he's hosting a celebration in Dyme. This I have to see.
  • Letter from Darius:

Kassandra,

We have both committed to keep secret our new home and lives, but we must do more than just survive. Boars have been sighted recently rummaging for food in Dyme, and the villagers could use a misthios to help eradicate them.

Return back home when you are done. I have planned a celebration with Natakas and Elpidios.

Kassandra made her way back home to Dyme and met Darius overlooking the hill, as was his vigil.

  • Darius: Kassandra.
  • Kassandra: Darius.
  • Darius: I heard you coming, you know.
  • Kassandra: I wasn't trying to sneak.

Darius placed his hands on his hips, disappointed in her lack of attempt.

  • Darius: Mh-hm.
  • Kassandra: It's good to see you.

Darius nodded, then turned back to lean forward on the guardrail.

  • Darius: They've missed you.

  • Kassandra: You know there's nowhere else I'd rather be.

  • Kassandra: Drachmae doesn't earn itself, Darius. Natakas has things under control here.

  • Darius: Adventure calls to people like us. For so long, my purpose was Persia. She was all I could see. But a parent's duty is not to their ambition. It's to their family, Kassandra.

Kassandra considered his words, then sighed. Darius walked back towards the front yard.

  • Kassandra: How's my boy?

Darius smiled and took the opportunity to play a joke on Kassandra. He turned around feigning worry.

  • Darius: Oh, he's in terrible danger, Kassandra! Elpidios is missing!

Kassandra stepped forward, shaking her head and spreading her arms in disbelief.

  • Kassandra: What?

Darius dropped the ruse and chuckled. Kassandra raised an eyebrow, then rolled her eyes. She realized what Elpidios missing really meant.

  • Kassandra: They're playing hide and seek again?
  • Darius: You know... It was Natakas' favorite game too, when he was Elpidios' age.

(Asked "How are Natakas and Elpidios?")

  • Kassandra: How are they?
  • Darius: We've been getting used to being in one place. It's harder than you think

(Asked "What are the Order doing now?")

  • Kassandra: Heard anything about the Order?
  • Darius: Nothing. No news. After the Tempest, they've gone quiet. They're never quiet.

(Chose "Let's find Elpidios.")

  • Kassandra: Is Elpidios at the usual spot?

Kassandra chuckled.

  • Kassandra: He loves that beach.
  • Darius: Make sure you find the boy.
  • Kassandra: I always do.

The two walked across the front yard.

  • Kassandra: After you, Darius.
  • Darius: Come, the beach is this way.

Darius took off down the hill like an ibex.

  • Kassandra: You're still quite fast, Darius.
  • Darius: Maybe you're just getting old.

Kassandra laughed as they continued to run down the hill. They passed by some children.

  • Child (1): It's Kassandra! Are you playing hide and seek with Elpidios again?
  • Kassandra: Of course.
  • Child (1): They're at the beach!
  • Child (2): Shh! Natakas told us not to say anything.
  • Kassandra: Thanks for the tip.

They headed towards a mineshaft. They descended the scaffolding into the caves below.

  • Kassandra: I've faced walls of flame, skies black with arrows, and more beasts and blades than Herakles himself... But none match parenthood.
  • Darius: It's a different kind of battle. You'll do fine, Kassandra. You are doing fine.

The cave opened right onto Elpidios' favorite beach.

  • Darius: Wherever could Elpidios be?

Elpidios' giggle could be heard amidst the shipwrecks.

  • Kassandra: Elpidios! Mater's coming to find you.

She inspected the giant water jars.

  • Kassandra: Elpidios loves splashing around in the water jars! I wonder... Is my little warrior here? Guess not.

Kassandra giggled with delight.

  • Kassandra: Where's my baby? Where's my son?

She inspected the disturbed pebbles near the tent on the beach.

  • Kassandra: A tent! We used to sleep in one and watch the stars together. That's where he must be.

Elpidios squirmed nearby.

  • Kassandra: Oh no! Elpidios sure is great at hiding.

She inspected the shipwreck with the large model boat outside the opening in the hull.

  • Kassandra: This shipwreck look like it can hide Elpidios and his pater. Let me take a look.

Kassandra continued to stalk around the beach while Natakas and Elpidios hid behind the shipwreck. Eventually, Kassandra pounced in front of them with her hands high in the air.

  • Kassandra: Aha! Found you.
  • Natakas: Wow! Isn't mater a mighty misthios? She will surely tell tales of this epic adventure for years to come! Don't forget to pay the misthios for her heroic services—
  • Kassandra: Ah, my usual rate.
  • Natakas: Welcome home.

Kassandra turned to lead them up the beach.

  • Kassandra: This is Elpidios' home, and I'm glad you're here for him, Natakas. My duty is still to this bloodline, and I couldn't have secured it without you.

Kassandra led them away from the shipwreck.

  • Kassandra: I've missed you, my love. Both of you.

She leaned in to kiss Natakas.

(Asked "How are you, Elpidios?")

  • Kassandra: How's our littlest warrior? Been on more of your famous adventures, no doubt?

Elpidios cooed.

Elpidios cooed some more.

  • Kassandra: You slew how many Athenians? Impressive! You're putting Brasidas' record to shame!

Natakas laughed.

  • Natakas: Oh stop!

(Asked "How are you, Natakas?")

  • Kassandra: How've you been?
  • Natakas: Safe. Feeling safe. Relaxed.

Elpidios cooed and Natakas looked down at him.

  • Natakas: Except our little warrior's appetite keeps growing. Greedy boy.

(Chose "The note mentioned a celebration," or asked both questions)

  • Kassandra: Darius sent me a note—something about a "celebration"?
  • Natakas: We figured it was time for a little family gathering.

Darius appeared.

  • Darius: And it's not a family gathering without a great feast! Elpidios and I will prepare the boar, won't we?

Darius took Elpidios from Natakas.

  • Kassandra: Boar. That takes me back.
  • Natakas: Kassandra and I will go look for some shellfish.
  • Darius: We'll have the fire ready by the cliff.
  • Natakas: See you later, little warrior.
(Romance activated?)
  • Natakas: Come Kassandra, it's been a while since we had some time to ourselves.

Darius left with Elpidios. Kassandra and Natakas mounted nearby horses and traveled east to the shellfish traps.

  • Kassandra: Darius seems happier with Elpidios around.
  • Natakas: Grandchildren have a mysterious effect on people. But I'm surprised you can tell behind all that beard.

As they traveled, Kassandra pondered her son's future.

  • Kassandra: What do you think Elpidios will be when he grows up?
  • Natakas: You mean, will he join the family business and spend his days misthios-ing across the Greek world?
  • Kassandra: It's not a bad life! I've got a boat. A ship, even.

Natakas laughed.

  • Natakas: He'll be whatever he wants. He'll be more—he'll be our son.

They reached the riverbank with the shellfish traps.

  • Kassandra: This is a nice quiet spot.
  • Natakas: The pools are the perfect size for Elpidios.

Kassandra collected some of the shellfish.

  • Kassandra: Been a while since I had shellfish.
(Romance activated?)
Inspecting another trap, she took a moment to appreciate her time with Natakas.
  • Kassandra: Spending time with you like this is—I like this.
  • Natakas: Me too, Kassandra. Me too...

She collected more.

  • Kassandra: So, do you think Elpidios looks more like me or like you?
  • Natakas: He's good looking, so... Me. Definitely me.

Natakas laughed.

(Romance activated)
Kassandra joined in the laugh.
  • Kassandra: You're probably right.

She collected another couple helpings of shellfish and joined Natakas up the shoreline.

  • Kassandra: These should do for our feast.
  • Natakas: You might have left some for everyone else.

Natakas laughed.

  • Natakas: Let's head back to the cliff before father returns. There's something I wanted to show you.

Natakas led Kassandra in the direction of the cliff.

  • Natakas: The cliff is this way.
(Romance activated)
  • Kassandra: With Elpidios around, it's been hard to get time together.
  • Natakas: He's a very demanding little boy. Gets that from his mater!

They reached the cliff.

(Romance activated)
  • Kassandra: This view is just—
  • Natakas: Breathtaking.

Kassandra turned to Natakas.

  • Kassandra: You said you had something to show me?
(Romance activated)
  • Natakas: Maybe.

  • Kassandra: Don't keep me waiting. We need to be quick about this.

The two kissed and found a discreet spot for a quick moment of passion. They redressed and returned to the cliff.

  • Kassandra: I haven't lost my touch, have I?
  • Natakas: It was great... But this isn't why I brought you here.
  • Kassandra: Ah.

  • Kassandra: Let's not get too carried away. You mentioned wanting to show me something earlier. Don't keep me guessing.

  • Natakas: I brought you here to show you this.

He presented a figurine.

  • Kassandra: This looks like a charm of some sort.
  • Natakas: My mother gave it to me when I was a child. "This will keep you safe. May it see you through any storm."

  • Kassandra: She was right. It brought you here. I wish I'd met her.

  • Kassandra: You're safe because you're strong. Your mater would be proud of who you've become.

Natakas closed his eyes with a contemplative smile on his face.

  • Natakas: But now... I don't need it anymore.

He lobbed the charm into the sea.

  • Kassandra: Natakas—

They exchanged glances, and Kassandra understood his meaning.

  • Kassandra: I will never fail you or Elpidios. You have my word.
  • Natakas: I know.

  • Kassandra: I can't promise I'll always be here, but... I'll do my best.
  • Natakas: And I'll do mine.

  • Kassandra: I can't promise I'll always be here, but... I'll do my best.
  • Natakas: And I'll do mine.

They heard Elpidios crying nearby and getting closer.

  • Kassandra: Here he comes! Here comes my big man!

Darius carried Elpidios towards them.

  • Darius: Elpidios is hungry.
  • Kassandra: Well he's had a big day out with his grandpater Darius.

Kassandra took hold of Elpidios and stared lovingly at him.

Night came, and the four shared a meal under the stars. Natakas wished to put Elpidios to bed, taking him from Darius.

  • Kassandra: Come on, Natakas—Elpidios can stay up a little later.
  • Natakas: He needs his rest. He's had too much fun today.
  • Darius: I should come with you—
  • Natakas: We'll be fine. Say "bye bye," Elpidios!

Elpidios gurgled.

  • Natakas: Close enough!

The three of them laughed. Natakas and Elpidios left for home. Darius and Kassandra returned to the campfire and sat down.
(Asked "How are you enjoying this quiet time?")

  • Kassandra: Do you miss the excitement of living on the road, or do you enjoy the quiet life?
  • Darius: It's too quiet.

Kassandra laughed, and Darius briefly smirked.

  • Darius: I'm used to... the growls of stalking wolves, blades being unsheathed in the darkness... Dyme is just too quiet.

(Asked "What's it like being a grandpater?)

  • Kassandra: Enjoying being a grandpater?
  • Darius: Children are wonderful... But to love so deeply is terrifying.
  • Kassandra: Don't spoil him too much.
  • Darius: Too late.

(Chose "Life is good.")

  • Kassandra: This is it, Darius. A simple life.

Darius did not answer, but closed his eyes pensively. As Kassandra's gaze drifted into the distance, she spotted something suspicious coming from the direction of Dyme. She rose to her feet and realized there was smoke over the village.

  • Kassandra: Darius!

Darius opened his eyes and stood next to her to observe the smoke. A feeling of dread came over the both of them.

  • Darius: Get to the village. Now. Go!

As Kassandra made for the village and the feeling of dread swelled within her, her thoughts turned only to her son.

  • Kassandra: Elpidios!

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