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

Description

Kassandra saved a farmer who had information about The Dagger.

Dialogue

(While investigating the Dagger)

Following Agapios' directions, Kassandra found the Chalkis Farm in the Dirfi Foothills, north of the city.

  • Kassandra: This must be the farm Agapios mentioned. Now to find the farmer and see what he knows about The Dagger.

She entered the farm, climbing up to the topmost floor. A woman was reclining on the pillows, and noticed her.

  • Rhoeo: Misthios! Up here. Please don't make me shout!

Kassandra knelt down beside her.

  • Kassandra: I need to speak with your husband.
  • Rhoeo: Oh forget him, I need your services.
  • Kassandra: Is that right?
  • Rhoeo: Would you fetch me a drink? The slaves are all busy, and I'm quite parched.
  • Kassandra: I—No! The wine's right next to you! Tell me where I can find your husband.
  • Rhoeo: Somewhere on the eastern road. I think? Delivering wheat and grapes. Come to think of it, I haven't seen him in days. A lot of days. Weeks? Oh... oh no, I think he might be in trouble!

(As a separate quest)

Kassandra approached the main estate of Chalkis Farm and heard a woman cry out for her from the terrace.

  • Rhoeo: Misthios! Up here. Please don't make me shout!

Kassandra knelt down beside her.

  • Rhoeo: Thank the gods, you heard me!
  • Kassandra: Sounds serious. How can I help?
  • Rhoeo: I'm thirsty. Usually my husband fills me up, but I haven't seen him in a while, so if you could just reach over there and grab me the wine—
  • Kassandra: I'm a Misthios, I don't fetch wine. Wait, your husband's missing?
  • Rhoeo: Oh—well, yes, I suppose he is.

Kassandra became aware of the situation: Rhoeo's husband was missing.

(If players chose "You're drunk.")

  • Kassandra: You must be drinking a lot if you didn't notice your husband was missing.
  • Rhoeo: Yeah. Between you and me, it's hard to notice anything after enough wine.

(If players chose "Husbands are hard to keep track of.")

  • Kassandra: I hear husbands can be hard to keep track of. They're always getting lost.
  • Rhoeo: I've been through three already.
  • Rhoeo: I don't want to lose this one, too.

The conversation continued.

  • Kassandra: Your husband must have enemies or something. Someone who might want to make him go missing?
  • Rhoeo: The Dagger. If you're wealthy, they're your enemy.
  • Rhoeo: A local captain and his malákes Dagger friends visit as often as they please, demanding made up taxes and beating my husband if he doesn't pay. Will you find him? Will you find my husband?

(Accept – "I'll find your husband.")

  • Kassandra: Don't worry, I'll find him.
  • Rhoeo: Thank you. Is... is there anything else I can tell you?

(If players chose "Where might your husband be?")

  • Kassandra: Any idea where I should look for your husband?
  • Rhoeo: He's been trying to find ways to get his shipments past The Dagger's forces on the road east of here. Any time his carts ride by, the troops on patrol take a cut. More of their godsless malákes taxes. My husband usually waits on the road directly south of the cave until it's clear.

(While investigating the Dagger – "What do you know about The Dagger?")

  • Kassandra: I want you to tell me everything you know about The Dagger.
  • Rhoeo: Daggers? They're like cute lil' baby swords.
  • Kassandra: What? No. The Dagger. The Dagger you just mentioned!
  • Rhoeo: Oh! Right!
  • Rhoeo: They're just men, misthios. Greedy. Delusions of grandeur. Bleeding dry the drachmae of poor innocent slave masters, like me.

(As a separate quest – "What's 'The Dagger'?")

  • Kassandra: You mentioned something called "The Dagger?"
  • Rhoeo: I thought a misthios would know? They're tiny blades that look like baby swords.
  • Kassandra: ...You said "The Dagger," like they were a group, or—
  • Rhoeo: Oh! Oh, oh, oh, right. The Dagger!
  • Rhoeo: They're just men, misthios. Greedy. Delusions of grandeur. Bleeding dry the drachmae of poor innocent slave masters, like me.

(Leave – "I have enough information.")

  • Kassandra: I've heard enough. I'll head east and find your husband.
  • Rhoeo: Thank you, misthios.

Kassandra left Rhoeo and headed to the road.

  • Kassandra: If I follow the road east, I should be able to follow the husband's tracks.

After a while, she spotted broken carts by the side of the road.

  • Kassandra: The husband's carts. Looks like he tried to escape an armed patrol. Didn't end well.

Among the rubble was a badly hurt man. Kassandra knelt beside him.

  • Kassandra: What happened here?
  • Slave: Guards... Malákes corrupt guards... They wanted "taxes." They always want "taxes"... Took my master up to the Dystos Fort... He should've paid their stupid taxes... He—he should've paid...

The man died, and Kassandra stood to spy the fort on the distant mountain.

  • Kassandra: I better head to the fort.

Kassandra approached the fort and surveyed it with the help of Ikaros, finding the farmer in a cage.

  • Kassandra: That must be the farmer. He's locked up.

She infiltrated the fort and snuck towards the cages, overhearing the strategos of the fort and the farmer conversing.

  • Athenian Strategos: See, friend? If you don't pay your taxes, you end up a slave.
  • Farmer: I paid them! Again and again, I've paid every tax you ever invented! Please, I haven't got anything left...
  • Athenian Strategos: I've seen your farm, friend. Don't tell me you're broke.
  • Farmer: I am! I swear! You've taken everything!
  • Athenian Strategos: Tell us where you keep your drachmae!

Kassandra freed the farmer.

  • Farmer: I'm not sure who you are, but I'm grateful.
  • Kassandra: No matter what happens, keep going. I won't let you die.
  • Farmer: Follow me. I know a secret way out. It feels like every 2 weeks they're locking me up in here.

The Farmer led the way out via a cave. After they had reached safety, Kassandra and the farmer spoke again.

(Dialogue while investigating the Dagger)

  • Farmer: You saved me!
  • Kassandra: Surprised?
  • Farmer: It's just... you look more like a hired killer than a hero.
  • Kassandra: A man named Agapios believes you may be able to identify the Kingfisher. If I find out who he is, I can stop The Dagger.
  • Farmer: Ah, so it's Euboea you're here to save. Still, thank you.

(If the player chooses "What else do you know about The Dagger?")

  • Kassandra: I need to know everything I can about The Dagger.
  • Farmer: They have such ambition. A legendary greed. They appear to be pirates, yet they're organized, funded, well connected... There may be more than just the Kingfisher pulling their strings.
  • Kassandra: Don't worry, taking on shadowy organizations is my specialty.

(If the player chooses "Tell me what you know about the Kingfisher.")

  • Kassandra: Whatever you know about the Kingfisher, I also need to know.
  • Farmer: He'd visit me, the Kingfisher and his malákas flock, demanding their taxes. I kept him fed, I kept him rich. If I tell you his name... I'm a dead man.
  • Kassandra: Say it.
  • Farmer: I can't. What he'll do to me... What he'll do to my wife...
  • Kassandra: Give me his name!
  • Farmer: Neritos! His name is Neritos. Just make sure you stop him.
  • Kassandra: ...Agapios's brother. It is him.

The Farmer left to return home.

(Dialogue as a separate quest)

  • Farmer: You saved me!
  • Kassandra: Surprised?
  • Farmer: It's just... you look more like a hired killer than a hero.
  • Kassandra: Your wife hired me to check on you. She was worried.
  • Farmer: About me?
  • Kassandra: Well, she'd had some wine.
  • Farmer: So you have met her. Is there anything I can help you with?

(If the player chooses "What else do you know about The Dagger?")

  • Kassandra: I need to know everything I can about The Dagger.
  • Farmer: They have such ambition. A legendary greed. They appear to be pirates, yet they're organized, funded, well connected... There may be more than just the Kingfisher pulling their strings.
  • Kassandra: Don't worry, taking on shadowy organizations is my specialty.

(If the player chooses "Tell me about your wife.")

  • Kassandra: Your wife seems... nice.
  • Farmer: She does have her tastes. Expensive ones.
  • Farmer: The Dagger keep taking and taking... I don't know what she'll do if I ever run out. I know she loves me, I just... I'd rather not find out how much she loves me.
  • Farmer: Still, you've earned a reward. I keep... an "emergency" stash of drachmae in a cave behind a waterfall not far from here. It's directly north of where my cart crashed. Take what you think you've earned, just... leave enough for me and my wife.

The Farmer left to return home. Kassandra thought about her reward.

  • Kassandra: Better collect my drachmae from the husband's stash in the Katarraktes Cave.

Kassandra traveled back to the cave and collected a suitable reward from the husband's secret stash.

Outcome

  • Kassandra found and rescued the farmer to learn what he knew about the Dagger, who in return, albeit reluctantly, gave Kassandra the Kingfisher's real name: Neritos.
  • Alternatively, Kassandra found and rescued the farmer at the behest of his wife. In turn, the farmer told her where to find his hidden stash of drachmae as a reward.

Trivia

  • Even if the Abantis Islands are occupied by Sparta, the strategos interrogating the Farmer will be identified as 'Athenian' in the subtitles.
  • If this quest is completed before agreeing to help Agapios identify the Dagger's leader, the dialogue will be different, and Wasn't Born the Kingfisher will become available as a "Support Quest" for that endeavor instead. 'Wasn't Born the Kingfisher' consists of an ambush at the farmer's house and additional quest rewards.
  • The farmer's stash only appears when completing this quest independent of Agapios' quest line. It has no effect on the other treasures in the cave, nor does it affect the player's ability to clear the location.

References

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