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

Description

Receiving a plea for help from a woman named Kyra, Kassandra made her way to Mykonos.

Dialogue

Arriving at Mykonos, Kassandra and Barnabas spoke on the shores near Mykonos City.

  • Barnabas: Ahh, the Delos Islands! Two side of the same coin. Delos, sacred birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. And Mykonos, where people do everything that's forbidden on Delos.
  • Kassandra: Read me the note again.
  • Barnabas: "Eagle-bearing misthios." That's you.

Kassandra rolled her eyes.

  • Barnabas: "Podarkes, cruel leader of Delos Islands, takes money from our pockets and food from our mouths. All to feed his insate... insati..."
  • Kassandra: Insatiable.
  • Barnabas: Yes! "His insatiable thirst for power."
  • Kassandra: Podarkes is one of them, Barnabas. The ones hunting my family. Keep reading.
  • Barnabas: "We are a modest but fierce group of rebels, who'd pay you handsomely to help us overthrow our vile oppressor. I pray the winds guide you swiftly to our shores, misthios. Our people are dying." Signed "Kyra."

  • Kassandra: I'm here for Podarkes's head. The rebels will lead me right to him.
  • Barnabas: These are such beautiful islands, Kassandra. At least visit the Sanctuary of Apollo before you start taking heads.

  • Kassandra: We arrived just in time to help.
  • Barnabas: You see? Poseidon wasn't trying to drown you, he was getting you where you needed to go...
  • Barnabas: ...aggressively.

  • Kassandra: I should go. There's work to be done.
  • Barnabas: Gods forbid we enjoy a single moment on this glorious beach.

  • Kassandra: Does the note say where Kyra is?
  • Barnabas: There are two locations marked. A camp along the northwestern coast, and a hideout that looks like it's... underneath the city.

(If players asked "What do you know about Podarkes?")

  • Kassandra: Podarkes sounds like a cruel man.
  • Barnabas: He's worse. I once heard a family was late in paying their dues to the gods. Podarkes sent his men to their farm, and took the young ones from their beds...
  • Barnabas: When their mater and pater woke up to feed the animals, they discovered the animals were already feeding on the corpses of their sons.
  • Kassandra: The sooner I send this monster to Hades, the better.
  • Barnabas: Even Hades would shudder in his presence.

(If players asked "What can you tell me about the Delos Islands?")

  • Kassandra: This place seems... nice.
  • Barnabas: This island has a giant history, my friend.
  • Kassandra: We don't have time, Barnabas.
  • Barnabas: I meant Mykonos literally has a history involving giants.
  • Barnabas: Apollo was once friends with Hyperboreans from the snowy north. Until one day, they sent two maidens and five of their men to Delos with offerings for the son of Zeus. They were never seen again.
  • Kassandra: And Mykonos?
  • Barnabas: The island was built from the corpses of giants slain by the legendary Herakles.

(If players asked "What did the note say again?")

  • Kassandra: My mind wandered. Remind me what the note said?
  • Barnabas: "Eagle-bearing misthios."
  • Kassandra: The short version please.
  • Barnabas: Podarkes... Cruel leader... Thirst for power... Pay you handsomely... Rebellion... People dying.

(Leave – "Time to find Kyra.")

  • Kassandra: It's time I met with this Kyra.
  • Barnabas: I'll have the ship ready in case we need any... immediate departures.
  • Kassandra: That was Kephallonia, and that was mostly your fault.
  • Barnabas: Chaire, Kassandra.
  • Kassandra: Chaire, Barnabas.

Kassandra took her leave as Barnabas waved. As she made her way through Mykonos, she remarked on the foot traffic.

  • Kassandra: Mykonos is a lot busier than Kephallonia. Markos would like it here.

She had two places to investigate.

Meeting Kyra

With the help of Ikaros, Kassandra located the hideout entrance.

  • Kassandra: There's the rebel hideout.

Kassandra entered the Porphyrion Cave below Mykonos City and complimented the rebels' choice of hideout.

  • Kassandra: Seems like a good place for a hideout.

Entering the common area, she addressed the rebels.

  • Kassandra: I'm looking for the one called Kyra.

They immediately brandished their spears and held them to her neck.

  • Kassandra: I've come in response to a call for help.

A dagger flew past her nose into the nearby post. Kassandra was blasé about it.

  • Kassandra: You missed.

She shifted her eyes to the woman who threw it. The woman drained her drink and turned the horn upside down, staring at Kassandra with a wicked grin.

  • Kyra: Are you here to spy, Athenian? Or maybe you are Athena herself, dressed in a dirty disguise?

  • Kassandra: Do I really look like a spy to you?

  • Kassandra: I came to help a "fierce group of rebels." But I show up and you're all drunk.

  • Kassandra: Sure. I'm a god.. You think it's wise to throw blades first and ask questions later?

  • Kyra: Podarkes and his men have hunting and killing us without mercy.

The scene faded to a flashback of Podarkes and his men cracking down on the citizens of Mykonos.

  • Kyra: His spies are everywhere.
  • Kyra: He won't rest until all who oppose him are dead.
  • Kyra: We are all that's left of the resistance.

The scene returned to the present day.

  • Kyra: This is the first night we aren't fighting for our lives, and it could be our last.
  • Kyra: And suddenly, you show up.
  • Kassandra: This is why I'm here. It's your symbol, right?

Kassandra presented the letter.

  • Kyra: You're the misthios who bears the Eagle of Zeus. My apologies, these are dangerous times for anyone waging war against the Athenian empire and the Delian League. I am Kyra.

(If players asked "Where is Podarkes?")

  • Kassandra: Your note mentions Podarkes. I'm going to find him.
  • Kyra: His house is on the coast, north of Mykonos City. But he's heavily guarded. We've never been able to get close enough without taking heavy casualties. This is why I sent for you.

(If players asked "Weren't you allies of Athens?")

  • Kassandra: I thought Delos was the heart of the Delian League—Athens' pride and joy.
  • Kyra: We were. Until Athens took the League's treasury away from Delos.
  • Kassandra: Why?
  • Kyra: So they could build a statue of Athena mocking Apollo.
  • Kyra: The people pleaded with Podarkes not to trust Athens with the treasury. But his thirst for power made him deaf to his people.

(Followup – "Why not leave the Delian League?")

  • Kassandra: If things are so miserable, why doesn't Delos abandon the League?
  • Kyra: Podarkes sends Athenian soldiers to collect money from us all. The moment that stops, Athenian ships will burn our islands to the ground.

(If players chose "I'm not waging war with Athens.")

  • Kassandra: I came here to help you deal with one man, not go to war.
  • Kyra: Which is why I sent word of our rebellion to the mighty Kassandra, and Sparta, too.

(If Kassandra had not met Thaletas)

Kyra's second-in-command, Praxos, arrived with news.

  • Praxos: Podarkes discovered the other camp and Athenian soldiers to attack.
  • Kyra: Maláka!
  • Kassandra: You and your rebels are too drunk to fight. Leave the soldiers to me.
  • Kyra: If you think I'm going to miss a chance to kill Athenians, you're the one who's drunk.

Kassandra followed Kyra to the horses outside the hideout. They mounted up and rode for the beach camp.

  • Kassandra: Did Sparta answer your call for help?
  • Kyra: A polemarch named Thaletas and a handful of Spartans landed on Mykonos not long before you.
  • Kassandra: It's their camp we're head to, isn't it?
  • Kyra: Thaletas needs our help now, though he'd never admit it.
  • Kassandra: Sounds Spartan all right.

(If Kassandra had already met Thaletas)

  • Thaletas: Someone say Sparta?

Kyra was relieved to see him as they held each other close.

  • Kyra: You're alive.
  • Kassandra: How are your men?
  • Thaletas: Alive as well, thanks to you.

He winked at Kassandra as he said this. A note of jealousy entered Kyra's expression.

  • Kyra: You've met. Good. Now that we're all friends, we need a plan.

The three gathered around the table in the rebel hideout to form a plan.

Meeting Thaletas

(Kyra not met)

With the help of Ikaros, Kassandra located the camp.

  • Kassandra: That must be one of the camps.

As she entered the camp, she witnessed Spartan soldiers already under attack from the Athenians. The polemarch, Thaletas, called to her for help.

  • Thaletas: You there, misthios! Fight by my side!

Kassandra obliged him and helped dispatch the Athenians.

  • Kassandra: Well that got the blood pumping. I should talk to this Spartan.

Thaletas complimented Kassandra's fighting.

  • Thaletas: You fight well. Spartan?

  • Kassandra: I was, but that was a long time ago.
  • Thaletas: Spartan blood is eternal, stranger. What's your name?

  • Kassandra: Not Spartan. Just deadly.
  • Thaletas: Ha! Well you fight and talk like one. What do they call you, warrior?

  • Kassandra: Forget where I'm from. I'm looking for a rebel named Kyra.
  • Thaletas: And who are you?

  • Kassandra: Kassandra.
  • Thaletas: Ah, Kyra told me that name. They call me Thaletas. I was polemarch to the Spartans here.
  • Kassandra: Was?
  • Thaletas: Our ship was sunk. Our generals killed. There are only a few of us left.

  • Kassandra: Soldiers die—it's what they do. I can help fight, but first I need to find Kyra.

Thaletas was cross at the remark and defensively asked her intentions.

  • Thaletas: What do you want with her?

  • Kassandra: We've all lost friends to this war. We can mourn together, but first I need to find Kyra.

Thaletas asked her intentions.

  • Thaletas: What do you want with her?


  • Kassandra: I got a note from Kyra. Her rebellion is failing.

  • Kassandra: Kyra sent me a note. I'm here to kill Podarkes.

She presented Kyra's note. Thaletas boasted that he would help Kyra.

  • Thaletas: She's clever—Sparta got the same note. I will help Kyra reclaim these islands.
  • Kassandra: Just don't forget who helped you reclaim this beach.

Thaletas laughed.

  • Thaletas: I like you, warrior. The rebel hideout is an underground cave, southwest of here. I'll meet you there.

Kassandra and Thaletas parted ways, and Kassandra made for the Porphyrion Cave under Mykonos City.

(Kyra already met)

Kassandra and Kyra charged into the camp as the Athenians attacked the Spartan forces. Thaletas called out for help.

  • Thaletas: You there, misthios! Fight by my side!

Kassandra obliged him and helped dispatch the Athenians while Kyra attacked from range.

  • Kassandra: Well that got the blood pumping. I should talk to this Spartan.

After neutralizing the Athenian attack, Kyra and Thaletas hugged from the side.

  • Thaletas: You fought well, Kyra.

He turned his attention to Kassandra.

  • Kassandra: You too. Spartan?

  • Kassandra: I was, but that was a long time ago.
  • Thaletas: Spartan blood is eternal, stranger. What's your name?

  • Kassandra: Not Spartan. Just deadly.
  • Thaletas: Ha! Well you fight and talk like one. What do they call you, warrior?

Kyra introduced her.

  • Kyra: This is Kassandra. The one I told you about.
  • Thaletas: They call me Thaletas. I was polemarch to the Spartans here.
  • Kassandra: Was?
  • Thaletas: Our ship was sunk. Our generals killed. There are only a few of us left.

  • Kassandra: Soldiers die—it's what they do.

Thaletas was cross at her remark.

  • Kassandra: We've all lost friends to this war.

Thaletas gave a small nod.

  • Kyra: And we will mourn them later.
  • Kassandra: She's right. We shouldn't be standing here, drenched in Athenian blood.
  • Kyra: We'll be safe in the hideout. Let's talk there.

Thaletas asked how Kassandra would prefer to join them.

  • Thaletas: Will you come to the hideout now, or meet us there later?

  • Kassandra: There's no time to waste. We'll go to the hideout now.

The three returned to the rebel hideout and gathered around the table to form a plan.

  • Kassandra: There's some things I want to see first. I'll join you both later.
  • Kyra: Don't take too long, misthios.

The two left Kassandra to her business. She eventually joined them back at the hideout.

Making a Plan

With Kyra and Thaletas gathered in the hideout, Kassandra held her hand to her face as the two argued.

  • Thaletas: How long till Podarkes finds us? We're right under his nose!
  • Kyra: His nose is so high in the air, he couldn't find the Statue of Artemis Agrotera if he was standing on her head.
  • Thaletas: We know where he lives. I say we knock down his door and run our spears through his face.
  • Kyra: That's a terrible plan!
  • Thaletas: The Spartan phalanx is impenetrable in a ground assault.
  • Kyra: Not when there's only twelve of you! You think with your heart—that's what I like about you. But you're a general to those men now. You need to think with your head.
  • Thaletas: All you do is hide in caves and lurk in shadows. We didn't come here to hide. We came here to fight.
  • Kyra: And we will! But right now we're outnumbered. We must be strategic.

Kyra turned to Kassandra to break the stalemate.

  • Kyra: Kassandra, what do you think we should do?

  • Kassandra: Kyra's right. Taking them head on would be suicide.

Thaletas slammed his fist into the table.

  • Thaletas: Sailing here was suicide. Right now, my men are on the beach. That's where I'll be.
  • Kyra: Thaletas, don't.
  • Thaletas: If you decide you actually want to win this rebellion, come find me.

Once he left, Kassandra flicked her hand at him and turned from the exit.

  • Kassandra: Spartans.
  • Kyra: Don't mind him. He'll be fine after he kicks something.
  • Kyra: But I'm glad you agree with me, Kassandra. Meet me at the Temple of Artemis. There we can discuss how to take down Podarkes.

Kyra took her leave.

  • Kassandra: I like the way the Spartan thinks.
  • Kassandra: But we don't have enough swords to fight them head on.
  • Thaletas: What do you suggest?
  • Kassandra: When I arrived I saw Spartan ships. Can we get a message to them?
  • Thaletas: Not while the Athenian navy surrounds these islands.
  • Kassandra: Hmm. We need those reinforcements.

Kyra shook her head.

  • Kyra: I got the two of you here to actually help the rebellion, not to send more people to their deaths.
  • Thaletas: Kyra, wait.
  • Kyra: While the two of you compare swords, I'll be at the Temple of Artemis making an actual plan.

Kyra left the two in a huff.

  • Kassandra: She has fight. I like it.
  • Thaletas: I'm going back to my camp and my men. Meet me and we'll discuss reinforcements.
  • Kassandra: Chaire.

Thaletas took his leave.

Kassandra was left to ponder the situation at hand and the schism between the two rebel leaders.

  • Kassandra: This is going to be a long rebellion.

Outcome

Kassandra met with Kyra and Thaletas and set about a plan to bring down Podarkes the Cruel, leader of the Delos Islands and a member of the Cult of Kosmos.

Trivia

  • Although Barnabas states the camp is along the northwestern coast, it is actually on the northeastern side of Mykonos island.
  • Despite Kassandra stating that Podarkes belongs to the Cult of Kosmos, he cannot be unveiled before gathering more clues or defeating him.
  • When meeting Thaletas first, his dialogue is the same regardless of the answer given in response to learning most of his men have died. However, his facial expressions and tone of voice when he asks "What do you want with her?" are noticeably different depending on the player's choice.
  • If the Athenians are defeated first but the player turns around and goes to Kyra's cave without speaking to Thaletas, he will arrive at the cave and speak as though the player had already spoken to him.

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