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

Description

Sokrates asked Kassandra to recover information that turns the people against Kleon.

Dialogue

Kassandra spoke to Sokrates in Perikles' Residence and lamented the decline in Athens.

  • Kassandra: I should've stayed. Someone needed to stop Kleon.

Sokrates reassured her, patting her on the shoulder.

  • Sokrates: Fools look backwards in times like these, and you're no fool. For now, we work to save Mytilene.
  • Kassandra: So that's what all this is? Some kind of plan?
  • Sokrates: Ever since I heard Kleon speak of Mytilene, I've known something was wrong and have been taking steps to find out just what.

  • Kassandra: Your plan sounds promising...

  • Sokrates: One of my students is posing as a guard at the akropolis. Apparently, Kleon is hiding something there, and has been meeting others in secret.
  • Kassandra: That's a bold move.
  • Sokrates: Desperate times.
  • Kassandra: If you believe there's something at the akropolis that will help, I'll find it.
  • Sokrates: I expect you'll find the proof you need of his offense.

(If players asked "What if the plan doesn't work?")

  • Kassandra: What if the people don't turn against Kleon?
  • Sokrates: They will. I'll be speaking in front of them soon. With your help, we'll show them the man behind the facade.

(If players chose "I'll find the proof.")

  • Kassandra: Where do you need me to go?
  • Sokrates: To the western section of the Akropolis Sanctuary.

(If players choose "What other information do you have?")

  • Kassandra: Anything else you can tell me about where to look?
  • Sokrates: What I know is Kleon's always loved the Statue of Athena.
  • Kassandra: Sounds like a good place to start.

(Leave – "I'll go now.")

  • Kassandra: I'll find something at the akropolis that Kleon won't be able to deny.
  • Sokrates: Good. I'm headed soon to speak in front of the people at the Pnyx. If you find anything that can help, meet me there.
  • Kassandra: I'll be quick.

Kassandra departed and headed to the Akropolis Sanctuary.

At the Akropolis, she identified a heavily guarded sector, the Priest House, near the Propylea. The bounty on her head made it difficult to maneuver, but she found the building where Kleon kept his correspondence.

  • Kassandra: This looks like somewhere Kleon would come.

Kassandra sneaked into the house in the sector. She read a note on the table.

  • Letter to Kleon:
    Kleon,
    Your personal effects have been moved and hidden like you asked.
    I'll keep the key safe until further notice, and continue patrolling the Parthenon.
    Polemarch Phaelos
  • Kassandra: So to get the key, I need to find the commander, Phaelos.

She found a shovel on a fence.

  • Kassandra: This shovel looks recently used.

At the door leading to garden, she found some muddy tracks.

  • Kassandra: Muddy tracks. Probably came from someone in the garden.

Kassandra headed to the garden and found a chest.

  • Kassandra: Looks like someone dug here.

Needing the key, Kassandra travelled further into the Acropolis grounds, towards the Parthenon, to look for Phaelos. After killing him, she looted the key from him and returned to the garden. She unlocked the chest, recovering a papyrus.

  • Kleon's Papyrus:
    Kleon,
    After the attack on Mytilene is a success, we'll have no problem or shortage of men for your next targets.
    We'll have the ships ready as soon as any vote passes.
  • Kassandra: Sokrates was right. This is exactly what we needed.

Kassandra made her way out of the sanctuary and travelled to the Pnyx.

At the Pnyx, she met with Sokrates.

  • Sokrates: Good, you're here. The people are waiting for me to speak.
  • Kassandra: You should be able to use this to your advantage.

Kassandra handed the papyrus to Sokrates, who read it.

  • Kassandra: It's just what I could find about Kleon. Mytilene is just the first of many places that he wants to wipe out.
  • Sokrates: With the sway he has over the polis, he'd get the votes for death every time.
  • Kassandra: Then it's up to us, right now, to change their minds.
  • Sokrates: So you'll join me?

  • Kassandra: Talking to the people may not be enough. We need to show them why following Kleon is wrong.
  • Sokrates: I'm surprised to hear you suggest such an idea.
  • Kassandra: "Desperate times." Isn't that what you said?
  • Sokrates: So I did. Follow my lead and respond as if you were one of Kleon's supporters, not mine.
  • Kassandra: I'll do my best.

  • Kassandra: How am I supposed to help? You're the speaker, not me.
  • Sokrates: That's exactly why you'll be able to help. I need you to act like the people who support Kleon.
  • Kassandra: It won't be easy, but I'll do what I can.

Kassandra joined Sokrates on the stage to begin the "debate."

  • Kassandra: But Sokrates, Kleon is a man of the people.
  • Sokrates: Tell me, if you harm someone with a sword, are you not responsible?
  • Kassandra: I am.
  • Sokrates: What if you hire somebody else to harm another? Are you still responsible for that harm?

  • Kassandra: Yes, I'd still be responsible!
  • Sokrates: You are almost too insightful, and you're completely right. If someone should be hurt by any means, and we play role in that hurt, then we are still responsible.

  • Kassandra: That's ridiculous! I'm not harming the person—someone else is!
  • Sokrates: Would the person not have been safe from harm otherwise?
  • Kassandra: From me at least, yes.
  • Sokrates: Then you admit you bear responsibility for that harm, for you have still participated in it even if indirectly.
  • Kassandra: I suppose I do.

  • Sokrates: We have agreed that we may harm another, even if not by our own hands.
  • Kassandra: That's right.
  • Sokrates: So let me ask you another question—who should you trust? The many, or the one who has more expertise?

  • Kassandra: The majority is always right.
  • Sokrates: And who is informing the majority?
  • Kassandra: I suppose we're following the one at the top.
  • Sokrates: And if you found out the person "at the top" had lied to the people you follow, what would you do?

  • Kassandra: I follow the one with expertise. Surely they know better than I do.
  • Sokrates: Then your decision is based only on what another says.
  • Kassandra: It's all I have to go off of.
  • Sokrates: And if they lied?

  • Kassandra: Everyone makes mistakes! I would continue to follow them.
  • Sokrates: It's only natural to believe the person you follow is worth your loyalty. However, those who are untrustworthy do not deserve to lead.

  • Kassandra: People who lie to me don't deserve my trust.
  • Sokrates: Nor should they! After all, if someone lies to you a single time, what's to say they would not do so again?

  • Kassandra: Yes, you're right.
  • Sokrates: So you agree that someone who lies to you is not worthy of leading?
  • Kassandra: Of course.

Sokrates turned to the crowd.

  • Sokrates: O Athenians, would you not also agree that you can have responsibility for harming another, even through someone else?
  • Civilian: I would!
  • Sokrates: And would you follow someone you found out had lied to you for their own gain?
  • Civilian: Of course not!
  • Sokrates: Above all things, therefore, I beg and implore you hear these words. The one you currently follow is lying for his own gain.

The crowd began gossiping to one other.

  • Kassandra: Kleon has lied to you in order to get votes needed to attack Mytilene. And we have proof he'll do it again. Should the ship arrive in Mytilene, the people stand no chance of surviving. Now that you know the truth, you can take back your decision.
  • Sokrates: Another vote must be called! The lives of those people are in your hands, too. The ship must be stopped!

(Depending on the choices made in the debate dialogue, the crowd reaction and following dialogue will differ)

There was some applause in the crowd, but a good number of people simply muttered, shook their heads, and dismissed Sokrates' words. Sokrates took Kassandra aside to reflect on the outcome of their debate.

  • Sokrates: That probably could have gone better. But, even so, I believe the people are unable to deny the proof we presented.

The crowd erupted in applause. Sokrates took Kassandra aside to reflect on the outcome of their debate.

  • Sokrates: That was a great display of rhetoric. The people will be unable to deny what they heard.

  • Kassandra: All we did was talk.
  • Sokrates: What we did was far more. We used proof and a clear argument to bring forth an outcome that will not just hurt Kleon, but hopefully save countless lives.

  • Kassandra: I guess I learned something. It must be from all the time I've spent around you.
  • Sokrates: Debate may not always be as quick as a blade, but it can have just as big an effect.

  • Kassandra: But was it enough?
  • Sokrates: I believe word of Kleon's misdeeds will be shared throughout Athens. Its citizens love the city and what it stands for. Nobody wishes for it to fall.

Outcome

Kassandra helped Sokrates to recover proof of Kleon's corruption, and then convinced the Athenians that Kleon had spread lies to gain power and votes.

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