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

Description

Angry and battle-weary, Kassandra returned to Myrrine in Sparta. Many of those she loved had been killed by her enemies. For Kassandra to move forward, she had to face her greatest nemesis—her past.

Dialogue

Following the Battle of Amphipolis, Kassandra met with Myrrine in the Spartan countryside.

  • Myrrine: My lamb! You’ve been gone so long.
  • Kassandra: Brasidas is dead.
  • Myrrine: No.
  • Kassandra: Deimos killed him in battle.
  • Myrrine: And what of my son?

  • Kassandra: Kleon shot him in the back with an arrow. He fell. I don't think he survived.

  • Kassandra: Kleon fired an arrow into Deimos's back. The wound didn't look fatal—he could still be alive.

  • Myrrine: Malákas Kleon! I'll kill him with my bare hands.
  • Kassandra: It's done, mater. I already sent that snake to the Styx.
  • Myrrine: My family...
  • Myrrine: You're all I have left.
  • Kassandra: Mater, there's something I need to do.
  • Kassandra: I need to go to Mount Taygetos, where it all began.
  • Kassandra: My whole life's been spent fighting and running. Running from my past, fighting to forget. I can't do this anymore.
  • Myrrine: My heart was shattered on that mountain.
  • Kassandra: I need to put that night behind me, once and for all.
  • Myrrine: I'm coming with you.

The two headed up the road up to the cliffside, the very same place where Kassandra and Alexios were dropped from many years ago.

  • Kassandra: This is where everything changed. It's like I never left.

Upon reaching the edge of the cliff, Myrrine and Kassandra found Deimos standing near the edge, looking out over Lakonia.

  • Myrrine: Alexios!

Myrrine tried running up to her youngest son, but Kassandra grabbed her to keep her from potential harm.

  • Deimos: On the edge of the world, a mother calls out to her child. Touching.
  • Myrrine: Alexios, please.

Deimos turned around to address his family.

  • Deimos: You use that name as if it means something to me.
  • Myrrine: It's the name your father and I gave you.
  • Deimos: Was that before, or after, you brought me to this mountain to die?
  • Myrrine: It was the Cult. I tried to save you. I did everything! The priests told me you were dead.
  • Deimos: And they told me you abandoned your son!
  • Myrrine: Alexios, come to me. We are your family. We can go home.
  • Deimos: Family? Home?

Deimos laughed.

  • Deimos: My sword is my family. The battlefield is my home.
  • Kassandra: I promised to bring him back, mater. But the Cult has poisoned his mind.
  • Deimos: Promised to bring me back to mater did you? You didn't bring me here. Why don't you tell our mater the truth?
  • Kassandra: And what truth is that?
  • Deimos: That I'm the chosen one. I'm the one with a destiny. I will bring order to this world. You're nothing but a mercenary with a broken spear.

  • Kassandra: You don't have a destiny. You're just a tool used by the Cult.
  • Deimos: I'm glad you said that. Since we first met, I've been trying to figure out what you are to me. You're a weed. Trying to choke and destroy everything I've planted. And you know the best way to kill a weed...

He looked at Myrrine.

  • Deimos: Is at the root.
  • Kassandra: Alexios...

  • Kassandra: The Cult controls your destiny, but you don't need them. Together, we can destroy them and bring peace back to this world.
  • Deimos: Peace? And what under Helios would you do with yourself if there was peace? Milk the goats? Look at you, oh mighty misthios. Your profit from this war as much as I do. You don't want peace—you just don't want to deal with me.
  • Kassandra: What I want—what I've always wanted—is my family.

Deimos sighed.

  • Deimos: When I was little, I found a lion cub trapped in a snare. My friend tried to free it. That's when I heard the deadly growl of its mother. I watched as the lioness tore my friend to bloody shreds. Even in the world of beasts, a family protects its young.
  • Myrrine: I loved you. I still love you.
  • Deimos: The one you love is dead. My destiny is clear. And I won't let you get in my way.

Deimos then drew and pointed his sword at his family.

Kassandra tried to calmly reason to her younger brother one more time.

  • Kassandra: Alexios, listen to me. You are my brother. I tried to protect you once, and I failed. I will not fail again.

Deimos angrily walked around, contemplating. He then yelled and tried to stab his older sister, only to stay his blade inches from her neck when he saw Kassandra holding her spear outstretched in her hands. Deimos looked at her, confused.

(The following outcome is dependent on players refraining from hostile dialogue choices in previous conversations with Deimos, along with promising Myrrine to bring Deimos home.)

Myrrine ran up and hugged a confused Deimos.

  • Myrrine: You're home now.
  • Deimos: I've done terrible things.
  • Myrrine: We all have, Alexios.

Kassandra closed her eyes, relieved that their feud was over. Deimos however, was merely feigning remorse. He then looked at his sister.

  • Deimos: You can't protect anyone, can you?

He grabbed Myrrine by her hair, prompting Kassandra to draw her spear.

  • Deimos: Maybe we both should have died here that day. But...

Deimos impaled Myrrine with his sword.

  • Kassandra: No!
  • Deimos: The gods are cruel.

Kassandra let out a tearful scream. They then proceeded to fight.

  • Kassandra: I tried to save you.
  • Deimos: Stop living in the past, sister. Your death is now.
  • Kassandra: You've hurt this family for the last time.
  • Deimos: Oh, but that's where you're wrong. The hurting has only just begun.
  • Kassandra: Stay on your guard.
  • Deimos: So disappointing.
    The spear of Leonidas was wasted on you.
    Who trained you? Mater? Pater?
    You should have trained with the Cult. Would have made this fight more interesting.
  • Kassandra: Soon you'll be dead, and so will your precious Cult. This is for the lives you've destroyed! This is for Brasidas! And this is for Phoibe!

As their final battle came to a close, Deimos tried to land one final blow onto Kassandra. She dodged the attack before running her spear into Deimos's throat, sending him to the ground. Kassandra then forcibly ripped the spear out of her dead brother's neck. Weary from the battle, she ran up to Myrrine. In her final moments, Myrrine spoke to her daughter.

  • Myrrine: From the moment I first held you, I knew. You're sent by the gods to protect this world, and you did. Always move forward, my brave Kassandra.

Myrrine drew her last breath, then expired. Kassandra hugged her mother one last time, sobbing. She then gently laid her down on the ground. She staggered over to the middle of the ledge, looking out to the edge. Having lost two significant members of her family, Kassandra dropped to her knees in grief, looking out to the horizon.

Deimos walked up slowly to Kassandra. She then gave him the spear. As he held the spear in his hands, he begins to tear up and dropped to his knees. Myrrine then ran up to comfort him.

  • Myrrine: You're home now.
  • Deimos: I've done terrible things.
  • Myrrine: We all have, Alexios.

Kassandra then helped Alexios back up to his feet.

  • Deimos: I—
  • Kassandra: I know.

Alexios nodded, assured by his sister that all was forgiven. Alexios returned the spear to Kassandra's hands, who sheathed it and placed her hand on his shoulder, leading him away from the edge.

  • Myrrine: Kassandra, wait.

She hugged her daughter, grateful for bringing Alexios back from the Cult's influence.

  • Myrrine: Thank you.

Myrrine then took Alexios' hand and brought him into the hug, wrapping an arm around each of her children. Alexios hesitated at first, then placed his right hand on Kassandra's left side as she placed her left hand on his shoulder. The three descendants of Leonidas embraced each other as a family again and smiled as they left the cliffside of Mount Taygetos, and the painful night associated with it, behind.

Kassandra drew her spear, giving up on seeing any possible redemption for her fallen brother.

  • Kassandra: I tried saving you once, and it cost me everything. But you, you are beyond saving. You will not survive the mountain this time.

The two siblings then fought their final fight.

  • Kassandra: I tried to save you.
  • Deimos: Stop living in the past, sister. Your death is now.
  • Kassandra: You've hurt this family for the last time.
  • Deimos: Oh, but that's where you're wrong. The hurting has only just begun.
  • Kassandra: Stay on your guard.
  • Deimos: So disapointing.
    The spear of Leonidas was wasted on you.
    Who trained you? Mater? Pater?
    You should have trained with the Cult. Would have made this fight more interesting.
  • Kassandra: Soon you'll be dead, and so will your precious Cult. This is for the lives you've destroyed! This is for Brasidas! And this is for Phoibe!

As the fight reached it's climax, Deimos has been beaten and weary. He slowly staggered up to Kassandra to attempt to continue fighting. This proved futile, as Kassandra dodged his attack and stabbed his brother in the neck with her spear. She then forced Deimos over to the ledge.

  • Kassandra: No one will save you this time—

She looked at her brother one last time, with a pained expression on her face.

  • Kassandra: —brother.

She then kicked Deimos off the the edge, sending him down the cliffs of Mount Taygetos for the second and final time to his demise.

  • Myrrine: Alexios!

She ran up to the edge of the cliff. Kassandra had to catch her to prevent her from jumping.

  • Kassandra: Mater.

She then embraced her mother.

(The following dialogue depends on whether or not players promised to bring back Alexios as requested by Myrrine.)

  • Myrrine: You promised you would bring him home.
  • Kassandra: He was never coming home.
  • Myrrine: Your broke your word. Now when I look at you, all I see is death. I want you to leave Sparta. Go!
  • Kassandra: Leave Sparta?
  • Myrrine: And never come back.

Heartbroken, Myrrine then walked away, wanting nothing to do with her only surviving child.

  • Kassandra: Mater...

  • Kassandra: That wasn't your son.

Myrrine, understanding that nothing could be done to save Alexios from the Cult, apologized.

  • Myrrine: I'm sorry.
  • Kassandra: I know, mater.
  • Myrrine: From the moment I first held you, I knew. You're sent by the gods to protect this world, and you did.
  • Kassandra: Come, let's go home.

Myrrine nodded. They then walked together. Myrrine still held a saddened expression on her face while Kassandra looked back in the direction of the cliff.

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