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

Description

Kassandra travelled to the swamp to look for Natakas' informant.

Dialogue

Kassandra made her way to the eastern edge of the Swamps of Thermes. She followed the stream to a makeshift prison encampment, with no guards but at least two bears.

  • Kassandra: Animals? Where are the guards?

Kassandra slew the bears and released the prisoners, finding Natakas' information among them. She screamed out for help.

  • Civilian: Help! Someone, help!

Kassandra released her.

  • Civilian: Thank you, misthios! I've been at the mercy of those beasts. Did Natakas send you?
  • Kassandra: You must be his contact.
  • Civilian: My son was spying on an Order member. It was his first job... but he got captured. I shouldn't have agreed to let him be involved...

  • Kassandra: It wasn't your fault. Your son made a choice, and you respected it.
  • Civilian: He had a life ahead of him! But now...

  • Kassandra: If you cared, you wouldn't have put your son in danger.
  • Civilian: I do care for him, misthios! But he's young, eager... and now in trouble.

  • Kassandra: Where did this madman take your son?
  • Civilian: His soldiers took him downstream. They're going to finish him off, misthios! Please save him!

(Asked "Where should I look for your son?")

  • Kassandra: Where was your son last seen?
  • Civilian: Down the stream, misthios. He was dragged away by guards!

(Asked "Who is the madman?")

  • Kassandra: Tell me more about this madman.
  • Civilian: I've heard things about him... The calls of beasts herald his approach.

Wolves howled in the distance as she spoke. The two women briefly looked in the direction of the howl.

  • Civilian: But I've only seen his guards, and they dragged my boy away. Misthios, please. Bring my boy back to me!

(Leave – "I'll save your son.")

  • Kassandra: You're injured. Stay here while I find your son.
  • Civilian: Please hurry, misthios. They could be flaying him right now!

Kassandra took her leave and continued downstream.

  • Kassandra: I need to find her boy... Hope this madman she's talking about didn't get his hands on him.

At the mouth of the stream, Kassandra found a massacre of soldiers.

  • Kassandra: This is a bloodbath. What happened here?

She inspected a body in a nearby cage for her first clue.

  • Kassandra: These people were exposed to the elements and tortured in these cages. Horrific.

She continued into the Therme Wetlands.

  • Kassandra: The fog is rolling in.

She inspected the bodies under the cloth on the riverbank.

  • Kassandra: What kind of monster would do this?

Kassandra reached the nearby cabin and inspected the grisly table.

  • Kassandra: These tools were used on the victims. Wolves aren't to blame for this carnage.

She inspected the door of the cabin to complete her investigation.

  • Kassandra: This door is locked. But the blood trail leads further into the swamp.

In the distance, she heard a child cry out for help.

  • Child: Please, let me go. Somebody help!
  • Kassandra: There he is.

Kassandra made her way to the boy. He cried out as she drew near.

  • Kassandra: It's OK. Your mother sent me. Calm down, boy.
  • Child: No! Don't kill me!

The boy took off.

  • Child: Stay away from me!
  • Kassandra: Come back! Your mother sent me. Maláka.

Kassandra chased after him.

  • Kassandra: Boy, come back!
  • Child: Stay away!

She chased him to the site of a grisly display of human remains, some impaled on spikes, others hanging from the tree limbs.

  • Kassandra: By the gods. What happened here?

[Confrontation with the Madman, part 1]

...


  • Madman: You killed these men. They had friends, lovers—

A group of civilians appeared from the fog, surrounding Kassandra. Among them was a man who lost his son, a young woman who lost her lover, and another who lost her husband.

  • Madman: ...Families. Did their loved ones really deserve to die? Do they not deserve their revenge?

The families of Kassandra's "victims" stepped towards her with vengeance in their eyes.

  • Kassandra: Don't come any closer. None of it was personal.

The man who lost his son pointed his finger at her.

  • Civilian: So you would kill others for your own benefit?

  • Kassandra: If I hadn't killed them, they would've killed me. Don't make me do the same to you.

The woman who lost her lover criticized her.

  • Civilian: Killing is the only alternative you can think of?

  • Kassandra: They were killing innocent people. I had to stop them.

The woman who lost her husband chastised her.

  • Civilian: You're not the judge of what is right or wrong, killer.

Kassandra refused to reason with the vengeful families and drew her spear.

  • Kassandra: Enough talk. If revenge is what you want, take it!
  • Madman: Don't you see? When given the choice, all you are is violence. You paint the world with blood.

The Madman left while the vengeful families took up the arms of the fallen. (leads to 'Attack' outcome)

The vengeful families advanced on her.

  • Kassandra: Don't move any closer! It wasn't personal—they were just in the way.

The man who lost his son yelled at her.

  • Civilian: Selfish. My son didn't deserve to die.

  • Kassandra: I would be dead if I hadn't fought them.

The woman who lost her lover yelled at her.

  • Civilian: But now they're dead! All of them. So much suffering.

The woman began tearing up.

  • Civilian: We... were going to start a family...

  • Kassandra: Don't come any closer! They stood for the wrong side, for the wrong reasons. I had no choice.

The woman who lost her husband chastised her.

  • Civilian: Who are you to say what's right or wrong?

Kassandra came to the conclusion there was no peaceful solution and drew her spear.

  • Kassandra: You're making me do this.
  • Madman: I didn't make you do anything, Eagle Bearer. This is what you do. You and your kind.

The Madman left while the vengeful families took up the arms of the fallen. (leads to 'Attack' outcome)

Unswayed, they advanced on her again.

  • Kassandra: Stay back! They—they were in the way.

The man who lost his son spoke.

  • Civilian: So you killed them.

His voice filled with sadness.

  • Civilian: My son. You took him away from me.

  • Kassandra: I did what I had to. Don't make me hurt you too!

The woman who lost her lover stepped forward and spat as she spoke.

  • Civilian: No matter the cost. The world doesn't revolve around you.

Her voice cracked.

  • Civilian: We were going to start a family... He didn't deserve to die like this. He should be with me!

  • Kassandra: I had to! They fought for the wrong side!

The woman who lost her husband yelled at her.

  • Civilian: My husband's dead!

Kassandra came to the conclusion there was no peaceful solution and drew her spear.

  • Kassandra: You're forcing my hand.
  • Madman: No one forces your hand, Eagle Bearer. This is what you do. You color the world with death.

The Madman left while the vengeful families took up the arms of the fallen. (leads to 'Attack' outcome)

Kassandra looked down. The woman who lost her husband yelled at her.

  • Civilian: You always have a choice!

The families formed a tight ring around Kassandra.

Kassandra came to the conclusion there was no peaceful solution and drew her spear.

  • Kassandra: This can only end one way.
  • Madman: Is that right? So close. You were so close. But you just can't stop killing, can you? It's your nature. You are bloodshed. You are destruction. Till we meet again, Eagle Bearer.

The Madman left while the vengeful families took up the arms of the fallen. (leads to 'Attack' outcome)

In spite of their advancing on her with vengeance in their eyes, Kassandra adamantly refused to turn her spear on them.

  • Kassandra: You won't force my hand! I won't kill you.
  • Madman: Well, well. It seems like the Eagle Bearer has a conscience.

He clapped slowly and insincerely.

  • Madman: Marvelous performance. Very convincing.
  • Kassandra: You tricked me.
  • Madman: Theatrics, yes. But also truth. You killed those people—you ruined lives.

Two Persian soldiers ran up from behind. Kassandra turned to face them as they drew their swords.

  • Madman: And you'll never stop. So we'll never stop hunting you. Not until your kind are gone and the world is safe. Till we meet again, Eagle Bearer.

The Madman left while the two soldiers attacked Kassandra. She defeated them and took off after the Madman.

("Attack outcome")

  • Kassandra: Don't get in my way!

The family members lashed out at Kassandra, getting one good hit each.

  • Civilian:
  • Civilian:

They would not relent, and Kassandra was forced to kill them all.


Regardless of how Kassandra dealt with the families of her victims, she returned her attention to the direction the Madman fled.

  • Kassandra: You can't hide forever. I'm coming for you! Come out, you coward! Face me!

Kassandra spotted a humanoid figure poking out of the brush to the west.

  • Kassandra: I see you!

The figure, however, was a scarecrow.

  • Kassandra: What is this?

The scarecrow held a scroll. Kassandra grabbed and opened it to read the message.

  • Kassandra: "The Huntsman awaits you in the forest." That—

Kassandra swung her fists downward and yelled in frustration.

  • Kassandra: In the forest? Maláka. I'm coming for you, Huntsman.

Kassandra returned to the tree strung with dead bodies.

Kassandra knelt down over the dead bodies of her many victims, now joined by their grieving family members.

  • Kassandra: All this bloodshed. All this life lost...

The man who lost his son approached her.

  • Civilian: We may have been tricked, but I still don't forgive you.

The man left after having said his piece. Kassandra turned back towards the tree and knelt down.

Amidst the fog and the marsh, Kassandra was left to grapple with the weight of the bloody trail she had left across the Greek world.

  • Kassandra: I had to.

  • Kassandra: My actions are who I am.

Outcome

While tracking the Huntsman in the Therme Wetlands, Kassandra was lured into a trap and forced to face the families of the countless nameless and faceless soldiers she had killed during her travels. She survived the madman's ruse and obtained a clue to the Huntsman's whereabouts.

Trivia

  • After a response is chosen, it is no longer available in subsequent rounds of the standoff. The only "choice" besides attacking is to exhaust all three defensive statements and refuse to attack when the "Attack" option is all that remains.
  • If the timer is allowed to expire in each round of dialogue on its own, the hero may end up auto-stating responses that are no longer technically available.

References

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