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Aya of Alexandria (79 or 78 BCE – unknown) was a Greco-Egyptian agent to Cleopatra VII, the last pharaoh of Egypt, and the wife of Bayek,

After she joined the Hidden Ones and founded a new bureau in Rome, Aya cast away her former identity and took a new name; Amunet.

Biography

Life in Siwa

Half-Greek and half-Egyptian, Aya was born in Alexandria, but moved to Siwa at an early age to live with her aunt Herit, while her scholar parents stayed in the capital. In Siwa, she became close to the son of the town's protector, Bayek, and by their fifteen birthday, they were a couple. Bayek's father, Sabu, did not approve of their relationship as he knew that Aya's dream was to settle in Alexandria, and he feared that her mixed heritage would corrupt his teachings.[1]

Later, after Bayek left Siwa and Aya to look after his father, Aya followed him and joined his quest for answers. Eventually, the two lovers discovered that Sabu was secretly one of the fabled Medjay and that he was investigating a lethal killer trying to crush the last remnants of the Bloodline. After they escaped the killer sent by the Order of the Ancients, the three of them settled in the desert, where Sabu pushed forward the basic training of his son over the course of several years, as they were now the last two Medjay. In the mornings Bayek would train with his father while for the rest of the day, he would train with Aya, sharing his new knowledge with the agreement of his father.[1]

Eventually, Bion, tracked them down again and killed Sabu but they later successfully killed the psychopath in Siwa. After she discovered her pregnancy, Aya renounced her dream to go back to Alexandria to become a scholar, also pushing away her doubts about the Medjay ways, and married Bayek. She later gave birth to their son, Khemu.[1]

Fighting the Order

She eventually became an agent for Queen Cleopatra VII, and later convinced Bayek to do the same.[2] Her loyalty to Cleopatra strained her marriage with Bayek, but their union would prove instrumental in the formal birth of the Assassin Brotherhood.[3] After Bayek hunted and killed the people he suspected guilty for their son's death, Aya helped cement an alliance between Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, assisting Bayek with smuggling the Queen into Alexandria. A year after discovering the tomb of Alexander the Great, Aya participated in the battle for the city. She had a clear shot at Ptolemy XIII, but chose not to kill him, leaving him to be eaten by the crocodiles in the river.

After Cleopatra's ascension to the throne of Egypt, Aya and Bayek were furious to learn that Flavius and Septimius were also members of the Order of the Ancients and thus, directly responsible for murdering their son. With both men under the protection of Cleopatra and Caesar, Aya and her husband decided to take matters into their own hands.

ACO Aya stabs Caesar

Aya stabbing Caesar

After Bayek tracked down and killed Flavius, Aya parted with him on good terms, forming the Hidden Ones. While Bayek stayed in Egypt, Aya traveled to Rome with fellow Hidden Ones Brutus and Cassius. On March 15, 44 BCE, Aya fought and killed Septimius. After helping assassinate Caesar, Aya confronted Cleopatra in her chambers, but gave her a head start to return to Egypt, out of respect for her former employer.

Sure enough, on 12 August 30 BCE, Aya, now as Amunet, infiltrated Cleopatra's palace in Alexandria, where she killed her using a venomous asp.[4]

When Aya died, her mummy was interred in the same tomb as Bayek, as was common for Egyptian spouses just feet from Bayek's sarcophagus. At some point between her burial and her discovery by Layla Hassan, Aya's sarcophagus fell into a pit, where she remained until Layla found her.

Legacy

By the time of the Renaissance, Amunet was respected as a great Assassin, and a statue of her had been placed in the Assassin Sanctuary of Monteriggioni.[4]

Though buried in Egypt, alongside her husband, a shrine dedicated to Amunet was located in the Basilica di San Marco in Venice, Italy. The Assassin Ezio Auditore explored the shrine and took the seal from the sarcophagus, which helped him to acquire the armor of the Assassin Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad.[4]

In 2017, her sarcophagus, along with her hidden blade, was found in Egypt by Layla Hassan, who cut out a genetic sample from the mummy and hooked it up to her portable Animus to relive her memories.[5]

Personality and traits

Aya was a strong-willed warrior who, like Bayek, was driven by vengeance in finding their son's killers. Aya was a strong believer in Cleopatra while her husband was more circumspect of her true intentions.[3] Aya deeply loved Bayek and would always be ecstatic to see him and spend time with him. After she was asked by Cleopatra to slay her own brother during the Battle of the Nile, Aya start to grow doubtful of Cleopatra's true intentions. This was seen when Aya, even though she had the perfect chance to kill Ptolemy, who was exposed and vulnerable, but she decided to spare him, much to Ptolemy silent gratitude.[6]

After she learned that Cleopatra and Julius Caesar are protecting Lucius Septimius and Flavius Metellus, the same men who killed her son, Khemu, she became furious and supported Bayek's cause to hunt them down silently. By this time, she had already grown a new disdain for Cleopatra. After realizing that with the death of Khemu and his killers, her life with Bayek is over, she adopted a new identity and persona called Amunet.

Equipment and skills

Although she wasn't officially recognized as a Medjay, Aya received elite combat and acrobatic training as well as choose to dress like one. She carried two twin blades as well as a shield and bow. She could easily hold her own against a few Roman legions and even defeat Lucius Septimius in a one-on-one battle, with Septimius having the advantage of utilizing an unknown Piece of Eden in the battle.

Aya was a master mariner by her third trip to sea with the ability to avoid all potential problems including the massive problem of the various rocky outcrops that would have sunk her ship. She was able to sink an entire fleet of enemy warships with only a single ship and act as the commander on said ship. She was well versed in all weapons and poisons as she used an asp to kill Cleopatra. On the battlefield Aya acted as a second in command shouting instruction to her men while Bayek acted as the leader.

Her skill with stealth was legendary being able to avoid Ptolemy's secret police for well over a year. She also was able to sneak into a fully guarded palace to kill Cleopatra, which no one was able to do.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Historically, Cleopatra died by purportedly committing suicide with either a venomous asp or poison.
  • In ancient Egyptian religion, Amunet is the goddess of invisibility and the consort of the god Amun in the Ogdoad, a group of eight primordial deities responsible for the creation of the world according to the Hermopolis tradition. She and Amun symbolize the hidden depths and incomprehensibility of the primeval world. Her name means "the female hidden one, one who is hidden."

Appearance

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Assassin's Creed: Desert Oath
  2. Reparaz, Mikel. Assassin’s Creed Origins – Exploring Memphis at Gamescom 2017. UbiBlog. Ubisoft, 28 August 2017. Accessed 29 August 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ogilvie, Tristan. Gamescom 2017: Stalking in Memphis in Assassin's Creed Origins. IGN, 22 August 2017. Accessed 22 August 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Assassin's Creed II
  5. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  6. Assassin's Creed: Origins

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