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"You beget oppression! Liberation is a subtle work of art, not simple petty theft! You cannot take freedom you must create it."
―Bayek of Siwa to Shaqilat, 38 BCE.[src]

Bayek of Siwa (born c. 85 BCE), also known by the alias Amun, was one of the last Medjay of Egypt and the founder of the Hidden Ones alongside his wife, Aya.

Growing up in the remote village of Siwa, Bayek inherited the mantle of Medjay from his father, Sabu, and dedicated his life to protecting the security and welfare of his people.

This took a dramatic turn in 48 BCE when the Order of the Ancients, a proto-Templar organization, murdered his son, Khemu, because the two refused to cooperate in unlocking the Siwa Vault for them. The grief-stricken Medjay and his wife thereupon embarked on a quest to avenge their son, systematically assassinating every individual who had participated in the plot, only to learn from the exiled queen Cleopatra VII that the Order's reach and power far exceeded their initial belief. Although wary, Bayek followed Aya's lead and pledged his service to Cleopatra as her personal Medjay, in the process embroiling himself in the Alexandrine Civil War against Ptolemy XIII.

Following the conflict's conclusion, Cleopatra and her ally, Julius Caesar, openly aligned themselves with the Order of the Ancients. In response, Bayek gathered their main allies in Alexandria and established the Hidden Ones to counter the Order of the Ancients by fighting to protect innocent people and defend free will.

From that moment on, Bayek led what would someday become the Egyptian Brotherhood of Assassins, recruiting new members from all walks of life, expanding the organization to the Sinai Penisula in 38 BCE, and combating the oppression and atrocities perpetrated by the new Roman rule. As the forefather of the Assassin Brotherhood, he planted the seeds for their progressive philosophy, devising the Creed and its strict tenets on discretion and never harming an innocent life.

Biography

Early life

Youth in Siwa

Bayek was born in Siwa, Egypt in 85 BCE to the Medjay, Sabu, and his wife, Ahmose. When he was a young child, a group led by a grave robber known as Menna had attacked his family home. Most of them were killed by Sabu, but his mother bravely defended him as well. Bayek became a close friend of Hepzefa, a fellow Siwan, and Kensa, a Nubian girl who trained Bayek in hunting. He was also well acquainted with Menehet, a priest of Sekhmet in Yamu whose children treated Bayek as a loving uncle. Bayek also occasionally raced against Sennefer, who later left Siwa and live in Kanopos under the name Claridas.[1]

Finding his father

In 70 BCE, Bayek lived in Siwa with his parents. At this time, he was also in a relationship with Aya of Alexandria, a Greek girl whom he adored. Bayek's father 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. Bayek had started training to be a Medjay, a protector of the community. A messenger arrived and relayed a message to Sabu. He briefly spoke with Rabiah. Sabu elected to leave Siwa without giving a reason other than it being safer for Siwa that he left. After discussing his decision with Rabiah and Ahmose, Bayek chose to follow his father and goes off in search of him. He initially travelled to the city of Zawty to find the messenger who had informed Sabu. In doing so he meets Tuta a boy street urchin, who ultimately misled Bayek resulting in his purses being stolen. After chasing down the thief across rooftops, Bayek is nearly strangled to death by Tuta's father, Paneb. He was saved by Aya, who had followed him. She knocked out Paneb and the three of them including Tuta escape to Thebes.[2]

There they met Kensa, but Bayek's father was not there. Word reached Bayek that Menna may be nearby to Thebes. With Kensa, Aya, Tuta, Seri, and Neka, they decided to go hunting for Menna. Neka was captured, before being tortured. He was saved by a brave night rescue by the others. During the battle, Menna escaped on a chariot. He was pursued by Bayek and Khensa, the latter felling their driver by arrow shot, Menna ultimately died in the chariot crash. Khensa received word that Sabu was being held in a pit at the island of Elephantine. As such, Bayek and Aya left with her in search. Under cover of a sandstorm, the group infiltrated the island of Elephantine. Sabu was not in the pit, but a deranged man was set there as a decoy. After they escaped the area guards, Sabu revealed himself to the group. Bion arrived, but he was caught in the trap and was injured, but managed to escapes.[2]

Becoming the last Medjay

Several years passed, and Sabu continued to train Bayek as a Medjay. In turn, Aya was trained by Bayek. They spent years training on the run across many villages. Eventually, Bayek asked for Aya's hand in marriage. She refused, citing that being a Medjay wife would be harsh and that she still dreamed to live and work in the Library of Alexandria. She elected to leave the training as her aunt had taken ill. As she travelled back to Siwa she was set upon by horse thieves at a watering hole. She was able to hold her own until Bion came to her aide. Unknowingly, Aya had led Bion right to their training camp. Once they arrived, Bion let loose arrows that hit Sabu only to slice Bayek's stomach with a blade. All three men were ultimately injured in the ensuing battle, leading Sabu to push Bayek into a nearby river to save him. As a result, Sabu was struck down and killed by Bion. After Sabu is killed, Bayek falls unconscious and is swept away safely by the river.[2]

He was pulled from the river by people who nursed him back to health over four days upon a boat. He steadily travelled north, before disembarking to purchase a horse to get to Siwa. He arrived to find Aya safe with her aunt but was warned that Bion was somewhere nearby. Fearing for Ahmose's life, he immediately headed to his mother’s home along with Aya. Bion lied in wait and they all fought him until Ahmose critically wounding him in the process. With his dying breath, Bion revealed that Raia ordered all of the Medjay's deaths. Not long after Bion's death, Bayek married Aya and becomes the protector of Siwa and together, they raised a son called Khemu. Years later, Bayek travelled to Alexandria and killed Raia in his own home. Bayek became the last Medjay in Siwa where he was viewed as the respected protector of his community. In the rest of Egypt, however, he was viewed as an inconvenient relic by those in power.[3][4]

Khemu's death

As Bayek became a father, he trained his son to become a Medjay, teaching him the tradition of the Old Egypt through the star's constellations. Bayek also domesticated a Bonelli's eagle, Senu. The two shared a symbiotic relationship, as Bayek could see through the eyes of Senu . In 49 BCE, the pharaoh Ptolemy XIII arrived in Siwa with masked men. To celebrate the arrival of the pharaoh, Bayek was charged by the Oracle of Amun to hunt an ibex. Bayek hunted the animal with his son and Chenzira, a friend of Khemu. Recovering the skin of the animal, Bayek wanted to test the courage of his son, asking him to jump as his own father did before. Scared by the heights, Khemu refused to jump. At this moment, armed guards arrived in the cave with Chenzira as an hostage and wanted to see Bayek. The Medjay asked to his son to flee and he fought the mercenary but was ultimately defeated.[1]

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Bayek struggling against a masked one

Waking up in the Temple of Amun, Bayek was bound and one of the masked men asked to follow him under the temple. There, they found Khemu surrounded by four other masked men. They showed to Bayek a relic and demanded him to open the vault under the temple due to his experience as the Medjay. Bayek, however, had no knowledge about the vault. Before the group could interrogate Bayek for more information, the pharaoh arrived at the temple. Khemu stole a knife on one of them and succeeded in freeing his father, who attempted to take down the masked ones. He was subdued by one of them, who manipulated his attack and forced him to unintentionally stab Khemu in the abdomen, killing him. Before Bayek could respond, he was knocked unconscious by the masked men.[1]

Quest for vengeance

Tracking the Heron

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Bayek confronting Rudjek, known as the Heron

Bayek buried his son with the rest of his family at the Mountain of the Dead. He felt guilty for the death of his son as he stabbed him in the heart, forbidding him to reach the Field of Reeds. The Medjay was haunted by a nightmare in which he fought the snake Apep who devoured his heart. After beating the giant snake, Bayek saw his son in the field of Reeds. During the attack, Bayek lost Senu, believing her dead. Khemu's death drove Bayek to hunt down the masked men one by one. Unlike her husband, Aya was unable to cope with the loss of her son and returned to Alexandria where her cousin Phanos the Younger lived. Bayek, however, began searching for information about these men throughout Egypt. During his absence, Hepzefa took over Bayek's Medjay duties and looked after the town in his stead. Bayek tattooed the cryptonyms of his targets on his arm to cross out each time he killed on of them. During his journey, Bayek met Tahira, a huntress who became a protector after being inspired by Bayek. He shared with her his quest of vengeance but they nonetheless parted ways.[1]

After a whole year of searching, he discovered the identity of one of them, Rudjek, who was the Nomarch of Saqqara and used the pseudonym "the Heron". Bayek hunted Rudjek to the Bent Pyramid of Sneferu, were he crossed path with Hypatos, Rudjek's bodyguard. Bayek knocked out Hypatos despite being seriously wounded and confronted Rudjek, who threw towards the Medjay the same knife which killed Khemu. Bayek, however, blocked the attack with Rudjek's mask and slammed it with the knife through the Nomarch's head, killing him instantly. Having killed the first man on his list, Bayek left the pyramid and resumed his journey to pursue the other members. Along the way, he passed out from his injuries and was found by Nefertari, the chief healer of Nitria, a natron mine in the Saqqara Nome. Nefertari brought him back to the town and patched his wounds. In the midst of confusion, Bayek left the mine when he woke up and embarked on a long journey back to Siwa.[1]

Return to Siwa

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Bayek clashing with Hypatos, Rudjek's bodyguard

A few months later, Bayek was confronted by Hypatos in the outskirts of the town above an Old Kingdom tomb, determined to seek vengeance against the Medjay for leaving Rudjek dead in the pyramid. In the midst of their fight, Hypatos repeatedly slammed the floor, collapsing the floor and causing both him and Bayek to fall to ruins below. As neither was incapacitated by the fall, they resumed the fight, with Bayek offering a truce. Hypatos refused the truce in the name of honor, eventually falling to the blade of Bayek.[1]

Bayek later navigated his way through the tomb and when he reached the exit, he discovered his friend Hepzefa fighting a group of soldiers who served under Rudjek. After dispatching the soldiers, the Medjay duo rode back to Siwa. Bayek was told of the disruptions to his home village brought upon by Medunamun, a member of the Order known as The Ibis, who had established the Temple of Amun as his base of operations. The two returned to Hepzefa's home, where Bayek began his preparations to hunt his next target. The village healer, Rabiah later arrived and persuade Bayek to rest and allow her to treat his injuries.[1]

Having rested, Bayek met up with Hepzefa outside his home, who gave him a new bow to test out. Moments later, a villager ran towards Hepzefa, warning him that Ptolemy's soldiers were looking for him. Bayek and Hepzefa hid in the tall grasses in the surrounding and later sneaked up upon the soldiers and eliminated them. Bayek was also reunited with Senu, who was injured during the attack of Siwa and patched up by Rabiah.[1]

Having learned of Medunamun's tyrannical rule, Hepzefa urged Bayek to strengthen himself with armor and gear and aid the villagers in their errands. Bayek helped Benipe, the blacksmith in Siwa to regain his tools from Camp Shetjeh. In return, Benipe granted him a weapon of choice to choose from: a bow, a shield, a mace and a spear.[1]

Returning to his house, Bayek recovered his father's Khepesh and also a statuette of his son.[1]

Bayek, having read a letter from a villager named Issa, visited the Temple of Amun, where he discovered a group of farmers in a cage who was arrested for protesting tax increases. He also discovered the deceased body of Issa's husband Teremun, bringing his body back to the farmer's farm. Bayek was disgusted to find that Teremun's family, including Issa, were killed by Ptolemy's soldiers who burned down the hut with them inside. He then laid down Teremun's body before burial.[1]

Bayek later visited the Amanai Cave, a spring where villagers of Siwa take water from. There, Bayek met with Kett, who informed him that bandits had taken over the spring and extorted the farmers in exchange for using it. Bayek then infiltrated the spring and eliminated the bandits, thus returning the cave for the village.[1]

Having freed the spring, Bayek made his way to the Mountain of the Dead, where he found Fenuku, a friend of Khemu, standing outside a hyena den. Fenuku informed Bayek that his older brother Chenzira had wanted to look at hyena skulls in the cave, but the returning hyenas chased the both of them, causing Chenzira to ran into the tomb. Bayek sent Fenuku home and navigated into the tomb to look for Chenzira. Navigating through the tomb, Bayek eventually discovered Chenzira in a chamber and after deciphering an Old Kingdom stele, he escorted the little boy out of the tomb, only to be confronted by hyenas. After dispatching the hyenas, Bayek sent Chenzira back home.[1]

Returning back to the village, Bayek visited Rabiah in her home, who learned that she had created a makeshift clinic to treat the villagers, who were brutalized by the Ptolemies. Rabiah's supplies from Yamu were also stopped by the soldiers, who stolen them for their own use, including a shipment which was sank beneath the lake. Bayek helped Rabiah to retrieve the shipments and brought it to the "House of Life". There, he helped Rabiah to eliminate the soldiers who raided and threw the wounded out of the complex.[1]

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Bayek watching Medunamun's dying body

Having helped the local Siwans, Bayek returned to the temple complex, where he freed the priests who suffered under the beatings of Medunamun. He later confronted the Ancient, who, unapologetic of killing Khemu, was bludgeoned to death by Bayek with a sphered relic the former was studying. Having freed Siwa from Medunamun's tyranny, Bayek returned to Hepzefa for information of Aya's location. Hepzefa directed Bayek to the Great Library in Alexandria and seek a statue of Serapis.[1]


Journey to Alexandria

After crossing the desert, Bayek stopped by the Temple of Sekhmet to pay Menehet a visit while en route to Alexandria to reunite with his wife, Aya. Aware that the temple's renovations were new to the Medjay, Menehet gave his friend a tour of the complex, and Bayek was impressed by the sudden opulence of the temple. When they reached the temple's reflecting pool, Menehet's children pounced upon Bayek from behind, a playful greeting that transitioned into a game of hide-and-seek. Busy with his work, Menehet was not party to this, but whether he knew it or not, his children found themselves in dangerous spots over the course of the game, with Keba trapped in a well and Soris even narrowly escaping a ravenous hyena.[1]

While the children and Bayek were concluding their game, Menehet was confronted by a visitor to Yamu infuriated by the presence of fraudulent cat mummies in the market. Although the priest asserted that responsibility for the matter laid solely with the merchant in question, this reasoning failed to appease the visitor who stormed away no less irate than before. Because Bayek had caught wind of the rant, Menehet was prompt to describe the issue to him whereupon the Medjay took it upon himself to investigate the incident on his behalf.[1]

Once the bandits behind the fake mummies had been dealt with, Menehet again enlisted the help of Bayek—this time to locate Pamu, an Egyptian fighter who had been scheduled to play the champion of Sekhmet against the champion of Isfet in the Festival of Sekhmet that night. When Bayek returned with an intoxicated Pamu, he offered to fight as Sekhmet in his place to save his friend from disgrace, a favor which Menehet was very much grateful for, directing him to speak to the High Priest for permission.[1]

After the festival, Menehet thanked Bayek for his spectacular performance in winning the fight against Isfet, allowing him to keep the Sekhmet costume and the staff as tokens of respect. Recognizing that it was time for the Medjay to resume his journey to Alexandria, he then bid farewell to him, agreeing that Bayek should also do the same to the children before he left.[1]

Bayek arrived in Alexandria, seeing Aya in the Great Library by a statue of Serapis. There, Bayek was greeted by Phanos. Phanos explained the reason for Aya's absence and escorted Bayek to a garden shrine where he located a hidden entrance to Aya's hideout. Aya greeted Bayek passionately after a year of separation. Aya informed Bayek of the two masked ones she had killed Actaeon, known as The Vulture whom she hunted and Ktesos, known as The Ram who tracked Aya to her home after killing Actaeon.[1]

Aya showed Bayek a royal papyrus with the Snake's emblem, linking the Ptolemaic Court to the Order. Aya attained this intelligence from Apollodorus who, on behalf of Cleopatra, had spies tracking the same men than them. Bayek was not trusting toward Cleopatra due to her ousting, but decided to trust Aya's judgement. Aya entrusted one of the two relic hidden blades, that belonged to the Persian proto-Assassin Darius, to Bayek to assassinate the last member of the order, whom they believe to be The Snake, who killed Khemu. Due to her assassination of Actaeon and Ktesos, Aya was pursued by the Phylakitai of Alexandria, Gennadios, entrusting Bayek with the task eliminate him as well.[1]

Assassinating the Snake

Bayek found Gennadios searching the Jewish quarter preparing to torture the dockworkers, Bayek, infiltrated the Akra Garrison and killed him. In his final moments, Gennadios insisted that he was only doing his duty as a Phylakitai in chasing down Aya for her murders. He questioned whether Bayek and Aya's quest for vengeance against the masked ones went above the law and warned the Medjay that the other Phylakes would hunt him down to exact revenge.[1]

Bayek was asked by Phanos to free his actors and script from the guards because Phanos rallied against the regime in the emptied theatre of Alexandria. Bayek rescued one of Phanos' actors from the Akra Garrison, who revealed that the script was on its way to the palace and that the two other actors managed to escape and go into hiding. Bayek found one of the escaped actors cowering in his home, Bayek dispatched the guards that were closing in on the actor, the actor then hurried back to Phanos. He then went on to intercept a patrol going between the garrison and the Royal Palace and retrieve the play. Bayek returned to Phanos with his play and actors intact. Phanos says to Bayek that no matter what, the play will go on.[1]

After assassinating Gennadios, Bayek infiltrated the Royal Palace in search of the Snake. Heading to the room of the Royal Scribe, Bayek discovered and unlocked a chest, finding letters addressed to Medunamun, which stated he was keeping Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII under his control and Gennadios was questioning the Alexandrians of Aya's whereabouts. Certain that Eudoros, the royal scribe, was the Snake who was present at the Siwa Vault, Bayek headed to the bathhouse where Eudoros was known to frequent.[1]

Entering the Bathhouse, Bayek navigated the ceiling and discovered where Eudoros was located. Bayek attempted to assassinate Eudoros from the ceiling, which he failed as Eudoros resisted his attack and attempt to drown Bayek, until the latter triggered his hidden blade; amputating his ring finger and killing Eudoros. Before dying, Eudoros remarked that the Snake would never die. Bayek  exited the bathhouse and cauterised his wound. Having gotten rid of Gennadios and Eudoros, Bayek returned to Aya atop the Paneum. Having felt some sense of closure, the two would later share a night of passion.[1]

Alexandrian Civil War

Working for Cleopatra

After sharing a night of passion, Bayek was uncertain that Eudoros was the last killer of his son though Aya assured him their quest of vengeance ended with Eudoros. Bayek remained unsettled, leading Aya to suggest meeting Apollodorus for more information. On Aya's guidance, Bayek headed to the Lageion Hippodrome in the Kanopos Nome, meeting a informant of Apollodorus. The informant directed Bayek to head to the Kanopos lighthouse after sundown to meet Apollodorus. There, Apollodorus enlisted the Medjay's help to rescue Damastes, another informant and recover a scroll meant for Phoxidas, a Nauarchos in Cleopatra's navy. Having retrieved the intel and rescuing Damastes, Apollodorus invited Bayek to his personal estate to meet the queen, where Aya was guarding Cleopatra. Cleopatra, along with the High Priest of Ptah from Memphis, Pasherenptah, were introduced to Bayek. She explained that the Order of the Ancients were responsible for her brother's power and her exile.[1]

The Snake was revealed to refer to the Order as a whole while Eudoros's position was the Hippo. Apollodorus' spies had discovered four new names: the Scarab, who terrorised the Nile Delta with violence and sand, the Hyena who terrorised sacred Giza with death and disappearances, the Lizard who terrorised Memphis with misery and sickness and the Crocodile who terrorised the Faiyum Oasis with fear and oppression. Confronted with this new information, Bayek agrees to become Cleopatra's Medjay and assassinate the remaining members of the Order. Cleopatra orders the Siwans to find and assassinate the four names now learned. Bayek and Aya agree to take the night as lovers, and come the morning as hunters. Bayek relieves his old Medjay badge for Cleopatra's new golden badge.[1]

Before leaving the estate, Bayek was tasked by Pelias, Apollodorus' steward, to recover a letter with informations for Apollodorus. He tasked his subordinate Ruia to do this but she didn't return. While searching the letter without success, Bayek discovered Ruia's dead body. The Medjay informed Pelias and investigated on her death. He discovered that the master of arms Dymnos killed during a confrontation as she didn't read the letter to him. Trying to kill Bayek to cover his crime, the master of arms was defeated by the Medjay. Bayek found the letter and gave it to Pelias.[1]

Searching The Scarab

Bayek arrived in Sais, a village in the Sapi-Res Nome. There he met Harkhuf, Apollodorus' informant. He learned from him that the city was governed with a iron fist by Sefetu also known as the Firebrand, who worked with the Scarab. He also discovered that the Scarab was a shadow, many stories of disappearances and people buried in the desert. Harkhuf informed him that a old man, Ghupa, had his tongue cut after he investigated on the Scarab. Bayek met Kawab, the grandson of Ghupa. He told him that his grandfather was missing. Bayek saved the old man who was prisonner in the Camp Pyrrhos. Returning the old man to his family, Bayek received from Ghupa a parchment of The Scarab. He learned that the Scarab rally troops in Letopolis. The daughter of Ghupa informed Bayek that her husband, Taharqa, was in Letopolis and could help him.[1]

Bayek later visited Taharqa in Letopolis and asked for his aid in finding the Scarab. Before he could answer, Taharqa was alerted to a raid by bandits who often used the sandstorms that ravaged Letopolis as a cover to plunder the city and promised Bayek answers in exchange for his aid. After managing to defend the city and slaying the bandits at their hideout, Taharqa invited Bayek to join him and his family for a meal, where they would discuss The Scarab. However, Taharqa drugged Bayek's drink and he only realised Taharqa's true identity after noticing his smile and scarab shaped ring just before passing out.[1]

Bayek awoke buried up to his neck in the desert, left for dead, surrounded by Taharqa's other victims. After escaping with the help of his steed and Senu and recovering his possessions which Taharqa had offered as payment to Sefetu from a military camp nearby, Bayek returned to Letopolis to exact vengeance, assassinating Taharqa from above as he prayed in the temple. Kawab witnessed the death of his father and swore he will kill Bayek. The Medjay explained to Taharqa's wife that her husband was the Scarab. Bayek left the temple regretting to have made a widow and an orphan.[1]

Bayek also helped Harkhuf to fight Sefetu, killing his archers and his tax collectors in Sais. He met the harbourmaster, Zervos, who smuggling was goods for the people of Sais and needed his felucca securred. Bayek also encountered Jeska, an informant working for Harkhuf who was believed to be dead. After helping her to kill guards who had burned a village, Jeska discovered that Harkhuf was made prisonners by Sefetu in Fort Nikiou. Bayek infiltrated the fort, saved Harkhuf and killed Sefetu, ending the Firebrand's influence in the region.[1]

Hunt in the Great Pyramids

When Bayek arrived in Giza, he met Mered, a merchant who was the informant of Apollodorus. He revealed him that the real name of the Hyena was Khaliset. Mered tasked Bayek to recovered his mount which was tolen by bandits. After the mission accomplished, the merchant said that the Hyena searched for silica through the desert and that the persons who opposed known a terrible fate. Also learning she had a cave as a base, Bayek investigated there, killing hyenas who protected the place. He liberated a prisoner who said that Khaliset took the others prisoners with her. Bayek found a parchment of the Great Pyramid of Giza and tracked Khaliset there.

Beneath the pyramid, he found an Isu complex, where a pedestal delivered a message from the Messenger destined to Layla Hassan, an employee of Abstergo Industries who relived the memories of Bayek through the Animus. Near the pedestal, Bayek found more silica, the corpses of the other prisoners and Eshe's sarcophagus, Khaliset's daughter. Bayek determined that Khaliset attempted to resurrect her child with the sacrifices of her prisoners and the silica combine with the strange power of the complex. Khaliset appeared, furious that Bayek had disturbed her daughter's "tomb". He chased her through the pyramid's tunnels, eventually succeeding in killing her after a dramatic confrontation in the middle of a sandstorm outside the pyramid.[1]

Liberating Memphis from The Lizard curse

When Bayek arrived at Memphis, Pasherenptah enlisted his aid to help him eliminate the 'curse' that was plaguing his pregnant wife Taimhotep and the city. The Medjay investigated on the the odor of death surounding the city. Exploring a tomb, he discovered that the mummies were rotted, creating the odor. During his investigation in the mummification temple, Bayek discovered that the Head of the Temple tainted the natron used for the mummification with sand. He declared that he was forced by a priest of Anubis with a blue sash. Bayek killed the bandits who worked with the priest. Later Bayek helped Thutmose to hunt the crocodiles who became more violent against the citizens of Memphis. They discovered that the twins Tjuyu and Tjanefer threw human body parts in the water to lure the crocodiles. Bayek killed the twins and learnt that they were hired by the Lizard.[1]

Bayek went to Pasherenptah's house where Taimhotep and her seer trying a ritual to heal her from a curse which make her miscarried three times this year. Taimhotep and Bayek drank a hallucinogic brevage. Bayek began to make the same nightmare with Apep and defeated him and saw his son in the Field of Reeds. Waking up, the Seer revealed that Taimhotep was sick because someone giving her human flesh to eat. Leaving the house, Bayek met Aya, who was in Memphis with Cleopatra. They spoke on their progression but Bayek expressed his desire to be with his wife but Aya said she need to serve the Queen. The two decided to work together to find what created the curse which plagued Memphis.[1]

During their investigationin the of Temple of Ptah, Bayek and Aya discovered that the two twin sister priestesses poisoned the temple's bull representing the god Apis thus making the population believed that the divinity was against the arrival of Cleopatra in the city. They confessed that they only did this because their brother, Panchrates, was taken in hostage. Bayek saved the man who informed him that his abduction was ordered by a priest of Anubis with a blue stash and a having a terrible cough. Bayek understood that was the description of the Lizard. During a meeting with Cleopatra, Pasherenptah revealed to Bayek that the description matched with his second, Hetepi. The Queen of Egypt ordered his assassination. Despite hiding out amongst his fellow priests in the Great Temple, Bayek was able to identify Lizard by his coughing and blue scarf, killing him and lifting Memphis from his "curses". Later, Cleopatra appeared during the festival of Apis, the population cheering for the Queen. Bayek and Aya must another time be separated to resume their quest of vengeance.[1]

Later, Bayek helped the Seer by delivering amulets to protect an adventurer, a philanderer and a beggar. After this, the Seer proceeded to a ritual to deliver Bayek from his dream. Bayek recovered in the Nile a statue of the god Khnum, who must replace Bayek in his fight with Apep. After hours of meditation, the Seer disappeared without Bayek noticed.[1]

Bayek was tasked by the baker Teta to rescue the taster Sasobek. The man revealed to Bayek that someone wanted to poison Taimhotep with their cakes. The Medjay destroyed the stock saving the High Priest's wife. Bayek later helped Taimhotep in her ritual to assure that her child will be a boy. Bayek found a talismant and escorted Taimhotep and her maid to the Pyramid of Djoser. Bayek watched the ritual thinking on the Prayer of the Medjay he would teach to his son if he was alive.[1]

Fighting The Crocodile

Bayek was sent by Apollodorus to find a ledger which was in the possession of Hotephres, who hold stolen it from a Greek magistrate, which contained the true identity of the Crocodile and would expose her corrupt deeds. Unbeknownst to everyone, the latter's daughter Shadya discovered the ledger and took it with her. As a result, she and her mother, Khenut, were kidnapped by the Crocodile and her men, who brought them to the Euhemeria lighthouse. Shadya was executed by The Crocodile, who retrieved the ledger and weighed down the young girl's feet with large rocks, before submerging her in the waters near the pier, leaving Shadya to drown.[1]

Bayek tracked her down to the city, and was reunited with Kensa. Together, they fought and rose up the ranks to challenge the arena champions, Diovicos and Viridovix. Defeating them, Bayek was able to learn of The Crocodile's identity, Berenike, the Nomarch of Faiyum. Bayek tracked Berenike to her villa in the Kerkesoucha Granary, where he learned she had became a patron to Kensa, promising her a luxury life in exchange of her loyalty and protection. Bayek followed Berenike to her villa, where he killed her and Kensa.[1]

As she laid dying, Bayek accused her of killing Shadya. Berenike had no idea who the young girl was, and retorted that Bayek was unable to see what greatness lies in store for Egypt, like "all of his kind". Bayek told her that Shadya was Hotephres and Khenut's daughter, and the dying woman explained that the ledger would have destroyed all the Order's hopes, so she did what had to be done. In response, Bayek vowed to destroy all she stood for and all those like her and declared she would die knowing the name of the innocent girl she murdered.[1]

Bayek found both Hotephres and Khenut broken after the death of Shadya he performed a ceremony in honor oh her death he then gave the couple a new cause to fight for. In Faiyum Bayek inspired farmers to rise up against the Romans who were exporting them, he then freed the rebel's leader. Bayek assassinated the leader of Fort Boubastos when he assassinated he saw the farmers and the rebels attacking the fort as well. Bayek says goodbye to Hotephres and Khenut informing them that Faiyum is free now they must do there part.[1]

Alliance with Caesar

Bayek later received a letter from Aya explaining that there are two more members of the Order, The Scorpion and The Jackal, who were members of Ptolemy's royal guard and the likely culprits responsible for Khemu's death. He found out that Lucius Septimius was The Jackal and tracks him, but is too late to stop him from assassinating Pompey. With no other options, Cleopatra had Bayek, Aya and Apollodorus help sneak her into the palace to meet Julius Caesar by rolling her into a carpet. Cleopatra impresses Caesar and secures his support. Bayek killed the Scorpion, who was revealed to be Pothinus but was stopped from killing Septimius by Caesar. Aya watches Ptolemy get eaten by crocodiles when he tries to flee across the Nile.[1]

Founding of the Hidden Ones

Liberation of Kyrenia

Following her victory alongside Julius Caesar, Cleopatra took the throne as Pharaoh. Despite the protestations of Aya and Bayek, Septimius was allowed to live and in fact became an advisor to Caesar, who subsequently cuts all ties with the Medjay and his wife. Bayek, realising that Cleopatra and Caesar had betrayed them and electing to join with the Order of the Ancients, began to gather allies in the hopes of forming a brotherhood with which to counter the threat of the Order and to defend the free will of the common people.

After identifying the strong interest shown by the Order in the tomb of Alexander the Great, Bayek and Aya decided to investigate and there found a mortally wounded Apollodorus. Apollodorus warned them that Caesar's lieutenant, Flavius, was in fact "the Lion"; the true leader of the Order of the Ancients. He and Septimius had taken the Orb and Alexander's regal staff from the tomb and were heading back to Siwa for the Vault.[1]

Upon returning to Siwa, the former Medjay found the Vault already opened. Inside, he discovered the body of Hepfeza, his childhood friend and the man he had chosen to defend Siwa in his absence, who had been killed by Flavius and Septimius. Tracking Flavius to the Roman city of Cyrene, in nearby Kyrenia, Bayek confronted and eliminated him, the man he deemed responsible for Khemu's death, despite Flavius' wielding of the ancient relic's powers. With the relic in hand, Bayek returned to Alexandria so as to apprise Aya of these events. [5]

Becoming a Hidden One

In Alexandria, Bayek was introduced by Aya to Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, two Roman senators who, like the former Medjay, had chosen to stand against Caesar and the machinations of the Order. Aya then informed her husband of her decision to travel to Rome, in order to set up a bureau within the city and to assist Brutus and Cassius in their plans to assassinate Caesar.

On the shores of the Mediterranean the two shared a moment; admitting that their life together as husband and wife had ended, they instead chose to devote themselves entirely to the principles they had adopted alongside their allies, and founded the Hidden Ones, an order of assassins dedicated to protecting free will from within the shadows.[6]

In Memphis, Egypt, Bayek founded the first bureau from which the Hidden Ones would operate, with subsequent bureaus being set up in both the Sinai and Rome, the latter by Aya, now calling herself Amunet, who had begun to recruit more assassins to their cause.[7]

Several years later, Bayek learned from Otis of a Roman camp north of Siwa from which a Roman General was planning to bribe various Greek and Egyptian officials to set up a communication network with a view to conquering Egypt. Bayek managed to stop the bribes, but soon discovered that Otis, who had chosen to aid the Hidden One in payment of a debt he owed Aya, had been murdered by the Roman general Gaius Julius Rufio.[8]

Arrival in Sinai

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Tahira, introducing Bayek to the rebel leader, Gamilat.

In 38 BCE, Bayek received a message from Tahira, leader of the Hidden Ones in the Sinai, informing him that the region was in open revolt against the Romans and that two Hidden Ones had been killed after being caught up in a massacre. With the situation becoming increasingly untenable, Tahira had become desperate for Bayek assistance.[9]

Arriving in Klysma Quarry, Bayek discovered that word of his past actions had become legend across Egypt.[9] He then met with Tahira, who introduced him to Gamilat, the leader of the local Nabatean rebels and an ally of the Hidden Ones in the region. Together, they apprised Bayek of recent events and convinced him to assassinate three of general Rufio's lieutenants.[10]

Bayek started by investigating the disappearance of the Hidden One Osorkon, who had been tasked with surveying the Klysma Quarry before disappearing.[11] Bayek quickly discovered Osorkon's whereabouts and eliminated his Roman captors and assassinated Rufio's lieutenant, Tacito, before they could prise any actionable intelligence from him.[12]

Now free, Osorkon explained to Bayek that a woman named Shaqilat had attacked a slaver's barge, freeing the children and bringing them to a courtyard in the quarry. Bayek discovered that Shaqilat has found safety with the liberated children, but he believed that her brutal methods served only to enrage the Roman garrison and risk vicious reprisal. After assisting Shaqilat in eliminating the predicted Roman attack on the village Bayek, impressed by Shaqilat's skills and virtues, convinced her to join the Hidden Ones so as to confront the oppressors of the Sinai's people in a more restrained manner. Shaqilat, despite her doubts, accepted the offer was directed to the Hidden Ones' bureau.[11]

Bayek then met with the Hidden One Maqwat, who informed the Mentor that Rufio's lieutenant, Ampelius of Capitolinus, was overseeing all commerce on the Sinai Peninsula from his base within the Walls-of-the-Ruler, and that he did so with brutality efficiency. Bayek infiltrated the fort and, despite great difficulty in initially distinguishing Ampelius from his legionnaires, assassinated the Roman officer.[13]

Following Ameplius' death, Bayek learned of a bounty that had been placed on his head. After killing two who had sought to claim this bounty, Bayek tracked down the man who had placed it; he was shocked to discover that his would-be murderer was Kawab, the son of Taharqa, who had sought vengeance against his father's murderer for several years in an aattempt to regain his father's honor. Engaging the Hidden One in a fist fight in the desert, kawab was swiftly defeated by Bayek, who managed to convince Kawab to give up his quest vengeance and instead use his anger for a greater purpose. Kawab accepted his fate and ultimately joined Bayek as a member of the Hidden Ones.[14]

Travelling north, to the city of Arsinoe, Bayek met with Gamilat and the two infiltrated Amenmesse's pyramid in search of Ptahmose, Rufio's mason, whom the ultimately manage to assassinate.[15] After killing all three lieutenants, Bayek returned to the bureau to debrief Tahira but arrived to find the hideout under attack by the Romans.[16]

Captured crucified by the Romans, Bayek is eventually saved by Amunet, who informed Bayek that the Sinai branch of the Hidden Ones have been too loud in their actions, to the point where she had heard tell of them even in Rome, and that there may be a traitor among them.[16]

Together, the two rescue Kashta and Tahira, who had also been captured during the attack, though Tahira ultimately succumbed to her wounds and died in Bayek's arms.[16] Bayek and Amunet then returned to Arsinoe to eliminate Rufio himself, who had recently travelled to the Sinai from Rome in order to counter the growing threat to his plans.[17]

Following Rufio's death, Amunet informed Bayek of Gamilat's practice of attacking the Romans before ordering his men to retreat into a nearby village. The inevitable Roman backlash and slaughter of innocent villagers were then deliberately being used to inspire more people to join Gamilat's rebellion. Outraged that Gamilat would cause the deaths of innocents to further his own cause, Bayek confronted the rebel leader and was ultimately forced to kill him when Gamilat refused to change his ways. Bayek and Amunet eventually rebuilt the bureau in the Sinai high in the moutains north of Arsinoe, and announce their plans to expand the brotherhood into Petra and Judea.[18]

The Curse of the Pharaohs

In 38 BCE Bayek received a letter from Amunet about rumors of a relic, Bayek sets off to find it. Bayek arrives at Thebes he finds dead Pharaohs killings Romans who defiled their tombs. Merti a merchant woman leads Bayek to the black market in Thebes. Bayek discovers a network of tomb robbers and prolific trade in treasure stolen from the Valley of the Kings. Bayek sets of to an auction were the relic is held. Bayek seeks out the council of Isidora the high priestess. Though she believes the curse is Amun's will, she informs him of a cult which worships arisen Pharaoh. Bayek found the connection between Aten and the relic he returns Isidora to prove that the curse is not Amuns will.

Personality and traits

Before the death of his son, Khemu, Bayek was a caring and loving father and husband, as well as a dutiful protector to his home of Siwa. He possessed a lighthearted and jovial nature, as well as a strong sense of responsibility and duty for those who needed protecting. He was also very religious would often teach his son about the gods and how they shaped daily life within the kingdom. Despite this, however, he claims to never see eye to eye with priests, often condemning their greed and their pursuit of money and power.

After Khemu's death, Bayek's focus in life pivoted to the pursuit of those who were responsible; he vowed not to rest until everyone involved had paid with their lives. Despite his priority being the elimination of the Order of the Ancients, Bayek wouldn't hesitate to stop to help those in need, showing that he still took his role as a Medjay and protector of the innocent seriously.

While he maintained his friendly nature around close friends and people that he trusted, he was equally cold and ruthless toward those he considered to be his enemies. Bayek showed no sympathy toward those who prey on the weak and defenseless, especially innocent children. Although he was driven to kill the members of the Order, Bayek was not incapable in sympathizing with his targets or feeling guilty for his actions. Learning that Khaliset had lost a child caused Bayek to empathize and take pity on her, leading him to pray that Khaliset would be reunited with her daughter in the afterlife. Later still, Bayek remorsefully apologized to Kawab, son of Taharqa, after he had assassinated the father and robbed the innocent child of his parentage.

Although Bayek was very proud of his homeland and followed the ancient faith and traditions of his country, he had no prejudices against strangers and their culture and simply wished that Egyptians and non-Egyptians would coexist as equals.

After forming the Hidden Ones, Bayek came to regard its members as his new family and would go to great lengths to protect and advise its members. Those who Bayek considered worthy of joining the Hidden Ones would also receive his guidance; when Shaqilat attacked a slavers barge to free several captured children Bayek advised her that fighting the slavers alone would not accomplish much, but fighting alongside a brotherhood would.

Equipment and skills

As a Medjay, Bayek was a highly skilled warrior trained in the arts of combat, he was able to engage multiple opponents simultaneously. Bayek was able to wield a variety of weapons ranging from khopesh, swords, bows, spears, axes and utilized shields for protection. 

A master of stealth, Bayek was able to use various hiding spots in order to silently assassinate his targets undetected and was also able to utilize the foliage of bushes to remain hidden from his enemies. He also proved proficient in the use of the Hidden Blade which aided him in silent assassinations. 

A skilled freerunner, Bayek was able to scale the great pyramids of Egypt and the lighthouse of Alexandria as well as natural elements with relative ease. He also proved to be a strong swimmer whilst searching the ruins of underwater temples and was capable of holding his breath for a relatively long period of time. [4]

Having been trained by Kensa, Bayek was a skilled hunter, capable of killing several animals ranging from snakes, hippos, and crocodiles.

Bayek shared a symbiotic relationship with his eagle, Senu, which aided him in reconnaissance thanks to his Eagle Vision. Unlike later Assassins such as Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, and Desmond Miles, Bayek's Eagle Vision was far more literal in the sense that activating the ability allowed him to see through the eyes of Senu.[4]

Trivia

  • Bayek is a play on the hieroglyphic word for 'falcon' or 'vulture'. This is keeping in the tradition of the protagonists' names being associated with birds.
  • Bayek was the first person to have his ring finger cut off from the usage of the Hidden Blade, a tradition that would later be passed on to prove one's loyalty to the Creed in the Assassin Order up until the Levantine Brotherhood.
    • Unlike these future Assassins however, the removal of Bayek's finger was an accident that occurred while he was assassinating Eudoros, as a result of his inexperience with the weapon and the struggle put up by Eudoros.
  • In Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Bayek can be recruited as a lieutenant on the ship Adrestia via Ubisoft club.

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References

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