Bayek of Siwa was the last Medjay and an Assassin of the Egyptian Brotherhood active during the reign of the last pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra VII. His marriage to the Alexandrian agent of Cleopatra, Aya, laid the foundations for what would eventually become the Assassin Brotherhood.
The son of the Medjay, Sabu, and his wife Ahmose, Bayek hailed from the town of Siwa, where he was viewed as a local hero. He was the last of the Medjay, an old Nubian Egyptian order which had become obsolete under the rule of the Greek Ptolemies, and as such was the respected protector of his community. In the rest of Egypt, however, he was viewed as an inconvenient relic by those in power.
He was married to an Alexandrian woman named Aya, who moved in with him during their youth, trained in the arts of the Medjay and had a son with. Unlike Bayek, Aya was an agent to the exiled queen Cleopatra, and her duty to Cleopatra strained their relationship given Bayek's misgivings about the queen. Nevertheless, their union planted the seeds for what would become the Assassin Brotherhood.
Equipment and skillsEdit
As a Medjay, Bayek was highly trained in the art of combat, and he utilised a variety of weapons that included the khopesh, spear, and bow. He also possessed a shield to defend himself against enemies' attacks and wielded the signature Hidden Blade for low-profile assassinations. Aside from this, Bayek was an expert in stealth and freerunning.
Bayek had 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.
- Bayek is a play on the hieroglyphic word for "falcon" or "vulture". This is keeping in tradition of the protagonists' names being associated with avians.
- Bayek possesses a small scar on his upper lip, a feature he shares with later Assassins such as Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Aveline de Grandpré and Desmond Miles.
- Bayek wears a necklace adorned with an eagle's skull, which, when viewed from a certain perspective, resembles the Assassin insignia.
- Bayek also has a missing ring finger on his left hand for the use of the Hidden Blade, similar to the Levantine Brotherhood of Assassins during the Crusades.
- Furthermore, a thread can be seen connecting the Hidden Blade to Bayek's ring finger, which is in line with how the Hidden Blade's mechanism was activated before it was upgraded by Altaïr.
- Bayek's practice of dipping a feather in his targets' blood following their death is an act that would eventually become a standard ritual amongst the Brotherhood.
- Alongside Io:nhiòte, Bayek is one of the two known individuals gifted with Eagle Vision who displays the ability to telepathically see through the eyes of animals, in their case eagles.
- ↑ Assassin’s Creed Origins: Desert Oath (extract). Assassin's Creed: Origins official site. Ubisoft. Accessed 2 October 2017.
- ↑ Story and Characters – Bayek: The Last Medjay. Assassin's Creed: Origins official site. Ubisoft, Accessed 11 September 2017.
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- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Origins - Exclusive NEW Gameplay - Main Mission "The Scarab's Sting". Youtube, uploaded by Centerstrain01, 7 October 2017
- ↑ Ogilvie, Tristan. Gamescom 2017: Stalking in Memphis in Assassin's Creed Origins. IGN, 22 August 2017. Accessed 11 September 2017.
- ↑ ASSASSIN'S CREED ORIGINS - Hands-on Impressions and new Alpha gameplay. YouTube, uploaded by Critical Hit, 13 June 2017.