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Bayek of Siwa (86 or 85 BCE – unknown) was the last Medjay active in ancient Egypt and one of the founders of the Hidden Ones, an organization that would later transform into the Assassin Brotherhood, alongside his wife Aya.

Bayek and his wife took a leading role in the civil war between Queen Cleopatra and her brother Ptolemy XIII, a conflict that saw them at odds with the Order of the Ancients.

Laying the groundworks for the Hidden Ones during this struggle, Bayek and Aya formed bureaus in Memphis and Rome from which they would spread their influence throughout the Roman Republic, helping to fight for the freedom of the people against the Order's desire for control.

Biography

Early life

The son of the Medjay, Sabu, and his wife Ahmose,[1] 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.[2][3]

Bayek later married an Alexandrian woman named Aya, who moved in with him during their youth and trained in the arts of the Medjay[4]. Together, they had a son named Khemu. He also became a close friend of Hepzefa, a fellow Siwan.[5]

Khemu's death

In 49 BCE, the Order of the Ancients travelled to Siwa and kidnapped Bayek and Khemu, bringing them to the entrance of an Isu vault beneath the Temple of Amun. The Order showed Bayek a relic and demanded himto open the vault due to his experience as the Medjay. Bayek however had no knowledge about the vault. Before the Order could interrogate Bayek for more information, the pharaoh Ptolemy XIII arrived at the temple. Khemu stole a knife and succeeded in freeing his father, who attempted to take down the members. He was subdued by one of the members, who deflected his attack and causing him to stab Khemu in the abdomen, killing him. Before Bayek could respond, he was knocked unconscious by the masked men.[5]

Quest for vengeance

Khemu's death drove Bayek to hunt down the members of the Order of the Ancients, one by one. 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 the Order throughout Egypt. During his absence, Hepzefa took over his Medjay duties and looked after the town. After a whole year of searching, he discovered the identity of one of its members, Rudjek who was the Nomarch of Saqqara and used the cryptonym 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 a knife towards the Medjay. Bayek however dodged the attack with Rudjek's mask and slammed it with the knife threw the Nomarch's head, killing him instantly.[5]

Having killed the first member of the Order, Bayek left the pyramid and resume on 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 Saqqara. 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.[5]

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 for 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 were 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.[5]

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.[5]

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Personality and Traits

Before the tragic death of his son Bayek was shown to a caring and loving father and husband, as well as a dutiful protector of his home of Siwa. He was shown to have a lighthearted and jovial nature, as well as a strong sense of responsibility and duty for those who needed protecting. He also seemed to be very knowledgeable about the Ancient Egyptian religion and would often teach his son about them, while also explaining the world around him. His relationship with his wife was very stable, despite her Greek heritage and his strong belief in the ways of the Old Egypt.

After Khemu's death ,Bayek's sole focus became to hunt down those who were responsible, not to rest until everyone involved had paid with their lives. While he took priority on hunting down the Order of the Ancients he would stop to help those in need, showing that he still took his role as a Medjay and protector 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 of his actions. Learning that Khaliset had lost a child caused Bayek to empathize and take pity on her, leading him to pray that Khaliset be reunited with her daughter in the afterlife after he killed her. Another example is that after assassinating Taharqa, Bayek sadly apologized to his son Kawab, showing remorse for robbing an innocent child of his father.

Although Bayek was very proud of his homeland and pursued the ancient paths of his country, he had no prejudices against strangers and their culture and simply wished that Egyptians and non-Egyptians would coexists as equals. He would get disgusted at both non-Egyptians and Egyptians alike, who further insisted on strife and hatred towards each other, like the Caretaker´s Cult, a group that terrorized the Greeks living in Egypt.

Equipment and skills

As a Medjay, Bayek was highly trained in the art of combat, and he utilized 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.[3] 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.[3]

Trivia

  • 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 lost his ring finger while trying to escape being strangled to death by Eudoros, a member of the Order of the Ancients, due to activating his hidden blade while his fist was clenched, leading to the latter's death. This led to the practice of cutting one's finger as dedication to the Hidden Ones.
      • Later, legendary Assassin Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad of the Levantine Brotherhood recreated the hidden blade so one wouldn't need to sacrifice their finger. This allowed assassins to not be easily found in public during modern times since missing a finger would give away one's identity as an Assassin. However, some Assassins (like Aguilar, for example), still cut off their ring fingers to show their dedication to the order.
  • 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.[6]
  • 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.

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Appearances

References

  1. Assassin’s Creed Origins: Desert Oath (extract). Assassin's Creed: Origins official site. Ubisoft. Accessed 2 October 2017.
  2. Story and Characters – Bayek: The Last Medjay. Assassin's Creed: Origins official site. Ubisoft, Accessed 11 September 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Reparez, Mikel. Assassin's Creed Origins - What You Need To Know About Its New Setting, New Hero and New Action-RPG Gameplay. UbiBlog. Ubisoft, 11 June 2017. Accessed 12 June 2017.
  4. Reparaz, Mikel. Assassin’s Creed Origins – Exploring Memphis at Gamescom 2017. UbiBlog. Ubisoft, 28 August 2017. Accessed 11 September 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Assassin's Creed: Origins
  6. </nowiki>ASSASSIN'S CREED ORIGINS - Hands-on Impressions and new Alpha gameplay. YouTube, uploaded by Critical Hit, 13 June 2017.

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