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"Those living in one's shadow are the least worthy of trust."
―Cleopatra to Bayek and Aya[src]

Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator (69 BCE – 30 BCE), known to history simply as Cleopatra, was the last effective pharaoh of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt, ruling from 51 BCE to 30 BCE. She was the daughter of Ptolemy XII Auletes and the elder sister of Ptolemy XIII. After her reign, Egypt became a province of the recently established Roman Empire.

Biography

Early life

Born in Alexandria, Cleopatra was raised as royalty from birth, becoming one of the most intelligent and educated women of her time—speaking nine languages by the time she was 20.[1]

Following her father's death, she succeeded him as the next pharaoh, co-jointly ruling Egypt along her younger brother Ptolemy XIII.[1]

Exile from Egypt

In 49 BCE, Cleopatra was exiled by her younger brother Ptolemy XIII, who had been supported by the Order of the Ancients, causing her to flee Alexandria. During her years in exile, Cleopatra made the acquaintance of Bayek, a Medjay, whose wife, Aya, served Cleopatra.[2] Following this, Cleopatra began a liaison with Julius Caesar, who aided Cleopatra in her struggle against her younger brother.[3] Through his aid, Cleopatra eventually gained sole control of Egypt under the watchful eye of the Order of the Ancients.[4]

Years later in 30 BCE, Cleopatra died inside her palace after being poisoned by a venomous asp used by Aya, now known as Amunet.[5]

In 2012, she was included in a mnemonic set in Abstergo Industries' Project Legacy.[3]

Personality and characteristics

"I am Queen until a sword plunges through my heart. And even then, my blood will stay on my throne."
―Cleopatra[src]

Cleopatra was a figure who often displayed an irreverent and whimsical exterior, lavishing in wealth and indulging in all the aristocratic pleasures of life. She was shown to be quite charismatic, easily swaying the Egyptian crowds into accepting her as a ruling figure. This was mostly because she had a very charming voice that could make even a lovesick man becone enamored with the sweet tones of her voice. Because her voice was her most defining feature, she was able to sway Julius Caesar to her side after a single meeting by appealing to his desire for greatness. To that end, she cultivated the image of being a goddess among her people to gain their admiration and loyalty.

However, beneath her charmingly hedonistic exterior was a ruthless, seductive, and determined political manipulator willing to get rid of anyone in the way of her obtaining rulership and going through any means of securing her path to power. To that end she allied herself with the Medjay of Siwa and his wife before betraying them to join the Order of the Ancients to consolidate her rule over Egypt and Rome via a marriage to Caesar and tried to use her Caesar-spawned son Caesarion to strengthen her control of Rome. She was also shown to be quite cruel, initially demanding the Twin Priestesses to be boiled to death inside a Bronze Bull after she was initially told they poisoned the ceremonial Apis Bull and wanting to have her brother slain to eliminate any obstacles to her birthright.

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