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"I am his sworn bodyguard. It is a question of honor."
―Hypatos to Bayek, 48 BCE[src]
Hypatos

Hypatos.

Hypatos (died 48 BCE) was the sworn bodyguard of the Nomarch of Saqqara Nome, Rudjek. He was a warrior of honor who faithfully served his duty even after his master was assassinated by the Medjay of Siwa, Bayek. In light of this, he hunted the Medjay with as much determination as the Medjay had his master, but he proved to be the loser when they at last met, dying at Bayek's sword.

Biography

" A broken weapon won't save you. This place will serve as tomb to one of us. Let it be you."
―Hypatos to Bayek in their mortal duel, 48 BCE[src]

In 48 BCE, his master was killed by the Medjay Bayek in the Bent Pyramid of Sneferu as an act of revenge for Rudjek's role in the death of his son, Khemu.[1][2] Rudjek's demise led to Hypatos seeking Bayek out to avenge his master in turn.[3] He, himself, had been present at Rudjek's assassination, having been critically wounded by the Medjay and left for dead.[3]

A few months later, Hypatos confronted Bayek above an Old Kingdom tomb in the outskirts of Siwa. In the midst of their fight, the floor collapsed beneath them from Hypatos repeatedly slamming it with his mace, sending them both hurtling down into the ruined hall below. As neither were incapacitated by this fall, their fight resumed with Hypatos, in the name of honor, refusing Bayek's offer of a truce. Ultimately, the Medjay proved the better warrior, and Hypatos was slain by his sword.[3]

Personality and characteristics

Hypatos was a warrior with a fervent conviction in the principle of honor. His loyalty to his master, Rudjek, was so steadfast that he continued to serve him even after his death by hunting his killer, the Medjay Bayek. While his resolve to avenge his master echoed the Bayek's own relentlessness in pursuing Rudjek, Hypatos was driven less from a personal vendetta but more from a dedication to duty. As he repeated to Bayek throughout their duel, rebuffing his foe's offer of peace, it was an uncompromising "question of honor" that he kill him or die in the attempt. It mattered little what character was his master; having sworn an oath to protect him, he did not believe it was of any relevance that Rudjek was, as Bayek asserted, a "murderer". All the same, true to his warrior ethos, he was capable of acknowledging — even respecting — the status of a Medjay as that of a "worthy opponent".[3]

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