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"The first Medjay was the protector of the pharaoh. But now, it means we must protect all the people of Egypt. Not just protect them, but work for their well-being."
―The Medjay, Bayek, to his son, Khemu, 49 BCE.[src]
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Bayek showing his Medjay badge

The Medjay were an elite Egyptian paramilitary police force who served and acted as desert scouts and protectors of areas of Pharaonic interest throughout the Old, Middle, and New kingdom periods of Egypt. The ultimate sworn guardians of the pharaoh and the nation. At their peak, the Medjay were highly esteemed and perceived as the very symbol of true honor, courage, and duty. For this reason, their badge was emblazoned with the Eye of Horus, an emblem representing the protection of the Egyptian people.

History

The Medjay were originally established during the Old Kingdom and were tasked with the protection of the pharaoh's people. As the most trusted guards to the pharaoh, they were considered as the ultimate protector of the gods and the people.

By the time of the Ptolemaic dynasty, the role had faded away, with Bayek being the one of the last Medjay and acting as a sheriff of sorts for his community. His wife, Aya, also served as a Medjay prior to 49 BCE before returning to Alexandria. Despite police duties being taken over by the phylakitai, Egyptians still recognise the symbol of the Medjay, hailing Bayek as a "protector".

In 48 BCE, Cleopatra appealed to Bayek's sense of duty by making him "Egypt's Medjay", granting him a golden badge to replace his original leather badge. Bayek's closest friend, Hepzefa, was also noted as a Medjay in Siwa, having taken Bayek's duties after he left on a journey of vengeance against the Order of the Ancients. After Hepzefa's death, Bayek was truly the last of the Medjay, a title he cast away as he became the first of the Hidden Ones.

Prayer of The Medjay

"Every morning of my childhood, my father and I spoke the Prayer of the Medjay, a promise to those in need. "I am a Medjay. I am a feather in the eagle's wing... a living dagger, plunged from the sky into the heart of chaos. I am a truth unknown... a scabbard unfilled... a son of the Nile... and a defender of the people. You cannot kill me, for I walk among the dead. Come forth by day, and I will guide you home." My son should have learned this prayer from me."
―Bayek's thoughts at the end of Taimhotep's Song
Like their eventual successors, the Medjay had their own guiding principles that dictated their way of life. Like the Creed of the Assassins, the Prayer of the Medjay is passed down orally; it is first revealed while Bayek reflects upon a priestess performing a protection ritual on Taimhotep and her unborn child, and how he should have taught it to his son before his untimely death.

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