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Phoxidas (born c. 88 BCE) was a Greek Nauarchos ("Leader of the ships", Admiral) who served in Cleopatra's navy during the 1st century BCE before joining the Hidden Ones in their fight against the Order of the Ancients.

Phoxidas was a soldier in his youth, but retired into great wealth and eventually used this wealth to fund his fleet and support of Cleopatra. Through this service, Phoxidas met Aya of Alexandria–another of Cleopatra's confidants–and the two worked together many times.

Biography

Service under Cleopatra

Born in Athens in 88 BCE, Phoxidas came to served Ptolemy XII Auletes in Egypt during his reign and later his daughter Cleopatra, becoming one of her most loyal followers.[1] Phoxidas also later gained a right hand man in Damastes, an informant of Apollodorus.[2]

In 48 BCE, he alongside Aya was sent by Cleopatra to the Aegean Sea to assist the military general Pompey and initiate an alliance with him. Encountering and destroying several ships sent by Ptolemy XIII, Phoxidas and Aya succeeded in aiding the Roman general, who accepted the alliance and made his way to Egypt.[3]

Sometime later that year, Phoxidas and Aya were dispatched to the Mediterranean Sea to defend the seas. During their mission, they encountered a Gabiniani fleet who served under Ptolemy XIII. Despite being overwhelmed with numbers, Phoxidas' fleet were able to defeat the enemy fleet before returning to Egypt.[4]

Joining the Hidden Ones

ACO Bayek Meeting

Phoxidas with Bayek's other associates

After Cleopatra ascended the throne as sole pharaoh of Egypt, allying herself with Julius Caesar and seemingly with Flavius Metellus and Lucius Septimius, who were both members of the Order of the Ancients, Phoxidas met with Aya and Bayek in a tavern in Alexandria, along with Bayek's other associates. Expressing their disgust with Cleopatra's alignment, they agreed to form an organization and combat against the Order of the Ancients and preserve the free will of the people.[5]

While Bayek pursued Flavius to Cyrene in Cyrenaica, Phoxidas stayed in Alexandria with Aya, assisting her in her efforts to locate Septimius. Later, Aya recruited two Roman senators Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus from Rome, who shared similar goals with them. Having located both Caesar and Septimius' whereabouts, Phoxidas and the Hidden Ones later regrouped in the hideout situated beneath the Library of Alexandria, making preparations to sail to Rome to combat the Order there.[6]

By 46 BCE, Phoxidas and Aya had sailed to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Along the journey, the fleet came under attack by the Romans. Later, with the assistance of Brutus and Cassius, they were able to defeat the Romans and dock safely in Antium.[7]

Life as a Hidden One

ACOC Amunet Phoxidas

Phoxidas reunited with Amunet

In 30 BCE after Cleopatra's suicide, Phoxidas reunited with Aya, who was now known as Amunet, in his ship docked at the Lighthouse of Alexandria. When Amunet returned with an unconscious Caesarion, they set sail for Rome.[8]

Personality and characteristics

Phoxidas is a highly eccentric and unapologetic man, so much that nobody accepted him for who he was except his nautai, claiming that he left his wife and children for this reason. Despite this, he is a loyal friend and a man who would do anything for freedom, even joining the Hidden Ones.[2]

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References

  1. Assassin's Creed Origins: Official Game Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 Assassin's Creed: Origins
  3. Assassin's Creed: OriginsPompeius Magnus
  4. Assassin's Creed: OriginsAmbush At Sea
  5. Assassin's Creed: OriginsThe Aftermath
  6. Assassin's Creed: OriginsLast of the Medjay
  7. Assassin's Creed: OriginsFall of an Empire, Rise of Another
  8. Assassin's Creed: Origins comic – Issue #4