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The Scarab's Sting was a virtual representation of one of Bayek's genetic memories, relived by Layla Hassan through the Portable Animus HR-8.

Description

Bayek traveled to Sais, seeking to track the Masked One known as the Scarab.

Dialogue

Bayek met a brewer at the Sais brewery.

  • Bayek: I seek the master brewer, Harkhuf.
  • Harkhuf: I have no time. Speak to one of my overseers, if you must.
  • Bayek: You misunderstand. I am a Medjay. Apollodorus sent me.
  • Harkhuf: Apollodorus! Of course.
  • Bayek: He sent me for the Scarab, the shadow that darkens Sais.
  • Harkhuf: Shh! Please! That is an evil name to speak aloud! Apollodorus knows that people are suffering. In my position, many confide in me. Trade is strangled, the soldiers run rampant, and the weight of Ptolemy's taxation crush the breath from us. Come with me. Let us retire where we have a roof overhead.

Bayek followed Harkhuf to his home.

  • Harkhuf: There are many terrible stories about the Scarab, I am sure Apollodorus told you. Tales of mutilations, disappearances, and folk buried in the desert and left to die. A horrendous fate. Trapped in the shimmering sand. Your mind and body pounded by the relentless sun. Waiting for the final release into the Duat.

Bayek saw a vision of a man buried to the head in the desert sand as the Scarab tauntingly emptied a cup of water. Harkhuf then moved a tall pot to the side along the back wall of his home, revealing a passage into a room with information on the Scarab.

  • Harkhuf: But these are only stories. There are real villains in Sais... but the Scarab? If he exists, it is not safe to speak of him.

Bayek entered the small chamber beyond to examine Harkhuf's informant table. He found scrolls regarding the Scarab.

  • The Story of the Scarab: H - you know I share your concerns about Sefetu, but I believe a greater force directs him. This is the Scarab. Perhaps a mix of myth and rumor, but I think he exists. I think he controls some of Pharaoh's soldiers, through fear or greed. That is why I was tortured, when I discovered a rich payment to one of the captains. They nearly killed me - I would have died after they mutilated me - if they had not thrown me onto the road where Taharqa found me and brought me home.
  • Disappearance in the Night: Two men disappeared in the night last year. They were known in Alexandria as powerful proponents of Cleopatra. Their families were in Sais, but have since fled.
  • Bodies in the Sand: A traveler came from Per Ousir and reported that he came across several corpses buried in the desert, with only their skulls visible.
  • Bayek: The investigations of Harkhuf's agents, concerns of the people. Sais is no different than Siwa.

Bayek met Harhuf outside the chamber.

  • Harkhuf: The last man who asked questions about the Scarab was near beaten to death, with his tongue cut out.
  • Bayek: Hmmm. Who was he?
  • Harkhuf: Old Ghupa... Father-in-law to the most powerful man in the region, Taharqa.

Harkhuf gestured to a boy playing outside as the pair exited the home.

  • Harkhuf: That boy, Kawab, is his grandson.

Bayek walked up to Kawab.

  • Bayek: Eh, you tired of winning? I'm looking for your grandfather. Do you know where he went?
  • Kawab: No, he left on the road to Camp Pyrrhos. He should have been home by now.
  • Bayek: I'll see if I can find him along the road.

Bayek departed the house to find and rescue Ghupa. He rode up the road to Camp Pyrrhos and infiltrated the camp.

  • Guard 1: What are we to do with the beggar that Markos caught in the (officer's) tent?
  • Guard 2: If he survives the beating the men gave him, we'll sell him at the harbor for a drachma.

Bayek found the cage and opened it, hefting Ghupa onto his shoulders.

  • Bayek: Ghupa. I will get you out.

Placing Ghupa on a horse, he proceeded to ride away to Ghupa's house.

  • Bayek: I think you will survive.
  • Ghupa: (mumbles)
  • Bayek: I know the Scarab took your tongue. But we can help each other. Harkhuf told me that you were investigating the Scarab. Help me, and I can ensure he dies.

Bayek helped Ghupa inside his estate, where Kawab, his grandson, awaited.

  • Kawab: Grandfather! Are you all right? Is he hurt?
  • Bayek: Banged up, bruised and thirsty. The soldiers did not take kindly to him. But he will be all right. Where is your father, Kawab? We must speak of this.
  • Kawab: Father is away, on his great work. Mother! Grandfather is hurt! Soldiers mistook him for a beggar again!

Kawab's mother entered the home.

  • Maharet: Father, what have you done this time?
  • Bayek: He was searching for the Scarab. I hope he can help me. And, in return, I can protect your family.
  • Maharet: The Scarab is nonsense. Everyone knows this.

Ghupa rose and motioned at Kawab, giving him a piece of parchment.

  • Kawab: He wants you to read them.

Bayek read the parchment.

  • Bayek: It looks like the Scarab is summoning warriors to the city of Letopolis.
  • Maharet: By the gods! That is where my husband is.
  • Bayek: The city swallowed by the desert?
  • Kawab: It is Father's destiny to rebuild it! We're going to join him soon. Right, Mother?
  • Maharet: Yes. My husband Taharqa has been slaving there for months. I am sure he can help you. He knows everyone there.
  • Kawab: If you go, tell him I can't wait to see him!

Kawab handed Bayek a wooden toy horse. Bayek took the toy with a smile.

  • Bayek: Of course I will, Kawab.

Bayek read the parchment.

  • The Scarab's Letter: Hyena,
    You've been quite silent of late. I hope you're not withdrawing into yourself. I'm sending some of your coveted silica to you, that I discovered beneath Letopolis. It's not much - the desert does not give up her treasures easily.
    I've also sent agents to Giza, Memphis, and Yamu to attract desperate men to me. Do not worry. They're honey-tongued singers, not wild dogs like my firebrand.
    Scarab

Outcome

Having rescued Ghupa, Bayek learned that the Scarab was gathering warriors to the ancient city of Letopolis, which was being rebuilt by Taharqa, the most powerful man in the region.

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