The inclusion of two selectable protagonists in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Alexios and Kassandra, was a unique spin on the franchise. Only once before had any mainline entry included two Assassins as main characters, and that was Assassin's Creed Syndicate. But in it, players took on the roles of Jacob AND Evie Frye. Because of this, players seemingly grew more attached to their versions of Alexios or Kassandra in Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
There's little doubt that the RPG elements introduced in Origins and elaborated upon in Odyssey had something to do with this. Between the dialogue options, the captivating family-oriented story, or the various romances in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, it was easier for players to get into the mindset of their chosen protagonist. However, that's not to say there wasn't some unique ideas related to the character outside of player input, so here are 5 weird facts about Alexios and Kassandra.
SPOILER WARNING: Because of the nature of this list, it may contain SPOILERS for anyone who hasn't yet played Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
5. Alexios is More Popular than Kassandra
This may come as a surprise to many, especially since it was a surprise to the developers. During playtests, it was roughly half and half who would choose Alexios and who would choose Kassandra, but sometime after release, Ubisoft revealed that this dynamic had shifted. Alexios had, at the height of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, been chosen 2/3 of the time as opposed to Kassandra. Considering Kassandra is the canon protagonist and the game's director expected more favoritism toward her, this must've been a shocker. This also means that, canonically, Alexios becomes Deimos in the events of the game.
4. He or She is the Oldest Living Assassin in the Franchise
The PC dies at the ripe old age of 2464, give or take a few years. In comparison, while many Assassins do not have documented deaths, Altair was recorded to have lived to be 92 years old. This means that the PC of Assassin's Creed Odyssey exceeds the second oldest assassin by roughly 2370 years, thanks to the mythical Staff of Hermes Trismegistus.
Notably, each of these characters somewhat interact with their modern-day counterparts as well. At the end of Revelations, Ezio finds the body of Altair and communicates directly with Desmond Miles who is experiencing the moment through the Animus. Layla Hassan, the current modern-day protagonist, meets Alexios or Kassandra directly when they pass on the Staff.
3. Alexios is Incredibly Similar to God of War's Deimos
Assassin's Creed Odyssey has a God of War Easter egg, but the similarities don't end there. When playing as Kassandra and seeing Alexios as Deimos, it's worth noting that he is incredibly similar to the God of War character of the same name. In the original God of War games, Deimos is Kratos's younger brother and once of many reasons that Kratos vows vengeance against the Gods of Olympus
Alexios, in this circumstance, and Deimos have a ton of similarities. Both are Spartans and the younger brother of renown warriors (Kassandra and Kratos). Both were kidnapped and tortured, with this being the igniting factor for their ruthlessness. More specifically, each was foretold to bring cataclysm by an Oracle. Alexios was foretold to bring doom to the Greek world, and Deimos would bring about the end of Olympus. And depending on the choices by the player in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, both eventually reconcile with their siblings.
2. Kassandra's Name May Reference the Cassandra Metaphor
Whereas Alexios may be somewhat connected to another video game franchise, Kassandra's name may be connected to a Trojan Princess. Cassandra was both gifted and cursed by Apollo, who bestowed her with the power of foresight and prophecy at the expense of no one believing her. This motif was dubbed the Cassandra Metaphor, applying whenever someone with knowledge of the truth is utterly ignored. Of course, the name alone wouldn't suggest this, but the fact that Kassandra, one of the best female video game characters of 2018, warns many about the dangers of the Cult to their dismay and, in some cases, their death.
1. They Would Break the Marathon Record Today
Currently, the world record holder for the Marathon is Eliud Kipchoge at a time of 2:01:39, but a recent experiment by Redditor New_Year_Resolution shows that Alexios and/or Kassandra could have beaten him by roughly 15 minutes. The original Marathon was dubbed so after a messenger reportedly ran from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens, which is a distance of roughly 40km. In Assassin's Creed Odyssey, this area is also included in the game but shrunk down to roughly 1.5km. The aforementioned Redditor ran the distance between the two, completing it in 4 minutes and 52 seconds. Based on calculations of speed and time, the PC could complete the Marathon in roughly 1 hour and 46 minutes, taking home a major win. Of course, there are a ton of variables here, but it's a fun fact nonetheless.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version also in development.