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|“||The Cult is nothing without me. Even the gods cower in my wake. Kneel or die.||„|
|“||I cannot be what you want me to be. The weeds burrow too deep.||„|
|~ Deimos' last words before his death.|
Deimos, born Alexios, was one of the two main antagonists (alongside Aspasia) of the 2018 action role-playing video game Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, the eleventh major installment in the Assassin's Creed series.
He was a member of the Cult of Kosmos, a proto-Templar organization based in Ancient Greece. The grandson of King Leonidas of Sparta, he was also the younger half-brother of Kassandra, who became an infamous mercenary.
Separated from his family as an infant during a plot orchestrated by the Cult of Kosmos, Alexios was taken in by the Cult because of his connection with the First Civilization. He was shaped to become a weapon to be used by the Cult, henceforth known by the name Deimos.
Eventually, his allegiance to the Cult of Kosmos put him at odds with his sister, who was attempting to dismantle the Cult's influence across Greece, in the midst of the Peloponnesian War, and to reunite their family.
He was voiced by Michael Antonakos, and his non-canon younger self was voiced by Leonidas Castrounis.
Alexios was born during the mid-fifth century BCE in Sparta to Nikolaos and Myrrine, and was the half-brother of Kassandra. Due to being the grandson of King Leonidas, the Elders wanted him killed due to the prophecy foretelling of the downfall of Sparta by one of his grandchildren. Alexios was taken to Mount Taygetos to be killed, but Kassandra attempted to stop the elder from killing him, but inadvertently pushed the two off the mount.
He survived the fall, and was taken to the Sanctuary of Asklepios by his mother due to his severe injuries. Alexios was considered too injured to survive, and Myrrine as told to leave to die at the altar of Apollo, but he was taken in by the priestess Chrysis. While under Chrysis's care, Alexios was healed and became the sage of the Cult of Kosmos, becoming known as "Deimos" to bring fear to the cult. As "Deimos", Alexios gained a god-like complex, believing himself to be a "demigod" and would inspire fear to the cult for the next fifteen years.
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
"Deimos" would learn that his sister was still alive, having become a infamous mercenary and was instructed by the Ghost of the Kosmos to hurt Kassandra. By 431 BCE, "Deimos" confronted his sister after learning of Elpenor's murder, and used the pyramidal artifact to see Kassandra's memories. Upon realizing that she was his sister, "Deimos" allowed her to leave and murdered Epiktetos, whom he falsely accused as being the traitor of the cult. Two years later, "Deimos" murdered Perikles, the leader of the Athens to weaken the city during its plague. He later joined Kleon's Athens during the Battle of Pylos, and engaged Kassandra in combat before she saved him from a falling tree. Kassandra was then taken to Athens, and "Deimos" confronted Kassandra and refused to reconcile with her before being told to leave by Kleon.
"Deimos" then tortured and interrogated the Phidias, who had information on three symbols, but killed him when the sculptor only gave him little. At the Battle of Amphipolis, "Deimos" murdered Brasidas before fighting his sister once again, but escaped after being mistakenly injured by Kleon. In 422 BCE, "Deimos" confronted his family at Mount Taygetos, and was confronted with the truth of being manipulated by the Ghost of Kosmos. He refused the pleads of his mother and sister, and was killed by Kassandra when he attempted to kill Myrrine.
Personality and Traits
As Deimos, Alexios possessed a messiah complex, believing himself to be a Demigod, due to his First Civilization bloodline, who would bring order to the Greek world. Due to his harsh upbringing by the Cult of Kosmos, Deimos displayed almost no empathy for anyone and a strong lust for violence and warfare. His nature was extremely intimidating, to the point where even the Cult of Kosmos feared his wrath.
However, beneath his exterior was an emotionally broken individual who finally snapped out of the Cult's brainwashing when Kassandra handed him her Spear as a reminder of their shared bloodline to King Leonidas. It was after this gesture, that he broke down into tears for all the violence he had committed and was happy to be reunited with his family once again.
Equipment and Skills
Thanks in part to his bloodline, and the Isu Sword of Damokles he possessed, Deimos displayed powerful feats in combat. He is able to thrust his sword into the ground to release blasts of energy and can even project beams of energy from the tip of his sword. His combat prowess was so vast, that was even able to brutally massacre Brasidas, a highly skilled and experienced Spartan warrior within a few seconds as well as go toe-to-toe with Kassandra and her Spear of Leonidas. He also displays nearly superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and endurance in combat.
- Alexios is an ancient Greek name meaning "defender".
- His alias "Deimos" means "dread", and references the Greek God of War, Ares' son.
Cult of Kosmos (Peloponnesian War)
Aspasia | Deimos | Kleon | Pausanias of Sparta | Exekias | Iokaste | The Hydra | Polemon | Nyx | Elpenor | Sotera | The Master | Hermippos | Midas | Epiktetos | The Centaur of Euboea | The Chimera | The Silver Griffin | Machaon | Brison | Podarkes | Rhexenor | Iobates | Kodros | Pallas | Deianeira | Belos | Swordfish | Okytos | Melite | Harpalos | Zoisme | Diona | Chrysis | The Mytilenian Shark | Melanthos | The Octopus | Sokos | Asterion | Skylax | The Monger | Lagos | Kallias | Silanos
Achaemenid Empire / Greek City-States: Amorges | Gergis | The Immortals | Artazostre | Dimokrates | Gaspar | Harpagos | Pithias | Phila | Augos | Megakreon | Nestor | Sophos | Nestor | Pactyas | Nestor | Akantha | Bubares | Echion | Konon | Phratagounè | Timosa
Knight Templars (Crusades)
Rodrigo Borgia | Ludovico Orsi | Checco Orsi | Jacopo de' Pazzi | Uberto Alberti | Francesco de' Pazzi | Vieri de' Pazzi | Antonio Maffei | Stefano da Bagnone | Bernardo Baroncelli | Francesco Salviati | Emilio Barbarigo | Marco Barbarigo | Carlo Grimaldi | Silvio Barbarigo | Juan Borgia the Elder | Lucrezia Borgia | Cesare Borgia | Octavian de Valois | Micheletto Corella | Silvestro Sabbatini | Malfatto | Ristoro | Lia de Russo | Auguste Oberlin | Fiora Cavazza | Il Carnefice
Tomás de Torquemada | Ojeda | Ramirez
Byzantine Templars (16th Century Ottoman Empire)
Chinese Templars (Ming Dynasty)
Zhang Yong | Qiu Ju | Wei Bin | Yu Dayong | Ma Yongcheng | Gao Feng
Louisiana Templars (18th Century New Orleans)
Madeleine de L'Isle | Rafael Joaquín de Ferrer | George Davidson | Diego Vázquez | Antonio de Ulloa
Georgian and Colonial Era: Reginald Birch | Edward Braddock | Lawrence Washington | Samuel Smith | James Wardrop
Radical faction: Francois-Thomas Germain | Charles Gabriel Sivert | Le Roi des Thunes | Frédéric Rouille | Marie Lévesque | Louis-Michel le Peletier | Aloys la Touche | Flavigny | Marcourt | Maximilien de Robespierre | Jean Gilbert | Denis Molinier | Duchesneau | Arpinon
Russian Templars (Russian Revolution)
21st Century Templars (Abstergo Industries, mainly)
Jack the Ripper