Bayek of Siwa was the last Medjay active in ancient Egypt and one of the founders of the Hidden Ones, an organization that would later transform into the Assassin Brotherhood, alongside his wife Aya. Bayek is the main protagonist of Assassin's Creed Origins. Bayek and his wife took a leading role in the civil war between Queen Cleopatra and her brother Ptolemy XIII, a conflict that saw them at odds with the Order of the Ancients.
Laying the groundworks for the Hidden Ones during this struggle, Bayek and Aya formed bureaus in Memphis and Rome from which they would spread their influence throughout the Roman Republic, helping to fight for the freedom of the people against the Order's desire for control.
He is voiced by Abubakar Salim.
The son of the Medjay, Sabu, and his wife Ahmose, Bayek hailed from the town of Siwa, where he was viewed as a local hero. He was the last of the Medjay, an old Nubian Egyptian order which had become obsolete under the rule of the Greek Ptolemies, and as such was the respected protector of his community. In the rest of Egypt, however, he was viewed as an inconvenient relic by those in power.
He was married to an Alexandrian woman named Aya, who moved in with him during their youth, trained in the arts of the Medjay and had a son with. Unlike Bayek, Aya was an agent to the exiled queen Cleopatra, and her duty to Cleopatra strained their relationship given Bayek's misgivings about the queen. Nevertheless, their union planted the seeds for what would become the Assassin Brotherhood.
Equipment and skills
As a Medjay, Bayek was highly trained in the art of combat. Aside from this, he was also an expert in stealth and freerunning. He favored a variety of weapons including a khopesh, a spear, and a bow while he regularly employed a shield for defense. As a founder of the Assassins, he utilized a Hidden Blade for stealth assassinations.
Bayek had a symbiotic relationship with his eagle, Senu, which aided him in reconnaissance thanks to his Eagle Vision. Unlike later Assassins such as Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, and Desmond Miles, Bayek's Eagle Vision was far more literal in the sense that activating the ability allowed him to see through the eyes of Senu instead of his own.
- Bayek is a play on the hieroglyphic word for "falcon" or "vulture".