Ubi Talk In-depth About Farah & Other Names In POP3

Ubisoft have released details about some secondary characters of Prince of Persia 3 like Kaileena and Farah, two major allies in the Prince of Persia saga.

Kaileena

Kaileena’s origins remain a mystery, save for information gleaned from “historical records” of rather dubious origins. The most common theory is that she was created by the gods – an unwitting byproduct of the creation of Time itself. An accident, if you will. But this is a rather esoteric approach to explaining her existence. It’s also incorrect.

In truth, Kaileena is a Daeva; descended from a mythical race of creatures said to come from the hidden province of Aresura. This explains Kaileena’s powers her ability to foresee the future, to reshape people into monsters, to levitate and use powerful magic spells. But it does not explain how or why she came to reside on the Island of Time.

The Island of Time is a dark and isolated bit of land shrouded in mist and encircled by turbulent seas. Through a rather tragic (and ironic) series of events, Kaileena fled to the Island and built a grand fortress there – all in an attempt to ward off her untimely demise. For you see, she had glimpsed her future – and knew that one day The Prince would find and kill her. Too late she realized, she had not built a fortress, but a tomb.

But The Prince – not content simply to change his fate – also endeavored to change hers. He fought FATE itself – physically manifested in the form of a creature known as the Dahaka. And The Prince won, slaying the monster! Kaileena – who had spent centuries awaiting her end, suddenly found herself free. The Prince offered her a chance to begin life anew – in HIS time. Together, the two of them left the Island (and the past) behind them. And so the story should be over happily ever after. Unfortunately it’s not that simple.

For Kaileena was a Daeva. And even in death she had power. As The Prince would learn during the adventure of Warrior Within, Kaileena’s remains WERE the Sands of Time. In bringing Kaileena OUT of the past, he created a ripple effect Without the Sands being created, they were never found by the Maharaja of India – never stolen by King Sharaman – never unleashed upon the unsuspecting people of Azad. History had been altered.

Personality

As our story opens, Kaileena begins to sense that neither she nor The Prince have actually managed to escape their fates, merely switch the environments in which events would unfold.

But, for Kaileena, at least, the time for running is over. Her freedom, however brief, has helped her realize she spent too long trying to outrun the inevitable. All she can do now is try to minimize the damage done by their meddling. The desperate, bitter woman we met on the Island is now a calm and soothing force. She’s the voice of reason – the voice of prophecy – And she will guide us through this tale.

Kaileena approaches events with a cool objectivity. She’s an observer – a story teller. Because of her omniscient supernatural abilities, her perspective is “wider” than that of any other character. Clearly she hopes The Prince will succeed in his endeavors – and this can’t help but color her speech. But alas, she can no longer intervene. She – like us – must sit back – and hope for the best. It’s up to The Prince to finally set things right.

Farah

Farah has come to Babylon against her will. She thinks she seeks vengeance. What she truly seeks is absolution.

Imprisoned by a merciless invader who ravaged India, Farah was not simply locked up in a dungeon. Instead, she was placed inside a cage and carted around as one of his “pets”. The humiliation she could deal with. What scarred Farah was being forced to watch as her city was destroyed while she was rendered completely impotent in the face of such a monstrous act. There was nothing she could do to save them. This guilt eats away at her – and motivates her quest once she inadvertently met The Prince in Babylon.

Farah seeks revenge. But she is frequently distracted from it by the suffering citizens of Babylon. She makes it her personal mission to ease their pain and rescue anyone she can. Some of her people are among the prisoners as well, having been dragged to Babylon during the invasion.

Personality

Although events chronicled in The Sands of Time never occurred, seven years have still passed since we last knew Farah. Over time, she has become a little wiser – and has matured as a person.

She spends her days alternating between the pursuit of knowledge (and has taken an intense interest in politics and history) and honing her battle skills. She continues to favor the bow – considering distance combat far more effective. Graceful and quick, but lacking The Prince’s acrobatic prowess, she’s more than capable handling herself. And when overwhelmed, she’s often able to escape, thanks to her superior running skills (and patented ability to squeeze through even the smallest cracks!).

Farah is quick-witted and clever. Having spent years amongst the nasty back-biting nobles of the Indian court, she’s learned how to stand up to the cruellest of them. She’s fiercely independent and resents any pretense of chivalry, which she views as nothing more than thinly veiled chauvinism. She aims to prove someday that women have just as much right to political power as men.

She is also extremely empathetic, and sensitive to the suffering of others. While this makes her a kind and caring person, it is also a weakness – sometimes distracting her from the bigger picture. While The Prince may be a bit too concerned with killing his enemy, Farah has forgotten that in order to TRULY end the suffering of both the Persians and the Indians – she will have to face this monster.

The Old Man

Since childhood, the Old Man has looked after The Prince, treating him like his own son. The Prince’s natural father – King Sharaman – was often too busy waging wars and building empires to properly look after his child, so he sought the wisest man in the kingdom to care for his pride and joy. While The Prince’s friends have come and gone over the years, the Old Man has stayed true to our hero, showing unflinching devotion and dedication. He has also long been The Prince’s mentor.

In Warrior Within we saw from The Prince’s interaction with the Old Man, that he held him in the highest possible regard. It was therefore quite unsettling when The Prince decided he knew more than his mentor and set forth on a journey the Old Man warned him would be impossible. But The Prince felt he had to do whatever was necessary to save his life.

And now – with the course of history altered – what has become of the Old Man? Does he still live? Does his allegiance remain? What can he offer The Prince? Only time will tell.

Personality

The Old Man is careful and clever – worldly and wise. He is also something of a pessimist. He tends to assume the worst about people and events – and refuses to hold out hope under most circumstances. He’s very direct in his words and actions. No beating around the bush or talking in cryptic riddles.

Given his negative outlook on things (though the Old Man would insist he be called ‘realistic’), it would take a very strong act, indeed, to sway this curmudgeon’s world view. But dramatic change is The Prince’s specialty.

Corey MAY, scriptwriter on the game, gives us more details on Farah’s returns.

How can it be that Farah returns? What happened?

POP3 is the final chapter of the Sands Trilogy and we’re aiming to end the trilogy with a climatic episode, which will bring back all the major characters of the franchise. Obviously Farah is one of them, she brought a lot of emotions and wit to POP Sands Of Time and fans have been commenting her every actions and words since then on forums!

Farah’s return is linked to the invading army that has conquered Babylon. She and Prince will clearly have a similar goal in attempting to defeat the person who leads it. To say much more would be to give away key story points.

Know that prior to the attack on Babylon, the Indian capital was assaulted as well (by the same people). Farah’s father has presumably been killed, and her people enslaved by this new enemy. At this time, Farah was imprisoned – forced to watch as these terrible events unfolded.

When the invaders set their sights on Babylon, she was transferred to the city as well. Clearly the leader of the invading army has something ‘special’ in store for her. The reasons for this will become clear over the course of the game.

What happened to her since POP1?

Again, most of this is best left to the player to discover over the course of the game. In brief though

Farah and The Prince have not seen each other for around seven years. And really, Farah’s never seen The Prince. No Sands of Time in the past means no adventure at Azad. (And what else could it mean…) However, if we base our assumptions about her development on the young woman introduced in the first game, it’s safe to say that she has changed (time does that to a person) but not that much.

She’s still a compassionate and caring individual. She’s still quick-witted and playful in her conversations. Yes she looks a little battle-hardened in the images you’ve seen, but think about it. A few weeks ago her kingdom was overthrown, her father murdered, her people imprisoned. She was tossed into a cage and pretty much left there to rot. So when she gets out – is she going to be wearing her Sunday best? Probably not. Is she going to want to protect herself. Probably. Is she going to have to piece together armor seeing as she’s in a foreign city and not exactly on the ‘winning’ side. Yes.

Is she a tough-as-nails, take no prisoners, super violent killing machine? No. no. no. Up until a few weeks ago she was a princess. So while the times have gotten tougher (and she’s risen to the occasion) don’t expect her to have changed as radically as The Prince. His circumstances were (we think you’ll agree) quite different.

Also note that she has continued to practice with her bow. Rest assured her aim is much better. But don’t expect her to have evolved into some kind of blood-thirsty amazon warrior maiden. It’s the Farah fans came to know and love in Sands of Time, although it’s also fair to say she’s grown and evolved a bit over the past several years. We’re leaving the details for the player to discover.

What is her role in the game? By the way, another love story with the Prince?

Farah’s role in the game is quite significant. In addition to the practical assistance she provides by helping The Prince defeat his enemies, she serves a more character-oriented one as well. Farah is going to help The Prince learn compassion… she’s going to help him learn how to be a better person. She’s also going to provide some of the classic back-and-forth fun fans remember from Sands of Time. To say anymore would give too much away.

What did you change in her appearance? Is she still the same? Artistic Direction?

In POP3, she’s wearing a new fighting outfit which is very light and functional with arrows in a quick load quiver, all of which allow her to move in a fast and feline way. She also wears a light gear with small armour plates, a small knife and most important a very light and accurate bow.