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If you’ve been following our walkthrough from the beginning, you should just be leaving Malleolus’s house. From Malleolus’s house, head straight and up the long staircase to enter the market. Continue through the market until you reach the last stall, then enter Desius’ shop, which is the last shop on the left. Walk straight to the shelves from the doorway, and note the location of the key on top of the shelf. Then turn left and also note the position of Desius’ chest. This will matter in just a moment.
Leave the shop and go back to the central path through the market, then head left and you’ll see a woman in a yellow dress cowering on the stairs. Approach her to start a conversation, and reply “I’ll get right on it” when you can. Once the conversation is over she’ll run into the shrine and it will collapse on her. Whoops!
Save your game now with [F5] or from the menu. Then keep going towards the baths (you should have an objective marker now) to confront the assassin the woman told you about. He’ll attack you no matter what you say, breaking the Golden Rule.
As soon as the world goes grey, turn around and sprint to Desius’ shop. Remember the key and chest we looked at? Steal the key, open the chest, and take the money inside. Then run back to the portal (use the waypoint to Sentius to guide you) and go through once more. When you exit the shrine and talk to Galerius, you’ll now have the option to tell him “I need you to take care of some things urgently”. Do so, and have him take the silphium resin to Lucretia for you.
The turn around from Galerius, and head back towards the portal shrine. Turn left when you’re in front of the shrine (1) and head up the stairs that lead up to the aqueduct. At the top of the stairs, go around the stairwell and climb the ladder (2) to get on top of the aqueduct. Once on the aqueduct, head across it towards the other side of the city. You’ll pass through a archway and then onto another stretch of aqueduct (3) — continue on the aqueduct and then go up the stairs you’ll eventually reach. Go left at the top of the stairs (4) to once again find Ulpius getting ready to jump.
Octavia will chat you up again — tell her you really need to talk to Ulpius to skip right to the part where Ulpius threatens to jump. Once again, tell Octavia you’ll talk to Ulpius.
Ask Ulpius “Is this what Sentilla would want?” Click through the next few lines of dialog where you only have one option, then when he tells you he needs two thousand denarii, reply “Actually, I do.” When he asks if you want him to work for you, make sure you select “No. You’d be free.” When he says he wishes he could repay you, ask him to tell you about his relationship with Sentilla. Go through all the dialog options with him, and he’ll tell you to look in the locked room in Malleolus’ villa. Say you’ll get right on it to get the objective marker.
You can’t safely jump off the cliff this time, so instead turn around and head down the stairs towards the statue of the guy with the boulder. To the left of the statue you’ll see Octavia gardening, and past her is a zipline. Ride it down then continue forward a bit to the stairs. Go down them and continue to the long staircase that leads down to the patrician’s villas. Straight from the staircase will take you to Malleolus’s house — use the key to unlock the door and head inside.
Go left when you enter to find the stairs. On the second floor, follow the red carpet until you come to a set of doors — unlock them and go inside to find Claudia crying. You can apologize and leave without talking to her. Go back the way you came and exit Malleolus’ villa, then go find Ulpius (if you don’t have an objective marker for him, hit [TAB] and make sure you’re tracking the quest “Vanishing Act”). Once you find Ulpius, talk to him again and tell him you didn’t find Sentilla in Malleolus’s upstairs room. Tell him “I’ll see what I can do” and end the conversation.
Then, if you aren’t already in the market, head there, and continue through until you come across the woman in the yellow dress again. Tell her you’ll help, then when she says she’s going to hide in the shrine, tell her “Do not go in there!” and then say “Just trust me”. Then continue towards the baths to where the assassin appears. When the assassin asks you where Quinctius is, tell him the (Lie), that you saw him worshipping in the shrine. Follow the assassin, point and laugh when he dies, then grab the bow, the arrows, and the bounty notice from his corpse.
There are now two paths you can take: the short path, or the path with combat that nets you the Golden Bow.