|“||A brilliant inventor and architect who finally succumbed to the madness of the Furies.||”|
Archimedes is a minor character that appears in God of War: Ascension.
Historically, he was a great mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. Although few details of his life are known, he is regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity. Among his advances in physics are the foundations of hydrostatics, statics and an explanation of the principle of the lever. He is credited with designing innovative machines, including siege engines and the screw pump that bears his name. Modern experiments have tested claims that Archimedes designed machines capable of lifting attacking ships out of the water and setting ships on fire using an array of mirrors. Unfortunately, while working on a new invention, Archimedes ended up getting killed by the Romans.
In God of War series
He was mentioned once in the beginning of God of War: Ghost of Sparta: as Kratos entered the Methana Volcano near Atlantis, he found devices known as Archimedian Screws. These were giant screws placed inside the volcano to prevent its eruption, a potential danger to the city, but it is not mentioned if it was Archimedes himself who projected these particular screws. It is assured, however, that they were based on his initial screw designs mentioned above.
In God of War: Ascension, one can find several notes written by the engineer in the island of Delos and inside the monumental Statue of Apollo, Archimedes' final work. The contents of the notes describe the struggle of building such monumental structure, a task presumably demanded by The Furies, in an attempt to hide the Eyes of Truth in the statue's lantern from anyone who could use the item against them, as the notes show Archimedes losing grasp on his sanity. In the upper levels of the Furnacle inside the statue, one can see the mummified body of Archimedes on his desk, driven to his death by The Furies. Located in the bottom left hand side of the desk that Archimedes' body is found, there is another desk beside blue and green orb chests, when the Archimedes' Treatise can be found.
- Possibly Archimedes himself held an oath with the Furies.
- As his colleague Pathos Verdes III, Archimedes was driven mad and consequently died, but the latter finished his final work unlike his colleague.
- In a concept design of him, he's holding a staff with a head very similar to the symbol in Multiplayer when searching for players and matches.
- In the credits, it says that Archimedes was voiced by Simon Templeman, but the character was found dead. However, following the demo from 2012, there appears to be sound bytes of voice actors carrying out their roles on Youtube . These included Kratos, Athena, and perhaps Archimedes.