Prince of Persia

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Prince of Persia is a video game franchise created by Jordan Mechner, originally developed for the Apple II Computer. Through the various titles, the series has been developed and published by many different companies: the first two games in the series, Prince of Persia and Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame, were developed by Brøderbund; in recent years Ubisoft has developed the games, starting with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

The Prince[edit]

  • Most people think time is like a river that flows swift and sure in one direction. But I have seen the face of time, and I can tell you: they are wrong. Time is an ocean in a storm. You may wonder who I am or why I say this. Sit down and I will tell you a tale like none you have ever heard. [First and Last lines in the Trilogy].
  • I am the architect of my own destruction. So this is it, what is written in the timeline cannot be changed. Come for me then. In my quest to destroy the sands of time, I have been the one to create them. "Let all who read this know, the courage and valor of those who fought and fell for the Maharajah. We sought the power of the Sands of time, most found only death, my self among them. But the mask of the Wraith gave me a second chance to travel back through time and change my fate." This mural shows the impossible. But the mask of the Wraith gave me a second chance, there might still be hope. You had your chance to take me, you won't get another!
  • I am the Prince of Persia, and the King of Blades!
  • Father, I have brought us honour and glory.
  • Trust not a man who has betrayed his master, nor take him into your own service, lest he betray you too. I learned the truth of this, to my sorrow, the day we arrived in Azad as the Sultan's honoured guests.
  • When a man is faced with his own death, he finds the impossible less of a barrier.
  • He now had his prize, but for some unknown reason coveted the Dagger as well. Well, I would give him what he sought. I would plunge it into his foul and treacherous heart!
  • Finding my way to the baths from here should be easy. I'll just ask the next sand creature that I come across - 'Excuse me, could you direct me to the baths please? Thank You!' 'Don't mention it! I used to be a bath attendant back when I was alive!'. *imitating Farah* 'I'll meet you at the baths!' She orders me around as if I was a servant! It's my own fault. With women, you have to show them you're in charge right from the start, or they'll walk all over you! I've been too indulgent. Probably because I felt sorry for her. Well, it stops now! From now on, she'll have to toe the line. (pause) That is, assuming I can find her.
  • I could marry her! After all, she is a Maharajah's daughter. A conquered one, but still, her blood is royal. . . . All right, I've decided. I will marry her. I'll tell her the first chance I get.
  • My father's army sacked your palace, captured you as a slave; you have every reason to hate you want me to trust you?
  • I had faced my enemy, I had looked into his eyes, and I had lost...everything.
  • ....and though I fought until the desert sands themselves were red with blood; I could not bring back the dead.
  • To live forever...when those I loved are dead, and I to blame? I choose death.
  • (when you die) No no no, that's not the way it happened. Shall I start again?
  • Madness.. what magic is this?
  • Despite all the warnings that I would fail, I have vanquished the Empress and prevented the creation of the sands of time. I have defeated the Dahaka, and fate itself.
  • I had saved my own life- and did not even know it.
  • You had your chance to take me; you won't get another.
  • No, Kaileena, you can change your fate, I have done so! A terrible beast was destined to take my life, but I have freed myself from-
  • I do not want to hurt you, Kaileena... But I cannot allow that to happen!
  • I've been thinking, Kaileena. There is little for you on this island, and there will be less still once I have stood before your Mistress. Come with me to Babylon, you'll have a chance to start a new life, free from the evils of this place.
  • (warcry) For Babylon!
  • This storm shows us no mercy. We shall respond in kind!
  • ...For the first time in my life... I am afraid.
  • Do not worry Kaileena, No harm will come to you in Babylon.
  • You will pay for what you have done to my people!
  • To undo what I have done? Surely you must think I'm a fool.
  • What if...What if Kaileena didn't die in the Past, but in the Present. The Sands would be created...but the Maharajah would fail to find them. They'd never be brought to his palace, and I'd have never released them! The Dahaka will have no business with me!
  • I have seen the error of my ways, and I have atoned for the transgressions of my past...I am no longer that person.
  • Experience has taught me that wishful thinking only leads to disappointment.
  • I am the Architect of my own Destruction.
  • You will pay for this transgression.
  • I have more important matters to attend to.
  • I will only be given a second chance... to fail.
  • I died!
  • Death! Death to all who stand in my way.
  • Father would be proud.
  • Why is it that everytime disaster strikes I find myself without a proper blade?
  • Just call me.... Kakulookia

Vizier (Zurvan)[edit]

  • Your majesty- I trust you will remember your promise. The Maharajah's treasure vaults lie within.
  • Inside the hourglass is a marvel that no living man has seen. Alas, only the dagger can unlock the sands of time, and it belongs to a greater one than I; a young prince, dearer to his father than all the wealth of India. Perhaps he would oblige...
  • Ah, you must be the Prince of Persia, come home at last! Too late, I'm afraid.
  • Give me the dagger; you have unleashed the sands of time. I can undo what you have done... Give it to me!
  • A wild tale indeed. I have a simpler version. A Persian soldier, lusting for glory, entered the chambers of the Maharajah's daughter, and was slain by me...
  • Farah will make an excellent Queen, after we make some... Modifications.
  • I am Zurvan, God of Time!
  • This is not what the dagger promised!!


  • Why did I trust you; why didn't you trust me?
  • If it comforts you to mock me then by all means continue, but you are so focused on killing him that you've thrown strategy completely out the window! You could have died...
  • Kakolukia...
  • What is your favourite colour?
  • I saw what you did in the workshop, and what the Old man said is true. You are a Prince.
  • If this tomb is to be ours, at least the dagger will be buried with us. And... we are together.
  • You don't understand, I need that dagger to-
  • What is he like... your father?
  • Look! A crack!
  • Prince? You're a Sand monster?... You lied to me all this time! Stay away from me!
  • You are right to be cautious, but fight as bravely as you may, you cannot defeat this enemy! The Sands will spread! They will consume... Everything! I have heard it said that you are kind as well as brave. Please, help me find the hourglass...
  • Prince, There's still something I don't understand... How did you really know my name?
  • Listen to this:[reading] "Love is life, so if you want to live, die in love, die in love if you want to stay alive."
  • I'll cover you!
  • Seven years? What are you talking about?
  • I owe you thanks... But why did you invent such a fantastic story? Do you think me a child, that I would believe such nonsense?
  • Wait... I don't even know your name.

Kaileena (Empress of Time)[edit]

  • I had hoped the Dahaka would kill you, I had hoped Shahdee would keep you from the island or the towers would finish you off; I even cursed the sword I gave you and yet you did not die!
  • Be free now Prince, Your journey is at an end.
  • How dare you stand before me and admit failure, You should have died to protect me!
  • You may wonder why I would let this come to pass. So many dead, and Likely more to follow, an Empire reduced to rubble, a Prince cast to the streets and hunted like a common criminal. But I had seen the timeline, and of all the outcomes lay bare to me, this one held the most promise of them all, for the Prince would have an opportunity to set things right. Watch now, see the thing of which I speak...
  • Prince, of all the possible futures, this one held the most promise, but something has changed...
  • Haha, It will take more than a simple sword strike to penetrate my defences!
  • You should know that it was not love that drove him, but duty. I was his responsibility, and he had made a promise, a promise that was now broken and undone. Like all mistakes he had made, the Prince intended to fix this. A noble goal to be certain, but a selfish one as well. For he was motivated to ease his own pain.
  • I have activated the Island's portals. You will travel to his time, engage him at sea and kill him... Kill them all!
  • And so the Prince and Farah separated. She sought to save lives, he to end them.
  • I have seen your future... And it does not look good.
  • This world was not meant for me, but there are others, and I will find my place just as you have found yours.
  • You are wasting your time, I can see the future!
  • As our ship lay sinking in the harbour, The Prince found himself in a city quite different from the one he had left behind...
  • I told you to leave and yet you kept coming back. I began to wonder, if you could change your fate, perhaps I could change mine!
  • Let time run its course.
  • I have known my whole life that what is written in the timeline cannot be changed!
  • They say knowledge is power but I say it is a poison. Knowing the exact date and manner of her death torments her. The closer it draws the greater her pain.
  • Then you know I have no choice.
  • Then I choose to live... And for you to die!
  • Even if you don't want to kill me, you will... The Timeline demands it!
  • Some believed that when the Prince journeyed to the Island of Time to escape death that he returned alone. The amulet destroyed, the Dahaka appeased,the Empress dead, the Prince was free at last. But this is not how it happened.The truth is that he chose to save me from my destiny. In doing so he set me free…and doomed us all…
  • I am sorry prince but only one of us can cheat fate today...
  • Fool! I am the Empress Of Time! I know your every move before you do it!
  • I've already told you. I have foreseen my future to die at your hands. But like you,I decided to change it!

The Dark Prince[edit]

  • Now you see what happened when you try to help people? You die!
  • All that is yours is rightfully mine... and mine it will be!
  • You really do have a way with women. Those you don't get killed can't get far enough away from you.
  • I did not spin myself out of the ether, I was not conjured by some mad vizier. I am you! Your rage, your pride, your selfish ways; they give me form and substance!
  • Seasons change, tastes change... but people? People never change, and you delude yourself believing otherwise...
  • You mean to kill me then, to cut me down like all your other enemies? Swing that sword Prince! We’ve seen how well that works.
  • Do you think you would be here now if not for me? How many times did I save you? How many times did I unblock your path, take down your enemies, remind you of your mission? While all you did was cry about your father and Kaileena and Farah, how everything bad always happens to you! Boo-hoo, Prince!
  • If I am selfish, Prince, it is because you are. If I am ruthless and reckless and lacking in morals it is because you are.
  • Such violence! Your anger serves only to feed me. So I have to ask, have you really changed? After all I am right here standing before you!
  • Blue? That’s not my favourite colour.
  • While I admire your bravado... It would be wise for you to show some respect!
  • I am your untapped potential, your unrealized dreams! I am part of you.
  • Tick tock, Prince. Tick, tock.
  • Time is precious. Time is fleeting. Time... Is something you have very little of.
  • Would you like to have a drink?
  • Maybe Babylon is better off in Zurvan's hands.
  • You call yourself a warrior!? Ha Ha!
  • I have nothing but noble intentions~
  • You self-righteous BAST---(The prince cuts him off)
  • No no NO! We are so close!
  • No! what are you doing?
  • Do not ignore me! Do not leave me behind! NOOOO! [Last words].

The Old Man[edit]

  • Go then, my Prince. But know this. Your journey will not end well. You cannot change your fate. No man can.
  • All hail the Prince of Persia, the greatest hero this city has ever known. You have saved the people of this city and we have come to return the favor.


Old Man: The Island of Time. The place when the sands were created. The place from which the Maharaja stole the Hourglass.
Prince: And what if I could reach this Island?
Old Man: They say the Maharajah found portals there. Where one could pass backwards through time.
Prince: Back through time to the birthplace of the Sands… Something terrible happened when our army traveled to the Maharajah's palace.
Old Man: You found the sands of time.
Prince: Worse… I opened them.
Old Man: Whosoever shall open the sands must die…
Prince: I was forced to kill those I fought beside. Those I had loved.
Old Man: But now an unstoppable beast chases you…
Prince: For the first time in my life, I am afraid.
Old Man: And you will die.
Prince: I used the sands themselves to reverse time. Making it as if the hourglass was never opened.
Old Man: The Beast. The Dahaka is the guardian of the timeline. You were supposed to die, so it will catch you and see to it that you meet your fate.
Prince: It’s better to try than to wait here for death.
Old Man: Madness! Even if you manage to reach the island. You'll still have to face the empress of time!
Prince: I will travel back in time and prevent the sands from ever being made. If there are no sands, the Dahaka will have no quarrel with me!
Old Man: Go then, my prince. But know this, your journey will not end well. You cannot change your fate. No man can.

Farah: So it's true, he was a traitor?
Prince: Take this, return it to your father's treasure vaults...guard it well...
Farah: I owe you thanks, but why did you invent such a fantastic story, do you think me a child, that I would believe such nonsense?
[Prince kisses Farah]
Farah: [pushes him away] I said I owe you thanks. You presume too much.
[Prince rewinds time]
Farah:...Such a fantastic story, do you think me a child, that I would believe such nonsense?
Prince:...You're right, it was just a story [gives her the dagger].
Farah: Wait, I don't even know your name...
Prince: Just call me...Kakolukia...

Shahdee: You will never reach our shores alive!
Prince: For your sake...You better hope I don't!
[Fight ensues]

[Shahdee Raises sword and scars the prince]

Prince: Urgh! YOU BITCH!
Shahdee: It seems the Empress overestimated your abilities.
Prince: The Empress?

Kaileena: Prince, of all the possible futures, this one held the most promise...but something has changed.
Prince: Do not worry, Kaileena, no harm will come to you in Babylon...I promise.

Prince: [touches water and reverts back from being the Dark Prince] Water seems to fight this corruption... Why didn't you tell me this?
Dark Prince: [chuckles] What? And ruin all the fun?

Farah: Do you think you could move a little faster?
Prince: You're more than welcome to come down here and try it yourself! (mumbles) Seven years, and still nothing has changed...
Farah: Seven years? What are you talking about?
Prince: It was... er... figure of speech!
Farah: There's something very odd about you.
Dark Prince: [chuckles] She has NO idea.

Farah: I will cover you!
Prince: Please don't; You're liable to hit me.
Prince:*gets hit by an arrow* OUCH!
Farah: Oops, sorry!

Prince: Wait, Farah!
Farah: How do you know my name?
Dark Prince: I eagerly await your response.
Prince: I have heard tales of a beautiful...and brave Princess of India. One who has travelled to Babylon to punish an evil Vizier who has caused her...great distress.

(Farah raises her bow, readies an arrow, and aims toward the Prince)

Dark Prince: See? Now she's going to kill us.

Farah: Try moving the switch forward.
Prince: With my luck it will probably spring some horrible trap, or summon sand monsters, or bring about the end of the world!
Farah: Would it kill you to show a little optimism?
Prince: Experience has taught me that wishful thinking only leads to disappointment.

Dark Prince: With the ability to manipulate time itself, you had the chance to become the greatest king the world has ever known. What wars you could have fought; what monuments you could have erected in your honor; what women you could have kept. But you have failed me, Prince. You grew soft and sympathetic; my attempts to convince you to seek glory fell on deaf ears. So, I bided my time; waiting for the proper moment to strike. You do not deserve what you have been given, control over the world's greatest empire. With the power of the Sands at your command you could rule the world. You have squandered it Prince, I will do it justice, and so it should be *mine*!
Prince: You are just a parasite, you deserve NOTHING!
Dark Prince: But don't I? Have I not earned it? Do you think you'd still be here if not for me? How many times did I save you? How many times have I unblocked your path, cut down your enemies, remind you of your mission? While all you did was cry about your father, and Kaileena, and Farah, how everything bad always happens to you. Boo hoo, Prince!
Prince: Your words are empty, have always been empty. You are just a desperate, selfish spirit.
Dark Prince: If I am selfish, Prince, it is because *you* are. If I am ruthless and reckless and lacking in morals, it is because *you* are. I did not spin myself from out of the ether, I was not conjured by some mad vizier; I am *YOU*.
Prince: No, I have seen the error of my ways, and I have atoned for the transgressions of my past. I am no longer that person.
Dark Prince: Seasons change, tastes change. But people... people never change. You delude yourself believing otherwise. Do not fight me. Set down your sword; embrace me. Do you mean to kill me then, to cut me down like all your other enemies? SWING THAT SWORD, PRINCE! We'll see how well that works. Such violence, your anger serves only to feed me. So I have to ask, have you really changed? After all, I'm still right here standing before you.