Kaileena as she appears in Sands of Time Trilogy.
|Alias||Empress of Time|
|Origin||Island of Time(presumably)|
|Relative(s)||Gods (creator), Shahdee (creation), Sand Creatures (creation)|
|Occupation||Creator and protector of the Sands of Time|
|Affiliation(s)||Sands of Time|
|Item(s)/Weapon(s)||Dual swords (Warrior Within only),|
Sands of Time
|Abilities||Creation with the Sands of Time,|
|Out of Universe Data|
|Appearance(s)||Prince of Persia: Warrior Within,|
Prince of Persia: Revelations,
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
|Voiced by||Monica Bellucci (Warrior Within)|
Sarah Carlsen (The Two Thrones)
- "Prince, of all the possible futures, this one held the most promise, but something has changed..."
Kaileena, also known as the Empress of Time, is an antagonist-turned-supporting character in Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and The Two Thrones. The creator of the Sands of Time, she attempts to stop the Prince from rewriting his own history on the Island of Time. She is later used against him and the people of Babylon when the Vizier kills her to re-release the Sands of Time and gain immortality.
- "While the Empress of Time is mortal and physically beautiful, she is certainly not human. She was made eons ago by the Gods, an unwitting byproduct of the creation of the timeline. Consequently, she carries part of the timeline within her, making her incredibly powerful. Although she exists only in the past, she commands a seemingly unstoppable army of Sand Creatures in the present thanks to several portals scattered throughout the fortress on the island. And although she had long since been dead when the Prince first arrives on the island, her presence can be felt everywhere. When the Old Man warns the Prince about the Island of Time, he is most vocal about the Empress. She is matchless in her cunning and strength and completely without mercy."
- —Official Booklet Description
- "The Prince first meets Kaileena as a helpless servant of the Empress. He saves her from Shahdee, and to repay her debt, she assists the Prince by explaining how to access the fortress Throne Room to prevent the creation of the Sands of Time. As she continues to help the Prince, he develops feelings for her and we suspect that she develops feeling for him as well. But there may be more to Kaileena than meets the eye..."
- —Official Booklet Description
The Two Thrones
- "The enigmatic Empress of Time has been rescued from the Island of Time by the Prince. Together, the two of them left the island and the past behind them, or so it seems until they arrive in Babylon..."
- —Instructional manual
Creation and Death
Kaileena was inadvertent byproduct of the Gods when time itself was created. She wields the power of time itself as a result.
At some point in time she was killed by the Dahaka, the guardian of the timeline. Her death resulted in the creation of the Sands of Time, which were subsequently trapped inside the Hourglass of Time. The hourglass would later be discovered by the Maharajah of India. Stories of her power reached as far as Persia and inadvertently sets the Prince on his path to change time itself when he attempts to change his fate.
Her past selves attempt to use the ability over the timeline and the Sands of Time to change her fate despite its apparent predetermined path. On Island of Time, she presumably created the Artifacts of Time, and the Sand Creatures, chief among them Shahdee, via experimentation. She killed those who either wandered onto or were lured onto the Island of Time and used their bodies as spare parts for her Sand Creatures.
Meeting The Prince on the Island of Time
Kaileena and the Prince first meet when Shahdee attempts to kill her. The Prince kills Shahdee and asks Kaileena for information, but she is secretive at first. When she meets him later in the game, she frequently tells the Prince not to continue his journey as his fate cannot be changed.
Though she says this, she helps him throughout his journey, giving him weapons (the Serpent Sword and the Lion Sword) and providing knowledge about the fortress towers which are used to open the door to the throne room. The Prince continues his journey despite her advice against it. When the Prince opens the fortress doors, it is revealed that Kaileena herself is the Empress. She had sent Shahdee to kill him and even cursed his sword. In their first fight she is killed, which results in the creation of the Sands of Time.
The Prince then uses the Mask of the Wraith and travels into the past to change his fate. He returned to the point before Kaileena is killed and arrives at the throne room before her, knowing that she would soon arrive.
When Kaileena arrives, the Prince alters the events of the previous encounter by throwing her and himself out of the throne room and into a portal. They are sent into the present but the Prince refused to fight and tries to convince her that she can be saved. However, the Dahaka arrives, now after her for she does not belong in the present . In a desperate attempt to save her, the Prince attacks the creature and managed to harm it using the Water Sword. The Prince defeats the Dahaka and spares her instead.
The Prince and Kaileena are alone together on the Island of Time. They built a ship then set sail for Babylon. As the ship departs Kaileena takes one last look at her home and heads for the lower level of the ship. During the voyage, she sleeps with the Prince and they presumably experienced a vision of Babylon burning and ravaged by an army.
Following the canonical ending, Kaileena and the Prince sail back to Babylon and began a romantic relationship. Though, she is content with the choice the Prince made in regards to saving her life, she suspects the change in the timeline has altered their fate and current events for the better. The Prince does not appear to be concerned with the possible change. He promises no harm will come to her in Babylon.
However, because of the Prince's efforts on the Island of Time to prevent the Sands of Time from ever being created, the events in the original game never happened, and the Vizier was still alive to attack the city. Their boat is attacked and destroyed, and the Prince and Kaileena drift to shore. The unconscious Kaileena's is dragged off the beach by the soldiers, with the Prince in pursuit.
Death and Aftermath
Kaileena is taken to the Vizier in order to be sacrificed in the name of his immortality. However, the Prince gives chase, heading to save her. But as the Prince arrives, he is struck in the arm by Mahasti with a Daggertail, a razor-blade chain weapon, pinning him and stopping him from reaching Kaileena.
The Vizier reveals that he has the Dagger of Time, while Kaileena was in shock the Vizier stabs her in her stomach ending Kaileena's life. As Kaileena dies she transforms into sand and unleashes the the Sands of Time upon the city, corrupting everything (including the Vizier's Generals and the Prince) around her. The Vizier turns and stabs himself with the Dagger of Time, transforming himself into Zurvan, the self-professed "God of Time". The Prince grieves over her death and and seeks to avenge her.
When the Prince defeats the Vizier at the end of the game, the Sands of Time are brought together in the form of Kaileena's spirit. Kaileena tells the Prince and Farah that this world was not meant for her. There will be other worlds. She destroyed the Dagger of Time and removed the remnants of the Sands within him before departing.
- It is worth noting that Kaileena gave some help to the Prince while fighting the Dahaka by giving some sands of time and throwing a sand ball which sent the creature into an edge for the Prince to do the finishing blows.
- Kaileena was modeled after and voiced by Italian actress and model Monica Bellucci in Warrior Within. In The Two Thrones Kaileena is voiced by Sarah Carlsen.
- Kaileena narrates the events of The Two Thrones throughout the game, like the Prince did in The Sands of Time.
- In Two Thrones when the Prince finds Kaileena on shore, she appears to be wearing a hat. However, the in cinematics her hat is missing.
- In Warrior Within, Kaileena has no mark on her forehead, but the mark appears in the cinematics.