(Dwayne Johnson), the last true Akkadian mercenary, along with his two
brothers, is hired to kill a sorcerer, whose prophetic powers allow the
vicious Memnon (Steven Brand) to rule his empire with an iron fist. He
sneaks into Memnon's camp and finds his way to the sorcerer's tent,
where he discovers that Memnon's sorcerer is actually a beautiful
sorceress called Cassandra (Kelly Hu). He is discovered and eventually
caught, and his brothers are killed. Before Memnon can kill Mathayus,
Cassandra protests, saying it wouldn't be wise because the gods favor
him and to kill him would bring misfortune. Unable to kill Mathayus
himself, Memnon has him buried to his neck in sand for fire ants to
come eat his head. With the help of the horse thief Arpid (Grant
Heslov), he manages to escape. Now free again, Mathayus decides to
avenge his brothers and kill Memnon.
At Memnon's palace, Cassandra tells Memnon that his armies will conquer
the west and that Queen Isis (Sherri Howard) and her soldiers will
scatter to the four winds. Memnon then gives orders to his men to have
his soldiers prepare for the final campaign. When Cassandra tells
Memnon that rivers of blood will never bring peace, Memnon responds
that they can bring obedience and that when he becomes the King of
Legends, Cassandra will take her place beside him as his queen.
Cassandra tells him that if she becomes his lover, she will lose her
prophetic sight, but Memnon says that once he destroys all his enemies,
he will no longer need her gift of sight...