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You have been warned.
I was wondering what you guys, or at least those of you who’ve completed the Sciropscire arc in AC Valhalla, we’re thinking when there was the big reveal at the end, that Ivar was the one who killed Ceolbert. I think I had a reaction that might be entertaining in some way to some of you, maybe. When Ceolbert died, I was very sad, given the fact that he is such a good guy, and seemed like he had a bright future ahead of him, and he was very very young, and sort of like a son to Eivor. Anyways, when he was killed, and because of the blade it was implied a Briton killed him, Hadri, I think that’s how it’s spelled, was apparently the killer. I did find that odd, and a very extreme reaction, even to his brother being killed. He was a dick, sure, but he seemed to be human, and would not have seemed to kill who was basically a kid, even to avenge his brother’s death or get back a Ivar. So, I found that odd, but then the story went on and I didn’t think much of it. I planned to let Ivar do whatever he wanted if given the choice, to Hadri, or Rhodri, maybe that’s how it’s spelled (the king guy), given what he had seemingly done to Ceolbert. Anyways, the whole raid happens, and then the blood Eagle Scene happens, which was absolutely phenomenal btw, loved the writing there, but then Ivar challenges Eivor. I was worried I was going to have to kill Ivar, a character I had liked, given his anti hero like qualities (being bad, in this case seemingly unhinged, but showing human qualities such as compassion). But, the second he said “poor Ceolbert” my jaw DROPPED. I was blown away. Then, my perspective immediately shifted to wanting to kill Ivar, obviously. THEN, this is all going through my head in a matter of seconds mind you, I thought “wait a minute, I think Ivar is just saying this to get Eivor to fight him”. Here’s why: Ivar had shown, as I previously stated, human qualities such as care for some (which is even mentioned by Ceolbert when describing Ivar), if very few people, namely Ubba, and seemingly Ceolbert. I just can’t fathom him, although sick in ways, being capable of killing Ceolbert. This, coupled with the fact that his reaction to Ceolbert’s death was pretty damn convincing, at least to me, and the fact that he was at the camp when you set out to look for Ceolbert, so I didn’t think he would be able to stab Ceolbert, run off, hoping Eivor or someone would find the body, and make it back to camp, all while Ceolbert is still alive, but bleeding out. Throughout the boss fight, I’m still thinking “there’s no way he did it. I don’t believe it. This is exactly what he wants Eivor, he wants to make you mad and fight him.” When he dies, I originally sent him to Valhalla, because at the time, I thought he didn’t actually kill Ceolbert and the reveal was just a last minute plan of his to get Eivor to fight him. Then, I thought about it more, realized that Eivor clearly genuinely thought he killed Ceolbert, so I reloaded and chose to deny him Valhalla, just for narrative’s sake. Anyways, I thought my theory I originally had when the reveal happened about Ivar not actually killing Ceolbert to be interesting, even though most likely not true.