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A Challenge from the Gods was a virtual representation of one of Eivor Varinsdottir's genetic memories, relived by Layla Hassan in 2020 through the Portable Animus HR-8.5.

Description

After seeing a meteorite land near Ravensthorpe, Eivor investigated the crater.

Dialogue

Eivor was in Ravensthorpe when a ball of fire crashed into a nearby mountainside.

She went to investigate the crash site, finding an old woman there.

  • Eivor: Careful, grandmother. Something fell from the sky to earth like it has been thrown by Odin himself.
  • Hildiran: A strength he no doubt wished he possessed. No danger remains but look, it revealed something hidden in the mountain side.

A mysterious door with a strange symbol uncovered from the crash

  • Eivor: Hmm. Looks almost like a door.
  • Hildiran: If it is, then it's the door to something I have long been searching for. May I ask you for a kindness, drengr?
  • Eivor: My name is Eivor of the Raven Clan, and that depends on how kind you need me to be.
  • Hildiran: Will you grant me a home while I investigate the door, Eivor of the Raven Clan?
  • Eivor: I don't make a habit of sheltering strangers.
  • Hildiran: My name is Hildiran. There, now we are no longer strangers. Please. If I am right, then this is Freyja's Gate. Allow me to stay and I will help you discover the treasures that lay on the other side.
  • Eivor: Very well. I'll give you a small piece of land to make a home on and supplies from our raids to build with.
  • Hildiran: Thank you, kind Eivor. The gods smile on you!
  • Eivor: I may be kind but I am no fool. Everyone must pull their weight and I expect no less from you.
  • Hildiran: A fair rule and one I can easily follow.

Eivor did as promised and visited the old woman once the house had been built. She found Hildiran around the back, in front of a statue of Freyja along the edge of a large dirt circle around which Hildiran had set segments of waist-high fence along the perimeter.

  • Hildiran: Eivor the Kind! A welcomed visit. Like what you see?
  • Eivor: You've certainly made this space your own. But how does this help you open a stone door?
  • Hildiran: It is a shrine to Freyja. We will need her favor if we wish to reveal the hidden treasures.
  • Eivor: Ah, it's "we" now, is it?
  • Hildiran: I told you, Eivor, you will want to see what is on the other side. Now come, Freyja demands combat before she will aid us.
  • Eivor: For a moment I thought you meant for me to fight you.
  • Hildiran: Fear not, I can handle myself.
  • Eivor: I cannot possibly fight you. I would kill you.
  • Hildiran: You could try. Attack me.

Eivor threw a punch and Hildiran threw Eivor to the ground.

  • Hildiran: Now get up and let's give Lady Freyja a fight!

Eivor brawling with Hildiran

They started a fight, using their fists.

  • Hildiran: Fight harder, Eivor!
    Yes! Give me everything you have!
  • Eivor: This old woman fights like a young jomsviking!
  • Hildiran: You're leaving yourself open to attack.

After a while, Hildiran stopped.

  • Hildiran: Good. Now watch.

Hildiran activating a strange amulet

She produced a circular amulet from her clothes. Eivor looked at it and found herself seemingly transported to another realm, with Hildiran wearing a Valkyrie's armor.

  • Hildiran: Come at me again!

They fought again, this time with weapons.

  • Eivor: What magic is this? And how do you fight with the strength of a berserker?
  • Hildiran: I can teach you, Eivor. But first, we fight!
  • Eivor: These aren't my weapons.
  • Hildiran: Are you already making excuses, drengr?
  • Eivor: You fight with a fury I have not seen in Mercia.
  • Hildiran: As will you, after my training.
  • Eivor: How is this possible?
  • Hildiran: Calm your mind of questions and concentrate on battle!

After a while, Hildiran stopped.

  • Hildiran: Good. That was good.

She produced the amulet again and held it aloft. The vision ended, and the two women were returned to Ravensthorpe, finding that no time had passed since the start of their duel. Startled and wary of what she had seen, Eivor backed some distance away from Hildiran.

  • Eivor: I have seen many strange things but nothing like this. What magic do you possess? I've not seen a seer fight like that.
  • Hildiran: I am no seer. I am what you see before you, an old warrior eith a knowledge of secrets.
  • Eivor: If that was not magic, then what was it?
  • Hildiran: That was a battle meditation. You entered Hugrheim, the mind's realm. It is a secret form of training that not many know. You can attack full force with no fear of injury.
  • Eivor: And yet you know this training?
  • Hildiran: You're glad to have let me stay now, aren't you?

Hildiran handing the amulet to Eivor

She gave Eivor the amulet.

  • Eivor: Very much! Tell me, what part does the amulet play?
  • Hildiran: It is a vessel. It needs to be filled with the energy created in battle.

Hildiran indicated towards the statue of Freyja.

  • Hildiran: But it will only work with this type of shrine. They can be found all over Mercia.
  • Eivor: I have many questions still.
  • Hildiran: I promise you will get answers. But first, I have marked a shrine location on your map. Once there, enter a meditation. The amulet will pull you into Hugrheim.
  • Eivor: And what happens when I finish my training?
  • Hildiran: Then you return to me.
  • Eivor: ...very well.

After a pause, Eivor continued.

  • Eivor: Have you met Valka? Something of you reminds me of her.

Hildiran shook her head and shrugged at Eivor, but ignored the question.

  • Hildiran: Go now, kind Eivor, and train!

Eivor finding one of the shrines mentioned by Hildiran

Eivor left to find the shrine.

  • Eivor: This looks like the shrine she told me about.

Eivor completed the three challenges on Hugrheim.

  • Eivor: My training is complete. I should return to Hildiran.

Back at Ravensthorpe, Eivor met with Hildiran again, and saw that the fenced off circle they had first fought in had been improved into a full training area with stone walls, high mesh netting, and targets at one end.

  • Hildiran: Eivor, you return.

Eivor held out the amulet.

  • Eivor: Here. I am done.

Hildiran took it from Eivor and the amulet glowed white at her touch.

  • Hildiran: You have done well. I have collected many treasures in my lifetime. I am willing to part with them, but only to drengr I deem worthy.

Hildiran gives the amulet back, after inspecting it.

  • Eivor: I'd be honored.

Eivor perused Hildiran's wares, before making to leave.

  • Hildiran: Feel free to return. As you continue your training by visiting more shrines, I will be able to gift you more powerful treasures.

Outcome

Eivor defeated Hildiran in battle twice, once in real life and once in a vision. She obtained an amulet and meditated at a shrine to challenge herself, completing three challenges in the process.

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References

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla memories
Main Quests
Prologue
Battle for the Northern Way
Chapter 1
Honor Bound
Chapter 2
A Seer's Solace - Family Matters - The Prodigal Prince
Chapter 3
Rude Awakening - A Cruel Destiny
Chapter 4
Birthrights
Chapter 5
The Seas of Fate
Ravensthorpe
The Swan-Road Home - Unwelcome - Settling Down - The Alliance Map
The Song of Soma
Chapter 1
The Great Scattered Army
Chapter 2
Orphans of the Fens
Chapter 3
Glory Regained
Chapter 4
Razing Earnningstone - Unholy Father - Storming Ravensburg
Chapter 5
The Stench of Treachery - An Island of Eels - Reporting on Grantebridgescire
The Kingmaker's Saga
Chapter 1
The Sons of Ragnar
Chapter 2
Bartering - Rumors of Ledecestre - The Walls of Templebrough
Chapter 3
Tilting the Balance
Chapter 4
Heavy is the Head - Hunted - Reporting on Ledecestrescire
Ravensthorpe
A Toast to our Success - Uninvited Guests
The Tale of Thegn Oswald
Chapter 1
Kingmaker
Chapter 2
The Measure of a Norseman
Chapter 3
A Triumphant Return
Chapter 4
Raising Iron - A Fury from the Sea
Chapter 5
Wedding Horns - Reporting on East Anglia
Ravensthorpe
Holger
Mane and Tail
The City of War
Chapter 1
Walls and Shadows
Chapter 2
Firing the Arrow - Bleeding The Leech
Chapter 3
Smashing the Compass - Reporting on Lunden
The Paladin's Stone
Chapter 1
Brewing Rebellion
Chapter 2
Chipping Away - Pilgrimage to St. Albanes - Blood from a Stone
Chapter 3
Fiery Ambush - Ringing Cyne Belle
Chapter 4
The Saga Stone - Reporting on Oxenefordscire
The Book of Dragons
Chapter 1
War Weary
Chapter 2
Ransacking Wenlocan - The Supply Line - Bloody Path to Peace
Chapter 3
King Killer - Reporting on Sciropescire
The Instrument of the Ancients
Chapter 1
The Abbot's Gambit
Chapter 2
Puppets and Prisoners - The Man Behind the Man
Chapter 3
A Bloody Welcome - Reporting on Cent
Ravensthorpe
Dag
A Brewing Storm
The Lay of Hunwald
Chapter 1
A Noble Escort
Chapter 2
Homecoming
Chapter 3
In the Absence of an Ealdorman
Chapter 4
Salve for a Fresh Wound - The Thegn of Lincoln - Where the Stone Falls
Chapter 5
A Sword-Shower in Anecastre - Reporting on Lincolnscire
A Breviary of Broken Hearts
Chapter 1
An Uncommon Proposition
Chapter 2
Old Wounds - Childhood Sweetheart
Chapter 3
Taken
Chapter 4
Twists and Turns - Reporting on Essexe
The Siege of Portcestre
Chapter 1
Reaver of the South
Chapter 2
Arrive Unexpected - Let Them Eat Ashes - Scorched Earth - Severing the Lines
Chapter 3
Storming the Walls - Of All That Has Passed... - Reporting on Suthsexe
Ravensthorpe
Reap What Was Sown
Holger
Blame and Sail
The City of Greed
Chapter 1
The Welcoming Party
Chapter 2
Burning the Firebrand
Chapter 3
Pricking the Needle
Chapter 4
Closing the Vault - Reporting on Jorvik
The Sayings of Halfdan
Chapter 1
War in the North
Chapter 2
Honor Has Two Edges
Chapter 3
Road to Hamartia - This Son of Jorvik
Chapter 4
Honor's Hubris
Chapter 5
Of Blood and Bonds - Reporting on Eurviscire - Lost Glory
A Tale of Wicker-Fire
Chapter 1
The First Night of Samhain
Chapter 2
Clues and Riddles
Chapter 3
The Stolen King
Chapter 4
A Love Betrayed - The Gutted Lamb
Chapter 5
The Burning of the Wicker Man - Reporting on Glowecestrescire
The Tale of Two Jarls
Chapter 1
Old Friends
Chapter 2
On Borrowed Time
Chapter 3
Rowdy Raiders - Adorning the Adorned - Of Blood and Gods
Chapter 4
Under the Skin
Chapter 5
Farewells and Legacies - Reporting on Snotinghamscire
The City of Faith
Chapter 1
More Intel - The Reeve of Wincestre
Chapter 2
Choking the Gallows
Chapter 3
Plucking the Quill
Chapter 4
Impaling the Seax - Reporting on Wincestre
In the Hall of the Slain
Chapter 1
The Road to Valhalla - Where Legends Are Born
Chapter 2
A Brother's Keeper - A Quiet Homecoming
The Prophecies of the King
Chapter 1
Kingdom's End
Chapter 2
Holy Day - Reporting on Hamtunscire
Ravensthorpe
Gunnar
The Forge and the Flame
Settlement Quests
A New Home - The Lost Drengir of Ragnar Lothbrok
Hytham
To Serve the Light... - Breaking the Order - A Brief History of the Hidden Ones - The Letter - The Poor Fellow-Soldier
Knud
A Little Problem
Octavian
A Rivalry for the Ages
Petra
The Huntress - Have You Seen This Man? - Archery Contest
Randvi
Taken for Granted
Reda
The Thousand Eyes - Viking for Hire
Tarben
The Baker's Plaint - Man of Mystery
Tove
Carrying the Torch
Valka
A Wise Friend - In Dreams... - Going Deeper... - Bound to Fate
Yanli
Pending Deliveries
Vinland Saga
Chapter 1
In a Strange Land - The Hunting Grounds
Chapter 2
Hunter of Beasts
Chapter 3
Hunter's Repast - Reporting on Vinland
The Fate of the High One
Chapter 1
View Above All
Chapter 2
Well-Traveled - Defensive Measures - Extended Family
Chapter 3
Forging a Bond (A Feline's Footfall - Taking Root)
Chapter 4
The Big Finish
Chapter 5
Binding Fate - Cheating Fate
The Saga of the Snows
Chapter 1
Mistress of the Iron Wood
Chapter 2
The Lost Cauldron
Chapter 3
A Gift from the Past
Chapter 4
A Feast to Remember
Chapter 5
The Price of Wisdom
Thousand Eyes contracts
Contract: Assassinate the Target - Contract: A Strange Drawing - Contract: Best Effort - Contract: Booty Hunter - Contract: Burn it down! - Contract: Control Nuisance - Contract: Dangerous Prey - Contract: Defeat the Diubal - Contract: Grave-Robber - Contract: Investigation Offer - Contract: Macabre Discovery - Contract: Make it Boom! - Contract: Marked for Death - Contract: Predator's Attack - Contract: Recovery Investment - Contract: Reda's Judgement - Contract: Reported Missing - Contract: Rescue Favor - Contract: Silence the Poet - Contract: Slay the Monster - Contract: The Deadly Beast - Contract: The Dice Master - Contract: The Drunkard - Contract: The Duke of Burgundy - Contract: The Green-Eyed Thief - Contract: The Hermit of the Thousand Sins - Contract: The Jomsviking Code - Contract: The Man-eating Animal - Contract: The Phantom - Contract: The Renegade Monk - Contract: The Richest Merchant - Contract: The Rogue Informer - Contract: The Stolen Purse - Contract: The Thieves Couple - Contract: Threat Assessment - Contract: Toss a Coin for the Traitor - Contract: Wild Frontier
World Events
Norway
Rygjafylke
A Desperate Bounty - A New England - Comb of Champions - Old Man on the Edge - Raider Recruit - The Dreamwalking Warrior - The Hunt for Honor - The Plight of the Warlock - The Silver-Tongued Traitor
Hordafylke
Battle Born - The Rekindling
England
Cent
Madness of the Stones - Pig of Prophecy - Red in Tooth and Claw - The Lighthouse Twins - The Pardoner's Tale - The Sky Thief - Winifred
East Anglia
A Blood Hymn for Edmund - Edmund's Arrows - Freyja's Friend - Green Children of Anglia - Hide and Hunt - Life-Blood - The Wayward
Essexe
Devil's Hole - Mother - Take Me a Husband - The Banshee - The Boar with the Golden Nose - The Gleewoman - The Prodigy - The Riddler
Eurviscire
Art-Scop - Crushed Dreams - Dellingr Rabbit - Historia de Cordibus Pathetic - Sunken Hope - The Village: Jurthgard
Glowecestrescire
Dearly Bee-Loved - Lady of the Lake - The Body - The Goddess of Birth - The Horn of Ragnar
Grantebridgescire
Degolas the Beautiful - Path to the Wind-Blue - The Cult of Saint Guthlac - The Devout Troll - The Doom Book of Cats - The Infinite Noise of Men - The Lord of Norsexe - The Walloper - The Wound-Wands of Friends - Winchell the Robesfree
Hamtunscire
Saint Faith - Splitting Hares - The Arrow In The Tree - The Devil Has All The Best Tunes - We Are All Monsters
Jorvik
Bridges of Oppression - Deviled Water - Silver Wind Elder - Warmth of Winter
Ledecestrescire
A Skald's Lament - Ledecestrescire Sauce - Of Fist-Dances and Sweaty Oaths - Sisters of the Axe - Skal to Your Wealth - The Last Leaf of Fall - The Old Guard - The Stink-Brew - The Twit Saga, Part I - The White Lady of Tamworth
Lincolnscire
King of Shitsby - Little Victories - Stray Naps - The False Ealdormancy - The Farewell Meow - The Ignominious Bandit - The Twit Saga, Part II
Lunden
The Demon Odor at the Tithe - Falling Stars - Last Flight of the Gyldan Sparrow - War of the Collectors
Oxenefordscire
A Dog's Rescue - Fishing Lesson - Nostalgia - Permission to Weep - The Anchoress - The Last Raid
Sciropescire
Bewitched - King of the Hill - Lamb Chops - Miracle - Otta, Son of Slugga - Paola's Dream - The Puppeteer
Snotinghamscire
A Cordial Invitation - An Althing for the Half-Grown - An Efficient Cremation - Stoneman - The Good Men of Sherwood - The Myth in the Mountains
Suthsexe
A Prayer for Vengeance - Aflanc the Terrible - Alisa in Wunderlandscire - Eivor the Sheepdog - King of the Hay People - Rock of Fertility - Tiny Black Market - Will O' the Wisp
Wincestre
Aelfred's Jewel - Asser - Mildberg the Miracle Legs - Romeo and Aethelflaed
North America
Vinland
A Dead Man's Tale - Breaking Teeth, Not Hearts (Flight of Fancy - Ursine Takeover)
Dreams
Asgard
Food of the Gods - Hel's Well - Milk of Humankind - Njord's Lament - Noble Harts - Valhalla Bound
Jotunheim
Aegir's Daughters - Pit of Slaughter - The Giants of Fimbulwinter - The Puppeteer
DLC
The Way of the Berserker
Chapter 1
The Mysterious Berserker
Chapter 2
The Ritual of the Berserker
Chapter 3
The Vengeance of the Berserker
The Legend of Beowulf
Chapter 1
A Fiend out of Hell
Chapter 2
Prey in the High Hall
Chapter 3
Ever As Fate Must
A Fated Encounter
A Fated Encounter - A Distorted Dream
Chapter 1
Tossing and Turning
Chapter 2
Night and Day
Chapter 3
Counting Sheep
Chapter 4
What Dreams May Come
Chapter 5
One Last Sleepless Night
World Events
Haunting of Neist Point - The Drink of the Picts
Settlement Extension
Yule Season
Yule Festival - Cow Catcher - The Case of the Missing Ale - Braun's Folly - Twirling Targets - Yule Brawl
Ostara Season
Ostara Festival - Let's Get Festive - Egg Hunt - The May Queen - Spiritual Defense - Braun's Folly - Twirling Targets - Viking Brawl
Sigrblot Festival
Sigrblot Festival - The War Effort (Feeding the Wolf - Fight or Flyte - Three Big Pigs) - Final Offering - Test Your Metal - War Games
Oskoreia Festival
Oskoreia Festival - Hunting for Honor (Homeward - An Honorable Death - Riding for Glory - Veiled Threats - Targeted Strategy) - A Measure of Respect
River Raids
Yule Season
A River to Raid - The Legend of Saint George - Treasures of River Exe - Treasures of River Severn - The Legacy of Saint George - Treasures of River Dee - The Sword of Saint George
Sigrblot Season
The Legend of Lugh - Treasures of River Berbha - The Spear of Lugh - Treasures of River Erriff - The Ulfberht Sword - Champions of the Faith (England's Protector - Ireland's Defender - Francia's Anointed)
Mastery Challenge
Chapter 1
A Challenge from the Gods - The Cryptic Tutelage of Hildiran
Chapter 2
The All-Seeing Eye
The Forgotten Saga
A Gift from the Otherworld
Favors
The Wholesome Warrior - Dark Dealings - Shifting Loyalties
Wrath of the Druids
Wrath of the Druids
Chapter 1
Irish Trade - Irish Adventure - Blood Bond - Snaring Thorstein - Rathdown Build Up
Chapter 2
Flann over Ireland - A Show of Character - War Efforts - Gathering Strength
Chapter 3
Foothold in Connacht - Potion of Blood - Into the Fog
Chapter 4
The Northern Reach - Courting the Kings - The Mask of Diplomacy - The Wages of War - A Scourging of Snakes
Chapter 5
The Cost of Betrayal
Settling Accounts
Chapter 1
Dublin's Reach (Trade: Giving Your Words - Trade: Dyed in the Wool - Trade: The Ivory Post - Trade: Trouble Brewing - Trade: Illuminating Event - Trade: Sweetening the Pot)
Chapter 2
An Eye for an Eye
The Strength of Danu
Chapter 1
Children of Danu
Chapter 2
Amber Sun
Lost Drengr
Thorgest's Drengir
Trade Post
Trade: Dyed in the Wool - Trade: Giving Your Words - Trade: Illuminating Event - Trade: Sweetening the Pot - Trade: The Ivory Post - Trade: Trouble Brewing
Royal Demands
Kings of Meath
Meath: Death Sentence - Meath: Death to All - Meath: Gemstones - Meath: Hibernian Heist - Meath: Jewel Recovery - Meath: Rough Justice - Meath: Royal Vengeance - Meath: Smite Them Down - Meath: Stamp Them Out - Meath: Taking it Back - Meath: They Must Pay
Kings of Connacht
Connacht: Stamp Them Out
Kings of Ulster
Ulster: Death Sentence - Ulster: Death to All - Ulster: Smite Them Down
Thousand Eyes contracts
Contract: Bandit King - Contract: Hired Help - Contract: The Lost Books
The Siege of Paris
Chapter 1
Strangers Bearing Gifts - To Francia - Warlord of Melun - The Rot in the Slums - Majesty in the Dark
Chapter 2
The Missing Queen - Sister of Sorrow - The Queen's Gambit
Chapter 3
Honor and Enemies - Fire From Heaven - A Hidden Weakness - Royal Fox Hunt - Dark Before Dawn - The Siege of Paris - The Count of Paris
Chapter 4
Skal!
Chapter 5
Fire and Faith - Madness of King Charles - Victory - Homecoming
Hidden Ones
Hidden
Delivery
A Package for Paris
Infamy
Vive la Résistance
Thousand Eyes contracts
Contract: Pagus Pinciacensis - Contract: The Count of Pinciacum
World Events
Amienois
Hidden Justice
Melunois
Not God Enough - Stealing from Thieves - Ulfberht Sword
Paris
The Ghost of Saint Germain - The King of Rats
Dawn of Ragnarök
Restless Dreams - Legendary Hoard
Into the Fire
Chapter 1
The Rescue - Gift to the God
Chapter 2
Seeking Shelter - Crystal Cave - Hunter and Gatherer - World's End
Chapter 3
The Masters - Forging Bonds
Chapter 4
Warpath - Pride of the Aesir
Chapter 5
Beyond Fear - The Reckoning
The Relic
Chapter 1
Finding Fritjof
Chapter 2
The Scholar and the Sunstone
Chapter 3
The Vault of the Ancients
Vessel of Souls
Chapter 1
The Warlord's Daughter
Chapter 2
Cold Embers - Blazing a Trail
Chapter 3
Malvigr
Valkyrie's Arena
Heroic Scholar
Tales
Warlord of the Muspels - The Full Might of Muspelheim - Double Burning Trouble - The Princess and the Queen - The Midgard War Party - The Trickster and his Legions - Muspelheim's Legacy - A Tale of Ice and Fire - The Champions of Jotunheim - Muspelheim's Fiery Champions - The Fallen Warriors - The Shapeshifters of Legend - Glacial Bear Encounter - The Midgard Challengers - The Great Swamp Witches
World Events
Eitri
Remnants
Gullnámar
Carpe Diem - Hyrrokin's Gift
Svaladal
A Beast's Burden - A Most Cunning Fish - Love Conquers - The Ballad of Kraka and Skavi
Vangrinn
Not Today, Jotun! - Take My Chest Away - The Seed of Travi
Discovery Tour: Viking Age
Oaths & Honour - Through Faith & Fire - Seaworthy - Into the West - A Barter for Peace - Aelfred's Legacy - New Life, New Lands - Where Fates Align
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