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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 through the Portable Animus HR-8.5.


After seeing a comet crash down near Ravensthorpe, Eivor investigated.


Eivor was at Ravensthorpe when a ball of fire crashed nearby.

  • Eivor: What in the nine realms was that?

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.
  • 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.

  • 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!

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.

She produced a circular amulet from her clothes. Eivor looks at it and sees herself transported to another realm, with Hildiran gaining a Valkyrie's armor.

  • Hildiran: Come at me again!

They fight, with weapons this time.

  • 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!

Once again, after a while, Hildiran stopped.

  • Hildiran: Good. That was good.

She produced the amulet and they were returned to Ravensthorpe.

  • 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?

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. 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: Go now, kind Eivor, and train!

She did as instructed.

  • 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 the old woman again.

  • Hildiran: Eivor, you return.

Eivor gives her the amulet.

  • Eivor: Here. I am done.
  • 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.


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


Assassin's Creed: Valhalla memories
Main Quests
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
Chapter 5
The Seas of Fate
The Swan-Road Home - Unwelcome - Settling Down - The Alliance Map - A New Home - A Toast to our Success - Uninvited Guests - Reap What Was Sown - The Lost Drengir of Ragnar Lothbrok
A Brewing Storm
The Forge and the Flame
Mane and Tail - Blame and Sail
To Serve the Light... - Breaking the Order - A Brief History of the Hidden Ones - More Intel - The Letter - The Poor Fellow-Soldier
A Little Problem
A Rivalry for the Ages
The Huntress - Have You Seen This Man? - Archery Contest
Taken for Granted
The Thousand Eyes - Viking for Hire
The Baker's Plaint - Man of Mystery
Carrying the Torch
A Wise Friend - In Dreams... - Going Deeper... - Bound to Fate
Pending Deliveries
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
The Tale of Thegn Oswald
Chapter 1
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
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
Pilgrimage to St. Albanes - Chipping Away - 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
The Lay of Hunwald
Chapter 1
A Noble Escort
Chapter 2
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
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
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
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
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
Vinland Saga
Chapter 1
In a Strange Land - The Hunting Grounds
Chapter 2
Hunter of Beasts
Chapter 3
Hunter's Repast - Reporting on Vinland
Thousand Eyes contracts
Contract: Assassinate the Target - Contract: A Strange Drawing - Contract: Best Effort - Contract: Booty Hunter - 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
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
Battle Born - The Rekindling
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
Devil's Hole - Mother - Take Me a Husband - The Banshee - The Boar with the Golden Nose - The Gleewoman - The Prodigy - The Riddler
Art-Scop - Crushed Dreams - Dellingr Rabbit - Historia de Cordibus Pathetic - Sunken Hope - The Village: Jurthgard
Dearly Bee-Loved - Lady of the Lake - The Body - The Goddess of Birth - The Horn of Ragnar
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
Saint Faith - Splitting Hares - The Arrow In The Tree - The Devil Has All The Best Tunes - We Are All Monsters
Bridges of Oppression - Deviled Water - Silver Wind Elder - Warmth of Winter
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
King of Shitsby - Little Victories - Stray Naps - The False Ealdormancy - The Farewell Meow - The Ignominious Bandit - The Twit Saga, Part II
The Demon Odor at the Tithe - Falling Stars - Last Flight of the Gyldan Sparrow - War of the Collectors
A Dog's Rescue - Fishing Lesson - Nostalgia - Permission to Weep - The Anchoress - The Last Raid
Bewitched - King of the Hill - Lamb Chops - Miracle - Otta, Son of Slugga - Paola's Dream - The Puppeteer
A Cordial Invitation - An Althing for the Half-Grown - An Efficient Cremation - Stoneman - The Good Men of Sherwood - The Myth in the Mountains
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
Aelfred's Jewel - Asser - Mildberg the Miracle Legs - Romeo and Aethelflaed
North America
A Dead Man's Tale - Breaking Teeth, Not Hearts - Flight of Fancy - Ursine Takeover
Food of the Gods - Hel's Well - Milk of Humankind - Njord's Lament - Noble Harts - Valhalla Bound
Aegir's Daughters - Pit of Slaughter - The Giants of Fimbulwinter - The Puppeteer
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
Yule Festival
Yule Festival - Cow Catcher - The Case of the Missing Ale - Braun's Folly - Twirling Targets - Yule Brawl
Ostara Festival
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
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
A Challenge from the Gods - The Cryptic Tutelage of Hildiran
Wrath of the Druids
Wrath of the Druids
Chapter 1
Irish Trade - Irish Adventure - Blood Bond - Snaring Thorstein - Rathdown Build Up - Flann over Ireland
Chapter 2
A Show of Character - War Efforts
Chapter 3
Gathering Strength - Foothold in Connacht - Potion of Blood - Into the Fog - The Northern Reach - Courting the Kings - The Mask of Diplomacy
Chapter 4
The Wages of War
Chapter 5
A Scourging of Snakes - The Cost of Betrayal
Settling Accounts
Chapter 1
Dublin's Reach
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: Death Sentence - Connacht: Jewel Recovery - Connacht: Stamp Them Out
Kings of Ulster
Ulster: Death Sentence - Ulster: Death to All - Ulster: Smite Them Down
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
Chapter 5
Fire and Faith - Madness of King Charles - Victory - Homecoming
Hidden Ones
A Package for Paris
Vive la Résistance
Rebel Missions
Thousand Eyes contracts
Contract: Pagus Pinciacensis
World Events
Hidden Justice
Not God Enough - Stealing from Thieves - Ulfberht Sword
The Ghost of Saint Germain - The King of Rats