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Eivor, also known as the Wolf-Kissed, was a Viking from Norway who raided in what would become England against King Alfred the Great.[1] They[2] were also in possession of a Hidden Blade, using it in combat against the Anglo-Saxons.[3]

Biography

Eivor was born sometime in the 9th century to Rosta[4] and the Norse king Styrbjörn. They also had a brother, Sigurd.[5]

In 873 CE,[6] Eivor and their clan of Norsemen fled from Norway to escape the endless war and dwindling resources. They arrived in the southern part of Great Britain, establishing a new settlement.[2] At some point, Eivor encountered the Hidden Ones, and was gifted a Hidden Blade after cooperating with them on common goals. Keen that the traditionally stealth-based weaponry should be visible to their enemies, Eivor wore the blade over their forearm.[6]

During their travels, Eivor was accompanied by the raven Sýnin.[2]

Personality and characteristics

Eivor was a devoted and confident Viking clan leader, who was not afraid of dying to protect their people. Despite their deep love for their clan, they were a lone wolf. Indeed, driven by their dream to prove their courage, they preferred to take on all tasks and risks themselves. On top of being a fierce warrior, Eivor was cunning and was a great strategist, as could be prove some of their alliances.[7]

Behind the scenes

Eivor has been revealed to be the main protagonist of the upcoming main installment of the Assassin's Creed series, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. According to Ubisoft, their gender will be customizable,[2] a feature carried over from Valhalla's immediate predecessor, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (2018). However, lead writer Darby McDevitt has confirmed that both gender options are considered canon in a way that will make logical sense.[8] Conversely, the comic book Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Song of Glory[9] and prequel novel Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Geirmund's Saga[10] will feature Eivor as female exclusively. Eivor's appearance, including clothing, hair, and war paint, will also be customizable.[11] Eivor's male voice will be provided by Magnus Bruun,[12] while the female voice actor will be Cecilie Stenspil.[13]

Etymology

The name Eivor, Eivør or Øyvor is a female given name derived from either proto-Norse auja, believed to mean 'good luck', or *warjaʀ, meaning 'defender'. It may also come from the combination of Old Norse words ey- or øy- (meaning 'island') and -varr (meaning 'careful').[14]

When he tweeted how the name is meant to be pronounced, Valhalla's then-Creative Director Ashraf Ismail transcribed it phonetically as "Ay-vor".[15]

Lore

In the trailer for Valhalla, Eivor, depicted as male, dons their Hidden Blade over their forearm. This unconventional way of wearing it has only been previously seen twice: with the Assassin Darius in the Legacy of the First Blade expansion to Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, and with the Templar agent Lia de Russo in the main story of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and its multiplayer mode.

Appearances

References

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  1. Nedd, Alex (29-04-2020). Ubisoft confirms 'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' after an 8 hour BossLogic livestream. Mashable SE Asia. Retrieved on April 30, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Assassin's Creed Valhalla – Become a Legendary Viking Raider. Ubisoft. Archived from the original on May 1, 2020. Retrieved on April 30, 2020.
  3. YouTube Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Cinematic World Premiere Trailer on the Ubisoft YouTube channel
  4. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaEast Cape Peak
  5. Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Song of Glory
  6. 6.0 6.1 YouTube Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Developer Commentary Trailer on the Ubisoft YouTube channel
  7. Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Eivor The Wolf-kissed. Ubisoft Store. Archived from the original on June 18, 2020. Retrieved on May 5, 2020.
  8. Twitter Darby McDevitt (@DarbyMcDevitt) on Twitter "Both choices are canon, but we're not going to spoil how we managed that trick until you play the game." (screenshot)
  9. Dark Horse to Publish Comics Prequel to Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Dark Horse (13-7-2020). Retrieved on July 13, 2020.
  10. Twitter Matthew J. Kirby (@writerMattKirby) on Twitter "I've been asked many times whether Eivor will be male or female in my novel. Truth is, I was given the choice, same as a player will be in the game, when @DarbyMcDevitt told me in a meeting both are canon. My Eivor is a woman. #AssassinsCreedValhalla #AssassinsCreed #ACSisterhood. PS – I made that decision back in January." (screenshot)
  11. Juba, Joe (30-04-2020). 25 Things We've Learned About Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Game Informer. Retrieved on May 11, 2020.
  12. Twitter Magnus Bruun (@Magnus__Bruun) on Twitter "I'm very excited to announce that I play Male Eivor in Assassin's Creed Valhalla! 🔥🔥🔥 I just can't seem to get enough of these sexy bloody vikings! ⚔️ #assasinscreedvalhalla" (screenshot)
  13. Twitter Darby McDevitt (@DarbyMcDevitt) on Twitter "And for our Female Eivor, introducing Cecilie Stenspil ... not on Twitter but everywhere on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/p/B_nTCgBAgIK/" (screenshot)
  14. Wikipedia Eivor on Wikipedia
  15. Twitter Ashraf Ismail (@AshrafAIsmail) on Twitter "Its spelled Eivor and pronounced Ay-vor" (screenshot)

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