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The Elgring Clan a group of Vikings led by their jarlskona, Toka Sinricsdottir. From 885 to 886, the clan fought the forces of Charles the Fat during his campaign in West Francia.

History

Formed in the 9th century, the Elgring Clan was led by jarl Sinric, brother of Sigfred, and lived in the north of Francia. After Charles' forces advanced on their encampment, the clan was forced south and resettled in the town of Melun, from where they plundered the surrounding regions in Francia.[1]

Sometime before the Siege of Paris, Sinric was killed when soldiers led by Bishop Engelwin infiltrated Melun and murdered him in his sleep. After gutting his corpse, the soldiers left it outside to be mutilated by animals until Sigfred found it, by which time the body was unrecognizable save for the carved wooden toy of Eikþyrnir that Sinric had kept with him after winning it from his brother as a child. Sinric's body was buried in the clan's Burial Mounds outside Melun, with a large runestone marking the grave. Sinric's murder led to Sigfred being crowned the new jarl and fueled his lust for revenge against Charles the Fat.[1]

In 885, preparing for his attack on the city of Paris, Sigfred sent his niece Toka to England to enlist more jarls to join in the fight. Finding no help from other clans, she sailed to Ravensthorpe and set up in the clan's small guest house, hoping to enlist Eivor Varinsdottir to join the siege.[2] After some deliberation and a feast, Eivor sailed with Toka back to Francia.[3][1]

With Eivor helping by killing members of the religious zealots known as the Bellatores Dei, the clan was able to lay siege to Paris. Invading the walls of the Île de la Cité, Sigfred's forces stormed towards Odo's palace but a trap was set. Many of Sigfred's men were killed and they were obliged to retreat. Admitting defeat, the clan formed an uneasy peace with Charles the Fat, earning some silver.

Celebrating the riches they had won, the clan held a festival in Melun. But Sigfred had been delusional with the Norse gods, believing life was only meant for plundering, feasting, and drinking. He wanted to go south and continue to invade Francia but Eivor objected on the grounds that she only wanted to protect her own lands and had not agreed to invade elsewhere. Sigfred, annoyed with Eivor's perceived disloyalty, challenged her to a holmgang but Eivor denied it. [citation needed] Eivior persuaded him to think what Sinric would have said of his revenge lust and Sigfred bent. Deciding to leave the future in Toka's hands he left into the woods to find a new way.

With Toka made jarlskona, she sought to gain the trust of Count Odo. Eivor was sent to deal with Charles and let him live. Odo frustrated by her decision reluctantly made a truce with Elgring Clan. Thanking Eivor, Toka gave her Sinric's old armband, saying she hoped she could one day lead as well as Eivor did.

Behind the scenes

The Elgring Clan is a faction introduced in The Siege of Paris, the August 2021 downloadable expansion for the 2020 video game Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. Unlike most organizations in the Assassin's Creed series, this one is not directly mentioned in the game and instead takes its name from pre-release review articles by entertainment sites like IGN,[4] GamesRadar,[5] and VG247.[6]

The name Elgring derives from the Old Norse word elgr, meaning "elk".

Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Siege of ParisWarlord of Melun
  2. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla – The Siege of ParisStrangers Bearing Gifts
  3. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla – The Siege of ParisTo Francia
  4. Green, Jarret (11 August 2021). Assassin's Creed Valhalla: The Siege of Paris Review. IGN. Archived from the original on August 11, 2014. Retrieved on February 10, 2022.
  5. Wald, Heather (11 August 2021). Assassin's Creed Valhalla Siege of Paris makes me feel like a master assassin. GamesRadar. Archived from the original on August 11, 2021. Retrieved on February 10, 2022.
  6. Billcliffe, James (11 August 2021). Assassin's Creed Valhalla Siege of Paris DLC review | City of Fights. VG247. Archived from the original on August 18, 2021. Retrieved on February 10, 2022.

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