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Euphrasia (died 886) was a Frankish nun and a member of the Bellatores Dei who lived during the late 9th century. she was known to the populace as "Little Mother," who helped those inflicted with devils through "deliverance."

Biography

Kidnap of Queen Richardis

Not much is known about Euphrasia, except for her claim of being saved from burning alive by the spirit of Saint Taurinus as a child. By the 880s, she came to known as the moniker of "Little Mother", and was in charge of people receiving deliverance from places all around, such as Evreux and the village, Aquila. During her time, Euphrasia was personally responsible for the capture and attempted sacrificial murder of Queen Richardis.[1]

Around 886, in Evreux, "Little Mother" was heard to be at the Church of Saint Taurinus for prayers. Euphrasia introduced herself during the church sermon and detailed how she worked tirelessly to help those inflicted with demons and for them to seek deliverance. Unbeknownst to Euphrasia, Viking jarlskona Eivor Varinsdottir of the Raven Clan blended in to hear her prayers. During her prayers, Euphrasia hinted that salvation had no exceptions, whether one was prince or pauper. As everyone closed their eyes to pray silently, Euphrasia left during prayer. From the locals in the area, Little Mother was responsible for taking their familiars and worked to exercise out their "demons".[2]

Death

Before her prayers in Evreux, Euphrasia was sent a letter at her house. The letter showcased that she was part of the Bellatores Dei and she had Queen Richardis as her prisoner. The letter also detailed that her sanctum was in the town of Aquila. From Eivor's investigation, Euphrasia had her base of operations at the town's crypt. Within the crypt, there was an entrance to the Aquila Sewers, where Euphrasia's actions and certain torture devices of "deliverance" were found.[1]

Further into the sewers, Little Mother was in attendance at her sanctum, where Eivor spotted her and a bound Queen Richardis. Euphrasia condemned Richardis to death as she awaited her sacrificial knife. Euphrasia kept taunting and berating the queen, unknown to Eivor's presence. However, before she could act and kill Queen Richardis, Euphrasia was assassinated quickly by Eivor. As Eivor promptly released Richardis, the queen paid last rites to Euphrasia, before they both escaped.

Behind the scenes

Euphrasia's manner of death may be vary, as Eivor has the option to either attack her head-on, use the situational opportunities to get close, or stealthily assassinate the nun without raising any suspicion.

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