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Forging a Bond was a virtual representation of one of Eivor Varinsdottir's genetic memories, relived by Layla Hassan through the Portable Animus HR-8.5.


Havi met with the dwarf Ivaldi to search for a solution regarding the captured wolf.


Making his way through Asgard toward Ivaldi's Forge, Havi looked out over the island Indre Holm to see The Builder had already completed the first tier of the tower.

  • Havi: He has made the base already? The Builder works fast. A bit too fast.

Havi continued on to the forge, inside a cave below the city. There, he found both Ivaldi and the Builder.

  • Ivaldi: Havi! Tell this rump-cloud that he can't just wander about Asgard, poking his pecker in every cavern he pleases!

Havi approached them.

  • The Builder: I was only curious, dwarf. I meant no offense. I am merely a seeker of knowledge.
  • Havi: The dwarves give nothing away for free.

Ivaldi nodded in agreement.

  • The Builder: Apologies for the distraction, master blacksmith. I'll leave you to your work.

The Builder left the cave.

  • Ivaldi: Well, what shall I craft for you today, High One? Bottomless breeches for soiling yourself on the battlefield?

  • Havi: What were you and the Builder discussing?

  • Havi: Have you ever heard of hugr (mind) magic?

  • Havi: Do your people believe they will survive the final battle?

  • Ivaldi: Havi, my gentle jailor. You know we dwarves give nothing away for free. If you want your question answered, I'll need something in return.
  • Havi: Such as?
  • Ivaldi: A hidden fact known only to you, Far-Seer, that I may share in your secret knowledge of the world.
    • Havi: The sun and moon are pulled by two horses across the day and night skies. Skinfaxi and Hrímfaxi are their names. And each morning's dew is the fallen slobber from Hrimfaxi's foaming mouth.
    • Ivaldi: Curious. Thank you, Havi.

  • Havi: The winds that blow over the sea are stirred by the wings of a great eagle named Hræsvelgr, who sits at the edge of the sky.
  • Ivaldi: Interesting indeed. I have often wondered at its source.

  • Havi: The humans will survive Ragnarök in force, taking shelter in Hoddmimir's forest, eating morning dew until their race is renewed.
  • Ivaldi: The humans are a hearty people indeed, much stronger than we give them credit for.

    • Ivaldi: So, you asked what that sack of sheep guts was after? He wanted to know how magic affected your hugr (mind).
    • Havi: Why would he want to know the effect of magic on my spirit?
    • Ivaldi: Not just you, Havi. The lot of you! Æsir and Vanir alike. I told him to shovel his shit somewhere else.

  • Ivaldi: So, you asked about hugr (mind) magic. That is Jötnar business. They can move a man's mind from one place to another. But they only dabble from what I know. Like wee boys playing with fire... don't know a wick from their dick.

  • Ivaldi: As for your answer, many dwarves will die in the final battle. Ground into earth and reclaimed by the mountains.
  • Havi: You talk of blood and bone, but I speak of your hugr. (mind) Can your spirit survive when life leaves the body?
  • Ivaldi: Some say their hugr (mind) enters the items they craft, others believe they live on in song. Personally, I don't give a rat's ass for philosophy.

  • Ivaldi: Now if that's all you came to know, you can piss off and let me work.
  • Ivaldi waved Havi off and went back to his anvil, but Havi followed.

    • Havi: I have one more need. Can you forge me an unbreakable chain?
    • Ivaldi: Chains are overrated. One weak link and it's worthless. Let me craft a cord that Thor himself could not break.
    • Havi: It must be strong enough to bind a powerful beast.
    • Ivaldi: I will sluice my sweat into this cord, Havi. All knowledge I have and skill I own will define it. And what will I get in return?

    • Havi: My thanks and my hospitality. What more could you need?

    Ivaldi rolled his eyes and turned away to a table.

    • Ivaldi: Bah. You cannot barter with a man who's squeezing your balls.
    • Havi: You may always return to the Land of Fire, Ivaldi. And die as your brothers did. Roasted on a spit.

  • Havi: Make good on your claim and your contract is fulfilled.
  • Ivaldi frowned, suspicious.

    • Ivaldi: I smell bait, what's the trap?
    • Havi: No trap, no trickery. Forge me this cord, and you shall be free of my service.

    Ivaldi glanced back, silent and solemn, for a moment before looking away again, rubbing the back of his neck.

    • Ivaldi: Hm... to craft such a cord, I'll need a few impossible ingredients.
    • Havi: Name them.
    • Ivaldi: Eye the list there. I have a bear's tendon, a fish's breath, and...

    Havi took the list from Ivaldi, looking over it.

    • Havi: "A cat's footsteps" and "the root of a mountain". How do I find these?
    • Ivaldi: How the fuck would I know? The riddles will guide you.
    • Havi: I have no patience for riddles, dwarf.

    This clearly offended Ivaldi.

    • Ivaldi: Those riddles are as ancient as the world. With lore passed down from Nyi and Nithi to Northri and Suthri, Austri and Vestri, Althjof...

    Seeing Ivaldi was not about to stop anytime soon, Havi cut him off.

    • Havi: I understand. I will return shortly.

    As Havi walked away, Ivaldi continued his rant.

    • Ivaldi: Dvalin, Bivor, Bavor, Bombur, Nori, An and Anar, Ai, Mjothvitnir, Veig and Gandalf, Vindalf, Thrainn, Thekk and Thorin, Thror, Vit, and Lit, Nar and Nyrath, Regin and Rathsvith...

    Havi left to seek out the ingredients, finding both a cat's footsteps and the root of a mountain. He then returned to returned to Ivaldi's forge.

    • Ivaldi: Aha! I know a cat's footfall when I hear one. Bring it here.
    • Havi: I found everything you asked for.

    Havi passed the ingredients to Ivaldi.

    • Havi: How soon can you finish this unbreakable cord?
    • Ivaldi: As soon as it wants to be made. You cannot rush this kind of magic. It flows with a speed all its own.
    • Havi: Find me as soon as it's ready.

    Havi turned to leave, but Ivaldi stopped him.

    • Ivaldi: By the way, after we spoke of the hugr, a cousin came by with his own spirit tale. I don't trust coincidence, so this one's free.
    • Havi: What did he say?
    • Ivaldi: He told me his sister's husband Borin drank a mead brewed in Jotunheim... and it sent his hugr into a goat!
    • Havi: The spirit of a dwarf in the body of a goat?

    Ivaldi laughed.

    • Ivaldi: Stranger still, his sister didn't even notice!
    • Freyja: Havi!

    Havi turned to look as Freyja stormed down the steps to the forge.

    • Ivaldi: Don't drag me into this!.'

    Ivaldi retreated quickly.

    • Freyja: The tower is nearly finished!
    • Havi: Do not fret. The final hours are ticking down.
    • Freyja: Not fast enough. I feel the jaws of a trap closing upon me.
    • Havi: Knowing you are in a trap is the first step to avoiding it.
    • Freyja: You don't care if I'm married off to this Builder, do you?

    • Havi: You are the Queen of Asgard, the Host of Folkvangr, the shepherd-of-the-slain. Of course I care.
    • Freyja: Yet you act as if I'm some treasure to be traded about.

  • Havi: It does not worry me. He would not live beyond his wedding night. You would see to that.
  • Freyja: Mad Deceiver, I should neuter you and make you his bride!

  • Havi: Have no fear, Freyja. Whatever things transpire today, you marrying the Builder will not be among them.
  • Freyja: At least have the sense to admit you betrayed my trust!

  • Havi: I was wrong to use you like that. I will confront the Builder and pry the truth out of him.
  • Havi cracked his knuckles.

    • Freyja: A limp apology, but it will suffice for now.

    Freyja paused on her way out.

    • Freyja: Once the Builder is dealt with, turn your spear on Loki. Every chance he had, he dug us deeper into this mess.
    • Havi: If Loki is up to something, I will see to it that he is punished, blood-oath be damned.


    Ivaldi agreed to make the cord Gleipnir after Havi had collected the correct materials.

    Behind the scenes

    The names of the dwarves that Ivaldi recites are taken directly from the section of the poem Völuspá in the Poetic Edda commonly referred to as "Dvergatal", or the "Catalogue of Dwarves", which recounts the dwarves made from the remains of Ymir, who is separated into two distinct figures called "Brimir and Blain".

    Havi's decision on whether to grant Ivaldi his freedom or his thanks for creating Gleipnir impacts Ivaldi's interaction with him at the start of the memory "Binding Fate".


    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
    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
    A Toast to our Success - Uninvited Guests
    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
    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
    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
    A Brewing Storm
    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
    Reap What Was Sown
    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
    The Forge and the Flame
    Settlement Quests
    A New Home - The Lost Drengir of Ragnar Lothbrok
    To Serve the Light... - Breaking the Order - A Brief History of the Hidden Ones - 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 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
    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
    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
    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: 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
    Chapter 5
    Fire and Faith - Madness of King Charles - Victory - Homecoming
    Hidden Ones
    A Package for Paris
    Vive la Résistance
    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
    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