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Hilda (died 877), also known as The Quill, was a Anglo-Saxon member of the Wardens of Faith sect of the Order of the Ancients in England during the 9th century. Holding the title of Preost, Hilda worked and hid in the underground sewers of the city of Wincestre.


Being told that a woman of intellect has no place in the Church, Hilda was shown this in her youth. An orphan at 6 years old, Hilda found an abode at a monastery. However, instead of learning like the boys did, Hilda was shoved into doing menial chores in the kitchen. As a sneak, she listened at the creaks of doors and in the shadows and found out secrets from the men of the cloth. Extorting them with their secrets, Hilda wanted only to learn reading, writing, and Latin from these men, nothing more. Hilda's knowledge was seen as burden in the Church, but a welcome advantage in the Order. Bishop Ealhferth saw Hilda's wit as well as callousness. Hilda soon built an expansive underworld with children acting as her observers and thieves, just like what she used to do. All over Wincestre, Hilda could know everything happening in her city if she wanted.[1]

Viking shieldmaiden Eivor Varinsdottir conferred with Randvi about pledging herself to Wincestre, despite having some doubts.[2] When she arrived in the city at The Old Minster and talked with the man in white, Sigebeald, Eivor was led to a mysterious room. Inside, Eivor started a conversation with a mysterious figure, whom she later found to be King Aelfred. After some debates and questioning, Eivor was given a letter of the Poor Fellow-Soldier of Christ from Aelfred of the three targets, The Gallows, The Quill, and The Seax, who want to kill Aelfred. Eivor reluctantly agreed to get rid of the targets within the city. From Aelfred's note, Eivor realized that The Quill wanted to ridicule and dismiss the king's education reforms.

After she assassinated The Gallows, Eivor went to report to Reeve Goodwin at The Nun's Minster.[3] There, Eivor met with Goodwin and King Aelfred, who verbally tackled Eivor for the chaos in the city. Eivor retorted that she did what was asked and Aelfred, understanding his fault, apologized for the outburst. Goodwin then relayed a second piece of information to Eivor, of The Quill, who appeared to be using the children of Wincestre for her slander postings and eyes around the city.[4] As she left, Eivor was stopped by a young Anglo-Saxon girl, who remembered Eivor killing the reeve at the execution. Eivor admitted to the action and the young girl then asked if she found a charm belonging to her dead mother, who was killed by the reeve. Eivor stated she did not find any charm and refused to give the girl any money, which the girl asked for instead. The girl cursed Eivor out and ran out the minster, as Eivor then thought the girl might lead her to The Quill.

Having followed the girl, Eivor questioned the other children within the area. Finally, Eivor came across two children trying to set a pyre ablaze. Two soldiers tried to apprehend them, but the girl, Aelwyn, taunted them and escaped, while the boy ran as well. Eivor followed Aelwyn, who was then followed in by the young boy, Wigbert, from before. Eivor questioned the children, until bandits came to question the young girl about some stolen wares. After she dealt with the bandits, Eivor asked the children where the Quill may be. The children then told Eivor that they are not working for The Quill and Eivor just dealt with The Quill's thugs. However, the children wanted Eivor's help, so they gave her a key and the identity of The Quill: Hilda.[4]

Going through the hidden passage to the underground sewers, Eivor came across many orphans, who outright stated their dreams, their past, or their current circumstances. Going more inward, Eivor went and strolled into a empty corridor, which had an empty but set table. Going in closer towards the table, Eivor was befuddled until Aelwyn shouted insults Eivor from above. Betrayed, Eivor saw the young girl and her mistress, Hilda, watching above as they seemingly trapped Eivor. After brief discussions, Hilda called in reinforcements as she shot at Eivor from a crossbow above. Despite the onslaught, Eivor defeated the guards and then assassinated Hilda. Thus, Eivor put an end to Hilda's exploitation of the children of Wincestre.[4]


  • Like other Order members, Hilda's cutscene in the Memory Corridor differs. Her confession consisted of the shadows of all the children she 'saved', but then those spirits immediately vanished after Eivor showed the error of taking such innocence.
    • Hilda's medallion was then dropped from her soul once she slit her throat with a feather quill.
    • Her last words were a negative form of the last words mentioned by Ezio Auditore da Firenze, whenever he ended most of his targets' lives.
    • Her final act is also similar to Amunet's last act, in the Memory Corridor, towards Lucius Septimius, The Jackal, when she slit his throat with a feather, in Assassin's Creed: Origins.
  • Hilda is one of the four Order members that wanted and planned to kill Aelfred, along with The Gallows, The Seax, and The Instrument.
  • Hilda's actions of indoctrinating children to the Order is very reminiscent of the actions of the Cult of Kosmos member, Chrysis, who raised children, through her painful perspective of the world, for the Cult.
  • Hilda shares comparisons with Talal in Jerusalem in 2007 video game, Assassin's Creed. Both were leaders of criminal enterprises within their own respective cities. During Hilda's confession and Talal's confession, both expressed disappointment at their killers for not seeing clearly at what "benefits" they were giving their victims, the children and the slaves, respectively. They also lured the protagonist in their hideout to kill them with their guards. They are both marksmen, Talal with a bow and Hilda with a crossbow.