|This article is about the Order of the Ancients member. For other uses, see Firebrand (disambiguation).|
Abbess Ingeborg (died 874), also known as The Firebrand, was an advisor to Audun during the 870s. Ingeborg was also a member of the Red Hand, and a member of the Order of the Ancients' Wardens of Law sect who held the title of Preost. Ingeborg resided in the Roman district within the city of Jorvik.
As a child, an angry priest once scrubbed Ingeborg's tongue with soap for spewing "heresies and lies" that ran counter to Christian doctrine. On that day, Ingeborg learned that knowledge was power, controlled by the Church. She then rose through the Church hierarchy, but the Order offered her even more knowledge and thus more power.
City of Greed
At Jorvik's Archives, Abbess Ingeborg and Audun were discussing their plans until they were caught off-guard by Eivor's presence in their city. Interrogated by Eivor, Audun disclosed that Abbess Ingeborg was taking precautions and was in charge of safekeeping of the archives itself. During their conversation, Abbess Ingeborg stated her suspicions of the rectory and its bishop. Ingeborg laid claims of meetings in the dark between the bishop and the priests, thus Eivor headed to the Rectory.
Upon her investigation of the burnt texts and a burnt bishop, the suspicious manner of the Abbess' control over the texts came to light from the Bishop's charred confession letter. As Eivor set her sights on The Minster, the Red Hand, ordered by the Firebrand, ambushed Eivor, who survived the attack. At the Minster, a confrontation between Abbess Ingeborg and a priest was noticed by Eivor, as the Abbess was backed by her henchwomen. Throughout the confrontation, Ingeborg declared all the texts and writings burning to be 'lies,' which lead to the priest retorting that she had gone mad. Having had enough, Ingeborg grabbed the priest by the throat and tossed him into the fire alongside the texts, killing him.
Ordering for the whole lot of texts to be burned, Ingeborg ordered her henchwomen to continue, and one of the henchwomen revealingly replied, "Yes, Firebrand." As Eivor learned that the Abbess and The Firebrand were one and the same, trouble ensued to determine the true Firebrand, as Ingeborg's henchwomen looked identical to their leader. Nevertheless, Ingeborg was finally found and assassinated by Eivor, ending her fiery rampage.
- Like The Seax, Ingeborg had henchwomen who looked like her and thus making her the one of two English Order members to have decoys.
- Like certain members of the Order in England, Ingeborg's Memory Corridor cutscene differs, as her soul disappeared through self-immolation by a red-turned-blue fire. Usually, Eivor takes the Order's medallion off the apparition's body.
- Ingeborg shares many similarities with the character Jubair al Hakim from the 2007 video game Assassin's Creed. Both are scholarly heads of their religion—Christianity and Islam, respectively—and are so fanatically devoted to ensuring their religion's purity that they burn texts considered heretical, proclaiming that the works "are covered in lies. So long as they exist, [the public] cannot hope to see the world the way it truly is", before shoving a priest who denounced their actions into the pyre. They also have disciples wearing the same outfits to lure the protagonist during their assassination.