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Loki was an Isu belonging to a group known as the Æsir and was later remembered as the god of mischief in Germanic and Norse mythology.

Names

Known by many other epithets in Norse mythology, Loki also went by the name Þökk when disguising himself as a jötunn.[1]

Biography

Loki was born as a member of the jötnar faction of the Isu. At some point in his adult life life, he became blood brothers with Odin, leader of the Æsir faction of the Isu. This prompted Odin to recruit Loki into his faction and serve as his own trusted confidant and advisor next to Tyr.

After some time, Loki was married to Sigyn. However, he eventually grew dissatisfied with his wife and began an affair with the Dikastes of Atlantis, the jötnar Isu Aletheia, from which they had three children: Fenrir, Jörmungandr, and Hel.[2] After the revelation that the wolf Odin had grudgingly spared long ago in the Well of Mímir[3] was in fact Loki's son who was prophesied earlier by the Nornir[4] to kill Odin, Odin imprisoned Fenrir in Lyngvi[5] on grounds Loki deemed false. In retaliation, Loki poisoned Odin's son Baldr with mistletoe and watched from afar as the All-Father grieved over his son.[6]

Aletheia later became gravely wounded, and Loki wanting to save his lover transferred her mind into Hermes' personal Staff of Eden. It was only after this that the two learned of the Mother, the Father, and the Sacred Voice planning a seventh method of supposed salvation, Yggdrasil. The method was similar to the fifth, with the Isu's mind being uploaded to the human gene pool. Loki and Aletheia then plotted to use this plan to their advantage, although Loki stated to his lover that his rebirth would take eons.[6]

On the day of the Great Catastrophe, Loki snuck into the Yggdrasil Chamber and waited until Odin's trusted eight had uploaded themselves and left before striking, killing all the guards and scientists present. Loki then killed one of Odin's followers and took his mask before uploading himself, subsequently reincarnated into Basim Ibn Ishaq.[6]

Personality and traits

A key personality trait of Loki is his intelligence and he is nearly as intelligent as others believe him to be. He hungered for lore, knowledge and wisdom and these desires were passed on to his human reincarnation. He also valued loyalty and was strictly loyal to Odin, his best friend and blood-brother, at all times. He remained loyal to Odin, even when the Æsir were at war with the jötnar, Loki's own kind. Loki even went on to state that he trusted Odin with everything and only became antagonistic towards Odin when the Nornir declared Fenrir, Loki's illegitimate son, would be Odin's killer during Ragnarök.

Loki also displayed a very protective side, especially concerning his family, and can become wrathful if they are in danger. When Odin has Fenrir imprisoned for life, Loki retaliated by secretly poisoned Odin's son Baldr with mistletoe berries. Loki was even unwilling to let his love Aletheia die and was determined to save her consciousness at least, despite knowing the great risks involved and neglecting her wishes to die in peace. Loki was also paranoid enough to not trust Odin's word that he would not harm Fenrir, stating that eventually Odin will try to kill Fenrir to prevent his fate. [7]

Equipment and skills

Loki's most prominent ability is his power to shape-shift into any form he wants. He used this to disguise himself as Freyja in order to fool the Builder.[8] During his fight with Odin in Eivor's reliving of Odin's memories, Loki displayed more supernatural abilities. While not possessing the raw physical might and battle lust of the Æsir Isu, he utilized his masterful swordsmanship in tandem with his superior speed and power to teleport short distances.

He even displayed some elemental abilities via his sword. He was able to generate electricity as well as throw shards of electricity towards his targets. He could even generate explosive balls of light from his sword by stabbing the ground. These balls can even act like mines and explode on impact by their targets. [9]

Legacy and influence

During the 870s, a group of cultists opposed to Jorvik laid a cursed artifact within a Ritual Circle in Eurviscire hoping that the city would burn and "yield to Loki's yoke."[10]

Loki had a totem named after him in the popular dice game Orlog. The piece "Loki's Trick" would banish opponent's dice from a round. An Anglo-Saxon man in Jorvik, Eurviscire possessed the piece, which he gave to the Viking shieldmaiden Eivor Varinsdottir of the Raven Clan after being defeated.[11]

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References

  1. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaA Feast to Remember
  2. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaMistress of the Iron Wood
  3. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaWell-Traveled
  4. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla – View Above All
  5. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaExtended Family
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaAnimus Anomalies
  7. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Price of Wisdom
  8. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Big Finish
  9. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Price of Wisdom
  10. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaViking Expansion notes: "Hexed Scroll III"
  11. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

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