After The Gallows' assassination, Eivor headed back to Goodwin at the Nun's Minster. There, Eivor caught sight of King Alfred talking with the young Anglo-Saxon girl who appeared at the town square execution eariler.
- King Aelfred: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Does Magister Bata not teach you the scriptures?
- Anglo-Saxon Girl 1: Magister Bata is a horse's dangles.
The young girl ran off as Eivor walked towards Alfred and Goodwin.
- King Aelfred: And here is the axe I used to swat a fly.
- Eivor: You have ventured from your burrow.
- King Aelfred: And you have plunged my city into chaos. I had hoped you would use the lessons of your subtler gods.
- Eivor: We have no subtle gods.
- Goodwin: If The Gallows is truly dead, perhaps we can allow cautious revelry?
- Eivor: I did only what I agreed to, Aelfred. If your crown now weighs heavy, I would gladly take it from you.
King Aelfred sighed as he walked off to kneel and pray.
- King Aelfred: Forgive my outburst. God sowed in me a passion, but English prose is an instrument long out of tune.
- Goodwin: We all want better for our people, don't we, Eivor? Yours and ours?
Eivor nodded and looked to Alfred.
- Eivor: The Quill remains. What do we know?
- King Aelfred: The decay of learning has been gentle in Wessex. We enjoy the office of wise men, but we have neglected the study of wisdom.
- Goodwin: The Quill preys on this lapse.
- Eivor: Did you discover more from the writings I found?
- Goodwin: I did. The Quill is calling the children of Wincestre to arms. Now we know why so many children scurry through the streets. Feral and untutored.
- Eivor: I can talk to some, see where they lead me.
- Goodwin: Good. Find me at the ale-house when you're done. And try not to scare the piss from any of them.
Eivor looked at Alfred.
As Aelfred and Goodwin left the minster, Eivor noticed the little girl from before, hiding.
- Eivor: I see you, child. Come.
- Anglo-Saxon Girl 1: The bad reeve, Selwyn. I saw you punish him in the square.
- Eivor: He hurt many people.
The young girl began to cry.
- Anglo-Saxon Girl 1: Yes. He hurt my mother to death, then took her good luck charm. Perhaps you found it? A little carved tree? It is all I have to remember her by.
- Eivor: Such a sad story. Take this. Perhaps it will keep you off the streets and out of trouble.
The young girl ran off from the minster as Eivor looked at Selwyn's Order medallion.
- Eivor: Spry little mouse. Will you lead me to your Quill?
Eivor tailed the girl through the streets.
- Anglo-Saxon Man: Heaven will swallow the smoke of Ealhferth's pyre.
- Anglo-Saxon Woman 1: Very poetic. But he's going to be buried in the grounds of the Minister.
- Anglo-Saxon Man: Ah, now we can always pay our respects!
- Anglo-Saxon Woman 1: If you say so.
- Anglo-Saxon Woman 2: Do you believe in souls? A part of us that lives on with God after we die? Bishop Ealhferth's passing has made me wonder.
The girl ran into an area filled with children. Eivor entered and questioned a boy who was stealing among the townsfolk.
- Eivor: You there, little cutpurse.
- Anglo-Saxon Boy 1: Keep your beak out, nosey. I'm starving!
Eivor caught sight of a crying boy being interrogated by a soldier.
- Anglo-Saxon Boy 2: Get off me, you oaf.
- Anglo-Saxon Soldier 1: Stop struggling and give back the apple.
- Anglo-Saxon Boy 2: Apple? I didn't scrobble nothing. Get your fat hands off me, cow-breath!
Eivor eliminated the guard and talked to the boy.
- Eivor: Stealing apples, eh?
- Anglo-Saxon Boy 2: Fruit don't feed a growing boy. Do you have any chicken?
- Eivor: I don't. But maybe you can tell me what you know of The Quill?
- Anglo-Saxon Boy 2: The Quill? God blind me, you're brave! Find Aelwyn and Wigbert. They see everything.
Eivor saw two children, a boy and a girl, set fire to a haystack as two guards arrived.
- Anglo-Saxon Soldier 2: God's beard! You'll set Wincestre ablaze!
- Aelwyn: Roly-poly mutton man, you can't catch me!
Aelwny ran away as one of the guards chased after her. Then, Wigbert ran away as the other guard sighed and went after him.
- Anglo-Saxon Soldier 2: God help me, I'd rather be shoveling dung in Malvern again.
Eivor went after Aelwyn, who led Eivor near a house with a water mill and evaded the guard. Aelwyn stood tossing a ball up and down.
- Aelwyn: You again. You should mind your own beeswax.
- Eivor: Aelwyn, is it? You wield fire like a flaming Jotnar.
- Aelwyn: It was burning when I found it. Hot days like this, things just go whoosh!
Wigbert arrived to the same location.
- Aelwyn: Well?
Wigbert then noticed Eivor, shocked at her presence, and took a step back.
- Aelwyn: Oi! Wigbert, you great moon-calf!
Aelwyn saw two thugs walking towards her and Wigbert.
- Female Anglo-Saxon Thug 1: Hand it over, Aelwyn! We saw your little shadow take it.
Eivor walked in front of the children and the thug.
- Female Anglo-Saxon Thug 1: What you looking at?
- Eivor: I'm not sure, looks like an old lady's been rolling in shit with all the other ugly sows. A hog in a dress maybe?
- Eivor: How about I pay you to scuttle off to the tavern and drink yourself senseless?
- Female Anglo-Saxon Thug 1: Deal. Better than running around after you grubby urchins.
- Eivor: Turn around, walk away, and you keep your insides, inside.
- Female Anglo-Saxon Thug 1: Alright, alright. No harm meant. Stay out of trouble you grubmite.
- Aelwyn: Ha! That showed them!
- Eivor: Trouble seems to follow you.
- Aelwyn: And I wriggle out of it like a slippery eel. Why are you following me?
- Eivor: What is so important that you risk his little neck for it?
- Aelwyn: Keep your sticky beak out of our business.
- Aelwyn: Whose business? The Quill's?
- Aelwyn: They were The Quill's thugs, and you killed them. Wouldn't want to be in your boots.
Eivor knelt down.
- Eivor: But you know where I can find him.
- Aelwyn: They come up from the sewers like rats.
Aelwyn looked to Wigbert.
- Aelwyn: Go on, give her what you took. Maybe she can save us?
Wigbert walked up to Eivor and gave her the key he stole.
- Aelwyn: Good luck, Dane. Try not to get maimed and all that.
As she left the children, Eivor uncovered the location and true identity of The Quill, Hilda. Eivor headed towards a secret passage towards the underground sewers of Wincestre.
- Eivor: I should watch out for a mousetrap.
Along the entrance of this passage, Eivor found a bunch of children loitering in the sewers. Eivor talked to one of them.
- Anglo-Saxon Girl 3: I'm going to marry King Aelfred, and he's going to whisk me away from this toil. I like the pretty things, but Magister Bata says stealing is wrong.
Eivor talked to a child sitting on the ground.
- Anglo-Saxon Girl 4: Everyone died and left me alone on the streets.
Eivor spoke with a child with his knees to his chest.
- Anglo-Saxon Boy 4: I didn't get nothin' today.
Eivor found and spoke with a child a distance away from the rest.
- Anglo-Saxon Boy 5: There's never enough food. I'm always starving.
Eivor found her way through the sewers and saw an empty corridor. Diving into a little sewer stream, Eivor climbed out and walked to the empty table in the corridor. Eivor looked around and saw nothing but food on the table. Suddenly, Eivor looked up to hear Aelwyn.
- Aelwyn: That's her! Dimwit Dane! Dimwit Dane! Didn't guess The Quill's a she!
- Hilda: Now, now, Aelwyn. Few have the wit that you and I possess. Most see the world in simpler terms, where we are the weaker sex.
- Eivor: A brood mare who preys on innocents, and you brag about strength.
- Hilda: How little you know. Defend your mistress!
Eivor turned around to fend off the ambush as Hilda readied her crossbow at Eivor.
- When attacked, Hilda started to pray.
- Hilda: Ealhferth, may your roof shield me.
Eivor fought Hilda's guards and killed them before assassinating Hilda. In the Memory Corridor, Hilda, standing around shadows of her "saved" children, spoke aloud and sat down.
- Hilda: Come child. Whisper what you've learned, and Mother will give you a treat.
Eivor and a ghostly Odin walked towards her
- Eivor: Coward. Using children to spy and steal for your Order.
Hilda, holding a feather to her face, responded as she walked toward one running child and smiled.
- Hilda: To educate them! Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man ... or woman.
Hilda stood up.
- Hilda: But what use are letters when a child can only write his name in pig shit? Or wisdom in a woman when she cannot wield it beyond her hearth?
Hilda looked fondly at a shadowy representation of Aelwyn.
- Hilda: I taught little Aelwyn so much more, saved her from a life less worthy. She will find enlightenment in The Order, just as I did.
Hilda turned towards Eivor.
- Hilda: If I could save them all, I would.
Eivor walked towards her as the children's shades ran off.
- Eivor: But you can't. You've corrupted too many to save too few.
With the children having disappeared, Hilda shouted back at Eivor.
- Hilda: My Order is the only way forward. It can quench our thirst for knowledge, if only Aelfred's slave-faith is defeated.
Hilda whispered in Eivor's ear.
- Hilda: And what would you sacrifice for infinite knowledge?
Odin walked beside Eivor and stated his own opinion.
- Odin: An immeasurable gift. Why refuse it?
Hilda walked back, with the children behind her again as Eivor responded.
- Eivor: Not their innocence.
Hilda turned her head and closed her eyes in grief as the shadows of children disappeared. On opening her eyes and still seeing no children, Hilda responded to Eivor.
- Hilda: A pity.
Hilda held the quill to her neck.
- Hilda: Non requiescet in pace. (They shall not rest in peace.)
Hilda slit her throat with the quill. Her spirit immediately vanished, and her Order medallion immediately fell as Eivor went to pick it up. After her death, Eivor reminded herself.
- Eivor: Goodwin said to meet him at an ale-house nearby.
Eivor found and assassinated The Quill, thus ending her exploitation of children as spies and thieves, in Wincestre. Eivor headed back to Goodwin to report the news.
Behind the scenes
- Even if the player decides to portray Eivor as male, Aelwyn will still exclaim "That's her!" upon Eivor entering Hilda's trap.
- This memory shares a commonality with the memory "Assassination (Talal)" in the 2007 video game Assassin's Creed. Like Talal in Jerusalem, Hilda worked as the leader of criminal enterprise within her city, although she ran a spy and theft network while Talal ran a slavery workshop. However, both targets believed they were saving their victims-child orphans and slaves, respectively-from the lives they had before.