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

Description

Eivor and Wulfhilda continue their investigation on the beast of East Anglia.

Dialogue

Wulfhilda directed Eivor towards a section of the woods.

  • Wulfhilda: Should be up there in the trees ahead. Can you smell it? It stinks of death and evil.
  • Eivor: I know that scent well. Carrion and death. Loki's reek.

Near the carcasses the abbess wanted to show Eivor was the old farmer Eivor had interrogated earlier surrounded by a pack of wolves.

  • Anglo-Saxon Woman: Saints save me!
  • Wulfhilda: The maulings have drawn in a starving wolf pack.

Eivor killed the wolves and talked to the woman.

  • Eivor: Did the wolves get a bite of you?
  • Anglo-Saxon Woman: No, I am unhurt. Thank you, Dane. I... misjudged you.
  • Eivor: No need. But tell me what happened.
  • Anglo-Saxon Woman: These beasts came scavenging for fresh meat.
  • Eivor: I meant, why are you out here with the dead cattle again?
  • Anglo-Saxon Woman: I'm searching for my best milch-cow. She's missing.
  • Eivor: And you found her?
  • Anglo-Saxon Woman: No, but I found a Danish axe. It belongs to Hrothgar, leader of their war-band.
  • Eivor: You know for a fact this axe is his?
  • Anglo-Saxon Woman: Yes! He brandishes it about the village, demanding ale.
  • Eivor: I will speak to this Hrothgar and his war-band.

Eivor approached Wulfhilda.

  • Eivor: That woman is certain a nearby band of warriors caused these maulings. We have no other clues.
  • Wulfhilda: I know the men she means. They're staying at the church near Brisleah Farm. Come, meet them. Their leader, Hrothgar, is a great man ... for a heathen. He is no cattle killer.

They started to walk towards the church.

  • Eivor: You have curious opinions, Wulfhilda. And an uncommonly opened mind.
  • Wulfhilda: I should say the same of you. Most heathens would point to witchcraft or monsters, but you seek an earthly cause.
  • Eivor: I have seen many strange things, but the answers are usually close at hand, if only hidden.
  • Wulfhilda: True, yet in this case, the Church has tasked me to explain the unexplained. That at time introduces ... unholy ideas.
  • Eivor: And your Church accepts your ... unholy ideas?
  • Wulfhilda: They tolerate it. Lucifer is a deceiver and God Himself works in mysterious ways. So, I too must remain open to all possibilities, mundane and otherworldly.
  • Eivor: Which is why you tolerate a heathen like me.
  • Wulfhilda: Perhaps. Or perhaps all of us, heathen and Christian, stand within the folds of a greater mystery.

As they approached Brisleah Farm, dismal scenes came into focus, with dead people and burnt patches of grass and buildings leading to the church.

  • Wulfhilda: Something's off, Eivor. Hrothgar's men are rowdy sorts, but the air is far too still.
  • Eivor: Stand back, priestess. This is war-work.

They entered the church and found dead Danes.

  • Wulfhilda: Hrothgar and his men, they ... they were good to me.
  • Eivor: Have a care, Wulfhilda. The killer may yet linger here.
  • Wulfhilda: Their leader, Hrothgar. I do not see him among the dead.
  • Eivor: I shall find him.

Eivor noticed some mold on a body near the altar.

  • Eivor: See, more fresh mold. Same as in the fields, on the cows.
  • Wulfhilda: The villagers say it is the Devil's Mark. What do you say, Eivor?
  • Eivor: I say find the mold and we find our killer.

She inspected other bodies.

  • Eivor: The same marks as before. Bite marks, a mauling. These are not weapon wounds.
  • Wulfhilda: What manner of demon can fell so many well-armed warriors?

They noticed a pool of blood near a stained glass window.

  • Wulfhilda: Eivor, look up. More blood.
  • Eivor: Someone crawled into the loft. Or dragged a body up there.

Eivor released the ladder leading up and climbed up, finding an injured Hrothgar.

  • Hrothgar: Back, you! Back, I say. I can still draw blood.

Eivor approached the man.

  • Eivor: You are Hrothgar, leader of this war-band?
  • Hrothgar: I am. A Finnmark raider, and proud of it. For the little time I have left.
  • Eivor: I bear ill news. Your warriors have fallen. Who or what did this awful thing?
  • Hrothgar: The monster did this thing. It killed us while laughing. Laughing. It broke my axe and gouged me. I ... I crawled up here to die.
  • Eivor: What was it? Did you see?
  • Hrothgar: A foul Jotun ... a night-goer from the world's rim ... it spoke, named itself Grendel ... said it would return.
  • Eivor: Good. We shall wait for it to come back, you and I.
  • Hrothgar: Not I, my wounds are too great and my spirit takes ship. Send them to Helheim ... for me.
  • Eivor: Ride with the winged women, friend. I will handle this Grendel, whatever manner of monster it may be.
  • Hrothgar: Wait, warrior. There were ... two ...

Hrothgar died and Wulfhilda joined Eivor in the loft.

  • Wulfhilda: Best hide to not scare the demon off when it returns.
  • Eivor: We'll wait up here for it to show itself again.
  • Wulfhilda: Get your rest, warrior. I'll stand vigil with prayer.

While Wulfhilda kept watch, Eivor meditated, until a noise came from the church below.

  • Eivor: Wulfhilda, be still. Something stirs.

Eivor defeated the so-called monster, a giant man with hands covered in mold.

  • Grendel: Play. Grendel only want to play. You make Grendel hurt. Mama. I want to go home.

He reached out a hand, then closed his eyes and passed away. After a moment, Wulfhilda approached.

  • Wulfhilda: By all that is holy and bright. What manner of monster is that thing?
  • Eivor: Not a monster, but a man. Strange to behold, but this Grendel is ... was .. a man.
  • Wulfhilda: But where did it come from?
  • Eivor: All men have mothers. This one called out for his, in the end.
  • Wulfhilda: And all of us, even the most hideous, have souls. O Lord, forgive this ... man ... his sins and grant unto him your grace and everlasting love.

Eivor looked around at the various corpses.

  • Eivor: Mold, everywhere. Stay here, Wulfhilda. I'll follow this trail...

The abbess kept praying.

  • Wulfhilda: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May all these souls rest in peace.

Outcome

Eivor killed Grendel and decided to follow his trail to where he came from.

References

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla memories
Main Quests
Prologue
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
Birthrights
Chapter 5
The Seas of Fate
Ravensthorpe
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
Ravensthorpe
A Toast to our Success - Uninvited Guests
The Tale of Thegn Oswald
Chapter 1
Kingmaker
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
Ravensthorpe
Holger
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
Ravensthorpe
Dag
A Brewing Storm
The Lay of Hunwald
Chapter 1
A Noble Escort
Chapter 2
Homecoming
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
Taken
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
Ravensthorpe
Reap What Was Sown
Holger
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
Ravensthorpe
Gunnar
The Forge and the Flame
Settlement Quests
A New Home - The Lost Drengir of Ragnar Lothbrok
Hytham
To Serve the Light... - Breaking the Order - A Brief History of the Hidden Ones - The Letter - The Poor Fellow-Soldier
Knud
A Little Problem
Octavian
A Rivalry for the Ages
Petra
The Huntress - Have You Seen This Man? - Archery Contest
Randvi
Taken for Granted
Reda
The Thousand Eyes - Viking for Hire
Tarben
The Baker's Plaint - Man of Mystery
Tove
Carrying the Torch
Valka
A Wise Friend - In Dreams... - Going Deeper... - Bound to Fate
Yanli
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
Norway
Rygjafylke
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Battle Born - The Rekindling
England
Cent
Madness of the Stones - Pig of Prophecy - Red in Tooth and Claw - The Lighthouse Twins - The Pardoner's Tale - The Sky Thief - Winifred
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A Blood Hymn for Edmund - Edmund's Arrows - Freyja's Friend - Green Children of Anglia - Hide and Hunt - Life-Blood - The Wayward
Essexe
Devil's Hole - Mother - Take Me a Husband - The Banshee - The Boar with the Golden Nose - The Gleewoman - The Prodigy - The Riddler
Eurviscire
Art-Scop - Crushed Dreams - Dellingr Rabbit - Historia de Cordibus Pathetic - Sunken Hope - The Village: Jurthgard
Glowecestrescire
Dearly Bee-Loved - Lady of the Lake - The Body - The Goddess of Birth - The Horn of Ragnar
Grantebridgescire
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
Hamtunscire
Saint Faith - Splitting Hares - The Arrow In The Tree - The Devil Has All The Best Tunes - We Are All Monsters
Jorvik
Bridges of Oppression - Deviled Water - Silver Wind Elder - Warmth of Winter
Ledecestrescire
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
Lincolnscire
King of Shitsby - Little Victories - Stray Naps - The False Ealdormancy - The Farewell Meow - The Ignominious Bandit - The Twit Saga, Part II
Lunden
The Demon Odor at the Tithe - Falling Stars - Last Flight of the Gyldan Sparrow - War of the Collectors
Oxenefordscire
A Dog's Rescue - Fishing Lesson - Nostalgia - Permission to Weep - The Anchoress - The Last Raid
Sciropescire
Bewitched - King of the Hill - Lamb Chops - Miracle - Otta, Son of Slugga - Paola's Dream - The Puppeteer
Snotinghamscire
A Cordial Invitation - An Althing for the Half-Grown - An Efficient Cremation - Stoneman - The Good Men of Sherwood - The Myth in the Mountains
Suthsexe
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
Wincestre
Aelfred's Jewel - Asser - Mildberg the Miracle Legs - Romeo and Aethelflaed
North America
Vinland
A Dead Man's Tale - Breaking Teeth, Not Hearts (Flight of Fancy - Ursine Takeover)
Dreams
Asgard
Food of the Gods - Hel's Well - Milk of Humankind - Njord's Lament - Noble Harts - Valhalla Bound
Jotunheim
Aegir's Daughters - Pit of Slaughter - The Giants of Fimbulwinter - The Puppeteer
DLC
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
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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
Skal!
Chapter 5
Fire and Faith - Madness of King Charles - Victory - Homecoming
Hidden Ones
Hidden
Delivery
A Package for Paris
Infamy
Vive la Résistance
Rebel Missions
Thousand Eyes contracts
Contract: Pagus Pinciacensis
World Events
Amienois
Hidden Justice
Melunois
Not God Enough - Stealing from Thieves - Ulfberht Sword
Paris
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
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