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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.


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


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.


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


Assassin's Creed: Valhalla memories
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Battle for the Northern Way
Chapter 1
Honor Bound
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Glory Regained
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Tilting the Balance
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The Tale of Thegn Oswald
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The Measure of a Norseman
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A Triumphant Return
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Raising Iron - A Fury from the Sea
Chapter 5
Wedding Horns - Reporting on East Anglia
Mane and Tail
The City of War
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Firing the Arrow - Bleeding The Leech
Chapter 3
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Chapter 1
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Fiery Ambush - Ringing Cyne Belle
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The Saga Stone - Reporting on Oxenefordscire
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Chapter 1
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Ransacking Wenlocan - The Supply Line - Bloody Path to Peace
Chapter 3
King Killer - Reporting on Sciropescire
The Instrument of the Ancients
Chapter 1
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A Brewing Storm
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Chapter 1
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A Breviary of Broken Hearts
Chapter 1
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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
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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
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Road to Hamartia - This Son of Jorvik
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Honor's Hubris
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The Stolen King
Chapter 4
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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
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Chapter 1
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Choking the Gallows
Chapter 3
Plucking the Quill
Chapter 4
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Chapter 1
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Chapter 2
A Brother's Keeper - A Quiet Homecoming
The Prophecies of the King
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Kingdom's End
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Holy Day - Reporting on Hamtunscire
The Forge and the Flame
Settlement Quests
A New Home - The Lost Drengir of Ragnar Lothbrok
To Serve the Light... - Breaking the Order - A Brief History of the Hidden Ones - The Letter - The Poor Fellow-Soldier
A Little Problem
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The Huntress - Have You Seen This Man? - Archery Contest
Taken for Granted
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View Above All
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Chapter 3
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Binding Fate - Cheating Fate
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Chapter 2
The Lost Cauldron
Chapter 3
A Gift from the Past
Chapter 4
A Feast to Remember
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The Price of Wisdom
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Hunter of Beasts
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The Mysterious Berserker
Chapter 2
The Ritual of the Berserker
Chapter 3
The Vengeance of the Berserker
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Chapter 1
A Fiend out of Hell
Chapter 2
Prey in the High Hall
Chapter 3
Ever As Fate Must
Yule Festival
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Sigrblot Festival
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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
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Royal Demands
Kings of Meath
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Kings of Connacht
Connacht: Stamp Them Out
Kings of Ulster
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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
Chapter 5
Fire and Faith - Madness of King Charles - Victory - Homecoming
Hidden Ones
A Package for Paris
Vive la Résistance
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Thousand Eyes contracts
Contract: Pagus Pinciacensis
World Events
Hidden Justice
Not God Enough - Stealing from Thieves - Ulfberht Sword
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