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Prologue was a virtual representation of one of Eivor Varinsdottir's genetic memories, relived by Layla Hassan through the Portable Animus HR-8.

Description

Eivor's family invited King Styrbjorn Sigvaldisson to Heillboer for a feast.

Dialogue

The voice of a Seer could be heard in the cosmos.

  • Seer: Silence, you children of gods... And heed my tale of time's beginning. All was dark. There was no sand, there was no sea. No earth nor sky, no grass nor wind. 'Til fire met ice in the gasping void. And from this scream came the giant Ymir, first of all beings... Proud Ymir, cruelly killed. Yet from whose bones and blood and brains the world was made... The world you walk and war upon...

Eivor showing Varin the ring

The vision dissolved to a young Eivor found a ring in a side-room of a longhouse.

  • Young Eivor: There you are.

She opened the door, approaching the feast taking place in the main hall. A skald approached her.

  • Skald: Eivor, here's a tune for you! One to liven your step.

Eivor continued inwards and approached behind her father Varin, who was drinking with another villager.

  • Varin: Ah, there you, my little drengr.

Varin let go of the villager.

  • Varin: Go!

He approached Eivor.

  • Varin: So, did you see our king?

Eivor pointed towards the fireplace.

  • Varin: Yes, good. Come, Eivor. Did you find the... the ring?

Eivor lifted up the ring, showing her father.

  • Varin: Yes. Now... now for our little plan. When you see us talking, be quiet as a wood mouse and then surprise him with our gift. And you hold it out like this and look him in the eyes and you say, "Styrbjorn King, may our clans be forever bonded in friendship and in love." You think you can do that for me?

Eivor nodded.

  • Young Eivor: Mm-hmm.
  • Varin: Good. Tonight, you will be the cord that unites our people. And I'm so proud of you, Eivor.

Varin gave Eivor a kiss on her head before leaving to continue drinking.

  • Varin: Get up, Olaf! Stay lucid, friend!
  • Olaf: My sword is gore-greedy. I am ready to fight!
  • Holger: I hewed the heads of joyless hel-dogs! I imbibed Odin's brew and I snipped the scraggly beards of troll-kings! I danced naked upon the bleaching beaches...
  • Tove: Drink, Holger. And save your poems for your king.
  • Holger: He is your king as well.
  • Tove: He is, but I don't have to sing his praises for my meals.
  • Holger: Hello, little one! Ready to celebrate this great day?
  • Young Eivor: I have a gift for the king. Then I will dance.
  • Holger: Good! Kings love those arm-fetters. Raise your horn with me, Tove. Tonight we sleep in the heat of clan-fire. Made happy by mead.

Eivor talking to Sigurd

Eivor continued onwards before being stopped in her tracks by Sigurd.

  • Sigurd: O! No drink in your fist? Come on. I'll find you something.
  • Eivor: I can't. I have a tribute for your father.
  • Sigurd: O, what a piece! That must be worth two sturdy longships! Give it here. I'll pass it on.
  • Young Eivor: My father asked me, Sigurd.
  • Sigurd: Suit yourself. But you're not getting any mead!

Sigurd left. Eivor proceed forward and headed towards the kitchen table, where her father and mother Rosta were at. Varin gave Eivor a headpat before leaving her to Rosta.

  • Young Eivor: (giggle)
  • Rosta: So, you have the ring? Good. This was worn by your grandfather in a battle on the Northern Way.
  • Young Eivor: Mother?
  • Rosta: Yes?
  • Young Eivor: Can we show Sigurd the cairn stones we stacked yesterday?
  • Rosta: That's a good idea. We'll do that in the morning, at first light.

The two watched as a villager pushed down another villager down to the ground from the upper deck, leading to an uproar of laughter.

  • Rosta: Now go. You have a gift to deliver.

Eivor approached the throne table where Varin was standing next to King Styrbjorn.

  • Varin: Eivor, wait. Skal to Styrbjorn, the true King of Rygjafylke! Tonight we are all made anew! Skal!

The clan raised their glasses in praise of Styrbjorn.

  • Varin: Eivor. Eivor, come.

Eivor presents to ring to Styrbjorn

Eivor, holding the ring in her palms, approached Styrbjorn.

  • Young Eivor: King... May our clans be forever bonded in friendship and love.

She handed the ring towards the king.

  • Styrbjorn: Thank you, Eivor. Now and forever, I am pledged to you.

Varin began reciting a skaldic poem.

  • Varin: Harken well in hall of kings...
  • Norse Soldier: Hoo! Haa! Hoo! Ha!
  • Varin: On ocean-steed, my words gain wings.
    Odin's mead, I forth will bring.
    For noble deeds, thine honor sing!
  • Norse Soldier: For noble deeds, thine honor sing!

Varin carried Eivor on his arms.

  • Varin: The brave men slain, Valkyrjur wakes...
  • Norse Soldier: The brave men slain, Valkyrjur wakes!
  • Varin: Reward for strain to Valholl takes!
  • Norse Soldier: Reward for strain to Valholl takes!
  • Varin: Then horns resounds the mighty hall!
  • Norse Soldier: Then horns resounds the mighty hall!
    For those who fight, for those who fall—

The main door blew open as two Norsemen entered in a panic, and a loud horn was heard.

  • Norse Warrior 1: We're under attack!
  • Norse Warrior 2: Kjotve's clan!

Varin confers with Rosta

  • Varin: Ready yourselves, men! Ah!

The villagers set out to go to battle, including Rosta and Varin, though Eivor remained behind.

  • Varin: Good Rosta, go. Not you, Eivor. Not just yet.
  • Svala: It is foretold. The curtains are raised. Nothing is true until it is severed from the branches of Yggdrasil.

Unheeding her father's warning, Eivor approached the main door. As a Viking was about to kill Eivor, her mother Rosta brought her to safety and eliminated the warrior.

  • Rosta: Down!

Rosta brought Eivor up upon a cart while defending herself against Kjotve's men. She then reached for Eivor from the cart and carried her on her left shoulder.

  • Rosta: Come. Eivor...

Rosta fighting a raider

Rosta approached the stables while eliminating more of the attackers. She then put Eivor on a horse.

  • Rosta: Go! Now!
  • Norse Woman: Stop! Please!
  • Rosta: Ride! Go!

Leaving Eivor behind, Rosta entered the stables to assist her fellow villager, not noticing an attacker following behind. Eivor, having noticed the ambusher, got down the horse and picked up a sword, dragging it along as she entered through the building window. She watched as her father defended himself against Kjotve's men.

  • Varin: Kjotve! Show yourself!

As Eivor carried the sword over the window, it pierced the attacker who was pushed into it by Rosta. Noticing her mother struggling against another attacker, Eivor jumped over and distracted the enemy.

  • Young Eivor: Momma!

Siezing the opportunity, Rosta killed her distracted opponent. As another Viking attempted to drag Eivor away, Sigurd entered and slew him.

  • Sigurd: Grah!
  • Young Eivor: Sigurd!

Meanwhile outside at the statue of Odin, Varin fought against Kjotve.

  • Varin: Kjotve! Let's end this bloodshed.
  • Kjotve the Cruel: O, I will!

As Rosta gave the deceased attacker a proper rite, a fire arrow was launched on the stables' hay.

  • Rosta: Speed to Valhalla.
  • Norse Warrior: Fire!

Heillbor burning

  • Rosta: Sigurd, take the horse.
  • Sigurd: Alright, wait here.

Eivor then hid behind a bunch of barrels and watched as her clan members were defeated or captured one by one, including Rosta.

  • Kjotve the Cruel: Now it's my turn to offer you a deal, slave-whore. Accept your fate and die a coward, here before your people... and I will spare the rest.
  • Rosta: Fight, my love! Do not listen!
  • Varin: If I give my life, will you spare my clan?
  • Kjotve the Cruel: You have my word.

Varin proceeded to kneel down and lay down his arms.

  • Rosta: No, no, Varin! No Varin! Pick up your axe.

Left defenseless, Varin was slain by Kjotve.

  • Young Eivor: No!

Rosta freed herself from Kjotve's men and charged towards Kjotve, only to be killed by a throwing axe.

  • Kjotve the Cruel: Kill them all!

A wolf attacking Eivor

Before Eivor was killed, Sigurd rescued her on horseback and escaped the village. While dodging arrows being shot at them, the horse was knocked down by one of Kjotve's men, throwing Sigurd and Eivor off the cliff. As Eivor landed on frozen ice, a wolf attacked her. As she began to lose conscious, she saw herself reaching for a closing door to a bright room.

  • Young Eivor: (scream)

A pair of ravens proceeded to attack the wolf, allowing Eivor to reach for her axe to kill the wolf. At this point, the memory became unstable as two different DNA streams began to conflict with each other, and the Animus simulation collapsed.

Outcome

Eivor's parents were killed during a raid by Kjotve the Cruel. She was adopted into the household of King Styrbjorn.

References

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Prologue (Valhalla)
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla memories
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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 - A New Home - A Toast to our Success - Uninvited Guests - Reap What Was Sown - The Lost Drengir of Ragnar Lothbrok
Dag
A Brewing Storm
Gunnar
The Forge and the Flame
Holger
Mane and Tail - Blame and Sail
Hytham
To Serve the Light... - Breaking the Order - A Brief History of the Hidden Ones - More Intel - 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Rygjafylke
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Hordafylke
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
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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
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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
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 - Flann over Ireland
Chapter 2
A Show of Character - War Efforts
Chapter 3
Gathering Strength - Foothold in Connacht - Potion of Blood - Into the Fog - The Northern Reach - Courting the Kings - The Mask of Diplomacy
Chapter 4
The Wages of War
Chapter 5
A Scourging of Snakes - The Cost of Betrayal
Settling Accounts
Chapter 1
Dublin's Reach
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: Death Sentence - Connacht: Jewel Recovery - Connacht: Stamp Them Out
Kings of Ulster
Ulster: Death Sentence - Ulster: Death to All - Ulster: Smite Them Down
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
Standalone
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
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