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Randvi was a Norse woman who served as the chief advisor of the settlement of Ravensthorpe in Anglo-Saxon England during the 9th century. She was the wife of Sigurd Styrbjornsson and the adopted sister-in-law of Eivor Varinsdottir, who had been raised alongside Sigurd following the murder of her parents Varin and Rosta in 855.

In 873, Randvi accompanied Eivor in her journey to flee from the war-torn Norway and establish a new settlement in Southern England.

Biography

Early life and marriage to Sigurd

"I was rowdy in my youth. Hunting, sailing. I was a wildling of the open air, before I became this staunch and stoic woman. Married off in service of peace between two clans. A noble and worthy role, but not one I had ever imagined for myself."
―Randvi describing to Eivor her life and marriage to Sigurd, 873.[src]-[m]

Randvi was born in Norway into a Norse clan of prominence which had relations with the Raven Clan of Fornburg. In 869,[1] as a service of peace between the clans, Randvi was married off to Sigurd Styrbjornsson, the son of the Raven Clan's jarl Styrbjorn Sigvaldisson. Despite yearnings to become an adventurer as she wished, Randvi chose to embrace her role as Sigurd's wife in what was considered a utilitarian marriage.[2]

After being married for a year, Sigurd departed from Norway on a raiding expedition across Europe. As such, Randvi's relationship with him remained somewhat distant. During his absence, Randvi would remain by her father-in-law as a peacekeeper for the antics of Sigurd's adopted sister, Eivor.[3] For a time, Randvi's relationship with Sigurd was questioned by her sister Thora, who believed that she gained nothing from this union with Sigurd and suggested she look for another partner.[4]

Sigurd's return

Sigurd: "Randvi, my dear wife. Your husband returns, bringing gifts and riches to share."
Randvi: "And new friends, I see."
—Randvi receiving Sigurd upon his return, 872.[src]-[m]

Randvi receiving Eivor at the docks

In 872, Randvi received Eivor at the docks of Fornburg upon her return from a failed attempt to eliminate Kjotve the Cruel. Randvi informed her of King Styrbjorn's anger as a result of her defiance, and that Sigurd would be returning soon, his last known location to be near Stavanger. Eivor showed her father's axe that she had recovered from Rikiwulf in Avaldsnes, which Randvi suggested that she take it to Gunnar to have it refined. Randvi also suggested that Eivor visit the clan seer Valka for insights on her visions that she saw, and recommended that she wait after some time to meet King Styrbjorn as he was meeting a messenger from the north. Randvi later waited by the doors to the longhouse while Eivor went about to refine her axe and seek answers from Valka. After some time, Eivor returned, with Randvi allowing her access into the longhouse to meet Styrbjorn.[3]

Randvi receiving a kiss from Sigurd upon his return

Some moments after Eivor entered, Sigurd arrived in Fornburg with a horn sounding to signal his return. Randvi entered the longhouse to inform both Eivor and Styrbjorn of Sigurd's return before running off to the docks to receive him.[5] Randvi and Eivor met Sigurd by the docks, who received their welcome with a kiss and hug respectively. The two were then introduced to the Hidden Ones Basim and Hytham, whom Sigurd had met while in Constantinople. Randvi and Eivor then accompanied Sigurd as he approached the longhouse to meet his father. Later at night, Randvi attended the feast that was held to celebrate Sigurd's return. During the feast, Randvi briefly conversed with Eivor on her meeting with Valka, as well as reflecting on her own marriage to Sigurd.[1]

Migrating to England

Randvi present at the meeting held by Sigurd

For the course of the next few days, which saw Sigurd aiding Eivor into eliminating Kjotve and his clan with assistance from King Harald of Vestfold,[6] King Styrbjorn made the decision to ceed his kingdom to Harald during an Athling in Alrekstad, an action that was largely condemned an opposed by many of the Raven Clan member including Randvi. The next day, she, along with numerous members, met with Sigurd in the longhouse, where they discussed Styrbjorn's supposed treachery and aftermath. After some discussion, the members including Randvi came to a conclusion to migrate to England. Randvi then called for the members quickly pack and take what they need before the day ended.[7]

Once the members had packed, and after Sigurd and Eivor had a brief farewell with Styrbjorn over his decision, Randvi and the members departed from Norway on three longships, making a few days' journey to England.[7] Upon approaching the mouth of the River Nene, Randvi's longship and another were instructed to remain, while Sigurd's longship which included Eivor and Dag went to scout ahead to clear the area of any danger.[8] Once the trio had cleared a naval blockade, and a former Ragnarsson encampment further inland, Randvi and the rest of the clan members rode inwards and unpacked their belongings, with Randvi settling up in the back of the longhouse.[9]

Chief advisor of Ravensthorpe

Randvi presenting a map of England to Eivor and Sigurd

As the clan members began renovating their new settlement, Randvi found an old map of England which she showed to Eivor and Sigurd, roughly gauging their location in Ledecestrescire, and the Ragnarsoons whereabouts. The trio then agreed to name their new settlement as Ravensthorpe, after their clan, and set about their plans to expand their settlement. While Eivor went off to retrieve raw materials and cargo to build Gunnar's forge, Randvi and Sigurd continued to search for any map scraps and documents to piece together. At the same time, Randvi also sent Norvid and Sunniva to conduct a simple scouting of their surroundings and report back to her.[9]

At this point, Randvi was made the chief advisor and planner of the settlement by Sigurd, who prepared to depart to join the Sons of Ragnar in Repton.[9] She would serve as an aide to Eivor, who would take over as the chieftain of the settlement in Sigurd's absence.[10] As part of their first plan to expand Ravensthorpe and build up their influence, Eivor met with Randvi in the longhouse, who suggested the two possible territories to pledge to: the Ragnarssons in Ledecestrescire, and the Great Summer Army led by jarl Guthrum and Soma.[11]

Behind the scenes

Randvi is a romanceable character that appeared in the 2020 video game Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. She is voiced by Swedish actress Kajsa Mohammar, who also voices the character of Soma.[12][13] Randvi also briefly appears in the 2021 downloadable expansion The Siege of Paris, though voiced by another actress, [citation needed] and again in the 2022 expansion Dawn of Ragnarök.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Prodigal Prince
  2. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaTaken for Granted
  3. 3.0 3.1 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaHonor Bound
  4. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaViking Expansion notes: Letter to Randvi
  5. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaFamily Matters
  6. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaA Cruel Destiny
  7. 7.0 7.1 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Seas of Fate
  8. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Swan-Road Home
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaUnwelcome
  10. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
  11. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Alliance Map
  12. Twitter.png Darby McDevitt (@DarbyMcDevitt) on Twitter "A few more shout outs for our incredible cast on AC Valhalla! The awesome @KajsaMohammar plays Randvi and Soma ... two key early characters."
  13. Twitter.png Kajsa Mohammar (@KajsaMohammar) on Twitter "It’s out! I’ve spent the last year voicing two kickass characters for #AssassinsCreedValhalla and it’s been some of the most fun I’ve ever had! Thanks everyone at @Ubisoft @TheJonesesVoice ☺️ #LikeAViking #Randvi #Soma pic.twitter.com/Xb3Q2bM5ck"

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