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The Red Hand was a criminal organization active in 9th century Northumbria. It was lead by members of the Order of the Ancients whose goal was to destabilize Jorvik and replace King Ricsige with one of their own.


During the 870s, the Red Hand was led by Order of the Ancients members known only by the cryptonyms of the Firebrand, the Needle, and the Vault. The Firebrand censured and burned texts they deemed dangerous,[1] the Needle funded the organization by seizing goods as they passed through Jorvik's ports,[2] and the Vault oversaw operations and planned to poison both the local nobility in Jorvik's council and King Alfred during a Yule festival.[3] Despite their efforts to control the region, their plans were thwarted by the Viking shieldmaiden Eivor Varinsdottir of the Raven Clan, who hunted and killed them at the request of her Hidden One ally, Hytham.[4]



  1. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaBurning the Firebrand
  2. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaPricking the Needle
  3. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaClosing the Vault
  4. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaBreaking the Order