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

Description

The Raven Clan looked to expand their new home by building a forge for the clan's blacksmith, Gunnar.

Dialogue

Sigurd Styrbjornsson and Eivor entered the newly furnished and repaired long house.

  • Sigurd: Fine work. A long house to rival any I have seen. Now come. Randvi has found something I would like you to see.

They walked over to Randvi in the next room.

  • Randvi: Eivor. Sigurd. I give you England... and its four kingdoms. Mercia, East Anglia, Northumbria, and Wessex. From the few plans and maps I discovered here, I believe the Sons of Ragnar have pushed further into Mercia, here...
  • Randvi: My scouts will soon tell me if I am correct.
  • Eivor: And where are we?
  • Randvi: Here. In this unnamed copse of trees.
  • Sigurd: Unnamed? We cannot let that stand. What will we call this place?
  • Eivor: I might have an idea. Ravensthorpe. The village of ravens.
  • Sigurd: Hm. I like it. The poet in you sings once again. One day, this name will be known throughout all of England.
  • Randvi: A name is only a beginning. If we want renown, we must build. Expand.
  • Sigurd: Agreed. We should begin with a forge. Can you help Gunnar get working again?
  • Eivor: We will need cargo, supplies.
  • Sigurd: For that, our neighbors will provide, whether they wish to or not.
  • Randvi: Scarcely arrived and now we must raid?
  • Sigurd: We cannot master this land merely by asking.
  • Eivor: I'll go and speak with Gunnar now.
  • Sigurd: Good work, my dear. And what else have you found?
  • Randvi: Short notes, mostly. Scraps of plans, old letters. A few rune-stone messages. It took some time to decipher the mess, and piece it all back together.

Eivor finding Gunnar at his tent

Eivor headed to Gunnar's tent.

  • Gunnar: Not a bad place, Eivor. Not at all! Can I help you with anything?
  • Eivor: Sigurd wants your forge up and running as soon as possible. For that we need supplies and riches.
  • Gunnar: Ah! You mean to go a-viking, then! Good, good. How I miss those days! Ransacking and pillaging, blades singing and shields splintering.
  • Eivor: I would ask you to join us, but you are the only blacksmith we have. We cannot afford your loss.
  • Gunnar: O, it's no bother. Better I forge axes than swing them. My place is here, not pulling on the oar of a river-horse. Though you do remind me... I found a map among the bandits' rubbish. Marked up with the locations of Saxon monk-huts.
  • Eivor: Yes. Bandits know as well as we do, monasteries are full of riches and loot.
  • Gunnar: Take the map with you. And put it to better use than they did.

Gunnar passed Eivor the map and winked.

  • Eivor: We lack the needed supplies to build Gunnar's forge. I should gather the crew and go raiding.

Eivor went to the dock and took command of the longship.

  • Eivor: Bend your ears and listen all! For the good of our clan, it is time we go a-viking! Today we raid, that tomorrow we may build!
  • Dag Nithisson: At last! We will crack these Christian monasteries like a row of hens' eggs!
  • Bragi: The Saxons know we are here, Dag. Their monasteries will be well guarded.
  • Dag: Nah! By nothing more than priests and prayers, I'd wager!

The Vikings reached Alcestre Monastery.

  • Bragi: Eivor. Look there. A monastery.
  • Dag: I stand ready... only say the word!

Eivor and her crew raiding the chest

After they raided the first chest:

  • Eivor: That is all we need for Gunnar... but if there is more, we should claim it.

They finished their raid and returned to the longboat.

  • Eivor: This was a good day and some fine work from all of you. We should return home and unload everything.
  • Dag: Are you certain there aren't a few more gold nuggets squirreled away somewhere?
  • Eivor: My gut tells me no.
  • Dag: So, Eivor? What's your count?
  • Eivor: My count? Dag, I have no need to count my kills. They number too many.
  • Dag: Likely story, Wolf-Kissed. Me, I killed... twenty-six I think.
  • Bragi: Nah... There were barely a dozen when we arrived, Dag.
  • Dag: No, no. You missed them. They attacked from the forest.

Returning back to Ravensthorpe, Eivor approached Gunnar.

  • Gunnar: Back so soon? And with good news, I hope.
  • Eivor: I think we have all we need.

Gunnar's new forge and shop

The forge was built.

  • Gunnar: Ah! This is wonderful, Eivor! A forge bigger and hotter than my old forge back in Fornburg. Come visit me anytime. For weapons and gear, there is no man better than me.
  • Eivor: I will, Gunnar. Have no doubt.

Eivor returned to the longhouse to speak with Sigurd again. As she entered, she overheard a small group speaking with Randvi.

  • Norvid: The Saxons break their kingdoms into smaller territories called shires. This one is called Ledecestrescire... it isn't spelled how you think.
  • Sunniva: And as you suspected, the Sons of Ragnar moved there some months ago. We know for sure that Ivarr and Ubba are alive and well in Repton.
  • Randvi: Excellent work, both of you. Now have a rest and a horn of ale. You have more than earned it.
  • Norvid: Thank you, Randvi. We'll be here if you need us.

Sigurd called Eivor into a room at the side of the longhouse.

  • Sigurd: Eivor, in here.
  • Eivor: What will you keep in this room?
  • Sigurd: My finest weapon. For this room is yours... here you may lay your head, hang your axe, or be alone with your thoughts. Do you like it?
  • Eivor: It suits me well. But I would be just as happy lodging with the raiders on the wharf. I need no special treatment.
  • Sigurd: This is not special treatment. I want you here in the longhouse, close at hand. I may be the jarl of this clan, but you and I lead together. As ever. So get acquainted with your room. And when you are ready, meet me at the stables.

As Sigurd walked away, Eivor examined her new room. On a table to the right sat an ornately carved wooden box.

  • Eivor: A letter box, for messages and requests.

She opened the box and read the letter left for her by Sigurd.

Sigurd's Letter
Eivor,
I hope this room fits your needs. As we grow our reputation in this land, and make new friends and allies, it will be important to keep constant communication with them.

Randvi will drop any letter you receive into this box. Have a look from time to time.

Sigurd.

To the right was a small desk with a note from Randvi regarding the status of Raventhorpe.

Ravensthorpe's Status: Encampment
Behold, our new encampment, borne from a soot-heap left behind by the Sons of Ragnar. It may look a bit shabby now, but with some effort, we will soon be a beacon of trade and culture.

We currently have the capacity for the following services...
Once the Blacksmith's forge is up and running, I would recommend building the Hidden Ones Bureau, as Hytham can help us win alliances in the cities of England.

Speak to me if you have any more questions,

Randvi


Eivor inspected the bed.

  • Eivor: A bed better than many I have slept in. And a good place to recover.
    Hm. Not much, but it is mine.

Eivor left the longhouse and headed toward Rowan's stables, where she saw Sigurd, Dag and Basim Ibn Ishaq. Basim was already on a horse, about to leave.

  • Basim: Yes. Be ready to ride at a moment's notice.
  • Hytham: Count on it, my friend. The path ahead is bright.
  • Basim: With glory at its end.

Basim rode east out of the settlement, calling farewell to Eivor as he passed. She approached Sigurd and Dag, who seemed to be in an argument.

  • Dag: But why now?
  • Sigurd: Dag, please. This must be done.
  • Dag: Yes, and I can help! Look at me, look at these arms! I am a beast!
  • Eivor: What was that about? Is Basim leaving us already?
  • Dag: Sigurd means to leave as well.
  • Eivor: Is that true?
  • Sigurd: We know the Sons of Ragnar have camped in the North. It would do us well to pay them a visit, to strengthen our ties to this land.
  • Eivor: Is that where Basim has gone?
  • Sigurd: Basim's motives are his own, leave it at that. We have more pressing plans. I am riding to Ledecestrescire, to a town called Repton. Eivor, I expect you to join me when you have finished here.
  • Eivor: I can come now. I only need a horse.
  • Sigurd: Not yet. First speak with Randvi. She has more than one task for you here. Apart from growing this settlement, you must seek out alliances as well. We cannot pacify England with so few friends.
  • Dag: Then I must join you, Sigurd. For I am a fitter companion on long roads.
  • Sigurd: No, Dag, you belong here with the raiders. And you will act as Eivor commands.

Sigurd mounted his horse while Dag threw Eivor a glare.

  • Eivor: Ride in safety, Brother. I will follow as soon as I can.
  • Dag: Yes! And I will keep our raiders sharp.

Sigurd rode off, leaving a frustrated Dag.

  • Dag: Do as Eivor commands? Is he testing me?
  • Eivor: He may be. Sigurd is a wise man.
  • Dag: I would sooner take orders from a louse.

Dag stalked off.

Outcome

Eivor and her crew raided a monastery and gathered enough materials to build a forge for Gunnar in Ravensthorpe.

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References

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
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Tove
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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
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Chapter 2
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Chapter 5
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Chapter 1
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Chapter 3
King Killer - Reporting on Sciropescire
The Instrument of the Ancients
Chapter 1
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Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
A Bloody Welcome - Reporting on Cent
The Lay of Hunwald
Chapter 1
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Chapter 2
Homecoming
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Chapter 4
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Chapter 1
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The City of Greed
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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
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Hunter of Beasts
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Essexe
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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
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Lincolnscire
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Lunden
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Oxenefordscire
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Sciropescire
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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
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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
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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
Meath: Death Sentence - Meath: Death to All - Meath: Gemstones - Meath: Hibernian Heist - Meath: Jewel Recovery - Meath: Rough Justice - Meath: Royal Vengeance - Meath: Smite Them Down - Meath: Stamp Them Out - Meath: Taking it Back - Meath: They Must Pay
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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