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Sigurd Styrbjornsson (born 842) was a Viking jarl from Norway whose settled in England with his clan during the 9th century. He was the reincarnation of the Isu Týr, the Norse god of war and justice.

The son of King Styrbjorn Sigvaldisson of Fornburg, he was the husband of Randvi and the older step-brother of Eivor Varinsdottir, who was adopted by Styrbjorn at the age of nine following the death of her parents, Rosta and Varin.

While his sister stayed in Norway and opposed Kjotve the Cruel, Sigurd embarked a journey to raid the lands in the East. While in Constantinople,[2] Sigurd met and befriended the Hidden One Basim Ibn Ishaq and his apprentice Hytham, learning many of the organization's customs. In 872, Sigurd returned home along with Basim and Hytham and gave a Hidden Blade to Eivor.

Biography

Early life

Sigurd was born in 842 as the son of King Styrbjorn of Fornburg. In his youth, Sigurd befriended a young girl from the village of Heillboer, Eivor who was five years his junior. Her parents, Varin and Rosta, were friends with Styrbjorn and planned to pledge their village to the king.[3] In 855, Sigurd and his father attended the feast organised in Heillboer, during which he offered to help Eivor pass a tribute to Styrbjorn. Eivor refused, as her father ordered her to past it to the king himself.[4]

Moments after Varin's village pledged themselves to Styrbjorn with Eivor's armband, the Wolf Clan led by Kjotve the Cruel launched a raid on the village, slaughtering many residents. Following Varin and Rosta's death, Sigurd rescued Eivor from being killed and escaped with her on a horse. While being chased by Kjotve's men, Sigurd's horse was knocked down by one of Kjotve's men, causing Sigurd to lose his balance and Eivor dropped down to a large sheet of ice. Ultimately, both Sigurd and Eivor survived their encounter, with the latter received a scar from a wolf bite.[4] Following these events, Styrbjorn adopted Eivor into his household, raising her as his own daughter and as Sigurd's sister. The two developed a close sibling relationship and stood by each other throughout their lives.[3]

Circa 869, Sigurd married a woman named Randvi from another clan as part of a service of peace between the Raven Clan and another Norse clan in Norway. Because of these circumstances, Sigurd's relationship with Randvi was considered utilitarian.[5]

Travels in Europe and befriending the Hidden Ones

A year after his marriage to Randvi, Sigurd embarked on a two-year voyage away from Norway,[6] during which time he traveled through Kievan Rus'.[7] While in Bulgar with his cousin Knud, Sigurd visited the swordsmith Tekin, looking for a blade of crucible steel. Tekin and two others then attempted to ambush him, though they were easily dealt with. The youngest attacker bartered for their life, telling the Norsemen the location of a castle of a very rich merchant.[8]

Knud and Sigurd infiltrating the castle

Knud and Sigurd infiltrated the castle, seeing the merchant and a number of guests having a banquet. Sigurd decided to wait until the wine addled the guests' minds enough that they would have an easy time stealing what they wanted. Later, they began looting the place, but one of the guests awoke as Sigurd stole a tapestry, and he was forced to kill him. The noise caught the attention of another guest, the Hidden One Ammon, who decided to investigate. The Vikings dispatched a few guards before Ammon arrived, fatally stabbing Knud with his Hidden Blade and launching himself into a fight with Sigurd.[9]

The Hidden One cut Sigurd's sword in two and stabbed him in the gut with his Hidden Blade before leaving. Sigurd survived the wound and made his way to Ammon, finding him holding a Shroud. Sigurd mocked him for treasuring a dirty rag, throwing Ammon into a frenzy. He attacked the Viking, only to be slain. With his dying breath, he begged Sigurd not to take the Shroud, although the Viking had no interest in it and instead used his axe to sever Ammon's right wrist to claim the Hidden Blade for himself.[10]

Sigurd continued his journey down the Volga[7] before setting down in Constantinople to rest and resupply. While in the city, Sigurd met and befriended two Hidden Ones from the Abbasid Caliphate, Basim and Hytham, the former of whom took a liking to Sigurd due to his charisma. He later sailed to Rome and Africa, where Basim and Hytham acted as his guides.[6] During his time abroad, Sigurd began to miss his old homeland, and sailed for Norway with Basim and Hytham traveling with him. [citation needed]

Return to Norway and final feud with Kjotve

Sigurd talking to his sister about his thoughts

In 872, Sigurd returned to Fornburg along with Basim and Hytham. Reuniting and embracing with Eivor and Randvi at the docks, Sigurd introduced the two to the two Hidden Ones before moving on to greet his father. His family organized a feast in his honor and, there, Sigurd introduced Basim and Hytham to Eivor and gave her the Hidden Blade he had taken from Ammon. Sigurd watched as Basim taught Eivor the technics of assassination of their Brotherhood and explained its tenets to her. As they left, Sigurd was left alone with Eivor and, as they walked towards the docks, Sigurd reminisced on their memories together and confided on her that, after years of travels around the world, he felt that their settlement was too small for him and, therefore, asked her to help him take some of Kjotve's lands the next day.[6]

Personality and characteristics

Sigurd was charismatic and passionate, easily drawing people to his service.[11] His family, especially his sister Eivor, held him in high regard. While he had great skill as a leader, his ego and lust for glory would many times clouded his judgment, even to the point were he would ignore the advices of those who were close to him. Sigurd was a skilled warrior and cunning tactican, leading many successful raids before his voyage to England. [citation needed]

While quite intelligent with a skill for politics and military tactics, he was easily manipulated by Basim, by playing on his desire for greatness. Although slowly, he was deceived by him to encounter Fulke, an action that triggered all the events that led to the discovery of the Yggdrasil Chamber.[12] He becomes increasingly short tempered and cruel to his subjects, after the events with Fulke.[13] Despite that, he was wise enough to, in the end, let Eivor assume the control of the Raven Clan.[14]

Behind the scenes

Sigurd Styrbjornsson is a character appearing in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, and introduced in the prequel comic Song of Glory. He is voiced by the Icelandic actor Gudmundur Thorvaldsson, as revealed on his Twitter.[15] His Database entry in Valhalla inconsistently refers to him as both "Styrbjornson" and "Styrbjornsson", although the former is used in the entry title.

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Appearances

References

  1. Assassin's Creed: RebellionDatabase: Sigurd Styrbjornsson
  2. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaWhere Legends Are Born
  3. 3.0 3.1 Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
  4. 4.0 4.1 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaPrologue
  5. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaTaken for Granted
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Assassin's Creed: ValhallaThe Prodigal Prince
  7. 7.0 7.1 Assassin's Creed: Rebellion – The Ravens' WoundThe Horn of the Valkyrie
  8. Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Song of GloryIssue #01
  9. Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Song of GloryIssue #02
  10. Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Song of GloryIssue #03
  11. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla - Database: Sigurd Styrbjornson
  12. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla - Brewing Rebellion
  13. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla - Blame and Sail
  14. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla - A Brother's Keeper
  15. Twitter.png Gudmundur Thorvaldss (@GThorvaldsson) on Twitter "youtu.be/WaOKSUlf4TM Thats me as Sigurd with the brilliant @Magnus__Bruun @CarloRota. Thank you @Ubisoft @DarbyMcDevitt and the reat [sic] of the amazing team." (screenshot)

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