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


Eivor prepared to assault Rouecistre Fortress and capture Tedmund.


Eivor traveled to Rouecistre Blockade to release the naval chain. Eivor noticed that she needed a key to unlock the door to break the chain.

  • Eivor: I need to clear this fort and break this chain to get our ships safely upriver. The mechanism should be inside.

After looking around, Eivor noticed a Saxon soldier had the key. Eivor stole the key and entered the locked building. Inside, Eivor destroyed the restraints and released the naval chain.

  • Eivor: With the chain down, Geadric and the ships can get through.

Eivor left the blockade building and went to regroup with her allies. Eivor arrived at her warriors' camp.

  • Norse Warrior 1: Eivor, we await your orders.
  • Eivor: You brought your weapons and armor?
  • Norse Warrior 1: Aye, Raven-Tamer.
  • Eivor: Good. Now we dig in, and wait for our friends.

Time passed as Eivor met with Basim Ibn Ishaq and Geadric, who docked their ships.

Eivor welcomed Basim and Geadric upon their arrival

  • Eivor: Well met, old friend.
  • Geadric: When the chance arrived to lodge an axe in the sod of Wessex, you thought of me! Such an honor.

Eivor and Geadric welcomed each other through a handshake.

  • Eivor: Is everything else in place, Eivor? Are we ready to take Rouecistre?

(Yes - I am ready)

  • Eivor: Rally our army. We will drag this mouse from his hole.

Eivor's army readied for battle as Eivor meditated before the assault. Eivor and her army began the assault by breaching the entrance.

  • Geadric: We are through, Eivor! Good work, Eivor!

Eivor, Basim, and Geadric fought alongside their soldiers against Tedmund's forces to escort their ram.

  • Geadric: The ram can't pass through the flames, Eivor!
  • Eivor: Then we'll put them out!

Eivor went to destroy the burning oil cauldrons as her ram made it through the obstacles.

  • Eivor: Defend the ram!
  • Basim: Keep those Saxons back!

Eivor and Basim noticed the chained drawbridge.

  • Basim: We must find a way to lower that drawbridge.
  • Eivor: I will see to it.

Eivor started to shoot the links of the drawbridge and brought it down.

  • Geadric: The way is clear! Onwards!

Eivor and her army crossed the drawbridge.

  • Geadric: Another gate! It will not hold against us!
  • Eivor: Beware that burning oil!
  • Geadric: Break down that gate!

Eivor began to breach the next gate.

  • Eivor: Tedmund is holed up in the tower keep, press forward.

Eivor and her men broke through the gate.

  • Eivor: Keep going! Inside!
  • Basim: They have the keep sealed tight down here, Eivor.
  • Eivor: Then we must look higher up for a way inside.

Eivor made her way through the tower to the rooftop to find Tedmund. Eivor and Tedmund engaged in one-on-one combat.

  • Tedmund: I'll kill you before I let you take this fortress. I'll cut you down, Dane. Rouecistre will not fall to you rabid pack of mongrels. Kill me, and all of Wessex will rise against you!

Eivor defeated Tedmund and ended the assault.

  • Tedmund: You dare take this fortress, Dane? Aelfred's army will smear your innards across the battlements.
  • Eivor: We are not here for stone and sand, Thegn Tedmund.
  • Tedmund: I shit on you! You and your toy gods! I will not bow to you like some puppet lord. I would rather die.

Tedmund was pushed back by Eivor and tied up by Basim.

Tedmund was tied up by Basim

  • Eivor: How much will your king pay us to keep your sniveling head upon your neck?
  • Norse Warrior 2: An army marches upon us from the south! A holy man from Saint Hadrian's Priory, backed by a fyrd!
  • Tedmund: Ah! Then Abbot Cynebert? God be praised! If riches are all you care about, the Church has it in abundance.
  • Eivor: If the terms are fair, you'll have your freedom. A chest or two of silver for a shit-stained sewer rat.

Basim and Eivor took a captured Tedmund to meet Abbot Cynebert.

  • Basim: Stay quiet or I'll not be able to stop my friend from slitting your throat.

Basim put Tedmund on the back of his horse.

  • Tedmund: Ah! Watch yourself, heathen! You handle me too roughly!

Basim and Eivor began to ride.

  • Tedmund: You will die for the indignities you have showered upon me, Dane!
  • Eivor: I mean no offense, thegn. You are only a hefty ransom to me, nothing more.
  • Tedmund: This is why you batter down my gate, kill my men, for a purse of grubby coin? You have no honor!
  • Eivor: Enough, or I'll return you to the Saxons with ten fewer fingers.

Cynebert awaited Basim and Eivor, who held Tedmund at knifepoint.

Abbot Cynebert arrived with his fyrd

  • Cynebert: You there! Heathens! Let this good man go, or suffer an iron sickness!
  • Basim: And what do you offer us in return?
  • Cynebert: Your lives!
  • Eivor: We lost many good men storming this keep. It will not be in vain, Christ-slave. Twenty chests of silver.

Eivor raised a knife to Tedmund's face.

  • Tedmund: Give them what they ask, Cynebert.
  • Cynebert: A hefty sum, that will leave God's coffee hollow. I cannot give it up without some assurance ... Tedmund?
  • Tedmund: You extort me in return for my life? You were swiftly met, abbot. Not long after these ... these scallious worms took my fort.
  • Cynebert: On the Lord's bidding, Tedmund! At prayer, a terrible vision befell me. A host of heathens, your life in danger...
  • Tedmund: A coincidence I find rather ... rather omnious, abbot. Do you−

Tedmund started to cough heavily.

  • Cynebert: God help you man, are you well?
  • Tedmund: Air ... I need ... I need air!

Tedmund fell to his knees as the rest watched.

  • Tedmund: (gasping)

Eivor leaned in to Tedmund and flipped him over.

  • Eivor: He's dead.
  • Basim: The work of a poison, no doubt.
  • Cynebert: No no no no, rouse the man! He cannot be dead! He must not be dead!
  • Eivor: Poison? How does the man die of poison in our arms!
  • Basim: Many great kings and paranoids have carried poison in times of war. As an alternative to capture. And ransom.
  • Cynebert: A catastrophe! Aelfred will choose another and ... by the saints, Aelfred! How will I explain this to the king?
  • Eivor: We followed this road to its end, Cynebert. You may not like where it led, but you owe us our half of the bargain.
  • Cynebert: You shall have your paladin. I ... I need a day. Return to my abbey tomorrow and you shall ... O dear, O, dear.

Cynebert walked off upset.

  • Eivor: These delays are grinding at my bones. We should abandon Cynebert, find Fulke ourselves.
  • Basim: Peace, Eivor. Speak with Geadric and relieve him of his oath. I'll meet you at Cynebert's abbey

Eivor nodded as Basim left. Eivor met and talked with Geadric.

  • Eivor: You fought like beasts escaped from your hell today, Geadric. Your oath to me is fulfilled.
  • Geadric: It was good to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you against the pox-dogs of Wessex. May our friendship endure.
  • Eivor: This tangle-briar of Christians and lords means nothing to me. I'm here for Sigurd.
  • Geadric: I understand. When you find him again, come see me. We'll feast and sing with mead and friendship to warm us.
  • Eivor: Agreed.

Eivor and Geadric shook hands and parted ways.


Tedmund was captured, but died from poison. Nevertheless, Eivor made sure Cynebert kept to his promise of producing Fulke and thanked her ally and friend, Geadric, for his aid.



Assassin's Creed: Valhalla memories
Main Quests
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
Chapter 5
The Seas of Fate
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
A Brewing Storm
The Forge and the Flame
Mane and Tail - Blame and Sail
To Serve the Light... - Breaking the Order - A Brief History of the Hidden Ones - More Intel - The Letter - The Poor Fellow-Soldier
A Little Problem
A Rivalry for the Ages
The Huntress - Have You Seen This Man? - Archery Contest
Taken for Granted
The Thousand Eyes - Viking for Hire
The Baker's Plaint - Man of Mystery
Carrying the Torch
A Wise Friend - In Dreams... - Going Deeper... - Bound to Fate
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
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
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
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
Contract: Assassinate the Target - Contract: A Strange Drawing - Contract: Best Effort - Contract: Booty Hunter - Contract: Control Nuisance - Contract: Dangerous Prey - Contract: Defeat the Diubal - Contract: Grave-Robber - Contract: Investigation Offer - Contract: Macabre Discovery - Contract: Make it Boom! - Contract: Marked for Death - Contract: Predator's Attack - Contract: Recovery Investment - Contract: Reda's Judgement - Contract: Reported Missing - Contract: Rescue Favor - Contract: Silence the Poet - Contract: Slay the Monster - Contract: The Deadly Beast - Contract: The Dice Master - Contract: The Drunkard - Contract: The Duke of Burgundy - Contract: The Green-Eyed Thief - Contract: The Hermit of the Thousand Sins - Contract: The Jomsviking Code - Contract: The Man-eating Animal - Contract: The Phantom - Contract: The Renegade Monk - Contract: The Richest Merchant - Contract: The Rogue Informer - Contract: The Stolen Purse - Contract: The Thieves Couple - Contract: Threat Assessment - Contract: Toss a Coin for the Traitor - Contract: Wild Frontier
World Events
A Desperate Bounty - A New England - Comb of Champions - Old Man on the Edge - Raider Recruit - The Dreamwalking Warrior - The Hunt for Honor - The Plight of the Warlock - The Silver-Tongued Traitor
Battle Born - The Rekindling
Madness of the Stones - Pig of Prophecy - Red in Tooth and Claw - The Lighthouse Twins - The Pardoner's Tale - The Sky Thief - Winifred
East Anglia
A Blood Hymn for Edmund - Edmund's Arrows - Freyja's Friend - Green Children of Anglia - Hide and Hunt - Life-Blood - The Wayward
Devil's Hole - Mother - Take Me a Husband - The Banshee - The Boar with the Golden Nose - The Gleewoman - The Prodigy - The Riddler
Art-Scop - Crushed Dreams - Dellingr Rabbit - Historia de Cordibus Pathetic - Sunken Hope - The Village: Jurthgard
Dearly Bee-Loved - Lady of the Lake - The Body - The Goddess of Birth - The Horn of Ragnar
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
Saint Faith - Splitting Hares - The Arrow In The Tree - The Devil Has All The Best Tunes - We Are All Monsters
Bridges of Oppression - Deviled Water - Silver Wind Elder - Warmth of Winter
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
King of Shitsby - Little Victories - Stray Naps - The False Ealdormancy - The Farewell Meow - The Ignominious Bandit - The Twit Saga, Part II
The Demon Odor at the Tithe - Falling Stars - Last Flight of the Gyldan Sparrow - War of the Collectors
A Dog's Rescue - Fishing Lesson - Nostalgia - Permission to Weep - The Anchoress - The Last Raid
Bewitched - King of the Hill - Lamb Chops - Miracle - Otta, Son of Slugga - Paola's Dream - The Puppeteer
A Cordial Invitation - An Althing for the Half-Grown - An Efficient Cremation - Stoneman - The Good Men of Sherwood - The Myth in the Mountains
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
Aelfred's Jewel - Asser - Mildberg the Miracle Legs - Romeo and Aethelflaed
North America
A Dead Man's Tale - Breaking Teeth, Not Hearts (Flight of Fancy - Ursine Takeover)
Food of the Gods - Hel's Well - Milk of Humankind - Njord's Lament - Noble Harts - Valhalla Bound
Aegir's Daughters - Pit of Slaughter - The Giants of Fimbulwinter - The Puppeteer
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
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
Chapter 5
Fire and Faith - Madness of King Charles - Victory - Homecoming
Hidden Ones
A Package for Paris
Vive la Résistance
Rebel Missions
Thousand Eyes contracts
Contract: Pagus Pinciacensis
World Events
Hidden Justice
Not God Enough - Stealing from Thieves - Ulfberht Sword
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