After pledging to Wincestre, Eivor talked with Randvi.
- Eivor: I will make my way to Wincestre. The letter asked me to meet a man in white at a house of God. And then recite this phrase. "When pride cometh, then cometh shame. But with the lowly cometh wisdom."
- Randvi: A passage from their holy book, I believe. Interesting. Go with care.
Eivor headed out of Ravensthorpe and sought out the man in white. After a long journey, Eivor arrived in Wincestre.
- Eivor: The seat of King Aelfred's power ... where hog shit stains my boots. I will find the man in white in their god's house.
Eivor located the man in white in The Old Minster.
- Eivor: This must be the house of their timid god. They built him a rich dwelling.
As Eivor walked into the minster, she heard a holy man speaking.
- Anglo-Saxon Man 1: Even the mighty fall. And God's servant, the Bishop Ealhferth was mighty indeed in defense of his God. He was a man of surpassing vigor, well versed in the Bible, quick of wit, oxen-strong, meek as a lamb. But God called Ealhferth to sit beside him. And Ealhferth answered, his body gone to earth and his sister weeping. Mourning a lord far-known and beloved. I give praise to such a man, to keepsake his memory. Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine Et lux perpetua luceat ei Requiescat in pace. Amen.
Eivor spoke with the man in white.
- Sigebeald: A Dane treads the cobbles of God's house. In search of Christ's redemption, I hope.
- Eivor: Your Christ can wait his turn. It's you I've come to see.
- Sigebeald: Is that so?
- Eivor: "When pride cometh, then cometh shame. But with the lowly cometh wisdom." You know these words, and you know why I speak them.
- Sigebeald: I do. But I am not yet satisfied that you are the one for the task ahead. As Jesus said onto Thomas, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." Speak the deeds of Christ in order. Only then will you cometh unto my Lord.
- Eivor: Why deny the pleadings of an unwashed pagan who aches to know God? Take me as I am, and I will do your Lord's bidding.
- Eivor: How great is the burden of learning for one so unworthy. But I see that no amount of instruction in the Lord's words will save your soul. Come.
- If Eivor could not charm her way through Sigebeald's riddle, she read the books of the deeds of Christ. Eivor found a text involving a deed of Christ.
- Baptism Story:
For God's spirit breathed on the waters, and in the Jordan River, Jesus was cleansed of all sin.
- Eivor: He bathed in the river. So a gentle wash brings them closer to their god.
- Eivor found another text depicting a deed of Christ.
- Resurrection Story:
At his tomb the earth shook and an angel appeared asking them why they looked for the living among the dead. He has risen!
- Eivor: He rose from the dead? A nice trick, and not easily done.
- Eivor found the last text of Christ's deeds.
- Revelation Story:
On the mountain, He walked with His disciples. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.
- Eivor: Their god brings them light ... just as Baldr does. Light as bright as the summer sun.
- Eivor spoke with Sigebeald again.
- Sigebeald: Speak the deeds of Christ in order.
- Eivor: On the mountain, his face shone like the sun and he became light.
- Sigebeald: His transfiguration.
Eivor followed the priest, who offered her the real person who corresponded with her.
- Eivor: Who am I to meet, priest? I cannot stand waiting in silence.
- Sigebeald: Shhh. Even a fool, when he keeps silet, is considered wise.
- Eivor: Yet men become wise by speaking with other men. They grow foolish when keeping to silence.
- Sigebeald: Hush! Your prattling offends God's ears. We're here.
Sigebeald showed Eivor a room and walked away. A voice was heard from Eivor.
- King Aelfred: May Christ, whose terror scares away the foul throngs, make with me a strong covenant. Was God's lesson instructive?
- Eivor: I learned that your god fears death, just as mine do. Just as every man does.
- King Aelfred: Yet through our Lord we may achieve life everlasting in His glorious presence. Perhaps you missed that detail.
- Eivor: Do all the priests in Wincestre have the same skill for drama?
Eivor walked behind the shelves to see the voice, which was revealed to be King Aelfred.
- Eivor: You risk your life, Aelfred King.
- King Aelfred: I have invited you here to speak on equal terms. Do the Danes laws of hospitality not apply in Wessex?
- Eivor: You gifted my "jarl" to that whelp from The Order of Ancients, the warrior Fulke.
- King Aelfred: Fulke was an enemy of Wessex. But it seems someone has already removed her threat from my lands.
- Eivor: If you didn't hear it was me, you have now.
- King Aelfred: Impressive. The Order of Ancients has surely been crippled by her loss.
- Eivor: How much do you know of this order?
- King Aelfred: Only this and little more.
King Aelfred showed and handed Eivor a letter.
- King Aelfred: This letter, signed by one who calls himself a Poor Fellow-Soldier of Christ, warns of a plot against my life.
- Eivor: The Gallows, The Quill, The Seax. Three men eager to kill you.
- King Aelfred: Two, now. The Bishop Ealhferth is dead. He was The Seax, so far as I can tell.
- Eivor: And a humble servant fo your God. That must sting.
- King Aelfred: Still, his death has strengthened Christian fellowship in Wincestre. I pray the death of his colleagues will do the same.
- Eivor: So many lies in the name of your God. Perhaps he is not strong enough to help you.
- King Aelfred: My God is the Almighty. But my enemies are numerous and my throne is fresh. There must be no trail from these murders back to me.
- Eivor: I should let the Order kill you. It would speed our conquest of England.
Eivor nodded and took her leave.
- King Aelfred: Eivor. Compose yourself while you are my guest. My city is not a battlefield.
- Eivor: Not yet, great king. But the day will come.
Eivor left to find Goodwin.
- Eivor: I need to find this reeve Goodwin.
Arriving at Goodwin's home, Eivor caught sight of guards looking around his home and found a manifesto on its wall.
- The Quill's Manifesto:
The Disputation of Tutelage
People of Wincestre. Aelfred would force his reformation upon us. Take your children from the bosom of their family to idle away hours in the company of so-called men of God. For what? So they may read the scriptures? Write their names in pig shit? Education for all? A hollow cry when you starve on the streets or die at the hands of Dane raiders. True enlightenment will not come from the sallow king. It will come from the Order.
- Eivor: Someone disagrees with Aelfred educating the people of Wincestre.
Eivor took care of the guards wandering around the house.
- Eivor: Goodwin gone. And guards sniffing around.
Investigating inside Goodwin's house, Eivor found a letter near the fireplace.
- A half-burned letter:
You have been a thorn in my side long enough, Goodwin. Cease your snooping, or I will use my considerable influence to lock you in the Garrison. Not even your feeble king will save you then.
- Eivor: Papers, thrown on the fire. Goodwin covering his tracks? Or the guards destroying evidence?
Eivor went upstairs and found another clue.
- Eivor: Broken bowls, food scattered. They took him by force. There must be a garrison in the city. A violent struggle with the guards. They must have taken him to Wincestre's garrison.
Leaving Goodwin's home, Eivor located and arrived at Wincestre Garrison. Eivor found a bunch of prisoners locked in wooden cages and freed them..
- Eivor: The prisoners might know something.
- Anglo-Saxon Soldier 1: Felling trees, chiseling rock from the earth. And for what? To build more prisons for men who steal apples.
- Anglo-Saxon Woman 1: I was starving, my baby son was close to death. Would you not steal to save your child?
- Eivor: I am looking for the reeve (sheriff).
- Norse Warrior 1: Selwyn? That bastard said I stole an apple. He'll see me hang for it!
- Eivor: Not Selwyn. Reeve Goodwin. Was arrested not long ago.
- Norse Warrior 1: Aelfred's man, arrested? Now that's as funny as a dose of the pox. Seems no one is free in Wincestre.
Eivor saw an inner courtyard but needed a key to unlock its door. Looking around, Eivor found the key and opened the door.
- Eivor: Thick wall and thicker guards. A place to keep a valuable man.
Investigating a building within the courtyard, Eivor found a text about Selwyn.
- Eivor: Reeve Selwyn ordered executions for petty theft and mud-slinging. A husband and wife to be carried out soon.
Eivor also found a research paper.
- Goodwin's Research:
I have arranged to meet Harold at the tavern under the cover of darkness. He was terrified when I approached him in the open. Eyes darting left and right, as if he thought the very walls were watching us.
Harold did not come. I waited for more than an hour. And when I went to his home near the Minster, the place was torn apart, his belongings gone.
Four others came forward with information on the Gallows identity. And all four have met a horrible end. Two were hanged in the square on petty charges. One was found dead, allegedly after a drunken brawl. Another has fled.
The two who were hanged. The Gallows must be another reeve, I am sure of it. Only we have the power to judge the people of Wincestre.
He (The Gallows) is a public figure. He outwardly opposes Aelfred's reforms. I do not dare write my suspicions here.
(The research continues for many more pages).
- Eivor: Evidence against The Order of Ancients. Stolen from Goodwin?
Eivor found three cells in the bottom level of the building. Opening the middle door, Eivor found Goodwin, tied up, and freed him.
- Goodwin: A Dane in Wincestre? These are strange times.
- Eivor: King Aelfred sent me, pleading from his bended knee to find someone.
- Goodwin: I know Aelfred well enough to spot a bloody lie when I hear it. If he did sent you, he was standing tall and proud.
- Eivor: That he was. And you're the man I've come to find, Goodwin. Do you know why?
- Goodwin: If I had one guess, to find the heretics from The Order of Ancients and bury them so deep, even God would need a shovel.
- Eivor: So where do we start digging?
- Goodwin: My research should help us. If they haven't burned it already, it'll be somewhere nearby.
- Eivor: I have my papers here, taken from the captain of this keep.
- Goodwin: A marvel. History will name you protector of Wincestre. A pricking irony.
- Eivor: And not lost on me. Now let's go ... before they discover their eel has slipped the hook.
Eivor and Goodwin escaped the garrison.
- Eivor: Let's regroup beyond the walls.
Eivor spoke with Goodwin afterwards.
- Goodwin: I am grateful for your help.
Eivor handed Goodwin his research.
- Eivor: It's a brazen move to arrest Aelfred's favored reeve.
- Goodwin: This so-called Order are nothing but defiled shit-peddlers.
- Eivor: Shit-peddlers who have wormed their way into every crevasse of your country. They're dangerous.
- Goodwin: I didn't catch your name, did I?
- Eivor: Eivor of the Raven Clan. Scourge of Mercia if that name doesn't rattle some recognition.
- Eivor: Well, Eivor, when our three heretics smolder on a heap of ash, we'll down a cup of ale together and share our distate of Mercians like old friends.
- Eivor: Aelfred believes at least one is dead. Your bishop Ealhferth was The Seax.
- Goodwin: Bugger. Half of Wincestre is in mourning for that nun-groper.
- Goodwin: Must be another reeve, I'm sure of it. Only we have the power to mete out justice. And this one would walk with cocksure righteousness.
- Eivor: Is Selwyn a name you know? He seems to have judged and executed many for little more than stealing ale and bread.
- Goodwin: Of course. That hedge-pig has brought down laws like a hammer on Wincestre. Executing sinners on spurious charges in the square.
- Eivor: Could it be another?
- Goodwin: He's the man. He's the only one who fits. End his terror, Eivor.
After agreeing to help Alfred, Eivor went and saved his reeve, Goodwin. Eivor and Goodwin talked about the Wincestre targets and deduced The Gallows was Reeve Selwyn. Goodwin asked Eivor to stop Selwyn and she went to find and assassinate him.