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The Swan-Road Home 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 embarked on a long journey, reaching the eastern shores of England after eight days [1].

Dialogue

Three Raven Clan longships approached England.

  • Sigurd: There she is... England. Our new home.
  • Dag: Not a patch on Norway, but we'll make this land our own soon enough.
  • Eivor: I am glad to see any land at all. And will be happy to have my feet on solid ground again.
  • Sigurd: We must not rush our landing. All you see here is Saxon territory. The Kingdom of Mercia, largely unpacified. There will be eyes watching us from the trees, with bows drawn and traps set. We must be wary. Randvi! Dig in your oars! All standing!
  • Randvi: Have you spotted something?
  • Sigurd: Not yet, but let us go ahead to clear the path of any dangers. Then follow our lead when the sun brushes the horizon.
  • Randvi: Understood! May Thor bless you all on your way! We will see you soon!

Randvi's longship and another stopped in their tracks, leaving only Sigurd's longship to continue inwards.

  • Sigurd: Sail on!
  • Dag: Yes! I am ready for whatever these green-thumbed fairy folk have to throw at us.
  • Eivor: Sigurd, do the Sons of Ragnar know that we are coming?
  • Sigurd: They do not. But they will not scoff at our visit. Of the four kingdoms in England, the Sons of Ragnar have settled only one. The rest is ripe for the taking.
  • Dag: Do we mean to join their army?
  • Sigurd: No, no. We will speak with them, get the lay of the land. And carve this country into as many pieces as we see fit.

They approached the inlet of a river, passing by a monastery on the right coast.

  • Dag: Look ahead there. Is that what passes for a town? Plain brick and a single rune to their timid god?
  • Sigurd: That rune is called a rood, Dag. The cross upon which their god was sacrificed. It sits atop a monastery, a place of worship.
  • Dag: That cross killed their Christ, and now they display it in worship! Bizarre.
  • Eivor: We carve idols of our gods and make wishes before them. Like our sacrifices to Odin the One-Eyed.
  • Dag: But we do not worship the wolf that kills him! That is the difference.
  • Sigurd: Whatever strangeness we see in these Saxons, they must think the same of us.
  • Dag: The hammer! Now there is a symbol worthy of a god. A bolt of lightning would take that cross clean off!

The longship continued inwards, where the crew spotted a baptism ritual taking place.

  • Dag: Look there! What are they doing?
  • Eivor: Ritual drowning.
  • Sigurd: Baptism, Dag. Are the ways of Christians really so unfamiliar to you?
  • Dag: Not at all! I simply forgot. And someone has to keep the conversation up. It must be priests and worshippers alone in that place. We could storm this port with ease, sack it without breaking a sweat.
  • Eivor: Is there much in the way of treasure there?
  • Dag: Always! They shape precious metals and cut jewels to their gods. There will be a fortune there!
  • Sigurd: Later, Dag. There will be time enough for raiding once we have settled.

They approached a river blockade, unable to proceed further.

  • Sigurd: Come to! Stop the boats! Pull up over there. The way forward is blocked by a chain spanning the river. We must remove it before pressing on.
  • Dag: A chain? Can we cut through it?
  • Sigurd: It's too thick for axes. But there must be a way to release it somewhere in that camp.
  • Eivor: I will go.
  • Dag: And I will be right behind you!
  • Sigurd: No, Dag. You stay here. Should trouble come our way, I want you defending the ship.
  • Dag: A good idea. Send out the arrow and keep your sharpest axe at hand, eh?
  • Sigurd: Something like that.

The longship pulled into a patch of reeds, north of the camp. Eivor alighted and approached the camp. She either killed the soldiers or snuck in. If the soldiers were killed, she searched the camp and found a note.

River Chain Blockade:
After conducting several trials we have found that these naval chains will hold against even the most durable Danish longships, so long as the mechanism remains intact. Several more blockades will be constructed in the coming months and are to be installed on the rivers leading inland.

This is our best defense against any forthcoming incursions. It is imperative that the blockades be maintained and kept operational at all times. Any failure of function is to be reported immediately.

Eivor entered a small building housing the naval chain.

  • Eivor: This chain is huge. And poorly anchored, it appears. I might be able to shoot it.

She shot and destroyed the mechanisms holding the chain, causing it to drop and sink.

  • Eivor: Done. The path is clear.

With the chain removed, Sigurd's longship moved inwards, allowing Eivor to board.

  • Sigurd: The chain is away! Eivor, back to the boat! We should be close now. Barring any more surprises.

Eivor boarded the longship and the Raven Clan continued their way.

  • Sigurd: Fine work, Eivor
  • Dag: I say we go back, Sigurd. Give those dogs a good knock-around and take whatever treasures they have. Easy pickings.
  • Sigurd: Not today, Dag. We press on until we reach our goal. We cannot afford another surprise. Now be on your guard. It should not be far.
  • Dag: Gods, I'm ravenous! I hope they have food and ale on hand when we arrive. You should have sent word ahead of us, Sigurd. To get something on the spit.
  • Sigurd: If Halfdan, Ubba, and Ivarr Ragnarsson are lacking food in England, then all of us will starve. Have no worry.
  • Dag: Ah, I can see it now! A suckling pig, tender and juicy. And ale as gold as the treasures that we failed to steal back there.
  • Eivor: A man of simple pleasures, aren't you, Dag?
  • Sigurd: And he is happier for it. For my part, I look forward to standing in the footsteps of the giants that built this land.
  • Dag: What giants?
  • Sigurd: The great Romans and their empire, giants of a forgotten age. They held dominion here, long ago, and their ruins dot the landscape. Every brick and stone tells a story of conquest and glory, and now they are rubble and ash.
  • Dag: Ready to be remade! We will rebuild their empire, brick by brick! And ours will not crumble to dust.
  • Sigurd: All things end, Dag. Ruins are not a warning, they are a testament.

They caught sight of a settlement ahead.

  • Sigurd: Look there, just ahead. Where the Sons of Ragnar make their camp.
  • Dag: At last. To find our feet on steady ground.
  • Eivor: Sigurd, hold back. Something isn't right.
  • Dag: Good eye. There is too little movement for an army. Only tents and a few men.
  • Eivor: Not the army we hoped to find?
  • Sigurd: No... let us get a closer look.

The longship approached the settlement, getting a closer look at the inhabitants.

  • Eivor: Those are not Norsemen. They are too ragged and soiled.
  • Sigurd: We should proceed on foot, lest they spot the boats.
  • Eivor: Dag and I will go together.
  • Sigurd: We all go. If they are friends, I wish to meet them as a jarl. And if they are foes, then we fight them all, together.

The longship docked at the port.

  • Sigurd: Who are these men?
  • Eivor: They speak with twisted accents. English, no doubt.
  • Sigurd: Dag, Eivor... on me.

Outcome

The Raven Clan arrived at the supposed Ragnarsson encampment in Mercia, finding it to be occupied by Saxons.

References

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla memories
Main Quests
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
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
Ravensthorpe
A Toast to our Success - Uninvited Guests
The Tale of Thegn Oswald
Chapter 1
Kingmaker
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
Ravensthorpe
Holger
Mane and Tail
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
Ravensthorpe
Dag
A Brewing Storm
The Lay of Hunwald
Chapter 1
A Noble Escort
Chapter 2
Homecoming
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
Taken
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
Ravensthorpe
Reap What Was Sown
Holger
Blame and Sail
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
More Intel - 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
Ravensthorpe
Gunnar
The Forge and the Flame
Settlement Quests
A New Home - The Lost Drengir of Ragnar Lothbrok
Hytham
To Serve the Light... - Breaking the Order - A Brief History of the Hidden Ones - 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
The Baker's Plaint - Man of Mystery
Tove
Carrying the Torch
Valka
A Wise Friend - In Dreams... - Going Deeper... - Bound to Fate
Yanli
Pending Deliveries
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
Norway
Rygjafylke
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
Hordafylke
Battle Born - The Rekindling
England
Cent
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
Essexe
Devil's Hole - Mother - Take Me a Husband - The Banshee - The Boar with the Golden Nose - The Gleewoman - The Prodigy - The Riddler
Eurviscire
Art-Scop - Crushed Dreams - Dellingr Rabbit - Historia de Cordibus Pathetic - Sunken Hope - The Village: Jurthgard
Glowecestrescire
Dearly Bee-Loved - Lady of the Lake - The Body - The Goddess of Birth - The Horn of Ragnar
Grantebridgescire
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
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
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
Lincolnscire
King of Shitsby - Little Victories - Stray Naps - The False Ealdormancy - The Farewell Meow - The Ignominious Bandit - The Twit Saga, Part II
Lunden
The Demon Odor at the Tithe - Falling Stars - Last Flight of the Gyldan Sparrow - War of the Collectors
Oxenefordscire
A Dog's Rescue - Fishing Lesson - Nostalgia - Permission to Weep - The Anchoress - The Last Raid
Sciropescire
Bewitched - King of the Hill - Lamb Chops - Miracle - Otta, Son of Slugga - Paola's Dream - The Puppeteer
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
Food of the Gods - Hel's Well - Milk of Humankind - Njord's Lament - Noble Harts - Valhalla Bound
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
Oskoreia Festival
Oskoreia Festival - Hunting for Honor (Homeward - An Honorable Death - Riding for Glory - Veiled Threats - Targeted Strategy) - A Measure of Respect
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
Skal!
Chapter 5
Fire and Faith - Madness of King Charles - Victory - Homecoming
Hidden Ones
Hidden
Delivery
A Package for Paris
Infamy
Vive la Résistance
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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