Our new hero, Eivor, in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be sunk into a world with Norse mythologies come to life. In no particular order, we’ll take a look at 10 Norse mythologies we’d like to see in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. In pop culture for many years, Norse mythology has been a popular part of history to cover, but what could this next Assassin’s Creed instalment do differently?
1. Valhalla – The Afterlife
Named after the game itself, Valhalla is a humongous hall in Asgard. This hall is guarded by Odin, who also gets to choose who’s worthy of entering after soldiers die in battle. This hall is for those only worthy enough, with the hall adorned by large feasting tables and wolf guards. This is a place every Viking hopes to come to one day, as it’s a fitting way to live out your life after death.
Seeing as the developers at Ubisoft decided to name their game after such a fanciful place, wouldn’t it somehow play a part in the world and/or story? Perhaps if you die in-game, instead of respawning like normal, Eivor gets to visit the hall of the dead until ready for resurrection. It sounds like a stretch, but if that’s not the case, maybe Eivor’s one wish is to be granted a one-way ticket to Valhalla after death, and by the end of the game your wish comes true.
2. Odin – A Family of Gods
Not only is the fierce god Odin a highly known being in Norse mythology, but his family is famous, too. King of the Aesir gods, Odin could either be seen as a powerful man of wisdom or a two-faced ruler who strives for war.
As heard in the first trailer shown for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Odin making some sort of an appearance is a high possibility. Eivor yells “Odin is with us” when his trusty raven sidekick flies overhead. This could either be seen as a blessing or a warning. We aren’t sure quite yet which it is, but if Odin is in the game, there’s a high chance that the other gods such as Thor, Baldur, or Loki could make an appearance, as well.
3. Valkyries – Messengers of Death
Although not portrayed often in media, Valkyries would be interesting to see in-game. These female maidens come to take fallen warriors and carry them to Valhalla, their proper place of rest. These women were influential to battle outcomes, seeing as they weren’t just carriers, but choosers, deciding who lives and who dies in battle.
The fact that Valhalla seems to have a large piece to play in this next Assassin’s Creed game, it wouldn’t be out of the question to consider Valkyries making an appearance. Would you be fighting them, like in Sony Santa Monica’s God of War, or could they play a part in the way you arrive at Valhalla? Either way, it would be awesome to see these sinister women face-to-face when playing this game.
4. Jötnar – The Giants
Don’t mistake their name for their looks. The Jötnar are a race of giants, but are still human-sized. Considered devourers at constant war with the gods, these people live in the realm of Jotunheim. Known more for their evil sides more than their good, it’s likely to consider the fact that we may have to battle a giant or two.
We had our fair share of monsters to fight from Greek mythology in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, but how could we tell giant from Viking? Seeing as this game will most likely take place only in Norway and England, we may not get a glimpse of the other realms, but giants are still a large possibility; pun not intended.
5. Ragnarok – End of the World
This war to destroy all worlds is well known in pop culture, but there’s no stopping Ubisoft from implementing this into their game as well. Ragnarok is a cataclysmic event that is prophesied to end all life as we know it. Vikings, during their time, knew this myth quite well. Do the Vikings in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla know it, too?
Much speculation on this game, before the announcement, predicted it would have Ragnarok as a subtitle name. Since this never came to pass, is it possible that Ubisoft is deciding not to cover this myth in Norse history? Yes, and no. We honestly have no idea what Ubisoft is bringing to the table, but because of how huge this event is, we’ll at least hear about it in-game at some point.
6. Fenrir – The Wolf Child
Did you know Loki had a child? Who was a wolf? Well, I didn’t, at least. This vicious wolf named Fenrir is just one of many children of Loki, the trickster god. Fenrir was said to be raised and controlled by the Gods so as not to wreak havoc across all the realms. His tale continues on, but you get the gist.
My number one priority after starting up Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is finding a wolf as a mountable pet, but my second priority would be finding Fenrir. This creature would be an enormous accomplishment to defeat, not just in skill, but in size. All we know for sure is that wolves will be one of many animals in this world, but to see the infamous Fenrir would be a spectacular sight.
7. Draugr – Viking Zombies
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim isn’t the only game with Draugr. These creatures are like zombies; undead Vikings risen back to life. Skeletal-looking humans with glowing eyes are usually how they’re depicted, hidden in underground ruins protecting their treasures.
Seeing as Draugr are specifically Viking zombies, it would be pretty likely to see Eivor fight against a few. They wouldn’t need to be too difficult to defeat—seeing as they’re already dead—but swarms of them could be a challenge to get past. Draugr seem to be a staple of many games, so seeing them in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla wouldn’t be surprising.
8. The Kraken – Ocean Monster
Depicted as a giant squid or octopus, this ocean nightmare monster would scare any sailor off. Laying dormant under the sea, the Kraken would wait for ships to pass by to disturb and destroy the vessel.
Just like the franchise’s previous instalment, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will partake in sea exploration and ship sailing. Coming across a Kraken wouldn’t be too much of a stretch. One of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey‘s downfalls were long voyages of ship travel where nothing would happen. This next instalment could improve upon this and make sea traversal much more tense.
9. Jörmungandr – The Midgard Serpent
Speaking of large creatures that would terrify you in real life, this bad boy is a snake long enough to wrap around the world! Another child of Loki, Jörmungandr’s number one enemy is Thor, as they are fated in Ragnarok to slay each other.
Another favourite of mine from God of War, this serpent would be interesting to see depicted in Ubisoft’s eyes. Though, because of his size, it would be difficult to actually have him realized. He was known to wrap around Midgard, and not Earth in the Dark Ages. Besides this, it would still be interesting if we could somehow face this beast, either friend or foe.
10. The Aesir – Tribe of Gods
In Norse mythology, there are two types of gods/goddesses: Aesir and Vanir. Though in constant war with one another, the Aesir gods were known to be powerful and popular. By popular, I mean the fact that most well-known gods came from this family; Odin, Thor, Loki, etc.
As talked about already, Eivor does mention Odin in the first trailer, so coming face-to-face with him or other Aesir gods would be a crazy battle. We can’t put our expectations too high, since the Vikings may simply talk of these gods as if they were myths. Despite this, seeing them realized would be truly exciting.
There’s our list of 10 Norse mythologies we want to see come to life in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.