Between One-Punch Man, baseball man, and several nods to popular fantasy concessions, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is basically the Metropolitan Museum of Easter Eggs. But the best surprise – or at least the one that will definitely delight the series fans the most – only appears late in the game.
Pampering follows for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
After settling in Ravensthorpe, about ten hours into the game, you can develop a whole host of new buildings. The establishment of the Hidden Ones Bureau will give Hytham, the junior Hidden One, a brand new office. Because it’s a video game, it’s going to reward you with a mission: locate six codex pages located in different hidden Bureaus of England. As the name suggests, these Bureaus are all off the beaten path. But it’s worth it to find because it will cause an Easter egg with Bayek of Siwa, the player character of Assassin’s Creed Origins.
Each Hidden Ones Bureau contains a mix of platform and environmental puzzles. A flammable capacity, such as Incendiary Powder Trap, can help remove stone barriers, but it is not essential. There is almost always a jar of flammable oil somewhere in the area, and an easy path with which you can carry it to the barrier without any problems. (Whether you set yourself on fire in the process of blowing up the barricade is another matter.)
In other words, once you find a Hidden Ones Bureau, you probably have the means to complete it. They are located in:
- Ledecestre, in the northeastern part of the city
- Lunden, right outside the eastern wall
- Colcestre, on the southern banks
- Jorvik, near the theater in the southwest
- The middle of a forest in the middle of nowhere in the southwest of Glowecestrescire
- Wincestre, on the west, directly south of St. Peter’s Church
After summarizing all six codex pages, return to Ravensthrope and talk to Hytham. He would like to thank some perfect resignations – frankly offensive for a task that could last the entire duration of an extensive role-play – and mention that Reda, the supplier of goods on the black market, has an antique piece of writing. This is where things really get.
If you ask Reda about the script, he will respond flippantly: ‘Oh, that old waste? Yes, it’s just a short note from one hidden to the other. ‘
Press him on how he got it, and he will say, ‘A friend gave it to me to keep. Bayek was his name. Egyptian boyfriend. Very friendly. “(One wonders just how old Reda is. Bayek’s achievements largely took place during the Ptolemaic era, more than two thousand years ago, while Valhalla is in the late 800s.)
After talking to Reda, he pulls back the curtain on the left side of his tent and reveals a podium with a letter on it. Anyone who played Assassin’s Creed Origins will immediately recognize it as a love letter Bayek wrote to his wife, Aya. None of them are mentioned by name, but the clues – that they were written on papyrus; that several members of the Egyptian pantheon are mentioned; that it discusses the budding beginnings, the origins, if you will, of the hidden people – is a collective dead giving away. And it’s not just a throwaway piece in the game. It is read by Abubakar Salim, the artist behind Bayek.
Oh, yes, and you’re getting a cute, stylish armor (aptly named Hidden Ones) to knock out every Hidden Ones bureau. If two pieces are fitted, your murder damage gets a boost, provided you stay in the cover for ten seconds or longer. Equip all five pieces, and you will damage your head damage. The equipment is in line with the Raven skill tree, so you can see even more bonuses if you have invested a lot in those nodes. There’s also a dagger – the Wolf-aligned Suttungr’s Claw – that inflicts your critical damage with each hit.
It’s good equipment, but the Easter egg is the right price. According to our highly scientific methodology, Assassin’s Creed Origins is the best Assassin’s Creed games. Speaking of which, this is my favorite game in the series – a remake of what Assassin’s Creed it could be that it did not shake off the fundamental aspects, all wrapped up in an emotional envelope of a narrative featuring some of the strongest characters since Ezio’s three-match escapade. To hear Bayek’s voice was immediately transported. Who knew the Library of Alexandria was just a stone’s throw away from the cobbled back streets of old Londinium?