Between One hit man, Baseball manand multiple references to popular fantasy franchises, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is basically the Metropolitan Museum of Easter Eggs. But the best surprise – or at least the one that series fans will love the most – comes late in the game.
Spoilers will follow for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Once you have Ravensthorpe set up in about 10 hours, there are quite a few new buildings you can develop. With the establishment of the Hidden Ones Bureau, Hytham, the Junior Hidden One, is getting a stylish new office. Since this is a video game, he will reward you with a mission: track down six Codex pages located in various disused Hidden Ones Bureaus in England. As the name suggests, these offices are all off the beaten path. It’s worth finding them though, as this will trigger an Easter egg with Bayek of Siwa, the player character from Assassin’s Creed Origins.
Each Hidden Ones Bureau offers a mix of platform and environmental puzzles. A flammable skill like incendiary powder trap can help dismantle stone barricades, but is not essential. There is almost always a jar of flammable oil nearby and a convenient way to easily carry it to the barricade. (Whether or not you set yourself on fire while blowing the barricade is a different matter.)
In other words, once you find an office for the hidden, you probably have the resources to complete it. You are in:
- Ledecestre in the northeast of the city
- Lunden, right in front of the east wall
- Colcestre, on the southern city walls
- Jorvik, near the theater to the southwest
- In the middle of a forest in the middle of nowhere in the southwest of Glowecestrescire
- Wincestre, on the west side, directly south of St. Peter’s Church
When you’ve rounded up all six Codex pages, return to Ravensthrope and speak to Hytham. He’ll say thank you perfectly – genuinely insulting for a task that can take the entire length of an extended role-play game – and mention that Reda, the black market merchant, has an old handwriting. This is where things get real.
When you ask Reda about the script, he says funky, “Oh, that old crap? Yes, it is just a short letter from one person in hiding to another. “
Squeeze it as he got his hands on it and he will say, “A friend gave it to me to keep. Bayek was his name. Egyptian guy. Very nice. “(One wonders how old Reda is. Most of Bayek’s exploits took place during the Ptolemaic period more than two thousand years ago Valhalla takes place in the late 800s.)
After talking to Reda, he pulls back the curtain on the left side of his tent, revealing a podium with a letter on it. Everyone who played Assassin’s Creed Origins will instantly recognize it as a love letter Bayek wrote to his wife Aya. None is mentioned by name, but the references – that it is written on papyrus; that it mentions several members of the Egyptian pantheon; that it’s about the emerging beginnings, the origins of the hidden, if you will, are a collective dead giveaway. And it’s not just throwaway text in the game. It is read by Abubakar Salim |, the actor behind Bayek.
Oh yeah, and you get cute, stylish armor (the aptly named Hidden Ones set) to take out any hidden ones office. With two pieces equipped, assassination damage increases provided you stay under cover for 10 seconds or more. Equip all five pieces and you will buff your headshot damage. The gear is geared towards the raven’s skill tree, so you’ll see even more status bonuses if you’ve invested heavily in these nodes. There’s also a dagger – the Wolf-facing Suttungr Claw – that increases your critical damage on every hit.
It’s good gear, but the Easter egg is the real price. According to our highly scientific methodology, Assassin’s Creed Origins is the best Assassin’s Creed Game. Personally, it’s my favorite game on the series – a reinterpretation of what Assassin’s Creed could be the basics haven’t escaped, all in an emotional wallop of narrative with some of the strongest characters since Ezio’s three-game escapade. Hearing Bayek’s voice was instantly transporting. Who knew the Alexandria Library was a stone’s throw from the cobbled streets of old Londinium?