Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is practically as old as the theme at this point, but even the most devoted players have not dusted off all the secrets. Nowhere is this more evident than the so-called “Odin runes”, an arcane set of symbols strewn around the digital 9th century England. They undoubtedly remember an underlying meaning. And yet the mystery remains.
Even the most remarkable Valhalla the players are stumped. This week, popular YouTuber JorRaptor, who regularly chronicles about social events in the world of Valhalla, detailed status of Odin runes in a new video. Jayvee, another popular YouTuber who often covers Valhalla, have also beaten this drum for several months. Every step of the way, an explanation of what the Odin runes represent, has escaped explanation. Nice, right?
You will find the first Odin rune just south of Ravensthorpe, right on the banks of the Nene. Here you can go:
Another is located near Afon in Hamtunscire, with others hidden in East Anglia, Wessex and other places around the map. The people at Assassin’s Creed fan-page The Ones Who Came Before have an impressively thorough account of each uncovered Odin rune – all six currently known about – to trace them yourself. In addition, that post also rounds out a list of prevailing fantasies, ranging from “No way” to “Hmm … Maybe!”
A fan put forward the idea that the placement of Odin continues Valhallathe map corresponds to markers on Eivor’s skeleton. Remember, in today’s segment, how Eivor’s buried corpses in North America are characterized by nine color-coded markers. Valhalla has still not clarified how Eivor ended up in North America, and died there. Maybe the Odin runes somehow put that mystery to bed. Another theory suggests that each rune is connected to the five primary senses. (This idea seems unlikely, since there are currently six known runes, although Eagle Vision may be the sixth sense.)
JorRaptor floated the idea that the runes could be an indication of some kind of future quest. As one of his regular viewers pointed out, “The blind king, ”An optional pre-order bonus assignment from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, has a potential resemblance to the Odin runes. The “blind king” sends you to six distant places around Odysseyancient Greece. Valhalla (so far) has six runes in six places. Maybe they’re signposted for an equally-unimplemented side-quest, like “The Blind King.” JorRaptor acknowledged that such a result would be unexciting at best, and that at least right now it is impossible to say for sure what is happening.
So, where does that leave us?
Long time Assassin’s Creed author and Valhalla Storyteller Darby McDevitt weighed in earlier this year to point out that fans were really into something. Last week, he twitret that “it’s a mystery you can not quite solve yet. It’s by design. Please be patient. :). ”
Two days later, McDevitt – who has had a hand in the series since 2009 –announced his departure from Ubisoft after a decade with the company. It is unclear whether this means that the Odin runes will remain an unstitched thread. Ubisoft did not respond to a request for comment from Kotaku in time for publication.
This set of runes would not be the only mystery to stump fans of Valhalla, only to eventually be resolved. In January, players discovered a god weapon – a bow called Noden’s Arc – by repeatedly hitting a boulder on an island in the middle of a half-frozen lake. McDevitt also weighed in on the breakthrough, pointing out that it was a “brute force hack”. A few days later, Assassin’s Creed fan page Access Animus cracked the code. The solution was clear, etched on the side Valhallas collector’s edition of the game makeup Isu language. Thanks to the efforts of the community, Noden’s Arc eventually went from a smart hack to a legitimate prize in the game. Perhaps the mystery surrounding these runes will follow a similar, if somewhat more drawn, road map.
But one thing is for sure: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will only get bigger. April 29, the game’s first major expansion, The peace of the druids—Who has a mysterious cult and sends Eivor to Ireland – will be available. Maybe fans finally get some answers. Or, more likely, they may end up with even more questions and mysteries. This is how it is nature of these games.