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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Hidden Ones Bureaus Hide A Great Series Callback


#Between #One-Punch #Man, baseball man, and multiple nods 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’s sure to delight series fans the most — doesn’t show up until late in the game.

#Spoilers follow for #Assassin’s #Creed #Valhalla.

#Once you settle #Ravensthorpe, roughly 10 hours into the game, you’ll be able to develop a whole host of new buildings. #Creating the #Hidden #Ones #Bureau will give #Hytham, the junior #Hidden #One, a snazzy new office. #Because this is a video game, he’ll reward you with a mission: #Track down six codex pages, located in various decommissioned #Hidden #Ones #Bureaus of #England. #As the name implies, these #Bureaus are all off the beaten path. #But finding them is worth the effort, as doing so will trigger an #Easter egg starring #Bayek of #Siwa, the player character of #Assassin’s #Creed #Origins.

#Each #Hidden #Ones #Bureau features a mix of platforming and environmental puzzles. A combustible ability, like #Incendiary #Powder #Trap, can help with taking down any stone barricades, but it’s not essential. There’s almost always a jar of flammable oil somewhere nearby, and a convenient pathway that will allow you to carry it to the barricade without issue. (#Whether or not 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 likely have the means to complete it. They’re located in:

  • #Ledecestre, in the northeast part of town
  • #Lunden, right outside the east wall
  • #Colcestre, by the southern ramparts
  • #Jorvik, near the theatre in the southwest
  • The middle of a forest in the middle of freakin’ nowhere in southwest #Glowecestrescire
  • #Wincestre, on the westside, directly south of #Saint #Peter’s #Church
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The #Ledecestre #Bureau.

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The #Lunden #Bureau.

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The #Colcestre #Bureau.

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The #Jorvik #Bureau.

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The #Bureau in the middle of #Thor-damn nowhere.

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The #Wincestre #Bureau.

#Once you’ve rounded up all six codex pages, return to #Ravensthrope and talk to #Hytham. #He’ll offer some perfunct thanks — honestly offensive for a task that can last the entire duration of a sprawling role-playing game — and mention that #Reda, the purveyor of black-market goods, has an ancient piece of writing. #That’s where things get real.

#When you ask #Reda about the script, he’ll respond flippantly: “Oh, that old scrap? #Yes, it’s just a short letter from one #Hidden #One to another.”

#Press him about how he got his hands on it, and he’ll say, “A friend gave it to me for safekeeping. #Bayek was his name. #Egyptian fellow. #Very kind.” (#One wonders just how old #Reda is. #Bayek’s exploits largely took place during the #Ptolemaic #Era, more than two thousand years ago, while #Valhalla is set in the late 800s.)

Bayek and his faithful eagle, Senu, standing in front of the Great Sphinx of Giza. (Screenshot: Ubisoft) #Bayek and his faithful eagle, #Senu, standing in front of the #Great #Sphinx of #Giza. (#Screenshot: #Ubisoft)

#After your chat with #Reda, he’ll pull back the curtain on the left side of his tent, revealing a podium with a letter on it. #Anyone who played #Assassin’s #Creed #Origins will immediately recognise it as a love letter written by #Bayek to his wife, #Aya. #Neither are mentioned by name, but the clues — that it’s written on papyrus; that it mentions several members of the #Egyptian pantheon; that it discusses the nascent beginnings, the origins, if you will, of the #Hidden #Ones — are a collective dead giveaway. #And it’s not just some throwaway piece of in-game text. #It’s read aloud by #Abubakar #Salim, the performer behind #Bayek.

#Oh, yeah, and you get some sweet, stylish armour (the aptly named #Hidden #Ones set) for knocking out every #Hidden #Ones #Bureau. #With two pieces equipped, you’ll get a boost to assassination damage, provided you stay in cover for 10 seconds or more. #Equip all five pieces, and you’ll buff your headshot damage. The gear is aligned with the #Raven skill tree, so you’ll see even more stat bonuses if you’ve invested heavily in those nodes. There’s also a dagger — the #Wolf-aligned #Suttungr’s #Claw — that ramps up your critical damage with every hit.

#It’s good gear, but the #Easter egg is the real prize. #According to our highly scientific methodology, #Assassin’s #Creed #Origins is the best #Assassin’s #Creed game. #Speaking personally, it’s my favourite game in the series — a reimagining of what #Assassin’s #Creed could be that didn’t shirk the fundamentals, all wrapped in an emotional wallop of a narrative starring some of the strongest characters since #Ezio’s three-game escapade. #Hearing #Bayek’s voice was instantly transportative. #Who knew the #Library of #Alexandria was just a stone’s toss away from the cobbled back streets of old #Londinium?

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