Assassin's Creed Valhalla

When you’re sailing around in your longship in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, your crew might start singing shanties. As it turns out, they sometimes sing of your deeds.

Take, for example, this song I happened to record today:

I’m not sure what the actual title is, but I call this one “Dethroned.” I never heard this song until after I had completed “The Kingmaker’s Saga” story arc.

Here are the lyrics, so far as I can tell (if you have any corrections, let me know in the comments and I’ll fix this):

Dark is the shadow thrown,
And disorder of the land, dethroned.
Plans tangle as they go down.
A stubborn monarch’s head uncrowned.
Fiercely eyed and flaming pride,
Mercia’s men are called to stride.

With fiery heart row the warrior for,
To redden the roads of Repton.

The Kingsguard struck by shame.
Loss has robbed reputed name.

No matter what, our hero choose,
I fear that there is none to lieu,
Award him life or incite the kill.
His days remain few numbered still.

If you’ve played through that bit of the story, then you know that this is a somewhat accurate retelling of it.

It’s really cool that so much effort was put into these shanties. Ubisoft Montreal could have just whipped up a nonsense song or two and called it a day. Instead, they created songs that tell of your victories that will be sung at sea, which brings life and believability to the game’s world.

If you enjoy stuff like this, you might also be interested in Mortal Shell‘s lute songs, which are also pretty great.

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2 years ago

Award him* life.

It has its repetitions, but a great dynamic and voice. Thanks for the article!

2 years ago
Reply to  Josh Wirtanen

So. I was listening to it again. I am still confused, but I have some thoughts. Here they are:

Darkest (Dark is) the shadow thrown*

Plans (Clans) tangle as they go down*

Yeah. Quarantine, you know. We got a lot of time on our hands. But the rest is very precise.

Thanks again.

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