Assassin’s Creed Valhalla now available, you will be able to delve into the intrigues of “The Unseen” across Norway and Dark Age England. In this opus, you are left with the decision of the sex of your character as it was already the case in Odyssey. As you could read in our test , we strongly recommend that you go for the default configuration which will make you embody both genres. But even if the player is given freedom of choice, a question remains: which of the two versions is canonical?
Despite Ubisoft’s claims assuring us that both are, as well as the strong marketing around the male version, the reality is that Eivor is female. After reading the five arguments which follow, you will be totally convinced that the female incarnation will be the one retained in the history of the saga.
The first name
One of the first things shared about our character was her first name, Eivor. What you should know is that the name of Nordic origin is exclusively female. If to our Latin ears the sound is not disconcerting and even seems manly, imagine our muscular avatar with the supplied beard being called Capucine, Magalie or any other name that exudes femininity for you. This choice, which must have been made quite early in the writing of the game, therefore clearly shows the original intention of the authors.
Layla Hassan embodies women
At first glance, you might exclaim that this is totally wrong. Layla’s first adventure (Assassin’s Creed Origins) featured Bayek and the next one (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey) gave us the opportunity to play as Kassandra but also Alexios. But all this would be without counting the recent revelations which were made on the actions within Ubisoft and the now infamous Serge Hascoët. During the scandal, the languages were loosened concerning also the impact that the misogynistic vision of the latter had had on the productions. Finding out that Kassandra was to be Odyssey’s only heroine is hardly surprising when you play it, especially since this identity is the one that has been held to be canonical. But the most interesting is to learn that it was Aya that was supposed to be featured in Origins, which makes a lot more sense. Indeed, Aya is the descendant of Kassandra but above all she turns out to be Amunet, the legendary Assassin whom we hear about repeatedly throughout the saga. So it was strange to offer us so little interaction with this icon of the Order of Assassins. All this reveals a desire of the creators that could not be fulfilled, that Layla was to play only female characters like herself. interactions with this icon of the Order of Assassins. All this reveals a desire of the creators that could not be fulfilled, that Layla was to play only female characters like herself. interactions with this icon of the Order of Assassins. All this reveals a desire of the creators that could not be fulfilled, that Layla was to play only female characters like herself.
It’s the Animus who says it
This argument is the most indisputable and the most convincing. When choosing the gender of your character, you have three options. Play as male, female, and the default one that lets the Animus decide when you should be one or the other. With this setup, you will go through almost the entirety of your adventure as a woman, apart from a few passages that we cannot talk about without spoilers. This point leaves few doubts about the true identity of Eivor because, by Animus, we are actually talking about the creators who therefore clearly express their will here.
People around you seem to establish that you are a woman
We must congratulate the work done on localization at the level of gender agreement. Keep in mind that our French language is much more marked by grammatical binarity than English. However, due to the constraints of the language of Molière, certain moments oblige to choose between the masculine and the feminine, and it would seem that it is the latter which is privileged. A good example is during the introduction, even before you choose your gender, where your dad addresses Eivor as his little drengr. This is not the only thing you will notice; certain lines which can, of course, agree with the two versions seem all the same to have more direction for a woman.
Outside of the animus, Eivor is a woman
Also due to the constraints of the French translation, a decision had to be made to describe the skeleton of Eivor in modern times. And the verdict is final, the skeleton is defined as that of a warrior, once again supporting the genre claimed for our protagonist. The Animus can alter reality thanks to its simulation, but the biological scientific evidence is there!
Through these various arguments, we think we have made it clear that the female version of Eivor is favored for the series lore. However, we remind you that nothing prevents you from playing according to your wishes, because the primary interest remains the pleasure of the game as we specify in our 10 tips . We must also salute the efforts made so that the title remains as appreciable according to the preferred configurations. But once again, and finally, we highly recommend playing with the default settings, as explained in our test .