The Assassin’s Creed games have been known to have a strong touch with historical representations throughout the series. AC Valhalla further builds upon their strengths and its effects are certainly noticeable. You’ll be drawn in with a lot of Viking and Anglo-Saxon references, whether they’re once important places like Northumbria and Mercia or names of noted legends such as Alfred the Great and Ivar the Boneless.
One such historical figure that you’ll interact in AC Valhalla is King Ceolwulf of Mercia, somewhere in the middle of your story progression.
Can Eivor trust Ceolwulf in AC Valhalla?
Ceolwulf is one of the Anglo-Saxon historical characters you’re introduced with after a few chapters into the game. The first task you undertake to specifically help Ceolwulf along with Ivar Ragnarson is during Chapter 3 of the game titled ‘The Kingmaker’s Saga’. In a series of quests you undertake during this chapter, you are successfully able to hunt down the previous ruler King Burgred and install Ceolwulf as King instead.
Ceolwulf presents himself as a fairly normal character in the game, however, we wouldn’t say that Eivor will place much trust in him. You’ll see that Ceolwulf is more than just an ally to the Vikings, he’s also a puppet ruler, and that makes his allegiance subject to Ivar’s wishes.
Who is Ceolwulf’s son?
Ceolwulf’s son, as you’ll soon find out in the next quests in Chapter 3, is the young atheling Ceolbert. We say that because Ceolbert essentially makes up for the large part of 3 of your major quests.
In one, you have to rescue Ceolbert who’s trapped as Ivar’s scout. In another segment, Eivor actually saves Ceolbert from Leofrith where you’ll face-off against one of the tougher bosses in the whole game (pictured below).
How to find Ceolbert when he’s Missing?
On the main story quest titled ‘Bloody Path to Peace’, you’ll be tasked with finding Ceolbert a second time. Ceolbert went missing in the Sciropescire region in AC Valhalla, as the game will tell you that he was following the stream south of Wesberie.
Proceed to the area marked on the map above. This is a steep hill and going up you might find a wolf or two who will attack you. Kill the wolves and continue going onwards.
As you approach the top of the hill, you’ll find a giant cave with stalactites hanging from its entrance. There’ll be a puddle of blood in the center of the cave’s entrance which will draw a remark from Eivor as you further explore the Cave looking for Ceolbert.
Keep going straight in, deeper into the cave. You’ll reach a gap on a wall of the cave and Eivor will be prompted to walk slowly through it.
Proceed on towards your left after that gap and you’ll find yourself again, facing a couple of wolves in an empty space in front of you. After dealing with the wolves, examine the blood and paw prints and Eivor will exclaim that the drag marks were made by a wolf carrying something forward.
Pull out the slab of rock blocking the entrance in front of you and head in. You’ll find Ceolbert inside, fatally injured at the end of the path. After that, you’ll need to pick up Ceolbert and carry him back to Wesberie to finish that Quest.
The Bloody Path to Peace is perhaps one of the most interesting, story-bound section of the game Ubisoft’s given us in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. If you’re interested in learning more about the lore and history of the characters you’ll meet in this game, we recommend you to visit this thread on Reddit for more interesting details.