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Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Should you kill or banish Gorm?

Assassin's Creed Valhalla kill or banish Gorm
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Should you kill or banish Gorm in Assassin's Creed Valhalla? it's a question you'll be asking yourself very early on in your time with the game because it occurs near the end of the Assassin's Creed Valhalla prologue in Rygjafylke. Gorm is the son of Kjotve, the big baddie you slay in the introduction, so of course, you're not meant to be kind to Gorm. You have two options; either kill him, or banish him, and this Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gorm guide explores the consequences of both choices.

Of course, this guide has very very minor spoilers for the first act of Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Click off now if you're reading this guide before fighting Kjotve.

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Kill or banish Gorm in Assassin's Creed Valhalla?

Assassin's Creed Valhalla kill or banish Gorm

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After the antics Gorm has pulled up to this point – fleeing from battle after you killed Kjotve, refusing to fight you one-on-one, and lying to King Harald's face – it's mighty tempting to kill him and be done with it. Unfortunately... the game has other plans in store for Gorm.

Even if you choose to kill Gorm, King Harald will overrule your decision, saying that your choice is understandable, but "a quick death is too good for a draugr (ghoul) like him". As a result, King Harald will exile him anyway – and rename him to Worm, amusingly – telling him to "leave these lands by the next full moon", or King Harald will feed him to the crows himself.

It's a tad disappointing if you were hoping to show Gorm exactly what cowards like him deserve, but one can only presume Gorm has a role to play in the story later down the line. Banishing him doesn't feel quite as satisfying, but nonetheless, it's still a punishment. Shortly after this encounter though, you'll be sailing off to England so Gorm will be but a distant memory for now.

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Ford James

One of the resident guide writers around these parts, give me a game and I will write every "how to" I possibly can or die trying. When I'm not knee-deep in a game to write guides on, you'll find me hurtling round the track in F1 2020, flinging balls on my phone in Pokemon Go, pretending to know what I'm doing in Football Manager 2020, clicking on heads in Valorant, or mowing down hordes of enemies in Outriders.