Assassins Creed Valhalla - RavensthorpeAfter Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Norse prologue, you will set sail for England, ready to conquer and unite a new land. In order to do this, you'll land in Ravensthorpe, a settlement which initially consists of a collection of tents and not very much else. 

Ravensthorpe is one of the many brilliant bits of Assassin's Creed Valhalla. It's your new Viking settlement, RPG hub, and home to a growing cast of characters who come and live along beside you.

Valhalla features plenty of real-world locations in their Viking-era forms, such as London (Lunden), York (Jorvik) and good old Norwic (Norwich).

Ravensthorpe, too, is a real place as we all know.

But here's the thing - it's all a complete coincidence. Despite having the same name and being in the right place, Valhalla's Ravensthorpe was designed to be entirely fictional.

Here's Valhalla narrative director and Assassin's Creed lore master Darby McDevitt to explain:

"We chose the name Ravensthorpe because Eivor's clan was the Raven clan, and Thorpe means 'farmland'... and we set the settlement in the middle of Mercia so it was centrally located on the map.

"We had NO idea that there was a real Ravensthorpe in exactly this location in real life, until a few months ago. Granted there is no river running by the real Ravensthorpe, but a lot can happen in 1000 years. Rivers change courses.

Let us know if you are a gamer in the village or would like to give it go.

More on this story will follow soon as Ubisoft are keen to get to know more about the real village.