We finally meet The Reader in Assasin’s Creed Valhalla, but it is less human and more of a shining human torch. Veteran players of Assassin’s Creed will have instantly figured out who the Reader is because the distinct voice acting can not be missed.
Towards the ending of AC Valhalla, when Layla enters the Gray, a shining white presence greets her and introduces himself as ‘The Reader,’ the true identity is not revealed.
Still, he explains that he reads all the probable timelines and predicts future timelines to find one where humanity is not entirely wiped out. A noble task indeed, but why is a white torch interested in saving humanity?
Who is The Reader in AC Valhalla? Is it Really Desmond Miles?
When Layla enters the Gray for the first time and meets up with the Reader, there is something distinct about the voice acting. The voice has been the same in the original assassin’s creed titles, and it belongs to none other than Desmond Miles, the actual protagonist of the AC titles. The Reader is Desmond Miles, who is now reading the probable timelines in the Gray.
The Reader in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is Desmond Miles. In the game universe, the original identity of the Reader is not revealed, but the voice of Desmond Miles cannot be missed from the original Assassin’s Creed tItles.
Is Demond Miles Still Alive? Can He Be Brought Back?
Desmond Miles, as far as we remember him is long dead. In Assassin Creed 3, Miles is tasked with finding the central vault to stop the world from perishing as he relives the memories of one of his ancestors.
He finally finds Juno and discovers her plan of destroying humanity. He is faced with a choice to touch the pedestal and release Juno but save the world or let earth perish. Deciding that Juno is the lesser of the two evils, he embraces the pedestal.
The only caveat here? Touching the pedestal would kill Desmond Miles instantly. Miles being the saint he is, sacrifices himself for the more fantastic end of humanity, which is the end of Desmond Miles or at least his physical entity.
Desmond Miles died in Assassin’s Creed 3 when he decided to save humanity and release Juno into the world. Following his death, his body is recovered by Abstergo to recover his genetic code.
Desmond Miles will not be resurrected in the physical form as we know him, but his character still plays a vital role in the AC universe.
What is Desmond Miles doing in AC Valhalla?
If Desmond Miles cannot be brought back, what did we see in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla? As seen in AC Valhalla, the Gray is an afterlife realm where Desmond’s Miles artificial intelligence resides, which is just a host to his memory and personality. In the Gray, Desmond is looking at all the probable timelines to prevent humanity from a life-threatening fate.
Desmond Miles, also known as ‘The Reader’ in AC: Valhalla, resides in the Gray to read all probable timelines for humanity. Desmond Miles is trying to find a timeline in which society does not meet a terrible end of extinction.
What Happened To Layla In AC: Valhalla, Is She Dead?
Layla enters The Gray to meet The Reader, where she comes to know that Desmond is doing the same thing that she came to do. The only problem is that Desmond still hasn’t found a solution.
Layla explains that there are still billions of new options, and they need to expand their search. She only has a limited amount of time to exit the Gray before the radiation destroys her physical body, and she might get stuck.
Layla decides to stay in the Gray with Desmond to explore the new timelines and find a solution to save Humanity. In the process, her physical body is destroyed by radiation, and she has no connection left with the physical world. She is dead concerning the physical world and now exists only in the Gray.
Are Layla and Desmond Related in Assasin’s Creed?
Layla stays back in the Gray to work together with one objective: to save humanity. Both of them share the common goals and the trait to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. Still, they are not related to each other by blood.
No, Layla Hassan and Desmond Miles are not related to each other by blood. Even though both share very close ideologies right up to the point where they sacrificed themselves for something far more significant than them, they still are not related to each other.
7. About Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Developed and Published by Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the latest instalment in the Assasin’s Creed series launched in November 2020. The action-adventure, role-playing video game is available to play on Playstation 5/4, Xbox One/ Series X/S and PC.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla takes players back to the Vikings’ glory days around the 9th century through the eyes of a Viking invader from Norway named Eivor. By playing as Eivor, gamers must represent the clan and help fellow warriors in the battle against Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. The game brims with phenomenal main quests along with noteworthy side quests. AC Valhalla will also embrace many new features like dual-wielding of various weapons and armours.