The Witcher Character Profile: Yennefer of Vengerberg

Yennefer

Yennefer of Vengerberg is a sorceress and the main protagonist Geralt of Rivia’s lover, even though their relationship is somewhat complicated. She act’s as a motherly figure towards Ciri and looks at her as if she was her own daughter. Yennefer, like all sorceresses, is sterile, meaning that she cannot have children although she has attempted many times to find a away to become fertile, but all to no avail. She is also a close friend of Triss Merigold, who also loves Geralt and acts as his canon lover in the previous Witcher games, but not in the books.

While at Nenneke’s (a priestess of Melitele) Temple in Ellander, Yennefer taught Ciri about magic, and although she was very strict at first, she softened and became a patient and very good tutor to Ciri, the child of destiny. She clashed many times with Nenneke, who was worried about Ciri’s well being, although they both left on good terms.

Although very beautiful, Yennefer is actually in her nineties and she has her famed looks because of magical help. Geralt realises that she was once a hunchback, but he still loved her nevertheless. During the Battle of Sodden Hill, Yennefer lost her eyesight as she was blinded by Fringilla Viga, a Nilfgaardian sorceress. Her eyesight was later restored by magic, however Yennefer still bears the emotional scars of that event. Once while at Nenneke’s Temple, Ciri asked her why she was staring at a linden tree, when Yennefer replied, “Nothing. I’m simply feasting my eyes upon it. I’m happy that… I can see it.”

One of the more notable things about Yennefer is her lilac eyes, and she always uses lilac and gooseberry perfumes. She is rarely seen without wearing black and white.

She was king Demavend of Aedirn’s royal advisor, but he is now dead as he was killed by Letho, the kingslayer, in the intro to The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings.

At the end of the books, Geralt was killed for protecting non humans in Rivia after riots broke out, and Yennefer perished while trying to heal him. However, Ciri took them to another world and to Malus Island (known as the Isle of Avallach in the game), where they were both saved. They spent sometime together there, but the Wild Hunt  steals Yennefer away from him. Once Geralt finds the Wild Hunt he exchanges his soul for Yennefer’s. It is generally excepted that the Wild Hunt let Geralt go because he is very good at killing. Another reason could be because they believed he would lead them to Ciri.

Yennefer has yet to be in a Witcher game before, but she makes her debut into the series in the upcoming game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The player will be able to choose Yennefer as a romance option for Geralt. Yennefer was however seen in many flashbacks in The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings, and it is revealed at the end of the game that she is most likely still alive and in the city of Nilfgaard.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – What Is A Witcher?

Witcher

First and foremost a witcher is a human, however they’re humans who have undergone mutation from a young age at one of the witcher schools, such as Kaer Morhen. While at the schools they are subjected to extensive physical training, and the Trial of the Grasses. The Trial of the Grasses is a painful trial for all young witcher’s to go through, which involves the consumption of mysterious alchemical ingredients, known as the grasses. Only 40% of all young witchers-to-be survive the trial, however if they do survive it then they gain fast reflexes, super human strength, resistance to most diseases and in most cases full immunity, and a very long lifespan. However, the trials also make all witchers sterile and unable to have children. During the trials, the young witchers gain ‘cat like eyes’ which enables them to see in the dark. It is also used as one of the ways to identify a witcher.

Witchers are professional monster hunters. They aim to rid the world of as many monsters as they can, while making as much coin as they can too. They have two primary weapons of choice, a steel sword and a silver sword. They use their steel sword for standard, humanoid enemies and they use their silver sword for enemies to be considered monsters, as they are sensitive to silver. They had extensive sword training while at Kaer Morhen and they were trained using the famous ‘witcher style’ of fighting.

While at Kaer Morhen they also underwent basic magical training, which enabled them to learn Signs. Signs are  simple magical spells which do not require a magical formula, just a simple hand gesture, hence it being known as a sign. There are six known signs, these are:

Aard – A psychokinetic thrust of energy, it is used to knock down or disarm weapons from opponents.
Igni – A psychokinetic burst of fire that can set opponents on fire, and also simply create fires.
Yrden – A magical trap which is placed on the ground, enabling opponents to be trapped inside, causing damage.
Quen – A defensive sign which causes a magical shield to surround the caster.
Axii – A mental spell which makes the opponent it is used on fight along side the caster.
Heliotrop – A sign which creates a force field area around the caster, slowing everything down inside it other than the caster.

The first ever witchers came into being when human colonizers came into modern day Termeria and started to colonize the untamed lands. The witchers were then known as warrior monks who defended the settles from all of the monsters which threatened their way of life.

There are only a few witchers who are known to be alive now, and there are no more witchers being made. The notable witchers are:

Geralt of Rivia (A full profile can be found here)
Vesemir – The oldest and most experienced witcher, he is said to be at least three centuries old. He is someone Geralt looks up to and respects. He is in the upcoming witcher game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Lambert – A younger witcher who is very rude and dislikes Triss Merigold. He helped train Ciri when she was at Kaer Morhen.
Coën – His first winter in Kaer Morhen coinsided with Ciri’s first winter there too, he helped train her in sword combat. He began his witcher training later than most, which is why he still retained scars from his face from when he was young. He died at the Battle of Brenna.
Eskel – A close friend of Geralt’s, they were both trained at Kaer Morhen at the same time and even underwent the trials together. He has a calm personality and a large scar on the right hand side of his face.
Berengar – A character who only appears in the witcher games, he can be spared or killed by Geralt.
Letho – The main antagonist in the Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings. He is the kingslayer and can also be killed or spared by Geralt. He was originally from the School of the Viper.

The Witcher Character Profile: Ciri

Ciri

Princess Cirilla, better known as Ciri, is one of the main characters in Andrzej Sapowski’s novels.  She is the daughter of Duny and Pavetta, and grandchild of Queen Calanthe and King Roegner

To understand why Ciri is so special you need to understand her families past. Geralt of Rivia was called upon by Queen Calanthe to ensure that Cintra is allied with Skellige, as her daughter Pavetta turned fifteen years old and therefore many turned up to ask for her hand in marriage. Although Geralt does not believe this to be why he was invited. Some time later, a knight who refuses to remove his helmet until after midnight arrives and announces his name as Urcheon of Erlenwald. He states that Princess Pavetta belongs to him due to The Law of Surprise. The Law of Surprise is a demand that can be made by a man who saves someone else’s life. It’s a request which means that the saviour can demand the person who’s life he has saved for something that he doesn’t know he has. The thing he didn’t know he had, was a child as while he was away his wife became pregnant with his child.

The queen admitted this was true, but refused his request to take her daughter Pavetta. Once the clock struck midnight she demanded that he remove his helm, which he did, and he didn’t have the head of a man but a head of a beast who was covered in spines and had fangs. The Queen invoked the Law of Surprise and said that her daughter must choose whether to go with the beast or to stay, assuming that she wouldn’t want to go near the beast. However much to her surprise he daughter wants to go with Urcheon and a riot then ensues as other attendants want to go after the beast. As Princess Pavetta sees her lover Urcheon being attacked, a force explodes out of her and furniture is flying about everywhere, becoming extremely dangerous to everyone there.

When Geralt steps in to help Urcheon and baron of Tigg, Coodcoodak, starts making animal noises which manages to distract Pavetta enabling Geralt to calm her down. Urcheon, also known as Duny, then explains their situation. He and Pavetta have being seeing eachother since she was fourteen they had fallen in love. Duny had been cursed as a child to look like a beast during the day and to look like a normal man from midnight to dawn. Queen Calanthe then agrees with their love and marriage. Duny wants to thank Geralt for saving his life so offers him anything he wants, so Geralt chooses to ask for something that which you already have but do not know, and informs everyone that Pavetta is pregnant, much to their surprise, and says that he want’s their child to be raised as a witcher. Their child was Princess Cirilla.

When she was an infant both of her parents were lost at sea and presumed dead so she spent most of her childhood with her grandmother queen Calanthe in Cintra.

During the slaughter of Cintra, she was Nilfgaardian knight but luckily escaped and wondered around Sodden until she was adopted by a merchants family whom Geralt had previously helped, ultimately reuniting the two of them. Geralt took her to Kaer Morhen to be trained as a witcher as a boy would, but under the supervision of Triss Merigold they agreed that she would not undergo mutation as normal witchers and she would be treated more like a growing girl. During this time, she was also confirmed as being a source like her mother, which is when someone is born with magical powers which are hard to control and often drives young sources mad if not trained properly. She often had nightmares about the Nilfgaardian knight and was always soothed be Geralt or Triss.

Triss and Geralt then take her to the Temple of Melitele to be tutored by Nenneke, a friend of Geralt’s and then she is trained to use her magical powers by Yennefer. Yennefer then took Ciri to Aretuza, a magical school for young girls, and intended to enrol her as a student. However while there before she could enrol, some people attempted to capture Ciri but failed as she escaped through an unstable portal and appeared in the Korath desert. While there she almost died, but was saved by a unicorn who helped her escape the desert.

She was then captured by a bounty hunter named Leo Bonhart who imprisoned her and forced her to fight in the arena. She then escaped from their clutches when in the village of Unicorn, but was seriously injured as she fled on her horse. Thankfully she was saved by Vysogota of Corvo before death, and he then nursed her back to full health at his hermitage.

She then left for the Tower of the Swallow, also known as Tor Zireael, which contains portals to many different worlds. She is forced to enter one of the portals to escape the bounty hunters pursuing her. Through one of the portals she arrives in the elven world ruled by Auberon Muircetach. When she arrived there she was told that she had to pay a debt to them, and they wanted her to have a child with the king, Auberon Muircetach. They tried multiple times to have a child, all without success. She was also told by him that even if they had a child, she would never be free. She then met with some Unicorns, including the one who saved her in the Korath desert before. They told Ciri how to escape and that the elves once had to power of the Gate of the Worlds, but they no longer do, and they needed Ciri to recover their power.

Ciri went to visit Auberon, but he had drunken a fertility potion in order to be more likely to have a child with Ciri, but this proved too strong and he was dead. She then attempted to escape that night by swimming with the current of the river, however she was caught by Eredin, who previously tried to control her, and they fought until Ciri won. She rode on her horse to escape, until she met the unicorn again, who she had nicknamed Horsey, and he offered her his help to escape. He explained that the world they are in used to be a human world until the elves came and killed them all, and that the same fate would befall Ciri’s world if the elves were to gain the power of the Gate of the Worlds again, and therefore be able to control time and space. He taught Ciri how to manifest her powers and jump into another world to escape. She did this but was unable to control it and had to jump through many worlds before finding her own one, where she then killed the bounty hunter Bonhart at Stygga castle.

Princess Cirilla had not been in any other games before, however she had previously been mentioned in the first Witcher game by an inkeeper when he was telling Geralt the tale of Cirilla, however Geralt did not know of any of this at the time as he did not remember anything of his previous life.

Ciri will be a playable character in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt but only when the story brings her under your control, and this will be for around ten quests. She will differ from Geralt in the game, as she will only have one sword and she will also be faster, and have some different abilities that we do not know about yet. As the games are after all of the books and are canon, it will be the first time that Geralt and Ciri unite for a long time.

5 Reasons Why The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Will Be The Best Witcher Game Yet

Witcher

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an open world role playing game set in the Northern Kingdoms. It is the last game in the series and continues Geralt of Rivia‘s story as he embarks on a personal mission. It is to be released on May 19th worldwide.

5. Sheer Size and Scale

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be the largest Witcher game to date. It has been reported that the game world size will be thirty times larger than the Witcher 2: Assassin of King’s game world, and will also be larger than Skyrim’s size, which is the game that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt intends to knock off of it’s perch as best RPG ever.

The gorgeous world isn’t empty either, with different enemies attacking depending where you are, and random events being plentiful. We saw on a gameplay trailer for it that when on a hunt for a griffin, Geralt came across a merchant woman being harassed, who he then promptly saved. It was then revealed that if we go back to the person after we killed the griffin we could then receive a reward. The large, beautiful world with things to do is certainly an improvement from passed Witcher games, which had smaller, separate maps and sometimes not much to do in either.

 4. True Open World

Past Witcher games were sometimes infuriating. No matter how much I loved The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings, nothing could be more annoying than not being able to walk straight down a hill with a tiny drop, you were blocked by an invisible wall. You had to walk all the way around. It’s a little annoyance, but still something I can’t wait to be gone. This time there is a huge, true open world in which you can traverse the world however you want. There are multiple paths or ways to get to your objective as opposed to one route. The Witcher 2 essentially had paths leading wherever you needed to go, and you could rarely deviate from them. Being able to explore the stunning world of The Witcher will be a privilege.

3. Monster Hunts

Monster Hunts look fantastic. Like previous games you need to learn more about the monsters you’re going to be facing, but this time it seems more in depth. You need to find out what they monster is, and the motivation for what it is doing. Watching the griffin hunt was fantastic. Geralt heightening his senses so he could follow the trail of blood, before getting distracted by helping a merchant in need, and then going after the monster. A glorious cut scene of the monsters final moments then occur, and boom. The griffin’s head on Geralt’s horse. Plus, that’s amazing. Who wouldn’t want to carry the head of a bested monster as a trophy on their horse?

2. More Main Characters From The Books

Although the first two Witcher games were fantastic, there was a lack of permanent characters from the books. Every now and then you’ll hear from an old friend of Geralt’s, but there are very few who are involved for most of the games, these are mainly just Triss and Dandelion. However, in the next game Yennefer of Vengerberg and Ciri will play large parts, and this is brilliant. Those two are very large characters from within the series and it feels as if the games are heading back to their book roots by including these two. Yennefer has a complicated, yet deep love for Geralt, and he also reciprocates them feelings. Ciri is arguably the main character of the books along side Geralt, and she is known as The Lion Cub of Cintra. She is almost like a daughter for Geralt, and she looks up to him as a mentor, as well as father in The Last Wish. She is also a playable character in The Wild Hunt for some missions.

1. Pedigree

The past Witcher games didn’t disappoint, and The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings corrected many errors from the first, and you can be sure that The Wild Hunt will remove any last annoyances from the previous two. With two such brilliant games though, the pedigree for the next Witcher game is clearly there. CD Projekt Red will learn from any mistakes and create the best Witcher game yet.

N0t only do they have two previous games to draw inspiration from, they have many brilliant short stories and novels which they can use for inspiration. All of the lore from previous books can be used to help create the best Witcher game yet. As this is the last installment for the series you can be sure that CD Projekt Red will want to go out with a bang. They have everything they need, and the proof is in the last two games that they can create the best Witcher game yet.