A Shard of Ice

Yennefer (taken by Emily Angeline)

I choose to talk about Yennefer because she is not a side character that can be easily pushed to the side. Her relationship with other characters makes her a complicated character. The books and the video games create a unique story for her. Her story is not a love story about a man but a story of her own.

The Witcher is a series of novels that are written by Andrezej Sapkowski and were turned into video games. The video games follow the events that happened in the novels. A major character in the book and games is Yennefer of Vengerberg.

She is a sorceress from Vengerberg. Sorceress are beautiful women who have gone through physical changes to alter their appearance. Yennefer was originally a hunchback due to the physical abuse from her father when she was a child but magic altered her appearance. She can’t bear children due to the magical alterations on their bodies. She only wears black and white and smells like lilac and gooseberries. She wears her obsidian star necklace and has deep violet eyes.

Yennefer has a complicated relationship with Geralt. Throughout the books, they often fought with each because Yennefer pushes away the people she cares about. Many fans label her as a bitch or heartless. The reason why she is cold is because she has been hurt countless times before. Their destines are bound to each other after Geralt makes a wish to a genie. Therefore, Geralt and Yennefer will be linked to each other no matter what. They try to fight their density countless times but realize that sometimes you can’t fight destiny. Geralt and Yennefer love each other but events in the books prevent them from ever forming a healthy loving relationship.

Yennefer always longed for a child but could never have one. When Ciri came into her life, she became a mother figure to her and trained her in sorcery. The two became extremely close in the books and Yennefer would do anything to protect Ciri. Ciri is a link that ties Yennefer and Geralt together. Geralt trained Ciri as a young girl and so did Yennefer. They both came to see Ciri as their daughter. Their relationship is explored though the books and the games.

Yennefer does not appear in The Witcher or The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings video games. She is mentioned in the previous games though. In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, she appears early and plays a major role in the game. She helps Geralt track down Ciri and helps fight alongside Geralt in major battles in the game. As the player, you can choose to pursue a romantic relationship with Yennefer.

In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, one of the side quests Yennefer asks you to do is to find a djinn that will break the spell that ties Geralt and Yenneefer’s destinies together. Once the spell is broken, Yennefer will ask Geralt if he has any feelings still. You can choose to either say that the magic is gone or that the magic is still there. If you choose to be in a relationship with her you can peruse other paths that involve Yennefer.