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|Race = [[Human]]
|appearance = ''[[Baptism of Fire]]''
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|Gender = Female
|affiliations = [[Nilfgaard]]
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|Nationality = {{Vicovarian}}
|profession = [[Sorceress]]
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|Titles = Martyr Saint {{Small|text=posthumously}}
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|Profession = [[Mage]]<br>Researcher
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|Affiliations = [[Lodge of Sorceresses]]
'''Assire var Anahid''' is a [[Nilfgaard (city)|Nilfgaardian]] [[sorceress]] who hails originally from [[Vicovaro]]. She's a second cousin to [[Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach|Cahir]]. She was a founding member of the [[Lodge of Sorceresses]] and remains a member along with her countrywoman [[Fringilla Vigo]]. She took advantage of [[Carthia van Canten]]'s relationship with the head of Nilfgaard's secret service, [[Vattier de Rideaux]]. She was also known for helping the [[Emhyr var Emreis|emperor]] with military operations during the war.
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|Abilities = [[Magic]]
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|Family = [[var Anahid family]]
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|Relative = [[Eviva]] {{Small|text=sister}}<br>[[Mawr]] {{Small|text=niece}}<br>[[Cinead var Anahid]] {{Small|text=niece}}<br>[[Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach|Cahir]] {{Small|text=grandnephew}}
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|Appears_books = {{BoF}}<br>{{TTotS}}<br>{{TLotL}}
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|Appears_games = {{Tw2}}
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|Status = Deceased}}
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{{Quote|text = It is who we are. All of us belonging to the Lodge, we are like the sphynx. Silent, strategic, perilous, hidden, mysterious, wise and occult. Strong and brave. Fearless, timeless and powerful. Yes, the sphynx should be the symbol of our Lodge.|citation = Assire's thoughts on the Lodge, {{TTotS}}}}
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'''Assire var Anahid''' was a [[mage]] in the [[Nilfgaardian Empire]]'s service who hailed originally from [[Vicovaro]]. She was a sister of [[Eviva]], aunt of [[Mawr]] and [[Cinead var Anahid]] as well as grandaunt of [[Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach]].
   
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Assire was a founding member of the [[Lodge of Sorceresses]] and remained a member along with [[Fringilla Vigo]], also in service of the Empire. She took advantage of [[Carthia van Canten]]'s relationship with the head of [[Nilfgaardian Secret Service]], [[Vattier de Rideaux]], and used it to spy on him.
'''Assire var Anahid''' is a secondary character in ''[[The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings]]''.
 
===Journal Entry===
 
:''This sorceress came from [[Nilfgaard]], or more precisely from [[Vicovaro]] - a distinction of extreme importance to the highborn of the Empire, as I can attest from personal experience. That is because the term "Nilfgaardian" is reserved for native residents of the Empire's capital and its immediate vicinity. Assire var Anahid was nothing like stereotypical Nilfgaardian sorceresses – unkempt things in unfashionable attire. On the contrary, she wore well-cut dresses and underlined her beauty with just the right touch of makeup, following the example of our sorceresses in the North.''
 
   
:''As momentous events played out in [[Loc Muinne]], Assire was murdered - probably by her own countrymen, possibly on order of the emperor himself. The hazy circumstances surrounding her death gave rise to much speculation in [[Nilfgaard]], fueling propaganda and political conflicts for some time to come.''
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She was also known for helping [[Imperator]] [[Emhyr var Emreis]] with military operations during the war. Even though Assire was a Nilfgaardian sorceress, she and Eviva had Nordling blood. She also owned a black cat called [[Merlin]].
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== Biography==
   
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=== Lodge's meetings ===
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In {{Year|canon = yes|year = 1267}}, Assire was contacted by [[Philippa Eilhart]] to join the creation of a new mage organization. At the risk of her own life, as doing such a thing was forbidden for Nilfgaardian mages, she attended the first meeting via teleportation. On first seeing her, the northern sorceresses were surprised by her unattractive appearance, since northern mages often used glamours while in Nilfgaard it was frowned upon, believing attractiveness was proof of a sorceress' superficial mindset. Assire, along with the other sorceresses, listened to Philippa's proposal to create the Lodge and at the end was asked to invite a second Nilfgaardian sorceress to the next meeting in a couple weeks.<ref name="bof">{{BoF}}</ref>
   
It is speculated that she was killed due to her affiliation with the Lodge of Sorceresses as discovered by Shilard.
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Thus she met with fellow countrywoman and sorceress, Fringilla Vigo. Fringilla was surprised that Assire had changed her style, choosing to wear more fashionable attire, as they prepared to leave to meet with the other sorceresses. It was during the meeting with the Lodge, when they discussed [[Ciri]], that Assire revealed that Emhyr did not have Ciri but an [[False Ciri|impostor]].<ref name="bof" />
   
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=== Death in Loc Muinne and legacy ===
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In {{Year|year = 1271}}, she teleported from Nilfgaard to [[Loc Muinne]] and met with [[ambassador]] [[Shilard Fitz-Oesterlen]]. He presented her Triss Merigold who was under the spell of [[artefact compression]]. Assire decompressed Triss and then was immediately restrained and killed by Shilard and [[Renuald aep Matsen]] due to her affiliation with the Lodge.<ref name="tw2" />
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Because of the hazy circumstance surrounding her death, many speculations rose in the Empire, fueling propaganda and political conflicts for several years.<ref name="tw2">{{tw2}}</ref> At one point in Nilfgaard's history, images of sorceresses were destroyed very diligently and thoroughly leaving no relevant source of their appearance for future. In the 14th century, however, all of the Lodge's members were posthumously rehabilitated and given sainthood and martyrdom.<ref>{{TLotL}}</ref>
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== {{Tw2}} ==
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=== Journal Entry ===
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:''This sorceress came from Nilfgaard, or more precisely from Vicovaro - a distinction of extreme importance to the highborn of the Empire, as I can attest from personal experience. That is because the term "Nilfgaardian" is reserved for native residents of the Empire's capital and its immediate vicinity. Assire var Anahid was nothing like stereotypical Nilfgaardian sorceresses – unkempt things in unfashionable attire. On the contrary, she wore well-cut dresses and underlined her beauty with just the right touch of makeup, following the example of our sorceresses in the North.''
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:''As momentous events played out in Loc Muinne, Assire was murdered - probably by her own countrymen, possibly on order of the emperor himself. The hazy circumstances surrounding her death gave rise to much speculation in Nilfgaard, fueling propaganda and political conflicts for some time to come.''
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== Trivia ==
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* In {{Tw3}}, she's featured on a [[Assire var Anahid (gwent card)|card]] that is part of the [[Nilfgaardian Empire Gwent deck]].
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* It is somewhat unclear why Shillard murdered her instead of simply having her formerly executed, it may have been to prevent a obvious awareness of her death.
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Spoilers from the books and/or adaptations to follow!
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It is who we are. All of us belonging to the Lodge, we are like the sphynx. Silent, strategic, perilous, hidden, mysterious, wise and occult. Strong and brave. Fearless, timeless and powerful. Yes, the sphynx should be the symbol of our Lodge.
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- Assire's thoughts on the Lodge, The Tower of the Swallow

Assire var Anahid was a mage in the Nilfgaardian Empire's service who hailed originally from Vicovaro. She was a sister of Eviva, aunt of Mawr and Cinead var Anahid as well as grandaunt of Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach.

Assire was a founding member of the Lodge of Sorceresses and remained a member along with Fringilla Vigo, also in service of the Empire. She took advantage of Carthia van Canten's relationship with the head of Nilfgaardian Secret Service, Vattier de Rideaux, and used it to spy on him.

She was also known for helping Imperator Emhyr var Emreis with military operations during the war. Even though Assire was a Nilfgaardian sorceress, she and Eviva had Nordling blood. She also owned a black cat called Merlin.

Biography

Lodge's meetings

In 1267, Assire was contacted by Philippa Eilhart to join the creation of a new mage organization. At the risk of her own life, as doing such a thing was forbidden for Nilfgaardian mages, she attended the first meeting via teleportation. On first seeing her, the northern sorceresses were surprised by her unattractive appearance, since northern mages often used glamours while in Nilfgaard it was frowned upon, believing attractiveness was proof of a sorceress' superficial mindset. Assire, along with the other sorceresses, listened to Philippa's proposal to create the Lodge and at the end was asked to invite a second Nilfgaardian sorceress to the next meeting in a couple weeks.[1]

Thus she met with fellow countrywoman and sorceress, Fringilla Vigo. Fringilla was surprised that Assire had changed her style, choosing to wear more fashionable attire, as they prepared to leave to meet with the other sorceresses. It was during the meeting with the Lodge, when they discussed Ciri, that Assire revealed that Emhyr did not have Ciri but an impostor.[1]


The following is considered game canon only and may contradict Andrzej Sapkowski's works.

Death in Loc Muinne and legacy

In 1271, she teleported from Nilfgaard to Loc Muinne and met with ambassador Shilard Fitz-Oesterlen. He presented her Triss Merigold who was under the spell of artefact compression. Assire decompressed Triss and then was immediately restrained and killed by Shilard and Renuald aep Matsen due to her affiliation with the Lodge.[2]

Because of the hazy circumstance surrounding her death, many speculations rose in the Empire, fueling propaganda and political conflicts for several years.[2] At one point in Nilfgaard's history, images of sorceresses were destroyed very diligently and thoroughly leaving no relevant source of their appearance for future. In the 14th century, however, all of the Lodge's members were posthumously rehabilitated and given sainthood and martyrdom.[3]


End of game canon content.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Journal Entry

This sorceress came from Nilfgaard, or more precisely from Vicovaro - a distinction of extreme importance to the highborn of the Empire, as I can attest from personal experience. That is because the term "Nilfgaardian" is reserved for native residents of the Empire's capital and its immediate vicinity. Assire var Anahid was nothing like stereotypical Nilfgaardian sorceresses – unkempt things in unfashionable attire. On the contrary, she wore well-cut dresses and underlined her beauty with just the right touch of makeup, following the example of our sorceresses in the North.
As momentous events played out in Loc Muinne, Assire was murdered - probably by her own countrymen, possibly on order of the emperor himself. The hazy circumstances surrounding her death gave rise to much speculation in Nilfgaard, fueling propaganda and political conflicts for some time to come.

Trivia

Videos

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Baptism of Fire
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  3. The Lady of the Lake

External links

  • Gwent icon See the GWENT standalone game version card: Assire
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