The Battle of Sodden Hill, also known as the Second battle of Sodden took place in Lower Sodden during the last phase of the First War with Nilfgaard. The hill itself is also known variously as "Mage Hill", "Kite Hill" or the "Hill of the Fourteen", because fourteen of the twenty two mages involved in the battle were said to have been killed fighting the Nilfgaardian Army (at least according to official sources). A reported one hundred thousand participants fought in the battle, of which at least thirty thousand were either killed or wounded. Unlike the first, the battle ended in a disgraceful defeat for Nilfgaard and field-marshal Coehoorn in particular.
Although there are fourteen graves, there are no more than thirteen bodies. Triss Merigold is said to be among the fourteen, but she survived if not unscathed. The names of the fallen (including Triss) are carved on a stone obelisk. Each year at Belleteyn, fires are lit to commemorate those killed on the hill.
Upon his visit to the site after the conflict Geralt was terrified that the 14th name on the hill was that of Yennefer. Fortunately for him the name belonged to another mage called Yoël Grethen whom he did not know.
Northern Realms (defenders)
- During one of Ciri's visions at Kaer Morhen the battlefield is described to be Sodden Hill overlooking a sea of grass, an endless plateau stretching as far as the horizon. (in Polish version of the book they were plains instead of plateau, which indicates a translation error)
- In Sword of Destiny it is described to be boundless, undulating fields covered by lush grass and the hill on which mages stood had flat top.