Cintra once was the location of an ancient elven settlement, which upon the great eastern expansion of humans approximately five hundred years ago, was abandoned by the elves and in its place humans built this city.
Early 13th Century
In the 13th century, the exiled mage Rience, who had been captured by Queen Calanthe's troops, spent time in the city dungeons for unpaid depts. His depts were later paid by his mysterious master, and he was able to leave.
First Northern War
After the Cintran army being scattered and using swift force, the Nilfgaardians marched to the city of Cintra, where they sacked and slaughtered the entire city, laid waste to the royal family, and caused the suicide of Queen Calanthe.