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Some time after the Baptism of Fire had its Polish premiere in 1996, Andrzej Sapkowski, offered to make available some of his "additional material" for the Witcher series during an interview[1] by the community associated with his official website - including notes on family trees now known as Dynastic descriptions, which have become one of the most significant non-book canonical sources about the dynasties, history and heraldry of the Continent. Unfortunately, they disappeared after some changes on website's server at the beginning of current millennium. They were later recovered however and now are available online (Polish only of course).

Descriptions were selected into five sections: "The Lineage of Cirilla of Cintra", "Cintran Dynasty", "Temerian Dynasty", "Redanian Dynasty" and "House of Thyssen".

The Lineage of Cirilla of Cintra Edit

Cregennan of Lod Edit

Nothing is known about Cregennan's parents and childhood, not excepting that he came to the Mirthe school of mages as a waif. Beyond all doubt, one or both of his parents was a mage.
Cregennan graduated from the magic academy summa cum laude and shortly afterwards became famous as an unbelievably talented (for his age) mage. He pushed for coupling elven and human doctrines of magic and was a great supporter of the idea of proximity and coexistence of the two races. He was liked and accepted by the elves.
The more and more ambitious and (suprisingly) evermore viable plans of Cregennan were interrupted by his love affair with Lara Dorren aep Shiadhal, an elven sorceress from the group of so-called "Sages". Interestingly, this relationship infuriated humans more than elves. When it turned out that Lara Dorren was with child, Cregennan was accused of treason, dealing with elves, and plotting against his own race. When he refused to sever contact with her and the elves, a treacherous attempt was made to assassinate both of the lovers. Cregennan was killed, but Lara managed to escape.
The legend has it that "Cregennan's Grave" is located in the enormous glacial erratic near Rinde. In fact he had to be buried closer to the place where he had been murdered, i.e. in the village of Foam by the river Pontar.
See also LARA DORREN.

Lara Dorren Aep Shiadhal Edit

Lara Dorren was a pure-blooded elf, so not much is known about her place of birth or her parents; the elves do not attach importance to birth places and the relationship between parent and child is usually -- suprisingly to most other people -- completely loose and completely non-binding. However, Lara's mother was clearly an elf named Shiadhal, for elves -- if they decide to refer to a parent in their name at all -- usually use a matronymic, or "mother-name." Lara was one of the Sages (the Aen Saevherne), something like the highest, elite circle of elven mages. It is uncertain, however, whether it is genetics, special training, or some unknown rituals which allow one to become one of the Sages; this remains unknown to this day. See CREGENNAN regarding her affair. After the death of Cregennan, Lara, being in the advanced stages of pregnancy, fled to Tretogor and there by chance she came across the Queen of Redania, Cerro, wife of King Vridank (see REDANIAN DYNASTY). Then took place the event about which there are currently two different versions circulating:

"The Tale of Lara Dorren," The Human Version

"The Queen said: 'Do not plead for grace from me, but from those whom your spells have hurt. You had the courage to commit evil deeds, now have courage when pursuit and justice are near. I cannot forgive you your sins.'
"Then the witch's eyes flashed like a cat's. 'My loss is nigh,' she cried, 'but your's is not far away, queen. You will remember Lara Dorren and her curse in the hour of terrible death. And know this, that my curse will follow your descendants to the tenth generation.' Seeing, however, that the queen's heart was beating strong and fearless, the evil elf witch ceased to threaten and curse her, and pled like a dog for help and mercy..."

"The Tale of Lara Dorren," The Elven Version

"...but no pleas softened the stone hearts of the dh'oine, ruthless, cruel people. And when Lara, begging mercy not for her, but for her child, clung to the door of the [the queen's] carriage, at the royal order the thug hit the cord and chopped off her fingers. And when February's frost pressed in at night, Lara breathed her last breath on the hill among the woods, giving birth to a daughter whom she protected with what was left of the smoldering strength in her still-warm body. And although it was night, winter, and in the middle of a snowstorm, spring suddenly appeared on the hill and feainnewedd flowers bloomed. To this day, such flowers only bloom in only two places: in Dol Blathanna and on the hill where Lara Dorren aep Shiadhal died.

As you can guess, no one knows which of these versions is true. Most likely, neither is truthful, both serving as chauvinistic propoganda. But does that change anything? Where the truth fades into oblivion, lies, fiction, and confabulation take on the burden of the chronicler's duty. Thus, each story has infinite versions, all false. Lara Dorren was probably buried where she died, i.e. in the forests near Tretogor, the capital of Redania. However, legend says that the elves took Lara's body and buried it in secret caves, in the famous underground elven city of Tir on Beag Arainne, where dh'oine -- the foot of man -- never stood. Lara Dorren aep Shiadhal was one of the most beautiful women of her time, so her exact description has survived:

  • Hair: Light Blond
  • Eyes: Green
  • Height: 5' 7"
  • Dimensions (in inches) Bust, Waist, Hips: 34x21x33

Riannon Edit

Riannon was the daughter of Cregennan of Lod and Lara Dorren aep Shiadhal, so she was a half-elf -- according to sources, with an outstanding predominance of elven genes. She appeared so similar to her mother, Lara Dorren, that even the elves were fooled, and this gave rise to the legend of Lara's "resurrection." Riannon, as you know, was miraculously born, and yet more miraculously spared the fate of her mother, who bled out and froze to death after giving birth. She was rescued and adopted by Cerro, Queen of Redania. Apparently, the king of Redania, Vridank, was concerned about "halfbreeds," but Cerro herself was a half-elf, she had no children (yet), and she felt indirectly responsible for Lara Dorren's death. So Riannon was not only taken in, but was officially adopted with full ceremony and given all the rights, titles, and privileges of a Redanian princess of the blood.

Riannon's beauty and grace soon made everyone forget that she was the fruit of her parents' strange relationship, as did the title and dowry of a princess of such a powerful kingdom as Redania, and it wasn't long before suitors were pushing through doors and windows to gain her hand. Since Vridank and Cerro already had their own sons and the succession of the Redanian throne was assured, Riannon was given free choice. This "half-breed" proved that she was not only beautiful, but also wise -- she chose for herself Goidemar, the crown prince and heir of all of Temeria, another powerful kingdom.

The marriage with Goidemar resulted in the so-called "Houtborg Triplets" (see Baptism of Fire, Chapter 6), three children: Amavet, Fiona, and Adela. As is known today, the true children of Riannon and Goidemar were the twins Amavet and Fiona, while Adela was the abandoned child of Falka the Bloody.

Riannon, however, brought up all three, which cause a strange twist of fate: Cerro, Riannon's adoptive mother, had chased away and abandoned Lara Dorren, Riannon's biological mother; Falka the Bloody murdered Cerro, fulfilling Lara Dorren's curse; Riannon, Lara's daughter, took in and raised Falka's daughter, thereby neutralizing the curse. Riannon died young, being only thirty-five years old at the time of her death. The chronicles say that she died of "...grief, distress, and great sadness..." certainly related to the near-simultaneous death of two of her children, Amavet and Adela. She is buried in the royal crypt of the Temerian monarchs in Vizima, the very same one in which the witcher fought the striga in the short story, "The Witcher".

Riannon was one of the most beautiful women of her time, so the records of her beauty have survived:

  • Hair: Golden Blond
  • Eyes: Green
  • Height: 5' 9"
  • Dimensions (in inches) Bust, Waist, Hips: 34x23x34

Goidemar, king of Temeria Edit

Son of King Gardic (see TEMERIAN DYNASTY), and King of Temeria after the death of his father.

Regarding marriage, see RIANNON.

After the death of Riannon and the death of his only son, Amavet, Goidemar married Adda, Princess of Cidaris (see TEMERIAN DYNASTY), and begot a son, Cedric, spawning the line of Temerian kings which has continued uninterrupted up until now, with our beloved ruler, Foltest. This is the same Foltest who began a scandalous affair with his own sister, Adda of Temeria, who was named after her ancestor. A child of this incestuous union, also called Adda after her mother, had some trouble with her teeth at one time, from which she was cured by the witcher, Geralt of Rivia.

King Goidemar died in Maribor at the age of seventy-eight. He now rests in the crypt of Temerian kings at Vizima -- a crypt made famous now by the fight of witcher Geralt with the striga.

Adela Edit

Adela was born at Houtborg Castle, the daughter of Falka the Bloody and an unknown father. She was given to Riannon, Queen of Temeria, to nurse, because Riannon was imprisoned at Houtborg at the time and had just given birth to twins -- Fiona and Amavet. ("Baptism of Fire," Chapter 6).

The secret of Adela's origin has never been revealed. Riannon, even though she knew that she had given birth to twins, raised -- and loved -- triplets. Neither she nor her husband, King Goidemar, ever knew which of the triplets was not their own child. Eventually, Goidemar found out from the mages which child (Fiona) was definitely his own, but he was never told which child was not his. It is worth recalling that the "Houtborg Triplets" were like three drops of water, and that Adela, like Amavet and Fiona, had elf blood.

In her childhood and early adolescence, Adela was a bit of a mischevious brat, like her brother and sister, and her death was unexpected. When the Black Death epidemic broke out and doctors and priests fled from the hospitals in Vizima, she was one of the first who hurried to aid the sick; that's what Adela, daughter of Falka the Bloody, rebellious and cruel, guilty of the deaths of tens of thousands of people, did. A child allegedly cursed twice over, a girl who would supposedly grow up to be a demon. In spite of Riannon's fits, Giodemar's bans, and Amavet and Fiona's warnings, Adela fearlessly and with great care devoted herself to the infected, sustained the spirits of the dying, and assisted the healers. After a week, she found buboes in her armpits and groin, but she concealed them and continued to help the sick. After four days she was dead.

She was seventeen years old at the time.

Adela's body burned on a pyre behind the city walls, along with the bodies of those she helped; the plague was too feared to hold a special funeral, even for a Temerian princess. Queen Riannon never forgave herself for her daughter's death, and it's said that it was remorse that caused her death shortly thereafter. King Goidemar, when he expanded the hospital, renamed it in honor of Adela, and built a small monument for her.

In one of the temples of Vizima, Adela was worshipped for some time as an incarnation of the goddess Melitele -- a paradox, given that the "saint" was the daughter of Falka, who caused the death of so many people.

Fiona Edit

One of the "Houtborg Triplets," daughter of Riannon and King Goidemar, twin sister of Amavet, adopted sister of Adela.

Fiona married Coram, Prince of Cintra, son of King Coram I from the famous Kruków family who had ruled Cintra for many years (see CINTRAN DYNASTY). When Coram ascended the throne as Coram II, his son with Fiona, Prince Corbett, was already twelve years old and gauranteed the continuation of the Cintran dynasty. In this way, Riannon's blood was inseperably connected to Cintra.

Fiona and Coram put up the appearance of a concordant, if not happy, marriage. After her husband's early death and her son Corbett's ascension to the throne of Cintra, Fiona left for Temeria, where Goidemar, her father, still reigned. She lived alone and in oblivion in the Cleves castle near Maribor, where she died at the age of ninety-three.

Coram II, king of Cintra Edit

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Persons: Coram II, Coram I, Rigoberta of Lyria, Fiona, Riannon, Corbett
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Amavet Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Amavet and other Houtborg triples, Riannon, Goidemar, Falka the Bloody, Tvilla de Vintre, Ilona Laux-Antille, Tissaia de Vries, Deirdre of Kaedwen, Roger Kameny, Anna Kameny, Liam of Cidaris, Adda of Cidaris, Muriel, Crispin
Places: Aretuza, Temerian borderlands, Royal Crypt of Temerian Monarchs under Old Manor in Vizima
Other: the murder of Amavet during the hunting, execution of Roger Kameny (torn apart by horses), attempt at rebellion by Temerian nobility, military intervention of Cidarian forces

Crispin Kameny Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Crispin, Anna Kameny, Muriel, Amavet, Goidemar, Riannon
Places: Kameny, Metinna
Other: House of Kameny, Herald's Office, free company, Nilfgaardians

Muriel the Lovely Harlot Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Muriel, Amavet, Crispin, Robert of Garramone, Robert of Garramone Jr., count de Ruyter, Jolanta de Ruyter, Julia de Ruyter and Joanna de Ruyter
Places: Kameny, Garramone
Other: House of Kameny, Temerian-Aedirnian armed conflict

Corbett, king of Cintra Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Corbett, Coram II, Fiona, Riannon, Elen of Kaedwen, Dagorad
Places: Kaedwen, Cintra
Other: situation on the Cintran court during Corbett's "reign"

Elen of Kaedwen Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Elen (originally: Elaine) of Kaedwen, Coram II, Corbett, Benda, Dagorad
Places: Cintra, Ard Carraigh
Other: situation on the Cintran court during Corbett's "reign"

Dagorad Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Dagorad, Corbett, Elen of Kaedwen, Dagread, Adalia
Places: Cintra, Brugge, Verden, Sodden, Kovir, Kaedwen, Temeria
Other: Dagorad's assumption of power

Adalia the Seer Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Adalia, Robert of Garramone, Muriel, Tissaia de Vries, Bienvenu La Louve, Ragbard, Dagorad, Corbett, Amavet, Fiona, Lara Dorren, Ciri, Calanthe, Pavetta, Duny
Places: Garramone, Aretuza, Ellander, Cintra, Verden, Aedirn, Lyria, Nazair, Thanedd
Other: political intrigues of Adalia and Bienvenu, situation on the Cintran court during Corbett's "reign", magical skills of Adalia

Calanthe Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Calanthe, Dagorad, Adalia, Fiona, Riannon, Roegner de Salm, Meve, Pavetta, Ervyll, Venzlav, Eist Tuirseach, Duny, Emhyr var Emreis
Places: Hochebuz, Nazair, Ebbing, Salm, Verden, Brugge, Skellige, Marnadal Stairs
Other: Battle of Hochebuz, Battle of Marnadal, Slaughter of Cintra, Gemmerian Pacifiers

Roegner of Ebbing Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Roegner, Calanthe, Pavetta
Places: Salm (city), Salm, Tonnerre, Cintra, Ebbing, Nilfgaardian Empire
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Eist Tuirseach Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Eist, Calanthe, Crach an Craite,
Places: Skellige Isles, Marnadal Stairs
Other: titles of "king" and "jarl" in the Skellige Isles, Battle of Marnadal

Pavetta Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Pavetta, Calanthe, Roegner, Duny, Geralt of Rivia, Ciri,
Places: Sedna Abyss
Other: Law of Surprise

Duny Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Duny, Roegner, Pavetta, Calanthe, Geralt of Rivia, Eist Tuirseach, Akerspaark, Codringher, Jacob Fenn
Places: Maecht, Nilfgaardian Empire, Skellige Isles, Sedna Abyss
Other: Law of Surprise, conquest of Maecht, curse

Cirilla Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Cirilla, Pavetta, Duny, Calanthe, Windhalm of Attre, Kistrin, Ervyll, Radovid V, Vizimir II, Hjalmar, Crach an Craite, Olaf Stigvason
Places: Skellige Isles, Attre, Verden, Brokilon, Redania
Other: plans for marriage

Cintran dynasty Edit

Cerbin Edit

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Becca of Nazair Edit

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Correl Edit

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Eschiva Edit

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Coram I Edit

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Rigoberta Edit

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Coram II Edit

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Temerian dynasty Edit

Geddes Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Geddes of Temeria, Dezmod of Temeria, Vinifrida, Gardic of Temeria, Maria Pulcheria, Dambor the Black
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Vinifrida Edit

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Persons: Vinifrida, Geddes of Temeria
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Gardic Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Gardic of Temeria, Vulpia of Brugge, Goidemar of Temeria, Carezza Charbonneau, Leticia Charbonneau
Places: Aretuza
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Vulpia of Brugge Edit

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Goidemar Edit

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Riannon Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Riannon, Cirilla of Cintra
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Adda of Cidaris Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Adda of Cidaris, Goidemar of Temeria, Riannon
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Cedric Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Cedric of Temeria, Dezmod of Temeria, Geddes of Temeria, Goidemar of Temeria, Gardic of Temeria, Falka the Bloody, John of Attre
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Other: Falka's rebellion

Berengaria Thyssen Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Berengaria Thyssen, Guido Thyssen
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Other: House of Thyssen

Griffin Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Griffin of Temeria, Clarissa of Toussaint, Bienvenu La Louve
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Clarissa of Toussaint Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Clarissa of Toussaint, Griffin of Temeria
Places: Thanedd Island
Other: Congress on Thanedd Island

Bienvenu La Louve Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Bienvenu La Louve, Calanthe of Cintra, Ragbard of Ellander, Hugo of Rivia, Adalia the Seer
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Ragbard of Ellander Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Ragbard of Ellander, Bienvenu La Louve, Adalia the Seer
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Hugo of Rivia Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Hugo of Rivia, Bienvenu La Louve, Ragbard of Ellander, Medell of Temeria, Foltest of Temeria, Griffin of Temeria, Clarissa of Toussaint
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Medell Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Medell of Temeria, Virfuril of Aedirn
Places: Pontar Valley
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Sancia of Sodden Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Sancia of Sodden, Gutram of Sodden, Ekkehard of Sodden, Foltest of Temeria
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Foltest Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Foltest of Temeria, Adda of Temeria, Adda the White, Vizimir II of Redania, Dalimira of Redania, Maria Louisa La Valette, Boussy La Valette, Anais La Valette, Old Baron La Valette, Geddes of Temeria
Places: Royal Crypt of Temerian Monarchs under Old Manor in Vizima
Other: The Witcher (short story)

Adda of Temeria Edit

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Persons: Adda of Temeria, Foltest of Temeria, Adda the White
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Adda the White Edit

Contains mentions about:
Persons: Adda the White, Foltest of Temeria, Adda of Temeria, Geralt of Rivia, Adda of Cidaris
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Other: striga

Redanian dynasty Edit

Radovid I the Great Edit

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Dambor the Black Edit

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Maria Pulcheria of Temeria Edit

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Vestibor the Proud Edit

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Caitlyn of Kaedwen Edit

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Radovid II the Sailor Edit

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Cirra of Cintra Edit

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Radovid III the Bold Edit

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Viviana of Lyria Edit

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Vridank the Elf Edit

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Cerro Edit

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Vizimir I the Old Edit

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Ramona Thyssen Edit

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Radovid IV the Bold Edit

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Fiametta of Cidaris Edit

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Heribert the Quarrelsome Edit

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Diana de Saint-Villiers Edit

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Vizimir II the Just Edit

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Hedwig of Malleore Edit

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Radovid prince of Redania Edit

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House of Thyssen Edit

References Edit

  1. "Nie bądź, kurwa, taki Geralt"
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