| ||Emperors command multitudes, yet cannot control two things: their time and their health.|| |
|- Emperor Emhyr, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt|
The Emperor/Imperator (Nilfgaardian language: Ker'zaer) or Empress/Imperatoress is the absolutistic leader and ruler of the Nilfgaardian Empire. Although sharing their realm with a number of barons, counts, dukes, princes, senators, and other aristocrats, the Emperor's rule is totalitarian and disloyalty is often punished by death. The Emperor is also the religious head of state, bearing the inherited title of High Priest of the Great Sun, among others. The personal guard of the Imperator is the Impera Brigade, which counts more than 5000 soldiers.
The Imperial Court is located in Nilfgaard, the City of Golden Towers, but there is also a summer residence at Loc Grim Palace on the lake of the same name. Arguably, the most notorious emperor was Emhyr var Emreis, also known as Deithwen Addan yn Carn aep Morvudd (which translates to "the White Flame Dancing on the Barrows of his Enemies"), whose reign spanned from 1257 to roughly the end of the 13th century.
Notable Emperors Edit
- Torres var Emreis
- Fergus var Emreis
- Usurper (? — 1257), whose name was removed from everywhere by his successor
- Emhyr var Emreis (1257 — no later than 1301)
- Peter Evertsen as Coadjutor of the Empire in late Emhyr's days (no earlier than 1290 — 1301)
- Morvran Voorhis (no later than 1301 — no later than 1328)
- Jan Calveit (no later than 1328 — ?)
- Ker'zaer sound similar to Kaiser, a German word for emperor used historically in Austria and Germany. The Dutch term keizer is even more similar.
- In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, there is the possibility of making Ciri Empress of Nilfgaard and thus Emhyr's successor, but this contradicts canon sources (novels by Andrzej Sapkowski) which state that Morvran Voorhis was the successor of Emhyr. In the game, Voorhis alludes that being Emperor is his intention, which he hopes to realize with help from his father.