| ||So much anger and suffering, for what?|| |
| - Isbel, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales|
Not much is known about the mage's early history, though she was originally from Nilfgaard capital, where she immediately joined the Nilfgaardian army after graduating from the academy, as what is required of mages in the empire. She fought in the first Northern war, where she witnessed such acts of violence such as the Slaughter of Cintra and after fighting in the Battle of Sodden Hill, she saw the opportunity to leave Nilfgaard, and made a vow to do no harm to others, and began using magic to heal, instead.
During the Second Northern War, Isbel was taken captive by bandits in Aedirn.
- See the GWENT standalone game version card: Isbel of Hagge