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Lydia van Bredevoort (d. July 1267) was a sorceress, painter, and the assistant/personal secretary to Vilgefortz.


Artifact Experiment[]

In 1263, Lydia, at Vilgefortz's insistence, had taken part in some experiments conducted on a mysterious artifact discovered in a necropolis. It turned out to be cursed and although it "activated" only the one time, three of the five mages who participated were killed on the spot. A fourth lost his eyes, his hands and went mad. Lydia escaped with burns, a mangled jaw, and throat and larynx mutations that stubbornly resisted all attempts at regeneration. She was left with telepathy as her only form of communication.[1]

Interwar Period[]

In 1267, Lydia and Vilgefortz met with Tissaia de Vries and Artaud Terranova to discuss the northern kings meeting at Hagge.[1]

Thanedd Coup[]

On the last night of June, she attended the banquet for the Grand Mage's Conclave on Thanedd Island, and accompanied Vilgefortz and Geralt of Rivia on their trip around the Gallery of Glory, during which she found interest in the paintings of Lara Dorren. The following day, on July 1st, she died likely by her own hand and at Vilgefortz's order when she attempted to attack Sabrina Glevissig and Radcliffe, who were arresting Vilgefortz for treason. When she died, the illusion that had hidden the monstrous result of the failed experiment dissipated and her true face was revealed, much to the horror of the witnesses.[2]

Appearance and personality[]

With very nice, expressive eyes, the lower part of her face was actually an illusion, due to a magical experiment that had burned it away. She was also hopelessly in love with Vilgefortz but too proud to admit it and he in turn was too principled to take her as his lover because he did not actually love her, though it was suggested. This situation, strange as it was, suited them both.[1]


  • Bredevoort is a small Dutch town known for its book shops.