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Torque was a sylvan who lived in the mountains that helped the elves by stealing food and medicine.

Biography

Stealing Goods for the Elves

Torque attacked Geralt of Rivia and Jaskier. He charged at Geralt and knocked him to the ground. During his second attack, Geralt grabbed him by the horns and slammed him to the ground. To his surprise, he could talk. Rather than killing Torque, Geralt showed him mercy, allowing him to live so long as he left. However, someone snuck up behind Geralt and knocked him out.

Geralt and Jaskier woke up in a cave, tied up back-to-back and surrounded by elves. Geralt and Jaskier were repeatedly hit by an elf named Toruviel. Geralt waited until she got close enough, and he headbutted her, at which point they were joined by Torque and the king of the elves, Filavandrel. Torque had been stealing goods for them ever since they were forced out of Dol Blathanna. This came as a surprise to Jaskier, who has been under the impression that the elves willingly left to return to their "golden palaces," when in reality they retreated to simple caves.

Unfortunately, they couldn't allow Geralt and Jaskier to leave in fear that Posada would learn that they've been stealing, causing the humans to attack, which would undoubtedly result in casualties on both sides. So to avoid war, Filavandrel decided he kill and silence them. Torque immediately advocated the opposite however, indicating Geralt's non-human mutations and his mercy. Geralt himself advised them to rebuild elsewhere and grow in numbers, and Toruviel spoke to Filavandrel about how a new generation of elves who wished to fight had come, and that she'd rather bring war to the humans than live cowering from them. Convinced, Filavandrel took his aides' advice and decided to let Geralt and Jaskier go.[1]

References

  1. Season 1, Episode 02: Four Marks
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