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When I created Yennefer's character I wanted Geralt to fully grow, but then I decided to make things complicated. I created a female character who refuses to be a fantasy stereotype. To please the reader.
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- Andrzej Sapkowski

Yennefer of Vengerberg, born on Belleteyn in 1173, was a sorceress who lived in Vengerberg, the capital city of Aedirn. She was Geralt of Rivia's true love and a mother figure to Ciri, whom she viewed like a daughter to the point that she did everything she could to rescue the girl and keep her from harm.

She helped advise King Demavend of Aedirn (though was never a formal royal advisor), a close friend of Triss Merigold, and the youngest member of the Council of Wizards within the Brotherhood of Sorcerers. After its fall, the Lodge of Sorceresses attempted to recruit her, but they didn't see eye to eye as the Lodge wanted to advance their own political agenda by using Ciri.

Biography[]

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Early life and studying at Aretuza[]

Born in 1173, Yennefer had a rough childhood from the moment she was born due to her congenital hunchback. Her father immediately detested her due to this deformity and blamed Yennefer's mother for it, claiming it was through her side, with mages and elven blood, not to mention her having had an abortion before, that caused the deformity. Her mother initially tried to protect Yennefer, believing it was by the will of the gods, but her father still struck Yennefer until one day he left them both for someone else. After this, her mother, upset that her husband had left, also began to beat her own daughter.[1]

At some point, due to her magical potential, she was received in the Aretuza school for sorceresses, where rectoress Tissaia de Vries became her teacher and mother figure. During her training, Yennefer tried to kill herself by cutting both of her wrists, severing her tendons, though she survived. Tissaia claimed that the purposefulness of her attempt was the only thing that prevented her from feeling contempt for her weakness, and continued her training. In accordance with the sorceresses' tradition, any physical flaw, including her hunchback, was magically removed.[2] Yennefer made friends with her classmate Sabrina Glevissig[3] and eventually passed her training and tests in 1186, at the age of 13, and graduated as a sorceress. Three years later, in 1189, she lost her virginity.[4]

Meeting Geralt[]

At some point, Yennefer set herself up in the town of Rinde and, ignoring King Heribert's rules that no magic users could stay in Redania, openly practiced her magic and provided her magical services to clients by staying with Novigrad's ambassador, Beau Berrant, thus granting her asylum from the law while in the ambassador's home.

One morning, a witcher intruded on her sleep, revealing himself as Geralt of Rivia and that he needed her assistance in healing his friend, Dandelion, who had been afflicted by a djinn. After an initially rough greeting where Geralt responded sarcastically to her questions, Yennefer agreed to heal the bard, but she secretly made preparations in hopes of capturing the djinn, after Dandelion makes his final wish. When Geralt tried to stop her from using Dandelion, her spell took hold of the witcher, charming him to do her will against those on the town council who were against her.

After Geralt is arrested, she has Dandelion, now awakened teleported out into town with instructions to make his wish to free Geralt. Yennefer tried to capture the djinn, but it fought her, destroying a good part of Rinde in the struggle, not knowing that the djinn's master was not Dandelion, but in fact, Geralt, who still held one wish. Geralt arrived to see Yennefer struggle with her spell, and he tried to stop her, leading them to fight one another. She got the better of him, and he revealed to her that he was the one with the last wish that could free the djinn. Geralt knew that the moment he made a wish, Yennefer would be too weak to contain the djinn and it would kill her. So Geralt saved their lives, by wishing their fates were tied together. Yennefer was grateful to the witcher, willing to bind himself to her, and the two began a relationship.[5]

A year in Vengerberg[]

Yennefer and Geralt lived together for a year in Vengerberg. Occasionally Yennefer would ask Geralt to escort her when she attended a meeting with her fellow mages, but he would turn her down, fearing how they would treat him.[3] Eventually, Geralt left the sorceress, leaving her with feelings of bitterness towards the witcher.[6]

Temple of Melitele[]

Yennefer traveled to the Temple of Melitele in Ellander and spoke to Nenneke about a cure for her infertility. While she was at the temple, she spent time looking around for Geralt, and after discovering he wasn't there confronted Nenneke and ended up quarrelling with her, before leaving the temple.[5]

The Dragon Hunt[]

Yennefer took part in assisting in hunting a dragon, accompanying king Niedamir along with dragon hunters. The company was soon joined by Geralt, Dandelion, Dorregaray, Borch Three Jackdaws and his two Zerrikanian warriors, Tea and Vea. When she joined the group of hunters, Yarpen Zigrin threw insults at her, and she threatened him. The hunters told her that they planned to kill the dragon without the help of her spells, as they feared her magics could kill the dragon and thus entitle her to the reward instead of them. They also asked that she remind Niedamir of the proposal for the reward, and she assured them that he already accepted the proposal, against her advice. Before leaving the group, she told them that when they face the dragon, they'll regret declining her aid and beg for her help. Geralt followed Yennefer, and when they were alone, Yennefer revealed her anger towards the witcher, feeling hurt from him the last time they saw each other four years ago, and asked if he only took the quest to see her. He said he did so, and she said that they will pretend to be civil and friendly in front of the others but that they are through and that she has not forgiven him.

While traveling, Yennefer decided to give her opinions during a conversation between Geralt and Dorregaray. She told Dorregaray that, in opposition of his belief in preserving all living things, that dragons must be destroyed as they are true enemies of man because of their ability to wipe away an entire city with fire. Dorregaray insulted her, reminding her of her sterility and angered her. She advised Geralt to use common sense and he called out her argument, that if dragons didn't hoard treasure, no one would care to bother them, especially mages like her.

When the company reached a bridge, they had to hurry to cross as a landslide began and Geralt grabbed Yennefer when she fell from her horse. The two crossed the bridge until it collapsed, leaving the two hanging for their lives. While those up top argued to wait to assist until Yennefer fell, Eyck lowered an enchanted elven rope and they pulled the couple up to safety. The company continued, where they encountered a golden dragon, Villentretenmerth, warning them to depart. After Eyck was defeated in the duel against the dragon, Yennefer begged Geralt to kill the dragon because she said she needed it She heard her infertility could be reversed, but in exchange, she needed a golden dragon. But Geralt made no promises to her. After Niedamir abandoned the mission, Dorregaray declared to protect the dragon, and the company fought amongst themselves, with Yennefer using her magic on Geralt and Dorregaray, giving the hunters time to bind the witcher, sorcerer and bard. But when she tried to claim the dragon for herself, the hunters turned on her and tied her up as well. As the dragon dealt with the hunters, and confronting the local malitia, the group finally realized that it was protecting baby dragons, one which nuzzled up to Yennefer. She had Geralt free her, using Igni, and she used her magic against the villagers attack the dragon. After the fight, Villentretenmerth stopped Vea from killing Yennefer, declaring the killing to be finished and appeciates her and Geralt's help. He tells her that she and Geralt were meant for each other but nothing will come of it, though the romance between the sorceress and witcher had been reignited.[6]

Aedd Gynvael[]

Yennefer and Geralt together went to Aedd Gynvael, where she met her other lover, the sorcerer, Istredd. She and the witcher spend a night together and the next morning, she met and made love with the sorcerer. After Geralt met and spoke with Istredd, who asked Geralt to end his relationship with Yennefer, Geralt spoke with Yennefer that night, where she admitted she could not chose between the two men. After Istredd and Geralt agreed to duel, Yennefer sent a message to both the men, ending her relationship with both of them, rather than risk losing either of them.[6]

Battle of Sodden Hill[]

In 1263, she fought at the Battle of Sodden Hill alongside other sorceresses and sorcerers from the Brotherhood, but was blinded during the battle by Fringilla Vigo, a Nilfgaardian sorceress[7]. Her sight was later magically restored but she still bore the emotional scars.[4]

After the Battle of Sodden Hill she became a member of the Council of Wizards.[3] Later at some point, she travelled to the Gors Velen marketplace, where she saw and comdemned Yarpen Zigrin for his involvement in the dragon hunt.[4]

Saving Dandelion[]

In 1265, Yennefer travelled to Velen on the orders of Sigismund Dijkstra, where she hid under the great oak tree Bleobheris and watched Dandelion's concert. After the concert, noticing that Rience was following Dandelion, she followed them both along the road to a small town. She found Dandelion behind the brothel Mama Lantieri's, being attacked by Rience and two other thugs. She killed the two and sent a fire spell at Rience, burning the side of his face deeply, before he teleported away.

The two went into the local inn and had a meal over the discussion of recent affairs.[4]

Training Ciri[]

In 1266, after receiving a letter from Geralt, she traveled to the Temple of Melitele in Ellander to teach Ciri. Even though at the beginning the two of them didn't get along well at first, they later grew a mother-daughter bond. Yennefer first taught Ciri about magic and how to harness chaos. She also helped her with stopping her nightmares for a while, as well as controlling her breathing and pulse.

One night, Nenneke grew tired of Yennefer's training strategies, claiming she had no heart, as Ciri had spent the previous few days sick in bed, recovering from the intense training. This distance between Yennefer and Nenneke led to Ciri spending more and more time with the sorceress, and saw her friends much less.

In June 1267, she received news of the coming conflict with Nilfgaard, and revealed it to Ciri one day while the girl bathed. Yennefer decided they would travel to the magical school Aretuza so Ciri could learn in safety, and the sorceress could meet with the Conclave of Mages.[4]

Traveling with Ciri[]

The next morning, they left the temple to travel to Aretuza, first spending a night at an inn in Ellander, where Yennefer watched Ciri foretell the messenger Aplegatt of his death in a trance, before they left for Anchor in Temeria, their next rest stop.[3]

They stopped in Gors Velen, the city most famous for being close to Thanedd. There, Yennefer visited Giancardi Bank and met up with Molnar Giancardi, who told her that people were attempting to access her account in the Vivaldi Bank in Novigrad. They then discussed the economic growths and downs and Molnar hinted that the northern kings might be preparing for war. Yennefer then carried out some bank transactions including sending money to the Temple of Melitele and Aretuza for Ciri's future studies. So she could discuss matters more privately with Molnar, Ciri was sent on the tour through the city with Fabio Sachs, during which she got caught by Margarita Laux-Antille and Tissaia de Vries, who thought she was a runaway student from Aretuza. After meeting up with Yennefer, everything was settled as they spent the evening together in the spa at The Silver Heron. They discussed mainly Ciri's future studies along with other gossip, until Ciri ran away to see Geralt in Hirundum. Yennefer followed her there, which led to her reunion with Geralt after almost 4 years.[3]

When Ciri woke up the next day, Yennefer was in an orchard with Geralt arguing. They then made peace and forgave each other for their previous mistakes, and Yennefer invited the witcher and Ciri to the banquet on Thanedd.[3]

Thanedd Coup[]

On the last night of the month, Yennefer was accompanied to the banquet in Aretuza by Geralt. For the first time, the witcher fully confessed his love for her at the beginning of the banquet, before they talked to Sabrina Glevissig, her girlhood rival from studying at Aretuza. They then spoke with Philippa Eilhart and Sigismund Dijkstra, and then finally Triss Merigold. After the Chapter and Council joined the banquet, Yennefer told Geralt that since the Battle of Sodden Hill she had been a member of the Council. She also harshly reminded Triss about them being back together, telling Geralt that she knew about them and didn't want to hear another word about it. She then left the witcher to talk with Tissaia and Francesca Findabair. Later that night in their room, Yennefer and Geralt made love, and he told her about his conversation with Vilgefortz.[3]

During the night, the sorceresses and sorcerers allied with Nilfgaard were arrested by Philippa Eilhart and her accomplices. Yennefer's position was unknown, but she was presumed by many to be one of the traitors. She brought Ciri to the Garstang meeting on the orders of Tissaia. Ciri, who had been put into trance to act as a medium, served as a proof, for she couldn't lie in trance. She confirmed the truth behind the attack in Dol Angra, where Demavend had attempted to incite a war against Nilfgaard. However, as it'd been a technical attack against the Empire, Emhyr's troops answered back and began to push into Aedirn and Lyria. She then further revealed that King Vizimir II had been assassinated during the night. As dawn approached, a fight in Garstang erupted, after Tissaia freed the traitors. Ciri and Yennefer were attacked by an elven assassin while fleeing, whom Yennefer stabbed with a knife. They ran away, but needed to separate, so Yennefer told Ciri to go to Loxia and search for Margarita, for she would be safe there.[3]

During the fight, Francesca Findabair used artefact compression on Yennefer to smuggle her off the island, before Rience would find her.

Lodge of Sorceresses[]

Yennefer was kept in the jade figure for 47 days before Francesca freed her. According to the Queen of Elves, Yennefer was widely searched for and it was safer for her to stay that way. Even though the artefact compression can be dangerous, Yennefer was alright. Francesca then told her everything that happened during the time she was compressed, including what happened to Geralt and Ciri. Yennefer was told that, because she was missing, everyone considered her to be one of the Nilfgaard traitors. Francesca invited her to join the Lodge and warned her to not act against the plan of the Lodge. She wanted Yennefer's word for it, but Yen didn't give it.

She teleported to Montecalvo with Francesca and Ida Emean aep Sivney. Many sorceresses, including Sabrina Glevissig, considered her Vilgefortz's ally and she faced much hatred from her former colleagues. She recognized Fringilla Vigo as the one who blinded her during the Battle of Sodden Hill.

After Philippa Eilhart introduced her plan to marry prince Tankred Thyssen of Kovir with Ciri to create northern monarchy that would oppose Nilfgaard, Yennefer told everyone about Ciri's life and powers. The sorceresses then digged into Ciri's true potential as the child of the Elder Blood. Francesca told them the story of Lara Dorren aep Shiadhal. Together they unearthed the generations of Elder Blood gene being passed on to Ciri.

The Lodge then proceeded to talk about Ciri's whereabouts, when Assire informed them that the emperor doesn't have a girl with the Elder Blood, therefore Ciri. The Lodge thought Ciri must had been captured by Vilgefortz. After this information Yennefer became terrified, because Ciri was either in Vilgefortz's captivity or went through the portal in Tor Lara and was presumably dead or irrevocably lost. She deeply regretted what she pulled Ciri into.

During a small recession, she briefly talked to Triss and Francesca, but it soon became clear to Yennefer that Francesca wouldn't let Yennefer talk to Triss alone, who she was hoping would help her escape from the castle to try and find Ciri herself. Realizing none of the sorceresses would help her out or blocked her from being left alone with those who would, Yennefer was left by herself eating oysters when she was approached by Fringilla Vigo. As the Nilfgaardian sorceress brought up their actions at Sodden Hill and what they did to each other, they found an unusual peace. Fringilla, knowing Yennefer was trying to escape, noted how it was dangerous to try and create a portal to get out of the magical blockade around Monteclavo and how the oyster shells they were eating could help create such a dangerous portal out, before casually remarking if they were friends she'd tell Yennefer not to do it, but they weren't friends so she was free to do whatever. Thanks to this information, Yennefer managed to teleport out of the castle.[7]

In Skellige[]

Her blind teleporting wasn't without some consequences, and Yennefer found herself caught in fishing nets as she teleported to where the oysters were from: right off the shores of Skellige. After a rude confrontation with the Skelligers who were fishing there, she was treated as a guest on the islands while she waited for Crach an Craite to return to discuss with him about Ciri. When he did arrive, he noted he planned to send her to Novigrad, to be judged for her supposed crimes, having believed she assisted Vilgefortz. Yennefer told him that she had no intention to sail to Novigrad, and risk being framed. She told him her intention to find and help Ciri, and reminded Crach that he made a similar vow to protect the princess. Trusting her words, he decided to help her. She went to Hindarsfjall to get the sacred diamond, Brisingamen, to use for her megascope, to communicate with others, as a way to allow herself to be bait and draw the attention of Vilgefortz.

With the crystal, she communicated to Triss as she wanted someone to know what happened to her if her next steps led to her death. However, she quickly realized something was wrong and confirmed that Philippa was in the room with Triss. Yennefer then realized that Triss had made up her mind and was loyal to the Lodge as Philippa took over the conversation, informing Yennefer they viewed her as traitor for escaping. When Yennefer then asked they at least clear her name if she should die in her attempt to find Ciri and inform Ciri of the truth, Philippa refused as it wasn't in the Lodge's best interests to do that. However, out of Yennefer's desperation to prevent any harm from happening to her adoptive daughter, Yennefer decided to leave behind clues for the sorceresses anyways should something happen to her in her search for Ciri.

Shortly after that, she then set sail with volunteers to the Sedna Abyss, including Crach's son, Hjalmar, as she'd learned someone had teleported there right after the coup and thus, likely a way to teleport to Vilgefortz's hideout. However, knowing how dangerous this attempt would be, she had all but a skeleton crew stay on another ship while she took the skeleton crew into the abyss itself. Hjalmar tried to go with her as he also wished to rescue Ciri, but Yenefer refused and threatened him to make him stay behind much to his ire. With that, Yennefer then headed into the abyss where an unnatural storm suddenly started and teleported the ship and everyone on it away.

Captured at Stygga Castle[]

Yennefer's guess had been right though, and she was teleported straight to Stygga Castle, Vilgefortz's main hideout and who promptly captured the sorceress in his own attempt to lure Ciri to him. For two months, she was imprisoned in the castle dungeons, before being moved to different chambers of the castle. When ever she was moved from the chambers, her route did not consist of any hints for her to use to escape, and she was shackled with Dimeritium, to prevent her from using magic. One day, Yennefer was brought to meet Vilgefortz, who tried to convince her of Ciri and Geralt's death, to no avail. When she was brought back to her room, she was met with Leo Bonhart, who told her of how he captured Ciri and forced her to fight and kill, and how he killed a few witchers. Despite these claims, Yennefer told him he would be no match for a real opponent such as Geralt, taunting the bounty hunter, and he tried to rape her. However, despite her limitations, Yennefer was able to fend him off and stabbed him in the cheek with a fork she took from the dining table, from before.

Reunited with Geralt and Ciri[]

After Ciri was captured, Yennefer was being taken by the castle lackeys, when Geralt, having arrived at the castle, found her, freeing the sorceress. Though weakened, Yennefer joined Geralt in his assault on the castle, to rescue Ciri. The two confronted Vilgefortz, and the couple fought the mage. Yennefer was eventually overcome by the sorcerer, who began to break her bones, but he was interrupted by Regis, freeing the now severely wounded witch. While she was down, Regis was killed, but Geralt was able to kill Vilgefortz, due to the medallion given to him by Fringilla creating an opening to win the fight. She came to, and with Geralt's help, they left the room, and they were finally reunited with Ciri, meeting up with her in the castle, and Yennefer embraced her. As the three were leaving the castle, they found the only exit blocked by Stefan Skellen and his gang. She followed Geralt and Ciri down the stairway to the exit, as they killed anyone who tried to stop them, and nearing the exit, both the three, and Stellan's gang were stopped by the Emhyr and his forces, who recently arrived. In order to hide his relation to Ciri and prevent any attempt to retrieve her, Emhyr gave Geralt and Yennefer a choice to die peacefully by slitting their wrists in the bath, and both of them agreed to it, seeing few options in their weakened states. They said goodbye to Ciri, and Yennefer made him promise not to hurt Ciri or make her cry, before he left the witcher and sorceress alone in the bath chamber to prepare for their end. The two spent, what they believed to be their last moments, making love. However, when they called for the guard for a knife to end their lives, they were surprised to find Ciri answering the door, saying everyone else had left the castle. Ciri told them that she cried terribly when she realized she would never see her foster parents again, and by doing so, it broke Emhyr's promise to Yennefer and he decided to let all three of them go.

The three traveled together stopping at Jealousy to find out what happened to the bodies of the Rats, whom Ciri joined for a time. They found out that a burial mound was made for them, and Yennefer implied that it was this action spared the town from potential wrath. They travelled to Claremont, where Ciri destroyed the arena where she was forced to fight. They continued traveling through Ebbing, becoming figures of legend.

Facing the Lodge[]

One night, Yennefer and Ciri were contacted with the Lodge. They demanded both she and Ciri come to them. Yennefer said she would not, nor could she, force Ciri to go but said she would see them, and asked them to let Ciri stay with Geralt a little longer, and she'd willingly act as hostage to insure Ciri would meet them later. Yennefer told Geralt she was leaving, and Ciri would follow later and they would all meet again. After visiting Toussaint with Geralt and rescuing Dandelion, Ciri joined Yennefer at Montecalvo castle, where they confronted the Lodge. The Lodge then told Ciri of their plans. Yennefer tried to cast her vote to allow Ciri to see Geralt and inform him of her situation, but the Lodge denied her the right to vote since she had refused to join them and had escaped. However, Philippa Eilhart voted in favor, allowing Ciri to go, Yennefer took Ciri to see Geralt again accompanied by Triss.

Farewell and Peace[]

Yennefer, Ciri, and Triss arrived at Rivia where Yennefer, knowing Triss's lingering affections towards Geralt, told her she would never have the witcher's love because she had chosen the side of the Lodge instead of Ciri. They soon found a riot had broken out in Rivia, and Ciri knew Geralt was in danger, and the sorceresses rushed to follow Ciri to Geralt. Yennefer was attacked by the crowd, but used her magic against them, causing them to back away, and Triss caught up, begging Yennefer that they should flee the city. Yennefer didn't listen, and continued into the city. She was knocked out by the crowd, but Triss returned and saved her, and the two sorceresses used their combined powers, causing hail to rain down, dispersing the mob. The two found Geralt, fatally stabbed, though still alive, and Yennefer tried to heal him, using any spell she could think, even if she knew he couldn't be helped with magic. She continued until the energy using magic had exhausted her, causing her to lose consciousness. Ihuarraquax arrived, and with it's help with Ciri's power, summoned a boat and Geralt and Yennefer were placed in the boat. Ciri went into the boat and sailed away, taking the couple to Malus Island, to find peace together.


The following is considered game canon only and may contradict Andrzej Sapkowski's works.

Captive of the Wild Hunt[]

Yennefer and Geralt lived together on the island peacefully in a house with an orchard and stopped keeping track of time.[8] Both were presumed dead to the rest of the world, although ballads sung by Dandelion led some to believe they had married and lived in the happy isles.[9] Eventually, the wraiths of the Wild Hunt came to the island, burned the house and orchard and took Yennefer captive, seeking to use her as bait to capture Ciri.[8]

With Yennefer in tow, the Hunt traveled through different worlds[10] and passed through Sodden, Cintra, and Angren, taking twenty-three others captive.[8] The time was a blur of blood and fire, a wild chase across worlds.[10] Determined to rescue her, Geralt pursued the Riders of the Hunt for over a year. With the aid of Letho of Gulet, Serrit, and Auckes, three witchers of the School of the Viper who joined him after he saved Letho from a Slyzard, he confronted the Wild Hunt at the Hanged Man's Tree in Nilfgaard on the Winter Solstice of 1270. Outnumbered by the Riders, the battle reached a stalemate, and Geralt proposed a deal with Eredin Bréacc Glas, King of the Wild Hunt, to trade his life for Yennefer's.[8] Considering both suitable bait for Ciri,[10] Eredin agreed without hesitation.[8]

Alliance with Nilfgaard[]

Left in the care of Letho, Serrit, and Auckes, Yennefer was seriously ill, feverish, and delirious, to the point that the witchers believed she would die. Although she recovered from the sickness, she was left disoriented and had no memory. Not wanting Geralt's sacrifice to go for nothing and aware that the headstrong, amnesiac sorceress would likely not survive long on her own, the four traveled the provinces of the Nilfgaardian Empire together. During their time together, Yennefer was a difficult companion, prone to outbursts. At one point, she attempted to seduce Auckes and drive a wedge between the witchers. Everywhere they went, Yennefer got into trouble and Letho, Serrit, and Auckes got her out of it.

One day, they were apprehended by the Imperial secret police. In Nilfgaardian custody, Yennefer was separated from the three witchers and questioned at length, though without any torture. Letho believed it was through her that the Nilfgaardians learned of the Lodge of Sorceresses. As she would not have informed on her fellow sorceresses consciously, he deduced that they used magical means to tap into her memories of the Lodge without her knowledge.[8] Later, through the efforts of Emperor Emhyr var Emreis' mages, she regained her memory.[10] While at the palace, Yennefer was closely watched by the men of Vattier de Rideaux, head of the Nilfgaardian Secret Service.[8]

Yennefer was held hostage in a cell until the day that Emhyr came to her and offered to grant her release and free reign of the Imperial treasury in exchange for helping him locate Ciri, his daughter. Wanting to help Ciri, who she also regarded as her daughter, and aware that the vast power of the Emperor would be of great help to that end, Yennefer agreed. Judging that Geralt had escaped the Hunt and trusting that his witcher mutations would ward off any serious injury, she opted against seeking out her lover and spent the months that followed trying any means she knew to find their adopted daughter. Methods including locating spells, haruspicy, and geomancy all failed to reveal Ciri's whereabouts but brought her activities to the attention of the Wild Hunt, who began to hunt after her trail. Sensing the Wild Hunt's pursuit of her and having exhausted magical means, Yennefer ultimately chose to enlist the help of Geralt, Ciri's adoptive father and the best tracker she knew.[10]

The witcher in White Orchard[]

In May 1272, Yennefer sent Geralt a letter, arranging to meet in the village of Willoughby. However the village had been burned down, due to the Third Northern War reaching the region, so she headed through to the Nilfgaardian Garrison, passing through White Orchard in quite a rush. From the garrison, she headed to Vizima, meeting with Emperor Emhyr var Emreis, concerning the location of Ciri. After a while, she heard Geralt was in White Orchard looking for her, so the sorceress rode with a Nilfgaardian escort to the White Orchard inn where she found Geralt and Vesemir.

Yennefer announced to Geralt that the emperor himself had summoned the witcher to Vizima. After agreeing and saying their goodbyes to Vesemir, the pair left with the escorts toward Vizima. Once night struck, the company was attacked by the Wild Hunt. The riders killed all of the soldiers and just before they could catch Geralt and Yennefer, the sorceress destroyed a bridge with magic, blocking their pursuit. Just the two of them reached Vizima alive.[10]


End of game canon content.

Description[]

The lady of Vengerberg was famous for her beauty, even though she was nearly a century old. Yennefer had locks of curly, raven black hair fragrant with lilac and gooseberry perfume, falling in a cascade of curls on her shapely shoulders. Her face was very pale, triangular in shape with a slightly receded chin. Her eyes were cold and sparkling with a remarkable violet penetrating gaze, in anger blazing with livid, blue-gray fire. Those very eyes also concealed wisdom and imperiousness. Yennefer's nose was slightly long, mouth was pale with thin and slightly crooked, soft, sweet with lipstick, proud lips. On her long and slender neck hung a black marigold with a star made of obsidian sparkling with a multitude of tiny diamonds embedded in it.

Yen had pronounced cheekbones, natural, slightly irregular eyebrows trimmed by hand and emphasized with charcoal, long eyelashes, and petite hands. Even in high-heeled shoes she wasn't tall, was beautiful but threatening, having incredibly thin and slender waist and slender legs.

She always dressed in black and white, at times wore stockings, wore frilled panties but never wore trivialities with underwire, she didn't need to. Her voice was resonant and mildly derisive. Her overall feminine shape was one of a twenty-year-old girl and she moved with a natural, unforced grace. She was a quarter-elf (meaning she had a quarter elven blood, in her case on her mother's side).

It is implied that her attractive looks were a product of magic and had been acquired during her training, as with most other sorceresses. Geralt notes how her shoulders are slightly lopsided and by the end of the story realizes that Yennefer used to be a hunchback. Nevertheless, his love for her does not diminish.[5]

Books[]

The Last Wish[]

A pale triangular face, violet eyes and narrow, slightly contorted lips appeared beneath the black tresses...She had pretty shoulders, a shapely neck and, around it, a black velvet choker with a star-shaped jewel sparkling with diamonds.
pg. 226, The Last Wish
The sorceress finished fastening the straps of her slippers and stood up. Even in high heels, she wasn't impressively tall. She shook her hair which, he found, had retained its picturesque, dishevelled and curling disarray despite the furious combing.
pg. 232, The Last Wish
He saw her left shoulder, slightly higher than her right. Her nose, slightly too long. Her lips, a touch too narrow. Her chin, receding a little too much. Her brows a little too irregular. Her eyes. .. He saw too many details. Quite unnecessarily.
pg. 236, The Last Wish

Sword of Destiny[]

How ravishing she is, he thought. Everything about her is ravishing. And menacing. Those colors of hers; that contrast of black and white. Beauty and menace. Her raven-black, natural curls. Her cheekbones, pronounced, emphasising a wrinkle, which her smile – if she deigned to smile – created beside her mouth, wonderfully narrow and pale beneath her lipstick. Her eyebrows, wonderfully irregular, when she washed off the kohl that outlined them during the day. Her nose, exquisitely too long. Her delicate hands, wonderfully nervous, restless and adroit. Her waist, willowy and slender, emphasised by an excessively tightened belt. Slim legs, setting in motion the flowing shapes of her black skirt. Ravishing.
She also possessed a very expertly stuffed unicorn, on whose back she liked to make love. Geralt was of the opinion that if there existed a place less suitable for having sex it was probably only the back of a live unicorn. Unlike him, who considered his bed a luxury and valued all the possible uses of that marvellous piece of furniture, Yennefer was capable of being extremely extravagant. Geralt recalled some pleasant moments spent with the sorceress on a sloping roof, in a tree hollow full of rotten wood, on a balcony (someone else's, to boot), on the railing of a bridge, in a wobbly boat on a rushing river and levitating thirty fathoms above the earth. But the unicorn was the worst. One happy day, however, the dummy broke beneath him, split and fell apart, supplying much amusement.
pgs. 102 - 103, Sword of Destiny

Blood of Elves[]

She looked him in the eyes and nodded her head lightly, making her glistening, black curls writhe and cascade down to her shoulders. She slipped the roast chicken onto a trencher and began dividing it skilfully. She used a knife and fork. Dandilion had only known one person, up until then, who could eat a chicken with a knife and fork as skilfully. Now he knew how, and from whom, Geralt had learnt the knack. Well, he thought, no wonder. After all, he did live with her for a year in Vengerberg and before he left her, she had instilled a number of strange things into him.
'The earth which we tread. The fire which does not go out within it. The water from which all life is born and without which life is not possible. The air we breathe. It is enough to stretch out one's hand to master them, to subjugate them. Magic is everywhere. It is in air, in water, in earth and in fire. And it is behind the door which the Conjunction of the Spheres has closed on us. From there, from behind the closed door, magic sometimes extends its hand to us. For us. You know that, don't you? You have already felt the touch of that magic, the touch of the hand from behind that door. That touch filled you with fear. Such a touch fills everyone with fear. Because there is Chaos and Order, Good and Evil in all of us. But it is possible and necessary to control it. This has to be learnt. And you will learn it, Ciri.

Time of Contempt[]

A blinding flash materialised into a transparent sphere, and inside it loomed a shape, assuming contours and shapes at frightening speed. Dandelion recognised it at once. He knew those wild, black curls and the obsidian star on a velvet ribbon. What he didn't know and had never seen before was the face. It was a face of rage and fury, the face of the goddess of vengeance, destruction and death.

The Tower of the Swallow[]

Vilgefortz looked at the unconscious body being dragged across the floor towards the stairs that led into the dungeon. Then he looked up at Rience and Schirru. 'There is always a risk,' he said, 'that one of you falls into the hands of my enemies and is interrogated. I would like to believe that you would be as strong minded as her under the screws. Yes, I would like to believe that. But I do not.' Rience and Schirru remained silent. Vilgefortz turned again to the megascope, where an image appeared on the screen, produced by the giant crystal. 'That's all she located,' he said, pointing at the screen. 'I wanted Cirilla and she has given me the witcher. She did not have the empathic matrix of the girl, but when she became weak she gave me Geralt's. I would not have believed she had such deep feelings for him...'

Season of Storms[]

Yennefer of Vengerberg, black-haired, dressed in black and white composition, brought to mind December morning.

The World of the Witcher[]

Official The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt promo artwork by Marek Madej

Yennefer assists Dandelion in writing "The Magic and Religions of the Continent", the third chapter of the compendium. Within the chapter, a fragment of records document her formative years as a student at Aretuza.

Adepts name: Yennefer
Former name: Jenny
After initial testing confirmed her magical talent, the adept was admitted to Aretuza's first class. The girl comes from a pathological family – her father abused her psychically and physically, and her mother failed to support her. This rejection and abuse were likely precipitated by the deformation of the girl's spinal column and scapula (she was a hunchback), or possibly by her mixed human-elven bloodline (she is quarter elvish, her mother a half blood).
It was undoubtedly the lingering effects of these traumatic childhood experiences that drove her to attempt suicide soon after admission to our academy. The girl tried to cut open her forearm veins and ended up inflicting serious tendon damage (healer documentation attached for reference).
Despite the above, the adept was personally recommended and very highly graded by the Chancellor of our Academy, Archmistress Tissaia de Vries. Her deformities and tendon trauma were corrected with use of higher magic during her first year, and her further eduction has fully vindicated the Chancellor's high opinion.
Adept Yennefer is highly talented and determined student. Her results on subsequent exams have remained excellent.

The Witcher[]

Yennefer does not appear in the first game. During its events (year 1271), Yen is 98 years old. However, she is indirectly mentioned on several occasions.

  • In the Inn in the Outskirts of Vizima, Geralt can talk to a bard, who tells him about Dandelion, and about the ballads of the White Wolf Dandelion's sung. Among them the tale of how "Geralt married a sorceress and they live somewhere on the happy isles".
  • At the very beginning of Chapter III, Triss tells Geralt that "the last time (she) felt this way, (Geralt) and a sorceress were playing with a genie".
  • In Chapter III, talking to the butcher, near town hall, you can ask him " Do you recognize me? anything about me?" he answers " They say you chase anything in a skirt, but you're a real dog for sorceresses, Supposedly, you loved one once "
  • In Chapter IV, the innkeeper of the Country Inn at Murky Waters can tell a tale about Ciri. Near the end of it, he says that the sorceress loved the witcher and tried to revive him, but died in the process.
  • If Geralt chose Triss as Alvin's guardian in Chapter III, and if he answers king Foltest when questioned about their relationship that he really loves Triss, the update on the Identity - quest says, among other things: "My amnesia prevents me from remembering our relations in the past, but I have the impression I once loved a sorceress, deeply..."
  • In Witcher DLC "Side Effects" made by CD PROJEKT RED as part of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition, Dandelion asks Geralt during their second conversation in jail :" ...and what about you and Yennefer?" And Geralt says to him: " I don't want to talk about this."

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings[]

Yennefer in The Witcher 2 (flashback)

Yennefer appears in flashbacks in the second game.

In an optional encounter at the very beginning of the game Geralt (still without his memory) meets the Crinfrid Reavers where they mention that they were intending to rape the sorceress and not him (during the events of Sword of Destiny). Despite this they fail to remember her name believing her to be called "Connifer".

In the end of the game it is revealed, that Yennefer is probably alive, but has amnesia like Geralt, and that she is located somewhere in Nilfgaard.

Also, if the player decides to prevent Síle de Tansarville from being torn to bits, she will tell Geralt where to search for Yennefer.

The Witcher Battle Arena[]

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Yennefer was a playable hero in the now defunct MOBA, having been added with the Season 2 Update on 29 June 2015. Her alternative skin was called Ravenlord's Embrace and one of weapons was called Dark Moon weapon.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[]

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In the third game, Yennefer is one of the main characters, and is voiced by Denise Gough. Her face was originally intended to be based on a 3D scan of Polish model Klaudia Wróbel,[11] however after initial in-game tests, the developers decided to reshape the face in order to give Yennefer a colder and meaner look.[12] Her first appearance is in the opening cinematic, wherein she is escaping from a battle between Nilfgaardian and Northern forces. Having recovered most of her memory, she has agreed to the serve Emperor Emhyr's interests in the hunt for Ciri. There is also a free DLC which gives Yennefer an alternative outfit.

Yennefer had a note delivered to the witcher Geralt of Rivia stating that she needed to meet him urgently. Yennefer had given them a location to meet her, however the village was destroyed forcing her to flee towards White Orchard where Geralt alongside another witcher Vesemir lost her trail. Unknown to the witchers, Yennefer had then gone to Vizima, however as they had asked the nearby Nilfgaardian garrison commander for information about her location, the captain informed Yennefer of this. Knowning the witcher would be Geralt, Yennefer travelled to meet him immediately before taking him to Vizima to meet Emperor Emhyr var Emreis. En route, they are ambushed by the Wild Hunt, who slay their Nilfgaardian escort, before Yennefer destroys a bridge to prevent the Red Riders from pursuing them.

As it turned out Yennefer had learned from the emperor that Ciri had returned to this world and that the Wild Hunt was pursuing her. After Geralt's audience, Yennefer explained that she had been using all manner of spells and rituals to try and track Ciri, only to alert the Hunt to her efforts. Therefore, she decided to rely on more conventional methods by turning to the best tracker she knows. She agreed along with Geralt to search for Ciri. She decided that he would search Velen and Novigrad for her whilst deciding to investigate Skellige herself.

While on Skellige

Geralt later rendezvoused with Yennefer in Skellige during King Bran Tuirseach's funeral, where she explained that she suspected Ciri to be behind a cataclysm on the eastern end of Ard Skellig but Ermion, another of Ciri's tutors, refused to let her access the site, until they spoke with Crach an Craite. Afterwards, Yennefer and Geralt attended a wake at Kaer Trolde, where they stole the Mask of Uroboros, which possessed the ability to see the past events of the place it is viewed it. Upon arriving at the devastated area, they were confronted by Ermion, who warned them that it could only be used once and that using it will bring a cataclysm upon Skellige. As Geralt argued with Ermion, Yennefer went deeper into the devastated area and activated the mask, which caused a storm. Geralt ran to Yennefer and, using the mask's power, they found a place in the area where the elven mage had disintegrated a member of the Wild Hunt, then opened a portal and fled with Ciri. Ermion arrived soon after, and the two told him what they have found out. Ermion revealed to them that the Wild Hunt was recently seen on Hindarsfjall, so Geralt and Yennefer went there to investigate.

Upon arriving to Hindarsfjall they went to the village of Lofoten, where the women were performing a ritual. Yennefer and Geralt interrupted them and asked about the Wild Hunt and Ciri. They were told that Ciri has been in the village, and that she was seen with a man they referred to as Craven. The two of them were in the stables right before the Wild Hunt arrived and attacked the village, killing many of its inhabitants. When asked about Craven, the women said that he went to the sacred garden near the village to defeat Morkvarg, some time after the incident, so Yennefer and Geralt went there to find him. In the garden, they found a body, and Yennefer decided to use necromancy to make it speak.

The man's real name was Skjall. From what the body said, they learned that Ciri left with the elven mage on a boat as they were being chased by the Wild Hunt. Later on, Uma arrived on the same beach. After hearing the whole story, Yennefer forced the body to go back to its dead form. Yennefer's usage of necromancy drained all the magical power from the sacred garden, which the villagers of Lofoten didn't take lightly, and they blamed Yennefer and Geralt for not respecting their customs and beliefs. Still, Yennefer didn't care much about villagers' opinions, and she and Geralt ignored their claims. After leaving the garden, Yennefer asked Geralt to meet with her in Larvik, another village on Hindarsfjall, if he wanted to help her with something.

Geralt met Yennefer at the inn of the village, where she told him she wanted to tame a djinn that belonged to a mage who sank his ship near Larvik harbor. They searched around the bay for the wreckage, until Geralt found a large crater on the bottom of the sea, and half of a seal inside it. He returned to Yennefer on the boat at the surface, and they concluded the mage asked the djinn to teleport him somewhere, which caused a part of the ocean's surface to teleport as well. Yennefer used the part of the seal to open a portal near the other half. Upon going through the portal, the two of them found themselves on top of a mountain, with the wreckage laying nearby.

At this point, Yennefer confessed to Geralt that she needs a djinn to remove Geralt's last wish, which was to bind the two of them forever, so that she could see whether they truly love each other or if they are together because of the magical bond. The player can decide how Geralt would feel about this. Going through the wreckage, they found the other half. Yennefer connected the pieces which summoned the djinn. After a battle, they tamed it, and Yennefer commanded the djinn to remove the magic between her and Geralt. After this, they decided to sit on the edge of the ship, and Yennefer confessed to Geralt that she still has feelings for him. At this point, the player can decide whether Geralt also keeps his feelings for Yennefer or if he is no longer in love with her. This choice doesn't affect gameplay as much, but it is crucial to the ending itself, and Geralt's fate.

After sitting some time on the edge of the ship, Yennefer opened a portal to her room at the Kaer Trolde inn, and they returned there. They knew Uma (also known as 'the ugliest man alive') was somehow important to finding Ciri, and assumed that it is probably a human, but under a curse. Yennefer decided to go to Vizima to report to the emperor, while Geralt went off to get Uma. Afterwards, they were to rendezvous at Kaer Morhen and decide what to do with the cursed being.

As Geralt was on his way to Kaer Morhen with Uma, he was intercepted by Nilfgaardian soldiers, and brought to Vizima to report to Emhyr himself. Yennefer was also there, and the two of them explained to the emperor what they found out and what their plans were. Afterwards, Yennefer teleported to Kaer Morhen, while Geralt went there on his horse with Uma. Upon arrival, she started ordering everyone around, ordering Eskel to collect forktail spinal fluid and for Lambert to imbue the phylactery with Power from the Circle of Elements.

Subsequently, she attempts to contact Ida Emean via megascope but some interference cause her three separate megascope crystals to explode. When Geralt arrives, she has him search for the source of the interference, which turns out to be dimeritium bombs created by Lambert, which Yennefer suspected he planted out of spite. With that out of the way, Yennefer successfully contacted Ida, who translated the Elder speech riddle to be as old as the Aen Undod.

In order to lift the curse, Yennefer reveals that she intends to put Uma through the first half of the Trial of the Grasses and to use a prolonged magical treatment on Uma to reconstruct his original body piece by piece. Using the phylactery Ciri had repaired, they were able to contain the curse. Uma is revealed to be a transformed Avallac'h, the elven Sage who helped Ciri, who revealed where their young ward was hidden.

Yennefer was finally reunited with Ciri after so many years, but the happy reunion was short-lived, as the Wild Hunt descended on Kaer Morhen. Yennefer participated in the battle by putting up a magic barrier to force the Hunt's navigators to open portals outside the fortress.

In the aftermath of the battle, Yennefer decided that they needed to reunite the Lodge of Sorceresses and managed to work out a deal with Emhyr, with the promise of amnesty and asylum for the Lodge if they help defeat the Hunt. She and Triss traveled to Novigrad to search for Margarita Laux-Antille and Philippa Eilhart respectively.

Yennefer later met with Geralt at Crippled Kate's to wait for the one man who escaped Deireadh prison, who then panicked, assuming the both of them to be bandits and ran off. They managed to catch up with him and clear up the misunderstanding. Returning to Kate's, the escapee explained that his knowledge of herbs enabled him to use mushrooms growing inside his cell and belladonna to fake his death, tricking the witch hunters into throwing him into the corpse pit, which led to the sewers.

Yennefer then devised a plan for Geralt to infiltrate Deireadh through Oxenfurt's underground elven ruins and provided him with a device to signal her to teleport in once he had found Margarita. However, she could only teleport Margarita out, forcing Geralt to find another way out on his own.

Developer comments[]

The sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg - a one-time member of the Lodge of Sorceresses, Geralt's love, and teacher and adoptive mother to Ciri - is without a doubt one of the two key female characters appearing in the Witcher books and games. The books provided our artists with a greate deal of detailed information about Yennefer's appearance, including everything from her hairstyle, figure, and height to the color of her eyes and hair to such nuances as the shape of her face and nose. All of these traits were considered while drawing the concepts and creating the model for this sorceress.

Associated Quests[]

Journal Entry[]

The witcher first met the raven-haired sorceress a good twenty years back. Their friendship and feelings between them were born of a common adventure involving a genie and a wish granted to Geralt that intertwined their fates inextricably.
In the time since then their relationship had, however, been quite stormy - rich in ups and downs, crises and break-ups. Geralt and Yennefer's love provides irrefutable proof that "opposites attract."
A few years ago Geralt and Yennefer had, after a long separation full of adventures for them both, gotten back together again. Their moment of repose was interrupted by the Wild Hunt, which took Yennefer captive. The witcher set out at once to save her, but lost his memory while doing so. When he finally recovered it, he immediately set off once more on his quest to find his beloved sorceress.
The circumstances of Geralt's initial reunion with Yennefer after two years were quite different than he had imagined. The sorceress was not only safe and sound, but had even secured the aid of an unexpected and mighty ally - the Nilfgaardian Empire.
If Geralt romances Yennefer in Skellige
A thick air of repressed hostility reigned during Geralt's time with Yennefer in Skellige. More than once the sorceress sharply expressed her displeasure, sparing no cutting remark - just like during the best years of their relationship. In the end, however, the witcher's patience was rewarded, and their expedition to retrieve the mask of Uroboros brought the former lovers back together.
The gulf that had arisen between them during their time of seperation seemed that much narrower.
In order to obtain the information they needed Yennefer did not hesitate to resort to necromancy, and destroyed the goddess Freya's garden while doing so. If the proud sorceress felt any guilt as a result,as usual she showed no sign of it.
If Geralt helps Yennefer in The Last Wish
The idea of hunting another genie together did not at first arouse Geralt's enthusiasm, but Yennefer had a truly valid reason for wanting it. If she succeeded in forcing the genie to take back the wish binding her to the witcher, she would finally know if the feelings between them were truly love or merely magic.
If Geralt tells Yennefer he loves her in The Last Wish
The genie granted Yennefer's request and broke the thread of destiny binding her to Geralt. Luckily it turned out their love could continue—without the need for supernatural assistance.
Though the sorceresses' difficult character had made life miserable for everyone at Kaer Morhen, in the end it was her stubborn determination that led to Uma's disenchantment and lifting of Avallac'h's curse.
Yennefer had always felt some ends justified otherwise unsavoury means. When it became clear rescuing Ciri would require the help of Philippa Eilhart and the other sorceresses of the reviled Lodge, she forgot about any bad blood and convinced Emhyr to grant them amnesty.

Cinematic[]

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The Witcher 3- Wild Hunt "The Trail" Opening Cinematic

Notes[]

  • Both Ciri and Yennefer were born on Belleteyn - In The Voice of Reason Geralt thinks that's an interesting coincidence.
  • In The Hexer TV series, she appears in 2 episodes, "Smok" and "Okruch lodu".

Gallery[]

Footnotes[]

  1. English translation of "Janka" in The World of the Witcher
  2. Noted specifically in Something Ends, Something Begins of being quarter elf, though unspecified how much in the saga
  3. In 1267, she states she's 94 years old (The Tower of the Swallow)

References[]

External Links[]

  • Gwent icon.png See the GWENT standalone game version card: Yennefer
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