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Geralt's Other Friends, Lovers, and Allies

In addition to Yennefer, Ciri, Dandelion, and his Hanse, Geralt has met several other people along his path who have become frequent companions and friends, and sometimes lovers, to the witcher.

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Voiced by: Jennifer Woodward (The Witcher) and Susannah Fielding (Wild Hunt, Hearts of Stone)

Shani is a beautiful red-haired medic, and a student at the Academy of Oxenfurt. While still a student, she, Dandelion and Philippa Eilhart helped Geralt chase down Rience. She participated in the Battle of Brenna as part of the staff of Milo "Rusty" Vanderbeck's field hospital. A friend of Dandelion and Geralt. Many years after the Witcher saga, she became the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Herbology of the University of Oxenfurt.

She died in 1340, seventy-two years after the Battle of Brenna.

  • Action Girl: She may lack the mutations of a witcher and the spells of a sorceress, but she can still hold her own in a fight and doesn't lack for courage.
  • Amicable Exes: With Geralt if you choose her over Triss in the first game.
  • Ascended Extra: In the saga, she's an extra with a name and extremely minor role, disappearing for most of it after playing her role and then only showing up in the very end, again as a throw-away bit character. This caused book fandom to be utterly confused why she's one of the most important character in the first game and potential Love Interests, while video game players are confused why she's barely there in the books.
  • Betty and Veronica: She serves as the Betty to Triss' Veronica in the first game, being a more honest and forthright good girl to Geralt than the more manipulative sorceress.
  • The Bus Came Back: She does get mentioned in Wild Hunt and is a major character in the expansion Hearts of Stone.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She does not take kindly to Geralt if he places Alvin under Triss' protection.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Or the guy, in this case. While she has feelings for Geralt, she knows they ultimately can't work out due to their different lifestyles. Even if they rekindle their romance in Hearts of Stone, she still sets off to serve as a medic for the Redanian army.
  • Doting Parent: To Alvin if Geralt chooses her over Triss to take care of the boy. In contrast, Triss has more strict views on parenting.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Her and her halfling mentor demonstrate Sapkowski's knowledge of medieval medicine (it wasn't exactly all The Dung Ages). Sapkowski's next protagonist, Reynevan from the Hussite Trilogy is a medieval doctor.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has no problem drawing a knife to defend her patients.
    Vlodimir von Everec: Temperament to match the drapes!
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Nowhere in the novels she is shown as anything but a mundane, non-magical medic. The devs nonetheless gave her a healing ability in the first game that looks rather magical when activated. Averted in Hearts of Stone, where she never casts any spells and all her medical skills are strictly scientific.
  • Guile Hero: Although she can defend herself in necessary, Shani's true skill lies in her ability to efficiently gather information and sort out non-violent solutions to her issues, which comes in handy several times during Hearts of Stone.
  • Hospital Hottie: In spite of spending her time treating patients during a Dung Ages setting, she is quite a looker in the games.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Geralt's first meeting with her in Hearts of Stone finds her performing CPR on a maimed Redanian soldier while effectively saying this. It takes Geralt telling her the man's already dead to get her to stop.
  • Married to the Job: Invoked; after attending a friend's wedding with Geralt, Shani regrets that, vital as her work is, it's left her with little time to pursue a relationship of her own.
  • May–December Romance: She had her first fling with Geralt when she was only seventeen.
  • The Medic: Her job at the Battle of Brenna, working in a hospital tent. During the Third Nilfgaardian War she joined the Redanian military as a medic and was stationed in Oxenfurt for a time before being transferred to the frontlines in Kaedwen.
  • Put on a Bus: Despite the dev team's claims that she'd show up in The Witcher 2 in some fashion, she never did. The Enhanced Edition update added a new journal entry for those who did romance her: the relationship quickly fizzled out, Geralt throwing himself into whatever work Foltest gave him. The pair ended their relationship on amicable terms.
  • Plucky Girl: Manages to be fairly upbeat in a job that means caring for horribly wounded soldiers or plague victims.
  • Redhead In Green: Tends to wear green, which is the official color of medical students and doctors.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: A positive example: she has patched up a lot of Redanian soldiers who would be more willing to pay her back. While helping Geralt investigate Olgierd during Hearts of Stone, she manages to get access to the Oxenfurt Academy despite it being shut down by Radovid by reminding one of the guards on duty how she fixed his knee after he took an arrow to it.
  • She's Got Legs: Of which her wedding outfit and her outfit in the first game give us a good glimpse.

    Essi Daven 

Essi Daven

Appears in: A Little Sacrifice

Also known as "Little Eye", for her beautiful and half-hidden eyes. A bard and friend of Dandelion's who becomes romantically involved with Geralt during one of his "breaks" with Yennefer. She eventually dies of disease in Vizima.

  • Downer Ending: Her story ends on a very tragic and pointless note.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: As a way of illustrating the Witcherverse is just plain unfair.
  • Due to the Dead: After her death, Dandelion took her body into the forest and buried her as she requested instead of letting her body be burned like the other plague victims. Alongside her he buried her lute and the pearl Geralt had given her.
  • Everyone Can See It: Dandelion's opinion on her and Geralt's UST.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Dandelion, unusually, has this relationship with her.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: One of her eyes is always covered up by her long tresses of hair.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: How she feels about the fact she didn't meet Geralt until after he fell in love with Yennefer.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Which eventually gets resolved at Dandelion's insistence.

Friends and Allies

    Zoltan Chivay 

Zoltan Chivay

Voiced by: Peter Marinker (The Witcher) and Alexander Morton (Assassins of Kings and Wild Hunt)

"It's a dog's life, Geralt, I'll tell you that much."

An entrepreneur, a soldier of fortune, a veteran of the Battle of Brenna, an unassailable optimist, a committed altruist, a lover of rough drinks and rougher songs, a master Gwent player and, above all, a dear and loyal friend to both Geralt and Dandelion. They first became fast friends years ago, when the pair ran into Zoltan and the band he was leading at the time across war-stricken Riverdell. It is from Zoltan that Geralt got his iconic Mahakaman sword — Sihil. He was also known mostly in the books for his talking parrot, Field Marshal Duda, which he sold to the gnome Percival Schuttenbach when he started a jeweler's workshop in Novigrad. After the Battle of Brenna, Zoltan got engaged to Eudora Breckenriggs and had to try to appease his rather unpleasant new in-laws.

  • Arranged Marriage: His engagement to Eudora Breckenriggs. However, her father ends the engagement after the events of the first game due to Zoltan's contact with the Scoia'tael.
  • Ascended Extra: Zoltan is given an upgrade to The Big Guy in the game trilogy.
  • Characterization Marches On: Zoltan becomes a full-on Lancer or Big Guy, despite being unimportant in the main series.
  • Cool Sword: Zoltan gives one to Geralt.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Zoltan strongly encourages this mindset, especially in the first game. As he says (reminiscing events of the Saga):
    Zoltan: Let me tell you something, witcher. Once we led a group of women and children through a war-torn land. They slowed us down. We had to feed them, protect them, and we had to hide in the woods to pee instead of pissing by the road. In short, they were a burden, and ungrateful at that. Know why we helped them? It was the right thing to do.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: To quote him from Assassins of Kings:
    Zoltan: My favorite kind of magic - Lesbomancy.
  • Hidden Depths: Zoltan has a great number of opinions on a wide variety of subjects from terrorism to race relations to fishing to Gwent playing. He's also possessed of a strong desire to fight for nonhuman freedom.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Played with. In the games, he has all the standard dwarf tropes with the Scottish accent, preference for axes, and love of booze, but he has experience in a lot of other not so dwarfy things as the Hidden Depths entry above shows.
  • Neutral No Longer: Zoltan has a subtle character arc in the first and second game where he grows less and less enamored of passively accepting human Fantastic Racism.
  • Shout-Out: When Geralt requests his aid for the Battle of Kaer Morhen, Zoltan says Geralt can on him and his axe. This is a shout-out to the line said by Gimli in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: While it's a case with many of the main characters, Zoltan's Warrior Poet tendencies blending with his blunt manner of speaking stand out the most.
  • Those Two Guys: His role in the novels before Zoltan's breakout. In the games, Zoltan generally comes as a package deal with Dandelion.
  • Veteran Instructor: In The Witcher 2, Zoltan takes the job of training the recruits in Vergen.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: While he derides them as terrorists, Zoltan develops sympathies for the Scoia'tael. He also chooses to fight in Saskia's rebellion.

    Yarpen Zigrin 

Yarpen Zigrin
"The world belongs to whoever's best at crackin' skulls and impregnatin' lasses."

Appears in: Sword of Destiny | Blood of Elves | Lady of the Lake | Assassins of Kings

"Ever hear o' the dragon Ocvist? From Quartz Mountain? Well, Yarpen Zigrin and his band o' dwarves did 'im in."

An associate and drinking buddy of Geralt's, a dragon-hunter and a veteran of the Battle of Brenna. In the novels, Geralt first met him and four of his men escorting a convoy for King Henselt on the trail. Geralt, Ciri and a very poorly Triss were travelling towards Ellander from Kaer Morhen when they caught up to the convoy. He was in charge of a band of dwarves, originally six men, but now five, since Lucas Corto settled down and got married. In the short story "Granica możliwości" (The Bounds of Reason) Geralt meets the band outside Barefield just after they'd apparently slain a dragon called Ocvist and engage in a new hunt for a famed Golden Dragon sighted in the area.

  • Category Traitor: What many dwarves see him as.
  • Fantastic Racism: Averted. Yarpen's signature, defining quality is his opposition to the attempts by other races to destroy each other.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Yarpen's grandmother was killed in a pogrom against nonhumans and he's a champion of peaceful cooperation with humans.
  • Hidden Depths: An overwhelming love of peace and a desire for showing the world that not all humans are bad nor are nonhumans hateful of them. Too bad no one cares.
  • Only Sane Man: Unlike Zoltan, Yarpen is dead set against the Scoia'tael due to the fact he knows it will only doom them all. Also, against all the prejudice he's suffered, he doesn't blame humanity for their woes.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Pretty much all there is to be said about Yarpen.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: The local garrison attempts to do this to Yarpen. The trouble? He's not a traitor and after the resulting battle, which gets attacked by Scoia'tael out to kill Yarpen, the commander is left with a horrifying My God, What Have I Done? moment.


Tellico Lunngrevink Letorte, aka "Dudu"

Voiced by: Ewan Bailey

A doppler with an uncanny sense for business who makes his home (and fortune) in Novigrad. He befriends Geralt and Dandelion and assists them whenever they are in the city. He also befriends Priscilla and the Foxen mummers troupe.

  • Bald of Awesome: The third game depicts him as having a shaved head while he's in his usual halfling state, likely to make it appear as though he's aging or just changing his style normally.
  • Dead Person Impersonation:
    • Does this quite a bit thanks to his shapeshifting abilities. In "Eternal Flame," he poses as a dead inquisitor to gain access to a spy network. He does it again in the third game - twice, first disguising himself as an aristocrat who recently went Out with a Bang in order to rob Dijkstra's secret vault, and then as the recently-killed Caleb Menge to help Geralt save Dandelion.
    • If you opt in the third game to just kill Whoreson Jr. instead of inflicting a Fate Worse than Death, Dudu assumes Whoreson's identity and steers his criminal enterprise to a more honest and surprisingly more lucrative venture, much to Geralt's and Ciri's amused surprise.
  • Eye Scream: He loses an eye in an encounter with Whoreson Junior in Wild Hunt.
  • Gender Bender: He usually assumes the role of a man, but he can take on the appearance of women as well, such as when he shapeshifts into Ciri in the third game.
  • Guile Hero: Using a combination of his shapeshifting abilities, social skills, and business savvy, he's able to turn himself into one of the richest people in Novigrad within three days, and even convinces Geralt to let him continue living in the city.
  • Hobbits: He posed as a halfling merchant named Dainty Biberveldt, and since he got rich through a number of lucrative trades, the real Dainty decided it would be better to have him as business partner under the guise of a relative. Since then, Dudu has always used a halfling body as his default form.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Dudu refers to Caleb Menge as an "it" to show his clear disgust with the bigoted zealot.
  • Loveable Rogue: While he caused no shortage of trouble for Geralt, Dandelion, Dainty and others, his charisma and talent just made it hard for any of them to stay mad at him.
  • Mirror Boss: When Geralt confronts him in "Eternal Fire," Dudu takes on the Witcher's form and the two briefly clash swords. It doesn't work, however, because Geralt correctly surmises that Dudu wouldn't be able to kill him since Dopplers are not violent in nature.
  • Overly Long Name: Tellico Lunngrevink Letorte, Penstock for short, Dudu to friends.
  • Rags to Riches: He started off as a lone doppler with nothing to his name, and became very rich in short order.
  • Scars Are Forever: After he gets maimed by Whoreson Junior, every form he assumes carries the same scar over his right eye.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: Dopplers don't have one, but his friends know him best as "Dudu the halfling" after his time impersonating Dainty Biberveldt, so that's the "default" form he usually takes among them (and "Dainty's business-savvy relative Dudu" is also the identity entitled to a fair-sized fortune).
  • Spotting the Thread: When he attempted to impersonate Dandelion in order to get Priscilla's attention, she figured out it wasn't Dandelion because he talked about something other than himself.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: He's a Doppelgänger. Shapeshifting is what his species is all about.



Appears in: Wild Hunt
Voiced by: Emma Hiddleston

A bard who is working in Novigrad and a lover of Dandelion.

  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. The Concerned Citizen does a real number on her face, practically leaving it as one gigantic bruise.
  • Broken Bird: Subverted to hell and back. Even though she was forced to drink undiluted formaldehyde by a High Vampire religious zealot serial killer, she not only quickly recovers, but the only lasting damage is being unable to sing as high as before the attack.
  • The Chanteuse: Or the Medieval equivalent thereof.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Surprisingly averted. She doesn't find Geralt's jokes appropriate when Dandelion's in danger. Which isn't to say she won't joke at other times.
  • Distaff Counterpart: An in-universe one. Everyone says she is the female Dandelion and that's why he's in love with her, since he loves himself above everything else.
  • Expy: Is this for Essi Daven a.k.a Little Eye, a bard from the original Witcher short stories. Amusingly, she was Geralt's love interest in the books as opposed to Dandelion's.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: True to her jester getup, her trousers are of mismatching colors. One leg is blue, the other is orange.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Amongst the most golden in the game. And Priscilla shows kindness to everyone.
  • Large Ham: If Priscilla is chosen as an actress for the play, she overemphasizes every single word. However, the crowd loves her, so it doesn't hurt the performance.
  • Lovable Rogue: Just like Dandelion.
  • May–December Romance: Maybe, given how gracefully people in the Witcher universe age. Priscilla looks to be in her early twenties. Dandelion is about forty-seven by Witcher 3, but Priscilla's age is unrevealed.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a fancy orange hat similar to what Dandelion's sporting, with a peacock feather in it.
  • Quirky Bard: A Cockney accented Sexy Jester bard is pretty quirky.
  • Sexy Jester: Her performance outfit is basically a skin-tight court jester's uniform.
  • Sore Loser: Immediately upon losing a game of gwent to Geralt, she snaps that it was a bad idea.
  • Stage Name: She performs under the name Callonetta.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Effectively plays Dandelion's role as the Non-Action Guy Quirky Bard while he's gone. Many people, including Geralt, seem to prefer her due to not having The Load tendencies that Dandelion does.
  • Videogame Caring Potential: Many fans were outraged by Priscilla being savagely beaten up and tortured. The game itself exploits the trope; in the quest that follows in which Geralt investigates and pursues suspects, it is possible to rush to judgement and kill the wrong suspect, which ends the mission, but not as satisfactorily and using patience.


"We play 'Kill the Elf'! I'm always the Grand Master!"

Appears in: The Witcher
Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher

"The villagers sometimes whisper behind my back. One even called me the Devil's child..."

A pre-pubescent boy whom Geralt rescues from Barghests in the outskirts of Vizima. By all appearances, he’s a perfectly normal child, but he is also a Source, and has great potential for magic and especially a thing for seeing into the future.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's introduced as some random child rescued from certain death by Geralt. And ultimately becomes the Big Bad.
  • Cheerful Child: Although Jacques is not so cheerful.
  • Child Mage: As a Source.
  • Creepy Child: Whenever he has one of his premonitions.
  • Deuteragonist: He has as much focus as Geralt, he's a constant cast member from beginning to end, he has quite a few similarities to Ciri (the Deuteragonist of the series as a whole), Salamandra have a vested interest in him, and he's the Big Bad (well, a time displaced, older version of him that is).
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Goes barefoot everywhere.
  • Foil: To Ciri, later even Evil Counterpart. Ciri started as a royal, Alvin started as a commoner. Ciri was orphaned at a young age, Alvin was adopted. Ciri was trained as a Witcher, Alvin was trained as a sorcerer. Ciri went to live with Yennefer, Alvin went to live with Triss (or Shani). The Thanedd Coup and Scoia'tael revolution divided them. Ciri trains with the Rats, Alvin ends up with the Eternal Fire. Ciri renounces sorcery, Alvin becomes a great Sorcerer. Ciri goes on to become a Witcher, Alvin becomes a Witch Hunter. Ciri renounces her destiny, Alvin embraces it. Alvin failed to stop the White Frost, Ciri succeeded. And to add the final, tragic nail in the coffin: Ciri is rescued by Geralt, Alvin is killed by Geralt.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Alvin's just as sweet and innocent as he looks. Meanwhile, Jacques has darker hair to indicate that his innocence is long gone.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: An orphan child who bonds with Geralt.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He sees Geralt as a role model, and takes a lot of what he says to heart.
  • Oracular Urchin: He can see into the future.
  • Spear Counterpart: He's a rough male equivalent to Ciri, being a powerful Source child who Geralt serves as a father figure to.
  • Stable Time Loop: Vanishes into time, and presumably grows up to become Jacques de Aldersburg.
  • Tagalong Kid: Especially in Chapter IV, where he follows Geralt around, even in hostile territory.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His Source power put him in danger of this trope. And he eventually succumbs.



Geralt's horse(s). Geralt has taken a habit of naming all the horses he's ever had Roachnote , after the European fish. Geralt notes that he has a preferences for mares over stallions. Roach is Geralt's primary means of transport in The Witcher III, and there she takes the appearance of a chestnut mare. After completing a certain quest, Geralt can obtain a Nilfgaardian black stallion as his mount, replacing the previous Roach.

In Blood and Wine, while under the effect of a certain (mushroom-based) potion, Geralt gains the temporary ability to talk to Roach and understand her. Or maybe he's hallucinating the whole thing.

Except for appearances, the game treats both versions of Roach identically, thus tropes apply to both of them without distinction.

  • A Day in the Limelight: The "Equine Phantoms" quest in Blood and Wine gives Roach some characterization and lets her take the reins for once in solving the quest.
  • Automaton Horses: Roach doesn't need to be fed, never sleeps, and is incapable of dying.
  • Badass Bookworm: Like its owner, Roach has encyclopedic knowledge of monsters... Oh and she can read. She thus resents Geralt telling her what the evidence they found points towards.
    Roach: I can read! And draw my own conclusions!
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Within short stories, Geralt makes few references that each new Roach takes a hefty dose of this to be any use as a mount for a witcher, since regular horse would be constantly aggitated. He still has to use Signs to occasionally calm down the mare. This was later turned into a game mechanic.
  • Cool Horse: With the proper gear, both version of Roach can win every horse race in the continent. Blood and Wine takes it further by letting you outfit your horse with all kinds of cool armor.
  • Cowardly Lion: While there's a mechanic based on her being scared of any danger close by, she still displays Undying Loyalty to Geralt.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Roach and Geralt's communications is basically 90% her snarking at Geralt.
  • Deuteragonist: of the Equine Phantoms sidequest of the Blood and Wine expansion, being Geralt's noble steed, investigation partner, and through pardoning the ghost causing all the problems, the one who ultimately solves things.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: If you read her entry in the characters tab of the bestiary, Geralt hypothesizes that her constant exposure to magic, Witcher Signs, and the like are what caused her to develop her Offscreen Teleportation abilities.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: The Roach from A Grain of Truth acts weirdly around the cursed mansion. At first Geralt thinks the mare is just paranoid and should be past that stage of conditioning, but when calming the horse, he connects the dots himself. He even congratulates Roach for being smarter than him.
  • Irony: In the regular game, Geralt will note to a goat that it has the primary quality to be a good Roach, it doesn't talk much. Come the quest in Blood and Wine where he can talk to Roach, and we quickly see that Roach, in fact, is constantly talking.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Despite being a mare, Roach speaks with a man's voice. When asked about it she points out Geralt has never talked to another animal, so he's got no room to judge.
  • Legacy Character: Geralt names all his horses "Roach".
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: A fair amount of their conversation revolves around the horse riding mechanics of the base games, from the poor handling of Roach (and habit of getting stuck in fences), to her ability to always be there when Geralt whistles, even after he's been shipwrecked, to her kicking off Geralt during combat.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: So loyal, it allows her to always be there when Geralt whistles. Even if he let her across the ocean!
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Sure, maybe the potion did allow Geralt and Roach to talk... Or maybe Geralt was just high and hallucinating, and projecting his own deductions onto his horse.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Even if you're separated by islands, she'll instantly arrive when Geralt whistles for her. He theorizes that she became an Empowered Badass Normal, she chalks it up to Undying Loyalty.
  • Selective Memory: Roach has no memory of ever bucking off Geralt during combat.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: She has a surprisingly filthy mouth.
  • Static Role, Exchangeable Character: Late in the third game, Geralt has the option of switching out his bay mare for a black stallion. It's merely cosmetic and both versions of Roach have the same personality in the "Equine Phantoms" quest.
  • This Is My Human: She says as much about Geralt.
  • Undying Loyalty: Her only response to Geralt asking how she's able to cross the sea if it means heeding his call; it's simply that he's her human.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: There's quite a bit of bickering when she and Geralt start chatting it up. They're still a man's loyal steed and a steed's gallant human.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: She gets stuck in fences. She admits it's her main limit.


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