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Mages

    Algernon Guincamp 

Algernon "Pinety" Guincamp

Appears in: Season of Storms

One of the mages of Rissberg, an independent research and training center with limited oversight from the Brotherhood of Sorcerers. He hired Geralt to investigate mass murders in the Tukaj Foothills.


  • Actual Pacifist: Certain points indicates, that he deeply resents violence in general. He not only refused following his father's footsteps and resigned from military career, he risked own reputation (and life) to stop Sorel's killing spree whitout any personal profit (which is very rare between mages). Even despite being fishing enthusiast he never uses fishing hooks, and always let his catch go (and creates ilusion of it as a trophy). He was visibly disturbed, when Geralt nonchalantly admitted, that he always roasts fishes he catches.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Leaves Rissberg and the North entirely for Nilfgaard to get away from the horrible deeds that had been committed there, and because while mages not be revered in the south, they are at least paid well.
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    Artaud Terranova 

Artaud Terranova

One of five members of the Chapter of the Gift and the Art, the higher ruling body of the Brotherhood of Sorcerers.


  • The Alcoholic: Implied to be one during his meeting with Vilgefortz and Tissaia de Vries, as he is constantly drinking and refilling his wine glass, and even brings the bottle with him when they move into another room.
  • Eye Scream: While fighting Geralt during the Thanedd Coup, Artaud's eyes are nearly gouged out by Phillipa Eilhart in her owl form.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Betrays the North and allies with Nilfgaard in order to gain a position of power when they conquer the Northern Kingdoms.
  • Off with His Head!: After being blinded by Phillipa, Artaud is subsequently decapitated by Geralt.

    Carduin 

Carduin of Lan Exeter

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A leading council member of the Brotherhood of Sorcerers. Following the Thanedd Coup, Carduin attempted to reform the Council of Mages and helped organize a summit of mages and representatives of all nations at Loc Muinne.


  • Dirty Coward: Geralt regards him as one after watching him flee during the Thanedd Coup. Should Carduin be in service to King Radovid in Wild Hunt, Geralt calls him out on it, noting how Carduin and the other mages who submitted to Radovid are essentially powerless and doing nothing to stop the witch hunters from slaughtering their fellow magic users. Clearly rankled Carduin rebukes him by noting someone has to survive and ensure magic's survival.
    Carduin: And I say it's easy to play the hero, die a foolish death. But someone must survive, preserve our body of knowledge for future generations. You don't understand, you cannot... but sometimes it takes courage to be a coward.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When fighting breaks out during the Thanedd Coup, Carduin immediately flees as soon as he can via teleportation to Kovir, as it will be neutral in the upcoming war. He even leaves behind fellow wounded mages to do so.
  • Shock and Awe: Can cast lightning from his hands. He nearly killed Geralt with a bolt during the Thanedd Coup after mistaking him for a member of the Scoia'tael.
  • Team Switzerland: Was part of the neutral mages at the Thenedd Coup. When fighting broke out between the Nilfgaard supporters and the Northern supporters Carduin and the other neutral mages thought they would be safe, until Vilgefortz and his allies attacked them.
  • Uncertain Doom: He is arrested at Loc Muinne if Geralt does not rescue Triss to testify before the summit. No mention is made of him in Wild Hunt in this scenario, leaving his fate unknown, but considering the massacre at Loc Muinne and subsequent witch hunts Carduin's fate in that path seems bleak.

    Corinne Tilly 

Corinne Tilly

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Appears in: Wild Hunt
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A skilled oneiromancer, which is a sorceress who specializes in dream interpretation. The witch hunts have forced her into hiding in the city of Novigrad, where she is an associate of Triss Merigold. Geralt seeks her out to assist in his search for Ciri.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Like many sourceresses she wears a very low cut dress that shows off her cleavage.
  • Barefoot Sage: A wise sorceress who is constantly barefoot, presumably by choice.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She is constantly barefoot.
  • Dreaming of Times Gone By: As an oneiromancer one of her primary skills is going to a location and dreaming of its history. Corinne uses this skill to help people learn the history of houses, which can be useful in determining the source of a haunting or locating an item hidden away inside the building.
  • Magical Barefooter: See Barefoot Sage.
  • Odd Friendship: If the godling Sarah is allowed to stay in the house then Corinne returns to meet the creature who trapped her in the nightmare. She ends up moving in herself and living together with the godling, with their relationship being somewhat mother and daughter like.
  • Secret Keeper: When she aids Geralt, Corinne can learn a lot about his past and relationship with Ciri, as well as her abilities as a Child of the Elder Blood. While disturbed, she still helps and keeps the information to herself.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She's a minor character in the grand scheme of things, but she has a huge impact for both her world and the Aen Elle's world when she uses her special abilities to reveal Eredin's regicide to Ge'els.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: Finds herself trapped in nightmares about furniture that eats people by Sarah, although the godling didn't really understand that she was tormenting Corinne due to her belief that scary dreams are fun.

    Dorregaray 

Dorregaray of Vole

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A wizard who is primarily concerned with preventing the extinction of rare and endangered species, no matter how dangerous they might be.


  • Admiring the Abomination: Holds a deep respect and concern for all creatures, no matter how dangerous they are. He finds the fashion of his fellow mages in wearing clothing made endangered monsters like basilisks to be horrific.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He and Geralt did not get along at all when they first met, with Dorregaray having nothing but disdain for his profession and believing the Witcher was hunting a dragon for sport and reward. After Geralt instead came to his aide when Dorregaray attempted to save the dragons he gained a much higher opinion of him. When they meet again years later at Thanedd, both are genuinely pleased to see each other again, although Dorregaray still disapproves of Geralt's job.
  • The Mole: According to Phillipa Eilhart, he is a spy in the employ of King Ethain of Cidaris.
  • Team Switzerland: Was amongst the neutral mages at the Thenedd Coup, during which he was injured by Scoia'tael.

    Istredd 

Istredd of Aedd Gynvael

Appears in: Sword of Destiny

A highly respected sorcerer with an interest in archology. Istredd is an old friend and occasional lover of Yennefer, a fact which caused him to come into conflict with Geralt.


  • Betty and Veronica: He is the "Betty" in the Love Triangle between him, Yennefer, and Geralt, being the safe choice for Yennefer to settle down with as opposed to the danger and turmoil that comes with the Witcher.
  • Break Them by Talking: Gives a truly chilling speech to Geralt, in which he in detail explains why the witcher and Yennefer are a terrible pairing that's going to be emotionally draining for her and how he's not her match in any way or field. What's worse, he makes a point about Geralt being a Tin Man, only mimicking emotions, since as a mutant he genuinely can't have them. The result is talking Geralt into Suicide by Cop.
  • Driven to Suicide: After Yennefer leaves both him and Geralt, Istredd shows up to their duel with a sword, clearly intending not use magic and perish by the Witcher's blade. Thankfully, Geralt recognizes this and leaves without dueling the heartbroken wizard.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards Witchers, whom he believes are utterly incapable of true emotion or love.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Zig-Zagged. He's fully aware all his actions are driven by petty envy, but his feelings toward Yennefer are simply too strong and so he allows himself to go for things that normally would be below his own dignity.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: He invokes it against Geralt, pointing out the things and actions the witcher might consider as good or noble are nothing more than delusions of self-justifying murderer and wandering mercenary.
  • Wizard Classic: Subverted. Being a strong supporter of Sufficiently Analyzed Magic, he cultivates an image of middle-aged scholar instead.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Very little mention is made of Istredd after the events of "A Shard of Ice" despite his prominence as a sorcerer and connection to Yennefer. His only mention in the main saga is during the initial meeting of the Lodge when Sile de Tansarville wonders why he or another prominent Koviri sorcerer was not invited instead of her. Given that he lives in neutral Kovir, he likely managed to avoid being caught up in the wars and the witch hunts that plagued the rest of the Northern Realms.
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    Lytta Neyd 

Lytta Neyd / Coral / Astrid Lyttneyd Ásgeirrfinnbjornsdottir

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Appears in: Season of Storms | Blood of Elves note 

A powerful sorceress from Skellige who has a habit of compressing people into statues. Corral is a former lover of Geralt during one of his breaks from Yennefer. She perished during the Battle of Sodden, being one of the Fourteen of the Hill.


  • Ascended Extra: She was mentioned in the Saga as a sorceress involved in a week-long affair with Geralt and briefly in a flashback of Triss's to the Battle of Sodden. In Season of Storms she is a main character and the details of her relationship with Geralt are revealed.
  • Bad Boss: Treats her apprentice Mozaïk horribly, including using a spell to twist one of her hands around 180 degrees after noticing Geralt flirting with her.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Triss recalls her death at the Battle of Sodden as particularly horrible, describing Lytta as being an armless and legless trunk and screaming in unimaginable pain.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Has a fondness for inflicting terrible punishments, including death, for petty reasons. One bestiary entry in Wild Hunt mentions she teleported a man into a nest of harpies after he said she reminded him of the creatures.
  • In-Series Nickname: Called "Coral" because it is the color of her favorite lipstick.
  • Overly Long Name: Being called Astrid Lyttneyd Ásgeirrfinnbjornsdottir is a good reason not to use your birth name.
  • Posthumous Character: She is first mentioned after her death at Sodden. The prequel novel Season of Storms expands on those mentions.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the massive storm hits Kerack, Lytta teleports out of the city while Geralt, Dandelion, and Mozaïk stay behind to try and rescue people from the flood. She later returns with medical supplies once the danger has passed, but the others are still pissed at her for not helping them.
  • Signature Move: Fond of using a compression spell to turn her enemies and those who annoy her into tiny statues. Geralt comes across two of her victims in Wild Hunt and can free them.

    Marti Södergren 

Marti Södergren

Unlike many of her fellow mages, Marti had little time for politics and instead focused on healing magic, as well as the creation of powerful aphrodisiacs.


  • Awesome, but Impractical: Discussed by Rusty. Sure, Marti's healing magic is great, but she can only cast this many spells before her own body starts to crack down. When he's still busy operating, she is forced to take a break and keeps puking out. Not due to disgust, but simply thanks to magical overextension.
  • The Cameo: Makes a very brief one in Season of Storms at the Borsodi Auction House purchasing a rare medical textbook.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Died just two weeks after the Battle of Brenna when she was stabbed to death by a jealous lover, an officer from the Free Companies, who thought their relationship was more serious than it was and became infuriated when he discovered Marti sleeping with a Temerian officer. And the informaton is given directly after her final appearance, in almost sadistic way.
  • Extreme Libido: Like many mages she is extremely sexual, although even other mages describe her as a nymphomaniac. Hardly surprising that one of her specialties is the making aphrodisiacs.
  • Healing Hands: She's a sorceress specialising in healing magic and anything related with it. On top of that, she's a trained and experienced surgeon.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: During the Thenedd Coup, Marti was not amongst the elite members of the Council and Brotherhood who gathered for the meeting that turned into a violent clash between the Nilfgaard collaborators and Northern loyalists, only being summoned there to treat the dying Hen Gedymdeith. When Geralt finds her, she is crying and thoroughly confused by the chaos going on.
  • The Medic: During the Second Northern War she volunteers as a medic for the combined Northern army and works in a field hospital during the Battle of Brenna.
  • Mundane Solution: Using magic is taxing, while sewing people together and using sterile tools achieves the same results, saving spells for really tough cases.
  • The Stoic: When elves from the Vrihedd Brigade are driven out from their medical tent, she's the only one still capable of operating and continues to stitch a patient on the table, while everyone else is too terrified to even move.

    Stregobor 

Stregobor

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Appears in: The Last Wish

Resident mage of the town of Blaviken, known to locals as Master Irion. He is a fervent believer in the Curse of the Black Sun and is seeking proof that all princesses born under the eclipse are irredeemably evil.


  • Batman Gambit: He is perfectly fine with Renfri massacring Blaviken, as that would "prove" his point of her being evil incarnated and validate the prophecy of the Black Sun.
  • Dirty Coward: It's all fine and dandy for him to mastermind pogroms against the "cursed princesses", as long as it doesn't personally endanger him. The moment Renfri declares vengeance, he turns tail and goes into hiding, using an alias. When she finds him again, he is willing to get entire Blaviken wiped out, but never face her. And when Geralt (against his will and better judgement) defends him, the mage just teleports away to Kovir.
  • Karma Houdini: Not only he is never blamed for the bloody mess related with the Black Sun prophecy, Geralt personally ends up killing off Stregobor's warranty and gets blamed for the butchery, while the wizard is left unmolested.
  • Jerkass: Really enjoys to torment people for no real reason and acting as if everyone was inferior to him and his overinflated ego. He met with Geralt in the past and back then chased him away from Kovirian court when the Witcher showed up for his due payment after slaying a monster. The countless lives he ruined in the chase after the prophecy mean squat to him, just like the inhabitants of Blaviken when Renfri treatens to turn the streets into rivers of blood.
  • Master of Illusion: Inside of his tower is a massive Artificial Outdoors Display, looking like a peaceful meadow. Part of the illusion involves a naked woman tending to mage's needs.
  • Moral Event Horizon: While he already did a lot of shody deals in the past, he directly crosses the line when he locks up in his tower, fully aware Renfri will keep her words and murder the townspeople.
  • Playing with Syringes: Mentions having performed autopsies and at least one vivisection on princesses "afflicted" by the curse.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: You would think he could be at least an itty-bitty tiny bit thankful to Geralt by the end of the story.
  • Unreliable Expositor: His version of the story regarding Renfri is just as biased and unverifiable as hers. In fact, he's even less reliable, due to his obsessive belief in the prophecy without having any proof it is real.
  • Wizard Classic: Exaggerated to a point where Geralt notes no other mage cultivates the image so hard as Stregobor.

    Tissaia de Vries 

Tissaia de Vries

One of the most influential people in the wizarding community, Tissaia is staunchly on the side of neutrality of magic, a stance that she cannot shake off even as it becomes obvious that a group of influential magicians conspire with Nilfgaard.


  • The Archmage: She pulls down the entire magical defenses of Arethusa just so, in a heartbeat - defenses the raising of which involved a whole year of dedicated work for a powerful magician.
  • Blue and Orange Morality:
    • Tissaia finds the idea ludicrous that a mage would ever choose their homelands over their fellow wizards. She is disgusted, contemptuous even, that mages would fight for the North against other mages who would fight for Nilfgaard. She also believes magic should be a wizard's only passion and that all sorceresses should be sterilized.
    • Leads to a Break the Haughty moment when she discovers not only that mages do hold nationalist sentiments, they're willing to fight and die for them. The idea of putting magic before race, politics, faction, religion or blood never occurred to them, and once it does, none of them have any interest in it.
  • Driven to Suicide: As she realizes what was the outcome of her actions.
  • For Science!: Everything she does is in the interests of magic. The idea other mages have considerations beyond this is offensive.
  • Heroic BSoD: She suffers one during the Nilfgaard invasion, left with the realization her actions have not only destroyed the Conclave but led to Nilfgaard's Rape, Pillage, and Burn across Aedirn and Rivia unopposed.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Assumes that every other mage believes magicians are above things like race, national loyalty, and religion. That the idea of siding with anyone else is treason. The problem is - she's the only mage who believes magic should come first and last, at least to the degree she practices. To make it worse, the traitors are all Devil in Plain Sight.
  • Lawful Stupid: For her, the neutrality of magic is non-negotiable. Even when Dijkstra was only there to stop even greater infraction.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Takes a while, but it starts with the realization things are way, way, way out of her control when she frees her fellow mages and expects them to settle their differences peacefully, only for the mages who sided with Nilfgaard to start murdering the Loyalists and the Loyalists to fight back without hesitation.
  • Poor Communication Kills: No, Tissaia, Dijkstra and the Redanian forces really are here to help. Your fellow mages really are the bad guys.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her actions basically allow the Thanedd coup to proceed.
  • Neat Freak: Implied to suffer from a form of OCD.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Decides to free all of her fellow mages without given any consideration to the idea they were plotting to murder their fellow wizards for Nilfgaard.
  • Shipper on Deck: She apparantly had a soft spot for Geralt, noticing his good influence on Yennefer, and therefore supported their relationship. She was also one of the few mages in the series who was genuinely nice to him without trying to kill, manipulate and/or seduce him.
  • Tautological Templar: Anything which serves magic is good and anything which is against magic is evil. She awakens from this viewpoint after she discovers every other mage has other considerations.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her actions lead to the complete collapse of the Conclave, Nilfgaardian invasion being utterly unopposed and catastrophic destruction of all the Northern Kingdom. For extra points of personal irony, the Thanedd coup directly led to the perception of all mages as traitors and the fall of prestige surrounding them that was never fully mend. When she realises what have she done, she just ends her life.

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Alchemists

     Adalbertus Aloysius Kalkstein 

Adalbertus Aloysius Kalkstein

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Appears in: The Witcher
Voiced by: William Roberts

A friendly and somewhat eccentric master alchemist that crosses paths with Geralt for the first time outside Vizima. He can become a steadfast ally with a great deal of lucrative contracts to offer the itinerant monster slayer and a range of help regarding all things alchemical.


  • Basement-Dweller: Funnily enough, he conducts his research in a dilapidated house at the center of the Non-human District and spends most of his time mixing chemicals in a candle-lit cellar. Geralt more than once likens his behavior to an under-dwelling gnome (and suspects he may have gnomish ancestry, which would explain his odd appearance as well). An allusion to the modern nerd, though an independent nerd at that!
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He is also honorary chairman of the Alchemists, Geomancers, and Pyromancers Club, and rival of the Oxenfurt Inventors' Club.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: When the witch hunters burned him alive, Kalkstein had a few tricks up his sleeve to ensure he did not go down without getting some level of revenge. He somehow managed to have fiery beasts emerge around the pier that shot into the sky to explode into a message reading "Radovid sucks flaccid cock".
  • For Science!: When you first meet him he asks to examine Geralt's body as an exemplar of scientific and magical achievement. Slightly disturbed, Geralt refuses only for Kalkstein to inquire whether a postmortem would be acceptable...
  • Hidden Depths: Is the one who helps Geralt plan the trap for Azar in Chapter II. He also knows the most about Gnomish technology, metallurgy (and magic) outside of anyone from Mount Carbon, leading to a surprising "hobby" of his.
  • Married to the Job: His introduction to Geralt leaves no doubt about his one, eternal and ever-lasting true love.
  • Nice Guy: Always polite and willing to help our favorite witcher. The only time in the entire game when he'll even get angry is if he's accused of working with the Salamandra, he will promptly tell Geralt to get out of his home and address him derogatorily as a mutant. (A hint of how much you've hurt his feelings). But don't worry, he forgives Geralt after he admits that he was wrong.
  • No Social Skills: Downplayed, but as Geralt muses: the absent-minded alchemist seems nice, but it is obvious that scientific theories are of greater concern to him than the more prosaic aspects of life.
  • Killed Offscreen: Became a victim of the witch-hunters before the start of Wild Hunt.
  • Lovable Nerd: He will fill you in on all the aspects of the potion-making system and keep you flush with cash throughout the game's impressive run-time. On top of all this, he's essential to the completion of several quest lines and can optionally help you out with advice on several more.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He is the closeted yet enthusiastic intellectual next to Geralt's rough-and-tumble stoical man of the world. Their clash of personalities makes for some of the funniest moments in the game.
  • Those Two Guys: Is also the NPC you will likely spend the most time with, as not only does he accept rarer loot drops from monsters for the highest selling price but he will also supply you with endless side-quests to obtain monster parts for his experiments.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: You wouldn't think at it to look at him, but give him some old armour pieces and a magical formula along with twenty four hours and he will forge the best damn set of armour in the game!

Astrologers

     Xarthisius 

Xarthisius

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Appears in: Baptism of Fire

A Nilfgaardian astrologer who is tasked by the emperor himself with locating Ciri after the failure of her capture during the Thanedd coup. Mistrustful of mages, Emhyr preferred to call upon Xarthisius for matters involving long-range magical detection.


  • Absent-Minded Professor: He's a clear-cut case. That said, the realities of serving Nilfgaardian emperors ensured he picks up the occasional social clue.
  • The Astrologer: He is looked down on by wizards and apparently his trade is separate enough, but his methods seem to be magical in nature.
  • Cassandra Truth: He accurately marked Ciri's location in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately for him, the Rats took her in before Nilfgaard did, making him look like a fraud.
  • Sympathetic Magic: At his request, Emhyr provided him with a lock of Ciri's hair. (He also asked for feces, but Emhyr warned him against such tests of his patience.) Still, the hair was enough to work with.
  • You Have Failed Me: Ironically, he gets thrown in jail after providing absurd (but actually true) clues to Ciri's location. But hey, at least it's not the gallows.


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