One of the last regions settled by humans, the Kingdom of Aedirn is bordered by Kaedwen to the north, Redania to the northwest, Temeria and the Mahakam Mountains to the west, and Lyria to the south, with the Blue Mountains marking its eastern frontier.
King Demavend III
The king of Aedirn. He is the first monarch to be targeted by the Kingslayer which kicks off the plot of the second game.
- Adaptational Villainy: See below. Also double with Adaptational Wimp.
- Adipose Rex: Is pretty on the hefty side.
- The Alcoholic: Is said to do more drinking than ruling.
- Asshole Victim: He's known to be a very cruel person who especially harbors a hatred against elves. He's also the first king to be assassinated by Letho.
- Character Death: Dies in the Witcher 2 trailer meant to show badass Letho is.
- Noble Bigot: Despite his antipathy against elves, he is willing to tolerate Dol Blathanna as an independent protectorate under Francesca Findabair.
- Off with His Head!: Letho cuts off his head. With a dagger. It takes two gruesome butcher chops, even with Letho's sheer strength.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As opposed to what the Lodge says, in the books he is a capable and strong ruler, who rallies a strong defense for his country and who also sues for peace rather than continue senseless fighting.
Son of King Demavend and heir to the throne of Aedirn. Following the assassination of his father, Stennis' ascension to the throne was blocked due to his lack of support among the nobility and a peasant revolt led by Saskia the Dragonslayer.
- 0% Approval Rating: He has absolutely no support among commoners. His noble supporters are not thrilled with him either due to his poor personality and youthful inexperience. If he survives to become King, Geralt's narration implies that Stennis becomes popular, if only because the Aedernian nobility are grateful to have anyone to hold the kingdom together.
- Ambiguously Evil: While Stennis's behavior during the investigation into Saskia's poisoning is quite suspicious and he clearly stood to benefit from her death, Geralt never finds any evidence explicitly tying him to the crime and it's never revealed if he's truly guilty.
- Ambition Is Evil: He is quite willing to do anything in order to secure the throne of Aedim.
- Demoted to Extra: In Roche's path Stennis dies on the ghostly battlefield before Geralt even arrives.
- Divine Right of Kings: Invokes this as why he should become king and why peasants should never question anything he has to say.
- The Evil Prince: Considers peasants to be little more than vermin that are barely worth his time, and probably poisons Saskia to get rid of his biggest obstacle to the throne.
- Jerkass: He's quite willing to give his ally, Saskia, to Henselt during the summit with Kaedwen, threatens and constantly demeans Geralt in all their conversations, and refuses to give up some blood in order to save Saskia from being poisoned. Of course, the fact that he's probably one of those responsible for it probably had something to do with it.
- Karmic Death: If found guilty of participating in Saskia's poisoning, Stennis will be beaten to death by a lynch mob of peasants who he had dismissed as being worth nothing and who would not dare stand before a divinely selected king.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He is not only unwilling to help Geralt or Saskia in their endeavors despite saving his life at the beginning of Chapter 2, but it's implied that he tried to poison the latter.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate if he survives Assassins of Kings is unknown. Nilfgaard managed to conquer Aedern during the timeskip before Wild Hunt, but Stennis isn't mentioned outside of being a Gwent card.
Saskia the Dragon Slayer / Saesenthessis
Leader of the Aedirnian resistance. She dreams of a land where humans and nonhumans can coexist in harmony, though she is actually the dragon Saesenthessis, who came to sympathize with the other races and wants them to live in peace with each other. Ultimately ends up becoming an Unwitting Pawn to Philippa Eilhart and the Lodge of Sorceresses.
- Ascended Extra: She's the baby dragon seen briefly in the "The Bounds of Reason" story from Sword of Destiny. She grows up to become a major character in the second game.
- Action Girl: You won't know how much though until her true nature is revealed.
- The Ace: She is a beautiful, brave young woman who is just as smart as she is charismatic, and rumor has it that she killed a dragon single-handedly. She turns out to be the dragon all along, and the bit about slaying a dragon was invented by Iorveth to make her seem even more like an ace.
- Badass Normal: Subverted. She gives the impression of being a tremendously skilled human swordswoman, but she's really a dragon in disguise.
- Brain Washed And Crazy: Which comes as quite a shock at the end of Chapter 2.
- Canon Immigrant: A strange case. That mixed green dragon hatchling from the Sword of Destiny short story The Bounds of Reason grew up into Saskia.
- The Dragon: Fittingly, but unwillingly, becomes this to Philippa Eilhart.
- The Extremist Was Right: Believes in the revolutionary idea that maybe humans, elves and dwarves should stop killing each other and live together in peace.
- Final Boss: If Letho is let go, then she becomes this, and in general proves to be a much straighter example than him.
- Final Boss Preview: Yes, that's her in the prologue.
- Founder of the Kingdom: Of Upper Aedirn, not that it lasts long...
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde, pretty, pure, and idealistic.
- Hero Antagonist: On the Roche path. While Geralt never fights Saskia or her faction directly, he's still under the employ of the Kaedweni army she's at war with. Even so, the witcher's sympathies are clearly with her side. She also attacks the Temerian army at the beginning of the game, who Geralt was also working for.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: A rarity in the world of a Witcher. Which makes sense as she's not actually human, but a Dragon.
- Interspecies Romance: Geralt can be implied to ship Saskia/Iorveth through one dialogue opinion in one of the endings. Saskia notes that she had heard many lewd things said about the two of them, but finds dwarves most interesting. Which apparently is a dragon thing. She does put some thought into the idea, though.
- Jeanne d'Archétype: Leader of a popular peasant uprising, takes on the role of a warrior and leader outside of society's role for women, persecuted and thought a freak by her enemies. Yep, she's a Jeanne alright.
- Lady of War: She leads the revolt in Aedirn.
- Mind-Control Eyes: How Geralt notices that something is off about her behavior.
- Morality Pet: For Iorveth, who is fiercely loyal to her.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Golden dragons in The Witcher can shapeshift into virtually any form they want, but because Saesenthessis is only partially a golden dragon (her father is a golden dragon and her mother is a green dragon), she can only shapeshift into one human form.
- Rebel Leader: Self-explanatory.
- Red Baron: Also known as the "Virgin of Aedirn".
- Virgin Power: What a lot of people seem to believe she has. Since as Triss correctly notes that "virgins are a dying breed" in the Witcherverse, it isn't that crazy an argument from a peasant's POV.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Word of God reveals she survived the fall of Aedirn with Iorveth despite implications of her death.
Rayla The Black/White
Mercenary and Demavend's Special Forces Captain. She is responsible for hunting down elven terrorists. After being captured, tortured and mutiliated by Squirell's commando she somehow escaped and returned with even greater hatred for non-humans.
- What You Are in the Dark: Yennefer shows her only contempt for decorating road signs with butchered bodies of elves and being sellsword without honour, fighting only for gain. During Secoond Nilfgaardian War Rayla and her man were the only ones who protected refugees fleeing the country from enemy raids.
Formerly a powerful kingdom, Cintra is bordered to the south by Nilfgaard and to the north by Verden. During the First Northern War the country was conqured by Nilfgaard and the entire royal family perished, with the exception of Princess Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon. Although technically a independent state following the war, it essentially became a province of Nilfgaard due to Emperor Emhyr's marriage to the False Ciri.
Queen Calanthe Fiona Riannon
Ciri's grandmother and the queen of Cintra, a kingdom lying to the south of Yaruga river. Once upon a time, she hired a certain witcher to solve a troublesome affair involving her daughter and a knight suffering from a powerful curse, which ultimately ended in the curse being lifted, the witcher making the request of the Unexpected Child, and the resulting tangle of the fates of everyone involved. Although she was a tough political player (nicknamed "the Lioness of Cintra"), she nevertheless could not prevent Nilfgaard from overrunning Cintra, and committed suicide to avoid falling into Nilfgaardian hands shortly after issuing a final edict to carry her granddaughter to safety. The girl eventually found her way into the custody of the same witcher who requested her years before.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: By jumping out of the window of her palace.
- Iron Lady: A strong queen who earned her nickname.
- The Magnificent: The Lioness of Cintra.
- Man Behind the Man: Her attempts at being the supreme ruler were defied by the nobility of the realm, as by Cintran law, the ruler had to be a man. She thus settled for the second-best thing, getting a husband who wouldn't interfere.
- Manipulative Bitch: When Urcheon shows up to claim Pavetta's hand in marriage, Calanthe tries to instigate a fight between him and other suitors. When this tactic fails, she tricks Urcheon into revealing his transformed face, in hopes Pavetta will reject him.
- Posthumous Character: For most of the cycle. The Saga takes place entirely after her death. The short stories cover the period both before and after.
- Screening the Call: She struggles twice against the Law of Surprise. First, she tries to stop Pavetta from marrying Urcheon. Later, she threatens Geralt to discourage him from taking Ciri away to become a witcher.
- The Unfettered: She has shades of this. She is ready to use every trick in the book to achieve her goal: a marriage treaty between Cintra and Skellige. She shows no remorse over her lack of honor and dirty tactics. When her manipulations fail, she is ready to simply murder the man standing in the way of her plans and yields only when a better solution is presented to her.
- Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: She tries numerous things to trick or convince Geralt into not taking her granddaughter, even after he outright tells her he has no intention of going through with it.
Bordered by Aedirn to the north, the Mahakam Mountains to the west, and the Yaruga River to the south. Lyria and Rivia were two former kingdoms that were joined as a confederation by King Berric in 1113. Despite being repeatedly conquered by Nilfgaard during the Northern Wars, Lyria and Rivia has regained its independence at the end of each conflict.
Queen Meve, the White Queen
Ruler of Lyria and Rivia. Meve is known to be a wise and good ruler who played a key role in the North's fight against Nilfgaard. She knights Geralt in thanks for his actions in saving her army and her life during the Battle for the Bridge on the Yaruga.
She is the protagonist of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, which details her campaign against Nilfgaard.
- Action Girl: During the Second Nilfgaardian War she fights alongside her men in full armor.
- A Day in the Limelight: In the books, she's a minor character. Thronebreaker is told from her perspective during the second Nilfgaardian invasion.
- Berserk Button: Geralt becomes one after he and his friends abandon her army to continue their quest to find Ciri. If anyone mentions him she will begin to curse his name.
- Bling of War: She's often depicted in golden plate armour, though for much of Thronebreaker, she wears attire that makes one character that makes her resemble more of a mercenary than a queen.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Her wounds during the Battle Of The Yaruga leave her with a temporary lisp and an inability to pronounce her Rs correctly, which makes knighting Geralt a little difficult.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Her face was disfigured when she was wounded in battle.
- Everyone Has Standards: She is disgusted when the other Northern rulers decided that Ciri must die in order to prevent Ehmyr from marrying her and laying claim to the Kingdom of Cintra. Meve thought it better to just find her and marry her off to a minor knight somewhere isolated.
- Frontline General: She personally led Lyria and Rivia's resistance forces after Nilfgaard conquered it during the second war, going behind enemy lines to lead a guerrilla war.
- The High Queen: She is probably the most moral and wisest ruler in the North, although she sometimes shows some ruthlessness and can be vindictive if she thinks someone has wronged her. Ironically, her kingdom has a well-earned opinion as a Wretched Hive.
- Iron Lady: When the other Northern Kingdoms are broken, having either fallen, surrendered, or struck a deal, she takes the fight to the Nilgaardians.
- Lady of War: Leads her army into battle and fights alongside them.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She fights alongside her soldiers in the front lines.
- The Quiet One: When the major rulers of the North hold meetings, Meve typically says little, but when she does speak she tends to cut to the heart of the matter and everyone listens.
- Widow Woman: Her husband died some years back, although she does not seem too distressed as he was reportedly quite stupid.
His Majesty Henselt, King of Kaedwen, heir to the Dynasty of the Unicorn, Lord of Ard Carraigh, Archduke of Ban Ard and vanquisher of Nilfgaard
The ruler of Kaedwen, the largest of the Northern Kingdoms. Plans to conquer the Pontar Valley, which he claims to be his birthright, but first he has to defeat the resistance led by Saskia the Dragon Slayer.
- A Father to His Men: He's quite popular among his soldiers for the most part. Not enough to prevent an attempted coup, however.
- Acrofatic: Despite his bulk, he is rather agile and an accomplished swordsman.
- Adipose Rex: He is quite bulky.
- Arc Villain: Of the Vergen arc that takes place in Chapter 2 of the second game. His conquest of Aedirn is the primary source of conflict that drives this section of the game's story.
- Asshole Victim: He's either killed by Roche in the second game, or by Radovid before the third one begins. Either way, he deserves it.
- Bald of Evil: It's hard to tell under his crown, but yeah, he has a shaved head under there.
- Beard of Evil: It's remarked that his beard makes him look more like a thief than a king.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He fancies himself a mighty warlord and a cunning Chessmaster who the other Northern rulers and even Nilgaard wouldn't dare cross. While he is capable of great evil, in the grand scheme of things he is a mere piece to be used by the other players on the chessboard.
- Blood Knight: He prides himself on being the strongest king of the North, and won't hesitate to invade a country again and again if he thinks he can win.
- Combat Pragmatist: He talks a good game about maintaining honor and valor on the battlefield, but Henselt himself never engages an enemy who isn't at a disadvantage.
- Defiant to the End: Should Roche decide to kill him, he proclaims that he won't beg for mercy. When Roche demands Henselt look him in the eyes Henselt does one better, getting right in Roche's face and daring Roche to kill him. Even with a knife in his chest, Henselt likens it to a flea biting a lion before succumbing.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He dies offscreen in between the second and third games, assuming he wasn't killed beforehand.
- Entitled Bastard: Already in the books, he quarrels with Demavend over his lands, and even has the audacity to call his men 'liberators' when all they've done is Rape, Pillage, and Burn.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being a ruthless and manipulative individual, he was absolutely disgusted by Sabrina Glevissig's decision to cast a powerful fire spell on the battlefield of his previous campaign on Aedirnian ground, slaughtering a large number of soldiers, both friend and foe alike.
- Fantastic Racism: Has no respect whatsoever for non-humans.
- Fluffy the Terrible: King Henselt of Kaedwen, last of the line of the Unicorn. Of course, in Medieval myth, unicorns were dangerous beasts that only a maiden could approach safely. Henselt's lineage probably refers to the badass old school unicorns.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: What he did to Ves.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's politically active, warmongering, and insists in fighting on the front lines, though unlike most cases of this trope, it doesn't make him even remotely heroic.
- Smug Snake: Really makes you want to let Roche kill him just to wipe that smile off his mug.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Even though Geralt and Roche saved his life and Geralt freed him from Sabrina Glavissig's curse, Henselt orders Roche's men executed, without a trial, for being part of a conspiracy they knew absolutely nothing about (only Roche was part of it), and tries to kill Geralt as soon as he meets him on Vergen, even though he had all but taken over the town already and Geralt was not fighting for either side.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Invoked by himself when Geralt and Roche call him out on his villainous acts. Indeed, barring a few exceptions, everything he did was meant to benefit his kingdom in some way.
- You Got Spunk: He almost says this word for word to Saskia (just replace "spunk" with "balls") for her willingness to stand up against his superior force. It makes her a far more enticing target for him to rape, of course.
A powerful sorcerer who serves as King Henselt's adviser during the events of the second game. Has little in the way of morals, but is devoted to his king.
- Ascended Extra: Like Iorveth, he exists in the books, but not to the extent that you could really call him a developed character.
- Asshole Victim: On Iorveth's path, he gets executed by a mind-controlled Saskia without any trial. On Roche's path, Roche will castrate him and feed him his own balls before slitting his throat. Either way, you won't feel much sympathy for him.
- Camp Gay: Roche's path reveals that he's not only homosexual, but that he can also be especially fussy about his appearance and comically critical about the appearance of other men.
- Cutscene Boss: Though you do get to fight him earlier in a fairly challenging battle, he dies much later without a fight.
- Defiant to the End: How he dies in Iorveth's path. Less so in Roche's path.
- Groin Attack: How Roche kills him in his path.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His name is pronounced Death-Mold.
Joachim von Gratz
Joachim von Gratz is the chief surgeon at Vilmerius Hospital. He meets Geralt and Dandelion during the hunt for the serial killer known as the Concerned Citizen. Joachim is also a former professor at Oxenfurt University, where he was acquainted with Shani, who served as his assistant for a year.
- The Atoner: He killed people during the Oxenfurt Revolution, believing that its goals were worth the price of killing its opponents. He has come to regret those actions and worked hard to atone for them.
- Badass Grandpa: He may be getting old, but he is still a wicked shot with a crossbow. As a big believer in "preventative medicine" he regularly goes into Novigrad's rather dangerous sewers to eliminate the drowners and other beasts within so he has less patients to patch up later. Geralt jokingly states that he is taking away jobs from professional monster hunters.
- Cool Old Guy: Let's see: besides being a calm and skilled surgeon, Joachim also regularly kills monsters and helps investigate a serial killer. Not to mention he helped lead the democratic Oxenfurt Revolution when he was younger, although he considers some of his actions during that time to be sins.
- Deadpan Snarker: Makes quite a few deadpan jokes, even during his and Geralt's autopsy on the dwarven victim. Geralt calls him out on it, and Joachim apologizes and explains surgeons have a different sense of humor than most.
- Every Scar Has a Story: Convinces Geralt to let him come along to the morgue by showing him the scars on the back of his neck, which could only have come from a morningstar or flail, to prove he has seen combat and is well aware of the danger he is placing himself in.
- Jumped at the Call: He immediately joins Geralt in investigating the attack on Priscilla. Geralt and Dandelion are both left rather stunned at how quickly he volunteers.Joachim: No need to look astonished, gentlemen. As a surgeon I know the importance of preventive medicine. Rather than wait for this maniac to strike again, I'd prefer to excise him. Not unlike a tumor.
- Knight In Sour Armor: Although quite cynical, Joachim is still committed to doing good in Novigrad no matter what obstacles get in his way.
- Noodle Incident: Mentions he once spent a year being tortured in the dungeons of Tretogor, but then claims that is a story for another time.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Immediately tells Geralt all the information he knows on the serial killer and offers to help him break into the city morgue to examine the body of the last victim.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Has little issue breaking the law in order to practice his brand of "preventative medicine".
The Concerned Citizen
- Boomerang Bigot: Willingly supports a religion that wants to completely wipe out him and all his fellow non-humans.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He tortures his victims by removing their eyeballs and placing burning coals within their empty sockets, forcing them to drink formaldehyde, and cutting out their hearts.
- Expy: Of John Doe from Se7en, even down to their assumed names: generic aliases used for unidentified individuals.
- Frame-Up: Frames another man for his crimes, and should Geralt fall for the ruse, leaves behind a final body and a mocking note detailing how he's going to move on to a smaller village and continue his work.
- Foreshadowing: He appears very briefly in the quest to find him long before the characters have any idea who he really is, and yet drops clues hidden in vagaries.
- First, he falsely attributes his apparent youth to the preservation chemicals he works with in the morgue without actually naming any. Among those chemicals would be the formaldehyde he uses to inflict torment on his victims.
- He mentions an incident where Nathaniel grabbed a burning scalpel and stabbed him in the back to the bone. He wasn't happy about it, but at the same time, he doesn't seem exceptionally bothered by it, either. Being a vampire, that kind of wound is actually quite trivial and he healed it very quickly.
- In retrospect, sending Geralt to the Venglebud estate, and mentioning Nathaniel leaving town on urgent business, is an obvious false flag ploy to pin the killings on Nathaniel. The fact that Nathaniel genuinely is a psychopath who enjoys burning people just cements the lie further.
- The Fundamentalist: Is dedicated to the cult-like Order of the Eternal Fire and shares their belief that Novigrad is a fallen city.
- Knight Templar: Believes that his horrific murders will act as a form of shock treatment, awakening the city to its decline and causing its populace to repent.
- Mood Whiplash: He causes a light-hearted quest about helping Dandelion start up a cabaret to turn dark when he brutally assaults Dandelion's friend and love interest Priscilla to make her drink pure formaldehyde. She survives, but his other victims are less lucky.
- Older Than They Look: Geralt notes that Hubert looks much younger than his former student, Dr. Joachim von Gratz, who's an old man with wrinkles, grey hair, and a receding hairline. He handwaves this being a result of the preservation chemicals he works with, but that's a lie; he's a higher vampire.
- Sadist: He quite enjoys inflicting horrible tortures on his victims, including making them drink embalming fluid and putting burning coals in their eye sockets. And then subverted; the torture isn't because he likes it, he just wants to frighten the people of Novigrad into being more righteous and pious. Even the hot coals in the eyes are a ploy in case he needs a scapegoat to pin everything on.
- Secret Identity: He's Hubert Rejk.
- Serial Killer: Has brutally tortured and murdered a large number of people over the years.
- Would Hit a Girl: Three of his named victims were women, and there were countless more unnamed.
- Would Hurt a Child: His victims include orphan children.
- Whole Plot Reference: The "Carnal Sins" quest is a huge reference to Se7en, as it features a religious zealot ritualistically murdering people he sees as sinners in order to wake society up into being more righteous.
A elven tailor living in the non-human district of Novigrad. He is a friend of Dandelion and enjoys cross-dressing.
- Actually, I Am Him: When Geralt shows up looking for a female elf named Elihal, he excuses himself before returning in a dress and reveals his identity to the witcher.
- Bishōnen: Even for an elf he has a rather androgynous look, which aids him in his crossdressing.
- Camp Straight: He is fairly effeminate, but is not interested in men at all.
- Mistaken for Gay: Mostly due to his penchant for cross dressing. In fact, Dandelion once tried to hit on him when he was drunk, and writes about him with an intriguingly wistful fondness.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: He enjoys dressing up like a woman, among other types of people, to pretend to be something that he isn't. He's also very friendly, a skilled tailor, and a good friend of Dandelion's.
Cyprian "Whoreson Junior" Wily
One of the Big Four crime bosses of Novigrad. He is working as The Dragon for King Radovid and has ambitions to become sole boss of the city.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He'll get down on his knees and beg for his life once it starts to become clear that his usefulness to Geralt is coming to an end.
- Ax-Crazy: The man murders prostitutes and bathes with the bodies in their own blood, that should give you a good clue just how deranged the man is.
- Bullying a Dragon: Whoreson Junior decides to bully Ciri and Dandelion, despite the fact the former is a Physical God. Ciri massacres potentially half of his organization in one terrifying night. Then, weeks later, Geralt finishes the rest off trying to find out about Ciri.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: After his HeelFaith Turn, he comments that he makes twice as much money as a legitimate brown-water trader as he ever did as a crime lord. Since said legitimate enterprise is run by the business-savvy doppler Dudu rather than the nutcase Whoreson, anything else would be... strange.
- Cutscene Boss:
- Cruel Mercy: One fate Geralt can give him. With all of his businesses destroyed, his men dead, three major crime bosses after him, and his patron abandoning him he ends up in The Bits as a beggar with children harassing and throwing rocks at him. Averted if Geralt just shanks him.Ciri: On the way here, I didn't know what I'd do. Killing him was definitely an option.
Geralt: Still want to?
Ciri: No. This is worse.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Dudu can end up potentially doing this to Whoreson, ironically turning Whoreson's operation into something more honest and surprisingly more lucrative for all in his group.
- Dirty Coward: Goes to pieces when Geralt gets up in his face.
- Disposable Sex Worker: Has them mass delivered to him on a regular basis by King Radovid's men because of how quickly he goes through them.
- The Don: The leader of one of the four big criminal organisations in Novigrad.
- The Dragon: Serves as this to King Radovid in Novigrad. He's actually less than a speck of dust in the man's arsenal but is the biggest weapon the King has in the city.
- HeelFaith Turn: Dudu fakes one for him.
- Honor Among Thieves: He has none. This proves to be a mistake. His fellow crime lords team up to destroy him when he breaks their unwritten rules of conduct.
- Monster Clown: Has his men parade around in jester hats and clown make-up.
- The Red Baron: Inherited one, as his father was the original Whoreson.
- Self-Made Orphan: Killed his father, Whoreson Sr., when he was on his way to a poetry recital, and then proceeded to take over his father's organization.
- Serial Killer: The dead prostitutes around his home.
- Smug Snake: He really has no idea how out of his depth he is. Perhaps he would have once, but he's degenerated with time.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The spelling of his last name is all over the place. The game mostly goes with "Wily", but has it as "Wiley" a few times. The official guide goes out of the way to have it as "Willey" throughout the whole thing.
- Tattooed Crook: He's the vicious leader of a gang, and his body is covered with ink.
- Token Evil Teammate: Even among criminals, he and his gang stand out in terms of evilness. While Sigi, the King of Beggars, and Cleaver run the gamut between Loveable Rogue to Pragmatic Villainy, Whoreson and his men are all deceitful, violent, and pointlessly cruel.
- Too Dumb to Live: It's very likely Junior would have been wiped out by his fellow crime lords, even without Geralt's help.
- Unwitting Pawn: Appropriate with Radovid's chess metaphors. It's clear that whether he succeeds or not, Whoreson Jr. is not going to be rewarded for his efforts.
- You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: King Radovid has this reaction once he succeeds in breaking up the four crime bosses' alliance.
Francis Bedlam, the King of Beggars
Francis Bedlam is one of Novigrad's Big Four crime bosses who rules over the city's beggars and petty thieves from his hideout at Putrid Orchard.
- The Don: One of the city's most influential crime lords, in spite of relying on a lower class of criminal activities than his colleagues.
- Hurricane of Euphemisms: He puts considerable effort into dressing words like "begging" or "stealing" into more entrepreneurial language.
- The Idealist: In spite of his criminal practices he has a strong sense of social justice and appreciation for the ideals of liberty and equality. He seeks to amass enough true political power to turn Novigrad's title of "free city" into a factual statement.
- King of the Homeless: As his nickname suggests, his influence runs mainly among the city's poor and the destitute, who he taxes for any illegal activities they partake in return for his protection.
- Neighborhood Friendly Gangsters: He sincerely has the city's best interests in mind and has put considerable effort into helping to keep it neutral from the war. He is also helping the city's mages hide from the witch hunters in return for providing medical services to his subjects, which ironically makes the beggars in his auspices have better health care than the city's elite.
- Tattooed Crook: Has multiple sexually explicit tattoos all over his body.
- Underground Railroad: Manages one for mages in Novigrad with Triss Merigold and Sigi Reuven.
Carlo "Cleaver" Varese
Another of the "Big Four" crime bosses of Novigrad, Cleaver's main focus is entertainment, including horse races. He is well known for his violent temper, which often leads to the loss of fingers amongst those who offend him. His gang consists entirely of dwarfs.
- Ax-Crazy: His first response to any situation tends to be violence, even when a more subtle approach could get better results, and his punishments tend to be messy and brutal.
- The Butcher: Got his nickname for using a cleaver to cut off peoples fingers.
- Everything Is Racist: Believes that anybody who has an issue with him or his businesses is a racist, even if they are halflings, elves, and even other dwarfs.
- Hot-Blooded: He doesn't do anything in a calm manner and tends to let his emotions get the better of him.
- Hypocrite: Despite his frequent cries of racism towards anyone working against him, Carlos is working with a well-known racist to corner the market on smithing in Novigrad, which includes forcing non-human blacksmiths out of business.
- Kill It with Fire: Should Radovid survive and win the war against Nilfgaard, Carlo is burned at the stake by witch hunters, likely for just being non-human.
- Tattooed Crook: Like the rest of Novigrad's crime bosses, Cleaver is covered in tattoos.
King VizimirThe King of Redania and father of Radovid. The warhawk between the monarchs, also one of the most competent leaders. This is probably the cause, why he was murdered on Filippa orders before the beginning of the war.
King Radovid V the Stern
The King of Redania, and one of the last Kings of the Northern realms in the wake of Letho's regicides and the Nilfgaardian invasion. After the events of the previous game, he is obsessed with hunting down and taking vengeance on his Treacherous Advisor, Phillipa Eilhart, and to this end he has empowered the Church of Eternal Fire and their Witch Hunters, leading to a sharp increase in prejudice and discrimination against mages and nonhumans.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Certain statements about him invoke Hitler.
- Adaptational Villainy: The only indication about his future reign in the books was that he would repay dearly those who murdered his father and disgraced his mother and himself, becoming known as "Stern". The third game takes it Up to Eleven.
- Arc Villain: Radovid is essentially to the third game what Emhyr was to the novels, being the Big Bad of the War Arc that runs parallel to the story of Geralt and Ciri.
- Bald of Evil: He started out morally ambiguous, but by the third game, his state-sponsored witch hunt places him in this category.
- Better the Devil You Know: The North's basic opinion of Radovid. They prefer him to Nilfgaard despite the fact that he's also invading the majority of their lands to add to his Empire.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the first game, he presents himself as a friendly Reasonable Authority Figure, though his connections to the Church of the Eternal Fire and its subsidiaries in the Order of the Burning Rose and Salamandra imply he's been making power plays on Temeria. The sequels show his true face.
- Burn the Witch!: His general opinion of magic.
- The Caligula: Is a weird example of the trope as he engages in horrific tortures, executions, and pogroms but is entirely competent as a military command as well as strategist.
- Character Development: And not the good kind.
- The Chessmaster: Invoked and defied. Radovid is a student of chess but he says the game is a grossly inaccurate representation of real war.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: What he intends to inflict on every single mage involved in the conspiracy against him.
- Dark Messiah: Invokes the idea that he is the only possible savior of the North against Nilfgaard. Dijkstra can do it too, but he's ALSO a ruthless bastard. He's also the patron of the Eternal Fire church.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His modus operandi. Radovid is prone to handing out horrific punishments left and right to people who offend him.
- Evil Genius: Radovid is certifiably insane and cruel, but he's also a prodigy when it comes to military tactics and strategy. He even manages to fight the Nilfgaardian Empire to a standstill. If the player chooses to kill Radovid in the third game, Redania will lose the war because they no longer have their greatest strategist. If not, he will actually defeat Nilfgaard, a feat no northern king has ever achieved on his own.
- FaceHeel Turn: Possibly. When introduced in the first game, he presents himself as a well-meaning, albeit somewhat shady, monarch who wants to strengthen his country for the good of his people. However, as time passes and the political instability in the Northern Kingdoms worsens, the pressures of ruling and his growing paranoia of magic users get the better of Radovid, ultimately causing him to become a ruthless tyrant. The question is if Radovid's mental state gradually deteriorated over time or if he was always like this, just initially better at hiding it.
- Fantastic Racism: Triss believes that he is racist against nonhumans as well as sorcerers. This is an Informed Attribute, though. He is, however, filled with an immense hatred of mages. Although given the fact that the Eternal Fire goes out of their way to kill nonhumans as well as mages, she's not completely wrong.
- Flanderization: His portrayal in the third game has pretty much all of his flaws played Upto Eleven to an almost comical level.
- Freudian Excuse: In short, he had a horrible life. His father was assassinated when he was a boy, then he and his mother were mistreated and used as puppets by Philippa Eilhart (who is throughout the story heavily implied to have been involved in his father's death) and Dijkstra, and then had to bear a lot of responsibility when he became king being little older than 18 years, especially after getting involved in a war with the world's mightiest empire, which caused his definite Sanity Slippage.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: "Nobody" being a boy forced to assume the throne after his father's death. At the end of Lady of the Lake, we get a glimpse of what's going on in his head, and he promises himself to go hard on everyone who wronged him and his family. It is then mentioned the future will know him as "the Stern".
- The High King: What he portrays himself as. Yeah, no.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Regarded as such by many, including Dijkstra and at least some of his own soldiers. The latter two most especially as they were extremely loyal to his father, King Vizimir, whose reign they regard as something of a golden age for Redania and so work to kill him before he can drive the kingdom into the gutter.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch:
- If Henselt survives the events of the second game, then Radovid betrays his alliance with Kaedwen by launching an unexpected attack on it and killing him.
- Gouging Philippa's eyes out and (depending on the choice) having Sile tortured to death also qualifies, given how much harm the two have caused.
- Kill 'Em All: Barely conceals his plans for all magic-users once he rules the North.
- The Man Behind the Man: Although never stated outright, it's heavily implied that he helped cause the rise of Salamandra and Jacques de Aldesberg in the first game.
- Not So Different: Radovid promotes himself as the North's last hope against the encroaching legions of Nilguaard and its ruler, Emperor Emhyr Var Emreis. However, many characters note how Radovid's tactics are not much different than those of Emhyr's. In fact, they're even worse.
- Oh, Crap!: He makes the most priceless expression ever in the "Head of State" quest when he all but runs into Philippa after being cornered by Geralt, Roche, and the rest of the assassins.
- Out-Gambitted: Has made an enemy of Sigi Reuven, Vernon Roche, Geralt, Triss Merigold, and Phillipa Eilhart. Any one of these people is a dangerous enemy to have, even for a king.
- Properly Paranoid: Averted. Phillipa Eilhart and the Lodge of Sorcerers really were plotting against the Kings of the North. They killed his father and caused thousands of deaths. They also have nothing to do with his current problems.
- Real Men Love Jesus: Radovid's belief in the Eternal Fire seems sincere. At least to the point of giving the Order of the Flaming Rose land and supporting their massive pogrom against witches.
- Revenge Before Reason: The mages were instrumental in defeating Nilfgaard during the Second War. During the Third? He orchestrates a massive witch-hunt of them while there's a war with Nilfgaard going on.
- Sanity Slippage: He's gone from a stern, proud warrior king to a withered, gibbering lunatic. It gets even worse if you side against him.
- Smug Snake: Fully expects Geralt to tow the line with him, even when he has no reason to do so.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the first game, Radovid was able to at least look like he was a friendly and reasonable sort. In the sequel, he's shown to be much colder and his ruthless side really shows through, even though he still acts comprehensible. By the third game, he's an all-out crazy tyrant.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Potentially this to Geralt if you do his bidding.
- The Unintelligible: His first conversation with Geralt has a number of segments where he's speaking in complete crazy.
- The Wonka: Is obviously mad but remains perfectly capable of complex, intelligent, and rational plans plus sustained military strategy. This is Truth in Television as many insane individuals have periods of stability followed by outbreaks of irrationality.
- Xanatos Gambit:
- He is actually quite good at these despite the fact he's prone to gibberish statements about chess, war, and murder. Managed to conquer the largest nation in the North, fight Nilfgaard to a stand-still, and wins the war if he's not assassinated.
- Is also responsible for the Witch Hunt in Novigrad, which kills 170 out of 200 or so magic-users in the city, by making use of the local authorities rather than his own men. This is a Subverted example as while highly effective, it does the war effort no good and turns his kingdom against him.
- Also subverted with his plan to take out the criminal alliance ruling the city from behind the scenes (since the Eternal Fire would side with him against Nilfgaard—and thus bring Novigrad under his control). All it does is convince them they can't remain neutral any longer and potentially leads to his death.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Radovid's modus operandi. He has killed or betrayed everyone that has helped him once they've stopped being useful, became a liability, or both. He helps take down Salamndra once they've destabilized Temeria. He abandons Whoreson Jr. after he broke up the alliance of crime lords that prevented him from taking Novigrad. The members of the Order of the Flaming Rose (without whom he'd never have been able to control all of what's left of the north) that didn't want to become witch hunters were sent to the front lines of the war to die and had their assets seized. Once Geralt tells him where Philippa is, he tries to have him executed. It could be inferred that he does this to Adda if he married her, since Foltest is dead and he doesn't need her anymore, and the mages of the new Conclave if he wins the war.
- Younger Than They Look: Radovid looks like he's in his 30s, but by the third game, the oldest he could possibly be is 20. Being a king during wartime, not to mention his traumatic early life and mental instability, has obviously not been great for his health.
Count Sigismund Dijkstra
The spymaster of the Kingdom of Redania, and later its regent after the death of the king. His duties make him occasionally clash or cooperate with the protagonists, and even later he remains a background character important not only to the world, but also the story itself.
- Acrofatic: Often described as a walking mountain of fat, he's nevertheless implied to be surprisingly agile for his bulk. That being said, as his introduction in the bathhouse shows, he is not THAT fat, rather his outfit makes him look fatter.
- Badass Arm-Fold: He is seen folding his arms in front of him.
- Batman Gambit: Dijkstra's plan to seize control of the North by assassinating Radovid and betraying his co-conspirator's hinges on Geralt maintaining his famous witcher's neutrality. Whether or not it pays off is up to the player..
- The Big Guy: The guy's nearly seven feet tall and an obese, yet physically powerful person... who also happens to be the head of the Redanian spy network.
- The Bus Came Back: Video games pull off the brought-back-for-adaptation version. His storyline in the novels ends on the border pass to Zerrikania, implying he indends to settle there incognito to evade assassins.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Plots to murder the king of the nation he was formerly the spymaster for. Then attempts to murder his co-conspirators.
- Cultured Badass: Able to recite lines from the Witcher-verse version of Macbeth off the top of his head; he claims he always wanted to play the role himself, but was only ever cast as a halberdier.
- The Dandy: Dijkstra always dresses in the most flamboyant way he thinks he can get away with, all the better to mess with people's expectations.
- Deadpan Snarker: Nearly everything that comes out of his mouth is laden with bitter sarcasm. So much so that Geralt has a hard time determining when he's speaking in Sincerity Mode.
- Didn't Think This Through: His decision making process, should he ultimately fall to Geralt's blade. Expecting Geralt to uphold the Witcher's code of neutrality literally minutes after he demolished said code by directly abetting the assassination of a monarch, at your behest? What were you thinking, Dijkstra?
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Well, perhaps evil is stretching it, but Dijkstra's plan to backstab Roche, Ves and Thaler so that he can become the ruler of the North hinges on Geralt maintaining the classic Witcher neutrality. If Geralt chooses to buck the trend, then Dijkstra literally dies having underestimated The Power of Friendship.
- Evil Cripple: Geralt breaks his leg in The Time of Contempt, leaving him hobbling for the remainder of the books.
- Face of a Thug: His character model in the third video game looks like the sort of person who talks exclusively in grunting, but Dijkstra's just as sharp as ever. This is in line with the Fat Idiot image he's keeping up in the books.
- Foil: He's somewhat of a foil to Geralt, also a man from outside the system (Dijkstra received the title of Count for practical reasons) having to mingle with highborn and deal with worldly affairs.
- Genius Bruiser:
- He is described as the polar opposite of stereotypical cloak-and-dagger small-crooked-guy spy (he even dresses in flamboyantly rich clothes, which are even more incongruous on such a large guy), yet he runs an extensive spy network and serves as an actual ruler during the Redanian regency.
- Isengrim Faoiltiarna, an Elven spec ops commander from Dol Blathanna and a man of considerable fighting prowess, was visibly relieved when he found that Dijkstra was non-hostile during their encounter in less fortunate times.
- The Good King: If he succeeds in taking over Redania and the other Northern Kingdoms, his rule is progressive, if ruthless, focusing on settlement and industrialization, without the massive anti-magic, anti-nonhuman agenda of Radovid's reign.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: He's either a valuable ally or a ruthless enemy depending on whatever the current political situation requires him to be.
- He Knows Too Much: Dijkstra obtains a very sensitive piece of information about King Vizimir's assassination. He makes his move by telling it to exactly one person — and that proves to be one person too many.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Despite his job, which includes things like a gulag-like (or at least that's how other characters react to it) prison, he is a rather decent guy in person, even with a Cincinnatus streak.
Dijkstra: Actually, you, Roche, should be the first to understand I've no choice.Roche: Why the hell would I understand?Dijkstra: Because you too are a patriot.
- Also uses it to justify his actions listed under Chronic Backstabbing Disorder above, throwing in a little Not So Different to top it off.
- Just the First Citizen: If he succeeds in taking over the North, he doesn't declare himself King, but rather, Chancellor.
- Man Behind the Man: Of the Redanian government.
- Don't forget Philippa Eilhart.
- Mission Control: For Dandelion, sometimes.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: His description in Blood of Elves ends thus:Dandelion knew very few people whose appearances would be equally misleading as Dijkstra's. Because for that hog-like giant, the impression of a sleepy, sloppy dimwit hid an incredibly sharp wit. And one hell of an authority.
- Pet the Dog: If Geralt chooses to romance Triss, when it seems that Triss chose to leave with the other sorcerers instead of staying with Geralt, seeing that Geralt looks down, Dijkstra will try to comfort him with a story of his own loss in love.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He is not a man you want to cross, but he will put his grudges aside when there are more important matters to deal with.
- He will also do good deeds in service to this, such as helping the mages escape Novigrad personally because it's definitely worth the short-term risk to have a group of powerful magic-users indebted to him.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: His interests are often at cross-purposes with Geralt, but still, Dijkstra is very fair in his dealings. For example, he forgoes having revenge on Geralt for his broken leg - not because of mercy, but because that would be using his power for selfish reasons.
- Run for the Border: His storyline in the novels ends this way after figuring out he's on the receiving end of the He Knows Too Much trope.
- Shipper on Deck: In the third game, he's clearly trying to get Geralt and Triss to rekindle their relationship. When questioned about this, he explains he would prefer that Geralt avoid getting too close to Yennefer again since she had thrown her lot in with the Nilfgaardians. (Also, he had a rather bad experience with his own politics-minded sorceress flame: Philippa Eilhart.)
- The Spymaster: Obviously.
- Stout Strength: An extremely obese man, but his strength was legendary, up to the point that hardly anyone dared to test it.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Geralt don't like each other personally, but they often find themselves working together to take down even bigger threats.
House von Everic
Olgierd von Everec
Olgierd: Depends on your understanding of the term. Indeed, I cannot be killed. But it's not at all what folk imagine. Not dying does not mean eternally living your life to the full.
Seemingly the main antagonist in the Hearts of Stone expansion. A ruthless but charismatic Redanian noble-turned-bandit Ataman (captain), he leads a free company called the "Wild Ones" against Nilfgaard and has a deep and vested history in the eastern countryside beyond Oxenfurt. In his hiring of Geralt of Rivia for a unique monster contract, it is revealed that he possesses the ability of Complete Immortality through a Wish turned Curse along with a plethora of other powers that he obtained through demonic pacts. The consequences of these actions are ultimately up to the White Wolf to see through to either salvation or damnation...
- Affably Evil: Protects the daughter of the house owner his band stays in from his drunk and horny subordinate and doesn't punish her in any way after she drives a sword through his chest.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: He is this to Gaunter O'Dimm. A rogue, a cutthroat and a former Domestic Abuser, but all of his crimes pale in comparison to Evil Incarnate.
- The Atoner: If he is saved, he vows to leave his old life behind and start over.
- Bonus Boss: Despite having his own unique combat style and Leitmotif, dueling him is entirely optional. You only have to face him if you decide to save the man he's about to execute after escaping the Ofieri.
- Carpet of Virility: His robe exposes a large portion of his hairy chest.
- Complete Immortality: Does not age. Cannot be killed. Turns out he isn't too thrilled by it.
- Covered with Scars: All of Olgierd's visible skin is littered with different scars. Geralt's otherwise impressive collection look downright superficial compared to the gruesome set that Olgierd has.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: When it looked like an Ofieri prince was going to steal the woman he loved away, Olgierd somehow cursed him to turn into a gigantic, monstrous frog.
- Cultured Badass: Growing up in the von Everec house of nobility, he places great import on doing things with as much class as possible as well as only doing things or associating with people who suit his class. He is also the leader of a group of glorified bandits and brigands, and is the strongest among them.
- Death of Personality: As a side effect of his wish, he got a heart of stone - immortality and the knowledge that he couldn't die nor truly feel pain deadend him inside. Without a sense of danger or consequences, he soon tired of life which effectively made him an empty shell of his former self.
- Decoy Antagonist: The expansion's opening stages and promotional material paint him as the main villain who Geralt will inevitably have to overcome. However, the story ultimately reveals the true source of Olgierd's corruption to be Gaunter O'Dimm.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: A more unusual example. A man of action first and foremost, he is also an avid scholar; he preferred to spend time in his study than working on his marriage. Granted cigars and cigarettes don't seem to exist in the setting.
- Domestic Abuse: By the end of his marriage to Iris, he murdered her father in a fit of rage when he announced Iris's intention to divorce him, then kept her a prisoner in their own house with nothing but demonic familiars and a horrifying monster as company. Eventually, Olgierd himself became Iris's greatest fear.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: His band of thugs has an almost 50:50 split between men and women.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Orders the execution of his subordinate who violated his band's "chivalrous code" by killing the owner of the house his band invited themselves into.
- Exact Words: He's very bad at this, to the point that it could be considered his fatal flaw. Two out of the three tasks he gives Geralt can be completed on technicality, denying him what he really wanted while still fulfilling the letter of the agreement. Ultimately can prove his undoing, as the final condition of his deal with O'dimm required that they meet on the moon - Olgierd meant the actual moon, but a mosaic of same on the floor of a temple was enough to satisfy the deal to Master Mirror's standards.
- Foil: To Geralt in some ways. Both have preternatural swordsmanship skills augmented by a suite of magical powers. However, Olgierd's emotions are bombastic, but superficial. Geralt's on the other hand, are very subdued in expression due to the Witcher trials, but his are authentic and truly from the heart. Geralt has an ironclad morality and has considerations of the good of the many, while Olgierd is devil-may-care to the extreme. When described by others, Gaunter does a Title Drop for the DLC, saying Olgierd has a heart of stone, while Olgierd can say that Geralt has a heart of gold after one instance of standing up to Olgierd's band of thugs for someone they were treading upon.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: They only add to his sinister appearance.
- Heel Realization: Should you choose to help him break the deal with O'Dimm, he will regain his heart and swear to leave his current lifestyle behind.
- I Call It "Vera": He named his Cool Sword Iris, after his wife.
- Last of His Kind: Last member of the House of von Everec, a once influential noble family.
- Love Makes You Evil: His Start of Darkness was summoning O'Dimm to give him the means he believed would save his marriage to Iris.
- Master Swordsman: This guy is the only person save Eredin who is capable of completely parrying Geralt's whirlwind attack and it is clear he finds their duel to be the time of his life.
- Mythology Gag: Duel him and he will sometimes quote Bonhart from the witcher saga before launching his first attack.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He bears a very strong resemblance to David Beckham. His character and look is also based on Daniel Olbrychski's role as Kmicic from the film adaptation of Henryk Sienkiewicz's "The Deluge".
- Off with His Head!: With certain dialogue options Geralt will decapitate him. He puts his head back in place in a moment's notice, right after complimenting the witcher's fighting abilities.
- Oh, Crap!: The normally unflappable Olgierd completely breaks down once he realizes the final part to his contract with Gaunter has been fulfilled exactly as worded. Namely, that he and Gaunter are now standing together on the moon. Not the moon in the sky as he intended, but a mosaic of the moon on the ground.
- Rapid Aging: As Gaunter claims his soul, Olgierd quickly ages into a decrepit old man, growing grey, wrinkled and weak before completely disintegrating until a charred skull is all that remains of him.
- Sense Freak: Not being able to die and being unable to feel almost all positive emotions kept pushing him to keep trying new things and pursue extreme sensations.Olgierd von Everec: Geralt. Have you decided to play defender of the downtrodden?
Geralt of Rivia: More like gutter of sons of bitches.
Olgierd: Long as I'm here, you'll gut no one.
Geralt: That a challenge?
Olgierd: Why not? I've not fought a witcher before...
- His story and connection to Gaunter O'Dimm is a very deliberate Shout-Out to Faust and his deal with Mephistopheles, right down to the deal being made at a crossroads. The story specifically draws from "Pan Twardowski," the Polish version of the story, which also features a man with a heart of stone.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: Geralt remarks he has the "library of an Occultist" while investigating the von Everec Manor
- Wanting Is Better Than Having: Suffers from this somewhat. While he got his wealth back and marraige to Iris, Gaunter O'Dimm made certain that he couldn't enjoy it. He regained his power and fortune through thievery and banditry by gaining power and immortality, sacrificed the only other person he loved to be with Iris, ended up killing Iris's father to keep Iris, and his immortality is of the Blessed with Suck variety in that nothing will kill him and he doesn't age but lack of danger and the fact that he feels little physical pain means that he's lost any sense of danger or excitement which, along with his thuggery, makes him deader inside with whatever emotions he feels being greatly diminished.
- Wicked Cultured: The man knows his statues.
- Worthy Opponent: Finds one in Geralt in their duel. Despite the fact that he's immortal, he still cedes the fight to Geralt when the latter would have killed him by almost fully beheading him. He claps in admiration while his head dangles down his back by the last stretch of skin holding it on.
Vlodimir von Everec
Olgierd's younger brother. Geralt has to show him the time of his life. Which might be a problem as he's very very dead.
- Always Someone Better: According to O'Dimm he was jealous of Olgierd, as Olgierd was smarter, and better at everything.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: The player gets to control him during the wedding, though he is possessing Geralt's body at the time.
- Big Brother Worship: Despite his jealousy of his older brother's seeming superiority, he still admires and loves him dearly.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's rowdy and eager to fight, best shown when he leaps at the chance to fight the three protective brothers of a woman he was trying to seduce.
- The Bro Code: Subverted. After he meets Shani, Vlodimir asks Geralt if he's got claim to her, vowing that he'll make no move on her if he does. Regardless of how the player answers, though, he continues trying to get in her pants all day.
- Casanova Wannabe: He fancies himself a ladies man, but he fails spectacularly at seducing Shani. O'Dimm, as part of his "The Reason You Suck" Speech, mentions that he usually only managed to seduce women already charmed by his brother.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He's a shameless lech, but even Shani has to admit he's a little endearing for it.
- Dub Name Change: His name is Wytold in the Polish version of the game.
- The Hedonist: Enjoys fighting, drinking, and having sex. Even death hasn't curbed his enthusiasm for them.
- Instant Seduction: When Shani dares him to try and seduce a woman, Vlodimir starts sweet-talking a nearby woman. The look on her face, the way she stammers, and the camera angles make it clear that it worked exceedingly fast. Even Shani later admits that if the woman's brothers hadn't shown up right at that moment, Vlod had her. Might be justified as he's in Geralt's body and O'Dimm gave him a number of blessings for the duration of the quest, including charming women.
- Sharing a Body: Geralt reluctantly allows him to his possess him for a day, so Geralt can fulfil Olgierd's request to show his brother "the time of his life."
- Shipper on Deck: He encourages Geralt to woo Shani. Partly because he really wants Geralt to do it, but moreso because he wants to do it in Geralt's body.
- Unwitting Pawn: He's unaware that his beloved brother sacrificed him to get his wish.
Iris von Everec
Olgierd's wife. Geralt has to get the purple rose from her that Olgierd gave her before he left.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Possibly, if you take the rose from her.
- Broken Bird: She didn't have a good life, what with her parents hating her bandit husband, said bandit husband selling his emotions for immortality, killing her father and locking her in the manor until her death.
- Cessation of Existence: What she fears will happen to her.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Once her sense returns, she's just a very pretty and sad young woman.
- Death by Despair: According to the Black Cat.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Of the Raven Hair, Ivory Skin variety.
- Fate Worse than Death: She was condemned to imprisonment in Olgierd's estate forever. Death granted her no freedom, it merely forced her to relive the memories of her torment over and over again.
- Ghost Amnesia: She states that she could barely remember anything from her life unless the rose was with her.
- Mental World: Her Painted World. Created by her artist's imagination, it hold her spirit, memories and fears even after her body has died.
- Posthumous Character: By the time Geralt meets her, she's long dead.
- Sadistic Choice: She finds herself stuck having to make a very difficult choice. Either she gives Geralt the rose and allows herself to pass on, potentially ceasing to exist, or she keeps it and remains trapped in her personal hell forever.
- Shout-Out: At the Borsodi auction house, you can buy a painting called "Starry Night over the Pontar" by a mostly unknown artist called Van Rogh. The artist is later revealed to be Iris. Vincent Van Gogh was hugely unpopular during his lifetime and had only sold one painting before he died. A year before his death, while in an asylum, he made a painting titled "Irises."
- Star-Crossed Lovers: There was a time when she and Olgierd truly loved each other. That time is long past, largely because of the things Olgierd did so they could stay together.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: As all wraiths, though only until Geralt buries her body and summons her directly.
- Walking Spoiler: She ties very heavily into the backstory, making any knowledge about her a huge reveal.
Citizens of Oxenfurt
A snobbish recluse and the owner of the Borsodi auction house, the largest in Oxenfurt. Known for being an unpleasant person to talk to and an even worse one to do business with, it seemed he had already exited Geralt's life when he had the later banned from the auction house over a question. But as it turns out, the Witcher was going to get much more involved in the affairs of Mr. Borsodi than he had ever intended.
- Berserk Button: Simply mention anything relating to his family members or ancestors. He won't react well.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: The House of Borsodi was not a peaceful one. By the end of the quest, one or both of the living heirs (Horst or Elwad) will be dead. They hate each other so much it is impossible to save both of them
- Jerkass: Stands out, as out of all the antagonistic figures in Hearts of Stone, he is the only one who isn't Affably Evil.