One of the most powerful Northern Kingdoms. Across the Pontar River in the north, the kingdom borders Redania. To the south and east it is hemmed in by mountain ranges, with Mahakam to the east.
Temerian Royal Family
Foltest: The king does not know. But the witcher should bear such an eventuality in mind.
The "arrogant, sister humping, warmongering" king of Temeria, as well as a whole bunch of other places he beat into submission. A major presence in the first game, and his death starts the plot of the second.
- A Father to His Men: His popularity among his people varies, but his soldiers adore him, and he not only recognizes a common soldier from a battle fought near four years ago, he promptly promotes him upon hearing of his hardships in the years since.
- A Lighter Shade of Gray: He's an "arrogant, sister humping warmonger". He also lives in a world where Kaedwen is ruled by Fantasy Irish Stalin, Redania is ruled by someone who's basically a Hitler stand-in and Nilfgaard is ruled by another Hitler stand-in with a Chessmaster streak. So not only is he one of the least morally repugnant leaders in the game, he's one of the most benevolent of the major monarchs in the series. Which might explain why he eats it early in the second game.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Though his exact level of skill is hard to place, he certainly is no amateur with a blade.
- Berserk Button: Calling his children bastards, even if it is accurate.Foltest: They're my children. If I hear the word "bastard" one more time, someone will die! Painfully!
- Big Good: He's more morally ambiguous than outright good, but he serves this role towards the end of the first game since he's in charge of the forces trying to restore order to Vizima, and thus opposes the Knights of the Flaming Rose, Scoia'tael, and Salamandrans who are fighting in the streets.
- Bling of War: Averted in the first game with some eminently practical platemail. The sequel then takes it to the extreme without becoming tacky or impractical◊. Yes, it looks like it could be used as a loot for a dragon's horde, but is sturdy and well packed for a war.
- Boisterous Bruiser: In war.
- BrotherSister Incest: Infamously got it on with his own sister, Adda, conceived a child with her, and even planned on marrying her had she not died during childbirth.
- Papa Wolf: He has many flaws, but it should be noted: he genuinely cares about all of his children and will do anything to protect them. When Adda first emerged as a striga seven years after her birth, Foltest seized upon a sorcerers' suggestion that she could be freed from the curse and forbade anyone from killing the monster, despite the dozens of deaths it was responsible for over the next seven years.
- Pet the Dog:
- His meeting with his bastard children shows a soft side to a man many claimed was forged of steel.
- He does this a fair bit throughout the prologue of the second game. He comforts a soldier who was seriously disfigured in battle, and recognizes a loyal arbalist he fought alongside him years ago in Brenna, whom he promotes on the spot.
- Really Gets Around: He never married, and is famous for his libido. Infamously, one of his conquests was his own sister, though he claims that he truly loved her.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: It's hinted this isn't always the case, but he likes and respects Geralt due to the Witcher saving Adda, and is willing to at least humour his opinions.
- He's also shown outright ignoring certain traditions (i.e. laws of succession) when following them would cause problems.
- Rousing Speech: Not so much a speech as total affirmation.Foltest: Where the hell are we going!?
Soldiers: To battle!
Foltest: What the fuck do we want!?
Foltest: This I like!
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Enjoys a good war and leading his army into battle.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He intends to make his bastard children his heirs, laws of succession be damned."Piss on the laws! I'll change them if need be. Above all, I'll not allow a band of treacherous barons to use my children as their banner."
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Everyone does in The Witcher of course, but Foltest stands out by being a king. Amusingly, his pet name for his capital city is (rather appropriately) "the Whorehouse".
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: His assassination is what kicks off the plot of the second game.
- The Good King: Outside the Northern Kingdoms, King Foltest would be one of the more morally ambiguous kings around. Inside the Northern Kingdoms, he's practically a saint, especially in the games.
- Warrior Prince: With great enthusiasm.
Princess Adda the White
Daughter of King Foltest and his sister, who was also called Adda. Their incestuous union spurned the wrath of numerous people, at least one of whom arranged for a curse to be placed on the child before she was born. Geralt was the one responsible for dispelling the curse, an act that earned him widespread fame.
- Adaptational Dye Job: Her hair turned white when she was made human (hence why she's called Adda the White), but in the first game, she's depicted as a redhead.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Due to having no education or even a hint of socialization as a striga, Adda was left mentally challenged after the curse was lifted. However in the game, she is quite smart and party of a conspiracy to overthrow her father and become ruler of Temeria.
- Arranged Marriage: If Geralt saves her in the first game, then she is wedded to King Radovid to secure an alliance between Temeria and Redania.
- Ascended Extra: She only has a role in the first short story, which she spends the majority of as a Striga before being turned into a mentally-impaired teenager. The first game makes her a more prominent character who's developed her own personality in the years after her curse was broken.
- Baleful Polymorph: Was cursed before she was even born, which turned her into a Striga. She's turned into a Striga again by Salamandra in the first game, and it's up to Geralt to undo the curse a second time, or slay her once and for all.
- Dead Guy Junior: She's named after her deceased mother.
- Sheathe Your Sword: She can be defeated in one of two ways in the first game. Either Geralt can kill her in a straight-up sword fight, or he can simply avoid her attacks and wait for daybreak, undoing her curse and turning Adda human again.
- She's All Grown Up: When she's made human at the end of "The Witcher," she's a teenager with the mind of an infant due to spending her whole life up until that point as a Striga. When she's seen again in the first game, she's matured into a pretty adult, who seems functional by all appearances (and who Geralt can even have an Optional Sexual Encounter with).
- Starter Villain: In a sense. The Striga is the primary antagonist in the first story of The Witcher franchise, and the monster used to introduce Geralt's character.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Isn't mentioned at all in the third game, despite being Radovid's wife and in effect, queen of Redania. Her fate is left up in the air.
Constable Jan Natalis
One of Temeria's greatest military commanders. After the assassination of King Foltest, Natalis served as Interrex until an heir could be determined.
- Adaptation Name Change: He's called John Natalis in the second game. Though John is simply the English version of Jan.
- The Creon: Makes it clear at the Summit that he has no desire to become king, noting that even if he did, he has too much "lesser" blood in his family history to be considered.
- Demoted to Extra: While he's already a background character in the novels, he still plays important role in the big political picture of things. His role in the games is decreased from that in Assassins of Kings and then reduced to a mere footnote by The Wild Hunt.
- Four-Star Badass: One of the North's greatest military commanders. He was responsible for the victory of the united Northern forces at the Battle of Brenna despite being outnumbered two-to-one.
- Living Legend: He is one of Temeria, and the North's, greatest heroes.
- Uncertain Doom: In between the second and third games, Natalis commanded a Temerian army along the Dol Blathanna - Mount Carbon line. After four days of holding back the Nilfgaard forces he was defeated and his army scattered. The Bloody Baron mentions that no one knows what became of Natalis himself.
- Worthy Opponent: Despite fighting on the opposite sides, he recognises Field Marshal Menno Coehoorn, the main commander of the Nilfgaardian Army, as this. The whole military aspect of the saga is battle of wits between those two.
- You Are in Command Now: Finds himself leading Temeria as regent after Foltest died with no clear heir in sight. As such, he represents Temeria at the Summit at Loc Muinne.
Commandant Bernad Loredo
The commandant of Flotsams town watch, Loredo is a corrupt slug who runs over his town like its his own personal fiefdom. He soon contacts Geralt for work and eventually butts heads with the Witcher, greatly lowering his own life-expectancy in the process.
- Bald of Evil: Not a hair on his ugly head.
- Bondage Is Bad: When Ves is posing as a prostitute, Loredo is revealed to shackle his lovers.
- Child by Rape:
- According to the insane asylum sidequest, his mother was a schizophrenic madwoman who survived the burning of the asylum, only to be raped by the soldiers before she killed their commander and fled with a map to a Nilfgaardian treasure cache.
- His bastard with his elven Sex Slave.
- Corrupt Hick: Runs the town of Flotsam and controls its criminal rackets, drugs and illegal fighting rings.
- Dirty Cop: He's the head of Flotsams town watch, and he does anything but instill law and order.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Subverted. At first it seems like this is the case because he lets his insane mother live with him, but then it's revealed he holds her in contempt and uses her to manufacture the fisstech he sells to Flotsam's addicts.
- Evil Is Petty: If Geralt doesn't throw the fight against Loredo's ringer, he'll send goons to kill Geralt later. Later on, if Geralt sides with Iorveth, he'll set fire to a tower full of Elven women just to spite Geralt.
- Fat Bastard: He's noticeably doughy and one of the biggest bastards in the game.
- Fantastic Racism: Like many humans in the game, he doesn't care for the non-humans. He's even looking for any excuse to start a pogrom to wipe out all the dwarves and elves in Flotsam, Scoia'tael sympathist or not.
- He claims to see Witchers as humans, but considering he was trying to convince Geralt to go after Iorveth at the time, this was probably just a lie.
- Fight Clubbing: He's in charge of the fighting pits.
- Hookers and Blow: If you side with Roche, you'll see Loredo snorting fisstech while with a prostitute, really a disguised Ves. This seems to be regular behavior from him.
- Hypocrite: Hates non-humans, but not enough to stop him from keeping an elf woman as a Sex Slave. And it's implied that he has a history of doing this.
- I Have Your Wife: Threatens to kill Geralt's two best friends, Dandelion and Zoltan, if Geralt doesn't do as Loredo wants.
- I Own This Town: He controls the town both legally and through its criminal enterprises.
- Jerkass: Introduced pretending to be about to show mercy to a soon-to-be hanged thief, only to kick the lever that sends him swinging. He only gets "nicer" from there.
- Karma Houdini: If you side with Iorveth and save the elven women from the tower Loredo set alight, hell not only suffer no punishment for his crimes, he'll actually succeed in selling out Flotsam to Kaedwen.
- Subverted if you side with Roche. The final mission of Act 1 in Roche's route is a mission to assassinate him.
- Last-Name Basis: He's almost always referred to by his last name, even in this article.
- The Quisling: Attempts to sell Flotsam to Kaedwen, rendering him a traitor to his country. Whether he succeeds depends on player choices.
- Sadistic Choice: If you side with Iorveth, he'll set fire to a tower filled with elven women, forcing Geralt to choose whether to save them or kill Loredo.
- Smug Snake: He's a fairly loathsome individual with no redeeming qualities, yet he seems to think quite highly of himself.
- Starter Villain: He's the primary villain of the second game's first act.
The Blue Stripes
Commander of the Blue Stripes, a Temerian special forces unit tasked with handling nonhuman guerrillas and all manner of threats requiring the use of cold-blooded professionals. He helps Geralt break out of the La Valette dungeons in the Prologue under the condition that he help Vernon capture the Kingslayer.
- A Father to His Men: He takes his responsibility very seriously. And his rage when his Blue Stripes are killed is truly something to behold.
- Aggressive Categorism: He shows no sympathy for the Scoiatael, or just about any other enemy he hunts. This extends to Kaedwen which he spies on, simply because its outside of Temeria's borders. This attitude gets pushed to the extreme in the third game, when he sells out the rest of the North for a better deal for Temeria. So long as it isn't human or a citizen of Temeria, Roche cares little about their rights or safety.
- Anger Born of Worry: He gives Ves the dressing-down of a lifetime for her insubordination in Wild Hunt, and he's clearly more pissed about how she nearly got herself killed than the fact she disobeyed orders.
- Anti-Hero: He's very ruthless when it comes to dealing with his and his kingdom's enemies, but he also shows tremendous loyalty to those who earn his respect, and is a very helpful ally to Geralt in the games.
- Big Damn Hero: Surprisingly, he has one on Iorveth's route. And will also save Geralt's bacon from Radovid in the third game as well.
- Berserk Button: Several, but especially hates being called a "whoreson" because of his Dark and Troubled Past.
- He's not above calling other people sons of whores, though. That might be because he takes it so seriously, though.
- Covert Pervert:
- While carrying a RRoD'd Triss, he takes solace in the fact that he'll die holding a nice ass, despite her protests.
- Also, you might see him walking around in the background when Geralt has sex with Ves, though this is due to the game not suspending its background animations during said cutscene.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Subverted. He has absolutely no problem inflicting horrible pain. The problem is, he can get so carried away his prisoners often die.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His father fucked his mother and left. Poverty stricken, she turned to prostitution to make ends meet. The other kids would insult him, the most prevalent being "whoreson". If it wasn't for Foltest, he admits that he could have ended up a drunkard.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments of making snide remarks.
- Disappeared Dad: He has never known his father. Although if he ever did find the guy, he'd probably kill him...
- Double Agent: When you first meet him in the third game, he's working under the employ of King Radovid, leading a team of guerilla fighters against Nilfgaard. However, you later find that he's secretly working with Dijkstra in trying to overthrow the king of Redania.
- Et Tu, Brute?: If Geralt chooses to abandon Vernon, Ves, and Thaler to Djikstra, Roche fixes him a silent look of total shock and betrayal before the screen fades as Geralt walks out of the Butcher's Yard theater to the sounds of the Temerians being massacred.
- Fantastic Racism: Though only against the Elves who act like bandits or terrorists and thus perpetuate the Cycle of Revenge.
- Fatal Flaw: His pride in his country causes him to get so wrapped up in patriotism that it causes him to miss some obvious issues. This is definitely apparent in The Witcher III, where in the midst of wanting to murder Radovid so that his homeland of Temeria can be free, he forgot to consider that Dijkstra, a native of Redania, might want what's in the best interest of his country foremost too...Dijkstra: I figured that you, Roche, of all people, would understand.Roche: What? Why the hell would I understand?Dijkstra: Because you, too, are a patriot.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With our favourite monster-slayer.Vernon: I knew you'd get in trouble!
Geralt: You have a talent for getting me out of it.
- He Who Fights Monsters:
- One of the reasons why Iorveth hates him so passionately is that Vernon, unlike his predecessors, becomes increasingly more vicious and accomplished the longer he leads the Temerian special forces division. There are even rumors that Vernon feeds on Elven ears.
- He hunts the Kingslayer throughout The Witcher 2, only to eventually become one himself if Geralt allows him to kill Henselt. And regardless of what happens in the second game, by the third, Roche is one of the major players plotting Radovid's assassination, and like Letho before him, he's working for Nilfgaard as well.
- Hot-Blooded: His solutions to most problems is, "find the person in charge and kill him. If anyone gets in the way, kill them too." It usually works, however...
- He refuses to work with the Scoiatael, even when Geralt brings the subject up. If Geralt sides with the Scoiatael to lure out Letho, Foltest's killer, Roche foils the ambush by attacking the Scoiatael, allowing Letho to get away.
- This attitude causes him to be paranoid, meaning he puts spies in areas he really shouldn't, such as Henselt's camp. When they are discovered, his entire corp, except Ves is slaughtered by Henselt's soldiers.
- His desire to kill Radovid blinds him to considering how this might affect Redania, co-conspiror Dijkstra's home country and how Dijkstra might feel about this development.
- Hypocrite: Many of his statements in the second game fall flat, especially those concerning Nilfgaard and how he would never bow to them as of the third game, where he indeed (as he puts it) whores himself out.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a brutal commando officer in a Crapsack World. But he genuinely cares for Geralt and his men.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His
mainprimary goal. It could be said that his route is composed entirely of this. In the end, Geralt can kill or witness the murder of Loredo, King Henselt and Dethmold.
- The Kingslayer: If Geralt lets him to it, he will kill Henselt.
- My Country, Right or Wrong. Heavily deconstructed. Fanatically devoted to Foltest, even though the King he serves is quite immoral, and Temeria as a whole. Roche carries all the values of Temeria, even they are racist or xenophobic. His reluctance to trust others has severe consequences for him throughout the second witcher game, and his tendency to put the well-being of his country results in him being easily manipulated by both sides in the third game. He is saved only by Geralt's friendship, should he choose to rescue him at the end of his questline.
- Nice Hat: His chaperon.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Roche never shows mercy to his enemies, which makes his insistence on sparing a Nilfgaardian soldier quite a shock to both Ves and Geralt. And as detailed under Tranquil Fury he never screams or rants; that is, until Wild Hunt when Ves disobeys orders and nearly gets herself killed fighting a group of Nilfgaardian soldiers, at which point Vernon reads her the riot act.
- Parental Substitute: He takes over as Anaïs' primary caretaker in pretty much all the endings for his path in the second game.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: How far is Roche willing to go? He's strapped for time so he merely castrates Dethmold and literally feeds him his own balls before he cuts his throat.
- Pragmatic Hero: Roche cares about Temeria above all else. He also realizes that life under Nilfgaard wouldn't be nearly as bad as life under Radovid, so he is willing to assassinate his theoretical ally and make a deal with Nilfgaard to have Temeria be under the banner of Nilfgaard, but self governing. And in that ending, it seems to have worked out well for them.
- Rated M for Manly: His concept art is essentially a High Fantasy Clint Eastwood, and he more than earns his reputation as a ruthless special operations commander.
- Realpolitik: He's willing to do some shady stuff that may even seem treasonous on the surface, but it's all for what he feels is the good of Temeria. These include trying to form a conspiracy against Henselt in order to weaken Kaedwen, hand custody of Anaïs over to Redania in order to maintain a strong alliance in the face of Nilfgaard, only to then turn against Redania and conspire with Nilfgaard to ensure Temeria can at least maintain some level of autonomy in the new world.
- Reckless Sidekick: Verily. However, he remains competent in spite of his bloodlust.
- Son of a Whore: And pretty sore about it.
- Stay in the Kitchen: The above quote to Ves seems this on the surface, but anyone who knows Roche knows it's the opposite: he's telling her to act like a soldier, dammit, and don't ever scare me like that again!
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In Wild Hunt with Radovid. He grudgingly puts his guerrillas at Radovid's disposal in hopes Radovid will restore Temeria once Nilfgaard's invasion is defeated, though it's clear he's less than happy about working with a man as cruel and capricious as Radovid, and is angered that Radovid has annexed northern territories to keep them out of Nilfgaard's hands and effectively threw Temeria under the bus by refusing to give Roche Redanian troops to defend Vizima. When Roche realises Radovid will have no intention of relinquishing the territories he's annexed once Nilfgaard is defeated, he's quick to negotiate a deal with Emhyr to assassinate Radovid in exchange for Temeria's autonomy as a vassal state of Nilfgaard.
- The Rival: To Iorveth. A very murderous rivalry, but they also respect one another as opponents. They even fight each other one-on-one at one point, and considering they're a special forces operative and an extremist leader of a guerilla force respectively, that's not something that happens too often with either of them.
- Tranquil Fury: He never screams or rants. The angrier he becomes, the more dedicated he is to destroying whoever stands against him. And Roche has a long memory.
- Undying Loyalty: Even their deaths won't sever his loyalty to those who managed to earn it.
- Walking Armory: In Assassins Of Kings, he's never seen with less than three weapons; usually a BFS, a mace and a regular sized sword.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His job as the Commander of the Blue Stripes. He was Foltest's proverbial dagger behind the back.
The Blue Stripes' second-in-command. She was rescued by Vernon's unit from elvish partisans when she was a teenager and has been fighting in the Temerian special ops outfit ever since.
- Action Girl: A member of the Blue Stripes, she is perfectly capable of fighting.
- Best Her to Bed Her: If Geralt defeats her in the arena, she is willing to sleep with him because he didn't hold back on her because of her gender.
- Bifauxnen: Doesn't fool anyone, though.
- BrokenBird: First she is used as bait by the Blue Stripes to ambush Loredo, almost getting raped in the process; then she has to deal with discrimination on Kaedwen's camp for being a female soldier, and finally she gets raped by Henselt and is forced to watch her friends get executed even though Henselt said he might let them live if she behaves (and she does). And then there's her backstory.
- Dirty Harriet: In spite of the fact that she's a competent fighter, Roche also tends to use her for missions that require subterfuge. She can even be sent into Loredo's tower disguised as a whore.
- Fantastic Racism: Subverted. Even though she hunts non-humans and suffered a lot at the hands of elves in the past, she claims that she does not begrudge the race as a whole and that she simply kills who she is ordered to, and that she makes no distinction between human and non-human targets. That aside, she does not extend the same consideration towards Nilfgaard. Ves outright says that "the only good Black One's a dead Black One."
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: She shows off a bit of cleavage in the second game, and then extends it down to her navel in the third game. Roche lambasts her for this:Roche: Have you gone completely mental?! You ignore my orders, go off on a suicide mission, and instead of donning a breastplate you dash into battle shirt open, navel and...whatnot exposed!
- Not So Stoic: On the job, she's cool-headed and professional. However, she can show a softer side towards Geralt if he befriends her, acts a bit like a bratty teenage daughter towards Roche, and gets thoroughly tearful and broken when all her fellow Blue Stripes are killed and she's raped by Henselt.
- Number Two: She appears to be Roche's second-in-command and the one he constantly has by his side.
- Only Sane Woman: Arguably the most stable-minded member of the Blue Stripes, Vernon included.
- Rape as Drama: As part of her backstory. And again at the hands of Henselt.
- Rape as Backstory: She was held captive for years by a gang of elves. The leader took a liking to her. Vernon and the Blue Stripes rescued her eventually, but unfortunately the damage had long been done.
- Reckless Sidekick: Becomes this to Roche in the third game, particularly in the "Eye for an Eye" quest, where she disobeys his orders to lay low to save a village from being sacked by Nilfgaard.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of the Blue Stripes.
- Undying Loyalty: To Vernon Roche and the rest of the Blue Stripes. However, she does disobey his orders in the Third Game.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She's sent off at the end of the second chapter, presumably to rendezvous with Geralt and Roche later, but is never seen again. She returns in the third game, still serving as Roche's Number Two.
Temerian Secret Service
A fence in Vizima. Actually a member of Temerian intelligence.
- Almighty Janitor: He was basically Temeria's shadow ruler while King Foltest is away from Vizima in the first game.
- Bald of Awesome: Shaved scalp, and proves to be a chummy (if crass) ally of Geralt's in the games.
- Badass Longcoat: Always wears one, although he doesn't really do any fighting.
- The Bus Came Back: Reappears in The Witcher 3 as a part of a conspiracy to restore Temeria's independence via assassinating Radovid on behalf of Nilfgaard.
- Deadpan Snarker: Coupled with Sir Swears-a-Lot, which leads to a ton of humorous dialogue.
- Deal with the Devil: He and Roche make one with Nilfgaard; in exchange for assassinating Radovid and allowing Nilfgaard to annex Aedirn and Lyria, Temeria will become an independent client state of the Empire. Dijkstra flatly calls it folly, pointing out that allowing Nilfgaard to annex most of the north in exchange for Temeria's questionable independence is not a fair deal, particularly given Emhyr's Chronic Backstabbing Syndrome.Geralt: Sure this isn't premature? Radovid's dead, but it's a long way from that to a free Temeria. War's not over, not even close.Thaler: You're mistaken. Tomorrow at noon, the commander of Army Group Center will sign a truce in Emhyr's name...Emhyr will keep Aedirn and Lyria. But in exchange for Radovid's head, and a stop to guerrilla activities, he will withdraw from Temeria.Roche: Which will become the Empire's vassal state.Thaler: Self-ruled, internally! With its own courts, administrative center and army! The silver lilies will bloom beneath the rays of the great sun! So I'd say were I a poet. But I'm not, so all I'll says is there was no other fuckin' way.
- Didn't Think This Through: Thaler clearly thought that the conspiracy to take down Radovid was united under a common cause...and yet he failed to consider that Dijkstra, the man orchestrating everything, might have ulterior motives and be willing to pull a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness moment. Made even more glaring because Thaler is a spymaster. He should have expected this.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After Nilfgaard murdered most of the Temerian Secret Service in one night, Thaler spent a good amount of time drinking before rejoining the fight.
- High-Class Glass: Wears a monocle, which gives him a sophisticated appearance that in no way matches his crude behavior. The third game provides some foreshadowing to his activities when Geralt comes across a cracked lens.
- Kavorka Man: He's not exactly the best looking guy out there. That said, he once dated Shani.
- Knowledge Broker: Even before he's revealed to be a royal spy, Geralt turns to him for information while investigating a murder in Vizima.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Just about every other word coming out of his mouth. Part of what makes Geralt suspect that the trolls who captured Thaler in the third game are, in fact, holding him is because of the fact that these trolls seem to have an unusual proclivity for profanity.
- The Spymaster: A spy himself, and he has several more working for him.
- Unexplained Recovery: If he happens to die in your Witcher 1 playthrough, this will be outright ignored by the third game, where he appears alive and well. Granted, only very few people would play that way, but still.
Baroness Maria Louisa La Valette
The wife of Old Baron La Valette, Maria was also the not-so-secret mistress of King Foltest, with her two youngest children being widely acknowledged as his bastards. This led to a revolt by the Baroness and several other nobles which Foltest eventually crushed by besieging her castle, although his own life ended when he was assassinated at the end of the siege. After escaping to Novigrad, Maria allied herself with Nilfgaard during the Third Northern War.
- Ascended Extra: She only gets name-dropped in Blood of Elves, but makes a physical appearance in Assassons of Kings, and plays a notable role.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She was briefly mentioned in the novels as being Foltest's mistress. Come Assassins of Kings, that situation leads to a whole mess of problems for Temeria.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: She is subjected to this if her son Aryan dies during the prologue of the second game. Geralt manages to rescue her while escaping the dungeon.
- Easily Forgiven: If you spared Aryan in the second game, then when she meets Geralt again in Novigrad she treats him as a good friend despite his rather big role in crushing her rebellion and massacring her people. Probably because she knows that Geralt was drafted into the whole thing. It helps that he also rescued her son from prison.
- Averted if Geralt kills Aryan. If that path is taken, Geralt saves her from being tortured in prison, but the baroness remains leery towards him because at the end of the day, he still killed her son.
- The Mistress: To King Foltest.
- The Quisling: She appears to be allied with Nilfgaard in the third game, judging by the presence of Morvran Voorhris at her house in Novigrad. Given what happened in the previous game, this is hardly a surprise.
Baron Ravanen Kimbolt
A distant cousin of King Foltest and one of the most powerful nobles in Temeria. He was one of the potential successors of Foltest and sought to eliminate his rival contenders for the crown.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Cares only about his own ambition and birthright to the throne of Temeria and does not care how many people, particularly common folk, have to die for him to fulfill those ambitions.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Should his plot and his rival Linus Maravel's plot be revealed at the same time, Jan Natalis is forced to let Kimbolt remain free as he cannot remove both powerful nobles and control their armies. Instead Kimbolt is blackmailed into giving up his ambitions and supporting Natalis.
- Karma Houdini: If Geralt fails to uncover evidence implicating him, Kimbolt gets away with his plotting, although given Temeria's imminent collapse and status in the The Wild Hunt, it didn't end up amounting to much.
- Would Hurt a Child: Orders the assassination of Anaïs and Boussy to clear the way for him claim to the throne.
A young courtier in the court of Temeria. She is recruited by Vernon Roche to be the Blue Stripes eyes and ears in the court and to watch over Foltest's bastards.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She was bored with court life and wanted intrigue and adventure, which is why she agreed to Roche's offer to be his spy. After the assassination of Foltest, the kidnapping of his bastards, and being chased by killers through Loc Muinne, Brigida has had quite enough of adventure and just wants to escape with her life.
- Lady-in-Waiting: Served as one in the court, with her particular job being amongst those who cared for Anaïs and Boussy.
- The Mole: For the Blue Stripes.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Decides to flee for her life after assassins begin hunting her, and will only give Geralt and Roche information about the attack on Foltest's kids if they get her safely to a smuggler she hired.
- Sole Survivor: The only survivor of the kidnapping attempt on Anaïs and Boussy besides Anaïs.
Citizens of Vizima
The spiritual leader of Vizima's Outskirts and a chaplain of the Eternal Fire.
- Hate Sink: Once you get to know him, he's simply a horrible fanatic with no redeeming features.
- Knight Templar: He has his own pregnant daughter thrown out of the village for refusing to follow the psycho-cult religion he does, forcing her to become a prostitute just to get by, and tricks his own people into believing that the innocent, kindly mage Abigail is responsible for the recent rise in monster attacks, forming them into a howling lynch mob.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Seems like a slightly Jerkass, but ultimately well meaning priest. You quickly learn that he's actually a fanatical nutjob.
- Sinister Minister: Leads his religion with cruel fanaticism. The first thing we hear about the Reverend is that he made the entire community cleanse their homes of "filth", implying the expulsion of 'problem children' (who he hands over to Salamandra for horrific genetic experiments) then made both the young and the old, not only the fit, crawl around the whole village to every shrine on their bellies to show their humility.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He is able to convince his community to attack you, despite the fact that you just killed the monster that was plaguing the village.
- Villainous Breakdown: If you side with Abigail, he manipulates dozens of innocent villagers to attack you purely out of petty spite.
A young beautiful cunning-woman and herbalist who lives in the Outskirts of Vizima, far from the townspeople that hug the city's walls. Though many view her with mistrust as a witch, they must also swallow their unjust suspicions and go to her for ointments, poultices, potions and other medicinals.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Averted. If you listen to the accusations of the villagers and let them burn her, it becomes clear in Chapter IV that she really was the innocent, framed party. That said, she is still a member of the Coram Agh Tera, so... See Religion of Evil below, though.
- Burn the Witch!: This can happen to her if Geralt opts to remain 'neutral'.
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Even if horribly murdered and if Geralt spares the Reverend's life, you will find the psychotic demagogue reduced to a raving lunatic during the epilogue, believing that the Time of Disdain has come at last. The villagers who come out at night to persecute her are mauled to death by Barghests regardless of whether Geralt decides to interfere.
- Religion of Evil: Except not, while most worshipers of Coram Agh Tera, the underground Cult of the Lionheaded Spider are fanatical outcasts who believe in human sacrifice, the original religion was founded as a spiritual coping mechanism for loss and abuse, (heavily hinted at in Abigail's past) and was widely accepted by a region of Nilfgaard's provincial nobility before worshipers of Kreve had the founders put to the stake. She seems to incorporate alchemy and animal sacrifice into a form of instinctual magic and when Geralt finds her hounded in the cave she is preparing some kind of primitive bio-warfare agent in a cauldron to kill the entire lynch mob. Plus, only the truly innocent and wronged can conjure invocations that will lead to suffering and death against their persecutors. For example: the Lion Head Priestess that Nivellen raped in 'A Grain of Truth' cursed him into a beastly form that could only be broken by his true love's blood sacrifice, then sealed the spell with her own suicide. A shame Geralt, to which Abigail can curse as he abandons her is not directly responsible for her death and entirely blameless from past discrimination and is therefore safe from magical reprisal. It's safe to say she probably cursed the rest of the "congregation" while they bound her to the pyre as well.The worshipers of Coram Agh Tera consider him to be the Great Weaver, who weaves the human fate into a great web. The web is constantly being expanded and corrected. Sometimes some threads are broken, which results in someone's sudden death. When one commits suicide, his thread is broken and he is devoured by Coram. Therefore he is worshiped as the god of sudden and unpredictable death.
The commander of the Viziman city watch. A harsh, but ultimately fair man who proves to be extremely loyal to those he trusts. He tends to disappear at night and no one knows where he goes.
- Androcles' Lion: When Geralt helps him cure his Lycanthropy instead of killing him, Vincent returns as an ally, warning Geralt of a plot against him.
- Anti-Hero: He seems to be a Type II.
- Back-to-Back Badass: with Geralt at the end of Chapter 3
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be quite the Jerkass, but does show a soft side. Especially considering his girlfriend Carmen.
- Vigilante Man: Commander of the city watch at day, bandit killer at night. Being a werewolf is very helpful for that.
A reclusive and driven detective living in the Temple Quarter of Vizima. He help's Geralt uncover information on the Salamandra during Chapter II.
- Character Death: Get's murdered by Azar, who then impersonates him.
- It's Personal: Dropping Azar Javed's name when hiring him results in him working for you for free. That's because Azar is responsible for the death of his family.
- Legacy Character: Claims to have been trained as an agent of the infamous "law firm", Codringher and Fenn.A famous pair of lawyers who ran a firm in Dorian until both partners died tragically under mysterious circumstances. At its height, the firm was retained by people from all over Temeria. If someone had difficulties, troubles, problems - they went to Codringher and Fenn. So the firm's clients quickly received proof of dishonesty and malpractice by their business partner. They could count on receiving credit from a bank without insurance or security. As one of a long list of creditors, they would be the only one to exact what was due from the company declaring bankruptcy. Their son would be released from the dungeon and cleared of all charges based either on irrefutable evidence or a lack thereof, because if evidence existed it disappeared mysteriously while witnesses retracted any earlier testimony. The wife's lover or the daughter's suitor would suffer complicated fractures in three limbs, including at least one upper one - all as a result of an unfortunate accident. And an enemy with a grudge or some other troublesome individual would soon stop being a nuisance, often vanishing into thin air. That's how Codringher and Fenn worked.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: A downplayed example but still relevant. Azar makes the rather foolish mistake of having Raymond's body thrown into the crypt in Vizima's cemetery instead of reducing him to ash with his fire magic. Yet when Geralt finds the body days if not sometimes weeks later in certain playthroughs, he has not been devoured by the necrophages and lower vampires infesting the place. What did you do to him Javed?!
Citizens of Velen
Phillip Strenger, The Bloody Baron
The Bloody Baron is the ruler of the Velen region, a No Man's Land existing between the Nilfgaard and Redanian fronts. A former Temeranian soldier, he deserted from their army and proceeded to take over the region with his army and the backing of Nilfgaard. He is a angry, bitter drunk who is missing his wife and teenage daughter.
- Abusive Parents: He never harmed his daughter physically, but Tamara considers his near-constant drunkenness, neglect, and abuse of her mother plenty bad enough.
- Adipose Rex: A ruler of a large middle region of Temeria while also possessing a large region around his middle.
- Affably Evil: A very well done example. He's a horrible person who has done many terrible things but you understand why he did them and probably sympathize, even if just a little. The fact that he's not hostile to Geralt, and can even become an ally to some extent, also helps.
- The Alcoholic: He's a notoriously heavy drinker, which played no small part in the abuse he heaped upon his wife.
- The Atoner: In the end, he knows full well that he's responsible for tearing his family apart, and he's ashamed of how far it had to go before he recognised it. If his wife is still alive at the end of the Family Matters quest, he departs to find a sage that can restore her mind and swears he'll never touch a drop of drink again.
- Babies Make Everything Better: At least he seems to think so. He thought having another child with his wife would give them a chance to start over again. Anna, however, had a different opinion, and made a deal with the Crones to arrange for a miscarriage.
- Badass Beard: Not to the levels of say, Crach or Hjalmar, but still plenty badass.
- Expy: Is explicitly one for Mark Addy's portrayal of Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones.
- Driven to Suicide: A possible ending of his storyline. Specifically, if you choose to free the spirit trapped in the Whispering Hillock (after starting Ladies of the Wood). The children in the swamp escape, but the spirit takes its revenge by burning Downwarren to the ground, and the Crones punish Anna for failing with a curse that will kill her even if it's lifted. With Anna dead and his daughter wanting nothing to do with him, the Baron takes his own life.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: If Geralt kills the tree spirit (or frees it BEFORE going to the Bog) and finishes the quest "Return to Crookback Bog," The Baron will leave for Blue Mountains a changed man with his wife Anna.
- Fake Aristocrat: Was born a commoner whose military prowess resulted in him taking over Velen and proclaiming himself to be a Baron. He also sells out to Nilfgaard and the Emperor recognizes him as a vassal, making it possible Strenger becomes a legitimate nobleman.
- Find the Cure!: When he sees that Anna has been driven mad from her time with the Crones, he sets out for the Blue Mountains to seek a healer who he hopes can restore her mind.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: He refuses to acknowledge the Crones might even exist until they send their fiend. Even if Geralt keeps telling them they do, and he's met them. And it happens even if Geralt is the one who helped him uncurse his miscarried daughter!
- Foil: To Loredo, his counterpart in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Both are corrupt, traitorous "lord" of Chapter 1 hub town. While Loredo is a complete Hate Sink who only practice Faux Affably Evil to get on Geralt's good side, the Baron is Affably Evil through and through. The two men's treatment of their respective family is perhap the starkest contrast: Loredo love no one, only keep his mother around to make fisstech, kidnap his elven sex slave and impregnate her without care about his child; the Baron meanwhile love all of his family, even the Botchling daughter. The Baron also keep the less savory elements of his army in line while Loredo straightup enables them. To the point that after they went away, Flotsam got better while Crow's Perch got worse.
- Freudian Excuse: Gives one for his behavior. He was traumatized by his experiences during wartime and turned to alcoholism to cope, which led him to... overreact... when he found out his wife had run away with their child and another man, which in turn led to her no longer even maintaining the pretense of loving him.
- Hypocrite: His explanation for the first time he hit his wife was because she had gone insane with hysterics and tried to stab him with a knife, and he had to defend himself and use force to calm her down. This would have carried slightly more moral weight had he not explained immediately before that the precipitating incident for that was when he had gone insane with jealous rage and murdered his wife's lover.
- It's All My Fault: While he tends to allay responsibility for his many failings, the one exception he makes is the case of his wife's miscarriage. He blames himself entirely for that. Ironically, it's probably the one thing that wasn't directly Phillip's fault; Anna didn't want the child, and the miscarriage was the result of a deal she made with the Ladies of the Wood combined with her accidentally losing her magical protection the night she fled.
- Morality Pet: His daughter, Tamara. It's said that whenever he flew into a violent rage, just seeing her would calm him down. And while he abused his wife, he never raised a hand to his daughter.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: When he returned from the front to find out his wife had left him with her lover of three years and taken Tamara with her, he killed Anna's lover and fed his remains to the dogs. Anna went into a homicidal fit of rage that he couldn't stop until, for the first time, he hit her.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He has a reputation for extreme brutality, hence why he's called the Bloody Baron. Oddly, he didn't earn the nickname from any violent incident, but because while he was capturing a group of enemy soldiers (with very few casualties) one of his own men spilled a vat of dye into a river, leaving people to assume he'd conducted a massacre. The barkeep who tells the story mentions a lesser known tale of him killing a group of soldiers about a week before the dye incident, but apparently it didn't stick in people's minds.
- Noble Bigot: He's a terrible, terrible person with a few redeeming qualities. He's also got a very disdainful attitude toward the peasantry which comes up and causes some trouble while trying to rescue his wife.
- Pet the Dog: The Baron is a morally complex character. In many ways he's a completely awful human being, but he also does some surprisingly honorable and noble acts.
- When he finds out about a child sent to die in the woods, he adopts her in his kitchens.
- He faithfully upholds Sacred Hospitality, giving Ciri lodging, food, and time to convalesce during a lull in her flight.
- When he believes he's about to be killed by the Basilisk, he tells Ciri to take anything she needs from his castle. Ciri ultimately remembers him fondly.
- He's adamantly against Geralt killing the Botchling created from his miscarried daughter. He also participates in the ritual to turn her into a friendly household spirit.
- His first reaction to finding out his wife being held by the Crones is to take a group of men to rescue her.
- He makes a note that he considers Uma a person (if an unfortunate and crippled one), unlike most of his men who consider him more of a pet.
- He's also remarkably progressive compared to a lot of his people in terms of gender stuff. He let his daughter learn to ride and wield a sword, he's never dismissive or patronising of Ciri for her gender, is willing to race her (and gives her his horse when she does win) and takes her hunting. According to some rules-chafing comments from his band of thugs, he has implemented a strict no-raping-the-peasant-women rule. Compare him to the average Velen peasant.
- Pietà Plagiarism: You'll be treated to an image of him carrying his wife this way in the ending where they both survive, signifying the beginning of his redemption.
- The Quisling: He is a former Temerian soldier who takes over the Velen region of the country with his fellow deserters... and promptly hands it over to Nilfgaard in the hope of they'd make his title a real one. Despite this, he is portrayed sympathetically since Temeria really does have no hope of victory against Nilfgaard.
- The Red Baron: Few people call him by his actual name.
- Reformed, but Rejected: If you let him come to terms with his wife's miscarriage by helping with the ritual, he quits drinking and becomes a much more sombre, sober fellow. His daughter has known him too long as he was to immediately believe he's changed.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Even though he's technically serving Nilfgaard, Philip has enough contacts in the Redanian army to supply him with passes to both Oxenfurt and Novigrad, effectively allowing him to come and go into enemy territory as he pleases.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Implied to be the beginning of his problems. He began drinking as a way of dealing with the horrors of war, but after the war was over he was unable to quit.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: in the Polish dub, he spouts almost as many profanities as Thaler.
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: The Baron is a broken man with a lot of issues living in a world filled with monsters, both literal and figurative, and is desperately trying to not become one himself. He's failing. You can save him if you try hard enough.
- Stout Strength: Overweight? To be sure. But he's an active and experienced soldier, so he's also extremely physically tough.
- Sympathetic Murderer: It's unknown how many people he's killed, being both a former soldier and a lord with penchant for hanging dissenters. We do know that he murdered his wife's former lover and fed him to dogs while in a jealous rage. If the player chooses, they can ask Philip for his side of the story and, after hearing it, either say that they agree with him or that he's still a monster.
- The Unfair Sex: Zig-Zagged, and left to personal interpretation. Though several characters blame him alone, the Baron argues that there was fault on both sides. He spent longs periods away from home and became an alcoholic; during one of his absences, Anna had a long-term affair with another man and tried to run away with him. After Philip killed her lover, she said things to hurt him to push him into killing her, and then ultimately made a deal with the Crones rather than bear the Baron's second child.
- The Usurper: Is not the legitimate heir of the barony. Its lord was killed and he just moved in with his men.
- What the Hell, Hero?: If Geralt opts to slay the botchling, he gives Geralt a furious and stricken cry of: "You killed my child!"
The wife of the Bloody Baron, who went missing along with their daughter. It's revealed that she suffered years of physical abuse at his hands.
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Her husband constantly being sent to war, combined with the fact that even when he was home, he had become a drunken wretch as a way to cope with the horrors of war. All of this drove Anna to seek solace with a childhood friend of hers. Philip was not pleased when he found out.
- To make it more complicated, the baron mentions he could have dealt with it if it had been only that, just a night or a fling, and being aware he's no saint himself - but the fact that the affair had gone on for three years and Anna ultimately left him and tried to steal his daughter was what drove Philip to a rage.
- Baleful Polymorph: If the children disappear on her watch (due to Geralt freeing the tree spirit to save them), then the Crones punish Anna by turning her into a Water Hag.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She made a deal with the Crones to get rid of her unborn child, and they did — by forcing her to miscarry during a fight with her husband. Then they sent a Fiend to collect her and transformed her into Gran, who is basically their slave.
- Childhood Friend Romance: After marrying Philip, she fell in love with a childhood friend of hers and ran off with him and Tamara. It was cut short when Philip found them and killed her lover, something she's never gotten over.
- "Dear John" Letter: She left one for Philip at home, and when he returned from war, he found it and tracked both her and her lover down.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: Philip fell in love with her after she tended to his wounds from combat.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: There's no clear explanation for her Sanity Slippage. It's possible the stresses of her rotten home life, her miscarriage, and her paranoia of and eventual servitude to the Crones caused her to go batty, but it's also possible the Crones used their sorcery to drive her mad.
- Questionable Consent: It's made clear that, after Philip killed her lover, Anna no longer loved him and had no desire to have another child with him. Yet, Philip was convinced that a second child would give them both a second chance and continued on without her approval. This implies that she didn't lay with him out of choice.
- Sanity Slippage: Her miscarriage and servitude to the Crones did much to erode her mind, to the point where she doesn't even seem to remember who she is when Geralt first meets her. After the children are eaten, she completely snaps, turning into a barely-functioning Talkative Loon who's completely unaware of what's going on around her.
- Suicide by Cop: After her lover was killed, she began antagonizing Philip in hopes that he'd assault and then kill her.
- Younger Than They Look: She's in her forties and her missing posters show her as the Baron describes her: black-haired and sharp-eyed. When she's finally found, her hair gone entirely grey and she has the face and frailty of an elderly woman.
The soothsayer, charmer, diviner, and healer of Velen. He lives in an isolated hut near the village of Blackbough with his goat Princess.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: It's rumored that he plows his own goat. By all appearances, it appears to be false, though he does certainly dote on his goat, whom he affectionately calls Princess.
- Blood Magic: Many of his rituals require the use of blood, whether in communing with the spirits or tracking a mother down via the blood of her miscarried child.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his eccentric nature, the Pellar is quite good at what he does. Though apparently his cure for indigestion doesn't work at all according to the Baron's men who threaten the Pellar for what his cure did to their friend.
- Burn the Witch!: Should Radovid live and win the war, the ending slides show that the Pellar falls victim to witch hunters and is burned at the stake.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Speaks in third person and has an oddly close relationship with his goat Princess. Geralt can easily get fed up when dealing with the Pellar.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone refers to him as "The Pellar", himself included.
- Good Shepherd: Cares greatly for the peasants of Velen and does everything in his power to aid them, providing spiritual guidance to the people of Blackbough as well as herbal remedies. He also goes forth with the ritual to put spirits to rest on Forefathers Eve despite the threat of witchhunters finding him.
- Necromancer: He is able to commune with the dead, which he uses to help the spirits of the departed find rest on Forefather's Eve.
- No Name Given: His true name is never mentioned. Everyone just calls him the Pellar.
- Self-Made Orphan: He killed his father for abusing his mother. After cutting his head open with an axe, the Pellar left his father's body in the swamp, but people figured out what he had done anyway. Years later his father' wraith comes back to haunt him, and he asked Geralt to find and burn the body to stop it.
- Third-Person Person: Often refers to himself in conversation as the Pellar.
Uma is a tiny malformed creature full of boils, first encountered in Crow's Perch, held captive as a form of entertainment for the Baron's men. He is mentioned again in the main questline in Skellige, where he emerged from a boat Ciri used. His appearance is found to be the result of a curse. Geralt recovers him from Crow's Perch and brings him to Kaer Morhen, where his curse is lifted by Geralt and company by mixing the Trial of the Grasses with Yen's magic, revealing Uma to be Avallac'h.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Appears in Velen, with no apparent significance. Is then discovered to be Avallac'h, the elven sage who helped Ciri escape the Wild Hunt, trapped in this cursed form.
- Funny Background Event: Tends to eat dirt he scratches from his toe while the other characters talk.
- Hidden Depths: The Bloody Baron claims he can see there's some sort of wisdom and cunning in Uma's eyes, which is an early sign that there's definitely more to him.
- In-Series Nickname: The Ugliest Man Alive.
- One-Word Vocabulary/Pokémon Speak: He can only utter "Uma" or some variation of that, thus people named him that.
Citizens of White Orchard
A local herbalist, Tomira assists Geralt in several tasks he undertakes while in White Orchard searching for Yennifer.
- Burn the Witch!: Should Redania win the war, Geralt can come upon her in the epilogue with her house burning down while being tied to a stake by witch hunters who view her herbalism skills as witchcraft. Geralt can save Tomira and she decides to flee Temeria to escape the witch hunts.
- The Cynic: Her past has made her quite cynical, and she scoffs at the notion that the commander of the local Nilfgaardian garrison might actually care about the townspeople, noting there are "no decent men in the army, only orders." Tomira is mostly correct, as while Captain Peter may be better than most Nilfgaardian officers, he is also following the new "hearts and minds" tactics that Nilfgaard has adopted for the third invasion.
- Defiled Forever: When she was eighteen, Tomira was training with Mother Nenneke at the Temple of Meliete to become a healer. However, she ended up running off with a boy named Goslav who left her after one summer. When she tried to go back to the Temple, Nenneke refused to take her back and then her parents would not even say a word to her when she came to them, simply handing her a travelling cloak and small pouch of coin.
- Older Than They Look: Tomira has to at least be in her late thirties, as Clear was murdered by Lord Verrieres twenty years prior and Tomira mentions being friends with her. She looks closer to around late twenties or early thirties.
- Ship Tease: She and Geralt flirt a bit, but nothing comes of it.
- Trauma Conga Line: While minor compared to the fate many suffer in the Witcherverse, Tomira has gone through quite a bit of suffering. After her troubles at the Temple, she traveled for a long time before settling in White Orchard only to have one of her closest friends murdered by the local lord and become a vengeful spirit. Then the invasion happens and she has to deal with a horribly suffering victim of the Griffin attacks. All this can end with her being burned alive by witch hunters, and if she survives she has to flee and start her life all over once more.
A dwarven blacksmith in White Orchard, Geralt assists Willis with tracking down the arsonist who burned his forge down in exchange for his smithying skills.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Despite initially serving the Nilfgaardian military occupying White Orchard under duress, he starts working for them willingly after they rebuild his forge after it burned down (and potentially execute the local arsonist responsible.)
- Et Tu, Brute?: When the arsonist who burnt down his forge is presented to him, Willis is outraged to find it's the son of a local family of farmers, and promptly lambasts the lad for his actions, pointing out he always dealt fairly with the guy's parents and never overcharged them for his work, before shouting for some Nilfgaardian soldiers to deal with the criminal.
- Deadpan Snarker: He gets in a few snarky digs when Geralt asks what happened to his forge.
- Les Collaborateurs: How the citizens of White Orchard see him after he starts doing smithing work for the Nilfgaardians. Originally, Willis was only doing it under duress, but after the Nilfgaardians help rebuild his destroyed forge, as well as executing the arsonist responsible, he starts working for them willingly.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Willis reluctantly did a bit of smithing work (repairing weapons and armour, shoeing horses, etc) for the Nilfgaardian forces in the region under duress, and the locals promptly shunned him for it. If the local arsonist who burnt down his forge in retaliation is caught and executed, Willis tells Geralt the locals would rather go to a less skilled smith in a village miles away than deal with him.
- The Dog Bites Back: If the local arsonist who burnt down his forge is caught and brought to him, Willis angrily dismisses the guy's attempts to beg for mercy and shouts for some Nilfgaardian soldiers, who promptly string the lad up from a nearby tree. When Geralt opines that won't make him popular with the village, Willis snaps that considering the shitty way they've treated him lately, he doesn't care.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If the local arsonist who burnt down his forge is caught and executed, Geralt advises Willis to leave White Orchard with the Nilfgaardians if the tide of war turns against them, noting the locals aren't likely to forgive him for getting one of their own hanged.