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  • In 'The Season of Storms' , despite their relationship on a break, Yennefer still cared for Geralt, buying his stolen swords from the auction house - knowing that he would die without it, and returning it to him, perhaps, not even with his knowing. Similarly, in 'The Last Wish' , after Geralt left Yennefer's house in Vengerburg, he still cared greatly for Yennefer, asking Mother Nenneke to keep a fair number of the jewels he had received for defeating the striga for Yennefer, hoping to help her to achieve her wish to treat her infertility.
  • In 'The Blood of Elves' Yennefer's mentorship of Ciri at the Temple of Melitele grows into this, as when the Lion Cub is scared of her visions and untamed power, she refers to the sorceress as "mother." Even better, when Ciri draws power too quickly from an Intersection of the Force and begins to hemorrhage as a result Yen frantically cries out "daughter!" while she heals her charge's accidental damage. It's quite clear that they have become family.
  • Ciri being accepted into the bandit gang known as the Rats, a motley collection of girls and boys whose lives have all been touched by war. While they're not good people, they are her only true friends for a period of time.
  • They met in a place where the corridors came together to form an arch.
  • In the 'Time of Contempt' , Molnar - the banker, informed Yennefer that 'the Witcher' had ran up a debt, which he would have cancelled as favour to Yennefer. Despite her efforts to insist upon her indifference, Yennefer inquired after him, and was visibly upset as she said:
    'And as usual, they'll be paying him peanuts for killing it. Which, as usual, will barely cover the cost of medical treatment should he be mauled by the monster. Business as usual. If you really want to do something for me, Molnar, get involved. Contact the farmers from Hirundum and raise the bounty, give him enough to live on."
  • In ToC, when Yennefer and Geralt had finally spoken to each other, honestly, and sincerely, they attended a mage banquet at Thanned together. During the banquet, the mages decided to read his mind, curious about him, and was disorientated and shocked by his thoughts - of his love for Yennefer.
    He looked at Yennefer walking alongside him, at white-and-black-and-diamond Yennefer, with her raven hair and violet eyes and the sorcerers trying to sound him out became unsettled and disorientated; confronted with his blissful satisfaction, they were clearly losing their composure and poise. Yes, he answered in his thoughts, ''you're not mistaken. There is only she, Yennefer, at my side, here and now, and only she matters. Here and now. And what she was long ago, where she was long ago, and who she was long ago doesn't have any, doesn't have the slightest, importance. Now she's with me, here, among you all. With me, with no one else. That's what I'm thinking right now, thinking only about her, thinking endlessly about her, smelling the scent of her perfume and the warmth of her body. And you can all choke on your envy.
    When Geralt was chided, after being thanked by Yennefer for his thoughts of her, he confessed - for the very first time - his love for her, shocking Yennefer.
    Yennefer: Geralt! It's the first time you've ever said that!'
    Geralt: It can't be. You're making fun of me.
    Yennefer: No, no I'm not. You used only to think it, but today you said it.
    Geralt: Is there such a difference?
    Yennefer: A huge one.
    Yennefer: I was waiting. It wouldn't have been proper to react to a declaration made as a thought. I was waiting for the words. I was able to reply, so I replied, I feel wonderful.
    When they returned to their lodgings in the castle for the night, it was revealed that Geralt did not mind Yennefer reading his mind, and instead, thought of nice, beautiful things for her.
    Geralt knew that, in moments like this, the enchantress's telepathic abilities were sharpened and very powerful, so he thought about beautiful matters and beautiful things. About things which would give her joy. About the exploding brightness of the sunrise. About fog suspended over a mountain lake at dawn. About crystal waterfalls, with salmon leaping up them, gleaming as though made of solid silver. About warm drops of rain hitting burdock leaves, heavy with dew. He thought for her and Yennefer smiled, listening to his thoughts.
    Doubles as a Tearjerker in the first Witcher game, with the implication that Triss had read his mind throughout the first and second game to replace Yennefer in his mind when Geralt thought of a home for him and Yennefer, and Yennefer built on his dreams.
    'A pretty dream', said Yennefer, stroking him lightly on the shoulder. 'A home. A house built with your own hands, and you and I in that house. You would keep horses and sheep, and I would have a little garden, cook food and card wool, which we would take to market. With the pennies earned from selling the wool and various crops we would buy what we needed; let's say some copper cauldrons and an iron rake. Every now and then, Ciri would visit us with her husband and three children, and Triss Merigold would occasionally look in, to stay for a few days. We'd grow old together, beautifully and with dignity, and should I ever get bored, you would play for me in the evening on your homemade bagpipes. Playing the bagpipes - as everyone knows - is the best remedy for depression.
    • Also doubles as heartwarming in the Witcher 3 DLC Blood and Wine if the Player had romanced Yennefer - who would gives up all of her politics, plots and plans to retire in Toussaint with Geralt, finally living in safety in the beautiful vineyard of Corvo Bianco. Thus fulfilling the pretty dream that they had all those years ago.
  • In The Tower of the Swallow, while passing through Tor Zirael, Ciri sees a vision of Yennefer in a dungeon, clearly having been tortured, and instantly swears she'll find and save the sorceress. The clincher? She calls Yennefer "Mummy".
    Ciri: Mummy! Hold on! Don't give up! I'm coming to help you!
    Her hands are a single mass of clotted blood. Her black hair is tousled and dishevelled...Her mouth is cut and swollen...But her will to fight and resistance are undamped in her violet eyes.
  • "Ill never leave you again, Ciri said dully. "Never again."
  • In 'The Lady of the Lake' , the moment Geralt discovered that Yennefer had never betrayed him or Ciri, that she was a prisoner, he immediately left everything behind, a life without turmoil, as close as peaceful for a Witcher, to go after Yennefer - racing perhaps, to a certain death. In the same scene, he managed to lie to Fringilla Vigo about the whereabouts of Vilgefortz despite her reading his mind. Later, when they were reunited, we have a scene that could also double as a Tearjerker, when Yennefer revealed that, despite months and months of torture, she never once doubted that he would come for her.
    'I knew you'd come for me,' she murmured, searching for his mouth with hers. 'That you'd come, whatever might happen.'
  • Both this and a Tearjerker come when no-one or nothing will stop the family from leaving Castle Stygga.
    Geralt: Excellent, Ciri.
    Ciri: I want to see the sky.
    Geralt: I love you.
    Ciri: I love you, too.
  • Emhyr, the Emperor of the most powerful nations in the world, keeping his promises to both Geralt and Yennefer.
  • Geralt saving Abigail from the lynch mob, because who would he be otherwise?
  • This fantastic exchange between Geralt and Zoltan in Act II.
    Geralt of Rivia: Got a minute?
    Zoltan Chivay: What's eating ya?
    Geralt: I warn you, some philosophy's involved...
    Zoltan: The meaning of life, eh?
    Geralt: The Evil that witchers fight stems from chaos, from actions aimed at disturbing order. For where Evil spreads, Order cannot be established. Instead of the light of wisdom, the glimmer of hope and the glow of warmth, darkness ensues. And in darkness you find nothing but blood, fangs and claws... like in the outskirts.
    Zoltan: Nicely put, but as young Cerro said to King Vridank on their wedding night: "does it have any practical uses?"
    Geralt: The right of witchers to live and function in the world has fallen out of balance, because the struggle between Good and Evil now plays out on a different battlefield with different rules. Evil has ceased being chaotic. No longer a blind elemental power, Evil follows rules according to the rights it's been granted. It functions in line with treaties...
    Zoltan: That's progress. With more of us living longer, we can slaughter one another in the thousands. Progress is like a herd of pigs. The herd brings many benefits, but no one should wonder at all the shit.
    Geralt: Shit or no shit, witchers exist to slay monsters. How can I when the real monsters hide behind ideals, faith or the law...?
    Zoltan: The biggest Evil is moral relativity, which kills more than the Catriona plague and dragons combined. Witchers will always be needed, no matter where that pig herd takes us.
    Geralt: I'm not so sure.
    Zoltan: Let me tell you something, witcher. Once we led a group of women and children through a war-torn land. They slowed us down. We had to feed them, protect them, and we had to hide in the woods to pee instead of pissing by the road. In short, they were a burden, and ungrateful at that. Know why we helped them? It was the right thing to do.
  • The good ending of the quest 'Beauty and the Beast' in the first game. Carmen is moving mountains to find a remedy to cure her lover, Vincent, of his lycanthropy affliction. Geralt finds three remedies, and when the first two don't work, Geralt mentions the third: true love. Carmen is convinced that Vincent doesn't love her because she's a whore, but when Geralt goes to Vincent and tells him of her feelings, he's willing to give it a shot. It not only lifts his curse but they also get married!
    • The simple fact that Carmen, a frail city girl with her puny dagger, dares to go to the monster-filled swamp, despite being obviously nigh-paralyzed by fear—all just to help the man she loves, is extremely heartwarming.
  • A potential solution to 'In The Heat of the Day' can be one too: if Geralt defended Abigail against the mob in Act I, she suggests poetry to put Alina to rest. Dandelion whips up a poem at dusk, and after Alina understands that she's dead and a noonwraith, her sister (now a nightwraith) shows up, and begs forgiveness for killing her. Alina forgives her, the two reconcile, and Alina moves on to the afterlife. And if you completed 'Hunting the Wild Hunt' and asked for the Wreath of Immortelles, you can put Celina to rest too.
  • If Geralt decides to cure Adda of the Striga curse again instead of killing her, there will be a small cutscene in which Geralt says that although witchers are renowned for slaying monsters, they (or at least, he) take far more pleasure in lifting curses and breaking spells on people. Even more heartwarmingly, said cutscene ends with a bright, colorful picture of Adda and Radovid obviously Happily Married.
  • In Baptism of Fire, Zoltan's gang (joined by Geralt, Dandelion, and Milva) are escorting a group of women and children to safety. They eventually reach a refuge camp, where several of the people reunite with loved ones. This is itself good, but almost immediately after Zoltan notes how ungrateful the humans are, a little girl from the group runs up to them. She thanks them all for protecting them, gives them flowers in appreciation, even telling Milva the prettiest ones are for her. The group is sincerely touched by it, and Zoltan puts one of the flowers in his hat.