Anna Henrietta in Blood and Wine
|Duchess of Toussaint|
Her Enlightened Ladyship
Her Gracious Magnificence
|Blue (in the books)|
|Chestnut (in the books)|
|Raymund (husband, deceased)|
|Sylvia Anna (sister)|
Emhyr var Emreis (cousin of unknown degree)
Anna Henrietta was duchess of Toussaint, and beloved by all her people. She became monarch after her husband Raymund died, two years before Geralt and his friends arrived in Toussaint. Her official, protocol title was "Her Enlightened Ladyship", unofficially "Her Grace" (as in gracious, though not necessarily graceful) and outside the court, in more casual matters she was to be referred to as "Lady Duchess". However, the Chamberlain and Marshal of the Court Sebastian Le Goff strongly advised Geralt to address her as "Your Grace" at all times. She was known to a select few by the shorter name, Anarietta.
The duchess was in love with Dandelion, who requited this mutual feeling. He referred to her as (polish: łasiczka) "little weasel" or "weaselet" (analogue to: little pig - piglet, and most certainly a term of endearment). About seven years before Geralt arrived, while Raymund was in Cintra, Dandelion had worked his charms on the duchess fall, causing her to fall in love with him and they met secretly for about two months. When her people found out, word got back to Raymund about the relationship so he ordered his knights to find Dandelion and tear out his heart, so that the prince could roast it and force the Duchess to eat with the whole court bearing witness. This caused Dandelion to flee Toussaint. Luckily for Dandelion, Raymund later died of apoplexy. When the bard heard the news while traveling with Geralt, he, accompanied by Geralt's party, returned to the bard's lady love.
After the bard's return, things went well for a time, with the duchess and Dandelion carrying on their torrid affair, but true to form, Dandelion could not keep his wandering eye to himself. He was discovered in the arms of the Baroness Nique and sentenced to death by Anarietta. However, she had a last minute change of heart and merely banished him from the duchy forever.
In the Blood and Wine expansion[edit | edit source]
Anna Henrietta and her court appear in the expansion Blood and Wine.
Journal entry[edit | edit source]
- If this world has ever known a ruler who enjoyed the absolute admiration of her subjects without the need for systematic repression or a particularly cruel hangman, it was, without a doubt, the sovereign of Toussaint, Duchess Anna Henrietta. Called Anarietta by those who knew her well, she was the widow of the late lamented Duke Raymund and one-time lover of a very famous and talented artist who would prefer to remain anonymous.
- A few years prior, when the witcher and a band of friends were visiting Toussaint, Anna Henrietta had had the pleasure of meeting Geralt of Rivia. When a mysterious Beast began attacking her courtiers, the duchess thus knew exactly whom to summon…
- While searching for the Beast, the duchess proved that, when the need arose, she was able to throw off the chains of convention and get her hands dirty with direct action alongside the witcher. Even if she had to do so in a state of relative dishabille.
Associated quests[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- After the events of The Beast of Toussaint, Geralt can find the duchess, in the northwestern corner of the central courtyard of the Beauclair Palace and chat about the Knightly tournament and how she met Dandelion.
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References[edit | edit source]
- in The Witcher game series