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Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach

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Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach, or simply Cahir, was an intelligence officer of the Nilfgaardian Empire who hailed from Vicovaro. He was the son of Ceallach and Mawr, the brother of Dheran, Aillil and grandnephew to Assire var Anahid. Cahir first appeared in Blood of Elves, though he is not named in the novel. It becomes clear in later novels that he is the black knight with the bird of prey wings on his helmet who invades Ciri's dreams.

Spoiler warning: Significant plot details follow.

When we first meet Cahir, he had recently been released after serving two years in prison from which he had only expected to escape via the gallows. Emperor Emhyr var Emreis had given him one more chance, adding that if he did not succeed, the executioner's axe still awaited him. Tasking Cahir with finding Ciri, he also stated that the chance of a pardon was extremely small and that of forgiveness, non-existent. The sentence was related to a mysterious incident that occurred two years earlier, but no further details are provided.

Later, he joined Geralt's party but not easily. Geralt nearly killed him on at least three occasions before finally grudgingly accepting him into his party. The first time was during the coup on Thanedd Island, then again later while Cahir was being transported as a prisoner in a coffin by hawkers.

Cahir loved Ciri. He confessed this to Geralt shortly before he died at the hands of Leo Bonhart in the assault on Stygga. He told Bonhart that he was the witcher but the seasoned killer was not frightened by this bluff and defeated the "Black Knight" in a few moves. Though he appeared to be an enemy from the outset, his sacrifice gave Ciri and Angoulême time to escape.

Significant plot details end here.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Cahir was often referred to as "Nilfgaardian" by various people, and he was always quick to correct them, stating that he was from Vicovaro.
  • He stated that apart from two brothers he also had three sisters - although nothing more apart from their existence has been mentioned.
  • Cahir was unable to fully bend three fingers of his hand, which had been cut by Ciri in a sword duel during the Thanedd coup.
  • Dandelion was fond of making fun of his (and Regis') long name(s).
  • In The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, the Armor of Vicovaro's name in the def_shops game assets file is titled "Cahir Armor", a reference to his origins in Vicovaro.
  • In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, there is a gwent card with his likeness.
  • Cahir's mother's name Mawr means "great" in Welsh. His father's name, Ceallach, is of Irish-Gaelic origins, and means "bright-headed".

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