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Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon
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Ciri in The Witcher 3
Details
Alias(es)
Ciri
Lion Cub of Cintra
Falka
Zireael
Titles
Heiress to the throne of Cintra
heiress to Inis Ard Skellig and Inis An Skellig
Princess of Brugge and Duchess of Sodden (claimant, given to her double)
Suzerain of Attre and Abb Yarra (claimant, given to her double)
Profession
Witcheress
Gender
Female
Race
Human
Culture
Northern Realms
Nationality
Flag Cintra.svg
Affiliation
Sources
Witchers
Rats
Lodge of Sorceresses (theoretically)
Special abilities
Elder blood gene
Travelling through spaces and times
Location
Variable
Physical Description
Eye color
Green, emerald (books)
Hair color
Ashen grey / mousy blonde
Height
5 feet 9 inches
Family
Family
House of Raven
Parents
Pavetta Fiona Elen (mother)
Duny (father)
Yennefer of Vengerberg (adoptive mother)
Geralt of Rivia (adoptive father)
Appearance(s)

Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon (known as Ciri or the Lion Cub of Cintra), born in 1253 or 1252,[1] during the Belleteyn holiday - a princess of Cintra, daughter of Pavetta and Duny (Urcheon of Erlenwald) and granddaughter of queen Calanthe.

Spoiler warning: Significant plot details follow.

After witcher Geralt lifted the curse from her father, he demanded from Duny what he had but didn't know he did (see: Law of Surprise), which turned out to be Ciri (as Pavetta was already pregnant with the child). Six years to the day after her birth, Geralt went back to Cintra for her, but did not take her with him to Kaer Morhen at that time. In fact, he didn't even lay eyes on her and only spoke with Calanthe, and the queen divulged no information to him, not even the child's gender.

Early life[edit | edit source]

While she was still an infant, Ciri's parents were both lost in a storm at sea and presumed dead. She spent her youth in Cintra and the Skellige Islands in the care of her grandmother and her uncle.

In "Something More" in Sword of Destiny[edit | edit source]

She first met Geralt when she was lost in the forest of Brokilon. She was nearly taken by the dryads and made one of them, but the queen of the dryads, Eithné unexpectedly let the girl choose her own future. Ciri chose Geralt and tried to stay with him after they left Brokilon, but the witcher would not take her with him. Instead, he left her with the druid Mousesack who was working for Calanthe.

Ultimately, she was adopted by a kindly merchant's wife, Goldencheeks and it is at Goldencheeks' and Yurga's farm, that Geralt was reunited with her. (This event overlaps slightly with the events in Blood of Elves).

In Blood of Elves[edit | edit source]

Then came the slaughter of Cintra.

During the Nilfgaardian invasion of Cintra, Ciri was kidnapped by a Nilfgaardian knight called Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach (though his identity was not known at the time), but she managed to escape and wandered aimlessly for some time through Sodden until she was ultimately adopted by a merchant's family.

Coincidentally, Geralt had been helped by that same merchant and transported to his home. So once again Ciri and Geralt were reunited. This time the witcher took her with him to Kaer Morhen, where under the supervision of Triss Merigold she underwent partial witcher training (but not the mutations) with Geralt, Vesemir, Lambert, Eskel and Coën. It was also there that it was confirmed that she was a source.

Geralt and Triss later took her to the Temple of Melitele in Ellander where she received instruction at first from Nenneke, and then from Yennefer, who began Ciri's magical training in earnest.

'She is not a child,' the voice repeated. 'She is the Flame, the White Flame which will set light to the world. She is the Elder Blood, Hen Ichaer. The blood of elves. The seed which will not sprout but burst into flame. The blood which will be defiled . . . When Tedd Deireadh arrives, the Time of End. Va'esse deireadh aep eigean!'
— pg(s). 41, Blood of Elves (UK edition)


In Time of Contempt[edit | edit source]

As news of war began to spread, Ciri and Yennefer left Ellander for Gors Velen and ultimately Thanedd Island and Aretuza where the sorceress intended to enrol the girl as well as attend the Conclave of mages.

Things did not work out as planned though, not by a long shot. There was a coup during the Conclave and several individuals including Vilgefortz and Cahir tried to capture Ciri once again, and once again failed with the girl escaping through an unstable magical portal in Tor Lara. Because of the portal's nature, Ciri was simply ejected in mid-air over the Korath desert.

Unaware of where she was and without obvious recourse, the girl decided to make her way out of the wasteland by heading west. Unfortunately she wandered around in circles for some time before deciding to use the stars as a guide. She nearly died of exhaustion, dehydration and starvation. Luckily she met a unicorn whom she nicknamed Little Horse that helped her out of the Frying Pan (a folk name for the deadly desert).

During the events in the desert, Ihuarraquax was severly wounded by a creature hidden in the sand, which then is killed by Ciri. Ciri then saw the agony of the little horse and decided to heal the unicorn colt's wound, but there was no magical source to draw from. Finally, and out of desperation, she drew (magical) power from a fire she was able to start. Yennefer always had forbidden her to do that and the power overwhelmed her, which lead to her abjuration of the magical power. She was able to save the unicorn, and because of this, some much higher entities (other unicorns?) were eventually willing to let Ciri go on and follow her destiny.

Completely down and out, she finally was captured by the Trappers and brought to the village of Glyswen where she finally escaped along with a group of young brigands known as "the Rats".

In Baptism of Fire[edit | edit source]

Ciri then joined the Rats band under the name Falka. Bounty hunter Leo Bonhart was hired by Stefan Skellen to kill Ciri and by baron Casadei to capture her alive. Bonhart killed the Rats and cut off their heads after their deaths. He neither killed Ciri, nor brought her to baron Casadei, therefore not fullfilling his contracts. Bonhart imprisoned her for some time, beating her, mistreating and forcing her to kill in the arena at Claremont, which belonged to his cousin Houvenaghel.

Ciri managed to escape with the help of Neratin Ceka when Bonhart had taken her to the village of Unicorn on the eve of the equinox. He had gone to meet with Skellen and Rience and possibly negotiate some terms to release Ciri. Bonhart then killed Neratin Ceka, and Skellen seriously wounded Ciri, disfiguring her with an orion as she fled the village on her mare, Kelpie.

Later, she was found, near death by Vysogota of Corvo, who hid and healed at his hermitage in the Pereplut swamp. She stayed with Vysogotha until shortly after Saovine when she set off to find The Tower of the Swallow.

Together with Skellen and Rience, Bonhart tried to hunt her down on the order of Vilgefortz. Eventually, she escaped to Tor Zireael.

Being a twin tower to Tor Lara, Tor Zireael had a portal which led Cirilla to the world of the Aen Elle elves.

In The Tower of the Swallow[edit | edit source]

There she was greeted by Avallac'h, an Aen Saevherne. He explained to her that she had to 'pay the debt' referring to the perceived loss to the Aen Elle when Lara Dorren took Cregennan of Lod as her lover. The elves believed that the latter had 'stolen' Elder Blood from them by marrying Lara. To atone for that 'crime' Avallac'h wanted Ciri to beget a child with Auberon Muircetach, the king of the Aen Elle. That being the only way Avallac'h would let her return to her own world. On their way to Tir ná Lia, the Aen Elle capital, they met Eredin and his Dearg Ruadhri. Ciri was initially quite infatuated with him - he realised that and tried to use it to control her. They also came across a pack of unicorns which appeared to be at war with Aen Elle.

In Tir na Lia Ciri finally met Auberon, who many times tried to conceive a child with her, however he could not - to him she was just a human, a being of no interest for an Aen Elle. Nevertheless he was very proud and refused to admit it. Eredin suggested using a 'potion' which would improve Auberon's performance and allow him to conceive a child with Cirilla. He also told her the truth (probably to gain her trust) - that Avallac'h would never let her go. Knowing this, Ciri found help with the unicorns where she also met Little Horse/Ihuarraquax, by then fully grown. The unicorns explained that both Fox and Sparrowhawk had once possessed The Gate of the Worlds, a mystical power known only to those of the Elder Blood but they had lost it. Now they wanted these powers back and for that they needed Ciri. This could not be allowed, however and the unicorns explained to Cirilla how she should escape.

That same day Ciri once again visited Auberon only to find that he had drunk the 'potion' given to him by Eredin. Unknown to Sparrowhawk it happened to be too strong and killed Auberon. That night Ciri attempted to escape Tir na Lia and its barrier by using a boat and swimming with the river's current. She was stopped by Eredin who then revealed his true intentions, being the same as Avallac'h's. The two battled and Ciri proved victorious due to the elf's underestimation of her abilities - she wounded him and threw him into the river. Later on she mounted Kelpie and rode away from Tir na Lia. She met Little Horse who offered his help (actually his being by Ciri's side was a part of her bargain with the other unicorns). They came across a huge pile of bones. To her horror, Ciri realised that the skulls had human teeth making them a pile of human bones. Ihuarraquax explained that it had been a human world until the elves led by Fox and Sparrowhawk arrived and killed them all - this also would be the fate of other worlds, including Ciri's own, should Avallac'h and Eredin succeed in once again harnessing the power of time and space. Nevertheless, Ihuarraquax and Ciri realised that they were being chased. Little Horse urged Ciri to jump to another world - the only way to escape. She, however didn't know how. The unicorn became her guide and they jumped. This led to the manifestation of Ciri's strongest power, giving her the title of The Lady of the Worlds. That power allowed her to traverse space and time at will. Not being able to control it, however, Ciri had to journey through many different worlds to finally find her own.

At the Stygga castle, Bonhart died at the hand of Ciri.

Notes[edit | edit source]

According to Blood of Elves, her name is derived from the Elder Speech word Zireael, Swallow.


In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[edit | edit source]

Ciri is a playable character in The Witcher 3, but only during certain quests and not generally. She appears in the opening quest, as a child and Geralt's search for her as an adult is the main thrust of the game plot.

Prior to the game release[edit | edit source]

In the Sword of Destiny trailer, while speaking to Geralt, Emhyr var Emreis claims that Ciri has returned to the mortal lands and is being followed by the Wild Hunt. Supposedly, the King of the Wild Hunt also refers to her and there is a white-haired woman seen running who has been confirmed to be Ciri. The next shred of information came in the 35min gameplay demo, the Crones appear to be the first to find Ciri after she came back into the world through a portal. She was exhausted and apparently injured. The three witches helped her as best they could, discovering she has the Elder blood flowing in her veins in the process. Cirilla didn't stay with them, she escaped her grotesque saviors.

On 15 Dec 2014 it was revealed that Ciri would be a playable character. The player is not able to switch between her and Geralt at will but rather assumes control over her actions during some crucial points of the plot. It was also disclosed that one of Ciri's unique abilities will be one called blink.[2] See the short video snippet on the right for an example.

Ciri's powers[edit | edit source]

Journal entry[edit | edit source]

Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon — what can I possibly say about her? That we call her Ciri for short, that she was born in 1251, that she has ashen hair and a scar on her cheek?
All true, and that's the Cirilla I know best, the one I first laid eyes upon those many years ago, the one who seemed thoroughly, well, not ordinary, but certainly not as extraordinary as she in fact is.
For Cirilla is also a highly-skilled witcher, heiress to several thrones, the last bearer of the Elder Blood, a powerful Source endowed with exceptional magic talent and the Lady of Time and Space. Her hair color and date of birth seem... rather incidental now, don't they?
I could also tell you she is Geralt's adopted daughter - but that would be a gross simplification. Ciri is much more. She is his Destiny, his Unexpected Child, someone bound to the witcher by Fate's most inextricably tangled fetters.
Following age-old witcher tradition, Geralt took Ciri to Kaer Morhen when she came into his care. There he and Vesemir taught her in the ways of the professional monster slayer. It was then that her magic talents were first revealed, and they discovered she was a Source.
Ciri's gift proved a curse as well. Because of it, she would one day have to hide from the entire world — even Geralt.
Ciri's biography contained one more great secret. Her natural father was none other than the emperor of Nilfgaard, Emhyr var Emreis. His words confirmed the fears swirling in Geralt's mind. Ciri had returned and was in mortal danger, for the unrelenting Wild Hunt was on her trail.
Yennefer made it clear why the Wild Hunt wanted Ciri: Eredin wanted the power latent in her Elder Blood. She also let Geralt know that Ciri had been seen in war-ravaged Velen as well as in Novigrad, the largest city in the world.
Reports that Ciri has spent time at Crow's Perch proved true. She was there as the guest of the local warlord, Phillip Strenger, also known as the Bloody Baron. Despite his violent monicker, this man treated Ciri with kindness and respect.
It seemed that during Ciri's time in Velen she got into a quarrel with some sort of witch or witches in the swamps.
Geralt learned the truth of Ciri's time in the swamps from the mouths of the hideous Crones themselves. Even Ciri, better able to hold her own than most anyone in existence, was lucky to escape from these powerful beings alive and intact.

Associated quests[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

In The Witcher computer game[edit | edit source]

In the game, the innkeeper at the Country Inn in the village of Murky Waters can tell Geralt the tale of "Cirilla".

Innkeeper: "Ahem... Long ago, in a valley far away, lived a girl. She was a true princess, sorceress and witcheress..."
Geralt: "All three? Isn't that a bit much?"
Innkeeper: "Don't interrupt. You want to hear the story or not?"
Geralt: "I won't interrupt again."
Innkeeper: "A story about destiny might prove useful, witcher.

She was born a princess who wanted for nothing, had loving parents and a grandmother who was a great queen. She lived in palaces guarded by hundreds of knights. Everyone thought she'd become a powerful queen. But fate had other plans. Her parents died. Enemies butchered her grandmother and took the kingdom. Still, the princess survived. Her fate became bound to one particular witcher. She gained a new family at Kaer Morhen, the hold of the witchers. She learned to fight. Yet destiny once again made noise.

The lass had magical talent. She was a source. The witchers afeared the uncontrolled power of a source and needed a sorceress to assist them. She studied arcane magic. The sorceress loved a witcher and the two adopted the girl. She was truly happy and could have become a powerful sorceress...

But war broke out and fate separated the family. Aggrieved, the lass disawoved magic and became a huntress, learning to love killing. Death followed her - everyone she'd loved had died. Only the witcher and the sorceress denied Death's calling. Fate cast her to foreign shores, yet she returned. The worst assassin tailed her, yet she emerged victorious. Agents of all kingdoms pursued her, yet none caught her.

When she killed all her enemies and peace descended upon the world, she rejoined the witcher and sorceress, only to have destiny sneer at her again."

Geralt: "What happened?"
Innkeeper: "A peasant unskilled in arms killed the witcher. The sorceress died trying to revive him. The girl could do nothing for she'd disawoved magic. So the princess who would not rule, the witcheress who fought humans, and the sorceress who cast no spells used her power as a means to leave this world."
Geralt: "I sense you haven't told all."
Innkeeper: "All but one. Her name was Cirilla. What's that matter?"

In the Movie and TV series[edit | edit source]

Marta Bitner as Ciri in The Hexer TV series

In The Hexer movie and TV series, Ciri was played by Marta Bitner. Unlike in the books, in the series she first met Geralt in the Temple of Melitele in Ellander. She is also not depicted during her teenage years in the series.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The novels are not clear when it comes to dates. In Blood of Elves, when Ciri is leaving Kaer Morhen in early spring 1266, she says she is almost 13 - which indicates that the date is 1253; the same date can be inferred from Time of Contempt (which takes place in 1267), when it is said she is 14. On the other hand, there are a few mentions in The Tower of the Swallow and Lady of the Lake (respectively 1267 and 1268) about her being 15 or 16 years old. Andrzej Sapkowski messes up even more in The Tower of the Swallow and Dynastic descriptions describing her crush on Hjalmar which she had at the age of 12 - which is impossible due to fact that the Slaughter of Cintra took place in 1263 and she went to Kaer Morhen in 1264.
  2. "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will let you play as Ciri", retrieved on 15 Dec 2014.

Gallery[edit | edit source]