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Queen Cirilla fanart by shalizeh
|Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon (claimant)|
|Empress of Nilfgaard|
Queen of Cintra
Suzerain of Attre and Abb Yarra
Duchess of Rowan and Ymlac
Lady of Darn Rowan
Heiress to Inis Ard Skellig and Inis An Skellig (claimant)
Princess of Brugge and Duchess of Sodden (claimant)
draper in Brugge
|Emhyr var Emreis (husband)|
False Ciri was a girl of roughly the same age and appearance as Ciri who was also refugee and war orphan. Codringher and Fenn had a plan to use her as a decoy to make Ciri herself safer. Upon their deaths however the fake Ciri was abducted and sent to Nilfgaard (as per Vilgefortz's plan to use her as a decoy so 'he' could have the real Cirilla for himself). In Nilfgaard, she was groomed and ultimately presented to the Imperator by Stella Congreve. Due to his secret identity the emperor knew immediately that she was not Ciri, but decided that the people of Nilfgaard should remain none the wiser. He sent her off with a title to Darn Rowan, at the farthest reaches of the empire while he continued his search for the "real" Ciri.
|“||"I've found a certain girl. She's from the Cintra nobility, a war orphan. She's been through refugee camps, and is currently measuring cloth in ells and cutting it out, having been taken in by a Brugge draper. There is nothing remarkable about her, aside from one thing. She is quite similar in likeness to a certain miniature of the Lion Cub of Cintra ... Fancy a look?"||”|
— pg(s). 34, Time of Contempt (UK edition)
|“||"Have you not understood? Instead of the real Cirilla of Cintra I've been sent some kind of dolt. Those traitors probably told themselves that I would not recognise her. But I will know the real Ciri. I would know her at the end of the world and in the darkness of hell."||”|
— pg(s). 252, Time of Contempt (UK edition)
Later accounts of this tale suggest that the incident happened during the Imperator's later period which was not known to be his most lucid. Emhyr married her and she became the empress Cirilla, and to all intents and purposes the Nilfgaardian people were none the wiser and accepted her as Ciri.
In the end, Emhyr grew to love her anyway, so she remained.
Emhyr's Consort is mentioned in Ambassador Shilard Fitz-Oesterlen's first letter to the Emperor.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Though she never features in the release version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, "False Ciri" was mentioned in leaked materials from 2014. She was to appear on the Skellige Isles, and use another name - "Becca" (the same as the first Cintran queen). It was not explained whether or not this was her real name or another alias.
References[edit | edit source]
- See the note above