Henselt

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Henselt
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Henselt in The Witcher 2
Details
Alias(es)
Vanquisher of Nilfgaard
Last of the Unicorns
Titles
King of Kaedwen
Lord of Ard Carraigh
Archduke of Ban Ard
Gender
Male
Race
Human
Culture
Northern Realms
Nationality
Flag Kaedwen.svg
Location
Ard Carraigh
Kaedweni camp, Loc Muinne (The Witcher 2)
Physical Description
Family
Family
Dynasty of the Unicorn
Children
One married son
Appearance(s)

King Henselt was the ruler of Kaedwen and heir to the Dynasty of the Unicorn. He apparently has one son who was married. For many years, he engaged in an ongoing dispute with King Demavend of Aedirn over the Lormark. Henselt was also the architect of a plan to exterminate all non-humans in areas bound by the Pontar, Gwenllech and Buina rivers. He had sported a classic beard and had small, penetrating eyes. Henselt spent a great deal of time, energy and money dealing with the Squirrels. He married a woman whose name is not known and she bore him one son who was ultimately killed in a hunting accident.

His commissar was Vilfrid Wenck. After the war with Nilfgaard, he was one of the negotiators of the peace treaty.

In The Price of Neutrality premium module[edit | edit source]

In "The Price of Neutrality", King Henselt does not actually appear. He is referred to numerous times, most notably because of a rather badly spelled letter of safe conduct he has allegedly given to Merwin Ademeyn and his retinue.

Henselt is the king of Kaedwen at the time of this particular story. The sorceress, Sabrina Glevissig and Merwin both sit on his council. According to Merton Bringgs, the sorceress wields an unusually strong influence of the king and therefore the whole council. He says that she has been known to pound her fist on the council table and actually tell the king himself to be quiet, and apparently the king has obliged.

It is apparently under the king's auspices that the "search" for Deidre has been organized. Merwin is the official leader of the expedition, but it becomes clear quite early in the story that the true leader is Sabrina.

Journal entry[edit | edit source]

Known to be excessively greedy and hot-headed, Henselt is the king of Kaedwen, a powerful and expansive land in the North. He in no way resembles the classic image of a king. He is bearded as a robber and has small, penetrating, wandering eyes. Henselt feuds with his neighbors over borders, titles and protectorates. He is also known for his intense hatred of nonhumans.

In The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings[edit | edit source]

King Henselt, King of Kaedwen, heir to the Dynasty of the Unicorn, Lord of Ard Carraigh, Archduke of Ban Ard and vanquisher of Nilfgaard, makes his first appearance in the game at the beginning of Chapter II when Prince Stennis and Saskia confront him and demand that he withdraw his forces from Aedirn.

Henselt is advised by the sorceror Dethmold, and is heavily influenced by him. Henselt is seen as an arrogant person and completely amoral. This, paired with his sense of royal immunity make him an unpopular king to some, especially among a number of his own nobility.

Despite this Henselt has managed to strengthen Kaedwen as a state and improved the lives of thousands of his people. His lack of heir however would result in a civil war for his country should he die.

Associated quests[edit | edit source]

Journal entry[edit | edit source]

The witcher once said that in his life he had met thieves who resembled city councilors, councilors who were like begging louts, harlots who behaved like princesses, princesses who smelled like pregnant cows and kings who looked like thieves. King Henselt did not look exactly like a thief, but, with all due respect, he was not far off. He owed this resemblance only partly to his bearded countenance, beady eyes and wandering, yet penetrating gaze. His annexation of Lormark , called Upper Aedirn by its natives, at a time when Aedirn was fighting off the Nilfgaardian hoard at its southern border, was also considered a theft. The now dead King Demavend judged this deed severely and communicated this in curt yet resonant words. Yet that was not the sole reason for King Henselt's reputation as an unpleasant person, much bolstered by the monarch's ambitions and quarrels with his neighbors, and by his ruthless policies towards nonhumans, whom he persecuted with a passion, squandering his realm's strength and funds.
The aging Henselt did not have a living heir, and the rumor was that he had found producing another son somewhat troublesome.
Henselt's virility may have lessened with age, but his ambition certainly had not. The king wanted to wage a war and reclaim Lormark, a province he had already given up once, no matter the cost.
Spoiler warning: Significant plot details follow.
If Geralt chooses Roche's path during the end of Chapter I:
The king reaped that which his deeds had sown years earlier, when he and Nilfgaard jointly partitioned Aedirn. Though he returned the stolen lands, there were many among the Kaedweni who considered Henselt's assault on an ally to have been dishonorable. These men created a conspiracy against their corrupt ruler, adding a new cause for concern to his pile of worries.
Kaedwen's king had been terribly cursed by the sorceress Sabrina Glevissig , whom he had condemned to death.
Thanks to the witcher, the curse plaguing Henselt was lifted. The king breathed a sigh of relief and returned to realizing his plans with redoubled energy. Apart from invading Aedirn, these probably included killing Stennis , hanging all nonhumans and ploughing Saskia, not necessarily in that order.
Henselt revealed the entirety of his rotten character when he had Roche's men murdered and personally defiled Ves . In this way he gained a mortal enemy in the form of Vernon Roche .
The king of Kaedwen satiated his ambitions. He led a victorious assault on Vergen and strengthened his kingdom.
If Geralt chooses to let Roche kill Henselt in Chapter II:
Henselt made a mistake in underestimating the determination of the Blue Stripes' captain to avenge his men. Thus ended the line of Kaedweni rulers bearing the Unicorn on their seal.
If Geralt chooses to stop Roche from killing Henselt in chapter II:
Henselt should consider himself lucky that Geralt was content with simply bruising his grizzled face, for Vernon would not have treated him as leniently. Thus grew the debt of gratitude which Henselt owed the witcher, though I don't think the Kaedweni ruler saw it that way.
If Geralt chooses Iorveth's path during the end of Chapter I:
Henselt accepted the unthinkable. He shed some of his royal blood for a stranger – anything was acceptable if it furthered the pursuit of his longed-desired war.
The ruler could not have felt worse if he had been kicked in the crotch. Defeated by the Vergenian irregulars, comprising peasants, local gentry, dwarves and elves and led by a female, he was forced to renounce his territorial claims to Aedirn and to officially confirm this at the Loc Muinne summit. I will remember the look on his grizzled mug for the rest of my life.
If Geralt chooses to rescue Triss in Chapter III:
Henselt eagerly engaged in another partition – Kaedwen and Redania divided their weakened neighbor, the chaos-riddled Temeria .
If Geralt chooses to rescue Anaïs La Valette in Chapter III:
Despite his appetite for new land, Henselt was forced to do without. The chance to snatch a part of Temeria passed right under his nose.

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

If Geralt allowed Vernon to kill Henselt, then during a talk with Theophile Maria Rosco the latter says that king Henselt "perished at Lormark" because of "blasted Dragonslayer". Rufus confirms that if Henselt was alive Nilfgaard would not advance so easily on the East.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Sparing King Henselt Flashback video
Death of King Henselt Flashback video
Significant plot details end here.

Gallery[edit | edit source]