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Vilgefortz

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Vilgefortz of Roggeveen
Vilgefortz of Roggeveen by JustAnoR.jpg
Fan art by Tanya Anor
Details
Profession
Druid, mercenary, sorcerer
Gender
Male
Race
Human
Culture
Northern Realms
Nationality
Flag Kovir&Poviss.svg
Affiliation
Druids of Koviri Circle
Chapter of Wizards
Special abilities
Stick-fighting (staff)
Magic
Location
Lan Exeter
Roggeveen
Stygga
Physical Description
Appearance(s)

Vilgefortz of Roggeveen was a mage and a member of the Chapter of Sorcerers, described by Yennefer as "young" (which, among mages, meant "up to one hundred years"), but "incredibly talented". He is described as being very handsome and possessing a lovely voice.

As an infant he was abandoned by his parents and left to die in a gutter in Lan Exeter. He was found and raised by druids and only became a mage as an adult.

"(...) Observe the man escorting her. He's Vilgefortz of Roggeveen and he really is young. But incredibly talented."

In the case of sorcerers, as Geralt knew, the term 'young' covered any age up to and including a hundred years. Vilgefortz looked thirty-five. He was tall and well-built, wore a short jerkin of a knightly cut - but without a coat of arms, naturally. He was also fiendishly handsome. It made a great impression, (...)

— pg(s). 117, Time of Contempt (UK edition)


Spoiler warning: Significant plot details follow.

In the Battle of Sodden Hill, he assumed command over the mages from the Northern Kingdoms. After the battle he engineered the truce between the Northern Kingdoms and the Nilfgaardian Empire.

In fact, he was not only incredibly ambitious and power-hungry, but also secretly in league with Emhyr var Emreis, the Imperator of Nilfgaard. This had begun many years before the wars, while Emhyr was still hiding under the alias of Duny. Vilgefortz's thirst for unlimited power brought him to the conclusion that he needed Ciri's, Duny's daughter's, blood in order to claim her powers because she is a descendant of Lara Dorren.

On Thanedd Island, he (among others) was accused of treason and put in dimeritium shackles. However, due to actions of Tissaia de Vries (who was acting only in a manner she considered fair and impartial) he broke free and tried to capture Ciri (severely wounding Geralt in the process) at the behest of the Imperator of Nilfgaard, but she fled through the portal in Tor Lara. Afterwards he hid in his castle, continuing his schemes to find and capture the girl. To that end, he captured and tortured Yennefer for an extended period of time.

He finally met his end in the hands of Geralt of Rivia at Stygga castle.

He was also the 'Master' of Rience and Schirrú, his secret apprentices and agents.

Significant plot details end here.

In The Witcher computer game[edit | edit source]

  • In the Prologue, Lambert says that Geralt has "killed a few (sorcerers) in (his) time", possibly alluding, amongst others, to Vilgefortz.
  • Later in the Prologue, if Geralt fought Savolla, he can ask Triss what she thought of the unfamiliar mage. Her reply includes the line "we might soon be facing another Vilgefortz." When Geralt's reaction is merely "Who?", she tells him to forget about it.
  • Zoltan also invokes the name of Vilgefortz during a conversation with Geralt in Chapter II.
  • Elder Blood is an in-game book attributed to him.
  • At the end of Chapter V Azar Javed says:"This time you pissed into a tornado". This was a quote from Vilgefortz.

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