The entire Witcher series developed by CD Projekt Red is, in the end, all about Ciri. Geralt’s quest to find her and then protect her from the Wild Hunt takes center stage in the final outing, and this last game also sees her appear for the first time in any of the Witcher titles.
There’s more to the Lady of Space and Time than is readily apparent, however. Ciri has a rich history, full of interesting stories and tales that are not conveyed in the video games. Here are 10 things you might not know about Ciri.
10 Princess Of Cintra
While it isn’t discussed too deeply in the games, Ciri is, in fact, a princess. Her full title is Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, Heiress to the throne of Cintra, Heiress to Inis Ard Skellig and Inis An Skellig, Princess of Brugge, Duchess of Sodden, Suzerain of Attre and Abb Yarra – quite a mouthful!
While Ciri doesn’t particularly care about her royal lineage, there are a great many who do, including her birth father, Emperor Emhyr var Emreis of Nilfgaard, as well as treasonous spy Stefan Skellen who would see her killed in order to overthrow the monarchy. These events and issues are at times mentioned in the games but rarely take center stage.
9 Orphaned Young
Ciri's early years were marked with tragedy before she was even old enough to truly understand. At the age of four, she and her parents, Princess Pavetta of Cintra and Duny, were meant to sail from Skellige back to Cintra. However, Pavetta suspected Duny was plotting something and so secretly had Ciri remain behind in Skellige.
Sure enough, Duny (who was actually Emhyr var Emreis), had been planning to have the family teleported to Nilfgaard before a magically arranged storm destroyed their ship – a plan that went horribly awry as Pavetta drowned. With her mother dead and her father presumed lost at sea, Ciri became an orphan.
8 Child Of Surprise
In the world of The Witcher, the Law of Surprise is something invoked, often by Witchers, when one person owes another a life debt. The wording of the Law states that the debtor must repay something they find in their home, but did not expect. This is very often a child, and it is how Ciri's fate became inextricably linked to Geralt of Rivia. Before her birth, Geralt saved Duny's life, invoking the Law of Surprise.
This meant that, in time, Geralt would come for Duny and Pavetta's child and take her away to become a Witcher. Ciri's grandmother Calanthe did everything she could to avoid or delay this fate, but in time Ciri's and Geralt's paths inevitably entwined.
Ciri, as a princess, was expected to perform the duties of a princess even from a young age. This meant that from when she was seven years old, her grandmother Queen Calanthe was fielding engagements for her while plotting out her future. The first was to Windhalm of Attre, a prince who had vied for her mother’s hand years prior.
This engagement was called off, but Calanthe quickly found another suitor in Kistrin, prince of Verden. This engagement was again called off by Calanthe. Many years later, Ciri was again engaged to Radovid V, only for his father, Vizimir II to break the arrangement, for a total of three different engagements with three different princes.
6 The Dryads Of Brokilon
Following her engagement to Prince Kistrin, Ciri ran away with the aid of some soldiers. However, they soon strayed in Brokilon Forest, an area forbidden to humans as the dryads there picked off the soldiers one by one until only Ciri was left. She wandered deeper into the forest and was soon attacked by a giant centipede, only to be rescued by Geralt and the dryad escorting him, Braenn.
The group continued deeper into the forest and upon reaching Duén Canell, the capital of Brokilon, Ciri was given the Waters of Brokilon, meant to erase all her previous memories and allow her to be raised as a dryad. The Waters had no effect on her, however, and so Geralt took her out of the forest and returned her to Calanthe.
5 Witcher Training
Much time later, Geralt and Ciri’s paths crossed again after the Slaughter of Cintra. This time, each of them accepted the destiny of the Law of Surprise and Geralt took her to Kaer Morhen to train her as a witcher. It was here that her magical abilities first became apparent, alongside the intense physical training regimen that the witchers put her through. She would go into trances and speak in the Elder Tongue, with the witchers not quite understanding what to do with her. Eventually, they sent for Triss Merigold, who identified her as a Source – someone with a strong connection to magical energy – and began the process of teaching her about magic.
4 Friend To Unicorns
Following the events of the Thanedd Coup, Ciri escaped through an unstable portal that deposited her deep in the Korath desert. She wandered the sands, becoming dehydrated and exhausted before she eventually found a unicorn.
The unicorn, who she called "Little Horse," had been poisoned by a beast and Ciri helped heal its wounds. In turn, the unicorn helped Ciri out of the desert. In addition to this, the unicorn, who was actually named Ihuarraquax, would return to aid her again in the future when she was in need.
3 Captured By A Bounty Hunter
Following her escape from the desert, Ciri was eventually located by the bounty hunter Leo Bonhart, an exceptionally dangerous man known for killing witchers. He had been hired by multiple interested parties, including Baron of Casadei, to capture Ciri and Stefan Skellen to kill her.
Bonhart did neither of these things and instead imprisoned Ciri in his cousin's arena where he forced her to kill for the entertainment of the crowd. Ciri was eventually able to escape with the help of Neratin Ceka, a Nilfgaardian spy, and later she managed to exact vengeance on Bonhart by killing him.
2 In The World Of The Aen Elle
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After leaving Bonhart's arena, Ciri escaped to Tir ná Lia where the elven sage Avallac'h informed her that the Aen Elle elves considered her blood to be stolen property - a property that they wanted to be reclaimed.
To that end, they intended for Ciri to bear a child by the king of the Aen Elle, Auberon Muircetach. However, before he could conceive a child with her, he was poisoned by Eredin Bréacc Glas, who saw himself as a far better ruler. Ciri was able to defeat Eredin and, with Ihuarraquax's help, escaped Tir ná Lia.
1 Adventures In Camelot
It's implied in some of the conversations between Ciri and Geralt in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that she has traveled far and wide to numerous other worlds, including ones that sound suspiciously like the one featured in the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.
One universe that wasn't mentioned, however, was Camelot. Following the events of the Rivian Pogrom, where Ciri left Geralt and Yennefer on Malus Island to recover, she jumped into the world of Camelot where she met Sir Galahad, who invited her to King Arthur's court.