So I spent the past 6 days playing Witcher 2 exclusively (second playthrough). This time around I did everything to be done, read every book, thought about my decisions and so on. And unlike my first time around, I enjoyed every minute of it.
Now, I beat the game last night and while I admire the game's "realistic" story where there doesn't seem to be a happy ending like every movie and game has, I gotta ask, which outcome for this game is considered the happy ending?
- I killed Saskia the dragon because her mind was in limbo
- The kings exterminated the Lodge <== That's good right? Since the Lodge is the devil.
- Henselt and Radovid divided Temeria among themselves
- Stennis became the king of Aedern, while Northern Aedern became refuge for outcasts (or something).
- I let Letho go because he's an alright dude, an old friend, and most importantly a fellow Witcher
- The ending cinematic which I don't remember from pre-Enhanced Edition shows the armies of the Empire marching north and clearly the northern kingdoms will soon be defeated and gone.
Which raises the following questions:
- Was there any way to save Saskia from the mind control and make her the queen of Aedern or was she doomed either way?
- Was there a possibility of crowning a new king for Temeria or does it get split between the two kings no matter what?
- Was it possible to weaken the Empire or are they meant to fuck the north up no matter what?
- Yennefer seems like the biggest fake hope in this game. I did everything that made me think I would find her, but she's with the Empire and out of reach.
So basically what I'm asking is, are there any other "lesser evil" outcomes or is it the same no matter what you do?