Let's Talk About Yennefer (spoilers)

#1 Posted by KevinK (198 posts) -

So, Witcher 1 was my introduction to the series. I played it back in the day, and played Witcher 2 on PC when it came out last year. 99% of what I know about the lore of the Witcher universe comes from the games.

So, I am just baffled about the way they handled Yennefer, who is supposed to be the love of Geralt's life.

No mention of her name at all in the first game, then, in the second game, we start learning about her through flashbacks, but in the first Chapter, the game gives you the opportunity to profess your love for Triss and I don't know why you wouldn't.

As a character, I got somewhat attached to Triss, considering you can bang her in the first 30 minutes of the first game, and you see her buck naked in the first 5 minutes of the second game. Not only is she a hot red-headed sex kitten, but she's also got a fun personality.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that if Yennefer and Geralt were like soulmates in the books, then why have the two games pushed me towards Triss? I have absolutely no connection to Yennefer, and even when the second game tells you who she was, you're basically taking it on faith that this is somebody Geralt should give a shit about. The Clone Wars-style cartoon flashbacks are cool, but they really didn't impress upon me the relationship that Yennefer and Geralt had (that I learned about from reading the Witcher wikia).

#2 Posted by dekkadekkadekka (733 posts) -

The nature of Geralt and Triss' relationship is explained in the book Blood of Elves, basically Triss was around Geralt and Yennefer when they had a massive fight and seduced Geralt.

Geralt is still in love with Yennefer, who loves him based on an event in the book The Last Wish.

Basically, it's complicated.

#3 Posted by valrog (3671 posts) -

I don't know, but I think everything will be a lot clearer in The Witcher 3.

@dekkadekkadekka said:

The nature of Geralt and Triss' relationship is explained in the book Blood of Elves, basically Triss was around Geralt and Yennefer when they had a massive fight and seduced Geralt. Geralt is still in love with Yennefer, who loves him based on an event in the book The Last Wish. Basically, it's complicated.

I really need to get my hands on the books.

#4 Posted by Bobby_The_Great (1004 posts) -

@KevinK: It's pretty easy Yennefer IS the love of Geralt's life, but due to the amnesia and such, his feelings to her aren't as strong as they once were and he is now more connected to Triss. He still searches for Yennefer though to figure out the pieces of the puzzle to his past and about The Wild Hunt.

#5 Posted by mosdl (3228 posts) -

Having never read the books, I was under the impression that the games are not 100% following the book storyline and that changes have already been made.

Plus Witcher 3 can have a three-way scene where you have to choose Maybe even bring back Shani...

#6 Posted by S0ndor (2716 posts) -

@mosdl said:

Having never read the books, I was under the impression that the games are not 100% following the book storyline and that changes have already been made.

Plus Witcher 3 can have a three-way scene where you have to choose Maybe even bring back Shani...

The games take place after the conclusion of the final storyline in the books.

#7 Posted by mosdl (3228 posts) -

@S0ndor said:

@mosdl said:

Having never read the books, I was under the impression that the games are not 100% following the book storyline and that changes have already been made.

Plus Witcher 3 can have a three-way scene where you have to choose Maybe even bring back Shani...

The games take place after the conclusion of the final storyline in the books.

Did not know that!

#8 Posted by valrog (3671 posts) -

@mosdl said:

Having never read the books, I was under the impression that the games are not 100% following the book storyline and that changes have already been made.

Plus Witcher 3 can have a three-way scene where you have to choose Maybe even bring back Shani...

Could you please explain what you like about Shani? I'm not trying to pull anything here, just curious about why does a lot of people like her? I, for one, chose Triss and never looked back.

#9 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@Bobby_The_Great said:

@KevinK: It's pretty easy Yennefer IS the love of Geralt's life, but due to the amnesia and such, his feelings to her aren't as strong as they once were and he is now more connected to Triss. He still searches for Yennefer though to figure out the pieces of the puzzle to his past and about The Wild Hunt.

Sounds reasonable enough!
#10 Posted by Z3RO180 (230 posts) -

@KevinK: i just started the witcher 2 and triss told geralt that he had a kid with this lasie from his past/.

#11 Posted by Omega (835 posts) -

I think the reason Yennifer is never mentioned in the first and part of the second game is because the story is told from Geralt's point of view. He is our narrator and since he has amnesia he is a very unreliable one. So of course we don't hear any mention of Yennifer until he finally unlocks that memory.

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