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Witcher Lore: Explaining the Nilfgaardian Empire and the prophecy that drives them

Nilfgaard’s storey is one of rebellion and foresight, starting with an Elven soothsayer named Ithlinne Aegli aep Aevenien, who predicted the apocalypse.

At first glance, this world-conquering, generous, and remarkably determined horde of strict fanatics appears to be your average dream reprobate: a shrewd army in all-dark garb slaughtering and conquering everywhere they go. What is the real storey behind Nilfgaard, though? Why did they walk to Cintra in the direction of the north? What motivates Cahir, the king, and Fringilla Vigo, the sorceress, to commit such atrocities? What does this have to do with Ciri in particular?

The Netflix dream hit starring Henry Cavill The Witcher debuted its first season, quickly becoming one of the most well-known streaming monsters. The structure clearly acquaints audiences with the rich past of the Continent, featuring eight scenes dense with characters, incidents, beasts, and sorcery.

Redanian Intelligence will treat these inquiries separately in this new arrangement of posts, finding out the true storey of the show’s material and filling in the gaps with knowledge collected from the books. This segment will concentrate on the Nilfgaardian Empire, which acted as the core antagonist of The Witcher’s first season.

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Ithlinne’s Prophecy

In The Witcher’s truth, Ithlinne was a prophetess and an elven healer, a prestigious chronicled figure. Her most famous prophecy foreshadows the advent of a relentless cataclysmic event she dubs “The White Frost” (basically an Ice Age). In addition, this prophecy links the Continent’s fate to the Elder Blood’s lineage.

Unused Witcher costumes reveal lore-friendly Jaskier hat and Renfri flashbacks
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The Fall of King Fergus

Fergus, the ruler, is also depicted as a divisive figure. After making a declaration of sexual orientation equity in the Nilfgaardian armed forces (which was not well received), and forming alliances with the northern realms. Fergus was so disputable that he was faced with two uprisings, the first of which he had the choice to frustrate (led by logician Vysgota of Corvo).Furthermore, no matter how many people he expelled and abandoned, Fergus would not change his way of life.

Unused Witcher costumes reveal lore-friendly Jaskier hat and Renfri flashbacks
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Reign of the Usurper

The Usurper was a blue-blood who’s name isn’t mentioned in the books (more on that later), but he was sharp and alluring, ready to form a strong alliance and launch a convincing military upset.

After winning the defiance, the Usurper apprehended King Fergus and continued to torment him, hoping that the Nilfgaardian official would give his overthrow legitimacy. However, King Fergus refused to yield, prompting the Usurper and his mage Braathens to shift their focus to Fergus’ beneficiary, the young Emhyr var Emreis.

Following his election, the Usurper permitted a cross-country acquittal that prohibited only political detainees. In doing so, he gave the people of Nilfgaard a fresh start and a plethora of opportunities. The Usurper ruled over Nilfgaard for a long time, continuing his archetype’s conquest of neighbouring realms such as Ebbing, Metinna, and Nazair.

The Usurper’s standard was aggressive and liberated from strict impacts. All things being equal, it is clear in the show that breaks were appearing. In scene four’s Cintran dinner, Queen Calanthe names Nilfgaard “the shitrag of the south”, disgracing Lord Peregrine before her whole court. “Tell me,” Calanthe says. “Is it true you drink piss water and feast on your own? Nilfgaardian kings don’t remain kings for long. Who will take the Usurper’s crown, you? How long will you last? A year? A month? A day?”

Master Peregrine of Nilfgaard stomps away, and Calanthe smiles, unaware that the Nilfgaarddian Empire would be the end of her. After a long period of time, the Usurper is finally deposed, just as Calanthe predicted.

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War and Prophecy

The seventh scene of the show begins not long after Nilfgaard attacks the Northern Realms and sacks Cintra. Before the invasion begins, Yennefer travels across the Continent to reunite with her former sweetheart and companion, Istredd, who works as an excavator in the Nilfgaarddian vassal realm of Nazair.

We get a brief glimpse behind the Nilfgaardian drapes through Yennefer’s eyes, and it’s not nearly as vindictive as we might expect. As she walks out to the stone monument digsite, Yennefer notices a group of people united on the side of their Empire, each of whom contributes what they can for the benefit of Nilfgaard and the Continent.

Some join the Nilfgaardian armed forces, a ragtag army with a deliberate strength that dwarfs any other on the Continent, while others do menial work for the Empire. The war is raging, but there is a sense that people are eagerly offering their different ways of assistance.

As soon as Nilfgaard launches their assault and search for Ciri, we see this way of thought in motion. Nilfgaard’s handling of their mages, in particular. For them, each trooper is expendable as long as they fulfil their needs. During the Battle of Sodden Hill, a large number of Nilfgaardian mages willingly give their lives, passing on and going to clean, just as they would in a war zone.

Whatever it takes to get the job done, they’ll do it, and the foresight will guide them. The White Flame, Head Emhyr var Emreis, accepts that his youngster Ciri is destined to save the earth.

The truth behind Emhyr’s connection with the prescience and Ciri is revealed at the end of the adventure. Though Emhyr was probably chastised by the thought of having a child with his little girl, Vilgefortz persuaded him that there could have been no other way to save the Continent. Emhyr accepted his job as recommended by Vilgefortz, despite his grief over Pavetta’s death.

Emhyr would have to join the world in order to complete all of the prescience’s requirements, and before marrying and impregnating his girl. To do so, he would first have to retake his home and become Emperor of Nilfgaard. Duny raised a military and crushed the Usurper with the help of his old followers.

9 thoughts on “Witcher Lore: Explaining the Nilfgaardian Empire and the prophecy that drives them

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