Compared with Geralt or Ciri in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher, the reader is in Yennefer’s mind It takes much less time. Of the three roles that the Netflix version focuses on, she has the most blanks. In the first season, we met her in an unprecedented way.
Yenifu’s magical ability first appeared when she subconsciously teleported from the farm where she grew up in the Kingdom of Aden to the Seagull Tower in Aretuza, presumably attracted by its magical energy. She was trying to escape the villagers who tortured her because of her spine curvature. Her natural gift for magic—her connection with chaos—was triggered by fear and anger. This is what this version of Yenifu has in common with Xili and the elven bloodlines. (In the book, they also share a birthday.)
After being bought by Tisya De Vries, the principal of Aretuza, Yenifu was locked in the academy’s room. After being imprisoned after discovering that she had less money than pigs, she tried to commit suicide. This is the familiar part of Yenifu’s life in the book, shown in the flashback towards the end of Lady Huzhong. Only there, after saving her life, Tisaya said that this would be her last chance to cry, because “there is nothing more terrifying than a witch crying.” What a good woman.
During the two episodes, Yennefer was educated in Aretuza and learned that magic requires “balance and control”, as Tissaia said. “Without them, chaos will kill you.” The headmaster floated a rock by letting students draw life from a flower, and asked Fringilla to magically dry her hands to prove a point, thus proving the importance of balance. (Again, good lady.) Tishaya proved the importance of control by letting the students catch the lightning in the bottle. When the classmates are better than her, Ye Nifu’s jealousy and anger manifested as almost deadly lightning.
During this period, Yenifu started and ended her relationship with Istredd (a mage studying at Ban Ard College, the boy is a mage of Aretuza), and went through the enchantment, gave up her womb, and was magically reshaped into a beautiful , The immortal witch. From suffering to victory, she manipulated her own way out, separated from the appointment of the court of Nilfgaard, and entered the charming court of her hometown of Aden.
However, after one episode, she was miserable again. In the 30 years after she graduated, when we caught up with her sharing a carriage with Queen Calis, Yenif realized that her naive dreams were naive. She did not have power and left a mark in history, but has been “cleaning up stupid political chaos” and becoming “the glorious royal butcher.”
(Side note: Kalis, Lyria is destined to give birth to too many daughters, the mother of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales protagonist Meve.)
Yenifu failed to protect one of the queen’s children from the magical assassin. She sat on the beach and said to the dead baby, “You didn’t miss too much”, the extreme wizard moment reached a climax, and she embarked on a new path. . She stopped working for the fraternity that trained the mage to become a royal advisor, and started gangsters, looking for a way to restore fertility. A subtle but meaningful change in the book was not because she wanted a child. Instead, she wanted the ability to choose for herself. Like an attempted suicide, Ye Nifu’s most powerful motivation is the need for autonomy.
When Geralt and Yenifu met in Linde, she fascinated the mayor and turned his mansion into her private party palace by eliminating some local taboos. It may be that she completely controlled them, as she did to the mayor and later Geralt, but since the townspeople’s reaction to the end of the spell was not anger or disgust, but embarrassingly looking for their pants, I didn’t. That’s it.
In addition, she appeared in the early episodes of the episode to magically strengthen her husband, uh, for some reason, mentally controlling more than a few people is considered difficult elsewhere. In the first episode, Stregobor believes that Renfri can control her bandit is the reason he wants to dissect her and figure out how it was done, and in the finale Fringilla only manages it with brainworms from her forbidden magic arsenal .
Yennefer’s relationship with Geralt didn’t go well—they said, from what you meant—when she manipulated him to approach him to come to Djinn for her help. However, he still saved her life and linked their fate together.
Stubbornness, pride, and willingness to die for what is important to her are what Yenif and Geralt have in common. They are all ostracized, and as children, they are abused by adults, making them more useful agents. The end result is that the two men are unnaturally determined to remain independent, refuse to choose sides unless forced, and desperately dominate their own destiny. “When was the last time you were happy when you felt trapped?” Geralt asked her.
Seeing Ye Nifu as we did in the show can make it easier to understand why the two finally came together, but it also made their self-determination finally clear. The process of true love was never smooth, and after a jump, they broke up. Not only that, we can also see a series of breakups and reunions between episodes in the flashback, setting a pattern for their future relationship. These are the Yenifu and Geralt we know.
The last thing described in the show is only hinted at in the book: the battle of the mountain. Here, Yenifu and her fellow wizards stopped the Nilfgaard army. Of course, it takes some persuasiveness to achieve this. Yenifu plays a narrative character usually reserved for men: a charming, cynical anti-hero, who just reluctantly joins the battle and must overcome their self-interest before they can finally do the right thing. She is Rick in Casablanca, Pablo for whom the bell rings, Han Solo in Star Wars.
At the height of the battle, Tisaya persuaded Yenifu to release the chaos she was taught to control, release her anger of suicide on the first night in Aretuza, threw lightning at her classmates, and accepted it without anesthetics. Fantastic plastic surgery, fighting to save an assassin’s baby, and trying to tie an elemental creature to his abdomen. However, even if she did, launching a hellish ball of fire, she did it with the balance and control she taught—she drew fire from the burning fortress to power the spell and manipulate these The flames made Tisya completely unaffected by them. Nevertheless, Yennefer had to pay the price, and when the smoke cleared, she left. Hilly saw Tisaya, and Geralt called Yenifu’s name on the burning battlefield, but this was the last one we saw in the first season.
Although she has passed away, she is still in everyone’s mind. In the last sentence of this episode, Hilly asked Geralt, “Who is Yenifu?” Because of the backstory given to her by the show, we know the answer more clearly than ever.