Nilfgaardians & Dandelion are important for the Witcher 3 story,they play vital role laterCharles Dance, known for his role as Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones.
The 2nd lore update is about Dandelion. The bard is the one telling the story in the game. He is an old friend of Geralt’s and they have a strange and fun connection.
If you have missed the map of the Northern Kingdoms, visit my Lore Update #01 blog post and take a look.
Nilfgaard is the most powerful empire in the history of the known world. It is located in the southern part of the continent and boasts both a thriving economy and a strong, well-trained army with talented commanders. It has expanded mostly through the conquest of foreign countries, which were then turned into provinces of the Empire. The Empire’s inhabitants believe that “real” Nilfgaardians are only those born in the heart of the Empire, and not those born in the conquered provinces.
The provinces are ruled by either stewards or kings (in cases where a king willingly surrenders, he retains his throne but is subject to the Emperor). The empire has expanded throughout the years, conquering new lands and going as far to the north as the Yaruga River during the reign of Emperor Emhyr var Emreis.
The kingdom of Temeria lies south of the river Pontar. Its neighbors are Redania, Kerack, Kaedwen, Aedirn, Mahakam,Lower Sodden, Brokilon Forest and Cidaris. One of the fiefdoms of Temeria is the dukedom of Ellander and the magical Thanedd Island, with a school for young female adepts of magic located off the shore of the kingdom. Temeria is the strongest (next to Kaedwen) of the Northern Kingdoms and played a key role in the first two wars against Nilfgaard. Temeria was ruled by King Foltestand its capital is Vizima.
Dandelion, the Bard
Dandelion (Polish: Jaskier, supposed real name: Julian Alfred Pankratz viscount de Lettenhove, although the title might be false) — a poet, minstrel, bard and the closest friend of witcherGeralt of Rivia. He studied poetry and music for four years at theAcademy of Oxenfurt (during his studies, he achieved the reputation of a sloth, drunkard and idiot), later becoming a professor (after passing the exams with exceptional results) he taught students for a year, and then left the academy to travel the world. He still visits Oxenfurt from time to time to give guest lectures.
In very few years he gained worldwide fame and became known as one of the best minstrels in the Northern Kingdoms, and his best known song is the Ballad of the Lion Cub of Cintra. He also gained the reputation of the biggest womaniser in the world — he even managed to conquer the heart of Anna Henrietta, the ruler of Toussaint. He is very handsome and sometimes is mistaken for an elf or half-elf.
During his travels with Geralt, Dandelion started to write his memoirs, entitled “Half a Century of Poetry“; twice, in fact. His first attempt was lost in the bottom of the duchess of Toussaint’s closet after the poet was banished from her duchy. But rather than bemoaning that loss, the poet decided to rewrite his memoirs from scratch. His poems were later bound in two collections: The Adversities of Loving and Time of the Moon.
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And here is the full episode. It is entitled “Lilac and Gooseberries”, which is the perfume Yennefer is always using.
Since the adventure begins in White Orchard, here’s a link to the map of the place. The Inn Geralt visits in Episode 1 is located in the small village right in the middle of the map.