The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains many memorable characters, from Yennefer, the Horsewoman of War, to Triss Merigold the Fearless. In truth, each of them has left a lasting impression and an indelible mark on the series. Although Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, is based on the fantasy works of Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, the game has been known to stray from the source material on occasion.
Today, I examine two of the series’ most iconic roles, Triss and Yenefer, as I attempt to unveil the character I’d like more to see make an appearance in the upcoming Netflix show. Before I make an informed decision, let’s recap all the essential intel on each character.
First up, we have Triss.
Before we proceed, it’s perhaps wise to mention that Henry Cavill will be the man assuming the role of the monster slayer, Geralt, the White Wolf, while supporting characters are still to be determined, at this point.
The Witcher 3: Triss, the Choice of Wolves
Triss, also known via the alias, Fourteenth of the Hill, is a human character who practices the art of magic as a mage and sorceress. But more importantly, she is friends with both Yennefer and Geralt of Rivia. Although she is involved romantically with Geralt in the games, she is a former lover and more of an acquaintance in the books.
Triss is distinguishable by her beautiful red hair in the games. However, her locks resemble more of a chestnut color according to canon. Another alteration is in eye color; Triss has bluish eyes in the books but possesses red eyes in the game. Agreed, these are subtle, but noticeable differences.
Unsurprisingly, Triss plays a significant role, both canon-wise and through The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Having appeared in nine books, and various parts in all three of the Witcher games, including Blood and Wine, the expansion, it’s safe to say that Triss is a vastly important character and plays a vital role in events.
As well as a master alchemist and magician, Triss is a key political figure in the game as a member of the Lodge of Sorceresses and King Foltest‘s royal council. Based on these factors alone, there are many feathers to Triss’ cap.
Not only did she nurse Ciri back to health at Kaer Morhen, she also helped Geralt recover from battle. That is after the monster slayers clashed in the swamp with Azar Javed. As a leading player in Witcher lore, it would be awesome to see Triss, as a character, transit to the silver screen. Surely then, a viable option, in our Triss or Yennefer face-off.
Next up, we have Yennefer.
The Witcher 3: Yennefer, the Wolves’ Desire
Yennefer, also known as “Janka,” “Jenny,” “Yenna,” and “Yennefer of Vengerberg“, is a mage like Triss, and is one the main characters in the third game installment. Voiced by Denise Gough, Yennefer shares a gothic look in the game and is dressed almost entirely in black. Yennefer plays a significant part in the story and leads the charge in the hunt for Ciri on behalf of Emperor Emhyr.
Aside from her relevance to the plot, Yennefer is in love with Geralt of Rivia. Furthermore, this romantic entanglement is present in both the books and the video games. This would mean she is a critical player throughout the Witcher mythos and is used as a reliable plot device in The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.
Also, Yennefer has appeared in 10 of the books and plays pivotal roles in the story throughout the games via flashbacks and cinematic scenes.
As a character, Yennefer is a strong and empowered woman, both ambitious and steadfast. Perhaps the perfect match for Geralt. Well, in theory anyway. So then, is it Triss or Yennefer?
Triss Or Yennefer, One Or The Other
All in all, the contest comes down to the wire. But if I had to choose, I’d select Yennefer over Triss. The reason being, Yennefer, for me, injects more of an emotional impact on the story. But that doesn’t mean that Triss would be any less valid. A plot with both female roles would instill more context. And, provide extra substance to the story.
Speaking from my perspective, I’d enjoy seeing both share the screen, as it would create a compelling dynamic, all while adding layers of depth to the narrative. Of course, the source material is there for guidance, but as we all know, programs tend to veer off script. (Not mentioning any names
Game of Thrones).
My choice strongly stays with Yennefer simply because the stakes are higher when she’s in play.
What about you. We want to know. Is it Triss or Yennefer? Or would you be content with both. As always, we welcome your views. So please get in touch.