Even after Yennefer realized her mistake and sacrificed herself to save Ciri, it became clear that it wasn’t a ship Voleth Meir wanted; it was a means of returning to her home dimension. The monoliths were discovered to be remnants of the long-ago conjunction of the spheres, and the tremendous power of Ciri would enable new connections between those spheres. However, the intersection of worlds also brought Ciri’s existence to the attention of the Wraiths of Mörhogg, aka the Wild Hunt (a recognizable antagonist from the games), who will now join the many parties interested in accessing Ciri’s power.
That power, we learned earlier in The Witcher season 2, comes from her elder blood, a special elven lineage that ties directly into Chaos. Istredd mentions this fact to Francesca in the finale by mentioning Ciri the Hen Ichaer, the subject of Ithlinne’s prophecy, which we saw Ciri read earlier in the season and which she recited in an altered voice in the season 1 season finale. The prophecy speaks of the end times and a devastating war, which is clearly imminent now that Francesca has murdered the children of Redania, the kingdom that Nilfgaard framed for the death of her child.
Not that Redania is completely innocent. The master spy Dijkstra clearly seeks more power for his king by finding Ciri as a marriage prospect so that Cintra can rightly be absorbed. Dijkstra provokes several parties with his agents in season 2 of The Witcher, including the elves and the Brotherhood of mages (and apparently Jaskier somehow), but the biggest ongoing mystery was the nature of his owl intermediary. Readers will recognize the sorceress Philippa, but those unfamiliar with the polymorph will pause and wonder what role she will play in the ongoing conflict.
The Witcher however, has kept even the most savvy of readers and gamers on their toes by playing with the chronology of the source material, and nowhere has this been more evident than in the revealing of the identity of Nilfgaard’s White Flame. Geralt rightly wondered how they knew about Ciri’s power before everyone else when they attacked Cintra in Season 1, and when we see that the Southern leader is actually the presumed dead Duny, Cirilla’s father from whom Geralt claimed the Law of Surprise, the story took on a whole new perspective.
Geralt puts it best when he says, “The demon; the Wild Hunt – she’s marked for something, and it doesn’t stop there. If magicians and royals find out she’s still alive and capable of what she’s capable of, they won’t stop coming for her.” Even friends like Tissaia now have a bounty on her and everyone who protects her! So we’re getting ready on a total chase of Ciri in The Witcherfuture, with Yennefer and Geralt frantically preparing her as fast as they can.
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