Around half all the fans of The Witcher franchise will say that Yennefer is an abrasive and toxic person but ignore them– there’s a high chance they’re from Team Triss. Hardcore Witcher fans– those that came from the books, will know that underneath the hood, Yennefer is actually a pretty decent person. Her cold and sometimes wicked demeanor just bury all the good inside of her.
From time to time, this side of Yennefer tends to show up and in the most unexpected of moments. When she’s not henpecking Geralt, desecrating graves, or risking the fate of a Viking archipelago, she’s being benevolent in her own way and in the most mature manner possible. To prove the point, here are 10 of Yennefer’s warm deeds; so Yennefer-shippers will have fewer regrets.
10 DID EVERYTHING FOR CIRI
As mentioned earlier, Yennefer resorted to necromancy and even plunging all of Skellige into doom but it was very well justified. Yennefer was doing it for Ciri and she knows full well what Ciri is capable of and that she’s the only person who can stop the Wild Hunt and the White Frost.
This was pretty much Yennefer choosing to sacrifice her own dignity and image in order to speed up their progress in helping Ciri. Because Geralt is too busy chasing brothel maidens and playing a collectible card game. It seems only Yennefer understood how urgent the matter was.
9 INVITED GERALT TO SETTLE
It was about time Yennefer and Geralt fixed their relationship since they’ve been at it for decades. Surprisingly, this initiative didn’t come from the witcher but from Yennefer herself who was the one to propose to Geralt to settle somewhere nice and quiet.
That meant leaving behind their past lives and jobs in order to focus on each other and their small family. Coming from someone like Yennefer who usually preferred the clamor of courts and throne rooms, this was a huge gift to Geralt.
8 ‘ASKING’ EMHYR FOR ASSISTANCE
Near the finale of The Witcher 3, Geralt, the witchers of Kaer Morhen, and the Lodge of Sorceresses were up against the Wild Hunt army and the odds were stacked against them. If it weren’t for Yennefer asking assistance from Emhyr var Emreis, more lives would have been lost on their side.
While Yennefer’s intention with this move was usually bolstering their power or ensuring victory, she still managed to minimize the casualties in Skellige by compelling the Nilfgaardian emperor to ‘help.’ Not just any sorceress can do that.
7 NOT FORCING GERALT TO TELEPORT
Yennefer has been with Geralt longer than Triss has and that meant she knew him inside and out. So when Geralt preferred to take Uma to Kaer Morhen by horseback because he hated portals, Yennefer had no qualms about it.
Given how urgent their situation was, Yennefer could have disregarded Geralt’s prejudice for portals and forced him, saving days or weeks. Still, Yennefer proved to be an understanding partner to Geralt and let him be, though they really could have saved a lot of time back then.
6 BREAKING UMA’S CURSE
Here’s a debatable one. Turns out only Yennefer had an inkling of an idea on how to break Uma/Avallac’h’s curse. It was kind of her to know and suggest it but the procedure was lethal and involved the one thing witchers fear the most, which is the Trial of the Grasses.
Even then, the chance of it succeeding and Uma surviving was 50/50. Regardless, it seems Avallac’h owes Yennefer big time after the procedure succeeded as she was the only one to suggest an unconventional and out-of-the-box solution. Call it an accidental kindness on Yennefer’s part.
5 HELPING CIRI VENT
Since Geralt is Ciri’s surrogate father, that practically makes Yennefer her surrogate mother. They’re one happy dysfunctional family. Yennefer knows of her motherly duties sure enough and even indulges Ciri in her emotional releases.
The most notable case of this happening was when Ciri found out that Avallac’h was more or less a racist towards humans. She trashed Avallac’h’s hideout afterward and Yenenfer even snuck in some vandalism of her own against one of Avallac’h’s decorations, she was in on it, alright.
4 GENUINE FEELINGS FOR GERALT
For most of Geralt and Yennefer’s relationship, both of them have had doubts about whether what they’re feeling for each other was true. After all, they were only bound by a djinn thanks to Geralt’s impulsiveness.
So it was rather considerate of Yennefer to seek out the truth by asking a wish from another djinn in a side quest from the third game. Once the djinn did its magic and the couple’s mystical bond was dispelled, it turned out Yennefer has always felt genuine love for Geralt all along, djinn or no djinn.
3 NOT FIGHTING TRISS
Yennefer’s rage at Geralt for cheating on her with her best friend is a bit misdirected because really, it was mostly Triss’ fault. She was the one who lied to and seduced an amnesiac Geralt; someone who rightfully deserved Yennefer’s wrath and punishment.
Yennefer, however, seems to have taken the high road and let it slide. She didn’t fight with Triss let alone appeared to have a serious talk with her regarding their friendship. Truth be told, Triss got off easy or perhaps Yennefer just preferred to keep the peace.
2 TRUSTING GERALT’S JUDGMENT WITH IMLERITH
Ciri is aptly closer with Geralt than with Yennefer and trusts her witcher dad enough to carry out their covert assassination against a buzzed Imlerith in Velen after Vesemir’s death. After they carried it out successfully, Geralt will tell either Triss or Yennefer what they did.
The difference in the reaction of each partner is quite astounding and surprising. One would expect Yennefer to freak out and scold Geralt and Triss to be cool with it. Instead, it’s actually the other way around, showing how much Yennefer trusts Geralt with Ciri.
One of the reasons why Yennefer is often considered as unsociable by many of her friends is how brutally honest she can be. She tells it like it is and whether or not she likes something or hate it. Everyone needs a friend like that– one who won’t sugarcoat issues that can be improved or fixed.
In that regard, Yennefer has her moments of unexpected kindness. She has no tendency to be two-faced like Triss and is transparent with her intentions– not one to burden people around her with lies and betrayal. It’s a bittersweet type of kindness, one that’s usually tolerable by someone like Geralt.
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