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Istredd was a well-respected sorcerer in the city of Aedd Gynvael with a keen interest in archaeology. As a young apprentice, he studied under Roedskilde in Ban Ard.

Many years after graduating and because of his interest in archaeology, he would join two of the various Fabio Sachs' Expeditions.

Biography 

Early life

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Life as a young criminal in the streets of Aedd Gynvael

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Stealing Roedskilde

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Tutelage at Ban Ard

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Earning the respect of the people of Aedd Gynvael

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Working as a spy

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Meeting Yennefer 

While tending to his studies in the Aretuzan ruins, Istredd met Yennefer after she used a portal for the first time. He informed her that she had been marked, so he created an untraceable portal to send Yennefer back home and assured her that he's to be trusted. Istredd reconvened with Yennefer after she was brought into Aretuza by Tissaia de Vries.

Several weeks passed since Yennefer's arrival in Aretuza. After she failed to complete a trial and was scolded by Tissaia, Yennefer retreated to Istredd and detailed her shortcomings. He advised her to keep trying. He didn't give up and was later able to read minds. He even helped Yennefer read his mind, revealing glimpses of cicadas, warm bread and other things that she might have enjoyed.

After losing control of her emotions, Yennefer found Istredd and informed him of her fear of being sent home. Istredd insisted that they would find a way to be together. He couldn't show Yennefer what he knew because he had to ensure that the knowledge never reached the Brotherhood of Sorcerers. What that would require was magic other than that of which they were taught. It is too potent and can open doors that can't be closed. Istredd instead showed her the skulls of the elves who built Aretuza. They were the original sorcerers of the continent. When humans and monsters arrived after the Conjunction of the Spheres, elven mages showed the first humans how to turn chaos into magic. And then the humans slaughtered them so they could pretend the power had always belonged to them, rewriting history. Istredd wished to honor them rather than continue telling the false history. He gave YenneferFeainnewedd that only grew where "Elder Blood" has spilled. Using this plant, Yennefer summoned a portal with no difficulty and revealed that her real father was a half-elf. He was killed during the Great Cleansing. His blood was why she was cursed with a twisted spine and why no one could ever love her. Istredd then kissed her, as if to prove Yennefer wrong about no one loving her.

After gaining Yennefer's trust, Istredd revealed her elven heritage to Roedskilde.

Betrayal of Trust 

It's initiation day, and Istredd and Yennefer are having sex in front of an illusory audience. Afterward, they share their mutual fears of being separated with Istredd exploring ruins and Yennefer working as a mage to King Virfuril. Yennefer recalls the frightened girl she once was, completely unaware of her power. She wants to go back home to Aedirn and never be that girl again.

Istredd goes searching for Yennefer after she fails to attend the initiation. He finds her in the ruins forging her father's name on a deed to declare her as his natural born daughter. Istredd apologizes for telling Roedskilde her secret. She wants him to go back to the Chapter and tell them that he lied, but it's too late as Yennefer missed initiation and the enchantments are done. Istredd offers to right his wrong. The Brotherhood offered him a seat on the research chapter. He wishes to bring Yennefer along with him. However, she wants more than a life holding dustpans while he brushes bones. Yennefer storms off, but not before Istredd exclaims that she's just angry because she lost her chance to be beautiful. Not only beauty, Yennefer wants power, she admits.

Much to Istredd's displeasure, Yennefer arrives at the Aretuzan ball completely transformed. Appearing almost entirely like a new person.

Excavation in Nazair

While working in Nazair, on a Nilfgaard ran excavation site, Istredd reunited with Yennefer after years apart. They started digging because the tunes described a "magnalith" in Nazair, but no one could find it until Istredd arrived and Nilfgaard tore through the lands. They allowed his research. Every glyph had a clue to something across the continent from a time before the Conjunction. Yennefer took a sip of the ale, which she described as having a terrible taste. However, Istredd claimed that the people of Nazair were starving before Nilfgaard's arrival. Yennefer surmised that Istredd "bought in."

She questioned how much longer Istredd intended to stay in Nazair as she missed him. Yennefer asked if it wasn't too late to do what they talked about all those years ago in the cave of Aretuza. Living a life together. Istredd could excavate as she worked as a mage. He recalled how Yennefer always hated monoliths. Admittedly this was true, but Yennefer had spent decades being the object of desire, having anyone she wanted. But they all loved the power that came with her position at court. Not her actual power. And no one had ever seen that but Istredd. Yennefer then kissed him. However, he pulled away. He spent years waiting for the moment that Yennefer realized that they were meant for each other. Coming up with excuses to study at Aedirn. Anything to get closer to her, but every request he made was denied by her. It was Roedskilde who snapped him out of it. He reminded Istredd of the beauty of their work. Yennefer went after the thing she loved, so she chose power. At least she kept her eyes, he remarked, before departing.

Travel to Ofir

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Relationship with Radeyah

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The Artifact

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Saving Yennefer

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Shard of Ice

He was one of Yennefer's long-time lovers whom she had known for many years, often visiting and staying with him for several months. During one such occasion, when Yennefer traveled with Geralt to Aedd Gynvael, the two men learned of each other. Both Istredd and Geralt were unwilling to share Yennefer, with Istredd not caring if Yennefer had several non-serious lovers, but refused to share her with someone she was seriously in love with. During this time, he asked her to marry him and live together at his residence. Yennefer did not immediately give him an answer and became torn between picking Istredd or Geralt.

Istredd and Geralt then challenged each other to a duel to the death for Yennefer's affections ( although they both knew whoever won would have to hide from her for some time until her rage ended ). Both believed that Yennefer could not decide between them. However, Istredd, before going to fight Geralt, received a letter from an enchanted kestrel sent by Yennefer telling him she had chosen to leave him. Istredd in grief, turned up to the fight bearing a sword instead of magic, hoping that Geralt would kill him.

Later, Geralt met him in the agreed location, but once he found out that Yennefer had left Istredd, as she had left the witcher a similar note, he decided to leave without fighting.

Bad News

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"Death" of Yennefer in the Rivian Pogrom

June 1268

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Depression

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Aedirn

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Yennefer's "Funeral"

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Relationship with Margarita

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Approaching dark magic

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Helping Geralt to rescue Yennefer from the Wild Hunt

August - September 1269

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Reuniting with Yennefer

August 1272

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Marriage with Yennefer

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Meeting Fabio Sachs in Oxenfurt

1281

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Travel with Fabio Sachs around The Continent towards the Far East

1282 - 1284

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Travel with Fabio Sachs around The Continent to the Far North

1286 - 1288

Further life

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Works

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Legacy

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Personality and traits

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Trivia

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Notes 

  • The article is free to edit, but please respect the information put in the article previously.
  • I know that the marriage with Yennefer is "controversial", but this is based, in the cameo of Yennefer in the comic The Witcher: Of Flesh and Flame, the fact that in the games, the Djinn spell is broken and furthermore, "Geralt" 's cameo in the books, in the year 1373 in which he is alone.
  • His relationship with Radeyah is based on a comment she made about a mage she slept with and with whom Yennefer had also slept in The Witcher: Of Flesh and Flame comic.
  • As a headcanon, I've always thought that the ending in Blood and Wine with Yennefer is too much of a fairy tale to be considered a "canon" thing in The Witcher Saga.
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