" It is who we are. All of us belonging to the Lodge, we are like the sphynx. Silent, strategic, perilous, hidden, mysterious, wise and occult. Strong and brave. Fearless, timeless and powerful. Yes, the sphynx should be the symbol of our Lodge."
|— Assire in The Tower of the Swallow|
Assire var Anahid is a Nilfgaardian sorceress who hails originally from Vicovaro. She's a second cousin to Cahir. She was a founding member of the Lodge of Sorceresses and remains a member along with her countrywoman Fringilla Vigo. She took advantage of Carthia van Canten's relationship with the head of Nilfgaard's secret service, Vattier de Rideaux.
She was also known for helping the emperor with military operations during the war. Even though Assire is a Nilfgaardian sorceress, she is a Nordling by blood like her sister Eviva. She has a black cat called Merlin.
Assire was contacted via teleprojection by the northern sorceresses Philippa Eilhart, Triss Merigold, Keira Metz, and Margarita Laux-Antille. When first seeing her, the sorceresses were surprised by her unattractive appearance, since northern mages often use glamors to hide hideous features, and dress more fashionably than sorceresses in Nilfgaard. Assire, and the other sorceresses, listen to Philippa's proposal to create the Lodge and that the organization's goal is for protecting the interests of magic.
Before the meeting is adjorned, Assire is offered to invite a second Nilfgaardian sorceress for when the ladies meet in person in the near future. Later, she meets with fellow countrywoman and sorceress, Fringilla Vigo. Fringilla was surprised that Assire had changed her style, choosing to wear more fashionable attire, as they prepare to leave to meet with the other sorceresses. It is during the meeting with the Lodge when they discuss Ciri, that Assire revealed that Emhyr did not have Ciri but an imposter.
Assire var Anahid is a secondary character in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. She teleported to Loc Muinne, and met with ambassador Shilard Fitz-Oesterlen. He presented her Triss Merigold, who was under the spell of artifact compression. Assire decompressed Triss, and then was immediately restrained and killed by Shilard due to her affiliation with the Lodge.
- This sorceress came from Nilfgaard, or more precisely from Vicovaro - a distinction of extreme importance to the highborn of the Empire, as I can attest from personal experience. That is because the term "Nilfgaardian" is reserved for native residents of the Empire's capital and its immediate vicinity. Assire var Anahid was nothing like stereotypical Nilfgaardian sorceresses – unkempt things in unfashionable attire. On the contrary, she wore well-cut dresses and underlined her beauty with just the right touch of makeup, following the example of our sorceresses in the North.
- As momentous events played out in Loc Muinne, Assire was murdered - probably by her own countrymen, possibly on order of the emperor himself. The hazy circumstances surrounding her death gave rise to much speculation in Nilfgaard, fueling propaganda and political conflicts for some time to come.
There is a gwent card with her name and likeness.
- It is speculated that she was killed due to her affiliation with the Lodge of Sorceresses as discovered by Shilard.
- See the GWENT standalone game version card: Assire var Anahid