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King Bran of Skellige was the maternal uncle of Crach an Craite and the brother of Eist Tuirseach, the second husband of Calanthe and king of Cintra. Bran was also a good friend and confidante of Mousesack, the druid.

Biography Edit

They say the seas smashing against Skellige's shores would sooner bow to a ruler than its inhabitants. Yet they bowed to Bran. He united all the clans in the isles behind him, and held them together in an iron fist until his death.

When an army loses men, it should grow weaker. It is a simple dictate of logic. Yet Skellige routinely defies dictates, logic's included. In fact, the fewer warriors Bran has in his charge, the more fiercely they fight. Thus when foes watch his ranks thin and their hearts begin rise... a Skellige axe cleaves them through moments later.

To say Bran's personal guard was loyal is like saying winter in the isles tends to be rather chilly, or its seas grow a bit choppy during storms. The Skellige maidens who served as his protectors defended their king fiercely, fighting through any injury short of death itself...and sometimes, through that as well.

King Bran's enemies would swear they crossed swords with warriors they had killed personally during earlier battles - not just once, but two times or more. Most think this foolish superstitions, the wild tales of scarred soldiers, nothing more... But those who know Skellige well give such stories much credence. In the isles, death is not permanent.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Edit

Konung Bran an Tuirseach is only depicted during his funeral and then again as a specter when traveling with Blueboy Lugos through The Cave of Dreams. Nilfgaardians considered him a feeble old man who could barely remember the names of his vassals,[1] but for Skelligers he was a strong, courageous leader who knew how to calm his subjects.[2][3] However, he liked more to wage war against Nordlings and Nilfgaardians than really solve true problems on the isles.[4]

His firstborn son, Svanrige, is canditate for Konung.[5]

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Journal entry Edit

King Bran, former King of the Skellige Isles, lived a long and storied life. When he finally felt decrepitude taking a hold of him, he went into the woods to hunt a bear armed with only a knife – and thus ended his reign. It was remembered as an honorable and respected one, though some complained he preferred raiding to confronting the Isles' long-term problems, and that he let his wife's tongue wag too freely. Some connected the two, claiming Bran sailed out to fight overseas battles to put off dealing with the ones awaiting him at home.

Trivia Edit

  • According to the note in dynastic descriptions, some time after his coronation in Cintra, Eist became, titularly, also the King of Skellige. Since Sapkowski's work or its adaptations do not contain any information about Bran's death (and he finally appears in The Witcher 3), the reason of Eist's coronation is unknown. There is a possibility that Bran handed over the crown to his brother and received it back after the Battle of Marnadal.

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Notes & references Edit

  1. Conversation between Ambassador and Geralt
  2. Conversation between Holger and Geralt
  3. Conversation between Blueboy Lugos and Geralt
  4. Conversation between Cerys and Geralt
  5. Conversation between Birna and Geralt

External links Edit

  • Gwent icon See the GWENT standalone game version card: King Bran