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- Cahir in Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach, or simply Cahir, was an intelligence officer of the Nilfgaardian Empire who hailed from Vicovaro. He was the son of Ceallach and Mawr, the brother of DheranAillil and grandnephew to Assire var Anahid.

Biography Edit

Early life Edit

He was born to noble Vicovarian pair, Seneschal Ceallach Dyffryn aep Gruffyd[1] and his wife Mawr, in the family's stronghold, Darn Dyffra.[2] He also had a lot of siblings, notably brothers Dheran, Aillil and three sisters. Among the mages, he was related to Assire var Anahid, his great-aunt.[3]

At some point in his life his skills were recognized by Nilfgaardian Intelligence, maybe thanks to his father's position at court, and he joined its ranks later becoming an officer. He was also given the title of count.[4]

Mission to find Ciri Edit

During the First Northern War, he had a secret mission to locate, capture, and bring Princess Cirilla of Cintra back to Nilfgaard. At one point, during the slaughter of Cintra, he was very close, yet Ciri evaded and fled from him (he later claims to have let her escape on purpose). Because of this encounter, he frequently appeared in Ciri's nightmares. It only later became clear to Geralt that he, Cahir, was the black knight with the bird of prey wings on his helmet.[5]

When the witcher first met Cahir, he had recently been released from two years in prison due to the fact that he failed his mission to capture Ciri. He had only expected to escape via the gallows, however the emperor decided to give him one more chance. If he failed once more though, the executioner's axe awaited him. He also states that the chance of a pardon is extremely small and that of forgiveness, non-existent. So once again Emhyr var Emreis, the emperor of Nilfgaard, tasks him with finding Ciri.[1]

He was then sent to Thanedd Island along with Rience and a Scoia'tael commando led by Isengrim Faoiltiarna. He had there the perfect occasion to fulfill the Emperor's will, having the little girl right before him, without any way to escape. Ciri however is now able to defend herself and does so fiercely. She ultimately defeated him but decided to let him live, though not before leaving him with a permanent injury to his hand.

After being spared by Ciri, some elves found him while he was bleeding out; when they were trying to heal him however, Geralt attacked and killed all the elves, sparing once again the black knight just because he told him that during the Slaughter of Cintra, he was the one who saved Ciri.

Having failed his mission once again, Cahir was forced to flee or face the aforementioned grave consequences.

Travelling with Geralt Edit

By order of Emhyr and Vattier de Rideaux, Cahir was captured by Isengrim Faoiltiarna and brought to two Hav'caarens. The smugglers were tasked to deliver the knight alive into a coffin to a Nilfgaardian commando, in order to bring Cahir back in the Empire and punish once for all him for his treason. As fate would have it, while the Imperials and the Hav'careens were resolving the deal, Geralt and Dandelion were in the surroundings. When a fight erupted between the smugglers and the Nilfgaardians, Geralt and Dandelion, with the help of Milva killed all of them and then opened the coffin, finding to their great surprise, Cahir tied and muzzled. Once again, for no reason, Geralt spares the black knight, leaving him a knife to free himself, but not before he recommended that if he would have seen him again, he would have killed him once for all.

Later, he joined Geralt's party but not without the witcher's strong (and vocal) objections. Geralt nearly killed him on at least three occasions before finally (begrudgingly) accepting him into his party. The first time was during the coup on Thanedd Island, where he fought him after Ciri, and only allowed him to live because he told him where she had gone.

During the assault on Stygga, he faced Leo Bonhart. Ciri told Bonhart that he was the witcher, but the seasoned killer was not frightened by this bluff and defeated the "Black Knight" with relative ease. Though he seemed an enemy at the outset, his sacrifice gave Ciri and Angoulême time to escape.[3]

He loved Ciri and had frequent dreams about her where he saw her as an adult with a rose tattoo on her thigh.[4]

Trivia Edit

  • Cahir's mother's name Mawr means "big" in Welsh. His father's name, Ceallach, is of Irish-Gaelic origins, and means "bright-headed".

Notes Edit

  • Dandelion was fond of making fun of his and Regis's long names.
  • Cahir was unable to fully bend three fingers of his hand which had been cut by Ciri in a sword duel during the Thanedd coup.
  • Cahir was very often called "Nilfgaardian" by various people, he was always correcting them, stating that he was from Vicovaro.
    • In The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, the Armor of Vicovaro's name in the def_shops game assets file is called "Cahir Armor", a reference to the fact he was from Vicovaro.
  • In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, there is a gwent card with his likeness. He is also mentioned by General Morvran Voorhis during a conversation with Geralt about competing horses in an upcoming race. The training dummy with a Nilfgaardian helmet at Kaer Morhen is also a possible reference to Cahir.

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External links Edit

  • Gwent icon See the GWENT standalone game version card: Cahir

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Time of Contempt
  2. Baptism of Fire
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Lady of the Lake
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Tower of the Swallow
  5. Blood of Elves