| ||The fate is cruel. We are not in a fairytale anymore, we are discussing the matters of life, life that is evil, bad, and unforgiving, the life that does not spare anyone, neither the witchers nor kings or queens.|| |
|- Calanthe of Cintra in Sword of Destiny|
Calanthe Fiona Riannon of Cintra, known also as "Ard Rhena" ("High Queen" in Elder Speech), the "Lioness of Cintra" was a queen of Cintra, the mother of Pavetta, and grandmother of Ciri. Her nephew, Crach an Craite, called her "Modron". She was known for her bravery and beauty.
Calanthe was the only child of King Dagorad of Cintra and Queen Adalia and took to the throne after her father's death when she was 14 years old. When she was 15, she won her first major battle in Hochebuz against Nazair, earning her the nickname "Lioness of Cintra".
First marriage Edit
Surprisingly, it was rather difficult for Calanthe to find a husband: she initially didn't want to get married and when she finally decided to do so for convenience, rumors had been spreading about her from everything from incest to affairs to even suggesting the queen and her distant cousin Meve were together. These rumors caused other kingdom's princes to politely refuse her hand. However, they eventually found Roegner, Duke de Salm, who agreed to marry her as it was a big step up for him, even if the rumors were true. Calanthe began to have second thoughts though and tried to think of ways to make herself look crazy to get out of it, but all this came to halt when she met Roegner, who was quite handsome. And so, at 17 years old, she married Roegner, who was 7 years her senior, and 2 years later the couple welcomed a daughter, Pavetta.
Second marriage Edit
After Roegner died, Calanthe was then proposed to by several other kings, including Ervyll of Verden and Venzlav of Brugge. It was also known that Eist Tuirseach of Skellige proposed a number of times, but Calanthe turned them all down. However, when Pavetta turned 15 and revealed she wanted to marry Duny, her mother agreed and Eist, who was also there, proposed once more and this time Calanthe agreed and both couples were married.
Her death Edit
Calanthe and Eist were married for 13 years when Nilfgaard invaded and led to what became known as the Slaughter of Cintra. Her husband was killed at the Battle of Marnadal and, realizing the city of Cintra had fallen, she chose to jump to her death rather than surrender to the invaders.
Her body was never recovered so she was given a cenotaph instead in two locations: Skelliger created one to place beside Eist's resting place, and Emperor Emhyr had a beautiful one created and placed in the royal crypt beneath Cintra's castle a year after its capture.
In The Hexer, Calanthe was played by Ewa Wiśniewska. Wiśniewska was much older than Calanthe in the book, as she was 59 at the time The Hexer was filmed, while Calanthe was only 32 at the time of "A Question of Price".
- Calanthe is a widespread genus of terrestrial orchids (family Orchidaceae) with about 150 species.