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Carthia van Canten (born c. 1249), also known as Cantarella, was a Nilfgaardian woman with an excellent memory, a lively intelligence, and a mercurial wit working many times as a spy using her beauty to allure important men.

Biography Edit

Working for Assire var Anahid Edit

In 1267, while she was still a student, Vattier de Rideaux, the head of Nilfgaardian Secret Service of Imperator Emhyr var Emreis, took her as his mistress because of her charm. Unbeknownst to Vattier, she was also very intelligent and everything he told her about his intentions, she passed to Assire var Anahid.[1]

Following year, when information from Vattier was no longer needed by Assire, Carthtia left him - suddenly and unexpectedly, without giving any argument or explanation.[2]

Spying in Novigrad Edit

Possible non-canon: these two sections are from the games and may not be considered canon.

In 1272, Carthia van Canten appeared at the Passiflora in Novigrad where she partook in a high-stakes gwent tournament under the pseudonym Sasha, where she used the Nilfgaardian Empire deck . During the event, she offered Geralt of Rivia a deal in which they would split the winning. It turned out her participation in the tournament was a cover to allow her to gain enough money to travel back to Nilfgaard after her cover was blown.

Geralt, however, had no time to accept or reject Sasha's proposition, because before he could do, another double dealer stole the coin set aside for the reward, beating Sasha to the punch. This thief turned out to be a halfling Bernard Tulle. The witcher raced after him and defeated him in a final showdown. They split the money and Carthia returned to Nilfgaard.[3]

Mission regarding Prince Anséis Edit

At one point in 1275, when Prince Anséis of Lyria and Rivia, Queen Meve's son, was in Beauclair because of a knightly tournament that would come to pass, Carthia received a mission from Fringilla Vigo to allure him. She did just that and made him her lover but before proceeding to anything more she got a letter where her mission got cancelled, so she left him. Anséis was heartbroken and left his own message to Carthia questioning why she left him.[4]

Associated quest Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The command addfact(sq306_completed) enables an additional dialogue with Fringilla Vigo about Cantarella. For unknown reason it is not working automatically if High Stakes secondary quest is completed.
  • The name Cantarella is itself a reference to a supposed poison used during the Renaissance period, specifically under the Papacy of the Borgia family.

GalleryEdit

References Edit

  1. The Tower of the Swallow
  2. The Lady of the Lake
  3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine

External links Edit

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