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Enid an Gleanna (Elder Speech: Daisy of the Valleys), also known as Francesca Findabair, was an elf, a sorceress, and was the queen (later duchess) of the elves of Dol Blathanna as decreed by Emperor Emhyr var Emreis. She was considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world by quite a margin. She was also a founding member of the Lodge of Sorceresses after the fall of the Brotherhood of Sorcerers.

Biography Edit

In 1267, Francesca was a member of the Chapter of the Brotherhood of Sorcerers, making her one of the main leaders of the group. However, when Emperor Emhyr planned his second attempt to go to war with the North, he approached Francesca and offered her a deal: if she helped the other Nilfgaardian backers take out the opposing side during one of their conclaves, he'd give her the title of queen and be allowed to rule over Dol Blathanna, making it an elven state. She accepted the offer.

When a conclave was called on Thanedd Island, she worked with Vilgefortz and the other Nilfgaard supporters to plan a coup where they'd take out the Northern supporters during the meeting, which was to be held in a tower that blocked magic of any kind. As part of her plan, she snuck in some Scoia'tael beneath the hollowed island under the premise she'd let them through when it came time to strike. The night before the meeting, during the banquet, she talked for a bit with Yennefer before her fellow sorceress introduced her partner, Geralt.[1]

Sometime before dawn though, the Northern supporters, having learned of the betrayal and set their own plans into motion, struck first and arrested Francesca and the rest of the Nilfgaard supporters. When the arch-mistress, Tissaia de Vries, saw they'd handcuffed the elf, she demanded they release her until Philippa explained she was a traitor, having sold out to become a ruler of an independent state. When asked if this was true, Francesca merely responded in Elder Speech that she had nothing to say to humans. She was then led to Garstang with the rest of the Nilfgaard supporters to be tried for treason and summarily executed. However, the coup went awry and the Nilfgaard supporters were freed and they began to fight the others. To add to the chaos, Francesca then opened the cellar doors, letting in the Scoia'tael. Despite siding with Nilfgaard though, she didn't agree with some of them and, knowing the mage Rience had a personal vendetta against Yennefer, found the sorceress and used artefact compression on her to smuggle her off the island.[2]

Queen of the Free Elves Edit

She managed to escape from Thanedd Island and, with the Brotherhood dissolved and the Northern rulers now distrustful of their mages, effectively completed her side of the deal. Emhyr, true to his word, made her Queen of Dol Blathanna but on the condition that she was to officially renounce the Scoia'tael and not help them in any way as he wanted them to continue causing problems for the Northern Kingdoms while he invaded. Now the queen of the Aen Seidhe, Filavandrel aén Fidháil met with her, stating they should now call all their fellow elves home until she explained the agreement that made her queen, effectively leaving the Scoia'tael stateless and without any support from their own kind.[1]

Shortly after she became queen, she, along with other sorceresses, were sought out by Philippa Eilhart. She communicated via projection, and the sorceresses formed the Lodge, a secret society of sorceresses dedicated to ensuring the survival of magic. They agreed to meet later in person, and Francesca was permitted to bring two potential initiates with her in the next meeting.

After meeting with the emperor's head of military intelligence, Vattier de Rideaux, she met with the elven Sage, Ida Emean, who'd been hiding in the room from Vattier's sight. After discussing their expectations of the Lodge, Francesca finally decompressed Yennefer a month and a half after the Thanedd coup and explained to the dark haired sorceress she intended to have her attend the Lodge's next meeting in a few hours. However, knowing Yennefer was irritated at the queen and had her own plans in mind, Francesca threatened to compress her once more if she attempted to run. Despite this, Yennefer refused to give her word that she wouldn't try anything and the trio teleported to Montecalvo to meet the other sorceresses.

CD Projekt's The Witcher franchise Edit

In "The Price of Neutrality" premium module Edit

Reim, the elven scout mentions her, in a comment to Geralt about mages.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Edit

She does not appear in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. However, she has been mentioned a few times during conversations in the game.

Journal entry Edit

Though she does not appear in our story, the elf Francesca Findabair, known also as Enid an Gleanna or the Daisy of the Valley, certainly deserves mention. After the coup on Thanedd Island, during which she sided with the mages who had allied themselves with Nilfgaard, Francesca became the queen of Dol Blathanna, the state of the Free Elves created somewhat whimsically by Emperor Emhyr. Enid is widely considered the most beautiful woman in the world. This pureblood Aen Seidhe with dark gold hair and penetrating azure eyes is also a powerful sorceress, possessing a tremendous command of the famed elven magic.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Edit

After the battle at Kaer Morhen, Yennefer, Triss and Avallac'h concluded that in order to defeat the Wild Hunt, they needed help from the Lodge of Sorceresses. According to Triss, unfortunately Francesca would not join them, refusing to leave her realm while the war continued.

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Notes Edit

  • She is the only sorceress of the Lodge who has yet to appear in any of the Witcher video games, other than Gwent cards.

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References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Time of Contempt
  2. Baptism of Fire

External links Edit

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