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Menno Coehoorn (d. March 1268) was a Nilfgaardian who served in the Imperial Army as Field Marshal. He was in a position of confidence with the Emperor Emhyr var Emreis, and so was granted governorship over Cintra during his reign. He commanded the Center Army Group during the 2nd Northern War - his record included the several battles in Dol Angra, Aldersberg and the Battle of Brenna.

Coehoorn met his defeat at the Battle of Brenna. The reconnaissance units commanded by Lamarr Flaut he sent out before the battle failed to notice the Nordling reserves under voivodes Bronibor and Blenckert. These units tipped the scales in favor of the Nordlings and Coehoorn was forced to flee. During his retreat, Commander Sievers offered to trade cloaks with him, allowing Coehoorn to escape in disguise while Sievers would attempt to distract the pursuing forces. Coehoorn accepted the offer, and escaped on horseback, but his progress was halted by the River Chotla, where he sustained an injury after he was thrown from his mount and kicked in the side of the face by a horse struggling to escape the marshy river. The remnants of Zoltan Chivay's company caught up to him at the edge of the river, where Coehoorn attempted to surrender. However, the dwarves couldn't understand his speech through his wounded jaw, and, due to the embroidery on Sievers' cloak, mistook him for a member of the 7th Daerlanian Brigade, shooting him with their crossbows, crying vengeance "for Caleb Stratton". Coehoorn was hit by three bolts, and drowned in the waters of the Chotla.

His body though was never recovered or recognized, and thus nobody knew how he died, or if he had even died on the battlefield. Some believed he had fled, fearing the imperial wrath, while others believed he hid in Brokilon.

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  • The character was named after Menno, baron van Coehoorn, a 17th-century Dutch soldier and military engineer.
  • Coehorn refused to escape with the same words as Polish Crown Grand Hetman (general) Stanisław Żółkiewski, conqueror of Moscow and one of the greatest Polish commanders, who died in Battle of Cecora against Tartars.
  • It is also rumoured that he hanged himself, and that his spirit uses the words of Roman Emperor Augustus: "Give me back my legions". Possibly another reference to Nilfgaard being like the Roman Empire.
  • His name comes from a real person (even though it is Menno van Coehoorn), a dutch army engineer who was seen as one of the best scholars on seige-warfare and fortifications during his life. He lived from 1641 to 1704, and his most famous fortification was the one at Bergen op Zoom. He was compared a lot to his French counterpart (Vauban), but in reality their ideas had night and day differences.

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