Pavetta was unlike her mother in that she prefer quiet activities and being alone. In particular, the young princess loved to read poetry and listen to music. Calanthe, however, thought these activities would weaken her daughter's health and subsequently tried to drag her out to do other things, though Pavetta would try to find a way to sneak off during them to go read.
On one such occasion, while she reading some poetry, an armored body of a human, but the head of a hedgehog, appeared out the bushes, causing her to drop her poetry book in surprise. The creature picked it up and began to read the poetry aloud, then began to recite other poetry by heart. For several weeks, the two met and continued to read and recite together and the hedgehog being eventually persuaded Pavetta to meet him after dark one night. After bribing her servants, she met him and to her astonishment, at the stroke of midnight, he transformed from a hedgehog to a handsome young man, who then informed her he was a cursed prince named Duny.
Meetings became regular and more frequent and the two lovers got careless and word got back to Calanthe. Remembering Roegner and the Law of Surprise, Calanthe decided she needed to get rid of the hedgehog being and bring in a witcher.
15th Birthday Feast Edit
Unknown to Pavetta, she was bound by Destiny since birth by the Law of Surprise, for Duny had saved her father's life. Not realizing the hedgehog being was Duny, Calanthe held a feast for the princess' would-be-suitors around Pavetta's 15th birthday and had invited Geralt under the pretext of keeping things civilized. The feast was going well when a knight arrived with a helmet over his head and claimed to be "Urcheon of Erlenwald" and explained that he was there to collect his reward for saving King Roegner's life: Pavetta, through the Law of Surprise. While Calanthe acknowledges this, she refuses to give her daughter to a stranger and when the clock strikes midnight she demands he remove his helmet. He does to reveal a hedgehog face.
Thinking her daughter won't go with the "monster" now, Calanthe states the law is void and her daughter must agree she wouldn't go with him. However, Pavetta states she would go with him, causing an uproar and the other suitors try to attack Urcheon/Duny. Geralt and Eist try to defend Duny, but suddenly the force within Pavetta breaks loose and sends furniture and suitors flying. Eventually Pavetta is distracted enough for Geralt and Mousesack to bring her back to her senses.
With things calmed down, Pavetta and Duny explain that they'd been seeing each other for over a year and have fallen in love and Calanthe agrees to let them get married, unknowingly breaking the curse by doing so. As thanks, Duny asks what he can offer Geralt for saving his life and Geralt responds "that which you already have but do not know", revealing to the group that Pavetta is pregnant. This child turned out to be Ciri.
Her Death Edit
Years later, Pavetta and Duny were believed to be killed as Vilgefortz caused the ship they were on to sink. In fact, Vilgefortz had been conspiring with Duny to bring both Pavetta and Ciri to Nilfgaard. Pavetta ultimately figured out Duny's plans and arranged to leave Ciri behind with her grandmother, much to Duny's ire. The two then argued and she fell overboard and drowned.
Vilgefortz went ahead with his part of the plan, unaware that things at Duny's end had unraveled so only Duny was magically brought to Nilfgaard in the end.
Pavetta was played by Agata Buzek.
- 6: "Calanthe"
- See the GWENT standalone game version card: Pavetta