|First Appearance||The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings|
|Affiliation(s)||Lodge of Sorceresses|
Philippa Eilhart (Polish, Filippa Eilhart), a sorceress, was King Vizimir's advisor, and remained in Redania's court even after his death, for which she was likely responsible. She is one of the few to possess the ability to polymorph.
Her hetero- as well homosexual tendencies are well known. Nearly everyone knows her bisexuality. She has had more than one female lover, possibly also bedding her apprentices. She did have a romance with Sigismund Dijkstra.
She was one of the founding members of the Lodge of Sorceresses, and is considered to be the leader of it.
Even though Geralt never meets this sorceress face to face, her name appears in the conversations then and again. It is also speculated that either her or Keira Metz is speaking with Triss Merigold though her magic mirror at the very beginning of Chapter III.
- "The sorceress Philippa Eilhart is in town," — says a townswoman in the Trade Quarter.
Philippa Eilhart is a main character in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. She maintains quarters in the dwarven town of Vergen which she used to share with her lover and apprentice, a "leashed sorceress", Cynthia as well as a house in Loc Muinne. Geralt first has an encounter with her at the end of Chapter I, using Síle's Megascope while investigating the disappearance of Triss Merigold, if he aids Iorveth before the fight with Letho.
- A Matter of Life and Death
- Royal Blood
- Hunting Magic
- The Eternal Battle
- Where is Triss Merigold?
- Hatred Symbolized
- Death Symbolized
- Vergen Besieged
- Prelude to War: Aedirn
- The War Council
- The Spellbreaker
- For a Higher Cause!
- This was hardly the first time Geralt and I encountered Philippa Eilhart – jewel of the court at Tretogor and once the trusted sorceress of King Vizimir II. Philippa was one of the most talented mages of those times – only a handful ever mastered the art of polymorphy. Her intellect and the influence she held at the Redanian court were not to be underestimated. Proud, independent and extremely beautiful, as graceful in a fanciful yet elegant dress as in a man's traveling outfit, she was beyond any doubt one of the most attractive women I have ever known. Yet I would not count Philippa among the most pleasant of females, despite her indisputable though chilly charm. Her gaze alone was enough to make the most confident men shudder, and the mere thought of spending a night with her would make their flesh creep.
- At the time Philippa Eilhart was staying in the town of Vergen as part of Saskia the Dragonslayer's inner circle. Her motives remained unclear, to say the least – the former court magician had never been known for her altruism.
- However, one cannot deny that without her help Geralt would not have found his way through the magical mist. Philippa rendered him an invaluable service at that time.
- Her qualifications in the area of curses, magic and supernatural phenomena were undeniable. If there was anyone to help the witcher in this regard back then, it was certainly Miss Eilhart. Still, I was extremely glad that it was Geralt, and not I, who was forced to speak with the Tretogor magician.
- It was Philippa who gave the witcher the list of the ingredients for the antidote for the poison plaguing Saskia. The knowledge of recipes, ingredients and their specific properties is always extremely helpful in learning magical arcana, and few could equal Eilhart in that regard.
- Philippa tricked everyone, not only casting a charm on Saskia under the guise of aid, but also using Geralt and Iorveth in her machinations. On the one hand it was inevitable. On the other, it left a bitter aftertaste, giving rise to the thought that sorceresses' misdeeds are responsible for the widespread mistrust towards their profession and perhaps even towards the female gender. Eilhart abducted Saskia and left for Loc Muinne. Back then we did not know what she was planning.
- If the Kaedweni win the siege of Vergen:
- If Philippa Eilhart had counted on her troubles coming to end in Loc Muinne, she miscalculated. She was arrested by the Redanians just after arriving, and placed in a dungeon where she awaited the king's judgment.
- In retribution for certain events of the past, not to mention her recent activities, the sorceress was brutally blinded during an initial interrogation. Death seemed an increasingly likely prospect, and it seemed only a miracle could save her.
- If Geralt chooses to help Philippa instead of saving Triss:
- Geralt had no desire to help a magician who repaid his trust with treason, but Philippa's arguments were justified. Only she could lift the spell from Saskia, thus the witcher was forced to trust her words once more.
- One might have thought that a blind, exhausted sorceress would have no hope of flee. Yet she seized a moment in which both her guardians were distracted and deceived them. Philippa Eilhart risked it all on one gambit and transformed into an owl, fleeing Loc Muinne. Given the presence of the vengeful Iorveth, one might say that fear gave wing to her escape plan.
- Her nightstand in Vergeni quarters is highlighted when the Witcher's Medallion is used, though it seems inaccessible.
- As mentioned before, she's a well known for her taste in women; In The Witcher 2, she can be seen with her female lover Cynthia, in which two cutscenes are possible. The first one is Cynthia giving Philippa a massage, in which Philippa moans in a rather pleasing, sexual way. The second one is with Philippa striking Cynthia's buttocks with a riding crop, or whip: Cynthia is topless and Philippa is in a red gown. Cynthia's moans are more of pleasure than pain. Also, Skalen Burdon refers to her sexuality by saying: '"My favourite type of magic - Lesbomancy."' during the 'curing' of Saskia the Dragonslayer.