| ||The revolution is inevitable, merely a matter of time.|| |
| - Gwent voice line|
Stefan Skellen, known as Tawny Owl, was a Nilfgaardian coroner and member of the Imperial Secret Service. He was tasked with finding, capturing and bringing Ciri to Emperor Emhyr var Emreis. To achieve this, he formed a gang full of various mercenaries and also hired Leo Bonhart, a famous and noted bounty hunter.
However his plans were different : indeed, he wasn't fully convinced of a totalitarian regime in the empire and so, as a believer in a constitutional monarchy that could later evolve into a democracy, he took part in a conspiracy along with Joachim de Wett, Count d'Arvy, Berengar Leuvaarden, the Count of Broinne and Ardal aep Dahy to overthrow Emperor Emhyr var Emreis and he used his gang to kill Ciri instead of capturing her as Emhyr ordered.
After the death of Vilgefortz, the Impera Brigade captured him in Stygga castle. He was declared a traitor, tried, and sentenced to death by hanging on the Millennium Square, although Vattier de Rideaux tried to ask for mercy for him to Emhyr.
- In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the rope with which Stefan Skellen was hanged is among the various bits of Nilfgaardian paraphernalia collected by Caesar Bilzen and discovered by Geralt during the course of the quest "A Dangerous Game".
- He also appears on a gwent card.
- See the GWENT standalone game version card: Stefan Skellen