There is not much known of Vivienne's childhood. Her mother spent time as a lady-in-waiting and her father was a Knight.
When Geralt of Rivia entered the tourney at Guillame's behest, he sensed something wrong with Vivienne as his witcher medallion vibrated in her presence. Eventually he discovers the Vivienne was suffering from a curse that was slowly turning her into a bird-like creature. And Vivienne was under the impression that someone discovered her secret and hired the witcher to kill her.
As Vivienne explained to Geralt, before she was born, when her parents met in the forest, her mother wished that her daughter should be as beautiful as the oriole birds. However, a creature that dwelt in the woods was jealous of their happiness and confronted them, claiming the forest belonged it and demanded payment. When Vivienne's parents claimed to have nothing, the creature took their unborn child as payment, inflicting a curse on her. At first she seemed unaffected until her fifteenth summer, when the symptoms of the curse first manifested. Presently, the curse has become so strong that Vivienne is forced to use magical ointment to mask the symptoms daily.
Geralt offers two ways to lift the curse: the first involved transferring the curse to a willing participant, though its hold would be severely weakened, which Vivivenne finds unacceptable; the second involves trapping the curse inside an oriole egg, at the risk of leaving Vivienne with the average life span of seven years.
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- Vivienne de Tabris was Anna Henrietta's lady-in-waiting. She was a tight-lipped, secretive, inaccessible person, but her beauty fascinated men. Geralt saw proof of this when he took a contract from Guillaume, who was in love with her and suspected she might be afflicted by a curse. In order to get an audience with her, Geralt had to take part in the knights' tourney, where Vivienne was acting as patroness.
- By following Vivienne and examining the evidence, Geralt discovered Guillaume was right. Vivienne had indeed been struck by a powerful curse before she was even born. This curse caused her to turn into a bird whenever the moon was out. Geralt listened to the story of the curse, then offered to try to lift it. He warned her that this would not be a simple matter. The curse could be transferred to another, but Vivienne did not want to agree to that. It could also be removed entirely, but then it was possible Vivienne would only have a few years left to live.
- Geralt decided to tell Guillaume what he had learned. Guillaume offered his help in lifing the curse - and declared he was willing to take that burden upon himself.