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- Yarpen Zigrin, The Witcher 2
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Yarpen Zigrin was a well known dwarven warrior, adventurer and a dragon-hunter. He was veteran of the Battle of Brenna and leader of his group of six dwarves.

He was first introduced in the short story "The Bounds of Reason" where he and his group are members of the famous Hunt for a Dragon.

Biography Edit

Early life Edit

Not much is known about Yarpen's youth. It is known however, that he became a leader of his dwarven company. His men were Lucas Corto, Paulie Dahlberg, Regan Dahlberg, Xavier Moran and Yannick Brass. This group traveled the Continent and hunted large and dangerous game.

During that time, Yarpen and his company apparently slain a dragon called Ocvist. Right after that, they traveled to Caingorn, where anothor dragon was reported. When they arrived to the kingdom, they joined the hunting party.

Hunt for a Dragon Edit

Yarpen's group was just one of many parts of the hunt. Varios individuals and groups were present as well. Officially, the hunt was under the command of king Niedamir, but he did not really commanded anything. Other individuals joining the hunt were: knight Eyck of DenesleBoholt and his Crinfrid Reavers and later sorceress Yennefer of Vengerbergwitcher Geralt of Rivia, bard Dandelion, sorcerer Dorregaray and last but not least, knight Borch Three Jackdaws with his company of two Zerrikanian women. Target of the hunt was large Green dragon female, that made nest in the area. Shortly befor the hunt commenced, the dragon was poisoned by some locals, and though seriously wounded, she survived.

Thus the hunt begun. Very soon, Yarpen made a deal with Boholt about the dragon, the killing and mainly about the share from dragon´s treasure. During the hunt, they encountered many perills such as a rock slide that almost killed the sorceress and the witcher. They were however saved by the honorable sir Eyck. They eventually reached they goal and stood face to face with the wounded dragoness. Before they could attack, another dragon appeared, this time a Golden dragon. what a surprise it was for the hunting party to see a golden dragon, much less, speaking golden dragon. Villentretenmerth, the dragon, used his tephaty and told the he would fight them in fair duel. Eyck of Denesle did not hesitate and swiftly attacked the lizard. Dragon however quickly defeated his foe and sen him along with his horse, flying across the valley.

After this, the king decided to leave. Reavers and Yarpen's group agreed they would still finish the hunt and kill the golden dragon. The Hunting party argued, for Geralt, Dandelion and Dorregaray did not want to kill such a beast and were against it. Boholt and Yarpen along with their men quickly defeated and binded all those who opposed them. The sorceress Yennefer appeared to side with the hunters but that was just a ruse. Her plan however did not come to fruition. When she tried to use some spells against the hunters, she was knocked off by Yarpen and binded as well. Then Yarpen's and Boholt´s men attacked the dragon.

Though he defeated them as well, during the fight the local militia arrived and they attacked the dragon as well. The combine forces of all those men proved too much for the dragon and he begun to lose. Fortunately, the sorceress as well as others managed to free themselves and attacked. Also, the two Zarikkanian women appeared and started to kill one man after another. Eventually, they repelled the attackers and Villentretenmerth emerged victorious. He however forbade any more killing and thus Reavers as well as Yarpen's group, survived. It was then shown that the "treasure" dragons were protecting so much, was in fact a little hatchling. When the dragon, who was in fact the knight Borch Three Jackdaws left along with his youngling, the entire hunting party dissmembered and all went their separate ways.[1]

Later deeds Edit

Around 1265 Yarpen and his company were still active, though they were one man short because Lucas Corto retired in Mahakam and merried. They served king Henselt of Kaedwen and were tasked to deliver a convoy of secret cargo. On their way, they met a trio of travelers: the witcher Geralt of Rivia, sorceress Triss Merigold and young girl named Ciri. Geralt recognised his old mate and they decided to joined them for a time being. The sorceress however got very sick and was unable to take care for herself. Thus the witcher had to help her with everything. Yarpen watched the kindness and care, he gave to the sorceress and was very surprised when young Ciri told him, that Triss is not Geralt's wife, but "just a friend". Yarpen doubted that someone would show such a care and kindness to "just a friend". Yarpen's employer did not trust Yarpen and his dwarven company. To the Kaedwenian soldier, all non-humans conspired with the squirrels. Yarpen's convoy, still containing Geralt, Ciri, and a bedridden Triss, was attacked by elven Scoia'tel. A few of Yarpen's party died. The Scoia'tel had been tipped off by the Kaedwenian soldier to test Yarpen's loyalty. Yarpen proved his loyalty but became enraged after hearing that his dwarven companion's death was caused by his employer. At this time, Geralt's party left Yarpen's company, heading to Ellander and the dwarves continued on their own.[2]

Later, when the second of the Northern Wars begun, Yarpen fought against the invading Nilfgaardian forces. He proved to be very skilled warrior and fought one battle after another, eventually standing in the last battle of the war, the battle of Brenna. He survived the war and was present during the parade in the free city of Novigrad. His men however most likely did not survive since afterwards, they were not present during any of Yarpen's adventures.[3]

In Saskia´s services Edit

When Saskia the Dragonslayer, Virgin of Aedirn begun to rally folks under her banner with promise of independent realm where all will be considered equal, Yarpen joined her. He moved with her to the city of Vergen in the Upper Aedirn. There he worked with other dwarven mates such as Skalen Burdon and Sheldon Skaggs. At first, all was relatively fine but then king Demavend III, lord of Aedirn was assassinated. Even though he left an heir, his son prince Stennis, king Henselt from Kaedwen used the opportunity and invaded the Pontar Valley with intentiont to anex it. Thus Stennis and his noblemen joined their forces with Saskia and moved to Vergen. Yarpen became a member of the War council.

Saskia and the prince were later invited to negotiations with the king. Yarpen did not accompanied them and instead stood on guard near the city.

{{ConditionalEnding|Condition = If Geralt took Iorveth's path|T There he met again the witcher Geralt, now accompanied by an y an [[Elf|el commander of a of a [[Scoia't unit unit [[Iorv and another dwarven friend of his, his, [[Zoltan Chi. Yarpen was happy to see them but quickly noticed that Geralt acts like he has no idea who the dwarf is. Zoltan explained that Geralt suffers from amnesia and does not remember a thing before his his awaken near near [[Kaer Mor.

Their conversation was cut short as they saw a powerfull surge of energy eminating from the place of negotiations. Geralt and Iorveth quickly hurried there and discovered that king Henselt murdered a monk named Olcan, and released a dormant curse. The duo had to help Saskia and the prince get through the cursed mist full of wraith. With help from a magical owl, they eventually managed to arrive savefly to Vergen. There, a War council was summoned, to deal with the news of the curse and Iorveth´s arrival. Eventually an agreement was reached and Saskia stood for a ceremonial toast. She however fell to the ground once she drank from the chalise - clearly Poisined. Sorceress Philippa Eilhart, her advisor and the magical owl, discovered that se was indeed poisoned by Thaumador. That proved extremly dangerous and her life hanged by a thread. Sorceress prepared a list of items and ingrediences that would help her make a cure for the Dragonslayer. Meanwhile, Yarpen and his mates went to the local pub named The Cauldron and shared all news and happenings. They were soon joined by the witcher, who took it on himself to find all the items the sorceress needs. He also engaged in a friendly chat and even fought Yarpen in Arm wrestling but situation was not easy so after a while, they started to plan a next move. One of those items, Philippa needed was a special herb known as immortelle that was interesting by the fact that it grows deep below the surfice. Local mines were an ideal place to look for it, but they were unfortunately closed because various filth infested them and made them incredibly dangerous. Yarpen, Sheldon and Zoltan decided, that they will acompany the witcher provided he gets access to the mines. Geralt had to persuade a local alderman Cecil Burdon but eventually he agreed. The group entered the mines and confirmed, that the mines were indeed infested by necrophages. They killed every single one that they discovered including their nests and they moved deeper and deeper into the mine. After some time, they found the place where the herb was growing. Unfortunately that place was also a territory of a very dangerous and powerful monster, Bullvore. The group had to fight like one and they managed to finally kill the beast. Once they picked the herbs, they returned to the surfice. Geralt went on in his quest but the dwarves retreated to the inn and continued in their talks.

As it is known of the witcher, his quest was successfull and aquired all the needed items to cure Saskia, includin a petall of Rose of remembrance. Philippa used all the items in preparation of the cure and finally used the petall and through it she kissed Saskia. Yarpen could not leave such an event without his typical comment. Saskia was cured though she was still weak and had to rest. The witcher eventually also managed to lift the curse and with it the spectral mist. Once the mist was gone, the battle for Vergen could start.

Yarpen and his men were a vital part of the defending forces and thanks to soldiers like them, Vergen emerged victorious, Kaedweni forces decimated and king Henselt captured. After the battle, Saskia and Philippa left for Loc Muinne where a great summit was to be held. Yarpen did not go with them, insted he stayed in the city.

If Geralt took Roche's path: Geralt, accompanied by Vernon Roche, commander of Blue Stripes, joined the forces of king Henselt. Thus the witcher met Yarpen only during his quest to find the items needed to lift the curse. Yarpen with Skalen Burdon were quarding the Mahakam gate.[4]

Hunt for a chelonodrake Edit

After the events at Loc Muinne, Saskia returned to Vergen and revealed that she is a dragon. As expected, Vergen's residents have had mixed feelings towards her. Many abandoned the city and the others watched her actions closely.

Not fully recovered from Philippa's spell, Saskia (while in dragon form) unintentionally killed a group of dwarfs during the first expedition against the Chelonodrake. Come morning, She, Once again in human form returned to Vergen and sweared before all the inhabitants never again to transform into a dragon.

Three weeks later Saskia and Yarpen Zigrin talked to Geralt about the Chelonodrake and convinced him to help them slay the monster, five days later she, Geralt, Eggar, Maevarienn and Yarpen created a plan to kill the monster.

Two days later the group accompanied by Barclay Els went on the final expedition against the Chelonodrake. After defeating the monster, Saskia broke her promise and transformed into a dragon to get the heavily wounded Barclay to the dwarven medics fast, unfortunately it was already too late, she decided to leave Vergen.[5]

The Third War Edit

Not long anfter the hunt, the Empire of Nilfgaard attacks again, starting the third of the Northern Wars. They quickly conquered all the lands up to the river Pontar. That means also the Pontar Valley. Yarpen fortunately managed to survive and during the rest of the war, was alive and well - as mentioned by Geralt in Novigrad.[6]

Associated quests Edit

Notes Edit

  • In The Hexer he was played by Jarosław Boberek. He appears in the movie and in episode 4 of the TV series, entitled "Smok" ("Dragon"). Apparently the fact that the actor is not actually a dwarf, and taller than the actor who played Dandelion did not matter in the casting or filming.
  • In the Polish version of the game, Jarosław Boberek voices Yarpen, reprising his role from the film and TV series.
  • While Yarpen himself does not appear in The Witcher computer game, he is mentioned as being present at Geralt's death by Dandelion during Shani's party. Also, a portrait of Jarosław Boberek as Yarpen from The Hexer movie can be found in several locations in the game; most notably as an easter egg in the House of the Queen of the Night brothel, possibly due to his status of valued client. Boberek also voiced the Professor in the Polish version of The Witcher.
  • In the third game, a gwent card bears his image.


 References Edit

  1. The Bounds of Reason short story
  2. Blood of Elves
  3. The Lady of the Lake
  4. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  5. The Witcher: Matters of Conscience comic book
  6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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