Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Now, this not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media, but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for kids to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: The following is rife with spoilers galore for The Witcher. If you’re not already caught up with this Netflix series, I suggest you get going fast! We also won’t be spoiling anything past what the series has shared.
Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon (Freya Allan), or better known as Ciri, is the daughter of Pavetta (Gaia Mondadori) and Duny (Bart Edwards) and granddaughter of Queen Calanthe (Jodhi May), making her the Princess of Cintra. Before her birth, her father was saved by Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), who claimed the law of surprise as his reward. And what a surprise it was as they learned Pavetta was pregnant right after. In her youth, Ciri had no idea about her connected destiny with The Witcher or what he did for her parents. As an infant, her parents were killed while traveling overseas, leaving her to be raised by Calanthe.
But this wouldn’t be the last time she would face losing a loved one. Nilfgaard, under orders of The White Flame, attacked and ransacked the city of Cintra, killing her grandmother and the citizens. Outside of the Cintra, Ciri managed to escape the Black Knight Cahir (Eamon Farren) after toppling a monolith. She then went on the run, coming into contact with an elven boy, dryads in Brokilon Forest and many others. Much of season one is her finding a safe space before being forced to flee due to Nilfgaard’s advancements. Finally, at the end of season one, Geralt and Ciri find each other.
After the Battle of Sodden, Geralt takes Ciri to Kaer Morhen as protection. But Ciri wants to be able to protect herself and after some time, she is able to convince Geralt to train her. During her time at Kaer Morhen, Ciri uncovers bits and pieces of her powers and her family’s dark secrets. She eventually learns that not only can she be the savior the Witchers need but also someone who may bring on the end of the world within the wrong hands. One enemy, in particular, is Voleth Meir (Ania Marson), who uses Ciri as a means to get home while also getting her revenge on the Witchers in the meantime.
At the end of the second season, Ciri, Geralt and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) decide it’s time to get serious with her training to protect her from a world that wants to control her.
The Real Deal:
Ciri is the real deal. She has suffered a lot in her life. Losing her parents, the fall of Cintra, watching the people she cared about most, like Mousesack (Adam Levy), die trying to save her. And That all happens in season one. Season two doesn’t make life any easier on her. She constantly feels like the world would be better if she wasn’t there and that only death follows her.
However, during her time at Kaer Morhen, she finds strength in herself and the need to help save the people around her as a way to make up for all the death she has caused. She doesn’t allow the other Witchers to dissuade her from pursuing her training and even they eventually see how great she can be. Ciri has determination and raw power and under the proper tutelage (Geralt and Yennefer), she may just be the strongest character in The Witcher.
Why She Matters:
So, why does Ciri matter? She is kindhearted, a survivor, a fighter, and one of the strongest people on The Continent. Ciri struggles with her emotional well-being as she watches those closest to her suffer. But, instead of allowing herself to wallow away in pity, she pushes herself to be stronger. Ciri convinces Geralt to train her, takes that training very seriously and seeks answers about her powers and past. She is determined to save the people around her from now on instead of bringing death and destruction.
So, be like Ciri. Be strong, kindhearted and a fighter, determined to protect you and your own while embracing the emotional journey you go through.
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