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.
Yennefer of Vengerberg
Yennefer of Vengerber (Anya Chalorta) was born to an Elven father and human mother. Her childhood was harsh, being raised by her mother and horrific step-father. The rest of her village bullied her as well based on her deformities, a hunch back and a locked jaw. She performs her first magic spell when she transports herself to escape two villagers bullying her. This alerts Tissaia (MyAnna Buring) and she purchases Yennefer for four marks from her step-father and takes her to Aretuza, a magical academy for girls.
Life at Aretuza is not kind to Yennefer, while she does fall in love and learn to use her chaos, the Brotherhood of mages uses her ancestry to attempt to block her from going to Aedirn’s court against Tissaia’s wishes. Angry with her lover Istredd (Royce Pierreson), the Brotherhood, and Aretuza she declares she will be the greatest mage with or without their help. She gives up her womb and ability to produce children in order to obtain beauty and win her spot in Aedirn’s court.
Thirty years pass and Yennefer of Vengerberg has grown tired of court. On a trip to return Queen Kalis of Lyria (Isobel Laidler) Yennefer fails to save her and her newborn from an assassin. The death of the princess triggers a change in Yennefer. A wave of anger she has suppressed over the last thirty years, the feeling that her choice to bear children was taken away from her, washes over her. She leaves Aedrin’s court and spends the next few years attempting to find ways to regain her ability to have children.
This path leads Yennefer to Geralt (Henry Cavill) who believes they are meant to be since they keep crossing paths. She is heartbroken when she learns that Geralt’s final wish to the djinn he saved her from was to never lose her and is unsure if these feelings are her own or just magic. She attempts to patch things up with Istredd but fails before returning to Aretuza to join the fight against Nilfgaard. She shows her true power during this battle as she pulls in all of the flames and sets fire to the battlefield in the last-ditch attempt to stop Nilfgaard and disappears afterward.
The Real Deal
Yennefer of Vengerberg is the real deal. The world counted her out in the beginning based on her looks alone. It wasn’t until Tissaia discovers her power and helps her nurture them that she is able to grow. She is a strong sorceress that wields great control over her chaos. Yennefer uses her powers to better herself in the beginning, but when Aretuza really needs her she answers their call. Yennefer is far from perfect which allows others to see how her power and beauty aren’t everything.
Why She Matters
Why does Yennefer matter? She is more than just one of the strongest sorceress within The Witcher franchise. Even though she has all of this power, she still struggles emotionally with her inability to have children and her struggles with relationships. She never lets these things define her though. She stays strong throughout her journey and works hard to help the people around her.
So, be like Yennefer. Embrace your strengths and don’t hide away from your emotional journey.
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