Would be good to talk about Triss without EVER mentioning Geralt. Her love for him isn't the only thing she can do/does.
Not likely, since Geralt is about 40 to 50 years older than her.
There are some clues that would suggest that he met her through her acquaintance with Yennefer. And he met Yennefer as an adult.
Triss on the other hand is very young, somewhat naive, always giggling and blushing like a teenager.
How the two of them became friends is a mystery to me.
Generally, books contain lots of plot holes and sometimes unplausible things.
Frankly, I do not think the books provide an explanation how Geralt actually met Triss.
both unhappy, had led straight to destruction, pain and yet, against all logic… it had lasted.
it had lasted.
Yennefer also mentioned her name to Geralt in The Last Wish which didn't cause any reaction from him, so it's very unlikely he knew Triss before he met Yen.
So that basically explains how Geralt and Triss got to know each other.
I don't think she was such "naive" girl...
That's one of those things in books that contradict each other. Vesemir seemed to know Triss since she were a child. And he was very fond of her. But Geralt seemed to never heard of her until much later in his life.
It seems unlikely, because witchers almost always spend winters in Kaer Morhen and the main pasttime is discussing everything that happened "on the path". Why would Vesemir never mention Triss?
Just another gaping plot hole, IMO.
I was thinking more about her general disposition where she's easily led whenever somebody convinces her she works for "the greater good". The whole Ciri affair is the best example.
Through the books Triss grows in that regard - she learns that nothing is simple, everybody has an agenda and whatever you try to do, it can blow in your face. All that remains are those few friends you have and you have to stick with them, even if not everything is always good between you. That can actually be applied to her unhappy love life as well.
I've only read up to Tower of Swallows, but Is it possible that Triss' transgression with the lodge are her party being manipulated or controlled by Phillipa?
Her actions are often wrong, but I never found her motivations to be malicious or evil,
Triss Merigold is one of my favorite characters from TW universe, here's why:
I appreciate Triss' flaws. Her insecurity, misplaced idealism and unfortunate obsession with Geralt make her a believable character and make me feel sympathetic for her. I felt sorry for Triss after reading the books, seeing how desperate she was for Geralt. Her internal monologues at KM, desperate attempts to kiss him while he helps her recover, the way Yen scolds her at Thanedd, her jealousy while Fringilla tells the Lodge about her relationship with Geralt all made me feel bad for her. I like finally giving her a chance in the games.
And it's not like she didn't do some good for Geralt in the books, she tried her best to help Ciri in BoE (and in some ways she did) and even proposed him to seek Yen's help when she realized a more powerful sorceress is needed. Without her dragging Geralt half dead and begging Tissaia to teleport him, he would have died on Thanedd. She grows as a person and in the end overcomes her fears and helps Yen in Rivia. Condwiramurs even refers to her as venerable Triss and praises her courage, showing she has changed from that moment on, imo it was defining for her character.
I do think she genuinely cares for Geralt and that she is a good, although flawed person regardless of the morally questionable things she did, in both the books and games. Her actions are often wrong, but I never found her motivations to be malicious or evil, she is just misguided by her ideals or selfish desire for Geralt’s love in the case of his amnesia abuse.
I like her character arc in the games, where she slowly abandons the Lodge, takes Geralt’s side and tries to find her place in the world, guided by her own ideals rather than blindly following others. I see it as a continued character growth. I quite enjoy the way Geralt interacts with her in TW2 and TW3, the dynamic of their relationship and how they treat each other. I also like her cheerful personality and sense of humor.
For whatever reason Triss’ character resonates with me and I enjoy having her as Geralt’s love interest, I think CDPR did a wonderful job with her.
I’ll go on a rant here, but one of the reasons I like Triss is what I consider a nice character arc she gets in the games, while also considering the books. After Geralt, she is the character that gets the most screen time throughout the trilogy and therefore she had the most time to show noticeable growth considering she has a prominent role in every game. What also works in her favor is that she was a side character in the books and her character was flushed out just enough to allow for an interesting continuation in the games.I agree, I love how you see her grow so much from the books to the games.