Hehehe wel your not the only one, I was late aswell but I do know the history of this forum *cough* .
Little bit off topic here but I just wanna share this opinion with you guys (real quicky XD). It's that I really liked the way Triss was in TW1 more, she's more like you know other sorceresses. Malicious greatly self confident etc. And like in TW3 it like she's completely raped considering any character development.
Anyways yes alot of people don't take the time to go in depth, I dunno why but I take it some are blinded and made up their minds completely, or it is just pure lazyness.
As Yen would have said: 'I usually devote my attention to every sentence uttered in my presence and note it in my memory. The one condition being that there be atleast a little sense in the sentence'
And you know why Triss from The Witcher 1 is like that? Because she is only Triss in apperence, her personality is Yennefer's personality, that's why. CDPR made a fusion of the characters called "Trissefer". But no matter, Triss will never be as beautiful as Yennefer. She will never be Yennefer, and for that reason, she will never have Geralt
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I have a friend who plays TW3 for the first time, taking his time extremely slowly. He's the one who introduced me to the whole Witcher universe, and also to TW3 (yes, he really is taking it SLOW: he: 1/4 of the game done, me: on 6th playthrough.) He says that he "has read the books", though I am not sure which books he speaks of except that the early ones (Istredd, Villemtretenmerth short stories) have left a lasting mark on his perception of Yennefer. He also apparently watched the series on youtube, which obviously deepens these bad impressions of Yennefer.
I am not sure if he read Times of Contempt and later ones at all or is even aware that they exist. Or if he did, then he remembers things very wrongly. Just as an example: He's thoroughly convinced that Yennefer "was a founding member of the lodge". (dude.)
He played TW1 once, with Triss instead of Shani, and I think he did even the bathing in TW2 (he gave me a particularly odd glance when I ranted about how "precious magic resistance vs some silly sex scene was a no brainer").
In his mind, Yennefer is "the ex" of Geralt.
Triss is the new one, cute and reliable.
He agrees that taking advantage of someone's amnesia, withholding information and installing oneself as the shiny new love interest is despicable, but he'll make excuses for that behaviour of Triss when I have a moment of getting seriously pissed off about that part. (Which I do, I could rant on and on about that.) He'll argue with something like "yeah, it's low and egoistical, but not necessarily EVIL".
I warned him about some things in TW3, like "hey, delay Now or Never until you've at least talked to Yennefer for a bit" and that "I love you" are the magic words, while kissing and sex are nothing binding in TW3 (thinking that with that info, maybe, he might not decide against the unicorn scene just out of fear that this might mean a breakup with his precious Triss).
He's now early in Skellige, and his impression is that "Yennefer does not act like she trusts Geralt. She's always like "do this, do that, but I will not tell you why. Like I am not worthy to know her reasons. She does that all the time!" and this is apparently annoying him quite a bit.
I did hear a: "yeah, she really IS quite gorgeous" though, so we'll see. Should only take him another half a year to finish Skellige's main quest or so...
I can't really blame him for what he felt after "A Shard of Ice",I felt the same way, I hated her for that, but then I came to the forums and people around here explained it to me. It took time for me to get the details and all, but eventually, I did.
As @Kallelinski told me:
I think they key points are:
- Yennefer wanted to dump Istredd from the beginning
- Yennefer was ready to commit herself to Geralt and she expected the same from Geralt, but
- Geralt wasn't ready to do the same
- Yennefer didn't know what to do and just left both for now, because she doesn't know how to handle those things, feelings and emotions
Geralt had one job: To say the words "I love you", but thanks to the doubts Istredd put in his head, plus his insecurities, he failed miserably. If he had done that, Yennefer wouldn't have hesitated in leaving Aedd Gynvael with him. As she herself said, she gave Geralt more than she had given any man EVER, and Istredd is part of this count too