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2023.03.26 13:10 varJoshik Cursed Rulers: Parallels Between Auberon & Emhyr

Final part in the series about the mirroring act between the three Aen Elle elves & their Continental counterparts. Previous works: Black Knights: Parallels Between Eredin & Cahir Love(less) Sorcerers: Parallels Between Avallac'h & Vilgefortz

“Emperors rule their empires, but two things they cannot rule: their hearts and their time. Those two things belong to the empire.”
“The end justifies the means.”
Leaders of the highest order for their people, both rulers pursue the greater good at the expense of decency and their own humanity. A greater good to be achieved through similar means – by begetting the child who is prophesised.


In the Witcher, both Auberon and Emhyr are embroiled in a plot of siring the child of prophecy with Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon – their blood relative. Genetically, the incest is a matter of degree: Emhyr is Ciri’s biological father, Auberon Ciri’s ancestor 8 generations past. Symbolically, however, the degree collapses with Auberon because a few human generations are meaningless to elves. They call Ciri Lara’s daughter, effectively deeming Ciri Auberon’s granddaughter. But the reader – not unlike Ciri herself – won’t know about this until the very end of the tale.
Notionally, both rulers bind their actions with Ithlinne’s prophecy. The problem with prophecies is they decouple arguments from verification, lending themselves to the rationalization of all and any action. At least insofar as knowing the future accurately is impossible. This is the case for humanity, it is not the case for elves. Elven prophecies were made by the elves and for the elves in the first place. Consequently, the degree to which each ruler knows the prophecy to be true and believes in it differs. For Emhyr, mystical secret knowledge of the universe is irrelevant in comparison to political expedience: reason of state is what the tomorrow will bring. The Nilfgaardian Emperor is neither a mystic nor a fatalist. Contrary to the Alder King – a Sage, a ruler, and an elder – who has witnessed and likely verified some of what the Seers have prophesised. Elves conceive of the nature of time as cyclical in which the fate of things is tied up in the endless repetition of endings giving birth to new beginnings, the dance of attraction between life and death, two sides of the same coin which form the singular eternal truth of existence – change is only an eternal reoccurrence and re-arrangement of all. Auberon, you see, is a bit of a mystic. And even without Seers privy to secret knowledge, an extraordinary life span reduces the elves’ proclivity to black swan fallacy, or at least pushes the error probabilities. But at the end of the day, mysticism takes the cake.
The idea that either ruler must be the progenitor, however, comes at the instigation of an outside force.
Shortly after Ciri’s birth Emhyr is visited by a sorcerer. Emhyr has a strong aversion to mages; he was cursed by one. Even so, Vilgefortz proves himself capable of helping him regain the Nilfgaardian throne and is straightforward about what he wishes in exchange – gratitude, favours, privileges, power. Vilgefortz tells Emhyr about Ithlinne’s prophecy – a version about the fate of the world; a human interpretation. Then he plants the seed as to what Emhyr should do to steer the fate of this world. Naturally, he has his own agenda. It is not a huge leap of imagination to conceive of Auberon having been similarly persuaded by Avallac’h (an elven Knowing One who thematically parallels the human Vilgefortz). Not only are Avallac’h and Auberon tied by broken familial bonds, they are each a participant of the Elder Blood programme; and each, a Sage. Avallac’h serves nearly as a double for Auberon, his own fate also tied with Ciri’s. And Auberon is a “willing unwilling” in his arrangement with Ciri; implied so in his rage when he reveals Ciri ought to be grateful to him for lowering himself to the endeavour at all. There is an alternative.
Neither the Emperor nor the Alder King is pursuing the incestuous course of action out of lust. But both have the option to waive being the sire. Ithlinne’s prophecy is not explicit about the father of the Swallow’s child. For elves the match is backed by science. For humanity – pragmatism.
Emhyr has ordered to wipe out the Usurper’s name from the annals of history and is cementing his earthly power, conquering and ensuring the succession laws play out in his favour. Not only is he legitimatizing his rule over Cintra – the gateway to the North – by marrying its last monarch’s granddaughter, by keeping it in the family, he is also consolidating his rule among the Nilfgaardian aristocracy. The Emperor’s concern lies with the dynastic struggle for power: it is his blood that should rule the world and because history is bending its arc according to Nilfgaard’s dictation that means surmounting the Nilfgaardian succession laws. From such perspective, not fathering Ciri’s child would create numerous problems. Ciri as Emhyr’s heir would remain behind any other male offspring he might have (with any Nilfgaardian aristocrat). Ciri might not be acknowledged as a legitimate successor in Nilfgaard in the first place as she is a foreigner, born in Cintra at a time when her father was not yet an emperor; a bastard, effectively, and a girl besides. Ciri’s husband, moreover, may have designs on power himself and his remaining under Emhyr’s control, or Ciri’s control, is not a guarantee. It is difficult to be the correctly-shaped chess piece in a game of interests of the state. That a widely recited prophecy about the fate of the world can lend an aura of destiny to the brutal political machinations undertaken to seek retribution and pursue earthly power is convenient; a descendant who will be the ruler of the world – a bonus. But to get there sacrifices must be made.
‘Cirilla,’ continued the emperor, ‘will be happy, like most of the queens I was talking about. It will come with time. Cirilla will transfer the love that I do not demand at all onto the son I will beget with her. An archduke, and later an emperor. An emperor who will beget a son. A son, who will be the ruler of the world and will save the world from destruction. Thus speaks the prophecy whose exact contents only I know.’ ’What I am doing, I am doing for posterity. To save the world.’ - Lady of the Lake
Notably, the manner in which the Emperor claims to understand Ithlinne’s prophecy does not make guarantees that a father’s incest with his daughter will ensure his progeny will one day save the world. The saviour is a few generations away and the causal arrow between now and then is not direct: the son could die, could father a child with a genetically non-fitting partner, could be sterile, or could turn out to be a daughter altogether. Not to even begin with what the world needs saving from in the first place; again, elven prophecies were written by the elves and for the elves. Emhyr var Emreis is neither an elf, a geneticist, an idealist nor a mystic. He is an autocrat.
Elder Blood is the creation of elves and it is elves who understand how their genetic abilities play into handling what was foretold by Ithlinne. Emhyr’s daughter, the Lady of Time and Space, is the descendant of an Alder King who has utilized Hen Ichaer in the past and whose ambitions lie in an altogether different ball park than that of an Emperor of one single world. Appropriately to the Saga’s love for subversion, it is ironic that human understanding of elven prophecies remains on the level of poetry, while elves – the irritatingly poetic, mystical species – can read the science elevating the prophetic jargon into something more. Which regardless does not invalidate the problem with prophecies: they lend themselves to the rationalization of action, frequently covering up the real horses the powerful might have in the race. Legitimatization of the ruler’s right to remain the leader of their people is relevant in Auberon’s life too. More on that when we return to the Fisher King parable and the nature of curses upon the two rulers.

Role & Relationships

Let’s take a look at the characters’ personalities.
Appearance: a play of contrasts
A very tall, slender elf with long fingers and ashen hair shot with snow-white streaks. An elf with the most extraordinary eyes – as on all Elder Blood carriers – reminiscent of molten lead. A man with black, shiny, wavy hair bordering an angular, masculine face that is dominated by a prominent nose (hooked, presumably, or Roman if you like). The Emperor of Nilfgaard does not resemble an androgynous elf by any means. But this does not mean nothing remains in him of the elven gene pool. Not only does Emhyr’s etymological origin link with the Romano-Celtic world underpinning all things elven in the Witcher. Nilfgaardians are effectively the Romano-Brytons. The human population in the South of the Continent mixed with elves heavily, retaining a lot of elven law, customs, language, and DNA. As Avallac’h says about heritability, “the father matters,” and Emhyr was one half of the equation for getting Ciri.
Rex Regum - King of Kings
The readers are probably more familiar with the imperial system and how that features in the depiction of Nilfgaard. Auberon Muircetach’s position as the Supreme Leader of the Aen Elle – as opposed to merely a “king” – is instead much more reminiscent of the station of a High King.
Ancient and early kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland boast many High Kings (e.g. Ard Rí Érenn Brian Boru, Ard Rí Alban Macbeth, Vortigern, King of the Britons, etc). The High King was usually elected and set above lesser rulers and warlords as an overlord in a land that shared a high degree of cultural unity. Emperors usually ruled over culturally different lands (regularly obtained through recent or ongoing conquests). In character such high kingship was sacred: the duties of the ruler were largely ceremonial and somewhat restricted, unless war, natural disaster or any other realm-wide occasion created a need for a unified command structure. The Irish High King, for example, was quite straightforwardly a ruler who laid claim to all of the land of the Emerald Isle. Noteworthy, because the ruler is frequently seen as the embodiment of the land, associated with the health and well-being of the realm that the land sustains. In quasi-religious terms, High Kings gained their power through a marriage to, or sexual relationship with, a sovereignty goddess; frequently, a mother goddess who was associated with the life-giving land. As one of the most frequently studied elements of the Celtic cosmology, this feature is instantly recognisable in the outlook of the elves in the Witcher and factors heavily into Auberon’s relationship with Ciri. Ciri who is the avatar of the Triple Goddess – the Virgin, the Pregnant Mother, and the Old Woman Death. As Sapkowski notes in Swiat króla Artura. Maladie:
“…no Wiccan mystery in honour of the Great Triple, cannot be performed, [without] the goblet and the sword. Grail and Excalibur. The rest is silence.”
Through the Triple Goddess’ interaction with her God-counterpart (a ruler who briefly assumes the role of the god) is showcased the eternal cycle of life – one which cannot be realised without the interaction of the cup (feminine) & the sword (male). Excalibur is the symbol of rightful sovereignty and its wielders are frequently powerful men, but Ciri is a woman and a woman is the Grail, bringing salvation and new life. To possess the Grail is to legitimize oneself as the ruler, as the leader, protector, and father figure of the realm. Thus a King of Kings must do exactly that. A protector, a father figure, and a druid (wise man) merge into a symbolic whole in the Supreme Leader of the elves.
(But Ciri is also the witcher girl and owns a sword, unyielding before the matter of her gender. And though many a men might take her for the Lady of the Lake, she is not about to part with her sword.)
The realm is all
From early age, Emhyr’s father instilled an understanding in his heir that nothing counts more than the interest of the state. The blood of the Emreis family must be on the throne. Fergus never abdicated, not after torture, not even after his son was turned into a mutant hedgehog in front of his eyes. Love for his child did not sway Fergus from having his son suffer in the interests of power and the realm. This is how the shard of ice in Emhyr’s heart forms. Auberon, equally, “thinks of England” when attempting to regain his daughter’s legacy and restore their people’s power. The circumstances of Lara’s demise, however, beg the question about the Alder King’s role in facilitating or enabling the conditions that let things spiral out of control and break beyond repair. The stakes were infinitely higher for Auberon than they are for Emreis’ dynastic struggle. But what would an answer to this question change? In their cold hearts these characters see themselves each as duty-bound.
Ambitious and gloried, they nevertheless occupy different stages in their lives.
Emhyr’s ambition burns bright and fresh. Auberon’s has dwindled into a shadow of the past; buried under having witnessed and lived through the sacrifices that a ruler makes in the name of power. Emhyr chooses to seek retribution and power beyond what would befall him should he accept his life as Duny (the cursed, pitiful Duny), the prince consort of Cintra. Never losing sight of his goal, love and human happiness become temporary phases and means to an end, and Emhyr returns to Cintra only in the form of flames and death to pursue his daughter in insane ambition. The White Flame retains an active disposition; a lust for life. Neither Emhyr nor Auberon gallop at the head of their armies though, leading instead from the rear. They have lackeys for carrying out their will remotely (e.g. Cahir and Eredin). Emhyr, however, is said to be otherwise highly involved in the ruling of his empire, even if many revolutionaries who had helped him on the throne had hoped he would remain but a banner of the revolution. In contrast, the Alder King has more or less withdrawn from life and active service. In presence of Avallac’h and Eredin, Auberon appears much more like the standard Emhyr had refused to become. Of course, many decisions the equivalent of which Auberon has already made are still ahead of Emhyr, including as concerns the freedom of his daughter.
A ruler’s heart
Did Emhyr believe that he would be able to see Pavetta in Ciri and thus push through with the incest? Did Auberon hope to glance the memory of his wife in the eyes of Lara’s “daughter” and manage in this way? As already noted, neither ruler is pursuing their plans out of lust, but as lust must be induced for the act to bear fruit I cannot help but wonder what these characters must do to themselves to follow through with their plans. Because the love that is called for between a woman and a man in order for new life and hope to be born is in this instance abnormal. Yet it is undoubtedly love that plays a huge role in determining both Emhyr’s and Auberon’s eventual fate.
Until the emergence of false-Ciri, Emhyr var Emreis is said to have had numerous ladies in the imperial court. Little is known about Auberon’s disposition, but by the time Ciri starts frequenting his bed chamber it has become evident the image of a dowager king fits the elf like a glove; disaffected with romantic dalliance, he is still aware of the courtly intrigue and expectations surrounding it.
The next evening, for the first time, the Alder King betrayed his impatience. She found him hunched over the table where a looking glass framed in amber was lying. White powder had been sprinkled on it. It’s beginning, she thought. At one moment Ciri was certain it was about to happen. But it didn’t. At least not all the way. And once again he became impatient. He stood up and threw a sable fur over his shoulders. He stood like that, turned away, staring at the window and the moon. - Lady of the Lake
Emhyr’s marriage to Pavetta, Ciri’s mother, was an unhappy one. In his own words, he did not love “the melancholy wench with her permanently lowered eyes,” and eventually would have had the vigilant Pavetta killed. Inadvertently, Emhyr caused Pavetta’s death anyway.
‘I wonder how a man feels after murdering his wife,’ the Witcher said coldly. ‘Lousy,’ replied Emhyr without delay. ‘I felt and I feel lousy and bloody shabby. Even the fact that I never loved her doesn’t change that. The end justifies the means, yet I sincerely do regret her death. I didn’t want it or plan it. Pavetta died by accident.’ ‘You’re lying,’ Geralt said dryly, ‘and that doesn’t befit an emperor. Pavetta could not live. She had unmasked you. And would never have let you do what you wanted to do to Ciri.’ ‘She would have lived,’ Emhyr retorted. ‘Somewhere … far away. There are enough castles … Darn Rowan, for instance. I couldn’t have killed her.’ ‘Even for an end that was justified by the means?’ ‘One can always find a less drastic means.’ The emperor wiped his face. ‘There are always plenty of them.’ ‘Not always,’ said the Witcher, looking him in the eyes. Emhyr avoided his gaze. ‘That’s exactly what I thought,’ Geralt said, nodding. - Lady of the Lake
After Pavetta’s demise Emhyr hounds his own daughter to the ends of the earth, killing her grandmother, burning down her home, and driving Ciri into an exile from which she never fully recovers. An exile which kills the innocence in her; the snow-white streaks in Ciri’s hair are from the trauma. In contrast, Auberon does not seem to even know what became of Shiadhal – his partner and the mother of their daughter together. On the verge of death he confuses Ciri for Shiadhal and says, “I am glad you are here. You know, they told me you had died.” The Alder King recalls Shiadhal affectionately, in the same loving breath as he recalls their daughter Lara. Lara whose exile – voluntary or not – killed her.
When Ciri was six years old, Emhyr took a lock of hair from her and held onto it; out of sentiment and for his court sorcerers to use. One of Auberon’s last lines to Ciri involves tying a loose ribbon back into Lara’s hair.
In regard to their brides-to-be, both rulers are saddled with fakes. A fake Ciri-Pavetta and a fake Shiadhal-Lara. But Emhyr’s and Auberon’s attitude toward the fake is diametrically opposite. Emhyr sees false-Cirilla as “a diamond in the rough.” Auberon calls Ciri “a pearl in pig shit, a diamond on the finger of a rotting corpse.” For Emhyr, a diamond is the essence of his poor peasant girl. While a pearl in pig shit, for Auberon, remains the essence of Ciri. Neither ruler can entirely ignore the social vigilance extended toward the ruler’s bedchamber either. The idea of a “foreign bride” is frowned upon among the Nilfgaardian aristocracy; it decreases their ability to influence the Emperor. Ciri’s social status at Tir ná Lia is never explicitly addressed, but the presence of human servants – all of whom that the reader sees are female – and casual xenophobia from Auberon himself does not make it hard to venture a guess.
‘If I were … the real Cirilla … the emperor would look more favourably on me. But I’m only a counterfeit. A poor imitation. A double, not worthy of anything. Nothing …’ - False-Cirilla Lady of the Lake
‘It’s all my fault,’ she mumbled. ‘That scar blights me, I know. I know what you see when you look at me. There’s not much elf left in me. A gold nugget in a pile of compost—’ - Ciri Lady of the Lake
The Alder King is unable to bring himself to love Ciri. The Emperor relents, caring for his daughter at last as a father should at the very end, in the one moment where it matters. Moreover, Emhyr ends up eventually marrying his own reason of state and comes to love the false-Cirilla. The contrasts do not end here. Real Ciri threatens to tear Emhyr’s throat out for what he is planning to do to her (unknowing that he is her father), yet with Auberon Ciri turns submissive and grows attached. She weeps over Auberon’s corpse and vows vengeance on Eredin for killing the Alder King. Ironic as Auberon never intended to let Ciri go, while Emhyr does let his daughter walk free. The shard in Auberon’s heart never melts. It shifts in Emhyr’s.
In their last meeting with the girl, both rulers implicitly reveal their blood relation to Ciri.

Cursed Rulers of the World

Emhyr’s tale begins and is framed with a curse. Likewise Auberon’s. And for both it is love in its different manifestations that will shift the curse just enough to offer closure. For healing largely entails obtaining closure.
‘They were silent for a long time. The scent of spring suddenly made them feel light-headed. Both of them. ‘In spite of appearances,’ Emhyr finally said dully, ‘being empress is not an easy job. I don’t know if I’ll be able to love you.’ She nodded to show she also knew. He saw a tear on her cheek. Just like in Stygga Castle, he felt the tiny shard of cold glass lodged in his heart shift.’ - Lady of the Lake
The reference to H. C. Andersen’s fairy tale of the Snow Queen is self-evident. Emhyr var Emreis is an Emperor whose heart has been pierced by a shard of ice. In the Saga the legend is elven and refers to the Winter Queen who conducts a Wild Hunt as she travels the land, casting hard, sharp, tiny shards of ice around her. Whose eye or heart is pierced by one of them is lost; they will abandon everything and will set off after the Queen, the one who wounded them so gravely as to become the sole aim and end of their life.
There are two ways in which to interpret the way Sapkowski applies the legend of the Snow Queen in the Saga. First, as a complement to the author’s stance that in life - where most things are shit - the Holy Grail is a woman, because it is the love of a woman and the hope a woman instils that often makes men act in inconceivable ways; love is the great motivator and the great balancer of scales. Almost as powerful as death. Or more so?
‘I would not like to put forward the theory that hunting for the wild pig was the primordial example of the search for the Grail. I don’t want to be so trivial. I will - after Parnicki and Dante - identify the Grail with the real goal of the great effort of mythical heroes. I prefer to identify the Grail with Olwen, from under whose feet, as she walked, white clovers grew. I prefer to identify the Grail with Lydia, who was loved by Parry. I like New York in June… How about you? Because I think the Grail is a woman. It is worth investing a lot of time and effort in order to find it and gain it, to understand it. And that’s the moral.’ - A. Sapkowski Swiat króla Artura. Maladie
In this reading, we find the framing to the stories of Geralt and Yennefer, Lara and Cregennan, Avallac’h and Lara, and many others. Including the story of Ciri herself – for Ciri is ultimately the author’s Grail in more ways than one. More than one party goes to great lengths to solicit her favour in a guise that includes elements of a love relationship but not the heart of it.
Secondly, we can interpret the legend in universal terms: the shard of ice is the definitive experience of our lives which distorts reality and makes the rest of our lives spin around it in one way or another. For Emhyr, such an experience could have been the trauma experienced in his youth. Fergus’ uncompromising death conditioned the boy early on to sacrifice personal feelings to the cause and let the only true feeling in his heart remain forever locked behind the ends a ruler must go to unthinkable lengths to achieve. Fergus did not deem his son above suffering for a cause and the son learned the lesson. Until…
In Andersen’s Snow Queen, Gerda manages to find her brother Kai in the Snow Queen’s castle, but despite her calls his heart remains cold as ice. Only when Gerda cries in despair do her tears finally melt the ice and remove the piece of glass from Kai’s eyes and heart. In the Witcher, the shard in Emhyr’s heart moves first upon witnessing his true daughter’s angry tears. For the second time – in thanks to the bogus princess of Cintra; his poor raison d’etat.
It brings us to the defining contrast in Emhyr’s and Auberon’s stories, and it concerns alleviating the suffering of those are bound to you by blood or love.
Recalling another case of incest that resulted in Adda the strigga, we may remember that the Temerian king recognises that his daughter is suffering and insists on disenchanting her instead of killing her. Realising that your own blood – who has been thrown into this world of suffering thanks to you – is suffering and consequently choosing to do something to alleviate this suffering fortifies the Saga’s faith in enduring human decency. Geralt himself is thoroughly vexed by the prospect of letting the same evil happen to Ciri that happened to himself and does everything within his power to prevent it (failing, trying anyway). Here lives the redemption of man, and in redemption his rebirth.
They passed a pond, empty and melancholy. The ancient carp released by Emperor Torres had died two days earlier. “I’ll release a new, young, strong, beautiful specimen,” thought Emhyr var Emreis, “I’ll order a medal with my likeness and the date to be attached to it. Vaesse deireadh aep eigean. Something has ended, something is beginning. It’s a new era. New times. A new life. So let there be a new carp too, dammit.”’ - Lady of the Lake
As Emhyr and false-Cirilla take a stroll in the gardens after Stygga, they pass a sculpture of a pelican pecking open its own breast to feed its young on its blood. An allegory of noble sacrifice and also of great love – as False-Ciri tells us.
‘Do you think—’ he turned her to face him and pursed his lips ‘—that a torn-open breast hurts less because of that?’ ‘I don’t know …’ she stammered. ‘Your Imperial Majesty … I …’ He took hold of her hand. He felt her shudder; the shudder ran along his hand, arm and shoulder. ‘My father,’ he said, ‘was a great ruler, but never had a head for legends or myths, never had time for them. And always mixed them up. Whenever he brought me here, to the park, I remember it like yesterday, he always said that the sculpture shows a pelican rising from its ashes.’ - Lady of the Lake
It is difficult to set aside our trauma and not pass it on to our children. Letting our children be free to choose and not sacrificing them on the altar of our fate is to rip open ourselves, calcified and bound to our path, and to feel all of it as we grope in the dark to feel for them. Emhyr’s father might not have gotten it entirely wrong, though his mind at the time was set on making his child an extension of himself. The cycle of death and rebirth begins and ends within that to which we give birth. Giving our children a chance before it is too late, we also give a chance to ourselves. By finding it in his heart to extend to his daughter the courtesy his father Fergus never extended to him - by letting Ciri free - Emhyr lets the part of himself that has defined his entire life die. His end stops justifying the means. He breaks the cycle on the edge of the precipice to which he has brought them and thus allows for the possibility of new beginnings for himself and for Ciri.
In a sense, False-Cirilla and Emhyr get the ending Ciri and Auberon might have gotten if –
The story of Auberon Muircetach achieves a fundamentally different resolution.
‘What does the spear with the bloody blade mean? Why does the King with the lanced thigh suffer and what does it mean? What is the meaning of the maiden in white carrying a grail, a silver bowl—?’ - Galahad Lady of the Lake
Galahad asks the questions that the innocent Perceval in his Story of the Grail failed to ask, thus losing his chance at freeing the Fisher King from his curse. And the Fisher King is the guardian of mysteries, among them the Holy Grail. But it is not because of gain that a chivalric knight with a shining sword should seek to free the Fisher King from his curse, but rather because it is a human thing to do. Sapkowski claims to be partial to Wolfram von Eschenbach’s rendition of the Grail myth in Parsifal. Wolfram’s message, according to Sapkowski, is the following:
‘Let’s not wait for the revelation and the command that comes from above, let’s not wait for any Deus vult. Let’s look for the grail in ourselves. Because the Grail is nobility, it is the love of a neighbor, it is an ability for compassion. Real chivalric ideals, towards which it is worth looking for the right path, cutting through the wild forest, where, as they quote, “there is no road, no path”. Everyone has to find their path on their own. But it is not true that there is only one path. There are many of them. Infinitely many. … Being human is important. Heart.’ ‘I prefer the humanism of Wolfram von Eschenbach and Terry Gilliam from the idiosyncrasies of bitter Cistercian scribes and Bernard of Clairvaux…’ - A. Sapkowski Swiat króla Artura: Maladie
The unimaginable sadness in Auberon’s eyes belies the suffering of the Alder King who is the avatar of the Fisher King. In the Witcher’s story between elves and humans, it is the elven males who all share aspects of the Fisher King’s fate, because they are the keepers of their Grail – the protectors of elven women. Auberon’s wound is wrought by time: by surviving his wife and daughter, by the witnessing of the fading of his ambitions and the results of pursuing them without success. He has lost his line. The Fisher King’s injury represents the inability to produce an heir. A ruler who is the protector and physical embodiment of his land, yet remains barren, sterile, or without a true-born successor, bodes ill for the realm. The Alder King’s injury consists in having lost control of the source of his people’s power, leaving the elves imprisoned and scattered across two worlds. Auberon’s personal tragedy, however, subsists in the lost power having been functionally manifest in a daughter.
‘Lara.’ The Alder King moved his head, and touched his neck as though his royal torc’h was garrotting him. ‘Caemm a me, luned. Come to me, daughter. Caemm a me, elaine.’ Ciri sensed death in his breath. - Lady of the Lake
Elder Blood is indeed an accursed blood because it enslaves its carriers to its purpose. Emhyr has a theoretical chance to walk away from the pursuit of earthly power; the construct is social. Elder Blood, however, has a particular and real, magical function, and in virtue of being a genetic mutation it is embedded in the gene-carrying individuals. Functionally, Elder Blood allows to shape fate with degrees of freedom unimaginable for an ordinary individual. It’s a difference comparable to the one between a character in a story and the story’s author. Therefore the Aen Saevherne – the carriers of the gene – are bound to the thing they carry within their DNA that allows them to a greater and lesser degree shape the fate of reality. However dearly Auberon, or Lara, might have ever wished to untie themselves from their own essence, it seems impossible. The loss of control over power then is quite simply so pivotal as to necessitate a moment of original sin.
As already witnessed by way of the legend of the Winter Queen, the original “myths” of the Witcher world usually originate among elves; humans, the interlopers, push themselves into those myths only later. This creates an interesting conundrum. In Parsifal, the Fisher King is injured as punishment for taking a wife who is not meant for him. A Grail keeper is to marry the woman the Grail determines for him, which – if we equate woman with the Grail – is what the woman determines. Unfortunately, we know nothing about Shiadhal, so we cannot verify if this part of the legend dovetails. But generally, in a wholly elven world which may have matriarchal tendencies, in lieu of worshipping the mother Goddess, such cosmology is relatively unproblematic. Except suddenly there are humans too. And Auberon – the highest leader of elves and the father of the new scion of Elder Blood – is indirectly injured because a human sorcerer – Cregennan – turns himself into a Grail keeper (in place of another, special elf) by taking a woman not meant for him.
‘Witcher,’ she whispered, kissing his cheek, ‘there’s no romance in you. And I… I like elven legends, they are so captivating. What a pity humans don’t have any legends like that. Perhaps one day they will? Perhaps they’ll create some? But what would human legends deal with? All around, wherever one looks, there’s greyness and dullness. Even things which begin beautifully lead swiftly to boredom and dreariness, to that human ritual, that wearisome rhythm called life.’ - Yennefer Sword of Destiny
Cregennan’s injury is to die. But what about the original Fisher King figure? What is Auberon’s original sin in this?
I see two possibilities. It could be that Auberon in his ambition hastened his daughter’s way into exile and, in a display of his displeasure, never made any effort to ease his daughter in to the personal sacrifices they, as Aen Saevherne, must make; walking without blinking to the end of the path Emhyr turned away from. It could equally be that Auberon, instead of locking Lara up in a tower to protect her from the folly of youth, let her go to Cregennan. It could be an amalgam of both, and the misjudgement of a father who allows freedom, who feels for his child, and is rewarded with an irreversible injury is probably the greater tragedy.
Because, regardless of the origin of the curse upon Auberon, one thing does not change – the icy eternity in the Alder King’s heart never fractures.
‘‘Zireael,’ he said. ‘Loc’hlaith. You are indeed destiny, O Lady of the Lake. Mine too, as it transpires.’ - Auberon Lady of the Lake
Ciri passes through the shadow world of the Alders; a manifestation of fate. Her footsteps sowing discord and movement and change into the immutable, time-locked amber of the elven utopia. Her presence providing the trigger that will unshackle the past from future in a world where for a long time nothing has changed, died, or been reborn. She is destined and destiny, annihilation and rebirth, the grain of sand in the gears of the great mechanism; a strange girl. The child of hope and the Goddess who ought to be Three. Lara, the true daughter of the Alder King, is dead. Emhyr’s daughter still lives. There is nothing Auberon can do for Lara anymore and thus the ice in Auberon’s heart has crystallised. Emhyr still has a chance; he is where Auberon once was. And yet, there is one thing Ciri, the witcher girl with a sword of her own, can still do for the Alder King.
‘Va’esse deireadh aep eigean… But,’ he finished with a sigh, ‘it’s good that something is beginning.’ They heard a long-drawn-out peal of thunder outside the window. The storm was still far away. But it was approaching fast. ‘In spite of everything,’ he said, ‘I very much don’t want to die, Zireael. And I’m so sorry that I must. Who’d have thought it? I thought I wouldn’t regret it. I’ve lived long, I’ve experienced everything. I’ve become bored with everything … but nonetheless I feel regret. And do you know what else? Come closer. I’ll tell you in confidence. Let it be our secret.’ She bent forward. ‘I’m afraid,’ he whispered. ‘I know.’ ‘Are you with me?’ ‘Yes, I am.’ - Auberon Lady of the Lake
The only way Ciri the Grail knight will be able to find her true self – the Grail – is to cure the suffering Alder King from his curse. Ciri’s presence in the world of the Alders is after all also part of her coming of age story. Through becoming Auberon’s destiny, Ciri must close the circle for him and bring closure. He would never let her go because the shard in Auberon’s heart is no longer able to melt. Auberon does not follow the motif of alleviating the suffering of one’s blood and/or love; and he dies. The roles are reversed, in fact. It is Ciri who realises Auberon is suffering. So Ciri must do what only she can do, because remaining human is important. Heart is important. The sacrifice a ruler makes on the altar of power includes his own heart, which is why there should never be only one, but always two; always.
‘Time is like the ancient Ouroboros. Time is fleeting moments, grains of sand passing through an hourglass. Time is the moments and events we so readily try to measure. But the ancient Ouroboros reminds us that in every moment, in every instant, in every event, is hidden the past, the present and the future. Eternity is hidden in every moment. Every departure is at once a return, every farewell is a greeting, every return is a parting. Everything is simultaneously a beginning and an end. ‘And you too,’ he said, not looking at her at all, ‘are at once the beginning and the end. And because we are discussing destiny, know that it is precisely your destiny. To be the beginning and the end. Do you understand?’ She hesitated for a moment. But his glowing eyes forced her to answer. ‘I do.’ - Lady of the Lake
Death Crone to Auberon Muircetach, Ciri never becomes the Mother Goddess in the Saga. It is a choice she must make for herself and the choice still lies ahead of her. The predicate to making such a choice at least for now, however, she achieves; she goes her own way. In a sense then, both rulers are father figures, who through their choices “beget” the child who is destined. Perhaps this too the Knowing Ones knew, and for this reason Auberon never could have budged, never could have changed his mind in regard to his purpose in the long and winding story of his life. Something is ending, but something is also beginning. A good ruler is responsible for the flourishing of their realm, for providing hope. It is Ciri’s role to be the beginning and the end, and though there might be ways in which to nudge the hand of Fate, whatever is destined must happen. Destiny, however accursed, must run its course.
That is the hope and the release.
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2023.03.26 13:08 RevolutionaryBar6456 Ice cream machine procedure - Cuisinart ICE-100

I bought this machine with compressor which works really good.
I have 2 questions for the more experienced users:
  1. Most of the recipes tell to decrease the temperature of the base before putting it in the machine. Is this procedure only for the "pre-refrigerated machines" or for this model I can put in the base because it has a compressor and will chill the ice cream mixture (even hot)?
  2. I found that when the ice cream is ready in the machine (increased in volume, soft), it is too soft to eat. And it is better to put it in the freezer for at least 1h before eating. Or should I continue with it in the machine?
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2023.03.26 12:58 Fuzzy_Setting3623 Ivy day….THE DAY OF THE IVIES…. POISON IVY IN YALLS SOULS

Hi. Ivy day is near. Almost time to find out wether you were applying for nought or not. I hope the ivies don’t turn out to be poisonous in their replies. Everybody please eat ice cream. Also prepare some anti-Ivy sting cream. I am high.
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2023.03.26 12:41 ClassicRun5380 Have you ever met someone who completely changed your life for the better?

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
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2023.03.26 12:35 madazzahatter Two popular local snacks have joined forces to create an exclusive, limited-edition ice cream pint. Mauna Loa, known for its macadamia products, said they are collaborating with the sherbert boutique Asato Family Shop to make one sweet and savory treat.

Two popular local snacks have joined forces to create an exclusive, limited-edition ice cream pint. Mauna Loa, known for its macadamia products, said they are collaborating with the sherbert boutique Asato Family Shop to make one sweet and savory treat. submitted by madazzahatter to LocalKineGrindz [link] [comments]

2023.03.26 12:24 jonathanaahar tried root beer for the first time and now i am hooked!

tried root beer for the first time and now i am hooked!
root beer is super rare where i am at, and I'm really happy that i came across this drink (was the last can in the store). have some really nice kick to it.
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2023.03.26 12:15 Grocery-Super DC Motor Speed Control Potentiometer

DC Motor Speed Control Potentiometer

Overview of potentiometer and speed of DC motor

DC (direct current) motors are essential components in many industries and applications, ranging from small household appliances to large industrial machinery. In most cases, it is crucial to control the speed of the motor according to the requirements of the task. This is where the DC motor speed control potentiometer comes into play. A potentiometer is an electrical component that can be used to vary the voltage applied to the motor, thereby controlling its speed.
Install a potentiometer to change the speed of the DC motor
🔺 The speed of a DC motor can be determined by the following equation:
N = K(V – IaRa)/ø
Where N is the speed of the motor, K is a constant, V is the voltage applied to the motor, Ia is the current flowing through the armature, Ra is the resistance of the armature, and ø is the flux of the motor. As per this equation, there are three ways to control the speed of a DC motor: by varying the magnetic flux and current through the field coil, by varying the armature voltage and armature resistance, and by varying the supply voltage.
🔺 When it comes to method 2 and 3, a potentiometer can be used to control the armature voltage and supply voltage, respectively.
  • In method 2, the potentiometer is connected in series with the armature circuit, and by varying the position of the potentiometer wiper, the voltage applied to the armature can be varied. This, in turn, varies the speed of the motor. The potentiometer acts as a variable resistor, and its resistance can be varied by changing the position of the wiper. This changes the voltage drop across the armature and, therefore, the motor speed.
  • In method 3, the potentiometer is connected in series with the supply voltage. By varying the position of the wiper, the voltage applied to the motor can be varied, which changes the motor speed. In this case, the potentiometer acts as a voltage divider, and its position determines the voltage that reaches the motor.
The DC motor speed control potentiometer is a simple and effective way to control the speed of a motor. It is easy to install and use, and it allows for precise control over the motor's speed. However, it is essential to use the right type of potentiometer for the application. The potentiometer's power rating should be high enough to handle the current flowing through the circuit, and it should be designed for use with DC circuits.
The DC motor speed control potentiometer is an essential component in many applications where precise motor speed control is required. It offers a simple and effective way to vary the voltage applied to the motor, which, in turn, changes its speed. Whether used in method 2 or method 3, the potentiometer is a versatile device that can help optimize the performance of DC motors.
Learn more: Variable Speeds For DC Motors

Example: How to change speed of dc motor using potentiometer?

🔺Problem: I want to change the speed of a DC motor(12V,2000RPM) using a pot and operate a table fan(where I've replaced its AC motor with DC).Now the problem is I get a regulated output at o/p of 7812 but not after connecting the pot(10k)! Need ua help guys! Thanks!
🔺The answer:To use your 10K pot you can use it for R2 and change R1 to 1.2K ohms. It will not work correctly without the fan connected because the load current will be too low for the LM317 to regulate.
DC Motor Speed Control Potentiometer
Adjustment range (with fan connected) should be 1.25 to around 12V, assuming at least 14V in. Check it doesn't get too hot- you might have to add a heatsink or bolt it to something- at least you have a fan to cool it.

DC Motor Speed Control Potentiometer for sale

If you are looking to buy a DC motor speed control potentiometer, there are several options available on e-commerce markets. These potentiometers come in various shapes, sizes, and power ratings, and choosing the right one for your application is essential. It is recommended to consider the specifications of the potentiometer carefully before making a purchase, such as its power rating, resistance range, and type of construction. You should also ensure that the potentiometer is designed for use with DC circuits, as using an AC potentiometer with a DC motor can result in damage to the motor or the potentiometer itself.
It is also important to buy a potentiometer from a reputable seller, who can provide you with accurate product information and after-sale support if needed. Before making a purchase, you can read reviews from other customers who have used the product, and check the seller's rating and feedback to ensure a smooth and reliable buying experience. By choosing the right potentiometer and seller, you can ensure that your DC motor runs smoothly and efficiently, with precise control over its speed.
🔺List of DC Motor Speed Control Potentiometer for sale:
1/ 10A 5V-16-12V DC Motor Speed Control Potentiometer Governor PWM Switch Module ($3.18)
2/ DC 6 to 12 V 24 V 28VDC 3A 80 W PWM motor speed control Lehr regulator Adjustable Variable speed control potentiometer ON / OFF
3/ diymore DC Motor Speed Controller DC 6/12/24/28V 3A PWM DC Motor Speed Governor Adjustable Potentiometer with Flat Cable ($1.13)
4/ DC Motor Speed Control Potentiometer Governor PWM Speed Regulation Board LED Dimming 10A 5V High Linearity Band Switch Module ($0.89)
5/ L0371 DC 6V-30V 80W 10A DC Motor Speed Controller Adjustable PWM Speed Regulator with Control Switch Potentiometer Reversible ($1.38)
6/ Adjustable DC Motor Speed Controller DC 12V-40V 400W 10A Potentiometer PWM Motor Controller Module 13kHz 24V 36V CCMHC CCMHCW ($1.55)
7/ PWM DC Motor Speed Controller, 12V/24V/36V Regulator Potentiometer Overload Protector Motor Speed Control Board 15A ($11.06)
8/ PWM DC Motor Speed Controller, DC 10-55V/60A, LED Display Stepless DC Motor Speed Controller with Adjustable Potentiometer and Forward-Brake-Reverse Switch ($20)
9/ DC Motor Speed Controller, 6-60V 12V 24V 36V 48V 30A PWM DC Digital Display PWM Motor Speed Controller Start Stop Switch with Speed Control Potentiometer ($13)
10/ DC Motor Speed Control Switch, High Power Replaceable Digital Display DC Motor Speed Controller 15KHZ Adaptable 60A with Potentiometer for Power Supply ($14)
11/ DC Motor Speed Controller 30A Stepless Ajustable Potentiometer Motor Speed Control Switch Aluminum Alloy Safe Material ($15)
12/ DC Motor Speed Control Potentiometer from dealers and production facilities ($0.45 to Max).
🔺Good books on DC induction motors and generators:
🌀 Classical Electronics: 👉 Application of Back EMF conversion in DC motors and AC generators to generate generators (create a self-powered, free-energy generator)
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2023.03.26 12:05 JunosJunkbox Danganronpa: Sector 94 Team Recruitment

Hello! You may have seen DR: S94 around here whether it's sprites, bio cards, or splash art for Miho (Protagonist/Ultimate Architect) and Tomoko (Ultimate Ice Sculptor) from my lovely director u/justmybusiness, we’re here to announce our team recruitment!
We’re looking for everything under the sun– Assistant Directors, Writers, Artists, Music Producers, Voice Actors, etc. More positions and details in the CCC.
Story: Set 13 years later after the events of the worldwide disaster of “The Tragedy” happened. Our protagonist, Miho Yasuda the Ultimate Architect, after receiving an invitation to the annual party of the “Ultimate Liberation”, an event held to celebrate the Ultimates and the liberation from despair, he finds himself in amazing theatre surrounded by thousands of other ultimates and even more people. Everything seemed alright until the building was attacked by mysterious people, and our protagonist suddenly passed out, making himself one of the victims for the upcoming…killing game.
Setting: Abandoned Building
Theme: What’s Right? What’s Wrong?
Availability: Project’s Discord Server
Proof: Character Bios 1 and 2, Casting Call Link
As for our progress, all the Characters’ Splash Art are being worked on, the story’s outline is being finalized, and our teaser trailer is in the works! If you have any questions, you may refer them in the #questions channel in the project’s discord server. We hope to see you there! :D
P.S: There’s a discord exclusive extra line that’s not in the CCC for the VA auditions– though it’s not going to give you extra brownie points it’s a good addition to get a better feel
♡ signed, azie (co-director of sector 94)
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2023.03.26 12:01 TheBigSomers Will a AOC 22B2HN 21.5” 75Hz monitor look good vertically next to a horizontal Acer VA271A 27” 250nits monitor? I’m Building a setup and want to know if it’ll work and look good. Thanks! (And sorry for bad quality)

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2023.03.26 11:58 No-Produce-1942 If you could only eat one flavor of ice cream for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If you could choose any historical event to witness firsthand, what would it be and why?
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2023.03.26 11:56 Musique111 Right after an ice cream :)

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2023.03.26 11:41 Economy-Conclusion22 I think I have a problem

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2023.03.26 11:33 Legitimate_Subject82 Moreton Island Icecream

Very specific question, but does anyone know what brand of ice cream they sell in the little cafe across from the visitor centre / bar / beach cafe?
My friend loves it and would love to surprise her with it if possible.
Thank you!
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2023.03.26 11:25 HappenedForReal Ice cream twins

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2023.03.26 11:21 prisongovernor Thanks I hate this ice cream flavour

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2023.03.26 11:06 KEH_9289 Hes (m23) pulling away after sex even after assuring me (f24) he wouldn’t, why isnt he ending it?

I’ve (f24) been talking to this guy (m23) for about a month. We would talk on the phone daily and have intense contact everyday. We didnt meet until after about 2.5 weeks which I thought was a bit strange, even though I initiated meeting before that aswell.
Our first date was a bit strange, he said we would go have dinner but we just got ice cream. After that we went to his place and he tried to have sex with me. I was clear with that I wasnt going to do that on the first date. He said he would never force anything.
When I came home I just felt like something was off. But he texted me asking if I was okay and I reassured him, but also saying that I like him and im looking for something serious, if he’s not doing the same maybe we shouldn’t continue talking. He made it very clear that having sex soon is absolutely not something that changes his views on the girl, he still wants to get to know me and continue talking and would never pressure me to do anything and encouraged me to always speak up if I felt some type of way. Our contact remained the same and he was very loving very day, it almost started to feel like a relationship. We went on 2 more dates and on the third one we ended up having sex. I still felt like it was to early for me personally but it just happened and I felt right in the moment.
Immediately after I could feel the shift. He was cold and started hinting that its time to go home. The next day texting was minimal and no call, even though we used to everyday. I called him later in the evening asking if hes alright and he got annoyed that I asked, saying he just got a lot with work and ended the call quickly. The day after that was the same and I called again, know being more honest saying that I felt something has been off since we had sex.
He didnt answer my question, just asking what I needed to stop feeling this way. I told him I dont want to force him to do anything but I would appreciate if he told me when he was feeling off bc work or other stuff, so I know its not me. He became angry, asking why I was so insecure and needing so much from him. He said that he needs to remind me that hes not my man. And that he dont want to go through stuff like this again and that he never has had any issues before in a talking stage. He said that me being in 2 relationships before, I should know better. After that he didnt want to talk and ended the call quick.
The next day (this was yesterday) he called me and I got hopeful. But he acted like nothing happened and we had a awkward call, I was asking all the questions and he eneded he call quickly aswell.
I feel heartbroken, this man really reassured me that he wouldn’t do something like this. I feel really naive but also angry, since I made it very clear about what I want. But I don’t understand why he doesn’t end contact with me? Is he just stringing me along to make me be the one that ends it?
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2023.03.26 10:56 Albatross1991 What is the secret to a decent cream cheese frosting?

I've had numerous disasters in the past where it turns to liquid and no matter how much icing sugar you add it just gets worse.
Having googled this, I discovered that (apparently) when icing sugar and cream cheese mix, some sort of chemical reaction happens which causes the cream cheese to liquify. (Not sure how much truth/fact there is to this!)
Since then I've tried different methods, making buttercream first and adding the cream cheese slowly, whipping the cream cheese with the butter and slowly stirring the sugar in, but I'm never really satisfied and it's always softer than I'd like.
Has anybody experienced this before as well? Any tips would gratefully received!
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2023.03.26 10:50 zefirchique MMR vaccine side effects (adult)

Male, 28 years old.
Exactly 14 days ago, I decided to get the measles vaccine due to an increase in cases in the country where I live and frequent contact with children.
I was vaccinated as a child and did not check the antibody titer, I just decided to get vaccinated. I was given the MMRVaxPro vaccine.
3-4 days ago, my lymph nodes began to swell on my neck, on the sides, and even on the back of my head. Something has also inflamed on the cheeks right in front of the ears (I don’t know what it is, lymph nodes or salivary glands).
Today a pink rash appeared on the chest, shoulders and back, it seems also on the face and a little on the arms.
Although the doctor warned that after some time a rash may appear, it is still strange to me that this happened after 2 weeks.
I have also had a sore throat for several days, today it became worse and I saw that the tonsils are quite inflamed, there are small plaques, a coating appeared on the tongue. I don't know if it could be related to the vaccine or if it's a consequence of a kilo of ice cream.
Please tell me, do such symptoms fit into the normal picture after vaccination with MMRVaxPro?
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