After teasing a second playable character for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at The Game Awards 2014, CD Projekt Red have announced who it is: Ciri, the Lion Cub of Cintra.
"In the sea of blood, the key to salvation lies in a single drop. Cirilla Fiona Ellen Riannon, the ashen-haired girl from the prophecy, and apprentice of Geralt of Rivia," reads CD Projekt Red's biography of the character.
"Ciri is a young witcheress trained by Geralt in Kaer Morhen, or Wolf School, who possesses mystical powers key to understanding and stopping the Wild Hunt, the cavalcade of ghastly riders which pursues both her and Geralt. The twists of fate have separated and reunited Geralt and Ciri several times over the years and Geralt continues to search for the girl to this day."
Ciri is new to The Witcher games, but has appeared in the books upon which the game series is based. CD Projekt Red describe her as a fast and agile fighter with a Blink ability (as seen in the Elder Blood trailer), as well as a dormant, mythical power that will be revealed at a later date.
Additionally, the developers said that while Ciri is playable and brings a new element to the game, The Witcher 3 is still primarily Geralt's story.
"Adding Ciri as a playable character unlocks quite a few narrative possibilities for the team, though while Ciri is a major character, she is not a playable character in the same way as Geralt -- the game is still about him, his story and how you, as the player, choose to face the choices and encounters in front of you," reads CD Project Red's press release.