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Kingslayer: The First Assassin



King Esterad Thyssen of Kovir and Poviss was initially Letho's first target, but this never came to be as the kingslayers came into contact with Síle de Tansarville, who contracted Letho with assassinating King Demavend and helped to organize it. Thus, in 1271, Letho snuck onboard Demavend's ship out on the Pontar and, using a Northern Wind-based capsule, froze most of the ship and nearly everyone on board except a handful that were protected by Abelard's counter spell. However, this wasn't enough and all the guards fell to Letho's blade before he rounded on the king and killed him, then cut off his head for proof. Per de Tansarville's suggestion, Letho subsequently sought out Iorveth with the head in tow; yet, instead of merely using the Scoia'tael in order to lie low after the killing as Síle had envisaged, Letho also secured an alliance between the kingslayers and the Scoia'tael, whereby the latter would help Letho and his comrades to kill the kings of the North in whatever way they could.




Kingslayer: The First Assassin



Because of the kingslayers' first attempt on King Foltest's life having failed due to Geralt being there at the time of the attack and the would-be assassin's death, Letho planned a second attempt on the Temerian monarch's life with Iorveth, while being out of Síle's or anyone else's reach. Aware of the imminent siege at La Valette Castle, Letho decided to pose as a monk guarding over the king's children - a disguise which he enacted by framing himself as a helpless monk being tortured and then killing the person who treated him to keep the secret. Foltest, after successfully taking over the castle, appeared with Geralt, now acting as a bodyguard, at which point the king asked for Geralt to give him and the children some space. With his back turned, Geralt heard the attack too late as Letho revealed himself just after he killed Foltest and fled out a window to escape with Scoia'tael assistance, leaving Geralt to be wrongly accused of regicide. Shortly after this assassination, Letho attempted to betray Iorveth by turning one of his lieutenants against him. However, the elf refused, so Letho killed his entire unit to cover his tracks and left Ciaran to be captured by Flotsam's guards.


After arriving in Vergen, Letho abandoned Triss and regrouped with Serrit and Auckes in their hideout. Knowing that the Scoia'tael in the area would soon become aware of his betrayal, Letho and his two comrades massacred them, leaving only one survivor. Upon hearing about the upcoming summit at Loc Muinne, Letho headed there, entrusting Serrit and Auckes with assassinating Henselt.


Having succeeded in tearing the North apart, Letho learned afterwards that it was all for naught, with Emperor Emhyr not only going back on his word to restore the School of the Viper but, as Letho was now a living witness to the emperor's plans, the witcher was a liability and assassins were sent after him. With a high price on his head and bounty hunters chasing him everywhere, Letho traveled around, not staying anywhere too long, before he dropped in at the abandoned Reardon Manor in Velen in 1272. Coincidentally, Geralt was in the area as well on unrelated business.


The Mysterious assassin is the first kingslayer; the one who tried unsuccessfully to slay King Foltest. He attempted during the ending of the original game. Geralt, who was in the process of receiving his reward for destroying Salamandra and removing Jacques de Aldersberg, stopped and killed him. There was no hint or clue as to his true identity, except that he was possibly a witcher. During the final confrontation with Letho, he talked about two other witchers, which may or may not be alive and on the Path. But he never mentioned this assassin in particular.


In the prologue, Geralt can talk about him with Triss (autopsy results) and a Temerian Recruit (from where he came), the soldier is near Crinfrid Reavers. Before entering the battle tower, after conversation with Shilard Fitz-Oesterlen, Foltest asks Geralt about him. Later, in Epilogue, when your memory recovers, you see the King of The Wild Hunt, Yennefer, Geralt, Letho and three witchers (Serrit, Auckes and maybe this assassin).


KingslayersInformationVariation(s)Assassins of KingsPurposeAssassinate the Northern Realm's kingsStatusDisbandedLeader(s)Letho of Gulet (de facto)Notable Member(s)SerritAuckesMysterious assassinAffiliation(s)Nilfgaardian EmpireAppearance(s)GamesThe WitcherThe Witcher 2: Assassins of KingsThe Kingslayers, also known as Assassins of Kings, were an organization made up of a handful of witchers from the School of the Viper in the service of Nilfgaardian Imperator Emhyr var Emreis. The organization's task was to spread chaos in the kingdoms of the North by killing kings with Letho of Gulet as the leader.


The group was once saved by Geralt, and Geralt learns he turned over Yennefer of Vengerberg to their care. They eventually made their way into Nilfgaard, where they were given a mission by Vattier de Rideaux and the Imperator Emhyr var Emreis, to destabilize the Northern Kingdoms by assassinating monarchs. In exchange, the Emperor promised to rebuild their witcher school. Letho agreed, gathered his comrades and the witchers arrived in a North.[1]


Originally Letho planned Esterad Thyssen, king of Kovir and Poviss, to be the first victim but before he could progress to slay him, he was hired by Síle de Tansarville and Philippa Eilhart to assassinate Aedirnian King Demavend III. At the same time, another kingslayer approached Vizima to assault Foltest, king of Temeria.[1]


On September 1270, a masked kingslayer sneaked to Royal Palace in Vizima and attempted to kill Foltest but monarch was defended by Geralt. The assassin was very skilled and fought using two swords. The battle was pitched and the outcome did not seem at all certain, but at the last moment, Geralt threw his recently acquired coin purse. This ploy startles the assailant sufficiently to allow Geralt an unparried blow. In the aftermath, both Geralt and King Foltest looked closely at the man's face which has now been unmasked. Inexplicably, the man appears to have the same eye mutation as Geralt.[2]


Letho then sent two witchers, Serrit and Auckes, to assassinate King Henselt, hoping to further pin the murders on the sorceresses as well. They prepared for some time but were ultimately unsuccessful. Auckes was killed by Geralt while Serrit narrowly escaped.[1]


As a result of their actions, at least two kings were murdered leaving Aedirn and Temeria in turmoils over a succession. During the Summit at Loc Muinne, mages, Lodge of Sorceresses in particular, were framed as the ones who hired "the mysterious assassins" and soon after witch hunts ensued.[1]


King Esterad Thyssen of Kovir and Poviss was initially Letho's first target, but his assassination did not occur as the regicides stumbled upon Sheala de Tansarville, who had Letho assassinate King Demavend. So in 1271, Letho boarded Demavend's ship on Pontar and, using a pod based on the north wind, froze most of the ship and almost everyone on board, except for a handful that were protected by Abelard's magic. However, it wasn't enough and all the guards fell to Letho's blade before he pounced on the king and killed him, then beheaded him as proof. At de Tansarville's suggestion, Letho then sought out Iorveth; however, rather than simply using the Scoia'tael to lay low after the kill as Sheala had predicted, Letho also ensured an alliance between the regicides and the Scoia'tael, whereby the latter helped Letho and his companions kill the kings of the North in any way they could.


Since the regicides' first attempt on King Foltest failed due to Geralt's presence at the time of the attack and the would-be assassin's death, Letho planned a second attempt on the life of the Temerian monarch with Iorveth, out of Sheala's influence or within the reach of anyone else. Aware of the imminent siege of La Valette Castle, Letho decided to pose as a monk guarding the king's children - a disguise he acted out as a defenseless monk who is tortured and then kills the person who took him to Solitude to keep the secret. Foltest, having successfully taken over the castle, appeared with Geralt, now acting as a bodyguard, and then asked the witcher to give him and the children some space. With his back turned, Geralt heard the attack too late as Letho revealed himself right after he killed Foltest and escaped through a window to escape with the help of the Scoia'tael, leaving Geralt wrongly accused of regicide. Shortly after this assassination, Letho tried to betray Iorveth by turning one of his commandos against him. However, his leader refused, so Letho killed his entire unit to cover his tracks and left Ciaran to be captured by the Flotsam guards.


During a presidential debate, Kingslayer's assassination attempt on J. Wilbur Wolfingham was interrupted by Steve Trevor and Superman and he was incapacitated by A.R.G.U.S. technology. Kingslayer briefly escaped by falling onto the stage, breaking his leg. Superman realized that the audience was the true target, not Wolfingham. He planned to cause a panic forcing the spectators to rush through exit doors armed with explosives and triggered to blow with the sudden movement. Trevor and Superman recognized the threat and stopped Kingslayer.[1]


Aral Kingslayer was an assassin once upon a time, perhaps the best in the world, one of the fabled Blades of Namara, goddess of Justice. With his familiar, a living shadow named Triss, at his side, he killed for a cause, never for money. Life was hard but good.


Elsewhere, Robert swaps old war stories with Ser Barristan Selmy, a distinguished and famous knight and commander of the Kingsguard. Jaime is called in to join them. He tells them that the first man he killed was an outlaw from the Kingswood Brotherhood, and, as he took off the man's head, there were no last words. Disappointed in not being able to mock him, Robert realizes that he never asked Jaime what King Aerys Targaryen's last words were, then taunts Jaime for killing a defenseless old man he had sworn to protect. Jaime tersely responds that the last thing the Mad King said was the same thing he'd been raving for hours, since the sack of the capital by the rebels began: "Burn them all!" This silences Robert's levity.[8] 041b061a72


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