When Yennefer first comes to Arteuza to study magic, she attempts suicide by cutting her wrists from a broken mirror with a shard. One would think being taken away from a pig farm where you were physically and emotionally abused would be a relief, but Yennefer demonstrates how sometimes the unknown can be even more frightening than the monster you know. She shows us the pain of her loneliness and her yearning for understanding and kindness.
It is clear that Tissaia, one of the fiercest characters in “The Witcher,” resents Yennefer’s attempt at taking her own life, thinking her weak for attempting suicide. Despite how tough Tissaia is on Yennefer, she comes to admire Tissaia, wanting to please her and even looking to Tissaia as a mother figure. We repeatedly see this theme through the series from many different characters, many of whom long for family and a sense of place. Yennefer, like Geralt and Ciri, is alone in the world, both blessed and cursed with magical power.
If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).