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Radovid V, The Stern is a Character/NPC in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. He is the King of Redania and son of Vizimir II, The Just. His early years forged him into a strong and unforgiving monarch, a characteristic that earned him the moniker "The Stern".
"It did not take long for King Radovid of Redania to prove himself a hard and ruthless ruler. one fully deserving to be styled "the Stern." His father, King Vizimir, was murdered when Radovid was quite young, and his mother, Hedwig of Malleore, and a Regency Council ruled in his stead.
Young Radovid soon seized power in his own right. however. and wrought vengeance on those who had treated him with disrespect. He took to forcing all his potential political opponents to swear allegiance - or face death.
He waged war not only against Nilfgaard, but also against mages. whom he saw as the root of all evil. Radovid also made every effort to gain control over the Free City of Novigrad. whose fleet and treasury could tip the scales of the ongoing conflict towards Radovid's victory.
Geralt's meeting with Radovid confirmed the rumors circling around the king's mental state. The Redanian king was a dangerous madman trapped in his own world of disturbing visions. This did not make him one jot less intelligent or cunning, however.
Despite his mental afflictions, the young king was manipulating his opponents like an adroit puppet master.
Radovid bumed with particularly intense hostility (first kindled in his earliest childhood days) for the sorceress Philippa Eilhart. Rumors spoke of how he had prepared a special torture regimen just for her - and while the two dozen points they mentioned were surely an exaggeration, they accurately conveyed the general scale of his hatred."
- Where is this person located?
- When his father, Vizimir II, was assassinated, Radovid was only 13 years old. His mother, unable to control the aristocracy, was forced to suffer numerous humiliations as the nobles - often backed by the Nilfgaardian Empire no less - divided the country as it served their goals. Little did they know that Radovid would not forget, nor forgive. When he came of age and sat upon his father's throne he exercised his Justice on the treacherous nobles, killing many of them in the process. During his rule his country has enjoyed prosperity and though one would believe that a king whose austerity had its roots in early-age trauma would be a damaged man, Radovid has demonstrated intelligence, charisma and cunning that few Northern monrachs can match.