FAQs: Blond hair!!! Black face paint!!! Blue eyes!!! Huge scar!!! Why does Ciri look like this?
Let's Take A Look At My Blue Eyed Blond Ciri and Why I Made Her Look That Way...
Many things amaze me about the questions, comments, whispers, messages, exclamations, accusations, emails, and other forms of contact I have received since starting The Avallac'h Playthrough May 13, 2018.
One of the things that baffles me, is how outraged Ciri fans get over the fact that in my game Ciri has blue eyes and blond hair.
Ever since the addition of a blue eyed, blond Ciri in my game, I have seen a dramatic increase of Ciri fans accusing me of hating Ciri, simply because I changed her eyes from green to blue and her hair from white to blond.
Blond hair!!! Black face paint!!! Blue eyes!!! Huge scar!!! Why does Ciri look like this?
Let's take a look at my blue eyed blond Ciri and why I made her look that way...
White haired, green-eyed, pants wearing Ciri with a slight scar on her cheek is GAME ONLY FAN-FICTION CREATED BY THE GAME DEVELOPERS.
Novel Ciri had long blond hair that turned to dread locs, which she kept rolled in ashes (thus why people called her the ashen haired maid - it was because she rolled her braids in ashes). When her dread locks are brushed out in Chapter 5 of Lady of the Lake, we are told she bum length golden blond hair that gleamed like the sun.
In just the chapter 5 of Lady of the Lake alone, we are told Ciri has blue eyes 3 dozen times. There are nearly 200 times total in all 8 novels where her eyes are described as blue.
Ciri did not have a scar on her cheek because she didn't even have a cheek. The entire side of her face from her forehead to her throat was COMPLETELY REMOVED LEAVING NOTHING BUT BARE BONE.
Because she had no face, people ran screaming from the sight of her.
Ciri used a mixture of lard, ashes, charcoal, and fisstech, to make a black paste that she painted over her entire upper half of her face, to make it look like she was wearing a mask. This resulted in less people running from the sight of her.
Ciri abhorred wearing pants, only wore long dresses, and wouldn't have been caught dead wearing pants.
When living with Avallac'h, he made Ciri wear Lara Dorren's long silver-grey, black, lilac, and purple gowns.
Ciri was a prostitute in the novels and Avallac'h was her pimp. When Avallac'h sent Ciri to be King Auberon's whore, he had Ciri wearing thong panties, ass exposing micro-mini-skirts, thigh high stiletto boots, and topless, wearing only a lace scarf around her neck.
I changed Ciri in my game to have blond dreadlocks rolls in ashes, have a much more disfiguring scar, wear black face paint mask, and wear the black-purple-silver-lilac gowns she was described wearing in the novels.
Ciri looks like this because I don't like fan-fiction and I find myself deeply disturbed by the levels of extreme liberties and fan fiction mania the game devs took and went with Ciri.
The author created the characters a specific way because he had a specific image of them, and it's a deep disrespect to the author and mega slap in his face for the game devs to take his characters and turn them into something completely different and not even close to being like they were in the novels.
And so I'm editing Ciri (and everyone else) to remove the fan-fiction crap the game developers gave them, and revert them back to the way Andrzej Sapkowski made them.
I've almost got Ciri's face and hair the way I want it. I want to make the dreadlocks longer, because her hair was described as quite long after Avallac'h brushed the dreadlocks and ashes out of her hair.
I finally got the colour right though - golden yellow like the sun, like it was described after the ashes were washed out...
I can't imagine going 4 years without washing your hair and just continually smearing ashes into it... it makes me want to go wash my own hair just thinking about it.
Ciri in the novels was such a unclean, filthy, slob.
Even pigs keep themselves clean.
What the fuck?
Four years without bathing and grimming ashes into you hair that entire time? Just one more thing to evidence how utterly retarded Ciri is.
I think she can win the prize for the biggest retard in fiction.
I had dreadlocks for almost a decade and they required constant care and washing, more so then without dreadlocks - Andrzej Sapkowski definitely did not research caring for real dreadlocks before writing how Ciri rolled ashes in hers!
Also I want to make the scar more like it was in the novel.
I've got it much bigger now than in the vanilla game, wider, longer, more noticable, under one eye, over the other eye, across her forehead, and forcing one eye shut, and I like how it looks at lot, but it's still not exactly like what the books described.
I like it as it is, but I'm not completely satisfied with it yet, so will be working on it more later. Plus I need to make her hair hang down over the scar, covering her face, like how she brushed it trying to hide the scars.
I love the fisstech/ ashes/ lard makeup mask I've got her wearing now.
Covering her scars, her entire forehead, brushed into her hair, under the hairline, and giving her blond hair a grey overcast, same way it was described in the novels, when she tried to make it look like her scars were part of a mask and not part of her face.
I matched it near exactly to how it was described in the bounty hunter gladiator fighting rings, and it's what she was wearing on her face when she meet Avallac'h and while she lived with him in Avalon, before they moved to Tir ni Lia with King Auberon.
So I won't be doing any more work on that.
I also changed her eyes to pale blue, same as Avallac'h's, because the novels said Lara had the same eyes as Avallac'h, and because Avallac'h, King Auberon, and Eredin all described Ciri's eyes as exactly the same as Lara's.
They made her eyes green in the game, even though there are more than a dozen scenes in the novels that call her eyes "clear blue", "sky blue", "pale blue", "blue like angle wings", and "ethereal blue".
It bothered me a lot that the novels say so many times, over and over again, that Ciri has blue eyes, golden blond hair, dreadlocks, a horrifically disfiguring scars that she tried to hide by painting on a mask of ashes, and always wore long dresses refusing to wear pants; and then in the game we see her with green eyes, white hair, a tiny barely noticeable scar, no ashes face painted mask, and wearing pants.
It bothered me too how in the novels she was called "the ashen haired maid" because she rolled ashes in her dreadlocks, but then in the game she was referred to as having "ashen coloured grey hair".
There's quite a big difference between having ash grey hair and rolling ashes in your blond dreadlocks! I'm so glad I fixed it so she now has blond hair with ashes in it instead of grey/white hair.
She was such a great character in the novels, I didn't like how much they changed her in the game, so I'm making her as much like the novels as possible.
Over all, I love that I've got Ciri looking so much like she was described in the novels now.
There's not much work left to do now. Mostly just minor tweaking here and there.
*March 19, 2020 Update: And because of so many complaints (an insane, whopping 300,000+ emails) that I have too many pictures of Ciri with Avallac'h, I have just now corrected the issue, by uploading 500 additional images of Ciri, not only with Avallac'h, but with naked Avallac'h and in bed with him. And I've replaced the pictures of then clothed and hugging, with pictures of them undressed and doing other things. Lucky you! Enjoy!
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This current mod-making playthrough, is prep for a future fully-lore-friendly playthrough....
The ultimate goal of my mod making playthrough, is to make every character as lore-friendly as possible to how they were described in the novels.
Most specifically though we are transforming as much of the game as possible to match Chapter 5 of the novel Lady of the Lake, when Ciri lived with Avallac'h the first time, on The Lake of Avalon.
This current playthrough is largely a lot of test runs of hundreds of mods. It is being played open world with quests rarely happening, to allow us to run tests of various mods as I build them.
Due to the fact that the game engine, scripts, and other files is often open and being edited while I'm playing the game, this current playthrough is very unstable with bugs and glitches happening daily and game crashes happening, sometimes as often as every few minutes.
You are witnessing a live overhaul and full rewrite of the game, that when finished will be used in a complete (more normal style) playthrough of the game.
However do not expect to see the lore-friendly playthrough any time soon.
I began building this overhaul mod May 13, 2018 and have worked on it daily for 4 to 12 hours a day, all of it streamed here on Twitch, and...
...while we've now altered over 12,000 script files, more than 7,000 textures, several hundred meshes, 400+ xml files, dozens of ini files, and have now begun work on changing 3D models...
...this project is far from finished and could see as much as another 3 years of daily work before completion.
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