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Esterad Thyssen
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Esterad Thyssen image from his Gwent card
King of Kovir, Poviss, Narok, Velhad and Talgar
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Lan Exeter / Pont Vanis
Physical Description
Hair color
House of Thyssen
Blanka of Malleore (mother)
Baldwin Thyssen (father)
Zuleyka (wife)
Gaudemunda (daughter)
Heloiza (daughter)
Tankred (son)
Demavend (second cousin)

Esterad Thyssen (born 1211) was the king of Kovir, Poviss, Narok, Velhad and Talgar during the second war with Nilfgaard. He was the son of Baldwin and Blanka of Malleore. He was tall, strong and good-looking. In later life, he was said to look a mere 45 when he was in fact 56 years old.

Esterad (and his father, Baldwin before him), lived through a very difficult period for Kovir and the House of Thyssen in particular. The first of several bloody power struggles occurred with the secession of Poviss, when king Rhyd declared himself autonomous. He gained independence as did the East March (which later split into several duchies and kingdoms, only to finally unite as the so-called "Hengfors League"). But the worst was yet to come - there was a revolt and Baldwin lost control of his crown to Idi, and for the first time in the history of the house, the Thyssens were forced to flee. During the escape of King Baldwin died suddenly, probably due to brain aneurysm.

Because of this, Esterad spent most of his youth in exile in Talgar.

But he did not bide his time unproductively. Esterad considered various plans, gathered his strength, gained adherents, including forging secret pacts and alliances. Finally, he struck back and decisively. One night, known ever since as the "Night of Knives and Torches", Idi, Rhyd and their entire families were killed. The Thyssen dynasty was restored.

Although Kovir was officially neutral, Esterad helped the Northern forces, by granting royal pardon to the prisoners in his kingdom, many of which later formed the Free Company led by "Adieu" Pangratt.

He met his future wife and queen, Zuleyka, while in exile. Their children (in birth order) are: Gaudemunda, Heloiza and Tankred.

He was killed on the stairs of his own palace by assassins, choosing to stay and protect Zuleyka instead of fleeing.

the Thyssen coat of arms