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Lara Dorren aep Shiadhal
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Aen Saevherne
Special abilities
Elder blood gene
Physical Description
Eye color
Hair color
Light blond
Shiadhal (mother)
Auberon Muircetach (father)
Cregennan of Lod (lover)
Riannon (daughter)

Lara Dorren aep Shiadhal was an elven sorceress from the Aen Elle tribe and a noted Aen Saevherne. The daughter of Shiadhal fell in love with the mighty human mage, Cregennan of Lod, but their union proved highly controversial for both races. Lara Dorren was originally intended to marry Avallac'h.

After Cragennan died, Lara gave birth to their daughter, but died during childbirth, orphaning the child. Cerro, the queen of Redania at the time, adopted the half-elf girl and named her Riannon.

Lara's descendants, including Ciri, are regarded as special, for their magical gifts are considered to be very strong since they carry Hen Ichaer; Elder Blood.

In The Witcher computer game[]

During the game, Geralt can read two books, Lara's Gift and The Story of Lara Dorren and Cragen of Lod, which tell the elves' and the humans' versions of the lovers' tale.

Yaevinn says:

Lara Dorren aep Shiadhal was an elven sorceress, called Aen Saevherne, a Knowing One. She carried Hen Ichaer, Elder Blood, which puzzles even us elves. As fate would have it, Lara fell in love with a human sorcerer, Cregenan of Lod. Other humans could not bear it and began persecuting them. No pleas would soften the stone hearts of the cruel and merciless dh'oine. When Lara, begging for her unborn child, grabbed the door of the royal carriage, a man-at-arms lashed out with his cutlass, chopping her fingers off. When the nighttime frosts came, Lara languished on a forest hill. She gave birth to a daughter whom she protected with what warmth remained in her waning body. Though through the night a blizzard had raged, spring suddenly appeared on that hill and feainnewedd bloomed. To this day those flowers grow only in Dol Blathanna and on the land where Lara breathed her last. You must understand the importance of her artifacts. She was exceptional to us, someone whose loss defies words, no matter the language...
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It is suggested that Alvin might be a descendant of Lara Dorren.

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  1. Although her father (as it is hinted in the novel The Lady of the Lake) was Auberon Muircetach - Aen Elle elf - nothing is known about Lara's mother - Shiadhal.