- President or beggar what's the difference? One negro less.
- Did you see that little black whore? I like his kind best. Killing them is like pulling weeds - strangely relaxing.
- Yet race is the very reason we fight. We have white skin, yours are black. We are few yet long lived, your kind multiplies like vermin though thankfully expires quickly.
- Sooner or later Arabs will kill off all others, all Jews and Westerners, then they'll start murdering one another. Your kind knows no other ways, it's in your genes. You'll keep killing each other until only one remains - the strongest among you. A thousand years from now a dim witted Arab barbarian will climb to the top of the pile of bones, sit down and proclaim, I win.
- I: You're the most noble black person I know Gwynbleid.
G: I'm not black.
I: I'm glad you reminded me. My hatred towards the race abated for a moment.
While both Roche and Iorveth has done questionable deeds in the past, Roche is not a racist. He'll kill everybody that threatens his homeland regardless of race.
Roche is a tool. He is as good as the King he serves. Put it this way - when Saskia rules, she will need people like Roche, who unquestioningly follows her simply out of loyalty to the concept of "nation/state" or patriotism. Loyalty is Roche's strongest personality trait, one that I think is commendable.
Iorveth on the other hand.. Well, as I see it the only thing that's good about him is that he has self awareness. But even that requires Geralt to directly confront him.
I also note the hypocritical way Iorveth sees the world.. as if the whole world owes him something - like an emo. When raiding the prison barge with a ruse, he himself mentioned that he made the lives of humans living in Flotsam a living hell. When Loredo burned the elf women, he became bitter and went on in another grandiose racist tirade because the humans will not risk their life to save them. Bear in mind that not everyone has Geralt's strength and agility. Ask youself, will you willingly risk your life to save a stranger? Will you condemn those who stand by, waiting for the firemen as a fire consumes a building? Risking your neck will be heroic, but it is by no means an obligation. The life of those outside of the fire are just as valuable as those who are trapped inside. And this racist tirade happens immediately after Iorveth himself condemned the very same women to death (WTF?). I'm also pretty sure that Iorveth and his S'coiatel will not risk their lives to save human women in the burned building (one d'hoine less, eh?). He acts like a victim even though he is an agressor.
I find it very unconvincing that a racist like him will suddenly fight for 'equality'. When I asked him about his goals, he used grandiose statements like "a place where an elf can go to a human inn and humans can enter the forest without fear" - all the while killing and raiding humans who wandered too deeply in the forest, thus creating the fear in the first place. Never mind the fact that nonhumans can go to the inn in Flotsam. I feel his support for such an ideal to be forced and unnatural, a contradiction.
I haven't read the books, but based on playing TW1, I also cannot believe that Zoltan will ask for Geralt to help the S'coiatel storm the prisoner barge. It seems contradictory to what I know about him. This all seem enforced and out of place. Asked Geralt to help him free the prisoners himself maybe, but to associate himself with S'coiatel - and Iorveth at that?
Many people in the forum see Iorveth as a freedom fighter. I do not think he is. I will be frank. He's not a freedom fighter. He is not Nelson Mandela. He's no Martin Luther King Jr.
Nelson Mandela fought a guerilla war against an apartheid state. His fight also killed innocents. Nelson Mandela, however, is not a racist. You cannot imagine Iorveth happily encouraging the elves to partake in human tradition, like Mandela did with Springboks. Nelson Mandela will recognize an elected white president - can you imagine Iorveth and the S'coiatel bowing his head to a d'hoine King? Iorveth and his racial supremacy tendencies?
If it were not for his support for Saskia - what is redeeming about Iorveth? I'm convinced that were Saskia a d'hoine, not a dragon, he'll look down on her like the rest.
However, I cannot put aside the fact that Iorveth fought alongside Saskia for equality of the races. Whatever the reason - boner for the dragoness or otherwise - he helped created a state that strives for equality before the law. Were it not for Iorveth - if the choice is between Saskia and Roche, then the choice is clear. The fact that I despise Iorveth makes choosing between the two paths all the more dilemmatic.
As much as I disliked Iorveth, I think a more neutral path will be Geralt refusing to be involved in local politics and went with Iorveth to Vergen directly. I am saddened by the fact that I cannot remain neutral in either Kaedwen or Vergen. I am also disappointed that neutral dialogue options with Iorveth are too few. I am, however, immensely satisfied that I can leave the regular son of a whore to die.
Kudos for CDPR for crafting a RPG story that forced me to think on every decision.