You've no idea how much I appreciate this piece. Better than 99% the stuff I gotta scroll past. I am near the end of Witcher 3, and have stopped to go back and play the second game just to better understand Geralt and Triss' relationship. It's really quite different in W2. I think that might be because of how they're younger (especially Geralt), and because Geralt has yet to regain all his memory. So far, I prefer how it is in W3 - for reasons I'm still trying to fathom. Triss herself is just so... capable, she really is incredibly intelligent and capable of independence, yet she's also very sociable and empathetic, for instance her interactions in the Flotsam Inn and surrounding areas with the other characters. She's capable of being playful and sexy, as she most clearly demonstrates with Geralt at the hidden bath. One of the dynamic features of her character is how she possesses both an aura of power and intimidation (I mean have you seen her literally burn the information out of a guy's balls?!), and an emotional innocence and gentle heart (at least in W3 she tries hard to not let on just how wildly enamoured she is with Geralt, and later at the water-fountain she really wants to make their long-term relationship work).
A huge credit and enduring thankfulness to Andrej Sapkowski and CDProjeckt Red for crafting such interesting and appealing characters, woven into epic stories set in an endlessly engaging fantasy world. I aspire to one day write stories and characters like this.