Having gotten through Witcher 3 a couple of times, I am curious about something that I don't think is really described in the story. By which I mean in the game - I haven't read the books, although I would gladly accept an answer based on them.
There is a part where Geralt talks to Johnny the Godling in Crookback Bog (and Johny uses gestures to answer, since he lost his voice). In this conversation Geralt asks Johnny: "Doesn't it bother you, having monsters for neighbors?" To which Johnny points at himself, and does a scary monster move - implying that he's just as scary as any of them.
What confuses me is that Johnny is a monster in name, but seems like a very different sort of creature from drowners and hags in Crookback Bog. He's kind, intelligent, has a sense of humor - in other words, not exactly a monster like the rest of them. And he certainly does not go around murdering people.
So my question is - what monster qualities does this gesture imply? What exactly are the powers godlings possess that would make drowners and hags scared of them?
There is a part in the game where a succubus expresses some degree of anger with witchers for killing monsters, so that gives some credence to the idea that monsters may not like to attack each other - in which case the gesture can mean that he too is technically a monster, and is therefore not subject to attack. But A. if that were true, Geralt would know it, and wouldn't have asked the question to begin with, and B. succubi and godlings are similar in being intelligent and not innately violent. I don't think that says a lot about whom monsters like drowners do or don't attack.
There is also a part where a godling gives bad dreams to a sleeping person. However, that, while certainly a power, wouldn't really prevent a godling from being killed by some drowner.
Godlings are supposedly inspired by the Slavic domovoy spirit - which possesses different powers, depending on whom you ask. But A. a domovoy is a house spirit, and wouldn't live in a swamp, and B. I'm curious whether the there is any Witcher-specific word on what monster-like qualities godlings possess.