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Questions tagged [the-witcher]

This tag relates to "The Witcher Series" of books, comics, games, TV Series and movies, originally inspired by the writings of Andrzej Sapkowski.

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Timeline of All Witcher Games/Books?

It's pretty easy to find the order of the main books and Witcher 1, 2, and 3, but where do Thronebreaker and the graphic novels fit in this chronology? More than anything I'm interested in the amount ...
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Why did Geralt of Rivia refuse this?

Spoilers for the Witcher 3 ahead: Why?
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Why are there no Trials of the Grasses anymore?

In the game series, while Jen puts Uma through the Trial of the Grasses​, Vesemir tells us that it's the first Trial for 50 years. Also all the Witchers are not very happy about all of this mess. So ...
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What's Ciri's skin color?

Based on the rumor about the new Netflix witcher series, I'm asking how Cirilla's color of skin is described in the books?
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Why is Pinety asking Geralt about how he fishes?

In Sezon burz (the Witcher's Season of Storms), the sorcerer Pinety has this conversation with Geralt. "Have you ever angled, Witcher? Does hunting attract you?” “I hunt when I have an urge ...
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Was the Wild Hunt and the Red Riders the same thing in the books?

The title. In the books, the Wild Hunt is mentioned as a phenomenon of ghostly riders appearing in the sky, and when Ciri gets to Tir ná Lia, she is introduced to Eredin's Red Riders, who later chase ...
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In the books is Geralt an exceptional witcher?

In the video games Geralt is clearly exception since he effortlessly wipes out hordes of mooks, takes down powerful monsters (human and otherwise) with ease, and dramatically affect the course of ...
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Was Ciri raped?

At the end of Time of Contempt, Ciri joins a band of Rats. On their first night, Kayleigh tries to rape her. He lay down beside her, slowly and cautiously. Ciri tried to get up, but Kayleigh ...
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What is the significance of “Munchkin” in Witcher?

I've been playing The Witcher 3 recently and enjoying it quite a bit. One of the achievements in the game is Munchkin if you reach level 35. Why was this name chosen for the achievement? Does it mean ...
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How many of Geralt's visions in “Something More” reflect real events?

The short story "Something More", last in the Sword of Destiny collection, jumps rather confusingly between reality with Yurga and Geralt's drug-induced hallucinations. Four of the latter are covered ...
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What makes Johnny a scary monster in Witcher 3?

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 ...
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What is Yennefer thinking about?

At the end of Blood of Elves, Yennefer and Ciri have the following exchange (emphasis mine): “Lady Yennefer?” “Yes.” “What are you looking at like that?” “At that tree. That linden ...
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Why does Velerad question Geralt's action at the end of “The Witcher” short story?

In The Last Wish, at the end of the short story The Witcher, Geralt is hurt and in bed, recovering. He briefly wakes up and Velerad is talking with him, and explains what happened after he passed out. ...
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What existing songs, if any, was the soundtrack of “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” based on?

The soundtrack to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt featured songs composed by Mikolai Stroinski, Marcin Przybyłowicz, Piotr Musiał, and the band Percival Schuttenbach (which takes its name from the character ...
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What secondary languages does The Witcher use in the original?

In the English translations of the Witcher books, Elvish/Old Tongue is Irish, and Dwarven is some pastiche of Dutch and German. What languages were they in the original Polish?
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Are “The Witcher” books as explicit as the game?

The son of a friend wants to read The Witcher books. We both know the game and there are some moments where Geralt collects the Ladies "business cards" and this might not be appropriate for children. ...
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How canon are the 1993-1995 Witcher comic books?

I have recently acquired some digital copies of 6 issues of the Witcher comics that were published from 1993 to 1995. Sadly, they were in Polish, so more digging was required to find a Russian (fan-)...
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Why does everyone think they can best Geralt in a fight?

I know from a gameplay point of view that challenging Geralt to a fight is to further the story or complete a quest, but witchers are made out to be the pinnacle of discipline and skill, and Geralt ...
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How many witchers are there after Witcher 3?

After the events of The Witcher 3, how many witchers are left?
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When did Geralt ride with the Wild Hunt?

In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, during the main quest Bald Mountain, Geralt remarks that he remembers one of the enemy generals from his time in the Hunt. When was Geralt in the Wild Hunt?
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What's wrong with this cat from Witcher 3: Wild Hunt?

At one point in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Geralt has to enter a certain house in Oxenfurt. In that house, there is a cat: Now, it is well established in the books that cats don't like Geralt - or ...
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Approximate age of Geralt when he is getting Ciri

Is there any source to approximate or say out right the age of Geralt at the moment he gets Ciri? (by "gets" I mean inherits from the Law of Surprise) Books and/or games accepted, no fan-fiction(...
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Is Kaer Morhen the place where witchers originated?

From a discussion we had with AcePL, it seems there is a possibility that witchers in fact originated in Kaer Morhen, i.e. Alzur and his mentor must have created them there or at least performed the ...
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Why aren't witchers hunting during winter too?

When the witchers are wintering at their respective schools aren't there monsters that are winter based and only last until spring? Couldn't they hunt all year round and amass higher rewards for ...
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Prophecy regarding Ciri: differences from the games?

I started reading the Witcher books and obviously Ciri is headed to fulfill some kind of prophecy. However, that's also the plot of the last game. I understand that the games are a non-canonical ...
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How did Geralt of Rivia escape the Wild Hunt

We know that he was a Wild Hunt rider, as he traded his soul for Yens', but how did he escape from the clutches of the Hunt. Does it relate to the 3rd game where the Hunt King says that Geralt brings ...
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Why did the Scoia'tael attack the dwarves?

In the first book of the Geralt saga, Blood of the Elves, the dwarves are on a hoax convoy mission set by the king to test their loyality. The thing is, he lies about the fact that the dwarfs are sent ...
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How does Geralt of Rivia meet Yennefer of Vengerberg?

Is there an explication of how Geralt and Yen first met or the circumstances in which they met? Since I cannot find the books in my country and E-book is not an option for my eyes, I ask here. Only in ...
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Do earlier books in the Witcher series already reference the Arthurian legend?

The last novel in Andrei Sapkowski's Witcher saga, The Lady of the Lake, draws heavily from the Arthurian legend, from its obvious title, to the naming of characters like Nimue and the Fisher King, ...
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“Season of Storms” epilogue explained

This is about the latest book from the "The Witcher" series, Season of Storms. In the epilogue we can read (spoilers!): Nimue suddenly felt euphoria, balanced by numbness and the other effects of ...
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Who sent the assassins after Dijkstra?

Towards the end of Andrzej Sapkowski's The Lady of the Lake, during the parades in Novigrad as part of the peace celebrations in chapter 10, Dijkstra approaches Philippa Eilhart. He says that he has ...
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Was Renfri really cursed or not?

In the short story "The Lesser Evil" (the third story in the collection The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski), Geralt becomes involved in a feud between the wizard Stregobor and the princess Renfri. ...
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What would you call a group of Witchers?

What is the collective noun for a group of Witchers? A murder of Witchers might work, because a group of crows is also called a murder. It is both sinister and links with crows' symbolism as an omen ...
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What is Geralt's shoe size?

My friend happened to mention thinking "What would I do in Geralt's shoes?" and that got me wondering what his shoe size actually is. I haven't read the books but I am doubtful any of them provides ...
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Are there any known “renegade” witchers?

Witchers are raised and trained to be monster hunters. Once they training is over they leave Kaer Morhen (or whichever other strongholds they held in the past) and it's up to them to make their living ...
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Why did Tissaia de Vries commit suicide?

Why did Tissaia de Vries commit suicide after the coup on Thanedd Island? That happens as Geralt and Dandelion talk about what happened after the coup. After every part of their conversation there is ...
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What is the recommended order for the books and the games of the Witcher?

With the (relatively) recent release of the third game and the recommendation of a friend, I'd like to discover this universe. I know there are several media; the books, the video games (though to be ...
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What did Geralt of Rivia ask for his third wish?

What exactly did Geralt of Rivia ask the genie in the short story "The Last Wish" in "The Last Wish" collection by Andrzej Sapkowski? I know what happened after with Geralt and Yennefer - is it ...
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Which fairy tales are the stories in the first two Witcher books based on?

I just started reading the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski, and to my understanding in the first two books the stories are versions of popular kids' fairy tales. But I can't seem to understand ...
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How did the Witchers acquire and keep such a large castle at Kaer Morhen?

In playing Witcher 3, I noticed that basically 4 people or less own and hold a very large castle in the mountains. Seems like a decent area to want to take, but I'm not knowledgeable about the books. ...
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Why are witchers trained to never work for free?

I recently started reading the books that the Witcher game series is based on after thoroughly enjoying the games, but still haven't found a satisfactory answer for this. I understand that witchers ...
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Why do riders of the Wild Hunt develop icing after teleportation?

It may be seen from the game trailer and from gameplay itself that after being teleported riders of the Wild Hunt are all covered in ice, why is this happening? The weather is also change after riders ...
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Can Sources become Witchers?

Theoretically, could a Source go through the process that creates witchers, survive, and retain their full magical potential? If so, could it actually increase their magical potential? Are there any ...
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Is there any meaningful material in “Witcher” canon that requires playing games?

The Witcher is a multimedia franchise of books, video games, television series, and movies based around the written works of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. - Wikia I'm interested in trying out this ...
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Is there any explanation for the Conjunction of the Spheres?

In the Witcher, the only thing we learn about the Conjunction of the Spheres is from the eponymous book found in both Witcher games: "A cataclysm which occurred 1,500 years ago, trapping in our ...
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The ending of the Witcher saga

The ending of the Witcher series by A. Sapkowski is a source of a lot of controversy. I was wondering if I can find some clarification here. Opinions of what actually happens after the fighting in ...
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A Grain of Truth: what was Vereena trying to do?

In the collection of short stories "The Last Wish", later adapted as The Witcher series of videogames, there is a story titled "A Grain of Truth", which I guess is a twisted retelling of "Beauty and ...
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With whom is Yennefer confused in the aftermath of the battle of Sodden Hill?

At the end of the Sword of Destiny Geralt believes Yennefer to be dead because her name is carved into the stone memorial commemorating the fallen sorcerers. This later revealed to be a mistake as ...