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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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Is Roach enchanted?

If I understand the timeline correctly, Geralt’s horse Roach must have also lived for several (horse) lifetimes. Is Roach enchanted or magical, or does Geralt simply replace him with a horse of the ...
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What is the distinction between Elders and elves, if any?

When Ciri comes to Kaer Morhen in the Netflix series, Vesemir is excited, because he seems to have resigned himself to the decline of the witchers after the destruction of all the potions used to make ...
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How did Visenna have Geralt?

In the Netflix series, it is made abundantly clear that Sorceresses cannot have kids. However, after rewatching the series (for the fourth time) S1E8 shows Visenna, Geralt's mother. The fandom wiki ...
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Did Jaskier have any romantic interest in Geralt?

The bard Jaskier traveled with Geralt for some time, as shown in the first season. In the second season, he seems fairly distraught about Geralt having abandoned him, seeming to tear up a little at ...
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Why did the Voleth Meir appear in dreams of these people?

In The Witcher, season 2, Voleth Meir or the deathless mother appeared in the dream of only three people, Francesca Findabair, Fringilla Vigo, and Yennefer of Vengerberg. Why did she appear in the ...
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Watch order for the Netflix Witcher series

I noticed that in addition to season 2 of the show, Netflix is currently promoting other supplemental material as well. I don't know what I ought to watch and when I ought to watch it. Not counting ...
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Are Jaskier's songs inspired from the books or completely original to the Netflix series?

Throughout the first two series of The Witcher we have 6 named songs (3 from each season) that Jaskier sings: Toss a Coin to Your Witcher The Fishmonger's Daughter Her Sweet Kiss Burn Butcher Burn ...
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In S02E07 of The Witcher, where did the horses come from?

In S02E07, when Yennefer and Ciri flee from the attack in the temple, they end up in the house of some people who had helped Ciri previously. It seems that they find some horses directly outside the ...
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How is the last rite of a Witcher conducted?

If a Witcher dies how are his last rites done? Are they buried or cremated?
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What do these symbols mean in Season 2 of The Witcher?

In the second season of The Witcher each episode has a symbol what does these symbols represent?
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Has Andrzej Sapkowski ever mentioned anything about writing more stories about the universe, but not necessarily about Geralt or Witchers?

I have read that Andrzej Sapkowski is writing a new Witcher book as of 2018. Has he ever mentioned a desire to build more universe, much like Tolkien has done with The Lord Of The Rings series? Not ...
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In the Witcher universe were all monsters created or did some evolve naturally?

In the anime Netflix movie The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, it's said that monsters were created by witches using alchemy. Is this true for all monsters (creatures) or are ghosts and cursed ...
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Who are all the characters from the UK book covers of The Witcher series?

I recently acquired these paperback books from The Witcher series, and they are decorated with characters on the facing cover page, and I really enjoy them and wish to know who all these characters ...
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Why was Geralt of Rivia condemned for saving Blaviken in "The Lesser Evil" story?

I've just finished reading "The Lesser Evil" story, but I didn't understand the ending. At the end, when the thugs are preparing to perform the massacre, when Geralt talks to them, it's they ...
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What Can Be Given by The Law of Surprise?

In the world of the Witcher, when someone saves the life of another, they can invoke the Law of Surprise to receive that person's next surprise. In the show, the only example we see of the Law of ...
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How ruthless is Geralt of Rivia? [duplicate]

In the scene The Butcher of Blaviken, Geralt killed or gravely wounded half a dozen men without hesitating but when fighting Renfri, he is rather hesitant and even though he had warned her "If we ...
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What causes the tremendous storm (tsunami)?

Near the end of Season of Storms, we are at the wedding reception on the terrace when the rats come. Coral warns: A tremendous storm. The rats can sense it. And I can too. But in the chapter I don't ...
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The Witcher 3 (game): When exactly did Johnny lose his voice?

I'm replaying TW3, and in Crookback Bog I noticed something that looks like a plot contradiction: The children of the Orphanage say Johnny told them that he saw a girl with ashen hair. This knowledge ...
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Is there mention of formal unarmed combat in the Witcher universe?

In the Witcher game series there are different combat styles – indicated by the strong / fast combat trees, as well as Witcher 1's Wolf, Cat, and Griffin styles. I'm pretty sure the different Witcher ...
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Is the wedding in "Sword of Destiny" the same event as the one Ciri describes to Galahad in "The Lady of The Lake"?

Is the wedding in Sword of Destiny the same event as the one Ciri describes to Galahad in The Lady of The Lake? If so, why does she describe it to him? He was at the wedding as well. Sword of Destiny ...
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In the Witcher, what is the future of the Continent according to the books?

I've heard the books establish/imply that Nilfgaard eventually wins, but couldn't find any more details or in what books this is said. Does anyone have the quotes that establish what happens? Is the ...
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What are all of Geralt's known powers?

I recently watched The Witcher on Netflix, and just started reading The Last Wish. I'm curious what the full extent of Geralt's powers (specifically his magical powers) are? Or, more generally, what ...
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Different magic users in The Witcher series?

There are multiple professions/social positions in The Witcher series that employ magic (Witchers, Mages, Druids etc). However, they are referred to by multiple different names by different persons, ...
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How accurate to the original story is the Witcher Netflix series?

So, I personally have not read the books, or played the games. I was aware of the series and the setting, but that's about it. After watching the series through several times now however, there were ...
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What if the person has more than one thing which he is not aware of according to the Law of Surprise?

According to the Law of Surprise in Netflix's The Witcher series, a person bound by the same has to give his saviour something that he has and is not aware of. What if the person has more than one ...
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What is the earliest that the shunned guardian motif appears?

I would like to know what is the earliest work using what I call the shunned guardian motif. What I mean by shunned guardian is a character (or organization) which guards the society from some ...
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Why was Jaskier's "Polish name" used and not Dandelion, the "English name"?

In the English translation of The Witcher, Geralt's friend, the bard, is called Dandelion. This caused me a brief bit of confusion when I started watching the series when his name was introduced as ...
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How should I read "The Witcher" books? [duplicate]

So, I have just watched the first season of The Witcher on Netflix and I am hooked... I know the series is based on books and video games, and while I probably won't play the games I definitely want ...
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Was Leo Bonhart a witcher? [duplicate]

(Saw this question in a russian forum and wanted to share it here.) Was Leo Bonhart a witcher? He was in early senior age and still got an enourmous speed, strength and reaction. Non-human fishy ...
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Folklore and mythology in The Witcher's bestiary [closed]

The Witcher's world has a very rich bestiarium. For example the arts of a vampire: Higher Vampire Alpor Katakan Moola Bruxa Nosferat Ekimma Fleder Garkain Plumard Or the Necrophages: Abaya ...
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Why is the "Law of Surprise" so important in the Witcher's world?

The Law of Suprise, in the Witcher's world, is a tradition dictating that someone who saves another man's life has the right to demand, as a payment, something unknown to both persons. A typical ...
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What is the "Valley of Plenty" referenced in "Toss a Coin to Your Witcher"?

In the Netflix series "The Witcher", S1 E2, Jaskier the bard composes and sings a song "Toss a Coin to Your Witcher" which references the "Valley of Plenty". What is this "Valley of Plenty" that ...
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Who was the person that Vilgefortz killed at the end of the Battle of Sodden?

In the final episode of the Season 1, Vilgefortz stands as one of the mages opposing Nilfgaard. During the battle of Sodden, he duels Cahir and looses, however, he manages to escape. We can see him ...
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Why do Witcher books use modern scientific terms?

In this answer on Movies SE, there is a quote : I underwent the usual mutation there, through the Trial of Grasses, and then hormones, herbs, viral infections. And then through them all again. And ...
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Why didn't the Doppler know the answers to these questions?

The Doppler claimed, after taking the form of Mousesack, that everything Mousesack had known belonged to them. And indeed, Doppler-Mousesack displayed knowledge of certain facts, such as that ...
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How common is the ability to create portals?

Various mages are seen to have the ability to create portals for transport. It seems that Yennefer is particularly talented, but her ex-boyfriend also was able to do it, and the assassin that was ...
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Are the swords of the Nilfgaardians magical?

In the first episode of The Witcher (2019) we see the Nilfgaardians fighting against regular soldiers. Their weapons seem extremely effective: while we do see one hacking ineffectually at a shield for ...
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What was Geralt's reasoning with the ultimatum?

In the TV series, when Geralt was confronted with the ultimatum of whether to kill he ultimately chose the former, but I don't quite grasp his motivation. On the one hand, he would have to kill ...
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What if there is no Surprise?

I understand what the Law of Surprise is, but what if there is no surprise? In the TV series it is explained that it might be a bumper crop, or a newborn puppy but what if the giver returns to no ...
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What are Geralt's killing principles?

I have just seen Netflix's show The Witcher. In the first episodes, I got the feeling that Geralt doesn't kill live being if they are intelligent unless it is in defense. He says to the Sylvan in the ...
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How did Geralt and this character know each other?

In season 1 episode 8 of The Witcher, Geralt meets However, I'm pretty sure Wouldn't they be strangers to each other? It seems like the show leaves a lot of things unexplained. Book/game answers ...
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What happened to the "eels" in Aretuza?

This question is exclusively about Netflix's The Witcher. I know this doesn't happen in either The Last Wish (which I've read) or the Witcher saga, but I'm not interested in how it differs from the ...
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Astronomy in Witcher: how long is a year and a synodic month?

In the world of Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher books, how many days long is a year? How many days long is a synodic month (the average time between two full moons)? I used to assume that the stories ...
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Timeline of The Witcher tv series

I have just finished watching The Witcher on Netflix and I am completely lost as to the timeline of events depicted in the series. It is obvious to me that Ciri's escape is happening in the present, ...
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What is the lifespan of a Witcher?

What is the maximum lifespan of a Witcher? They are mutated creatures who age slowly as compared to humans, so how much longer than the human lifespan do they have? I want to know: what is the maximum ...
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What's the Law of Surprise exactly?

What's the Law of Surprise exactly? It is mentioned several times in the series with Paveta and Durry or Geralt and Ciri but it can't seem to have any good explanation of what is this Law.
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In the Witcher books does Ciri have a magical scream?

I've just watched the first episode of the NetFlix Witcher adaptation, and very good it is too though there was one plot device I'm unsure about. In the adaptation, as in the books, Ciri is abducted ...
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Is Geralt a "Ladies man" in the books series?

The videogame series depicts Geralt to be a ladies man, bedding every tavern girl in every village he stays in. Is this behavior also present in the books, or something that is introduced only in the ...
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Viewing requirements for Netflix's The Witcher

Following the overall positive feedback and Henry Cavill's portrayal of Geralt in Netflix's series The Witcher, I look forward to start watching it. However, I haven't read the book on which the ...
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Who are the mages of different kingdoms of the Witcher?

In The Witcher there are many kingdoms and each has its own mage. Who are the different mages of the different kingdoms? Some of the famous mages I know are Yennefer, Triss, Sabrina, etc. I want the ...
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