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The books It's not really too complicated. You can basically stick to the release order (of the original books, the English translations seem to lag behind quite a bit and might be out of order), as depicted by Wikipedia, except for a minor switch. Well, first of all, there are basically three different kinds of stories concerning the Witcher written by ...


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In the books Geralt only carries one sword at once strapped to his back. As he took off his coat those around him noticed that he carried a sword— not something unusual in itself, nearly every man in Wyzim carried a weapon —but no one carried a sword strapped to his back as if it were a bow or a quiver. The Last Wish He keeps his other ...


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Games are unofficial continuation of the books and technically not canon. They were made after most of the books and even Sapkowski didn't play them :) You won't lose anything from books because of not playing, but I recommend them - they are very good. On the other hand movie was bad and series marginally less bad and they weren't canon - just low budget ...


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Geralt's first wish The rough translation of what he commanded the djinn to do while holding the sigil was "get out of here and go fuck yourself". He didn't know that was what he was saying, because he didn't speak the language, but the sigil heated up right after he said that, showing that it had activated, and later Geralt insisted that the priest ...


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Now first of all, I'll concentrate solely on book canon here, since you're asking about the ending of the actual novel series. In the games Geralt is very much still alive, however you construe that out of the book ending. In lack of an official English translation, let alone one I have at hand, the excerpts quoted here have been translated into English by ...


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Several reasons, derived from the books: Witchers have to live, too. They have living expenses and sometimes serious healing to pay for. Monsters are hard to kill and often require witcher level adaptation and skills to accomplish this. So as not to squander all that training on other stuff they keep to that specialisation. Witchers potentially would be ...


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Certainly he's exceptional in some areas, and probably exceptional in others. Hard to answer for sure, since other witchers aren't shown in action in the books. We have this passage from The Last Wish, the chapter called "The Voice of Reason 4": ‘Yes, Kaer Morhen. I underwent the usual mutation there, through the Trial of Grasses, and then hormones, ...


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It's not quite as simple as each Witcher story being based on one classical fairy tale, but there are indeed many references to classical fairy tales scattered through the books. The Last Wish The stories included in this collection are: The Voice of Reason (Głos rozsądku) The Witcher (Wiedźmin) A Grain of Truth (Ziarno prawdy), based on Beauty and the ...


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They meet in the story called "The Last Wish". Spoilers! Basically, Geralt and Dandelion were fishing (unsuccessfully) and stumbled upon an amphora of sorts. The amphora had a seal, and Dandelion, being an idiot (as usual), decided to break the seal hoping that there is a genie there that will grant him three wishes. He was even able to voice 2 wishes - ...


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All of the 1993–1995 comics are based on short stories by Sapkowski, (except the last one, Zdrada/The Betrayal). List from Wikia: Droga bez powrotu (A Road with No Return, based on the short story Droga, z której się nie wraca) Geralt (based on the short story The Witcher) Mniejsze zło (based on the short story The Lesser Evil) Ostatnie życzenie (based on ...


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Her skin colour is never specifically stated but we can guess guess that she was most likely a pale-skinned Caucasian: Sapkowski rarely describes skin colour, but he specifically states that people in Zerrikania (far south of Nilfgaard) have significantly darker skin that Nordlings and Nilfgardians and people from Skellige are have usually paller skin. So, ...


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Using a mirror to protect oneself from a basilisk's gaze is a folk tale in The Witcher's universe: the basilisk's gaze does not turn one into stone. Instead, it's their venom that kills a person, and very quickly. Geralt likely used the same technique witchers use to kill almost everything else: his swordsmanship, his silver sword, likely some elixirs, and ...


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There are a couple of reasons that might contribute to this. Although I think you've nailed it in the question, with the fights being a tool to advance the plot, I can speculate on a number of things that may explain this in-universe. Spoilers ahead! Witchers are mostly extinct As I've written in my answer, not many witchers are left in the world, ...


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There are often descriptions of female nudity , but they're limited to upper torso. Female breasts are mention fairly often, but that's pretty much it (i.e. certainly not on the level of the cards from the first game). Assuming the child follows this order (starting with the short stories), there isn't much to be called explicit. I'll try to provide some ...


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As far as I know, the languages were based by Andrzej Sapkowski on an amalgamation of medieval Irish, Latin, and some other languages. I also know that those languages were not altered between the Polish original and the Russian translation, and I'm fairly sure they weren't altered in any translation. A quick skim through the original and an English ...


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That one resolved itself rather easily. Searching for witcher 3 cat yielded, among some Cat School gear acquisition guides, an article by Kotaku, which I thought was too interesting not to share. It turns out that I am not the only person wondering about that cat - Nibbles. There is a whole thread at Reddit discussing same concerns as I do. Apparently, a ...


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It is quite hinted, that at the end of "The lady of the lake" Ciri is still a virgin in the traditional sense: she hasn't had intercourse with a man (willingly or not). It seems that the fate itself is against this: all her wannabe partners die before the deed can be done: one dies shot, one overdoses. When it comes to the scene with Mistle: it seems that ...


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I put this as a comment, I may as well put it down here as an answer with a bit of expansion. There is no canonical term for a random grouping of Witchers. The one term we have heard used of 'groups' of Witchers is a School. But the School is a term directly tied to the location, tradition, and methods of their training. Geralt is of the Wolf-School, and ...


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That is not exactly true. Sapkowski tends to toy with the reader by hinting that the story they are reading is somehow related to the fairy tales. As you mentioned Renfri from "The Lesser Evil" was a (apparently cursed) princess exiled by her stepmother that spent time among seven gnomes and was later entombed in crystal; this is a very direct shoutout to "...


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Going by the Wikia list, and having listened to some of the works of Percival Schuttenbach, I think I can identify the following songs being based on existing works: Note that since Percival performs what they call folk metal, it's quite possible that different versions may vary significantly, across album records and live performances, especially since ...


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While writing the question I think I discovered the answer. When I was linking to munchkins from the Oz books I noticed a Munchkin (disambiguation) link. One of those disambiguation articles is about using the term munchkin in the context of role playing games. Here is a quote from that article: In gaming, a munchkin is a player who plays what is intended ...


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I don't know if there are deficiencies in my English translation, but in my copy Yennefer's name is not carved on the monument. Gerald fears that it is, and refuses to read the last name. However he asks Yurga what the last name is: “Nothing... Yurga... you really remember all of the names inscribed on the monument?” “Of course.” “I'll test your ...


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This is a recurring joke in the books (and the games) - commoners acting as self-appointed experts of monsters, although they are getting their knowledge from hearsay and superstition alone. Whereas only those who had studied monsters in-depth, like witchers, actually know what they are talking about. This chapter is such an example. The exact quote1), ...


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What was the last wish? It is pretty simple, obvious, but tremendously genius. Whether or not he knew it would save her life, Geralt wished to die alongside Yennefer. As they say, death is the only Destiny that exists, and up to that point, Geralt was someone who had an extremely hard time believing in Destiny, which we can notice mainly in the short-story "...


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I heard mixed opinions about the translation, but I don't think original makes it much clearer. This is what I recollect from the story and a quick glance through the text. I believe she was simply trying to kill him. "Mine or nobody's" refers to the fact that she was the one killing the girls that came to Nivellen. She was already wounded, perhaps mortally,...


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My answer is speculative, based on my admittedly limited knowledge of medieval era and the Witcher world. There are 3.5 reasons I can think of: As AcePL stated, northern realms tend to have harsh winters. Presumably this also affects the life cycle of animals and beasts, including those witchers are supposed to hunt. Presumably, it affects them to a point ...


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It's highly ambiguous, and intentionally so! Now first of all, it is indeed strongly implied, even if never clearly stated, that this was Geralt. Among the obvious characteristics (his visuals, his horse, ...) and the ambiguous dialogue we also have the fact that he was hunting down one of Rissberg's "products", which the story already opened with and which ...


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At the time of Baptism of Fire, Geralt is "past fifty", according to an interview with Andrzej Sapkowski I found on a Russian fan-site. The nature of Sapkowski's answer makes it impossible to determine his age at the moment of Something More, but we know that about 3 years have passed between their reunion in Something More and Baptism of Fire. Here's the ...


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Pinety tried to bond with Geralt. It didn't work. It has nothing to do with cruelty: in Geralt times people most people hunt and kill for sustenance and are not overly concerned with the suffering of their prey. The difference is in the method: A fisherman is like a duffer in golf. They go out there and just give it a try. They use bait and whatever ...


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What caused the cataclysm? The Conjunction of the Spheres was, most likely, a natural disaster, a cosmic collision of several parallel universes. There is no mention in the canon books, that it was caused intentionally by someone, and it is often referred to as 'cataclysm' which suggests natural origin. Fortunately for humans (their remnants from a world ...


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