The World of Witcher: 20 Things You May Not Know About Geralt of Rivia

1. A Professional Swordsman Was Hired to Capture Geralt's Movements for Combat. The swordsman had found that a 'dance-like approach' was the best way for moving in combat against multiple enemies, resulting in Geralt's nimble movements in battle.

2. The Witcher World is Huge. The Witcher 3's world map is 20% bigger than Skyrim's and weighs in at 35 times the size of its predecessor, The Witcher 2. This is why there was always a terrifying amount of those darn '?' to grab on the map. And this was before the latest DLC was dropped!

3. So. Much. Code. The developers had to write a LOT of code. Over one million lines, to be precise. 30,000 of which were solely for the dialogue in the game.

4. You Can Find a Picture of the Development Team on Top of a Mountain. Yes, the mountains that you can see in the distance in the Witcher 3’s Blood and Wine expansion are breathtakingly beautiful, but they also harbor a great little Easter egg. At the peak of the most distant mountain on Toussaint's horizon sits a photo of the development team on an easel between two pillars. However, you can only reach it by using the game's debug free camera and teleporting Geralt to its location.

5. Ask Yourself One Question: Do I Feel Lucky? Even though the voice of Geralt, Doug Cockle, hasn't played or even heard of the previous Witcher games, he was told in early readings of the character to draw inspiration from Clint Eastwood's gravelly performance in the Dirty Harry movies.

6. There’s a Polish Witcher TV Series and Movie…and We Pretend it Doesn’t Exist. Far bigger in Poland than the west, both were actually disowned by Witcher’s original auther, Andrzej Saplowski. After the release of the Lady of the Lake book, Geralt had become so popular in Poland that local filmmakers decided to create an adaptation of the novels in the form of a TV series (and a film which was born almost accidentally). It’s called The Hexer and was released in 2002. The director Marek Brodzki had a high budget (for Polish standards, of course) and the best Polish actors… and what he created was completely disastrous. Fans cried, then laughed, then cried again. Andrzej Sapkowski describes his experiences with filmmakers as “Very, very, very, very bad” and he suggests that Brodzki rather took the comic books as the base of the storyline than the books about Geralt.

7. Fallen Assasin. Another Easter egg, if you take a look near the ballista right at the opening of Witcher 2's siege on the castle, you come across a broken hay cart with a member of the Assassin's Creed order slumped inside. You can't interact with the body directly, but Geralt does say “Hmm, guess they'll never learn” – probably not the first time our hero has interacted with the Brotherhood.

8. In Witcher 3, the Norther Realms Physically Change Based on Your Decisions. Keeping away from spoilers, sufficed to say Witcher 3's story is one fraught with meaty dialogue exchanges and an ever-fluctuating cast of characters. This can result in a number of optional permutations on narrative paths and the world around you, but more staggering is the fact the entire Northern Realm sections all change depending on your actions. Some buildings will be reduced to rubble, others will never exist at all – there are 14 different potentials for these areas, all deduced by the game itself without your direct input or knowledge.

9. Geralt is Faster and Stronger Than Other Witchers. All young witchers go through a mutation process called The Trial of the Grasses. This process involves being given powerful poisons that break down their physical and mental traits, and then being given powerful potions to build them back up even stronger than they were before. Though many potential witchers do not survive the trials, Geralt was made stronger, faster, and more sensitive than other witchers, and was given additional mutations, furthering his skills.

10. Geralt is a Lot Older Than You Probably Think. In addition to giving him advanced reflexes, strength, and resilience, The Trial of the Grasses also gave Geralt a much longer life-span than a normal human. At the beginning of the Witcher 3, Geralt mentions that he is in his 90s, and closer to 100 than not. No one is really sure how long witchers can live for, because as the old witcher saying goes, “No witcher has ever died in their bed.”

11. Geralt is Also Known Under the Alias Ravix of Fourhorn. During a contract where he was supposed to attend a fancy gala undercover, Geralt went by the fake name Ravix of Fourhorn. To avoid any kind of suspicion from the other guests, Geralt’s client used their connections to actually record Ravix of Fourhorn’s existence as a knight in the royal records. They also gave ‘Ravix’ his own coat of arms; a woman sitting on top of a bear.

12. Geralt’s First Time Using His Witcher Training Didn’t Go As Planned. In the collection of short stories, The Last Wish, Geralt tells his friend Iola of the first time he killed a ‘monster.’ Shortly after leaving the witcher stronghold of Kaer Morhen, Geralt came across a bald man with rotting teeth attempting to rob and murder a merchant and rape the merchant’s daughter. Geralt leapt off his horse and attacked the man, killing him in two strokes. When he went to help the young woman up, she vomited at the sight of him drenched in blood before fainting. Looking around, Geralt noticed that her father and the attackers had all run away at the sight of him. It was then that Geralt realized that the rest of the world would always view him as a freak, and that there was a reason witchers carried two swords: One is silver, for monstrous beasts, and the other steel, for monstrous humans.

13. Geralt is One of the Last Witchers in the World. Before the beginning of the games, witcher strongholds, including Geralt’s home of Kaer Morhen, were attacked by mobs who believed in an evil witcher conspiracy. Though the brave and skilled witchers managed to fight off these attacks, many of the strongholds were destroyed, and the knowledge of how to turn children into witchers was lost forever. Geralt and his friends are some of the last witchers in the world. Having seen how painful the trial is and how difficult the lives of witchers are, Geralt has accepted this and is glad that nobody will have to endure what he and his companions have.

14. The Witcher’s Code Must be Followed at All – Just Kidding; it Doesn’t Exist. Throughout the games and the books, Geralt frequently refers to a mysterious document known as The Witcher’s Code. Notable tenets are that a witcher cannot work for free, or that a witcher needs to stay neutral in political affairs. However, The Witcher's Code is just something that Geralt and the other witchers have made up to use when they don’t want to get involved with something. The reality is that witchers are free to make whatever decisions they please according to their own sense of morality and justice.

15. Geralt’s Mother Was a Sorceress. Never seen in the games, Geralt’s mother, Visenna, is a powerful sorceress. Most sorceresses in the games are infertile due to a side-effect of acquiring their magical powers. This is also true of witchers, who are rendered sterile through The Trial of the Grasses. However, some sorceresses are able to use powerful magic to reverse their infertility, and we can assume that is what Visenna did. Geralt’s father, Korin, was a brave warrior who helped Visenna kill a koshchey, a powerful creature created by magic.

16. Geralt has Been Knighted. During his adventures before the games, Geralt and his friends stumbled across a battle that was already in progress, finding themselves standing in the middle of a bridge between two sides. Geralt and company defended the bridge from the attacking Nilfgaardians, holding their position in fierce and bloody combat. When the battle was over, Geralt was taken to Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia. For his bravery in combat, she knighted him Geralt of Rivia, making his surname official.

17. Depending on Your Game Choices, Geralt Can Have a Tattoo. During the events of Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings, Geralt is presented with the option to go out drinking with some rowdy soldiers. If Geralt chooses to do this, he wakes up hungover and naked except for his boxers the next morning, with an aching pain in his neck. Upon further inspection, Geralt finds out that in his drunkenness, he was convinced to get a tattoo. If the player imports a save from the Witcher 2 to The Witcher 3 and has made that choice, Geralt will appear in the game with the same tattoo on his neck.

18. Witcher Author Sapkowski Has Never Played the Games. He was never really interested in the video games. He’s not much of a gamer, so CD Projekt purchased the rights from him when they decided to create a game, turning the series into one of the finest RPGs of all time.

19. The Soundtrack is Amazing. The original music for Witcher was composed by Adam Skorupa and Pawel Blaszczak. It was released in 2007 and won Best Fantasy Game Soundtrack in the Radio Rivendell Fantasy Awards.

20. Our Favourite Bard’s Original Name Left Something to Be Desired. Dandelion’s real name is Julian Alfred Pankratz, Viscount de Lettenhove. His original name however was Jaskier, which literally means “Buttercup” in Polish and isn’t quite befitting of a womanizing bard.

21. BONUS FACT! The Witcher saga is this author’s absolute favourite fantasy series. I was turned on to Witcher 3 because of the amazing reviews it was getting, and because the world was so beautiful. Witcher 3 was the first console based game in the series, and was designed nicely enough that you could jump right in without having played 1 and 2. After beating the main part of the game (I mean the main story line folks, not every single side quest, and certainly not the two expansions) I DEVOURED the book series, graphic novels, I even watched the Polish TV series and movie. What I’m getting at is that if you like RPGs, fantasy games, consequences based on your actions, and stupidly attractive characters, you’ll probably love Witcher.

 

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