All You Have to Know: The Witcher

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The Witcher is a fantasy tale set in the kingdom of Temeria, adapted from a series of novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The Witcher series tells the story of Geralt of Rivia, a silver haired amnesiac who specializes in slaying monsters and solving human problems. Geralt is a witcher, a breed of mutants trained to protect humans from monsters. Witchers are often reviled by common people, being seen as unnatural or dangerous due to their superhuman abilities and gross albino-like appearance, but they are who the people turn to when shit goes down. When Geralt’s not busy plunging his silver sword through the heart of drowners, he can be found chugging dwarven liquor at an inn or furiously ploughing the wenches-in-distress he saves from monsters and humans who act like monsters.

The Witcher is based on a true story.

[Rock Paper Shotgun: How The Witcher Dealt with Choice]
[Intro Cinematic]
[Ending Cinematic]
[What is a Witcher?]
[Story Recap] <—- watch this!

After helping to stop the rebellion undertaken by the Order of the Flaming Rose and saving King Foltest’s life, Geralt became one of the central figures of political turmoil in the Kingdom of Temeria. Geralt continues to protect the King in the monarch’s mission to bring peace to his state. The last bastions of the Order yielded to the royal army. The only remaining task is to pacify the rebellious castle of Baroness La Valette, who announced separation from the Kingdom. It’s been a month since the attempted assassination of the king, when his army arrives at the gates of Baroness La Valette’s fortress in preparation for the final battle. In the meantime, Geralt, stuck with Foltest, cannot begin his personal quest – to discover the origin and identity of the mysterious witcher-like assassin responsible for the attempt on the king’s life – a quest that would answer many questions.

Like TW1, TW2 is neither a linear cinematic experience or an open world game. It’s a mature, narrative driven RPG with branching paths. TW1’s divisive timing based combat is replaced by a real time combat system influenced by Batman: Arkham Asylum and Demon’s Souls. Alchemy and crafting are still important, but the systems have been overhauled to be more intuitive. Between the prologue and epilogue, there are three main acts.

[CG Trailer]
[Witcher’s World Trailer]
[Disdain and Fear Trailer] (minor spoilers)
[Short Story: “52 and a Half”]

Geralt’s bros from TW1.

Geralt and the sorceress Triss are friends with benefits. On and off again, but never truly committed.
[I Missed You]

Along with me and the other witchers, Triss fought in defense of Kaer Morhen. The sorceress stood against the mysterious mage, one of the leaders of the assault. She was injured and lost consciousness. Ironically, Triss is allergic to magic and she can only be administered natural healing potions. Triss Merigold is my friend. She saw me die and my return to the world of the living surprised her. Triss is a sorceress — one of the most influential and talented of her kind. She has numerous powerful friends, and she knows the Kaer Morhen witchers. I have a feeling Triss likes me a lot.

Songwriter, poet and lady killer. Lets his crank do the thinking for him, but he’s always loyal to his friend Geralt.
[Dandelion’s Song]

I met Dandelion, the famous bard and poet, who has supposedly always been my best friend. From what I’ve heard, Dandelion is an indefatigable windbag, a buffoon and a wastrel. He is also a womanizer with an incredible talent for getting into trouble. At the same time, Dandelion is a truly talented artist, despite his tendency to wander the countryside and eke out a living through occasional performances. Dandelion got into trouble and I had to help him out. Everything I’ve heard about him has proven to be true…..I ran into Dandelion again and I think it was no coincidence. Either Dandelion wants to aid me in my search or he wants to witness the end of this journey so he can compose a ballad afterwards. It could also be both.

A bearded dwarf who drinks a lot of booze and dispels wisdom. You get the idea.
[The Meaning of Life]

I helped a dwarf being attacked by racists. He recognized me as an old friend of his. The dwarf’s name is Zoltan Chivay. He claims to have witnessed my death years ago in Rivia. Zoltan seems reasonable and pragmatic. He takes the world with a grain of salt and sees irony in most things. Just like other nonhumans, he also seems vexed by the racist atmosphere in Temeria.

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