The Witcher

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Name: The Witcher
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Creator: Andrzej Sapkowski; CD Projekt Red
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Medium: novels, video games, TV series
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The Witcher (Polish: Wiedźmin) is a franchise based on a series of Polish fantasy books and stories by Andrzej Sapkowski. It was adapted into a film, a television series, video games, and a graphic novel series. The three video games, in particular, have been very successful.

Overview

The story takes place in a medieval fantasy world and follows Geralt of Rivia, one of a few travelling monster hunters who have supernatural powers, known as Witchers. "Witchers" like Geralt are monster hunters who (with training and body modification) develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly beasts.

Novels

  • Short story collection:
    • Sword of Destiny (1992)
    • The Last Wish (1993)
  • The Witcher saga
    1. Blood of Elves (1994)
    2. Time of Contempt (1995)
    3. Baptism of Fire (1996)
    4. The Tower of the Swallow (1997)
    5. The Lady of the Lake (1999)
  • Standalone novels
    • Season of Storms (2013)

Games

The game's system of moral choices as part of the storyline was noted for its time-delayed consequences and lack of black-and-white morality.

  1. The Witcher (2007)
  2. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011)
  3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

TV series

One season (13 episodes) of Wiedzmin was filmed and released in Poland in 2002. Michal Zebrowski starred as Geralt. The series was often panned by western fans due to the awkward fan subs and the low budget CGI. However, some praised the series for its close following of the book plot, acting, and music.

The first season of the Netflix series was released in December 2019. Henry Cavill was cast as Geralt. Other significant characters are Yennefer of Vengerberg, Ciri, and Jaskier.

It inspired a resurgence and growth of the fandom. In feel and genre, the show is more "old school fantasy", contrasting with the Game of Thrones type of fantasy that was standard at the time of the show's release. This was largely a welcome change for viewers.[1][2]

okay but why must a tv show “make sense” or “have a coherent timeline”? is it not enough for henry cavill to fight monsters, sluttily?

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A second season is projected for release in 2021.

Fandom

In addition to shipping, Ciri & Geralt & Yennefer, the gen relationship between Ciri and her adopted parents, is taken very seriously.

Shipping

The majority of the fandom's shipping involves pairing Geralt with Jaskier, Yennefer of Vengerberg, or both.

Pairing Name
Geralt/Jaskier Geraskier
Geralt/Yennefer Yenralt
Geralt/Jaskier/Yennefer Geraskefer
Jaskier/Yennefer Yenskier

Reader-Insert/Original Character is also popular.

Other pairs include:

Pairing Notes
Geralt/Regis
Tissaia/Yennefer
Aiden/Lambert
Geralt/Eskel
Jaskier/Eskel
Triss/Yennefer
Calanthe/Eist

Tropes & Fanon

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

See the ships for the specific tropes favored by each pairing, but there are some common themes across the fandom.

  • Immortal!Jaskier / Non-Human!Jaskier - This is inspired by the Netflix Witcher series, which forgot to age Jaskier despite the passing of time. It is also popular as both Geralt and Yennefer are long-lived; if Jaskier was human, he would die long before the two of them, and the pairings are popular.
  • Bathing - Usually either spinoffs of the scene where Jaskier convinces Geralt to accompany him to the party, or the one where Geralt and Yennefer bathe together. Alternately, the same mood but in a Geralt/Reader fic, etc.
    • Kaer Morhen has hot springs - never mentioned in the books or video games
  • Animalistic behaviors and characteristics - the Witchers have traits from the animal their school is associated with
    • Scent kink - Based on the Witchers having superior senses
    • Biting and claiming
    • Cuteagens - Cute effects of the mutagens, usually includes round kitty eyes when a character is excited, purring, etc.
  • BDSM
    • Geralt is a sub - mostly based on his allowing Jaskier and Yennefer to push him around in the Netflix series and fan speculation about his praise kink
    • Yennefer is a domme - mostly based on the fanon that Yennefer pegs Geralt, somewhat based on the throwaway line in the books about her owning a troll phallus
  • Geralt only knows two words: "Hmmm" or "Fuck" - based off the Netflix portrayal of Geralt as emotionally constipated and stoic, not in line with portrayals in the novels or video games
  • Horse girl!Geralt - based on the fact he talks to Roach
  • Goat dad!Eskel - based on a goat, Lil' Bleater, appearing as forktail bait in The Witcher 3
  • Monster fucker!Eskel - based on Eskel mentioning he slept with a succubus and did fisstech in The Witcher 3

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