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

A Netflix series has its first season 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]

A second season is projected for release in 2021.

Fandom

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 Yeralt
Geralt/Jaskier/Yennefer Geraskefer
Jaskier/Yennefer Yennskier

Reader-Insert is also popular.

Other pairs include:

Pairing Name
Geralt/Emiel
Tissaia/Yennefer Yennaia
Jaskier/Eskel
Triss/Yennefer
Calanthe/Eist

Tropes & Fanon

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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Enemies to gal pals - Yennefer and Jaskier meet up to drink and bitch about Geralt after the mountain break up
    • OT3 - this often leads to them making Geralt very miserable and then, very happy
  • Apology scene - Geralt needs to beg and crawl to get Jaskier to take him back post Netflix mountain breakup
  • Lambert/Aiden - based on a quest to avenge Aiden in the Witcher video games, the fandom decided that Aiden was Lambert's dead boyfriend
  • Geralt/Eskel - based off the fact they are the two survivors from their cohort, are consistently described as close, and were apparently impossible to tell apart before the mutations and Eskel's scarring
    • Geralt/Eskel/Lambert - based on why not, a little psuedo incest good, more psuedo incest better

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