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It's a consequence of the mutations he underwent during the additional experiments performed upon him as part of his training/conversion into a Witcher: I underwent the usual mutation there, through the Trial of Grasses, and then hormones, herbs, viral infections. And then through them all again. And again, to the bitter end. Apparently, I took the ...


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You are correct. There are three linear timelines: Yennefer's, Geralt's, and Ciri's, which start at different times but all coincide by the final two episodes. Here is a timeline of the events depicted in the show: Dates and relative position of events are taken from 3 sources: In-show dialogue: Ep.1 Ciri: You won your first battle at Hochebuz when you ...


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Following the answer in this question we can guess that Calanthe wasn't that old in the first place - even while she is a grandmother, we are talking about times when 13-15-year-old girls are expected to bear children, so being grandmother at around 30 was something natural: In the first episode, in the Geralt's timeline, we hear from Renfri that Calanthe ...


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The Polish version of 'don't look a gift horse in the mouth' is 'don't check the teeth of a horse you received as a gift' ("darowanemu koniowi w zęby się nie zagląda") (source). Similarly, devil's advocate seems to be the same thing in Polish. And, as far as I know, these idioms don't appear in the English translations. Unless someone read the books in ...


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The symbols appearing in the title card of each episode are (spoiler filled) hints towards the plot of each episode, though you will probably need to be familiar with the books to realise what they imply: 1. The End's Begining Symbol: Solar Eclipse 2. Four Marks Symbol: The obsidian star surrounded by eels. 3. Betrayer Moon Symbol: A clawed footprint ...


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In Episode 2 "Four Marks", Yennefer creates a portal to Aretuza without any training. I assumed that creating a portal is more difficult than floating a stone. Furthermore, Tissaia De Vries comments on the fact Yennefer has lost a lot of blood, due to her suicide attempt. This sounded to me like Tissaia believes Yennefer is capable of lifting the stone and ...


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The whole battle is a horrible example of Hollywood Tactics, however, there might be two good reasons: Cintra seems to rely on cavalry - heavy cavalry is useless in the siege but works amazingly in the open field (see a real-life example of the Battle of Kircholm where heavy cavalry won against 3:1 odds). However, instead of charging they decided to wait ...


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Yennefer's backstory is aluded to in The Tower of Swallows: Janka! Dear Janka! Take this hunchbacked monstrosity from me! I don’t want to look at it! She’s your daughter as much as she is mine. Indeed? The children I have sired are normal. How dare you… How dare you suggest… It was in your elven family that there were witches....


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The only two reasons I can think of that would cause the dryads to forego this security measure, are because Mousesack obviously has no intention of staying, as he is just there to take Ciri back home ("I've come for the girl"), and Eithné insinuates the Waters of Oblivion are for those wishing to stay indefinitely: "All newcomers in the forest must ...


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This scene is left intentionally ambiguous (as in the book): One my favourite moments in Sword of Destiny is Geralt dreaming about meeting his mother. Is it a fever dream? We're actually not even sure when we read it. And that's something I really wanted to capture the essence of in the final episode, which is finally getting to understand where ...


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Yennefer's own life, because she chooses to stubbornly undervalue it. Tissaia and Yennefer have (had) extensive dialogues about the worth of the latter's life, about her fatalism, existential doubts, and, most of all, her 'legacy' - these are the traits that make her character memorable, in which she sees her weakness, but Tissaia her power. In Episode 2,...


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Featured Djinn Dryad Basilisk Hirikka (?) Striga (shtriga) Witcher (vedmak) Doppler (doppelgänger) Cursed Knight (Hans-my-Hedgehog) Urcheon = old word for hedgehog Kikimora Show appearance very different from folklore descriptions. Sylvan (Silvanus, faun) Name also used to describe forest elves in The Lord of the Rings, and tree spirits in The Chronicles of ...


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The answer was neither in the book nor in the show yet, from screenrant In Sapkowski's written version of "The Last Wish" Yennefer addresses the wish immediately after they are spared death from a crumbling ceiling (a home in the Netflix series, a tavern in the book). Saying "I heard what you wished for" and that Geralt's decision "astounded" her, it's a ...


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The effects are not explicitly stated in the Netflix series, but to lift a few quotes from the books: In The Witcher, he consumes two potions: The mixture which helped the witcher gain full control of his body was chiefly made up of veratrum, stramonium, hawthorn and spurge. The other ingredients had no name in any human language. For anyone who was ...


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The showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich gives the following explanation in an interview with ComicBook.com: We call him Jaskier... Yeah, absolutely. Jaskier is 100% in the show. It's interesting, because people ask about Jaskier all the time and why we went with his original name. It is funny, part of it was because when I read the books I read it as Dandelion (...


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Advisors Yennefer of Vengerberg - Aedirn Triss Merigold - Temeria Mousesack - Cintra (Druid, not a mage of the Brotherhood) Fringilla Vigo - Nilfgaard ? - Rivia ? - Creyden ? - Lyria ? - Brokilion ? - Arcsea Mages / Unknown region Tissaia De Vries Artorius Vigo Istredd Vanielle of Brugge Sabrina Glevissig Stregobore Irion Vilgefortz Coral Atlan Kerk ...


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According to the books, magical energy is drawn from The Force, which can be accessed through one of the four classical elements: “Why do we always draw the force from water veins? Magical energy, after all, is everywhere. It’s in the earth, isn’t it? In air, in fire?” “True.” “And earth… Here, there’s plenty of earth around here. Under our ...


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SPOILERS AHEAD!!! Even in the books it's a mystery. Andrzej Sapkowski (writer of the Netflix series) pointed out that eventually the third wish will be revealed during future episodes. What's for sure is that whatever Geralt has wished for is a wish that could save Yennefer's life. Therefore, two main theories are considered: Geralt wished to have a ...


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Jaskier is the bard's original polish firstname in the books. Jaskier translates as buttercup, a yellow-petal flower that grows in the wild. Dandelion is probably a chosen translation for Jaskier that also represents a yellow-petal flower in English. For example, in Slovakian language, his name is Blyskáč which means Ficaria Verna, also another close ...


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Here's a chart I made recently. It briefly covers the events and their time of occurrence in the series.


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Joachim gives two satisfying answers already. However, I would also add that Mousesack is not a mage but a druid and traditionally the druids have a lot closer relationship with nature and do themselves tend to live in confined groups away from modern human civilization. I don't quite remember from the books if there is a direct friendship between the ...


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I've only watched the Netflix series to date, but supposing Napoleon's comment is right: I can only comment on what I know from the books, but there the mages actually draw energy from their surroundings, specifically the elements. And the prevalent attitude seems to be that there's generally enough of it around. – Napoleon Wilson I would hazard ...


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Unnaturally youthful Geralt: Ages slowly due to his mutations Yennefer (and other mages): Preserve their youth with magic Mousesack, Visenna (and other druids): Presumably also preserve their youth with magic. Naturally youthful Calanthe & Eich: No funny business going on, just a result of using the same actors for the same characters at different ...


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Each episode of the first season of the show covers different stories from the first books by Andrzej Sapkowski. For example: Episode 1 - The End's Beginning is based on the 4th story from the book The Last Wish, called The Lesser Evil. Episode 6 - Rare Species is based on the first story from the book Sword of Destiny, called The Bounds of Reason. Even ...


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In S01E06 Rare Species, Borch Three Jackdaws gives us this insight into the nature of Geralt's wish: Borch: I can see why Geralt didn't want to lose you. Yen: What does that mean? Geralt: In Rinde. The djinn. Yen: That's why we can't escape each other. Why I feel this way inside. Geralt: No. Yen: It's not because of anything real ...


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They represent people. Do they have anything to do with the books? Yes, as you can see it's hard to decipher them without knowledge from the books. To not spoil the series for others, the last picture is: Wolf: Geralt Star: Yennefer (she had an obsidian star pendent, but was recognized by it) Swallow: Ciri (when she was young one of her nickname was ...


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