History Franchise / TheWitcher

3rd Jan '17 10:55:02 AM NubianSatyress
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** Nilfgaard seems to be some cross of AncientRome (expanding city-state, speaks language of scholars as native language, calls army units "legions"), TheSovietUnion (uses economics and culture to bully surrounding countries into submission, heavy use of secret police) and [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the bad side of Germany]] (predilection for wearing black, sun-associated imagery, policies of ethnic and cultural purity, disdain for "degenerate" outsiders).

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** Nilfgaard seems to be some cross of AncientRome (expanding city-state, speaks language of scholars as native language, calls army units "legions"), TheSovietUnion (uses economics and culture to bully surrounding countries into submission, heavy (heavy use of secret police) and [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the bad side of Germany]] (predilection for wearing black, sun-associated imagery, policies of ethnic and cultural purity, disdain for "degenerate" outsiders).
3rd Jan '17 10:10:06 AM Divra
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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Skellige Islanders are shameless Viking expies. Nilfgaard seems to be some cross of AncientRome and [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the bad side of Germany]]. The Elves seem to be inspired by ''something'', but the fandom is not sure whether it's the Celts conquered by Rome or Rome conquered by barbarians. The various Northern Kingdoms are all representative of some European Medieval Kingdom. Redania is Poland, Kaedwin is Russia, Temeria is France, Cidaris and Verden are England, Aedirn is likely Bohemia or Switzerland, Lyria is similar to Spain, and the petty kingdoms in the far north like Kovir and Povis are representative of Italy.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Skellige FantasyCounterpartCulture:
**Skellige
Islanders are shameless Viking expies. expies.
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Nilfgaard seems to be some cross of AncientRome (expanding city-state, speaks language of scholars as native language, calls army units "legions"), TheSovietUnion (uses economics and culture to bully surrounding countries into submission, heavy use of secret police) and [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the bad side of Germany]]. Germany]] (predilection for wearing black, sun-associated imagery, policies of ethnic and cultural purity, disdain for "degenerate" outsiders).
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The Elves seem to be inspired by ''something'', but the fandom is not sure whether it's the Celts conquered by Rome or Rome conquered by barbarians. barbarians.
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The various Northern Kingdoms are all representative of some European Medieval Kingdom. Redania is Poland, Kaedwin is Russia, Temeria is France, Cidaris and Verden are England, Aedirn is likely Bohemia or Switzerland, Lyria is similar to Spain, and the petty kingdoms in the far north like Kovir and Povis are representative of Italy.Italy.
* The dwarves are pretty much Jews. Renowned as craftsmen and bankers, live in main-culture communities without being a part of them, victims of casual prejudice and the occasional pogrom.



* TheWarJustBefore: The saga of novels follows a war between the Northern Realms and Empire of Nilfgaard. CD Projeckt Red's trilogy of VideoGame adaptations take place after this war and lead into another. Protagonist Geralt was the personal friend turned enemy of the Emperor, Emhyr var Emereis, and is also the adoptive father figure of Emhyr's daughter Ciri. In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3'' Emhyr hires Geralt to find the missing Ciri while he is in the midst of invading the North.

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* TheWarJustBefore: The saga of novels follows a war between the Northern Realms and Empire of Nilfgaard. CD Projeckt Red's trilogy of VideoGame adaptations take place after this war and lead into another. Protagonist Geralt was the personal friend turned enemy of the Emperor, Emhyr var Emereis, Emreis, and is also the adoptive father figure of Emhyr's daughter Ciri. In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3'' Emhyr hires Geralt to find the missing Ciri while he is in the midst of invading the North.
13th Dec '16 9:55:15 AM NubianSatyress
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: There is very little "white" or even "lighter gray" morality to be found here. In most cases, choices have to be made between letting a horrible person win, or letting a ''really'' horrible person win.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: There is very little "white" or even "lighter gray" morality to be found here. In most cases, choices have to be made between letting a horrible person win, or letting a ''really'' horrible person win. Even heroic characters like Triss and Yennefer are lying and manipulative, and Geralt admits to being an UnscrupulousHero on several occasions, especially calling himself a "murderer".
13th Dec '16 9:36:00 AM Zaptech
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* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Boy, do they ever. We get to see Geralt do this a lot from his perspective and he seems to be an extreme case even by Witcher standards (the other Witchers refer to him as "Pretty boy" due to is way with the ladies). However, most other major characters are just as promiscuous, and several plausible theories are offered as to why. On the one hand, it's seen as the natural consequence of [[GladToBeAliveSex living dangerous lives]] amongst TheBeautifulElite while being immune to all disease and universally infertile. On the other hand, some characters (such as Dandelion) theorize that people and creatures brimming with magic tend to be drawn to one-another, which he says explain why Witchers and Sorceresses are such a common pairing. That being said, Dandelion is neither of these things and he's another ''very'' extreme case of promiscuity.

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* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Boy, do they ever. We get to see Geralt do this a lot from his perspective and he seems to be an extreme case even by Witcher standards (the other Witchers refer to him as "Pretty boy" due to is way with the ladies). However, most other major characters are just as promiscuous, and several plausible theories are offered as to why. On the one hand, it's seen as the natural consequence of [[GladToBeAliveSex living dangerous lives]] amongst TheBeautifulElite while being immune to all disease and universally infertile. On the other hand, some characters (such as Dandelion) theorize that people and creatures brimming with magic tend to be drawn to one-another, which he says explain why Witchers and Sorceresses are such a common pairing. That being said, Dandelion is neither of these things and he's another ''very'' extreme case of promiscuity.
13th Dec '16 9:28:57 AM Zaptech
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: There is very little "white" or even "lighter gray" morality to be found here. In most cases, choices have to be made between letting a horrible person win, or letting a ''really'' horrible person win. Even the "heroes" of the saga tend to be lying, murdering, raping {{jerkass}}es. It's just that their world hasn't quite evolved to more modern morality, and the antagonists tend to be that much worse by comparison.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: There is very little "white" or even "lighter gray" morality to be found here. In most cases, choices have to be made between letting a horrible person win, or letting a ''really'' horrible person win. Even the "heroes" of the saga tend to be lying, murdering, raping {{jerkass}}es. It's just that their world hasn't quite evolved to more modern morality, and the antagonists tend to be that much worse by comparison.
12th Dec '16 12:58:19 PM NubianSatyress
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: There is very little "white" or even "lighter gray" morality to be found here. In most cases, choices have to be made between letting a horrible person win, or letting a ''really'' horrible person win. Even the "heroes" of the saga tend to be lying, murdering, raping {{jerkass}}es. It's just that their world hasn't quite evolved to more modern morality, and the antagonists tend to be that much worse by comparison.
12th Dec '16 12:53:22 AM DivineDeath
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* TinMan: It's commonly propagated, rumored and believed that witchers are incapable of feeling emotion, even by witchers themselves. However, both the books and games show that this isn't true at all, and Geralt in particular frequently expresses bitterness about it.

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* TinMan: It's commonly propagated, rumored and believed that witchers are incapable of feeling emotion, even by witchers themselves. However, both the books and games show that this isn't true at all, all. All the various witcher characters have distinct personalities and Geralt in particular run the full gamut of emotions. Geralt, who appears to adhere to the stereotype the most simply on account of being TheStoic, is himself fully aware that it doesn't apply to him, and frequently expresses bitterness about it.
7th Dec '16 12:46:54 PM NubianSatyress
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* FaunsAndSatyrs: Succubi in this series are a blend of the popular demonic type creature, with horns and hooved feet that physically resemble satyrs and satyresses.
5th Dec '16 7:29:19 AM NubianSatyress
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* WorldOfSnark

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* WorldOfSnarkWorldOfBuxom: Just about every woman, from the Sorceresses of the Lodge to Skellige Shieldmaidens to peasant women are all well-endowed and shapely. Even grown-up Ciri has an impressive chest. Further, the more "important" a woman is to the plot, the more willing she is to have little fabric covering her chest. Again, even Ciri counts on this.
* WorldOfSnark: Due to the WorldHalfEmpty and WorldOfJerkass nature of the work, the savviest characters are aware of their setting's immense dangers as well as the fact that everyone is pretty much out for themselves. The only levity they can allow themselves is to make fun of the seriousness.
4th Dec '16 11:42:07 AM NotSoBadassLongcoat
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'''The Witcher''' franchise started off as a collection of [[CharacterOverlap loosely connected]] {{dark|Fantasy}} [[LowFantasy Low]]/HeroicFantasy short stories which deconstructed classic FairyTales and then evolved into a series of (so far) eight novels with a strong MythArc. Written by the Polish author Creator/AndrzejSapkowski during TheNineties, the books were translated into multiple languages (including Russian and German) and adapted into comics, the Film[=/=]LiveActionTV series ''The Hexer'', and [[TabletopGame/TheWitcherGameOfImagination TheWitcher tabletop RPG]]. The franchise first gained widespread attention in the English-speaking world, though, with the release of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'', a video game adaptation-slash-sequel by the then-unknown Polish developer studio, Creator/CDProjektRed. English translations of the original novels have followed. As of 2016, six of the eight books have received official English translations. The English versions released in the 2010s have also been fan translated, and are freely available at The Witcher Forum (Video Game) Community "Our Community Fan Translations" Page.

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'''The Witcher''' franchise started off as a collection of [[CharacterOverlap loosely connected]] {{dark|Fantasy}} [[LowFantasy Low]]/HeroicFantasy short stories which deconstructed classic FairyTales and then evolved into a series of (so far) eight novels with a strong MythArc. Written by the Polish author Creator/AndrzejSapkowski during TheNineties, the books were translated into multiple languages (including Russian and German) and adapted into comics, the Film[=/=]LiveActionTV series ''The Hexer'', and [[TabletopGame/TheWitcherGameOfImagination TheWitcher tabletop RPG]]. The franchise first gained widespread attention in the English-speaking world, though, with the release of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'', a video game adaptation-slash-sequel by the then-unknown Polish developer studio, Creator/CDProjektRed. Creator/CDProjektRed, English translations of the original novels have followed. As of 2016, six of the eight books have received official English translations. The English versions released in the 2010s have also been fan translated, and are freely available at The Witcher Forum (Video Game) Community "Our Community Fan Translations" Page. \n Also, it was announced in 2016 that an English-language movie is in production, written by TV veteran Thania St. John based on two short stories from ''The Last Wish'' collection (''The Witcher'' and ''Lesser Evil'') and produced by Sean Daniel Company, responsible for the adaptation of James S.A. Corey's ''Series/TheExpanse''.



The first five novels are collectively known as the Witcher Saga. In addition to these, there were two loosely related short stories: ''Droga, z której się nie wraca'' ("Road of No Return") a prequel telling the tale of Geralt's parents) and ''Coś się kończy, coś się zaczyna'' (''Something Ends, SomethingBbegins'') a non-canonical story of Geralt's and Yennefer's wedding).

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The first five novels are collectively known as the Witcher Saga. In addition to these, there were two loosely related short stories: ''Droga, z której się nie wraca'' ("Road of No Return") a prequel telling the tale of Geralt's parents) and ''Coś się kończy, coś się zaczyna'' (''Something Ends, SomethingBbegins'') Something Begins'') a non-canonical story of Geralt's and Yennefer's wedding).
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