History VideoGame / TheWitcher3WildHunt

22nd Oct '17 8:54:27 PM MadCat221
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gaunter spares no piercing remark when dressing down Voldimir right to his face.
* TimeStandsStill: One of the many tricks that Gaunter O'Dimm has up his sleeve.



* TimeStandsStill: One of the many tricks that Gaunter O'Dimm has up his sleeve.
22nd Oct '17 11:09:06 AM CynicalBastardo
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* NostalgiaLevel: Kaer Morhen appears almost exactly as it did in the first game.
21st Oct '17 11:40:46 PM LordAndrew
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** Rescuing Ves at Mulbrydale requires you to slaughter Nilfgaardian soldiers, but in the ensuing cutscene and afterwards once you're done you'll see Nilfgaardians just standing around totally cool with you having just killed their comrades.
18th Oct '17 10:23:12 PM Haneul
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** The Nilfgaardians mostly speak with an approximate Russian/[[ANaziByAnyOtherName Germanic]] accent, which provides good contrast with the mostly British-accented Temerians, and marks them out as an invading foreign power. Their language, Elder Speech, however is somewhat reminiscent of Welsh.[[note]]It only ''looks'' like Welsh though, the words actually mean something entirely different despite being clearly derived from the language.[[/note]]

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** The Nilfgaardians mostly speak with an approximate Russian/[[ANaziByAnyOtherName Germanic]] accent, which provides good contrast with the mostly British-accented Temerians, and marks them out as an invading foreign power. Their language, Elder Speech, however is somewhat reminiscent of Welsh.[[note]]It only ''looks'' like Welsh though, the many words actually mean something entirely different despite being clearly are derived from the language.other European languages.[[/note]]



* AllForNothing: The events of ''The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings'' has revealed to have been this or lead to this. [[spoiler:Nilfgaard has reached the Pontar River, taking over Temeria and Aedirn in the process. The Temerian Army is a shell of it's former self, having turned to going underground and trying to fight the Nilfgaardian army with guerrilla tactics. Upper Aedirn folded quickly, regardless of whether Saskia is alive or dead. Redania is the only Northern Kingdom still intact, having absorbed Kaedwen during the winter. The reinstatement of the Council and Chapter is a moot point, as Radovid's hatred of magic, sorceresses, and Philippa Eilhart has led to him catering to the whims of the Church of the Eternal Fire, allowing pogroms and witch hunts to run rampant.]]

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* AllForNothing: The events of ''The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings'' has is revealed to have been this or lead to this. [[spoiler:Nilfgaard has reached the Pontar River, taking over Temeria and Aedirn in the process. The Temerian Army is a shell of it's former self, having turned to going underground and trying to fight the Nilfgaardian army with guerrilla tactics. Upper Aedirn folded quickly, regardless of whether Saskia is alive or dead. Redania is the only Northern Kingdom still intact, having absorbed Kaedwen during the winter. The reinstatement of the Council and Chapter is a moot point, as Radovid's hatred of magic, sorceresses, and Philippa Eilhart has led to him catering to the whims of the Church of the Eternal Fire, allowing pogroms and witch hunts to run rampant.]]



* BeeAfraid: Bees will sting you. Bees will REALLY sting you if you thwack their hive with, say, the [[BlownAcrossTheRoom Aard sign]]. They will also really sting up foes. You can [[CombatPragmatist create your own hazard]] at a battle site with bandits set up near a beehive or two, and remember to clean up the swarm afterward with Igni and help yourself to the honeycomb in the hive for a [[HyperactiveMetabolism healing snack]].

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* BeeAfraid: Bees will sting you. Bees will REALLY sting you if you thwack their hive with, say, the [[BlownAcrossTheRoom Aard sign]]. They will also really sting up foes. You can [[CombatPragmatist create your own hazard]] at a battle site with bandits set up near a beehive or two, and remember to clean up the swarm afterward afterwards with Igni and help yourself to the honeycomb in the hive for a [[HyperactiveMetabolism healing snack]].



* BurnTheWitch: King Radovid is supporting witch hunters and religious fanatics to find and kill his treacherous adviser, Philippa Eilhart. In result, anti-magic pogroms are going at full force in the city of Novigrad and its surrounding area. Officially, this is the actions of the Eternal Fire rather than Redania itself. [[spoiler:It requires Radovid conquering the whole of the North to begin his full-scale purge of magic across the North.]]

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* BurnTheWitch: King Radovid is supporting witch hunters and religious fanatics to find and kill his treacherous adviser, Philippa Eilhart. In result, Resultantly, anti-magic pogroms are going at full force in the city of Novigrad and its surrounding area. Officially, this is the actions of the Eternal Fire rather than Redania itself. [[spoiler:It requires Radovid conquering the whole of the North to begin his full-scale purge of magic across the North.]]



** In the play written by Pricilla, Geralt is not only playing himself, he's also reenacting one of his adventures from The Last Wish. It's the story of [[spoiler:Ciri's parents]], with the cursed suitor being replaced by a doppler.

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** In the play written by Pricilla, Priscilla, Geralt is not only playing himself, he's also reenacting one of his adventures from The Last Wish. It's the story of [[spoiler:Ciri's parents]], with the cursed suitor being replaced by a doppler.



* LesCollaborateurs: The Bloody Baron's army is made of deserters from the Temerian army who have taken to gathering supplies from the local villages for them and administrating in Nilfgaard's name. They're ''even worse'' to the peasantry than the Nilfgaard are.

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* LesCollaborateurs: The Bloody Baron's army is made of deserters from the Temerian army who have taken to gathering supplies from the local villages for them and administrating in Nilfgaard's name. They're ''even worse'' to the peasantry than the Nilfgaard Nilfgaardians are.



** Vesemir. He's a Witcher with a couple of centuries on Geralt and deeply loyal to the idea of the North, [[NotInThisForYourRevolution even if Geralt is not particularly interested in fighting the Nilfgaard this time around.]]
** Ermion, the Hierophant of the druids of Skellige, is also a pretty cool elderly fellow. He's willing to stand up against Yennefer, but still more than eager to help Ciri in every way. [[spoiler:He even travels to Kaer Morhen to help Geralt and companions face the Wild Hunt in person.]]

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** Vesemir. He's a Witcher with a couple of centuries on Geralt and deeply loyal to the idea of the North, [[NotInThisForYourRevolution even if Geralt is not particularly interested in fighting the Nilfgaard this time around.]]
** Ermion, the Hierophant of the druids of Skellige, is also a pretty cool elderly fellow. He's willing to stand up against Yennefer, but is still more than eager to help Ciri in every way. [[spoiler:He even travels to Kaer Morhen to help Geralt and companions face the Wild Hunt in person.]]



* ConservationOfNinjutsu: The Warriors of the Wild Hunt die awfully easily in a fight, considering what immense threat they represent in the context of the story and how much experience every single one of them must have. But it would be a pretty short game, otherwise. On the other hand, if you're fighting ''one'' of them, it's a mini boss battle.

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* ConservationOfNinjutsu: The Warriors of the Wild Hunt die awfully easily in a fight, considering what immense threat they represent in the context of the story and how much experience every single one of them must have. But it would be a pretty short long game, otherwise. On the other hand, if you're fighting ''one'' of them, it's a mini boss battle.



** On a personal level if Geralt made choices that caused [[spoiler:Ciri to feel worthless as a person outside of her Elder Blood (getting paid for bringing Ciri to Emhyr, say "relax, you don't have to be good at everything" when she's upset over Vesemir's death, telling her to calm down when she wants to trash Avallac'h's lab after learning of his experiments, etc). Ciri will not be confident in her fight against the White Frost, leading to her death. In Geralt's grief, he hunts down the final Crone of Crookback Bog, taking down ten relatively innocent peasants down before killing her with extreme prejudice and retrieving Ciri's old Wolf Medallion. He breaks into sobs over the medallion while monsters flood into the room, presumably killing him.]] Can be a sort of BitterSweetEnding if the world on a political scale ended up being pleasant in spite of Geralt's personally unhappy ending.

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** On a personal level if Geralt made choices that caused [[spoiler:Ciri to feel worthless as a person outside of her Elder Blood (getting paid for bringing Ciri to Emhyr, say "relax, you don't have to be good at everything" when she's upset over Vesemir's death, telling her to calm down when she wants to trash Avallac'h's lab after learning of his experiments, etc). Ciri will not be confident in her fight against the White Frost, leading to her death. In Geralt's grief, he hunts down the final Crone of Crookback Bog, taking down ten relatively innocent peasants down before killing her with extreme prejudice and retrieving Ciri's old Wolf Medallion. He breaks into sobs over the medallion while monsters flood into the room, presumably killing him.]] Can be a sort of BitterSweetEnding if the world on a political scale ended up being pleasant in spite of Geralt's personally unhappy ending.



* EarlyGameHell: The starting bits of the game, White Orchard in particular, can be a bit tricky. Everyone and everything's a higher level than you (even the basic wolves are level 5), you barely have any potions or oils to help you in your fights, you don't have much abilities, you rarely find new gear to replace your old with, you don't have a lot of money to buy new gear (and what you do have will, surprisingly often, go to smiths to repair the stuff you already have), and even healing items can be a bit rare. Things start to ease up by the time you leave White Orchard and become much easier once you complete the main quests in Velen.

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* EarlyGameHell: The starting bits of the game, White Orchard in particular, can be a bit tricky. Everyone and everything's everything is a higher level than you (even the basic wolves are level 5), you barely have any potions or oils to help you in your fights, you don't have much many abilities, you rarely find new gear to replace your old with, you don't have a lot of money to buy new gear (and what you do have will, surprisingly often, go to smiths to repair the stuff you already have), and even healing items can be a bit rare. Things start to ease up by the time you leave White Orchard and become much easier once you complete the main quests in Velen.



* FriendlyFireproof: Completely averted. If you [[CombatPragmatist position yourself well]], you can get enemy archers to shoot their own comrades in the back accidentally, while dodging a hit in a crowd will most likely lead to someone ''else'' getting accidently hurt or even killed.

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* FriendlyFireproof: Completely averted. If you [[CombatPragmatist position yourself well]], you can get enemy archers to shoot their own comrades in the back accidentally, while dodging a hit in a crowd will most likely lead to someone ''else'' getting accidently accidentally hurt or even killed.



* MadeOfPlasticine: Some of the synched kill animations on humanoids look like this. Most make sense, dismembering across bone joints (elbows, knees, [[OffWithHisHead necks]]), but the most egregious case is slashing diagonally across the torso, across the entire ribcage like the victim's body was made of plasticine.

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* MadeOfPlasticine: Some of the synched synced kill animations on humanoids look like this. Most make sense, dismembering across bone joints (elbows, knees, [[OffWithHisHead necks]]), but the most egregious case is slashing diagonally across the torso, across the entire ribcage rib cage like the victim's body was made of plasticine.



** One quest takes protagonist Geralt to a cursed and haunted island, where he finds the ghost of a young woman pleading to help her spirit leave the island. It turns out that she's a nobleman's daughter and, during a peasant uprising, her entire family was slaughtered and the invaders had planned to rape and murder her. [[spoiler:Instead, she drank a sleeping potion which [[PlayingPossum put her in a death-like state that fooled everyone]]...including her boyfriend, who ran away and wished that everyone would die. Eventually, everyone DID die and she was stuck in her fake death, unable to move as the rats in the tower ate her warm body alive. The combination of the boyfriend's curses, her CruelAndUnusualDeath, and the plague the rats carried (which is a long story in itself) turned the young woman's spirit into a Petra--a Plague Maiden that cursed the entire island.]]
** A Baron and his wife were in an unhappy marriage [[spoiler:where he beat her constantly and she found herself pregnant with a child she didn't want. The wife was eventually visited by three evil witch spirits who offered to get rid of the unborn child if the wife agreed to serve them for a year. She agreed, and not long afterward, her husband beat her so badly that she miscarried. The wife and her other daughter decided to escape from the Baron that night and left the dead fetus on the bed. The Baron found his dead child and, in his grief, buried it in an unmarked grave without giving it a name]]. The dead child transformed into a Botchling--a malevolent and murderous spirit created from babies that died unwanted or unloved.

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** One quest takes protagonist Geralt to a cursed and haunted island, where he finds the ghost of a young woman pleading to help her spirit leave the island. It turns out that she's a nobleman's daughter and, during a peasant uprising, her entire family was slaughtered and the invaders had planned to rape and murder her. [[spoiler:Instead, she drank a sleeping potion which [[PlayingPossum put her in a death-like state that fooled everyone]]...including her boyfriend, who ran away and wished that everyone would die. Eventually, everyone DID die and she was stuck in her fake death, unable to move as the rats in the tower ate her warm body alive. The combination of the boyfriend's curses, her CruelAndUnusualDeath, and the plague the rats carried (which is a long story in itself) turned the young woman's spirit into a Petra--a Pesta--a Plague Maiden that cursed the entire island.]]
** A Baron and his wife were in an unhappy marriage [[spoiler:where he beat her constantly and she found herself pregnant with a child she didn't want. The wife was eventually visited by three evil witch spirits who offered to get rid of the unborn child if the wife agreed to serve them for a year. She agreed, and not long afterward, afterwards, her husband beat her so badly that she miscarried. The wife and her other daughter decided to escape from the Baron that night and left the dead fetus on the bed. The Baron found his dead child and, in his grief, buried it in an unmarked grave without giving it a name]]. The dead child transformed into a Botchling--a malevolent and murderous spirit created from babies that died unwanted or unloved.



*** In yet another instance, O'Dimm placed a protective circle around a man who had been studing O'Dimm's true nature. He [[FauxAffablyEvil gently explains to the man]] that the circle is meant to protect him from any harm from evil, but his tone makes it clear that it's a thinly-veiled threat. Said man becomes terrified of leaving that circle for ANY reason whatsoever and thus became trapped in one spot for ''years'', where his academic prowess and knowledge goes to waste (aside from aiding the local mage hunters, whom he despises). After he gives Geralt information how to beat O'Dimm, [[spoiler:a trap is triggered which causes the man to accidentally fall out of the circle, where he bashes his head against a pile of books and fatally breaks his neck.]]

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*** In yet another instance, O'Dimm placed a protective circle around a man who had been studing studying O'Dimm's true nature. He [[FauxAffablyEvil gently explains to the man]] that the circle is meant to protect him from any harm from evil, but his tone makes it clear that it's a thinly-veiled threat. Said man becomes terrified of leaving that circle for ANY reason whatsoever and thus became trapped in one spot for ''years'', where his academic prowess and knowledge goes to waste (aside from aiding the local mage hunters, whom he despises). After he gives Geralt information how to beat O'Dimm, [[spoiler:a trap is triggered which causes the man to accidentally fall out of the circle, where he bashes his head against a pile of books and fatally breaks his neck.]]



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: While berating Geralt about how disappointed he is in the witcher's performance, Emhyr slips a detail about how internal dissent in Nilfgaard is slowing down his offensive push into the North. [[spoiler:Later, Geralt has the option to pass this information on to Dijkstra, which gives the former spymaster incentive to call off the arrangement he's made with the emperor and prolong the war against Nilfgaard. This leads to the eventual defeat of the empire and Emhry's assassination.]]

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: While berating Geralt about how disappointed he is in the witcher's performance, Emhyr slips a detail about how internal dissent in Nilfgaard is slowing down his offensive push into the North. [[spoiler:Later, Geralt has the option to pass this information on to Dijkstra, which gives the former spymaster incentive to call off the arrangement he's made with the emperor and prolong the war against Nilfgaard. This leads to the eventual defeat of the empire and Emhry's Emhyr's assassination.]]



** {{Inverted|Trope}} in one case of Skellige's crown plotline. [[spoiler:In the immediate aftermath of the massacre at An Craite's castle you get the choice between helping Hjalmar or helping Cerys. There is also the third obviously bad choice of not helping at all. Choosing the last one will result in Svanrige being crowned king. While at first it seems that he will be a puppet king under his mother, Brina Bran, and Nilfgaard; instead, in a single move, he unites all the clans under his leadership and casts aside his mother's own domineering aspirations becoming a capable ruler on his own terms. On the other hand he reforms Skellige into an absolute monarchy and both Cerys and Hjalmar die offscreen.]] So not quite as terrible as you were expecting but still pretty bad.

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** {{Inverted|Trope}} in one case of Skellige's crown plotline. [[spoiler:In the immediate aftermath of the massacre at An Craite's castle you get the choice between helping Hjalmar or helping Cerys. There is also the third obviously bad choice of not helping at all. Choosing the last one will result in Svanrige being crowned king. While at first it seems that he will be a puppet king under his mother, Brina Birna Bran, and Nilfgaard; instead, in a single move, he unites all the clans under his leadership and casts aside his mother's own domineering aspirations becoming a capable ruler on his own terms. On the other hand he reforms Skellige into an absolute monarchy and both Cerys and Hjalmar die offscreen.]] So not quite as terrible as you were expecting but still pretty bad.



* OurGryphonsAreDifferent: Very shaggy and feral-looking, and fond of horsemeat, like in the legends. Curiously, the one seen in the previews has its wings as part of its forelimbs, rather than as separate limbs.

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* OurGryphonsAreDifferent: Very shaggy and feral-looking, and fond of horsemeat, horse meat, like in the legends. Curiously, the one seen in the previews has its wings as part of its forelimbs, rather than as separate limbs.



** Dandelion. You are sent on a quest which consists of interviewing his romantic conquests in the city. They include bards, a washerwoman ([[Literature/SwordOfDestiny who he's slept with before]]), an elven tailor, housemaids, a school teacher, and a pair of Nilfgaard identical twins [[spoiler:neither who slept with him]]. What's crazier? This is only ''half'' the list of ''his most recent girlfriends'', and even then you'll find more.

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** Dandelion. You are sent on a quest which consists of interviewing his romantic conquests in the city. They include bards, a washerwoman ([[Literature/SwordOfDestiny who he's slept with before]]), an elven tailor, housemaids, a school teacher, and a pair of Nilfgaard identical twins [[spoiler:neither who slept with him]]. What's crazier? This is only ''half'' the list of ''his most recent girlfriends'', and even then you'll find more.



* SacredHospitality: A variant can be heard in Skellige NPC chatter. A raider said that he had to rescue a Nildgaardian soldier who's ship was lost since it's every sailor's duty to rescue anyone that is lost at sea. However, nothing stopped him from [[LoopholeAbuse slitting the soldier's throat once they made it back to dry land]].

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* SacredHospitality: A variant can be heard in Skellige NPC chatter. A raider said that he had to rescue a Nildgaardian Nilfgaardian soldier who's ship was lost since it's every sailor's duty to rescue anyone that is lost at sea. However, nothing stopped him from [[LoopholeAbuse slitting the soldier's throat once they made it back to dry land]].



** In White Orchard you come across a woman that had been attacked by the griffin. She will die a painless death unless you give her a Swallow potion to give her a chance to live. Geralt explicitly says that she might die a slow painful death if he gives it to her and the journal says so as well. [[spoiler:While she does live if you give her the potion, her mind was destroyed by it.]]

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** In White Orchard you come across a woman that had been attacked by the griffin. She will die a painless death unless you give her a Swallow potion to give her a chance to live. Geralt explicitly says that she might die a slow painful death if he gives it to her and the journal says so as well. [[spoiler:While she does live if you give her the potion, her mind was destroyed by it.]]



* SocketedEquipment: Tons of it. Almost every rare, unique, and/or high-level sword comes with one, two, or three sockets into which [[GreenRocks runestones]] can be fitted in order to give the weapon incremental boosts, or special stats. Same with armor, and [[GreenRocks glyphs]]. Taken to an extreme with the "Hearts of Stone" DLC, where [[spoiler:the visiting Olferi "Runewright" can drill sockets into some items that don't come with them by default (then happily turn around sell you pricey stones or "enchantments" to fill them).]]

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* SocketedEquipment: Tons of it. Almost every rare, unique, and/or high-level sword comes with one, two, or three sockets into which [[GreenRocks runestones]] can be fitted in order to give the weapon incremental boosts, or special stats. Same with armor, and [[GreenRocks glyphs]]. Taken to an extreme with the "Hearts of Stone" DLC, where [[spoiler:the visiting Olferi Ofieri "Runewright" can drill sockets into some items that don't come with them by default (then happily turn around sell you pricey stones or "enchantments" to fill them).]]



* TrainingFromHell: A par of the course for all witchers, but in this game you can actually listen to a ghost of a witcher training young candidates and find the report of the Trial of Grasses. It says that from the group of five boys aged 8-10 three died during the trial (mostly due to stroke or multiple organ failure), one survived but had to be [[MercyKill put out of his misery]] due to severe brain damage and only one survived unscathed enough to continue training.
* TwoRoadsBeforeYou: As in previous installments, the game is all about choice and consequences. For instance: Slay a monster and watch its worshipers be purged along with it, or allow them to all live, at the cost of the monster killing others? You may sometimes TakeAThirdOption, but it will carry its own consequences.

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* TrainingFromHell: A par part of the course for all witchers, but in this game you can actually listen to a ghost of a witcher training young candidates and find the report of the Trial of Grasses. It says that from the group of five boys aged 8-10 three died during the trial (mostly due to stroke or multiple organ failure), one survived but had to be [[MercyKill put out of his misery]] due to severe brain damage and only one survived unscathed enough to continue training.
* TwoRoadsBeforeYou: As in previous installments, the game is all about choice and consequences. For instance: Slay a monster and watch its worshipers worshippers be purged along with it, or allow them to all live, at the cost of the monster killing others? You may sometimes TakeAThirdOption, but it will carry its own consequences.



** There's not one but two sidequests involving a woman who decides to get vengeance on their old flame by trying the man's child with the other woman. Jonna from the "Nithing" Sub-quest was mad Lothar left her for a new family after ten years of being together, so she used a curse to try and kill his newborn son.

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** There's not one but two sidequests involving a woman who decides to get vengeance on their old flame by trying to harm the man's child with the other woman. Jonna from the "Nithing" Sub-quest was mad Lothar left her for a new family after ten years of being together, so she used a curse to try and kill his newborn son.



* TheBlank: The Caretaker. Whatever face it may have had has been scooped out and replaced with a smooth expense of flesh and a gash in the vague shape of a mouth.

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* TheBlank: The Caretaker. Whatever face it may have had has been scooped out and replaced with a smooth expense expanse of flesh and a gash in the vague shape of a mouth.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: While wandering around the wilds of Toussaint, Geralt can run into several Alps and Bruxae disguised as cloaked women (approriately named "Hooded Woman"). While walking around Beauclair, [[spoiler:you can encounter many of the exact same Hooded Women. Sure enough, it turns out Beauclair is the Vampire capital of the world, and at one point during the main quest it is attacked by a horde of Vampires, and several of the aforementioned women transform before your very eyes.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: While wandering around the wilds of Toussaint, Geralt can run into several Alps and Bruxae disguised as cloaked women (approriately (appropriately named "Hooded Woman"). While walking around Beauclair, [[spoiler:you can encounter many of the exact same Hooded Women. Sure enough, it turns out Beauclair is the Vampire capital of the world, and at one point during the main quest it is attacked by a horde of Vampires, and several of the aforementioned women transform before your very eyes.]]



* KarmaHoudini: The Witch of Lynx Crag in "A Knight's Tale". Speaking with her reveals that when a knight came to convince her to lift a drought and win the love of Daphne in the process, he instead wound up in bed with her for several nights. After the knight began to feel guilty about his infidelity, he tried to return to Daphne. The witch, being a WomanScorned, indirectly caused him to die soon afterward, which led to a heartbroken Daphne turning into a tree where she remained trapped for eons. All this time the Witch has known exactly how to free Daphne, but never divulged the information out of spite. If Geralt tries to find a cure for Daphne by any means other than groveling and begging, the Witch dooms Daphne to become a wrathful spirit that kills the very man who hired Geralt to save her. Even if he does so, the Witch is so annoyed that she casts a spell on Geralt that makes the Witch an UnPerson to him.

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* KarmaHoudini: The Witch of Lynx Crag in "A Knight's Tale". Speaking with her reveals that when a knight came to convince her to lift a drought and win the love of Daphne in the process, he instead wound up in bed with her for several nights. After the knight began to feel guilty about his infidelity, he tried to return to Daphne. The witch, being a WomanScorned, indirectly caused him to die soon afterward, afterwards, which led to a heartbroken Daphne turning into a tree where she remained trapped for eons. All this time the Witch has known exactly how to free Daphne, but never divulged the information out of spite. If Geralt tries to find a cure for Daphne by any means other than groveling and begging, the Witch dooms Daphne to become a wrathful spirit that kills the very man who hired Geralt to save her. Even if he does so, the Witch is so annoyed that she casts a spell on Geralt that makes the Witch an UnPerson to him.



** ''The Warble of a Smitten Knight'' and ''Big Game Hunter'' sidequests are lighter and softer enough to border on OutOfGenreExperience. They reduct combat to absolute and bare minimum (the first circles around TheTourney, while a big point of ''Big Game Hunter'' is to '''[[NeverTrustATitle not]]''' [[NeverTrustATitle harm any animals]]), they have a clear and unambiguous happy ending and are really heavy on their story aspect, making them much longer than an average sidequest.

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** ''The Warble of a Smitten Knight'' and ''Big Game Hunter'' sidequests are lighter and softer enough to border on OutOfGenreExperience. They reduct reduce combat to absolute and bare minimum (the first circles around TheTourney, while a big point of ''Big Game Hunter'' is to '''[[NeverTrustATitle not]]''' [[NeverTrustATitle harm any animals]]), they have a clear and unambiguous happy ending and are really heavy on their story aspect, making them much longer than an average sidequest.



* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: The story starts with a string of murders of prominent knights of the Duchy of Toussaint, with the murderer's motive seemingly to punish these knights for failing to live up to one of the five Knightly Virtues of Honor, Valor, Generosity, wisdom and Compassion. If you decide to investigate further, you'll discover that the final target was Duchess Anna Henrietta. It turns out that [[spoiler:her sister Sylvia Anna was planning to kill Anna Henrietta to take vengeance for a tragic event during her childhood, which led to Sylvia's banishment.]] The murders of the previous victims were purposefully connected to the Five Knightly Virtues so people would assume these to be divine punishments and also assume the death of Anna Henrietta to be one, allowing[[spoiler:Sylvia Anna]] to be free of suspicion.

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* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: The story starts with a string of murders of prominent knights of the Duchy of Toussaint, with the murderer's motive seemingly to punish these knights for failing to live up to one of the five Knightly Virtues of Honor, Valor, Generosity, wisdom Wisdom and Compassion. If you decide to investigate further, you'll discover that the final target was Duchess Anna Henrietta. It turns out that [[spoiler:her sister Sylvia Anna was planning to kill Anna Henrietta to take vengeance for a tragic event during her childhood, which led to Sylvia's banishment.]] The murders of the previous victims were purposefully connected to the Five Knightly Virtues so people would assume these to be divine punishments and also assume the death of Anna Henrietta to be one, allowing[[spoiler:Sylvia Anna]] to be free of suspicion.



** Wine is sacred in Toussaint, and their obsession with it actually provides a vital clue towards the main villain's identity. Most notably, the Sangrael vintage is intended to only to be drunk by members of the Ducal family, and selling it to anyone else is considered high treason.

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** Wine is sacred in Toussaint, and their obsession with it actually provides a vital clue towards the main villain's identity. Most notably, the Sangrael Sangreal vintage is intended to only to be drunk by members of the Ducal family, and selling it to anyone else is considered high treason.
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* CodeOfHonour: The knights of Toussaint have one. [[spoiler:It factors into the motives of the killer in the main plot.]]

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* CodeOfHonour: The knights of Toussaint have one. [[spoiler:It one: The Five Chivalric Virtues. [[spoiler:If Geralt exhibits all five and finds a certain location, he can gain [[InfinityPlusOneSword Aerondight]]. It also factors into the motives of the killer in the main plot.]]
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* ThunderboltIron: Or Thunderbolt Silver. Many silver blades require meteorite metals, or even alloyed meteorite silver.
10th Oct '17 4:22:43 PM MadCat221
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* GoodPaysBetter: Pretty much all situations can be resolved [[LampshadeHanging by following the five chivalric virtues]]. Most of the quests not only have a GoldenEnding, but said ending can be achieved by simply being nice and reasonable, in stark contrast to the vanilla game. There are no hidden catches, no sudden twists or later reveals after doing something genuinely good.

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* GoodPaysBetter: Pretty much all situations can be resolved [[LampshadeHanging by following the five chivalric virtues]]. Most of the quests not only have a GoldenEnding, but said ending can be achieved by simply being nice and reasonable, in stark contrast to the vanilla game. There are no hidden catches, no sudden twists or later reveals after doing something genuinely good. There are hidden checks on these actions as well; perform all five of the Virtues and you can acquire the highest-damage silver blade in the game: [[InfinityPlusOneSword Aerondight]].
10th Oct '17 9:26:58 AM MadCat221
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* DudeNotFunny: Eskel gets on Lambert's case when the latter starts callously asking about Triss's scars from the Battle of Sodden during the night of drinking before breaking Uma's curse.

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* DudeNotFunny: Eskel gets on Lambert's case when the latter starts callously asking about Triss's scars from tries to steer the Battle of Sodden drinking banter during the night of drinking before breaking Uma's curse.treatment towards Triss, while in [[LoveTriangle Geralt's and Yennefer's]] presence.
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* DudeNotFunny: Eskel gets on Lambert's case when the latter starts callously asking about Triss's scars from the Battle of Sodden during the night of drinking before breaking Uma's curse.
9th Oct '17 11:39:39 AM NubianSatyress
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%%** Although it should be noted that, however one feels about it, what Triss did was not rape by any definition; Geralt chose to have sex with her of his own free will, just not in possession of all the facts.
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