This article presents a brief introduction to the World of The Witcher 3 – some of the main characters, places and more
Let’s dig in and look for some trouble! All the information is extracted from the Witcher 3 Wiki.
The game begins at Kaer Morhen, the Witchers Keep where they live until their training is finished and can leave to start offering service (killing monsters for coin) to whoever needs it.
The opening cutscene depicts Yennefer fleeing some unknown danger in the midst of a large battle and Geraltand Vesemir several days later tracking her escape from various signs left in her wake. At the scene’s conclusion the story officially starts with Geralt in a guest room at Kaer Morhen, the stronghold of the witchers in the Blue Mountains. After proceeding through brief tutorials on movement and combat mechanics, and the sudden and terrifying appearance of the Wild Hunt, we learn that the time Geralt is actually dreaming the events at Kaer Morhen. Geralt awakes to discuss his dream with Vesemir and they resume their tracking of Yennefer’s flight as seen in the opening scene.
Kaer Morhen, the School of the Wolf is an old keep wherewitchers used to be trained. The name is a corruption of theElder Speech term Caer a’Muirehen, which means Old Sea Keep. It was named as such due to the presence of fossilized sea creatures embedded in the stones of which it was built. It is located in the mountains of the kingdom ofKaedwen, on the Gwenllech.
In older times, witchers trained and underwent mutations here, but years ago a horde of fanatics, their hatred incited by various publications defamatory to witchers, such as theMonstrum, laid siege to Kaer Morhen. The mob could not have captured the fortress nor later laid it to ruin without the help ofmages. The attackers killed every witcher or witcher in training within, except for Vesemir. This was not the complete (or nearly complete) end however for the witchers of Kaer Morhen; a handful of them were out on their paths during the time of the attack, thus surviving. Currently only Vesemir actually lives in the keep for most of the year, although some other witchers (including Geralt of Rivia) sometimes rest here between their assignments, often during the winter.
Geralt of Rivia (Polish: Geralt z Rivii) is a witcher and the main protagonist of the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski and its adaptations (including The Witcher, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt videogames). Like all Witchers, Geralt is a monster hunter for-hire. He possesses superhuman abilities, and is a master swordsman. During the Trial of the Grasses, Geralt exhibited unusual tolerance for the mutagens that grant Witchers their abilities. Accordingly, Geralt was subjected to experimental further mutagens which rendered his hair white and may have given him greater speed, strength and stamina than his fellow Witchers.
Geralt’s first name was bestowed on him by Visenna, his mother. However, despite his surname, Geralt does not hail from Rivia. In actuality, he grew up in the Witcher keep Kaer Morhen in the realm of Kaedwen.
Geralt’s first choice of name was “Geralt Roger Eric du Haute-Bellegarde,” a choice that was dismissed by his mentor Vesemir as silly and pretentious. In the end, Geralt chose the name “of Rivia” as a more practical alternative. Geralt adopted a Rivian accent to enhance the authenticity of his choice of name. At one point, Queen Meve of Lyria knighted Geralt for his valour in theBattle for the Bridge on the Yaruga, and granted him the formal title “of Rivia,” a boon which the Witcher found highly amusing. Geralt’s granted title makes him a knight of Lyria, affording him effective noble status.
Yennefer of Vengerberg was born on Belleteyn in the year 1173. She is a sorceress, and once resided in the capital city of Aedirn.She is the youngest-ever member of the Council of Sorcerers, and was later a target recruit for the Lodge of Sorceresses. She was and is romantically involved with Geralt of Rivia, and has served as a mother figure to his ward, Ciri. The lady of Vengerberg is famous for her beauty, beauty which has remained despite her stated age of 94 years (as of the events of The Tower of the Swallow.) She is well known for wearing black and white clothing, and using lilac and gooseberry perfumes. She has remarkable violet eyes and raven black hair, and is a quadroon of Elven ancestry
Like most sorceresses, Yennefer is sterile. At one point, she secretly sought a way to restore her fertility, but failed. In lieu of caring for biological children, Yennefer has acted as a mother toCirilla — the child destined for Geralt by the Law of Surprise. She taught Ciri about magic while in Ellander, at the Temple under the watchful eye of Nenneke.
Yennefer first appeared in the short story “The Last Wish” (found in The Last Wish short story collection). She later appeared in other short stories, including “Granica możliwości“, “Okruch lodu” and “Coś więcej“, one “non-canon” short story: “Coś się kończy, coś się zaczyna“, and of course all the novels in the Witcher saga.
Vesemir is the oldest and most experienced Witcher at Kaer Morhen. He is a father figure to Geralt and the other witchers. He spends each winter in the fortress and sets off on the road when spring comes. He is an excellent fencer and has great knowledge of monsters.
He is the only one of the old witchers to survive the assault on Kaer Morhen, left for dead among the corpses of his fellow witchers. However, he was only a fencing instructor and thus did not possess the knowledge necessary to create new mutagens in order to mutate mere boys into witchers. Despite his age, Vesemir is robust and lively.
In the game, Vesemir is one of the first people Geralt speaks to upon arrival at Kaer Morhen and he is the one to guide the amnesiac through his first few uncertain steps around the keep. He also tells the witcher about skinning monsters, an extremely useful skill throughout the rest of the game. Of no less importance is the fact that he introduces the character of Berengar to the plot while filling our hero in on his forgotten past.
Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, also known as Ciri or the Lion Cub of Cintra, was born in 1251 (age 21 in Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,) most likely during the Belleteyn holiday. She is a princess ofCintra, and the daughter of Pavetta and Duny. She is the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe.
While she was still an infant, Ciri’s parents were both lost in a storm at sea. They were presumed dead. She spent her youth in Cintra and the Skellige Islands, cared for by her grandmother. Ciri first met Geralt when she was lost in the forest of Brokilon. She was nearly taken by the dryads, who wished to make her one of their own. The Queen of the dryads, Eithné, unexpectedly let the girl choose her own future. Ciri chose Geralt, and wished to stay with him after they left Brokilon. However, the Witcher would not take her with him. Instead, he left her with the druid Mousesackwho was working for Calanthe.
This is only the beginning. As the series progress, I will share more information about characters and placed Geralt visits.