Show Notes – Extra Lore 41 (The Witcher)

This week, we sit down to look at the Witcher series – please note that this episode serves as merely a brief summary and overall introduction to the series.


Summary of Episodes

The Witcher video games are based on a renowned fantasy book series by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The book series is made up of 2 short story collections and 6 novels. The short story collections introduce many of the major characters and do a lot of world building, and the novels tell the story of Geralt and Ciri. These books take place several years before the beginning of the first game and provide a lot of background information on the characters and world. They do not spoil the story of the games in any way.

The books do an excellent job of providing an explanation to the multiple references that the cast of characters make throughout the game series, providing significant amounts of in-depth background information on the world and other characters. During the centuries preceding the stories, most of the Continent’s southern regions have been taken over by the Nilfgaard Empire; the north belongs to the fragmented Northern Kingdoms. The Witcher saga takes place in the aftermath of the first major war between the Nilfgaard Empire and the Northern Kingdoms, with a second war beginning in the middle of the series.  

Evil is evil. Lesser, greater, middling…makes no difference. The degree is arbitrary. The definition’s blurred. If I’m to choose between one evil and another…I’d rather not choose at all.

Geralt of Rivia

Intro Session
Discussion Timestamps

0:03:30 | Team’s Exposure to Extra Lore

0:15:30 | Housekeeping

0:17:00 | High Level Summary

0:21:00 | Geralt of Rivia

0:24:30 | Terms of Note in Series

0:28:30 | Law of Surprise

0:30:30 | Sorcerer Organizations

0:34:00 | Magic in the Witcher

0:41:00 | The Signs of Witchers

0:47:30 | The Wild Hunt

0:49:00 | Yennefer of Vengenberg

0:52:30 | Ciri

0:53:30 | Dandelion

0:57:30 | Triss Merigold

1:00:30 | Closing Notes

Advanced Session
Discussion Timestamps

0:01:30 | Book Summary

0:35:30 | Overview of Games

0:39:00 | Summary of The Witcher

0:52:00 | Summary of Witcher 2

1:06:30 | Summary of Witcher 3

1:15:00 | Final Comments & Shoutouts

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Links Mentioned in Show

Further Sources of Information

  • The Official Witcher Wikia (link)
  • A Witcher Primer, Polygon (link)
  • Summary of Witcher Series, Wikipedia (link)
  • Plot Summary of The Witcher, Wikipedia (link)
  • Plot Summary of Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Wikipedia (link)
  • Plot Summary of Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Wikipedia (link)

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