Immersed in Witcher fantasy: Season of Storms

INTRODUCTION

What makes the final story in Sapkowski’s Witcher Series so great is the fact that it stands on its own with its own fun story. Season of Storms is technically the first book of the series for it takes place BEFORE Geralt helps break the striga curse on King Foltest’s daughter. Since it really has nothing to do with the main story arch other than to set up the characters and Geralt’s trade, it is actually more beneficial to read this book last.

Synopsis of Season of Storms: Geralt of Rivia, the famous White Wolf, a powerful Witcher, and defender of humanity, is just not having a good month. Sorcerers are plotting against him, contracts are not panning out as planned, hundreds of hybrid monsters are on the loose and endangering countless human lives, and, to top everything, Geralt’s steel and silver swords have been stolen and are on the verge of being auctioned off. Everything that can go wrong is going wrong and time is running out for Geralt to reclaim what every Witcher cannot go without.

Since this story stands on its own, there really aren’t any major references to it found in Witcher III: Wild Hunt. There are perhaps one or two major things, but other than those, this article is going to be just a tad different than the others. This will be more of an “extra references” article where I am just going to create blurbs, whether they be long or short, for any references I was able to find. This is also the one book I have not read as many times as the others. While I have read the other seven books four times, I have only read Season of Storms twice. Granted, this number will go up, but for this article, I am basing all of my findings on two times through. So, without further ado, for the FINAL time, let us begin.

**FINAL SPOILER WARNING: I will give the constant reminder that spoilers will be present in all of these articles. I will also try to refer to spoilers and give warnings as they appear throughout my articles. If anyone has not read or played the games and does not wish for anything to be spoiled, please stop reading now… To be honest, if you’ve made it this far, then you really don’t care about anything being spoiled anymore, do you?**

 

WITCHER TRADE AND SWORDS

While the main story arc of Sapkowski’s Witcher series had its moments that focused on what Witchers were capable of, it didn’t really truly focus on the Witcher trade itself. Readers get a brief introduction to this trade in The Last Wish, but in Season of Storms, Sapkowski offers a more in-depth look behind Geralt’s profession. From Geralt’s swords to monster contracts to the signs Witchers use and other aspects players would be more familiar with from Witcher III: Wild Hunt can be found in this book. For this article, I will really only be focusing on two aspects of the Witcher trade as Season of Storms is a wonderful story for readers to experience themselves: Witcher signs and their steel and silver swords.

*SIGNS

Let us begin with the signs Witchers use. These signs that Witchers can cast were actually, I believe, the reason why Sapkowski had originally called Geralt a “Spellmaker”[i] rather than a “Witcher” when he wrote his first story about the White Wolf. Players know these signs very well considering they can use them all the time in Witcher III: Wild Hunt, and throughout the book series, there are times readers will come across Geralt using the sign of Igni or Axii, but in Season of Storms, Geralt actually uses the signs more times within a novel than any of the other books.

*SWORDS

Weapons play a large role within this story, namely a Witcher’s two swords. In the books and the game, players and readers both know how important swords are to a Witcher: one blade of steel and one blade of silver. These two weapons are what truly make a Witcher a Witcher and Geralt even said in Season of Storms, “My swords are my existence; I can’t do my job without them”.[ii] But what would happen if a Witcher were to lose not one, but both of his blades? Welcome to Geralt’s adventures of having to go a month without his swords due to them being stolen in Season of Storms.

There is a reference to Geralt’s stolen swords in the Hearts of Stone expansion. While this expansion does not have many references to Sapkowski’s books (more containing similarities to the German legend Faust), the most important reference can be found at the end of the quest Evil’s Soft First Touches when Gaunter O’Dimm tells Geralt how he can fulfill Olgierd’s first two wishes. When Gaunter mentions the Borsodi auction house, Geralt says that his swords were almost auctioned off there and that the auction was actually in Novigrad.

In Season of Storms, the Borsody brothers’ auction house is, in fact, in Novigrad. (Yes, you are reading the spelling correctly. Another small inconsistency I found between the book and the game: Sapkowski spelled the name with a “y” and CD Projekt Red spelled the name with an “i”… don’t judge me, my inner editor is coming out with this one. Mini tangent over… moving on.) Geralt discovered that his swords were there after speaking with one of Dandelion’s contacts. The auction house was considered the “biggest and most renowned collectors’ fair” and it was where very rare and unique items are sold for ridiculous sums. Geralt knew that his swords would be hot items to purchase and knew he had to reach Novigrad before the auction occurred.[iii]

Yet even without their swords, Witchers are trained to use anything at their disposal to protect themselves as well as others. In this story, Geralt’s weapons of choice include a broom and a Coopers stave to dispatch of some pesky humans and a piece of a rail along with his bare hands to take care of a mutated monster. Can we just quickly focus on the fact that Geralt is a total badass?

What I liked in Season of Storms was the fact that Geralt’s swords are given the attention no other book has given them before. Sapkowski went into great detail to describe both of the swords from one of the character’s point of view and it really gives readers an excellent visual.

“’The first sword is steel. Siderite steel, iron ore from a meteorite. Forged in Mahakam, in the dwarven hammer works. Total length forty and a half inches, the blade alone twenty-seven and one quarter. Splendid balance, the weight of the blade is precisely equal to the weight of the hilt, the entire weapon certainly weighs less than forty ounces. The execution of the hilt and cross guard is simple, but elegant.

‘And the second sword, of a similar length and weight, is silver. Partially, of course. A steel tang fitted with silver, also the edges are steel, since pure silver is too soft to be sharpened effectively. On the cross guard and along the entire length of the blade there are runic signs and glyphs considered by my experts indecipherable, but undoubtedly magical.’”[iv]

Players are all too familiar with the runes and glyphs of Geralt’s swords from Witcher III: Wild Hunt, but do they truly know what the runes mean? The meaning is revealed in Season of Storms when Geralt FINALLY gets his swords back. He was at an inn with Dandelion when a Witcher from the School of the Cat decided to pick a fight with Geralt. The Cat believed Geralt was traveling to Vizima to claim the reward promised by King Foltest for lifting the curse on his daughter (the contract Geralt takes on in “The Witcher” story in The Last Wish). When Geralt refused to fight him, the Cat grabbed an innocent priestess and threatened Geralt that if he did not fight, than the woman would die.[v]

It was then that a stranger in the inn placed an oblong package on the table before Geralt: a package containing two items he knew all too well.

“A sword of siderite steel, total length forty and one half inches, the blade twenty-seven and one quarter inches long. Weight: thirty-seven ounces. The hilt and cross guard simple, but elegant.

The second sword, of a similar length and weight: silver. Partially, of course, for pure silver is too soft to take a good edge. Magical glyphs on the cross guard, runic signs along the entire length of the blade.

Pyral Pratt’s expert had been unable to decipher them, demonstrating his poor expertise in so doing. The ancient runes formed an inscription. Dubhenn haern am glândeal, morc’h am fhean aiesin. My gleam penetrates the darkness, my brightness disperses the gloom.”[vi]

With his swords back where they belonged, Geralt was able to threaten the Cat into calling off the fight and letting the priestess go.

Speaking of the School of the Cat…

 

SCHOOL OF THE CAT

Many Witcher schools are mentioned within Witcher III: Wild Hunt, but hardly any of them make an appearance within the book series. Perhaps CD Projekt Red made them up? Perhaps Sapkowski created more that have yet to be revealed in an as of yet unpublished/ untranslated work? Here is to hoping for the latter… Regardless of a fan’s fantasies, there is one school that does make an appearance in the game that is mentioned in Season of Storms: The School of the Cat.

In the game, the School of the Cat is known to be the school where unpredictable and violent Witchers are bred and Sapkowski most certainly portrayed them that way whenever they make an appearance or are mentioned in his books. Their reputations precede them no matter where they go and even the sorcerers Geralt meets in Season of Storms know of them as “psychopaths who were amused by the killing being wrought around them.”[vii] They have also ruined business for other Witchers as the School of the Cat Witchers hire themselves out for everything: “to spy, to guard, even to assassinate.”[viii]

Geralt comes across one of these Cats towards the end of Season of Storms, as I mentioned in the previous section. After the Cat leaves, Dandelion brings up their reputation.

“The notorious Cats. Witchers – but failures. They nicknamed themselves ‘Cats,’ because they really are like cats: aggressive, cruel, unpredictable and impulsive. And Geralt, as usual, is making light of it in order not to worry us. Because there was a threat and a significant one. It’s a miracle it went off without a fight, blood or corpses. There would have been a massacre, like there was in Iello four years ago.”[ix]

Not much is given regarding this massacre of Iello, but players get to witness the aftermath of a massacre of their own caused by a Cat in Witcher III: Wild Hunt during the downloadable quest Where the Cat and Wolf Play.

 

SORCERERS & SORCERESSES

While I referred to the School of Aretuza for sorceresses during my article on The Time of Contempt, there is actually a second school in the Witcher world for sorcerers that is not mentioned until Season of Storms. The School of Ban Ard is the school for young men aspiring to be sorcerers and it is actually also on the Isle of Thanedd.[x] I would assume the Isle is not that big, so why it doesn’t make an appearance or why it isn’t even mentioned in The Time of Contempt, I’m not entirely sure.

But this brings up an interesting fact about this book for this is the first book in Sapkowski’s series that actually mentions sorcerers, in general.[xi] The sorcerers are in no way better than sorceresses when it comes to lying, manipulating, and deceiving, and they most certainly take Geralt for one heck of a ride as they hire him on for a contract. His contract leads Geralt to dealing with a crazed sorcerer named Sorel Degerlund. He was a young prodigy sorcerer who was very skilled for his age, but had a twisted mindset (very much like Vilgefortz).

As for the latter subject of this section, will Geralt ever learn? Geralt becoming involved with sorceresses has become a staple for both Sapkowski’s books as well as the Witcher games. Granted, the main three sorceresses he has had relations with throughout the books were Yennefer, Triss, and Fringilla, but Season of Storms adds one more to the batch: Lytta Neyd, also known as Coral.

It’s actually funny because Coral is the main reason Geralt’s swords were stolen in the first place and when he planned to confront her, Dandelion tried to talk him out of it, but then realized his argument was pretty much in vain.

“’She’s a sorceress. An enchantress and a woman in one; in a word, an alien species that doesn’t submit to rational understanding, and functions according to mechanisms and principles incomprehensible to ordinary men. Why am I telling you this, anyway? You know it very well. You have indeed, very rich experience in this matter…’”[xii]

Lytta received her nickname by not only the colors she wore, for she had on coral-red lipstick when Geralt first met her and her cheeks had a peachy shade to them, but also because she had red hair.[xiii] Coral is referenced to once in Witcher III: Wild Hunt during the quest The Nobleman Statuette.

All right, Triss fans, if you don’t hate me now, you are REALLY going to hate me after these references I’m going to mention here. These are references that are not in the game, but I must officially complete my defense on behalf of Yennefer and Geralt.

When he first met Coral in Season of Storms, he could not stop looking at her red hair. He pictured it being the color one would find on a fox and then began to dream about freckles accompanying those beautiful locks. However, Geralt snapped out of his daydream because he began to think of another certain sorceress who took advantage of him after he and Yennefer had a fight.[xiv]

“Geralt felt an anxiety, forgotten and dormant, suddenly awaking somewhere deep inside him. He had a strange and inexplicable inclination towards redheads in his nature, and several times that particular colouring had made him do stupid things. Thus he ought to be on his guard, and the Witcher made a firm resolution in that regard. His task was actually made easier. It was almost a year since he’d stopped being tempted by that kind of stupid mistake.”[xv]

I had to include this passage because these are words from Sapkowski himself who always meant for Geralt and Yennefer to be together. Geralt said that the sight of red hair reminded him of a mistake, meaning him being with Triss for the time they were together was a MISTAKE.

Now let us look at a few examples where Yennefer is mentioned in Season of Storms. Coral asked Geralt why he was with Yennefer. While Geralt couldn’t answer her question because he didn’t know the reason himself, he did tell her that, “There are certain women… One look is enough…”[xvi]

Another example actually refers back to when we talked about the Borsody auction house. While the game states that Geralt’s swords were nearly auctioned off, in the book, his swords actually were auctioned off. Here is another little spoiler for you guys. Geralt and Yennefer were fighting during the events of Season of Storms (this is really no surprise for they did argue a lot in their early years of being together); however, despite this, Yennefer caught word of Geralt’s swords being stolen from him. Using quite a bit of coin and deceit and trickery from a sorceress, she was able to acquire his swords and have them returned to him, though she remained anonymous so Geralt would never know it was her… though I think he secretly did.[xvii]

The final example is found towards the end of the book. During his adventures in this book, Geralt comes into contact with a shapeshifting creature called an aguara. This creature had the ability to turn into a woman and a fox and had the ability to cast illusions to throw off whoever was hunting her. We will talk about it in a few sections, but in a nutshell, Geralt helped the aguara and as a thank you, she allowed him to touch her face. By doing so, she allowed him to see what he dreamed of… and turned into Yennefer.[xviii]

So… in ultimate conclusion regarding this subject… Geralt and Yennefer belong together. And thus, I have rested my case. I know I won’t change the minds of those who love Triss and Geralt being together, but I will most certainly back up the author on who he ultimately wanted to be together.

 

MONSTERS

Witchers are monster hunters so, of course, monsters have to make an appearance. Various monsters are scattered throughout the various books and players, no doubt, come across monsters all the time in Witcher III: Wild Hunt; however, monsters make quite a large appearance in Season of Storms. In this article, they get their own section monsters have a more dominant presence in this one book than any other individual book in the series. Readers not only get to witness Geralt in a couple of fights, but they also get to witness his more heartfelt side, the side where not all creatures that are considered monsters are, in fact, “monsters.”

Many of the monsters Geralt encounters and has to fight are actually hybrid monsters created by sorcerers. Season of Storms actually begins with Geralt fighting one of these creatures. It was called an idr and it has the appearance of a giant grasshopper.[xix] Another one of these hybrids was called a vigilosaur which resembled a two-legged lizard mixed with a wyvern that was the size of a Great Dane. Geralt was forced to fight this one with his bare hands for the entertainment of the rich.[xx] Then there are ogre-troll hybrids who serve as henchmen to the sorcerer Degerlund and Geralt and numerous encounters with them whenever he came in contact with the sorcerer.

Of course, both players and readers alike know that Geralt does not only fight and kill monsters, but also helps those who need it. While sailing to Novigrad to the Borsody auction house, Geralt and the crew on the ship encounter an aguara, a shapeshifter that can change between the form of a fox and the form of a woman.[xxi] The crew had stolen her daughter and she pursued them to get her daughter back. One of the men ended up killing the daughter by accident after trying to have his way with her and this upset the aguara who then forced illusions on the men, making them lost within a swamp.

To save his life and the lives of the remaining men after their adventure through the illusion, Geralt offers the body of the dead daughter to the aguara, taking upon himself whatever fate the creature had in store for the other men.[xxii] Thankfully, readers find out the aguara’s daughter was faking being dead and the aguara returned to him to reward him for what he had done.[xxiii]

Another monster was actually a man who was cursed as a werewolf. A while back, Geralt had taken a contract to get rid of a werewolf. Instead of killing him, Geralt lied to the villagers saying he did and allowed the man/ werewolf to go free. Geralt sought the help of this same werewolf to help him find Degerlund when the sorcerer had fled and hidden somewhere. I found myself really enjoying this part because since Geralt had spared the werewolf, the man had found another werewolf and they had created a family together. When Geralt asked him for help, the werewolf agreed without hesitation.[xxiv] This truly shows Geralt’s heart and how it has been proven time and time again in Sapkowski’s books and in Witcher III: Wild Hunt that not all monsters are “monsters.”

 

NIMUE/ THE LADY OF THE LAKE

There are DEFINITE SPOILERS on this topic for it also refers to the ending of Season of Storms, so stop reading now if you don’t want the ending spoiled.

Readers will be familiar with Nimue verch Wledyr ap Gwyn, the sorceress who is considered the Lady of the Lake in the last book of Sapkowski’s series and the one who is obsessed with uncovering the truth behind the story of the witcher and the witcher girl. Since the events in Season of Storms occur well before the events of The Lady of the Lake, readers get to meet Nimue as a child. In this book, she was a young girl aspiring to become a sorceress and was traveling to Gors Velen to enroll into the School of Aretuza.

On her travels to the school, Nimue was attacked by one of the hybrid monsters created by Degerlund in the middle of the woods. She was alone with no one around to help her, but before the monster even had a chance to attack her, she was rescued by a stranger with two swords and white hair. She knew it was impossible, for the Witcher was said to have died years earlier, but she was convinced that the man who had saved her was none other than Geralt of Rivia (this may seem confusing to anyone reading this, but any scene involving Nimue actually takes place AFTER what happened with Geralt and Ciri and everyone else… this is why you all need to read the books so you can enjoy the story from the very beginning).

The man told her that Geralt had died over a hundred years ago, but said he would have been happy to hear that people remembered him after all that time. Nimue continued to defend her case, saying that Geralt did not die and that he was taken to the Land of Apple Trees, but that he will return someday.[xxv] This small bit actually refers to our favorite quest Novigrad Dreaming. When you pick the option “She was there when I died,” Geralt speaks of when he died during the massacre in Rivia and how Ciri had him and Yennefer carried onto a boat where they sailed to a place where apple trees bloom eternal. This island was the island of Avalon.[xxvi]

Remember I mentioned there was one more scene in Sapkowski’s series that made me cry? It was actually the ending of Season of Storms. This man gives an absolutely beautiful speech to Nimue about how darkness will always exist, but that there will always be hope, there will always be witchers to fight against it.

“’There are things to be afraid of. Because darkness will always, always exist. And Evil will always rampage in the darkness, there will always be fangs and claws, killing and blood in the darkness. And witchers will always be necessary. And let’s hope they’ll always appear exactly where they’re needed. Answering the call for help. Rushing to where they are summoned. May they appear with sword in hand. A sword whose gleam will penetrate the darkness, a sword whose brightness disperses the gloom.”[xxvii]

 

SMALLER/ SHORTER EXTRAS

While this whole article, as I mentioned, is pretty much nothing but extra references, this section contains book references that still make an appearance within Witcher III: Wild Hunt, but are so minute in detail that their descriptions will most likely be a couple paragraphs or less.

*FAIRY TALES

Yes! After a bit of a hiatus in the last few books of the series, Season of Storms offers more references to fairy tales! If you all remember, this had its own section in my first article of Sapkowski’s The Last Wish. Unfortunately, the fairy tales referenced to in this book are just that, references, but they are still fun to read about.

After his encounter with the Witcher from the School of the Cat, he asked a young woman about the contract the Cat had mentioned. She told Geralt that the King of Temeria, King Foltest, had a daughter who was placed under a spell, though rumors were going around as to what exactly was wrong with the princess.

“’She had been pricked by a spindle and consigned to eternal sleep. The poor thing, so the rumour goes, is lying in a coffin in a castle overrun with hawthorn. According to another rumor the coffin is made of glass and was placed at the top of a glass mountain. According to yet another the princess was turned into a swan. According to still one more into an awful monster, a striga. As a result of a curse, because the princess was the fruit of an incestuous union.’”[xxviii]

While readers know the last rumor to be the truth, the other rumors will sound familiar to anyone who loves to read or who grew up with fairy tales. The more obvious tales are the first and third rumor. The first rumor refers to “Sleeping Beauty” while the third refers to “The Swan Princess”. The second rumor is probably more unfamiliar to readers, but it is actually tale from the Brothers Grimm titled “The Glass Coffin.”

*ROACH

Roach is a name of many horses. Yes, you read this correctly for Geralt’s faithful companion has never been just one horse. While it is never fully explained why Geralt chose this particular name, any horse he acquires on his adventures is always named Roach.

While a Roach of some sort has made an appearance in most, if not all of the books, I did not want to talk about him/her until now because he/she makes a more dominant appearance in Season of Storms. If anything, this book shows just how much he cares for his steeds,[xxix] excluding his Roach in Baptism of Fire who is so skittish that Geralt constantly threatens to trade it in… even though he never does.[xxx]

Geralt’s care for his horse can actually be found in a very entertaining side contract quest Equine Phantoms. This is the one and only quest that solely involves Geralt and Roach and while it pokes fun at the many frustrating and odd things Roach does throughout Witcher III: Wild Hunt, it does reference the bond the horse and Witcher form on their travels.

*DEMONS

While demons do not make an actual appearance in any of Sapkowski’s books, they are mentioned in this book. The sorcerers hire Geralt when there is a string of gruesome murders occurring in neighboring villages and they believe a demon had possessed someone to commit those crimes.

Geralt’s only interactions with demons, that he mentioned, were with a wolf and a human who were each possessed. In the end, he had to kill both the wolf and the human which merely sent the demon away for there is no way anyone could kill a demon, even a Witcher.[xxxi]

There is a subtle reference to this in Witcher III: Wild Hunt during the Skellige quest Possession. Geralt is given the task to free Jarl Udalryk from the Hym possessing him. This isn’t a flat out reference to Season of Storms, but there are similarities.

*CONJUNCTION OF SPHERES

I don’t believe I have dedicated a section to this phenomenal event in any of my articles, so let me give a brief rundown as to what it is.

This event is briefly referred to a number of times within various books of the series (I do remember mentioning it in my Baptism of Fire article[xxxii]). In Sapkowski’s Witcher world, multiple worlds, planes, and times exist outside of each other, each unaware of one another. A phenomenon occurred (I can’t remember when in the timeline) where all of these worlds, planes, and times meshed together and all things living within these places all ended up in one world.

“’Do you know that other worlds, different from ours, exist, which the Conjunction of Spheres cut off access to? Universes, called elemental and para-elemental planes.’”[xxxiii]

The Conjunction of Spheres is Sapkowski’s way of showing how all of the characters and creatures we know from fantasy coexist: why humans, elves, dwarves, vampires, griffins, dragons, specters, etc. all coexist on the same world. I think this is a very clever creation on Sapkowski’s part and CD Projekt Red had fun with it during the quest Tedd Deireadh, The Final Age when they have the Conjunction begin again and as you run through the quest, you see various creatures and people coming together and fighting one another.

*GOLDEN ORIOLE

I had to put this one in here because as players know from the games, each potion is given a name: Swallow, Golden Oriole, Black Blood, Cat, White Honey, and the list goes on. In the books, it is very rare for any potions Geralt used to be mentioned by name. There is a reference to a potion mentioned in Season of Storms that is a potion to be created in Witcher III: Wild Hunt: Golden Oriole.

“The elixir, called Golden Oriole, was used as a panacea which was particularly effective against every kind of poisoning, infections and the action of all kinds of venoms and toxins. Golden Oriole had saved Geralt more often than he could remember…”[xxxiv]

In the book, Geralt had to take Golden Oriole because he had been captured by the sorcerer Sorel Degerlund. Degerlund injected Geralt with white scorpion venom which the Witcher had never encountered before. His body almost couldn’t fight it, but his mutations were able to fight the poison and save his life while the venom would have pretty much instantly killed any normal human.[xxxv] After he managed to escape the sorcerer did Geralt have the chance to take Golden Oriole to ensure the poison in his body was completely neutralized.

*GERALT HATES PORTALS

It is mentioned a number of times in Witcher III: Wild Hunt how much Geralt hates using portals. This hatred of using portals returns in Season of Storms as the Witcher expresses yet another story to back the way he feels. In order to get to where he needs to go quickly for their contract, the sorcerers open portals for Geralt every day to teleport him to someplace new. The sorcerers guarantee their portals are absolutely safe, but no matter how much they try to comfort him with this fact, Geralt had seen too many people go into portals and not come out in one piece or come out in multiple pieces.[xxxvi]

As he mentioned a story of someone walking through a portal and only half of them coming out in “The Last Wish” story in The Last Wish,[xxxvii] Geralt referred to another horror story he witnessed with someone using a portal in this book. At the beginning of his career as a Witcher, Geralt visited a place where nobles and wealthy people were being entertained by a new fad where people could be teleported from one place to another. A man chose to go through a portal and came out split cleanly in half. He fell apart in front of everyone, his insides spilling out for all to see.[xxxviii]

*GERALT AND KIDS

Something I have noticed when rereading the books and replaying the game is actually how Geralt interacts with children. No, this does not refer to Geralt having kids or even how Geralt acts around Ciri when she is a child (though I will refer to when he first met her because he didn’t know who she was then): this section is all about how Geralt acts around other kids. For a Witcher who is not supposed to be able to express any emotions, Geralt has a soft spot for anyone who needs help, especially children.

As players experience throughout their Witcher III: Wild Hunt playthrough, there are a number of quests where Geralt can help children. Quests such as Devil by the Well, Ladies of the Wood, Shrieker, Empty Coop, and Where the Cat and Wolf Play along with an exclamation point where Geralt can help kids being harassed by a wild dog are all examples that one can find in the game. In each of these quests, Geralt has the option to assist the children who are in trouble, whether it is physically saving them or helping them find a home or offering them money/ food in order to survive.

In Sapkowski’s books, Geralt helps a few children out, as well. While these scenes are rather small, they do not go unnoticed (we will be doing a bit of book hoping, for this section).

In Sword of Destiny during the story “The Sword of Destiny”, when Geralt first met Ciri, she was being attacked  by a scolopendromorph.[xxxix] Geralt wastes no time in coming to her rescue and while she acts like a brat during their travels through Brokilon Forest, he always made sure she was safe and ended up becoming close to her as they spent more time together.

In Blood of Elves, Geralt is given the job of protecting a barge as it transports people from one shore to another. On one boat ride, a little boy kept annoying Geralt. Some events happen that lead to the little boy being swept over the side and into the water where a monster was already in the process of devouring a man. Geralt dove into the water to save the boy and made sure to get him back on the boat before he dealt with the monster.[xl]

And in Season of Storms, a terrible storm hits a city where Geralt and Dandelion are attending a wedding. The storm is so bad that it floods the entire city and many people drown because of it. However, on one roof floating on the waves, Geralt saw three children clinging to it, struggling to survive. He dove in after them without hesitation and while he couldn’t carry all three at once, a woman came to help him, telling him carry two while she carried the third.[xli] Both the woman and Geralt were able to save all three kids. Not to mention he saved Nimue when she was a child, as mentioned in one of my previous sections.[xlii]

I may have forgotten some scenes in the books as well as some quests from the game, but these references just show that Geralt will do anything to help anyone who needs him and will most certainly go out of his way to help kids.

 

CONCLUSION

Wow… This truly just hit me… I FINISHED! Nine articles later, I am finally done with my ‘Immersed in Witcher fantasy’ series! I am still going to write a concluding article, but technically speaking, I’m done!

This article turned more into a fun facts/ look at this passage sort of article, didn’t it? Yes, I did put a lot of quotes into this article, more so than any of my other articles, but Season of Storms is a very quote-worthy book. Hopefully this quotes will make you want to pick up the book and read it if you haven’t yet (or reread it, if you have). And I will put an additional disclaimer here that I did not write any of these quotes. These are the words of Andrzej Sapkowski. He most certainly deserves all of the credit for creating these amazing books.

Thank you all so much for sticking with me through my series! My conclusion will be posted in the next 24 hours!

 

*Disclaimer: Everything Witcher related belongs to the amazingly talented Andrzej Sapkowski who created this amazing fantasy world. Credit goes to CD Projekt Red for bringing Sapkowski’s world to playable life in Witcher III: Wild Hunt. I take no credit for anything involving the world of the Witcher – I am only entitled to my own opinions.*

 

*Writer’s Note: While I take great pride in reading and learning about every aspect I can about The Witcher Series, if any reader finds any inconsistencies or any fact that is false in my articles, please let me know either through a comment on the article or through my social media and I will gladly make any necessary changes to make them accurate and truthful. Thank you all so much for your help and support!*

 

*Book Review: Um… This is the one Witcher book where I have not posted a review… Wow… This is a little embarrassing. I will be sure to post this review as soon as possible.*

 

 

BOOK CITATIONS

Kandel, M. (2010) A Polish Book of Monsters: Five Dark Tales from Contemporary Poland. New York, NY: PIASA Books.

Sapkowski, A. (2015) Sword of Destiny. New York, NY: Orbit Books.

Sapkowski, A. (2017) The Last Wish. New York, NY: Orbit Books.

Sapkowski, A. (2014) Baptism of Fire. New York, NY: Orbit Books.

Sapkowski, A. (2018) Season of Storms. New York, NY: Orbit Books.

Sapkowski, A. (2017) The Lady of the Lake. New York, NY: Orbit Books.

 

[i] Kandel 51-94

[ii] Sapkowski 45

[iii] Sapkowski 110

[iv] Sapkowski 107

[v] Sapkowski 394-397

[vi] Sapkowski 396

[vii] Sapkowski 155

[viii] Sapkowski 213

[ix] Sapkowski 400

[x] Sapkowski 31-32

[xi] Sapkowski 139-150

[xii] Sapkowski 49

[xiii] Sapkowski 59

[xiv] Blood Sapkowski 76

[xv] Sapkowski 59

[xvi] Sapkowski 65

[xvii] Sapkowski 279-286

[xviii] Sapkowski 406-407

[xix] Sapkowski 1-4

[xx] Sapkowski 111-113

[xxi] Sapkowski 252

[xxii] Sapkowski 275

[xxiii] Sapkowski 406-407

[xxiv] Sapkowski 316-321

[xxv] Sapkowski 412-416

[xxvi] Lady Sapkowski 526-528

[xxvii] Sapkowski 417

[xxviii] Sapkowski 401

[xxix] Sapkowski 40

[xxx] Baptism Sapkowski 47

[xxxi] Sapkowski 151-153

[xxxii] Baptism Sapkowski 219

[xxxiii] Sapkowski 191

[xxxiv] Sapkowski 205

[xxxv] Sapkowski 184-195

[xxxvi] Sapkowski 161

[xxxvii] Wish Sapkowski 267

[xxxviii] Sapkowski 206

[xxxix] Sword Sapkowski 174

[xl] Sapkowski 237-239

[xli] Sapkowski 378-380

[xlii] Sapkowski 413-414

 

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