10 things you didn’t know about Geralt’s past
Mentioning Geralt of Rivia, the hero of The witcher novels and video games, could evoke the image of a Herculean Adonis with ivory hair, tiger eyes and a square jaw. The Monster Slayer is also known for his complicated story, and like all enduring protagonists, he’s more than just looks – he’s complicated. The witcher, currently a popular Netflix series, sees Henry Cavill as Geralt, battling creatures straight out of Polish folklore in an eight-episode story arc.
While pieces of Geralt’s origins can be pieced together from the dialogue between the main characters, we don’t have a clue of his upbringing or the backstory of his training as a witcher until the season finale. Episode 8 offers a glimpse into Geralt’s childhood in a feverish dream, but all we can discern is that he was abandoned by his mother and trained by an older witcher named Vesemir. Read on to find out 10 things you didn’t know about Geralt of Rivia’s past.
ten HER MOTHER WAS A DRUID
In Episode 8 of the series, it is implied that Geralt’s mother, Visenna, was able to use magic. We see her float an apple to a young Geralt sitting in the back of a cart, and she appears to him as an adult when he is injured and suffers from a feverish dream.
Visenna was a young druid who first appeared in The road of no return, a short story unrelated to The witcher saga. However, she was later incorporated there as the mother of Geralt, who abandoned her early on to train as a witcher.
9 HIS WITCHER TRAINING WAS EXCRUCIENT
In the series, we see a lot of Yennefer’s training to be a mage in Aretuza, but that’s nothing compared to Geralt’s training at the Wolf School. From an early age, he was driven to take on mental and physical challenges leading up to the Trial of the Herbs, which was seen as the ritual that would determine the caliber of witcher he would become.
Geralt was considered the strongest of his classmates, and at the time of the ritual he was particularly resistant to the mutagens introduced into his body. They gave him strength, stamina, and reflexes far beyond any other witcher, while also making his hair pristine white and eyes orange.
8 THE WITCHERS WERE ALMOST GONE WHEN HE STARTED TRAINING
After Geralt’s father, the warrior Korin, was killed by vrans before he was born, his mother Visenna struggled to raise him on her own. An independent mage (much like Yennefer), she left him with Vesemir and the witers, hoping her life would make sense as they were in desperate need of students.
Kaer Morhen’s sacking and paranoid murder of witcher took place decades before Geralt’s formation, though he had heard of the “glory days” from their robust numbers. Humans believed they were butchers and thieves, mages believed they were charlatans, and kingdoms believed they could be used as political pawns. It was during his training that he came across several druids, one of whom was called Mousesack (or Ermion, in the games).
7 HE IS NOT FROM RIVIA
Have you ever wondered what kind of accent Henry Cavill is supposed to use? American? English? Something in between? In fact, he developed it himself, an approximation of what a “Rivian” accent might sound like, and to distinguish Geralt’s voice from everyone around him.
Like most witers, Geralt was not from the town he claimed to be. Geralt was not from Rivia, but took the title because it sounded more noble. Considering humans’ distrust of witers in general, making it sound like an honorable warrior from a well-respected township seemed the smart thing to do.
6 HE WAS A KNIGHT ONCE
Early in Geralt’s career as a witcher, before his fame as a white wolf spread across the continent, he roamed the land, proving his worth in every way. Eventually, he and his companions came across a battle that was taking place on either side of a bridge.
Not knowing what to do, Geralt and his friends began to attack one of the opposing sides, which turned out to be the Nilfgaard hordes. By saving the bridge and fending off the invaders, Geralt found himself worthy of being knighted by Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia. He has always been known as Geralt of Rivia.
5 HE FUCKED A DOUBLE OF HIMSELF
In the story “Eternal Flame”, Geralt encounters a Doppler similar to the one we see working as an agent of Cahir and the Nilfgaardian army. He first takes on the identity of Dainty Biberveldt, a halfling merchant, before assuming other identities in an attempt to disguise his true form.
By the time Geralt of Rivia stumbles upon it, the Doppler has taken on its final form: the witcher himself. The Doppler had not only reproduced his appearance, but also his physical attributes. It was a fairly even fight until Geralt thwarted his double.
4 HE IS A VAMPIRE’S FRIEND
As the series often shows, Geralt is a man of conviction. He can kill monsters for humans, but he often sympathizes with them far more than his employers, who often treat him with suspicion and hostility for being genetically modified. During a notable encounter, Geralt befriends a medic named Regis, who is revealed to be a superior vampire.
Just as he is known to show compassion and empathy towards the elves, he has also shown himself to be an ally of the vampire. Not only did Geralt refuse to kill Regis, the two also became friends. Regis would prove to be Geralt’s most trusted advisor on many other escapades.
3 HE DID THE WITCHER CODE
To the untrained, Geralt’s statements about what a witcher does or doesn’t do may sound like the gospel (and enough to fool Dandelion), but in reality, everything is completely fabricated. Each witcher lives their life according to the direction of their own moral compass and their own set of ideologies.
The Witcher code was first developed by witcher who didn’t want to get involved in a particular situation. Whether it was because the piece offered was too insignificant, or because they didn’t like the politics of it, they could just explain that it violated the Code and take part in bigger and better paying concerts.
2 ONCE HE KILLED ANOTHER WITCHER
In Season of Storms, a prequel to the first Witcher novel, Geralt fights with Letho, a witcher from the Cat School of Brehen. Known for slaughtering an entire village, Geralt’s mentor Vesemir banned Letho from joining the Wolf School.
Geralt’s execution of Vesemir’s Oath could turn out to be much more violent in games. It is possible to break “The Witcher Code” and kill Letho, as well as other witcher who prove to be just as dangerous. In many ways, this has only bolstered the White Wolf’s notorious reputation.
1 HIS SWORD WAS MARKED WITH SPECIAL RUNES
Witcher swords are made in Mahakam, designed to be the finest blades on the continent. Geralt’s sword isn’t entirely made of silver, despite the fact that silver is often a powerful alloy against the monsters and supernatural beasts it repels.
His sword, like those of his fellow witers, is engraved with runes to give him power. Sometimes the blacksmith will carve a crude joke, but Geralt’s sword is translated from the speech of the ancients and reads: “My glow penetrates darkness, my luminosity disperses darkness. “
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