Nekkers and Fiends. Novigrad and Skellige. All these terms are familiar to every fan of The Witcher novels and video games. With the TV series by Netflix fast approaching, we wanted to talk about some of these and their place in the show.
Whether you're a fan of TV series in general, video games by CD Projekt Red or the novel by Andrzej Sapkowski, you are probably very excited about Netflix's Witcher TV series that is coming by the end of this year.
Helmed by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and starring the Superman himself - Henry Cavill, The Witcher TV series has been a major talking point within the Witcher community ever since streaming giant Netflix announced the show back in May 2017.
Since the TV series is based on the books and will also take some elements from the games, you are probably wondering if your favourite characters, monsters, cities and locations will make the cut.
Well, the truth is, a lot of them will appear in Netflix's Witcher, and we're gonna take a look at some of the confirmed and rumoured ones.
Fiend is the first monster that will most definitely appear in the series. This was confirmed by one of the series' writers on her official Twitter account. "Today we finished breaking and blending my first episode of television and I'm so excited. There will be demon deer and an evil palace goose and a country western ballad," she tweeted.
For The Witcher fans, demon deer is a clear reference to two monsters - Leshen and Fiend. Both have antlers but, only Fiend is considered as a demon creature in The Witcher novels.
It's also possible that a Leshen makes an appearance. It's an iconic monster from the novel and prominent in Slavic mythology. In the Heart of the Woods quest, which sets you up against one of these mysterious creatures, still provides for goosebumps to this day.
Witches, obviously. They are a huge part of The Witcher world and are almost certain to feature in the series. Remember The Ladies of the Woods quest from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? Yeah, it would be really cool to see that one reimagined on the TV screen.
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Regis may not be a monster on first look, but he's a higher vampire as revealed in the Baptism of Fire novel and Blood and Wine expansion. Hissrich already confirmed that he will be one of the characters in the series, but it's unknown if he will also appear in his bloodthirsty form.
Renfri, the source of Geralt's nickname The Butcher of Blaviken is another human character that is also a mutant, cursed from being born during an eclipse. Renfri's story is one of the most important in The Witcher. It helped shape Geralt and his life as a monster and also human slayer, which is why it's one of the favourites for the appearance in the series.
HBO's Game of Thrones' dragons are nothing when compared to Villentretenmerth from The Witcher. He can assume many forms and travel as a simple man but his most well-known form is Borch Three Jackdaws. Whether he appears in the form of a dragon, as a human, or both, remains to be seen.
Hissrich already revealed a full list of main characters that will appear in the first season. Apart from the obvious ones such as Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer, Triss and Dandelion, Netflix's Witcher will also add some characters that are not that familiar to those who only played the games.
Milva is one of these characters. She's a Scoiatel archer that joins Geralt on his search for Ciri during Second Northern War.
Vilgefortz is another character that did not appear in the games but will feature in the series. He's a mage, young and talented as described by Yennefer. Geralt once said that “one could expect anything from a man looking like this” hinting at the evil behind Vilgefortz's beauty.
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Emhyr var Emreis, father of Ciri, the power-hungry and ruthless Emperor of Nilfgard is a well-known character to both fans of the novels and games. He is also confirmed to appear in the series, just like sadistic bounty hunter Leo Bonhart who got himself killed by Ciri.
Other confirmed characters that Hissrich revealed in her Twitter thread include Cahir, a Nilfgardiann officer who followed Geralt in his search of Ciri and of course Roach, Geralt's galloping companion.
Netflix earlier confirmed sorceress Sabrina Glevissig, Fringilla Vigo and Tissaia de Vries as well as Jarl of Skellige Eist Tuirseach. Druid Mousesack, better known as Ermion will also appear along with Queen Calanthe.
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Stygga Castle is the first location that is almost certain to appear in Netflix's Witcher. It's the place where Ciri brought Leo Bonhart's life to end and also Vilgefortz's hideout and base of operations.
Kaer Morhen is, of course, another iconic location that will be included. Recently, we even got a first glimpse of the castle in a short video, courtesy of The Witcher website.
You can bet that Novigrad will be one of the most important locations in the series. It's the biggest city in all of Redania, home to many craftsmen, nobleman and shady dealers. If you played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt you'll probably know that Novigrad has it all.
Skellige is also a likely setting. The Scandinavian-like region should play a huge part in Netflix's Witcher given that some of the characters we already mentioned are residents of the archipelago.
Of course, with Skellige included, Kaer Trolde citadel, which is one of the most beautiful locations in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt could also make an appearance in the series.
Given that a lot of the TV series' story will revolve around Ciri, Emperor Emhyr var Emreis's cosy place in Vizima is another location that we should often see during the first season. You may remember it from the first and third instalment in CD Projekt Red's The Witcher series.