Witchers (The Witcher)
A Witcher is a title and being that features in The Witcher series.
Witchers were a type of hunters that were bred to battle the various monsters that inhabited the lands. They came into existence when the first settlers began to colonise the wild lands of Temeria.
By the modern day, the demand for Witcher services became significantly reduced to the rarity of monsters. This left only a few of their kind travelling the world with no further monster slayers being made. During the infamous attack on Kaer Morhen, the fortress was destroyed and the Witchers residing there were mostly killed thus dooming their kind to extinction as no further successors were being trained. By this point, monsters in the world were a rarity and the use of Witchers fell into significant decline with only a few members of this caste still travelling the world.
In appearance, Witchers resembled humans though with certain distinct features. Their bodies had actually experienced changes due to mutagenic mushrooms, herbs and other plant stimulants that gave them superhuman speeds and endurance. A more distinct ability was them manifesting cat-like eyes that allowed them to see in the dark. The combination of mutagens and magic meant that their bodies were resistant to all kinds of disease to the point of having an immunity to them.
Witchers were classed as an elite caste of warrior-monks that were tasked with defending humanity from the monsters that lived in the wild. From a young age, apprentices that became Witchers went through pain and dangerous Trial of the Grasses to gain these abilities. To further aid them, they went through training under sorcerers to learn simple combat spells called signs along with developing their craft in magical potions that was used to augment their fighting skills.
Their otherness and unusual abilities along with magical talents meant that Witchers were treated as outcasts and even outright hated by some. Thus, they had a mixed reaction among human communities that needed them yet at the same time feared them due to their mutant nature along with superhuman powers. Rarely were they a welcomed guest and most contact with their kind was limited to business. During any unrest against magic wielders, Witchers often found themselves the target of pogroms and any social upheaval.
There were a number of schools created to train Witchers with these including:
- Wolf School :
- Cat School :
- Viper School :
- Bear School :
- Griffin School :
- Manticore School :
Typically, Witchers were armed with two swords on their backs with one being a steel blade and the other a silver blade. The former was meant for use against mundane beings whilst the latter was reserved for fighting supernatural beasts.
Witchers were provided a special medallion as a symbol of their status and could serve as a means of identifying themselves to people. Typically, the medallion was shaped in the form of whatever school symbol that their user attended for their training. The medallions also served as tools as they reacted to the presence of magic and sorcerous auras in the immediate vicinity. Thus, they warned the Witcher of spells or illusions or even of magical creatures in the area.
- Vesemir :
- Geralt of Rivia :
- Berengar :
- Letho :
- Eskel :
- Lambert :
- Witchers were created by Andrzej Sapkowski and featured in the setting of the Witcher.
- The term comes from a translation of the word "vedmak"/"wiedźmin" that was a term for a "male witch" in Slavic mythology.
In other media
- The Witcher: