Triss Merigold Is Your Creepy Ex-Girlfriend

By Benjamin Rose, Editor Triss Merigold, once the archetypal “Witcher Waifu ” of male gamers’ dreams, is a polarising figure among fans of the Witcher novels. For starters, despite literally appearing on the Russian cover of Playboy in 2011 to mark the release of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Triss has largely been eclipsedContinue reading “Triss Merigold Is Your Creepy Ex-Girlfriend”

Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings Will Please No One

Part II: Race, Casting, And The Case For LOTR Antiracism By Benjamin Rose, Editor  There was no avoiding this article. By way of quick explanation, these images can be found here: More information on specific characters can be found at IMDB. Besides the casting of Morfydd Clark as Galadriel (second image, top row, secondContinue reading “Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings Will Please No One”

Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings Will Please No One

Part I: The Purists By Benjamin Rose Prologue “It began with the scripting of the great shows. Three were given to HBO, immortal, wisest and fairest of all streaming. Seven To Hulu, great syndicators and craftsmen of the Digital Halls. And Nine, nine shows were gifted to the platform of Netflix, who above all else…desiresContinue reading “Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings Will Please No One”

Sex in The Witcher: Arbitrary or Essential?

By Holly Ross From the beginning, the relationship between Geralt and Yennefer is characterized by chaos, fate, and physical intimacy. Their first meeting in the short story, “The Last Wish,” ends with them falling into bed together following an intense and almost humorous fight between them. The sexual tension has been continuously building up sinceContinue reading “Sex in The Witcher: Arbitrary or Essential?”

The Witcher 3 Blood And Wine’s “Worst” Ending Is Its Best

By Benjamin Rose CD Projekt Red (ironically) created the best ending possible to its Blood and Wine expansion in 2016. How do you earn it? Simple: makes choices based on how Geralt or any other normal man could reasonably be expected to act and get everyone killed. Detlaff. Annarietta. And most of all, Syanna. OfContinue reading “The Witcher 3 Blood And Wine’s “Worst” Ending Is Its Best”

In Defense Of Witcher 3 Alchemy

Why the green build doesn’t suck and will save your life. By Benjamin Rose As for potions and all liqueurs alchemical, verily verily ye shouldst remember: He who exceeds toxicity shall be put to death. Therefore carry with ye Superior White Honey, and shun all Decoctions, but chiefly the Katakan and all those like thereunto,Continue reading “In Defense Of Witcher 3 Alchemy”

The Wild Hunt Has Arrived

By Benjamin Rose Production photos leaked from the filming of Netflix’s The Witcher Season 2 indicate we’ll be meeting the likes of Eredin Bréacc Glas and the Dearg Ruadhri later this year. While this has prompted some hand-wringing in a few corners regarding the timing and costumes of the famous nemeses of The Witcher 3 (, the addition ofContinue reading “The Wild Hunt Has Arrived”

Nilfgaard: From Laughing Stock to Legend

By Danielle Whitaker From the rule of the sexual fanatic, Emperor Fergus Var Emeris, to the elusive Usurper, the Netflix adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series spends the majority of its episodes switching between the past Nilfgaard that only served as a laughingstock of the Continent and the newly reformed superpower that tears through theContinue reading “Nilfgaard: From Laughing Stock to Legend”

The Continents Aesthetics Part 3

Medieval by Any Other Name:The Skellige Isles and the Effective Use of Trope When Geralt’s journey brings him to the sweeping archipelago of Skellige, he is, for the first time, brough somewhere altogether different, yet somehow familiar. I mentioned in my two earlier analysis of Velen and Novigrad, that those two regions are wholly distinctContinue reading “The Continents Aesthetics Part 3”

Reexamining Calanthe, The Lioness of Cintra

If there’s one thing that the Netflix adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher series does exceptionally well, it’s convincing you that the characters in it are exactly who they look like at first glance. Queen Calanthe of Cintra is a prime example of this considering how honorless she looks on the surface versus who sheContinue reading “Reexamining Calanthe, The Lioness of Cintra”