Yennefer’s Story

By Jackie Baird Let’s talk about a girl named Yennefer. Yes, you read that right, no not Jennifer, Yennefer. When I first heard that name I giggled a bit as it was strange. However, when I saw the girl it was referring to it almost made sense. There is nothing normal about Yennefer of VengerbergContinue reading “Yennefer’s Story”

The Witcher Is Slavic, And It Isn’t

By Benjamin Rose Among the most commonly applied predicates to The Witcher is the notion that it is a “Slavic” fantasy, Slavic being an umbrella term for the various ethnicities that make up the nations of Eastern Europe, such as Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, Albanians, Serbs etc. This is notable largely because while Slavs are monolithically White, theyContinue reading “The Witcher Is Slavic, And It Isn’t”

You Should Really Listen to The Witcher 3 Soundtrack

By Holly Ross When you first load up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you’re met with a cinematic, and dare I say epic, opening scene. It’s complete with a dramatic monologue enhanced by the patter of thunderous rain as the instruments ebb and flow in the background. The rain stops—replaced by metal scraping, monsters growling,Continue reading “You Should Really Listen to The Witcher 3 Soundtrack”

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”