Thursday, 18 October 2007

The Witcher (Vizima according to Geralt)

Xenophobia, religious fervour, moral hypocrisy, segregation and lynching, no I’m not talking about the Confederate States but the world of the Witcher. It’s unnerving to think some of these aspects still apply today in our own world let alone in the Witcher’s, which is set in a medieval fantasyland, all bit it a grim one.

There are no Tolkienesque ‘Grand Alliances’ between races; there are humans at the top and then everyone else. Bigotry is rife and the other races are forced to live in squalid ghettos. Geralt, the Witcher in question, is a sterile mutant who can pass for being human, just one that needs to spend more time in the sun. He’s been trained to be a monster hunter, a sort of other worldly pest exterminator.

The Witcher, which is now being turned into an immersive game, started off as a collection of short stories by the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The parallels with our own world converge again if you were to ask most middle Englander’s if the knew any Poles who weren’t currently fixing their plumbing, looking after their brats or building their new home.

Take a look at the trailer below for some of Geralt’s inner monologue as he explores a human town. Oh and look out for the creepy munchkin at the end…

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