A little, much-failed side quest from The Witcher 3, which continues from the second game, hints that witcher infertility could be cured.
All along the witcher frankly, all largely agree that wizards themselves cannot have children due to the alchemical mutations they undergo at a young age. As a result, Geralt has no children of his own, but instead becomes Ciri’s guardian after surprisingly accepting her as a child. He becomes a strong father figure and grows in the role as his emotional capacities develop.
However, there is a silver lining for wizards who wish to have children of their own. Developer CD Projekt Red often includes side quests that connect games in the franchise. A special quest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — which requires players to have played its predecessor, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings — contains a small but potentially very important piece of information: it hints that witchers’ infertility can, in fact, be cured.
During the second game, while walking around the town of Flotsam, players can overhear two alchemists discussing how to approach Geralt with a request. The couple, named Gaspar and Farid, need the help of a witcher for an experiment they want to conduct, the results of which will not be visible for years. They ask Geralt if he will drink an alchemical substance they created, but they offer little information about its effects. If the player agrees, the alchemists will simply thank the witcher and leave, leaving him unaware of what just happened.
Fast forward to game three, and the majority of players will likely have forgotten about this seemingly innocuous encounter. However, those who have experienced it and have chosen to import their The Witcher 2 save at the start of the third game can now learn more about the mysterious experiment.
Located at the foot of a statue near the southern end of the Oxenfurt West Gate Bridge is a letter that Geralt can retrieve. Upon reading it, players discover that it is addressed to the alchemist Gaspar, from his companion Flotsam, Farid. He states that if their calculations are correct, then Geralt’s infertility will have been cured, as the potion they gave him has the power to “restore the ability to reproduce to those who have lost it to magical or alchemical experiments”.
Although there is no other evidence to suggest that the potion worked, this letter gives a ray of hope to wizards who wish to have children of their own. It also potentially opens up a whole new world of possibilities for CD Projekt Red and the witcher games in the future. For starters, if witchers can become fertile, then it might be possible for new witchers to be born, rather than created by horribly painful mutations forced upon them as children. Future games may also introduce new characters who were wizards by birth. Geralt himself may be able to become a father, and players can explore the impact of this on his relationship with Ciri.
CD Projekt Red has just announced that a new Witcher the game is in development. However, it seems unlikely that CD Projekt Red will materialize the results of this fertility experiment. Instead, it seems to be focused on introducing a new school of witcher and developing existing fan-favorite characters. However, with so little currently revealed, the possibilities are endless. Maybe the next Witcher The installment will include another small nod to this developing subplot to help answer some of the many questions fans have.
However, the possibilities and the questions do not begin and end with the witchers. Unlike the Netflix series, in the books and games, witches are also unable to have children due to a negative side effect of using magic. However, the mention in this letter of the restoration of fertility to those who have lost it through “magical experiences” suggests that it might be possible for them to become parents as well. Whether players choose to romance Yennefer or Triss in the third game, then, it’s possible those relationships could eventually lead to children. If so, the consequences would be enormous.
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