Witcher: Blood Origin Completely Changes Witcher Origins

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The Witcher: Origin of Blood is a prologue to the Netflix fantasy series and tells the story of some of the most important events in its universe, or at least it should. The Conjunction of the Spheres is among the plots that arise in this miniseries, but the most important and perhaps the most disappointing is the origin of the most important order in the series: the witches.

Blood Origin shows us the first witcher transformation (or so we think so?), but it also changes Witcher lore in a big way that calls into question the entire universe of the Netflix show – and it’s not even clear what the point of the retcon is. .

[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for The Witcher: Blood Origin.]

Blood Origin follows the story of Fjall (Laurence O’Fuarain), an elven warrior who lived shortly before the Conjunction of the Spheres. Together with Éile (Sophia Brown) and a few other elves, including the sorceress and general magic user Zacaré (Lizzie Annis), he tries to stop the evil wizard Balor (Lenny Henry) from harnessing Chaos Magic to conquer other worlds. But when Balor unleashes a monster from one of these other worlds, Fjall must undergo the first warlock transformation to defeat the creature and save his friends.

This is a pretty big departure from the series’ history. Despite Blood Origin dealing with an almost (but not quite) unexplored period of the Witcher universe and taking place within the Netflix universe rather than the books or games, the prequel series still manages to make a confusing shift in lore that seems to totally rewrite who the witches are.

Based on what we know about the creation and origins of witches, they were a distinct and uniquely human order. Mutant hunters provided a way for the expanding world of humans to protect themselves and their small villages and settlements on the newly united worlds. Just as importantly, its creation was a long and arduous process by humans desperate to find some way to protect themselves from the monsters that had come out of the dark. These early human warlocks were tragic figures, part monsters, who were hated by humans and often lacked the control of their own rage necessary to live safely among them. But their enhanced abilities still made them vital protectors of the people who hated them.

This makes the circumstances of the first warlock’s creation in Blood Origin Disappointing to say the least. Sure, there’s a somewhat looming monster threat, and sure enough, our band of merry elves would certainly need more than their regular combat prowess to take it down, but the details and risks of the transformation, or even where it comes from, are vague at best.

Instead of an arduous new process, or the dangerous combination of several different magics in a desperate attempt to protect people who live in fear of monsters, it simply seems that Zacaré brings together a well-known series of herbs and roots to make his superhero monster. Special. – killer serum. And if we believe that this is just the first seed of the witch idea that humans would later pick up, then Blood Origin never makes the differences clear.

The first witcher being an elf and the whole thing being an elven creation certainly feels like it should say something new and important about the world of Netflix’s Witcher universe. But after two seasons of the show, it’s unclear if that means much, considering how humane the organization is in Geralt and Ciri’s time. Which begs the question: if none of this matters to the larger story, and if Fjall’s transformation isn’t important to wizards in general, then why does it matter? Blood Origin exists?