of Rivia is the main protagonist of The Witcher series, a series of
role-playing games made by Polish developer CD Projekt Red which is based on
the well-known collection of books and short stories by author Andrzej
all witchers, Geralt is a professional monster hunter for hire.
Like most witchers, Geralt is especially gifted in swordplay. By way of
special training passed down through the ages and violent genetic body
mutations undertaken at a young age, Witcher's develop special abilities to
aid in their pursuit. Geralt also has a deep knowledge of alchemy, being able
to brew a wide variety of potions for his battles and contracts. Geralt is
also well read, and has an above-average understanding of the arts, religions
(although he is an atheist), and sciences of Temeria.
During the Trial of
the Grasses, Geralt exhibited unusual tolerance for the mutagens that grant
witchers their abilities. Accordingly, Geralt was subjected to further
experimental mutagens which rendered his hair white and may have given him
greater speed, strength, and stamina than his fellow witchers. Geralt is also
known as Gwynbleidd, meaning "White Wolf" in Elder Speech. He was
given this alias by the dryads, and is also called the Butcher of Blaviken
after an unfortunate incident in that town.
Despite his title,
Geralt does not hail from the city of Rivia. After being left with the
witchers by his mother, Visenna, he grew up in their keep of Kaer
Morhen in the realm of Kaedwen. In the interest of appearing more
trustworthy to potential clients, young witchers were encouraged to make up
surnames for themselves by master Vesemir. As his first choice, Geralt chose
"Geralt Roger Eric du Haute-Bellegarde", but this choice was
dismissed by Vesemir as silly and pretentious, so "Geralt" was all
that remained of his chosen name. "Of Rivia" was a more practical
alternative and Geralt even went so far as to adopt a Rivian accent to appear
more authentic. Later, Queen Meve of Lyria knighted him
for his valour in the Battle for the Bridge on the Yaruga conferring
on him the formal title "of Rivia", which amused him. He, therefore,
became a true knight of Lyria, only to lose the title soon after for
Geralt of Rivia is portrayed as a taciturn, cunning, and mercenary
protagonist. He rarely partakes in the joys of friendship and human company
(save his closest friends like Dandelion), although he has been known to enjoy
women (such as Yennefer, his love) or a good tankard now and then. He does few
favors and travels throughout Temeria in search of coin. He does exhibit signs
of basic humanity, as he constantly seeks to choose 'the lesser evil' in the
moral quagmires he faces throughout the novels. He can also be considered
somewhat of a pacifist, as he usually chooses the path of least resistance or
violence, even if it means endangering his life and limb. He is not, however,
opposed to choosing inaction, even if this will cause others to suffer or die.
Updated: May 10th, 2019
The Witcher 3 was my first Witcher game... I put a solid 40 hours into that game and still haven't beat it. lol. What a great game though. Geralt is a likeable fella. His personality in The Witcher game grows on you. He's generally witty, and doesn't put up with too much shit
from people. I can respect a guy like that. In some ways, his personality reminds me of
Wolverine. He can take it to the bad guys... like a bad guy. The hair? The armor? The fighting abilities? Geralt is a badass.
Geralt made an excellent guest character in Soul Calibur VI for obvious reasons. He fits right in. Bandai Namco nailed his moveset and animations... it's like he stepped right out of The Witcher 3 and into Soul Calibur flawlessly.
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