“The Witcher: Blood Origin” is set to tell the epic tale of the bloody aftermath of the “conjunction of the spheres” that led to the Elves, Dwarves, and Gnomes, the Elder Races of “The Continent”, having to fight against not only the monsters that roam their lands following the cataclysm of the conjunction, but having to fight against the growing forces of the early humans who now roam their lands too.
As we know from existing Witcher lore that the Elder Races and the race of humans will unite initially against these monsters. But, as the human’s power grows with their mastery and knowledge of magic, so too does their ambitions, especially as the series is set to show the creation of the very first Witcher, a feat never achieved by the Elder Races…
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“The Witcher: Blood Origin” Trailers and Clips
“Set Tour” Official Video:
“The Witcher: Blood Origin” Posters
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Is “The Witcher: Blood Origin” Out?
No, the series hasn’t been released yet. Although, Netflix have confirmed that it will release globally on 25th December 2022.
Where can I watch “The Witcher: Blood Origin”?
As the show is a Netflix Original. Initially, it will be released exclusively, worldwide, on Netflix for Netflix subscribers, with a home release on physical media potentially coming later.
What is the story of “The Witcher: Blood Origin”?
Per the series’ official story logline:
“Set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin tells a story lost to time – one of seven outcasts who unite against an unstoppable power that took everything from them. Their blood quest giving rise to a prototype Witcher in a conflict that brings about the “conjunction of the spheres,” when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.“
What is the “conjunction of the spheres”?
The “conjunction of the spheres” is the event that leads to the world of “The Witcher” universe, “The Continent”, as it appears across the original books, videogame series, and now the Netflix series’ and animated movie.
While the full history of the convergence has never been officially told in full. We can glean enough information from across the different “The Witcher” media to gain an understanding of it and why it is so important in Witcher lore.
As the convergence is said to have occurred roughly 1,500 years before the events of Season 1/Book 1 of “The Witcher”, and was a catastrophic event that saw multiple dimensions crashing violently into one another, which, in so doing, created rifts/portals to these other dimensions/spheres that left inhabitants from each sphere stranded on the wold of “The Continent”.
It is said in the lore that this is how monsters and men came to reside in “The Continent” along with the “Elder Races”, Elves, Dwarves, and Gnomes.
What followed next was a war for “The Continent”. First, against the monsters that now roamed its lands, and then against the humans who, having learned and mastered the ancient magic (also called Chaos) of “The Continent”, sought to take this new world for themselves, leading to a bloody struggle against the Elder Races that, as we know in the present of the series, will see the humans triumphant, with the native Elder Races forced to the very fringes of the new human societies that arise.
Further information on the information can be found in these quotes below:
“A cataclysm which occurred 1,500 years ago, trapping in our dimension many unnatural creatures, including ghouls, graveirs and vampires. These beasts have no ecological niches of their own and are merely relics of bygone times. According to elven lore, humans arrived during the Conjunction, their own world having been destroyed. These human ancestors learned how to harness the power of primordial Chaos, and thus the first human wizards were born. Looking for a place in the world, humans took up arms against the Elder Races, who were unable to withstand the barbarians and ultimately surrendered. This is how humans came to rule the world.” – Taken from a journal entry found in “The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings” videogame.
“Scholars have many vices. Possibly the worst among them is a tendency to describe the simple in unnecessarily complex terms, to dress the plain the garb of false learning. “The Conjunction of the Spheres” might serve an an excellent example of this. This name, so mysterious to a commoner’s ear, could be replaced with a much simpler alternative: When the Worlds Collided. The phenomenon itself can also be explained in terms simple enough for a child to understand. Imagine, dear reader, that our world is a ship sailing on a great sea. From its deck we can see other, distant vessels – those are the stars. These vessels each bear their own goods and their own crews. They usually pass us at some distance, barely visible specks, even views through a spyglass. Once every few thousand years, however, a storm breaks above this cosmic sea, a storm so strong it tosses the ships towards one another, making them sail cheek by jowl. Part of the crew of one ship can, at such times, move to another, and some of the cargo from one ship’s hold can spill onto a neighboring vessel. When the weather calms, the ships separate once again and sail their separate, invariably different ways. The so-called “post-Conjunction beings,” namely monsters such as ghouls and basilisks, are precisely such passengers from another vessel. And we humans are castaways, flung against our will from somewhere far away onto a world previously inhabited by the Elder Races. Once here, we learned the arcane mysteries of magic. unbeknownst to us before. Could the worlds collide once more? Perhaps. Can this cataclysm be avoided, or the opposite – hastened? Some scholars believe there are beings who have mastered this skill, who possess rare genes [which] allow some to seize the helm of our vessel and steer us… to safer waters, or to our doom.” Taken from a book that is found in Triss’ house in Novigrad in “The Witcher III: Wild Hunt” videogame.
Will Geralt be in “The Witcher: Blood Origin”?
As the show is set 1,200 years before the first season of “The Witcher”, it’s highly unlikely that Geralt will appear, unless possibly there is a vision of the future/his present, or some other narrative device is used that allows him to appear or be shown in the series.
Who stars in “The Witcher: Blood Origin”?
Michelle Yeoh plays Scian
Minnie Driver plays The Narrator
Lenny Henry plays Balor
Sophia Brown plays Éile
Dylan Moran plays Uthrok One-Nut
Jacob Collins-Levy plays Eredin
Francesca Mills plays Meldof
Nathaniel Curtis plays Brían
Mirren Mack plays Merwyn
Laurence O’Fuarain plays Fjall
Huw Novelli plays Brother Death
Zach Wyatt plays Syndril
Lizzie Annis plays Zacaré
Amy Murray plays Fenrick
Hebe Beardsall plays Catrin
Kim Adis plays Ket
Daniel Fathers plays Osfar
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