16Geralt of Rivia is one of the most recognizable protagonists in recent times, thanks to the massive popularity of The Witcher video games and the recently released TV show of the same name. Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s popular novels, the franchise focuses on Geralt, a mutant who hunts monsters in exchange for payment. Like the best protagonists, Geralt is a complicated character, with a personality that cannot be pinned down to one or two traits.
Unlike the video games, the TV show does not fill in his backstory too much. We have to pay close attention to the dialogue between Geralt and other characters to piece together parts of his past. We don’t even learn about his upbringing and life before he became a witcher until the first season’s finale. But even for the most alert viewer, there are details that are hidden a little too well. So, here are the details which were easy for most people to miss.
10 He Is Technically Immortal
Geralt, like other witchers, does not get sick or even show his age. He also cannot die of natural causes, so this means he can live for a long, long time.
However, witchers never live long enough to prove their immortality, since their profession involves them risking their lives almost every day. If Geralt was to decide not to hunt any more monsters, and no humans attacked him, he might outlive his acquaintances like Jaskier. However, that would defeat the purpose of the arduous witcher trials, and in essence, would make the story a lot less interesting.
9 He Will Get More Scars
When Geralt takes a bath with Yennefer, we see that his body is full of scars. The worst ones were on his right arm, the left part of his neck, across his back, on his stomach, and along his chest. Each of them was something he referred to as a souvenir, because he received them either while hunting monsters or from the hands of humans. They include everything from strigas to dwarves, nekkers and more.
Since Geralt hasn’t retired from his dangerous profession, he will almost certainly get more scars as he keeps hunting monsters and facing humans with ill intentions.
8 His Mother Was A Mage
In the last episode of the show’s first season, Geralt has a fever dream when he’s injured. In the dream, his mother, Visenna, appears to him. We also see her floating an apple towards Geralt when he was a child in a flashback, implying that she could use magic.
In Sapkowski’s books, we learn that Geralt’s mother abandoned him while he was young so he could receive training as a witcher. But her first appearance was in a short story titled The Road With No Return, which was not even connected to The Witcher franchise.
7 We Hear the Other Geralt
Henry Cavill is not the first actor to play Geralt of Rivia outside of a video game. That honor belongs to Michał Żebrowski, who played the silver-haired monster slayer in 2001’s Polish film, The Hexer. Just like Netflix’s adaptation, The Hexer was based on stories from the first two Witcher books, Sword of Destiny and The Last Wish.
Żebrowski doesn’t have a main acting role in Netflix’s The Witcher. But he does provide the voice of Geralt in the Polish-language dub of the show. This is a pleasant surprise for fans of The Hexer, and can only foster even more goodwill among the series’ fans.
6 Geralt Can’t Get Sick
Geralt can get injured—and become feverish as well, like we see in the series—and he can die. However, he cannot become sick. Thanks to his witcher mutagen, the monster slayer does not suffer from infections which can degenerate his body. He also heals quite fast and is resilient to lots of venoms, which explains how he fights monsters and, other than physical injuries, comes out unscathed—even with venomous monsters.
Only a magical attack can incapacitate Geralt, like when Yennefer bewitched him to attack her enemies within a small town. In such cases, he relies on potions to cure himself.
5 He Lacks Pigmentation
Geralt doesn’t just stand out for his personality—a rarity even among witchers. He also looks pale and has silvery hair. This, however, is not natural. Geralt’s body became this way because of his witcher training, especially the Trial of the Grasses.
His body broke down from the genetic level, and when the witcher mutagen rebuilt his body, he gained superhuman strength and regeneration but lost all pigment in his body. His complexion led to his nickname, the “White Wolf”. White because of his lack of pigmentation, and Wolf because he wore a pendant with a wolf crest.
4 His Training was Harrowing
When he was a child, Geralt went through the training that would eventually turn him into a witcher at the School of the Wolf. The training left him with mental and bodily changes like no pigmentation and orange eyes. So needless to say, it was an excruciating process, especially since he went through it while he was still a young boy.
When Geralt eventually went through the Trial of the Grasses, he showed his resilience to the witcher mutagen. If anything, he became stronger than even other witchers, from his reflexes to his stamina and strength.
3 There Were Hardly Any Other Witchers
Geralt’s father was killed before he was born, which led to his mother having trouble raising him. So, she left him with the witchers at Kaer Morhen in hopes that his life would have meaning. After the sacking of Kaer Morhen some decades before, there were hardly any remaining witchers when Geralt was brought to them. And thanks to the excruciating and potentially fatal witcher training, even fewer witcher trainees survived the tests.
So, Geralt hardly has any interactions with other witchers, and the monster slayers stand out not just because of how they look; it’s also because of how little people see them.
2 Geralt Hates Beards
Most people don’t have a problem with beards. However, Geralt is not one of them. He always shaves, and we never see him with a beard. Since Geralt never stays in any town for long, and seeing as how he doesn’t always receive a warm reception from people, he probably shaves himself every day, whether it’s out in the wild or at an inn.
This is actually supported in the books. In The Time of Contempt, Geralt grows a beard a few days old, but he complains to Jaskier about it and asks for a razer to shave it off.
1 He Doesn’t Actually Use Magic
Geralt cannot really use magic. Granted, he can cast simple spells. But that is mainly because he was able to survive the Trial of the Grasses. This gave him superhuman concentration and focus levels that allow him to perform signs with his hands. For other humans to successfully perform the same signs, they would have to go through the witcher trials.
The Trial of Grasses also explains his superhuman reflexes, strength, and senses. But to become stronger or strengthen himself in some other way, Geralt has always relied on potions; a feat he would not manage if he were a proper mage.
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