Call on HBO/Starz/Netflix to create a "Witcher" television series based on the works of Andrzej Sapkowski
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The Witcher (Polish: Wiedźmin) by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski is a fantasy series of short stories and novels about the witcher Geralt of Rivia. In Sapkowski's books, "Witchers" are monster hunters who (through special training and body modification) develop supernatural abilities at a young age in order to battle deadly monsters.
- History and races
The Continent (where the stories take place) was settled a few thousand years prior to the stories by elves who came from overseas. Upon arriving on The Continent, the elves encountered the gnomes and the dwarves. After a period of war between the elves and the dwarves, the dwarves retreated into the mountainous regions of The Continent, and the elves settled in the plains and forests. Human colonists arrived about five hundred years prior to the stories' events, igniting a series of wars between the humans and the other races. The humans, victorious over the older races, became dominant. The non-human races are now considered second-class citizens in human societies and are often forced to live in small ghettos within human settlements. Those not confined to the ghettos are forced to settle in the most inhospitable regions of wilderness not yet claimed by the humans. In addition to elves, gnomes, and dwarves, other notable races on The Continent are the halflings and the dryads. Some other races – such as werewolves and vampires – appeared on The Continent due to a magical event known as the Conjunction of the Spheres.
No official map of the universe created by Sapkowski has been released, but several fan-made maps have been created. Sapkowski has refused to create a map, having stated that the existing maps are "mostly accurate." According to one of interviews, he uses version created by the Czech translator of his Saga, Stanislav Komárek. Most recently, CD Projekt created a map for The Witcher video game, with Sapkowski himself consulting on it. However, the newest novel, Season of Storms, contains some information about geography which has not been included in any of the maps.
The Continent can be divided into four regions. The Northern Kingdoms, where most of the Saga takes place, consists of Aedirn, Cidaris, Cintra, Hengfors League, Kaedwen, Kerack, Kovir and Poviss, Lyria and Rivia, Redania, Temeria and Verden and several minor duchies and principalities, like Bremervoord or Ellander. The Nilfgaard Empire takes up most of the area south of the Northern Kingdoms. The eastern part of The Continent is mostly unknown territory, such as the Korath desert, Zerrikania, Hakland, and Fiery Mountains. Throughout the book series, there are also a few mentions about exotic overseas countries with which Northern Kingdoms trade, including Zangvebar, Ofir, Hannu or Barsa.
Sapkowski created a special language for the series, called the Elder Speech. It is based on English, French, Welsh, Irish, Latin and other languages. One of the most important dialects is the one from the Skellige islands.
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