‘Blood Origin’ The First Witcher, Explained: How Are The Witchers Created Or Mutated In ‘The Witcher’ Universe?

The creation of a proto-witcher who was none other than an elf is the big revelation of the prequel miniseries “Blood Origin.” An old elf named Seanchai told Jaskier a 1200-year-old story (before humans or monsters roamed the earth) when Cintra was known as Xin’trea under Elven rule. Fjall, a protector of the king and a lowborn elf from the Dog clan, was exiled from Xin’trea after being caught having an affair with princess Merwyn. But to gain the throne, Merwyn betrayed her brother Alvitir and, with the aid of Balor and Eredin, wiped out the entire Dog and Raven clans, infuriating Fjall, who vowed to exact revenge on Merwyn. Fjall and the other six warriors from different clans and tribes made the decision to confront the monster that had killed their families, uniting them to cause the downfall of Merwyn’s empire. However, only a different monster could hunt down the winged beast, and for that, they had to transform someone into a monster.

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Fjall, the First Ever Witcher

Fjall became the first ever test subject of the two greatest mages of the time, Syndril and Zacare, who connected a monster’s heart to Fjall’s and forced him to consume a blood-coloured potion, possibly an alchemical compound made of grasses. The whole procedure was lengthy and painful. As we observed, the nerves and sinuses in Fjall’s body began to crack, making it appear like he wouldn’t be able to survive this process. After the lengthy experiment, Fjall finally became the first ever witcher. As the potion began to take effect inside his body, his complexion began to fade. Even his eyes changed to resemble those of a cat, enabling him to see elements in his surroundings that a typical human or elf wouldn’t have been able to (as mentioned in the source material). Even though Fjall was the first witcher created to hunt down evil, he turned out to be another monster who was forced to act violently. He wounded Brother Death as well as killed one of the elven army generals, forcing Eile to finally put an end to him. According to Seanchai’s story, the first witcher was an elf who was created by two mages almost 1200 years ago. But after Fjall passed away, who carried on creating witchers? We could go back to the Netflix original anime movie “Nightmare of the Wolf” to find the answer because it had been mentioned there that mages were needed to create the witcher. Therefore, it is conceivable that after Syndril died following the destruction of the monolith, Zacare continued to practice the witcher-making process for good reasons and that she later shared her knowledge of it with the mages, and it eventually reached Alzor, who was known to be the one who created the first batch of witchers. Again, in “The Witcher” Season 2, Vesemir mentioned the elder blood, which is necessary to create a witcher, making it possible that Ciri, who already had the elder blood in her veins, will once again be used to create witchers.


The Creation And The Extinction Of The Witchers

Following the conjunction of the spheres, when the other worlds of humans and monstrous creatures merged into one, the world began to be overrun by chaos magic, and humans and elves began to be slaughtered by various demonic creatures. In order to find a solution to the violence, the mages teamed up in the castle of Rissberg to conduct an experiment to turn humans into superhumans so they could battle these beings and free the tormented people from their clutches. The procedure was risky and painful, as we have already seen in “Nightmare of the Wolf” and “Blood Origin.” But it was performed forcefully. In “Nightmare of the Wolf,” we already saw how young boys were pressured into becoming witchers at Kaer Morhen, the training school. Few of them were able to survive the life-threatening experiments they had to undergo. This attempt to put the witchers under the control of magic spells was known as the “order of the witchers.” The witchers’ order included several steps of lethal experiments, the first of which was the Trial of the Grasses. This was one of the most painful experiments that those children had to endure. They were given the special virus cultures as well as the “grasses,” which are alchemical ingredients. Nightshades, corn lilies, speargrass, rye, and wolfsbane were among the grasses used to alter their bodies and minds. The children received these injections into their veins over the course of a week-long procedure. The children’s average life span after this trial was three days, but those who did survive tended to throw up and become insane.

After a few days, the children who survived had cat-like eyes that were useful for seeing and sensing things in their surroundings that normal humans couldn’t see. Only three or four of the forty children could have survived the trial and mutated into witchers. Following their mutation, they received quick reflexes, superhuman physical strength, an accelerated healing process, and increased mental capacity. Following the Trial of the Grasses, they would have to endure the Trial of Dreams, in which the mages would use magical power to show them psychedelic visions in order to improve their skills and amplify their night vision. The final test would be climbing mountains and crossing caves filled with rock trolls and cyclops to complete their training and become a sterile and complete witcher. As the witchers’ order continued, the witchers went on to hunt down the monsters and complete their contracts in order to receive a large sum of money. But no matter how much they earned, society despised them as cold-blooded monsters devoid of emotion or hesitation.

However, the mages who had initially created these witchers began to depart, including Alzor, leaving the group of witchers with a few notable leaders; as a result, the mutation’s development had also slowed, hastening the order of the witchers’ downfall. The witchers got into fights, tricking each other with their bounties. A number of witchers murdered one another and abandoned the order of the witchers to find their separate schools. The School of the Wolf was one of these individual guilds, and it was tragically the last of its kind. The last witcher’s school was located in Kaer Morhen, which we came across in the Netflix series as well. In order to continue the mutation process, these witchers brought with them some alchemical tools and mutagenic compounds that helped them create new witchers. However, as the witchers grew more powerful and ventured outside the castles, their encounters with the monsters terrified the local settlers. So, in order to bring these witchers down, the king and the humans exiled them from society. They didn’t even speak to them or sit with them in bars. They not only kept their distance from the witchers, but they also backed the king’s plan to completely eradicate these mutants, who were becoming a threat to them.

As the number of monsters decreased, the witchers themselves became a source of fear for the locals. As a result, some mages led these mobs, along with the king’s men, to permanently destroy Kaer Morhen. They nearly destroyed the witchers’ school, as shown in “Nightmare of the Wolf,” along with Deglan, Vesimir’s teacher, and the mage Reidrich, leaving only Vesemir and some of his boys who fled the castle during the riot. A few witchers were able to continue making witchers while under Vesemir’s supervision, but without the aid of any mage, the process was becoming more challenging, indicating that the witchers’ era was coming to an end. One of the boys who escaped the castle during the pogrom and kept practicing monster hunting under the leadership of Vesemir was Geralt of Rivia, whose tale had yet to be told. As he grew up, Geralt developed into a natural leader who looked out for his brothers as well as the kings and queens. As we saw in seasons 1 and 2 of “The Witcher,” he would ultimately save the world from the Wild Hunts and take on the role of Ciri’s father.


Final Words

In literature, film, and folklore, there are numerous instances of humans being transformed into monsters. This terrifying transformation has been seen in “The Witcher,” as well as in Mary Shelley’s classic novel “Frankenstein,” “The Fly” (1986), “The American Werewolf in London” (1981) and many more. These instances are imaginary yet symbolical, as in reality, we see a lot of people whose appearance evolves over time. A person who was once steady and calm may transform into a monster-like character who is turbulent and evil. Even in our surroundings they roam like a cold-blooded killer. “The Witcher” by Sapkowski tells the story of people who turned themselves into monsters as a result of unfortunate circumstances. As we can see, neither Fjall nor Geralt were evil, but under the strain of the situation, they eventually turned into demons. In “Blood Origin” when the beast overcame Fjall’s mind and body, he was unable to defeat them making him hostile to other people. This implies that once the monster reached its full maturity, there was no turning back, and the monster could no longer revert to human form, which led to their eventual collapse. The fall of the witchers was a tragic event because they actually ended up killing each other, just like the savage animals.  Therefore, if not restrained, the future of the witchers would eventually wipe out the human race and consume all of civilization.


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Poulami Nanda
Poulami Nanda
Poulami Nanda hails from a medical background, yet her journey is to cross the boundaries of medicine and survive in the cinematic world. The surrealistic beauty of cinema and art has attracted her from a very young age. She loves to write poems, songs, and stories, but her dream is to write films someday. She has also worked as a painter, but nothing attracts her more than cinema. Through her writings, she wants to explore the world of cinema more and more and take her readers on the same ride.
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