We all love popping into the world of the Witcher either through the books or the games to experience the wonderful adventures of Geralt of Rivia, our favorite monster slayer. But let's be honest with ourselves: If we had to lead a life on the Continent ourselves, few of us (if any at all) would willingly choose to be a witcher. Just think about it: For starters, they have to undergo a mutation process that leads most to an agonizing death. If you're one of the lucky few to survive, your prospects still aren't that great; witchers receive relatively meager pay for doing extremely dangerous work, are subject to intense prejudice by basically everyone in society, and they almost always meet their end hunting one terrible monster or another. I don't know about the rest of you, but this certainly isn't a life I would willingly choose. So, if we acknowledge that there are few if any attractive qualities to the witcher's life, then why is there a witchers guild? More specifically: Why did witchers used to recruit and train new witchers if they knew how awful their careers were? (I say used to because witchers haven't been trained in years by the start of the books)
I've tried to remember if there was ever some reason given in the books or the games for why witchers bother training new members but I couldn't remember an explanation being given. I've tried coming up with some of my own, some of which I ruled out almost immediately and others that seem more plausible. Here is what I came up with:
- The witchers guild teachers its members to be genuinely concerned with protecting the world from monsters, leading them to recruit new members when possible.
- This seems highly unlikely. No person or group of people is that selfless and altruistic, especially when faced with a witcher's line of work.
- The monarchy requires that the witchers keep recruiting and adding to its ranks.
- I can think of no reason to support this.
- The members of the guild all must pay a fee to the guild that is then used to supply the keep, especially during the wintering season. Therefore, it is important to train new witchers that can help sustain this.
- This seems plausible because it provides each individual witcher with an incentive to recruit. If we also consider how often witchers die, this becomes an even greater incentive because the members will want to do everything possible to make sure the guild always has members.
- Witchers recruit and add to their ranks to provide themselves with other people they can relate to through common experience. In a way, this is them sustaining what is likely the only family they'll ever have.
- This could be the reason. If it is, I find it extremely ironic and sad that what ultimately drives witchers to bring others into their sucky lifestyle is a need for companionship that society has denied them, which is ultimately a symptom of that same sucky lifestyle.
I know that same kind of a rant, but I would love to hear some peoples ideas about this.
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