Learn about The Witcher’s many monsters in a new faux-documentary from Netflix



Earlier this week, Netflix declared the Six Days of Witchmas, a little holiday treat for Witcher fans patiently awaiting the arrival of season two. Each day, people vote in a Twitter poll for either a “sincere gift,” like a scan of a script page or a look at a Witcher toy, or something more random via the Law of Surprise. So far it’s been Law of Surprise every day, which has resulted in a Jaskier photo gallery, a trio of images from the season two set, and today, a new documentary-style video looking at some of the show’s dangerous beasts.

This is actually the second Witcher Bestiary video, the first having been released in May, and as such it focuses on the monsters that appeared in the second half of the show’s first season. Interestingly, it’s not a Monster Manual-style rundown of stats and abilities, but a look at their real-world origins: There’s an amusing tale of a convict being sent into a suspected basilisk nest in 16th-century Warsaw, for instance (although some variants of the legend say it was actually a wandering tailor), while the gremlin-like hirikka is actually a completely original creation by Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski.


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