Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Wytch Files Ep. 13: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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"Hide the wenches! Witcher's coming!"

Our bad-ass heroes from left to right: Yennifer, Geralt, Ciri, and Tris
Join us as we step into the world of The Witcher 3:Wild Hunt and our bad-ass reluctant hero, Witcher Geralt of Rivia.  The Witcher 3 is the critically acclaimed action role-playing video game developed by CD Projekt RED and based on the fantasy novel series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The game is available for PC and all consoles, including the new and equally awesome expansion packs, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. In the episode, we discuss a few of the many magical parallels found between the game and the real world.

There is quite a variety of magical practitioners, including druids, mages, sorceresses, and a Peller. We dig his chicken feet necklace. He's a fashion trendsetter! The historical Peller is from Cornish witchcraft and folk healing. For more information on the Cornish Peller tradition, check out the Cornish Witchcraft site and The Traditional Cornish Witchcraft site for this very interesting path. 

There are also a lot of poisonous plants used by Geralt for potions and blade oils. As any witch on the Poison Path knows, in order to heal, one must also know how to poison.  A great example of a modern practitioner of the Poison Path is Sarah Anne Lawless.  Her website is a treasure trove of witchy goodness so be sure to check it out along with her online shop Fern & Fungi Botanicals. If you can find a copy, check out Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft, and the Poison Path by Daniel Schulke if you want to go deeper into the history of this path. The stellar occult publisher Three Hands Press is sadly sold out with a second edition schedules for 2017. Be sure to support your small local magical & mundane bookshops!

Original art from the game available @ Cook &
The most memorable characters were The Crones of Crookback Bog. These witchy sisters were inspired by Baba Yaga of Slavic folklore.  The wonderful Myths and Legends podcast created by Jason Weiser has three episodes featuring Baba Yaga that are great listens! Check out episode 5A-Slavic Folklore: Tried and Died, episode 16-Russian Fairy Tales: She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, and episode 43-Slavic Folklore: The Wasteland.

The Great Norse Goddess Freya is featured prominently in the game.  Diana Paxson's article Freyja: Lady of Love and Life provides information on the Goddess.  Ms. Paxson's group Hrafnar is a good resource for Heathenry and her website on Oracular Seidh is invaluable for information on the modern practice of Seidh based on the pre-Christian Norse system of divination, magic and shamanism.

And last but not least, check out the lovely ladies of the Sirens of Scream, the geek podcast focused on all things Horror!! We are thrilled to be making a guest appearance this October. Stay tuned for details. They can be found on the Mega Nerd Media network and through the usual iTunes and such.

The Wytch Files is produced by Mallon Khan.
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