The Witcher 3: How “The Last Wish” Made It Even Better

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From it’s beginnings down in the briny to it’s snow capped mountains in Skellige, “The Last Wish” is among my favorite quests in the Witcher 3 that is outside Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine’s quests. I haven’t forgotten it yet, a mere two years after the Witcher 3 released in 2015, the quest is one of the most memorable parts of the game for me and now that I decided to get back into reading, the first book that I picked up was The Last Wish and decided to give it a go, and once I opened up the first page I was remembering a certain quest in The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. It’s very special.

Once the preamble of the quest is over, Geralt must face a djinn amid the wreckage of an elven ship, this ship happens to be perched hundreds of feet above sea level and Skellige. Geralt and the love of his life, Yennifer of Vengerberg must face it and crush the magic spell that has been bounded to both Geralt and Yennifer for a good amount of time and why you’re here is up to you and if you play your cards right, you’ll end the saga with Yennifer by your side as it should be.

“The Last Wish” by Andrzej Sapkowski written in 1993 is a collection of short stories that are compelling and rich with details about the tale of Geralt of Rivia, his friends, and his enemies. These books are several and are the true canon of the Witcher, these books serve as the inspiration and source material for the Witcher Trilogy which wrapped up a year ago with Blood and Wine.  The book is placed chronologically ahead of “Sword of Destiny” written in 1992.

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The first chapter begins innocently much like the quest itself in the final tale of CPDR’s Trilogy. Dandelion and Geralt are fishing by the water, a catfish escapes their grasp and what they bring up is a vase that contains a red djnn, which is a genie and the djnn proceeds to strangle Dandelion but Geralt manages to recite some words and the djnn fleeds away from them, soon Geralt must take his injured friend to the town of Rinde, which is a settlement that isn’t featured in the trilogy.

There, in Rinde, Geralt is told to find a certain sorceress who might be able to help him. In the book, hearing of Geralt’s situation with his friend Dandelion, Yennifer helps them but the djinn returns and is summoned but is restrained by Yennifer’s “bright light” but it proceeds to wreck the town and Yennifer herself. So, Geralt intervenes and the two happen to fight and bicker as they tumble through portals. I’m leaving alot of things out to save time, but in the end, it was Geralt who earned the three wishes upon the release of the genie.

The Last Wish is the wish that Geralt earned and it happened to be Yennifer, he wanted his fate to be tied to the sorceress’s own. In the book, it is described that Geralt who is a man of no emotion is attracted to Yennifer even before the magic takes a hold of them. He cannot take his eyes of her, it’s pure love.

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“How long has this been going on? Fifteen, twenty years?We repeatedly split up, then return to one another. Something draws us to each other. But I can never be certain if it’s a true feeling, or merely a bit of mischief by a djinn. I want to know, if when the djinn’s magic is gone, we’ve any magic left of our own.” , Yennifer says in The Witcher 3.

There they sit there atop the mountain, watching the sky and the life below the high atop mountain. The fate of the relationship is up to you now, the player and it makes me so happy that I chose to be with Yennifer rather then break it up, and I’m happy that I chose to end the trilogy with her by my side because somehow it was always meant to be, going all the way back to “The Last Wish.” , it made the relationship and my connection to both Geralt and Yennifer even deeper then ever before because now I know the origin of the relationship and how they met. I think it’s a complete injustice to not end up with Yennifer, because it is the intention of the creator of these two characters to end up with each other now and forever.

 

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