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"A Night to Remember" is a pre-launch trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt released by Digic Pictures and CD Projekt RED on 14 May 2015. Similar to the trailer, Killing Monsters, this cinematic told a short, yet engrossing story about Geralt hunting a bruxa.

Story Edit

Our protagonist, the fearless witcher, Geralt of Rivia, meets a woman that is not revealed by name on the bank of river, who is singing a haunting lullaby. When Geralt approaches and notes that the locals paid him for her, she remarks that in the times past witchers would never take such a contract. Then she throws off her clothes, transforming into something invisible and quickly disappears into the nearby barn. Geralt, after taking some preparations and drinking a potion, follows.

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A scramble begins where the woman is revealed to be a type of higher vampire. During the fight, she manages to bite Geralt, but the potion which happens to be Black Blood affects her, slowing her down and causing extreme pain. Geralt seriously wounds her and she flees from the barn, falling right outside thrasing about and pitifully attempts to crawl away. Geralt, in pain, follows behind her, preparing his hook his trophy, but collapses alongside her, seeing her revert to her human form.

When the Wolf of Rivia awakens, he sees the bruxa's body lying facedown next to him, burned from the morning sun. He leaves the rest of her melting body without taking the trophy and rides on his faithful Roach towards the capital city of Toussaint, Beauclair.[1]

Lullaby Edit

In the trailer Edit

Lyrics are original and together with the music arrangement were composed by Marcin Przybyłowicz. Vocal is performed by Laura Doddington. The lullaby and trailer partially use the music from A Hole in the Sun by Two Steps From Hell

Wolves asleep amidst the trees,Bats all a-swaying in the breeze,But one soul lies anxious wide awake,Fearing all manner of ghouls, hags and wraiths.

Birds are silent for the night, Cows turned in as daylight dies, But one soul lies anxious wide awake. For the witcher, brave and bold, Paid in coin of gold, He’ll chop and slice you, Cut and dice you. Eat. You. Up. Whole. Eat. You. Whole.

Full version Edit

Full version of the lullaby was released during 2015 on August 26 on official youtube channel under the name "Lullaby of Woe".

Wolves asleepin' midst the trees, Bats all aswayin' in the breeze, But one soul lies anxious, wide awake, Fearin' all manner of ghouls, hags and wraiths

For your dolly, polly sleep has flown, Don't dare let her tremble alone.

For the witcher Heartless cold, Paid in coin of gold, He comes, he'll go, Leave naught behind But heartache and woe. Deep, deep woe.

Birds are silent for the night, Cows turned in as daylight dies, But one soul lies anxious wide awake, Fearin' all manner of ghouls, hags and wraiths.

My dear dolly, polly shut your eyes, Lie still, lie silent, utter no cries.

As the witcher Brave and bold, Paid in coin of gold. He'll chop and slice you, Gut and dice you, Eat you up whole. Eat you whole.

Interpretation Edit

This is only an interpretation and it doesn't claim to match unexpressed intent of authors.

After the release of Blood and Wine the true story behind the trailer is revealed as the woman singing the song turns out to be a vampire Geralt meets during his journey,[2] thus it is not a meeting of strangers but rather the conclusion of a storyline left open in the game.[3]

Tw3 A Night to Rembember bruxa human form

As Geralt and the Vampire know one another the atmosphere leading up to the fight is rather calm, as both know what they are going to do next. She sings a song which higher vampires would sing to their younglings,[4] describing witchers as creatures from her childhood, those who hunt her kind for gold from a time when many witchers roamed the world hunting vampires without mercy. The doll and song may also be a direct reference to the vampires connection to children established in La Compassion Orphanage .

Tw3 A night to remember bruxa
As Geralt sets out to take the trophy he collapses from the effects of blood loss and the Black Blood potion he drank. When Geralt awakes hours later, The body has decayed to a point where she can no longer be identified, this could be the reason why he returns to the Capital of Toussaint without taking the trophy.[5]

The trailer Edit

The Witcher 3- Wild Hunt - Launch Cinematic04:44

The Witcher 3- Wild Hunt - Launch Cinematic

Behind the scenes Edit

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Outdoors, shot progression.

Making of Edit

One of the main goals of this project was to convey the harsh ‘reality’ that killing monsters is actually hard work because as it should be known it is difficult, grueling, and mostly unpalatable - there’s nothing ‘beautiful’ or glorious in it. Interestingly, audio was an early element in the animatic to fine tune the mood needed. “In this particular case,” says Zorkóczy, “it worked so well that the track we originally used as temp music made it all the way into the final version - A Hole in the Sun by Two Steps From Hell.

The final audio mix was provided by CD Projekt RED who did a wonderful job, and really nailed the right tone for the film” also design of Geralt, main protagonist is based of course on promotional materials for third game “They would identify key features like his build, his hairstyle, or his cat-like eyes resulting from the magical mutations of his training,” says lead character modeler Tamás Varga. [6]

Hidden note Edit

The teaser for this trailer released earlier has a hidden message from developers during 00:22 seconds:

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Geralt model

After 3 long years The Witcher: Wild Hunt is finally ready to go. The reviews are already out and the reception is amazing. We can't wait to hand our baby over to you. It is a very important milestone for all of us here. We went from 50 people in the first Witcher to over 200 creating a massive world of Wild Hunt.

It's a grand scale now, but the nuance and soul of the series is intact. We won't have it any other way. This is one for the fans who supported us all this time Those who cheered for a different kind of fantasy. One that's dark unsettling and personal. Here's something to sweeten these last days of waiting. Here's "A Night to Remember," a short, spoiler free cinematic.

Notes & references Edit

  1. Pawel Burza: "City in A Night to Remember is Beauclair"
  2. Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz: "Vampiress in A Night to Remember is Orianna"
  3. "I'll come back for you one day. You realize that, right?" -Geralt, Blood and Wine; "Nice tune, been a while since I last heard it." -Geralt, A Night to Remember
  4. According to Sapkowski's book lore, vampires are race like any other. They are born from parents and aren't "cursed into" from humans.
  5. Although sometimes referenced as high vampires, alps, mulas, katakans, bruxae, and nekurats do not have the ability to recover from catastrophic injuries like so-called "true" Higher Vampire, as evidenced by the horrific state of decay the bruxa exhibits a few hours after the fight.
  6. Behind the Scenes of Digic’s Witcher 3 cinematic by Ian Failes

See also Edit

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