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We first meet Borch Three Jackdaws in the short story The Bounds of Reason . He was a knight accompanied by two Zerrikanian women, Téa and Véa, to whom he referred as his "weapons". He never carried conventional weapons of any kind, saying that he could not, but never elaborating.
Geralt met him after slaying a basilisk. He invited Geralt back to a nearby inn, using the opportunity to question the witcher on his personal philosophy and was pleased to learn Geralt didn't hunt dragons, because, as Geralt explained, they don't threaten humans; rather, it is humans who hunt them. He debates with Geralt the possible existence of a golden dragon which would be a mutant but is rebutted when Geralt reluctantly states "Mutants are sterile, Borch. Only legends permit what nature condemns. Only myths can ignore the limits of what's possible."
Borch wasn't keen on killing Myrgtabrakke, the dragon of Barefield, and later adopted her baby, for in reality, Borch was a huge golden dragon by the name of Villentretenmerth with the ability to change shape.
While Geralt and Yennefer were still unaware that the dragon was actually Borch, Yennefer asked Geralt to kill it so that she might try to concoct a medicine from the carcass that could cure her infertility. Geralt refused which did not sit well with the sorceress at all. Knowing what it meant to Yennefer and having spoken to Dandelion, Geralt decided that he must try and kill the dragon for her. However, due to events, he never goes through with this.
In The Hexer movie and TV series, Borch was portrayed by Andrzej Chyra.
- 04: "Smok" (The Dragon)
In the graphic novels Edit
The story is also told in graphic form in Granica możliwości.
He is indirectly mentioned in the game. During Shani's party in Chapter II, Dandelion mentions that Geralt once had a vampire friend, Regis. To which Geralt derisively replies: "...and a dragon friend, too?", a humorous reference to Geralt's friendship with Borch.Saskia, the Virgin of Aedirn, is in fact Borch's daughter. Her dragon name is Saesenthessis. She however isn't a golden dragon and her shapeshifting capabilities are limited.
During the qwent tournament Geralt mentions that he once met a traveler who had two Zerrikanian women as bodyguards, referring to Borch.
- This coat of arms is a real Polish coat of arms used by noble Polish and Lithuanian families (more on the subject can be found here).
- The name Borch Trzy Kawki is most likely based on the name of Polish Great Crown Chancellor who lived in XVIII century. His full name was Jan Andrzej Józef Borch and his coat of arms was Three Jackdaws.
- In "The Bounds of Reason" short story, Borch tells that his draconic name "Villentrentenmerth" means "Three Black Birds", thus giving a reason to the "Three Jackdaws" added to his human name.