Novigrad is a free city within Redania and is therefore not subject to the rule of that kingdom. It is one of the major ports on the continent and populated by nearly 30,000 inhabitants, making it one of the largest cities in the North.
Like any true metropolis, Novigrad has many factories and is home to all manner of craftsmen offering every ware possible and one can even find the occasional con-man or shady dealer. The city is also home to numerous banks and even has a zoo. The Eternal Fire is said to protect the city's inhabitants from all evil, monsters included. The thick city walls have never been breached, as they were tactfully designed by the architects of the Oxenfurt Academy.
Novigrad is inhabited by an unusually colorful group of both permanent residents and those in town on long and short-term visits. Most eye-catching amidst the throngs of common townsfolk, stall-keepers, and craftsmen are those practicing the more roguish professions. There is no army in the city but it does have a Secret Service, an ever-present Temple Guard, and a powerful Temple Fleet.
The coat of arms for Novigrad is not actually described in the novels. The first is the concept from the Czech site and the rest are based on images from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. For a different take on the coat of arms, we have a version from the second issue of "Biały Wilk" (The White Wolf) magazine.
Before the First Landing, Novigrad was a small elven settlement. When the first human ships arrived in the Pontar Delta, the city was abandoned and it quickly became the capital of a new country created by King Sambuk, the ancestor of the first king of Redania.
During the reign of Vestibor the Proud, Novigrad was conquered by Temeria during the Seven Years' War. The capital of Redania was then moved to Tretogor and Novigrad became a Temerian city for a long period.
Although Redanian kings are officially recognized as "kings of Redania and Novigrad", real authority is vested in the hierarch elected by the Council of Electors. The current hierarch is Cyrus Engelkind Hemmelfart.
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- Once part of Redania, Novigrad now has the status of a free city. It is the world's largest city and, without a doubt, the richest as well. Cradle of the cult of the Eternal Fire, it is now home to the church of the same name. It is ruled officially by the head of the church, referred to as the hierarch, though its underworld crime bosses also have a great deal of say in matters.
Fast travel points
- Novigrad as seen in third game is inspired by medieval Amsterdam and Gdańsk.
- Novigrad means "Newtown", Newcity or "Newcastle" in various Slavic languages.
- In The Witcher (PC) Chapter I, one of the travelers recognizes Geralt of Rivia, and comments on how the witcher helped him with some garkains in Novigrad several years prior to events of first game. However, he couldn't pay the witcher for his services at the time but can do so now and gives him 100 .
- Mentioned several time before, Novigrad and its surroundings finally appear in The Witcher: Curse of Crows following the story of Ciri and Geralt.
- In The Hexer, the first part of the episode Dolina Kwiatów takes place in Novigrad, where Geralt and Dandelion encounter a doppler impersonating Dainty Biberveldt, a halfling merchant.
- ↑ Redanian Dynasty - Vestibor the Proud
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Redanian Dynasty - Radovid III the Bold
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Biały Wilk (The White Wolf) magazine - 2nd issue
- ↑ The Witcher 3 preview and interview by The Average Gamer
- ↑ The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Artbook