They are said to somehow use the poison of the Bohun Upas.
|“||I looked for the words "Witcher urgently needed". And then there'd be a sacred site, a dungeon, necropolis or ruins, forest ravine or grotto hidden in the mountains, full of bones and stinking carcasses. Some creatures which lived to kill, out of hunger, for pleasure, or invoked by some sick will. A manticore, wyvern, fogler, aeschna, ilyocoris, chimera, leshy, vampire, ghoul, graveir, were-wolf, giant scorpion, striga, black annis, kikimora, vypper... so many I've killed.||”|
|“|| There's a cruel man-eater in these parts, laddie. He fell on a knight riding along the road with nowt but a boy for company. They say the monster rent the knight's head right off — helmet and all — and split the horse's gizzards.
'Nay, it's no dragon,' said the one in the straw hat. ''Tis said to be a manticore, or some such. The boy said 'tis a flying beast, awful huge. And vicious! We reckon he would devour the knight and fly away, but no! They say he settled on the road, the whoreson, and was sat there hissing and baring its fangs...
— pg(s). 10 – 11, Time of Contempt (UK edition)
|“||...he saw the great tawny body being lifted up by the soldiers. The monster's bat-like wings and scorpion tail dragged inertly along the ground.||”|
— pg(s). 11, Time of Contempt (UK edition)
- "One of the world's oldest and deadliest creatures, I used to feel excitement at times like this, but now the beast is just in my way. Its meat and hot blood will help me survive this icy hell."
- It was supposed to appear in the mountains near Kaer Morhen fortress but was replaced by a forktail in the game during its development. Leaked materials mention where the beast would have lived and how it would have attacked.
- Manticore is a mythological beast with the body of a lion and the tail of a dragon or a scorpion. It is often depicted having a human face, like Sphinx, but unlike the later is more of a mindless beast. It can throw venomous spines to paralyze its prey.
Notes & references Edit
- See the GWENT standalone game version card: Manticore