I removed that one because it 1) duplicate video and 2) it wasn't about the school of the bear but of one of the witchers (Gerd). Before I could check the new video, I saw you had undid it so wasn't sure if there was a reason for that or not. If not, can be re-added.
Been using this site a lot since its my first Witcher game and first playthrough.
Was annoyed by the many comments like "This page sucks, not enough infomation" yet the person didn't contribute to make the wiki better, and figured that since I found it so helpful, it wouldnt hurt to add something I found out that wasn't on here.
Saw the improvements you made to the page. I didn't realize there was the Visual Editor, so that makes things easier for next time. If you come accross something I update and there is a better way to format it or anything like that, just let me know.
I saw how much you contributed and figured it would be nice to see a message about someone who appreciates the info on the wiki, and knows that the page doesnt wirte itself in contrast to the people who take the time to post complaints instead of using that time to improve things.
Hi, thanks so much for your edits and yes, the visual editor does make it a lot easier :)
From what I've seen, most of your edits are good, just some minor things was to leave out personal notes (for example, you had something like "I can't remember" on one, don't need that on the page).
And yeah, can't stand those who simply post to complain about the info but don't do anything to help out, glad to see you actually want to help, and please let me or another admin know if you have any questions and welcome to the community!
That's ok, you don't really need to add summaries unless you think it's absolutely necessary to add them. And thanks for doing that btw, I keep meaning to go back and fix the tables for the numbering sort but keep forgetting.
@Miki: Yes. In the official translation of the Baptism of Fire.
@Mechemik: If they are allowed to sent representative on a tourney to the foreign country then they must be at least partially recognized. I think that after Radovid V disbanded them they declared independence at Castle Barienmurg and occassionally fight Redanians, similarly to how it was with the Knights Teutonic and their relation with Polish Crown.
Juraj is right, in the English translation it is mentioned when Geralt encounters Zoltan and his crew playing their card game; "The colour cards were called, in Dwarven Speech, the hraval, vaina and ballet, but Zoltan and company used the Common Speech and human names when they played."
It's really not much of a page or any significant information. I mean, at that point we might as well create a page for farmers, tailors, etc. because they exist in far more abundance than chamberlains, but we don't for similar reasons.
There's not much info to add to them and I don't like creating unnecessary pages (does this mean we should start also creating pages for washer even if it was only mentioned once?). If anything, it may be better to group them into one page like the military ranks and titles.
Now that I think of it, we should merge Naiad and Rusalka pages. The second term is usually used by commoners while the first is said only twice in the book, by a sorceress-rector Margarita. Even in The Witcher game lake rusalka is mentioned thrice by inhabitants of Murky Waters but none is seen, except it is. What do you think?
I don't know. In game, the water nymph refers to herself as a naiad, not a rusalka. Also, I know the game mechanics were limited back then, but she resembles nothing like a rusalka as described in the books.
What I mean is that elves, learned people and nymphs themselves refer to water nymphs as naiads while dwarves and commoners refer to them as rusalki just like it's with eerie wives/dryads. She doesn't look like rusalka? Of course, she has the exact same model as the dryad.
Nothing, sorry I thought something but found out its confirmed. References... the mentions in the first game or the fact that rusalki and naiads are basically the same thing in mythology won't suffice, right?
What I meant was more someone actually stating they call them by different names. It also doesn't make sense why Geralt, a monster expert, refers to them by the "lesser" name rusalka. Unless maybe this was another mistranslation issue.
Also, part of me wonders if they are two distinct sub-types. For instance, there's another water nymph: the Nereid, who are of the sea. Maybe Rusalkas and Naiads means they're water nymphs but of separate bodies of water (rivers, lakes, waterfalls?)
That's some really good argument with Geralt. I was of the impression that Rusalkas/Naiads live in sweet water while Nereids remain in the salt water. Hmmmm. I guess it will be better now to wait until Miki talks to Mr Andrzej.
On the other hand, I just expanded goblin. During the process, I stumbled upon this video (essential talk starts 4:53 and ends 5:03) and I cannot precisely phrase the information says about kobold eyes told there. English is one thing, eyes and powerful occipital lobe stimulant other xD
So still trying to work out the timeframe of some of these stories. Do you remember where it was stated when Dandelion was born in the books? I'm only see info from the games (which are also not correct, the journal in Tw3 points at one year, a book in Tw2 points to another).
1229 in the books, worked out from his being 38 in 1267 in The Tower of the Swallow, corroborates with Dijkstra saying he is just under forty. 1232 (from what I can remember) in the Witcher 3 in-game journal, correctly listed as 1229 in the Fractured Realms handbook with the collector's edition of Wild Hunt.
Either date makes him way too young in Season of Storms going by the 1245 date though. Even if he met Geralt at 18 years old (and that is seriously stretching things) he still studied for four years and lectured for one prior to that.
Also, I'm having trouble finding info that actually states Filavandrel was ever a ruler, specifically of Dol Blathanna. In my book, it states a human governor was in charge of the valley before it was given to Francesca. Do you have any info on this?
No, you are right. In the Last Wish it is a given that he has authority over the elves in that story (like Toruviel) but nothing there would imply he was actually a ruler or a king. Certainly regarding Francesca and his interactions he would appear to be her subject, though I would think a very high ranking/highly regarded one as he refers to her in what I would regard as casually as Daisy/Enid and it is she that is asking him for forgiveness for her actions.
I guess it depends on how old he is. Certainly the humans of Vengerberg ruled directly before Francesca and in Time of Contempt it is stated that it has been around 100 years since it was last under elf rule. I suppose if he was old enough he might have been ruler before that (I presume the White Ships in his name is a reference to the white ships the elves arrived in the Continent on, suggesting at the very least that the house Feleaorn he comes from is one of the oldest) but this is just that - supposition. He might have just been the military commander or anything. I agree that there isn't really any info in his two appearances that would suggest he was ruler/king of anything.
Regarding Filavandrel, sure it might not be in his first two appearances but he is also mentioned by Ida Emean in Baptism of Fire. She mentions that Stefan Skellen, while searching for Vilgefortz, went to Blue Mountains to see Filavandrel for an audience after being refused by Enid.
Never mind, found it, completely forgot about that mention. The exact context is that Enid refused Skellen in Dol Blathanna, but he was received in the Blue Mountains by Filavandrel and Vanadain. Perhaps suggesting that he ruled the Blue Mountains but not Dol Blathanna itself? Although it is strange that Filavandrel and Vanadain are referred to on equal terms, I was under the impression in the Last Wish that Filavandrel was his superior. I suppose that could still be the case, just a little odd.
I wonder if Filavandrel holds some sort of commander/ambassador position in that case? It's like country leaders: sometimes the king/president, etc. won't receive guests, but their second-in-command will, most cases just to please the visitor.
Josh, you actually guessed it. The Blue Mountains are indeed said to be ruled by "free elves", who maintain next to no contact with humanity or the rest of Aen Seidhe. Ida Emean is their chief Aen Saevherne and the mountains themselves are home to many other sages. Filavandrel, Vanadain and Ida are the most influential among the free elves with the first apparently being a ruler. Considering how Ida is important Knowing One, that seems to leave Vanadain as Eredin to Filavandrel's Auberon.
To explain why he isn't called king, according to Avallach in The Tower of the Swallow, elven rulers aren't called "kings". Enid became a monarch under human conditions while "The King of the Alders" is more of an alias used for Auberon to explain his position.
I was wondering if there was a reason why Priscilla isn't in Dandelions partner('s) in the Infobox, I don't have the clearance to add it my self so just wondering if it just hadn't been done yet or if there's some reason why she isn't there that I'm forgetting. And also shouldn't Vespula, Marabel, and Molly also be in Dandelion's partner('s) just with "(Lover, Formerly)" behind them?
It's a balancing act between book information and game information, but I can certainly see Prscilla being added and Vespula (as she was a romance in the books). The other women not so much as they feel more like the countless flings Dandelion had in both the books and games (same reason we don't list every person Geralt slept with under his list).
I wanted to create an interactive genealogy tree of Calanthe. I saw that you have exactly what I'm thinking about. Can I borrow it? Btw I love the idea of creating subpages on merchants pages. Can I use it too?
I took a look at your sandbox. Actually there are informations about Mag Turga - from Sapkowski's alphabet (it's available only in polish, I guess): Mag Turga: kraina na południe od Amell [WJ]
It means that it was just a region.
Btw if there is no translation of alphabet and if you want I can translate it so I could learn english so you could use it.
Those notes i mentioned in the page The Beast of Toussaint, are ONLY available during the quest. Those flyers can be picked up only while searching for Milton, not before, not after. That is why their pages (eg. Flyer touting Est Est) were created by me, because they are, apparently, very rare to players (and i love searching for rare and "hidden" items:) - my reason being here, on the wiki, to help others know about the unknown).
Thanks for the note, however just make a note of that on the individual document's pages. While it's a cool tidbit that it can only be found during that quest, it has no bearing or impact on anything else nor other interactions (for instance, if you could later take it to someone else in the quest or a later quest, that'd be fine, but as it's just there to add to the world environment, can't be worn, etc. it adds no other value).
Forgot to say, one exception are trivia bits. If, for example, they were references to another game, or actual real life documents, etc. it'd then be fine to mention on the quest page.
But what about other quests? In Blood and wine quests (for example The Man from Cintra ), there are some "Quest books" listed as well. It really helped me as well to "check" whether I have everything from there. Shame that those 3 flyers are missed by almost everyone :/
What we could do, and I've tried to do as I go along, is as I write the walkthroughs, I try to link in unique things like that. For instance "You can examine several tables here that contains letters A, B, and C" etc.