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Ofir or Ofier is a land lying to the south of Nilfgaardian Empire along with Zangvebar and half-mythical lands of Hann and Barsa.[1] Not much is known about the Ofieris in the North as the contact is rare. They have a very different fauna, like white horses with black stripes.[2]

According to Dulla kh'Amanni, Ofir is a set of empires, kingdoms, and tribes with many diverse polities and peoples. It's a land of vast steppes, large mountains, crystal clear lakes and untouched wildernesses. For example, Dulla's home city would, according to him, make City of Golden Towers seem dull in comparison. This city is an enclave of mages, doctors, mathematicians, and philosophers.[3]

Known Ofiris Edit

CultureEdit

EconomyEdit

Ofieri goods

Mostly of the Ofiris' economy is based on the exportations of their very refined and sought goods: merchants from Ofir travel toward the Northern Kingdoms and Nilfgaard and trade their merchandise, although the length and the hardness of the trip. Notable Seaside Bazaars are known to exist at least in Cidaris, Novigrad and Gors Velen. Ofiris trade there valuable products such as decorated weapons, precious jewels and clothes, vases, carpets and spices. They also started introducing new and unknown professions like sword enchanting.

FashionEdit

Ofieris 1 by merigoldshailstorm

Ofiris mostly wear long and refined blue, red, yellow and green tunics, often decorated with golden embroideries and precious jewels. They also often cover their heads with turbans or with chaperones. High-rank soldiers usually wear pointed golden helmets and are equipped with rounded shields, spears and sabers.

History Edit

Origins Edit

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Warriors from Ofir.

According to their local myths, there was once a time when love brought together the skies and steppe and from the union of the latters was born the first mare. The men were yet very weak, they fell prey to countless dangers, but the mare saved them, feeding with her own milk, making them grow strong until they were ablte to saddle her. They then become skillful warriors, winning over all their foes. That's why the Ofiris still respect horses, the noblest among all beasts as they call them.

Trivia Edit

  • If Geralt gets a complete set of Ofieri gear, the achievement "I Wore Ofieri Before It Was Cool" is received.
  • Ofier is based on few different middle-eastern cultures.[4] Notably Persian and Arabic. By the dialog with the runewright it shows resemblance to Jewish mystics (Kabbalah): arranging of words and the power of letters, a belief in a single God and a written record of the world creation. As well as some greetings such as blessing the guest.
  • Ofir is the land mentioned in Bible, from which King Solomon received a cargo of gold every three years. it is identified by researchers as either present day Yemen, the Afar region in East Africa, Rajasthan India or a legendary mythical place.

References Edit

  1. The World of the Witcher
  2. Sword of Destiny
  3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone expansion
  4. https://twitter.com/MTomaszkiewicz/status/812604685014081536