|This article is about the gang from south of the Yaruga. For the animal, see Rat. For the quest in The Witcher (PC), see The Rat.|
The Rats were a gang (or "Hansa") of criminals in Nilfgaard. They were known for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, so thanks to this practice they were loved by the poor Nilfgaardian citizens and farmers. The band also became fashion icons for the rich youth of Thurn in particular. The gang's ringleader was Giselher. The group had formed during the Lammas celebration in the village of Glyswen in Geso.
The Rats planned to stop robbing for a moment and take advantage of the upcoming national amnesty to celebrate the marriage of Emperor Emhyr var Emreis with Cirilla of Cintra. However, they didn't manage to achieve their plan, either because the marriage never happened, either because Leo Bonhart, a bounty hunter hired by both Stefan Skellen and baron Casadei, killed all the members and chopped their heads off, except for Ciri, for whom he had a separate, special contract. The dead Rats then, were buried in Jealousy, the village in which they were slaughtered.
Members of the Rats included: