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The witcher cat school medallion
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"There was all that hate for the School of the Cat."

"They worked hard to deserve that hate, basically turned hired assassins."

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- Lambert and Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

School of the Cat is one of the witcher schools.

History Edit

I have no idea whether they chose their candidates specifically from young outcasts with a penchant for aggression, or if some unforeseen cruelty was somehow unleashed during the trials, but the final effect was a cadre of psychopaths, madmen, and sadists. Needless to say, the ill fame of their deeds hangs like a dark cloud over our reputation to this day.
The Cats (or Felines) were witchers who developed fighting styles focusing on speed, precision, and agility. As a result, Cat school witchers as well as their equipment do not deal a lot of raw damage, but can inflict deadly critical hits. By extension, their gear was designed to maximize flexibility and provide the greatest possible range of motion.[1]

Unfortunately, members of the Cat school proved as flexible in terms of morals and politics as their armor. Over time, they became pariahs even among their fellow witchers due to taking contracts on not just monsters but humans as well, with the latter going against the witchers' code. One of the possible reasons for their leniency was the mutation process, which tended to create an abnormal number of psychotic witchers from their school.[2] Regardless of the reasons, they are known to have betrayed the Wolf School and led to the massacre during the tournament.[3]

There were speculations that the school was founded by members of the Aen Seidhe[4] but the truth is that the founders were originally abortively-mutated, fallen witchers who had been banished from Kaer Morhen.[2]

Geralt encountered Brehen, a witcher of the school, while Bonhart slew another. The fallen witcher's medallion was claimed by Ciri at Stygga Castle.
The following is considered game canon only and may contradict Andrzej Sapkowski's works.
Curiously, it appears the Cats were the only school to accept women as witcher candidates.[5]

Students of the Cat School Edit

Brehen by Jana Komárková

In the books:

In the comics:

In the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt:

The Witcher 3: Wild HuntEdit

Though the Cat School remains largely mentioned-only in third game the quest Where the Cat and Wolf Play... has Geralt chance upon a Witcher of the Cat School named Gaetan. In the same game there is also set of Cat School Gear called Feline Armor, which can be crafted and upgraded. The diagrams can be found through the scavenger hunts.

Other witcher schools Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. In The Witcher game series
  2. 2.0 2.1 Season of Storms
  3. Zdrada
  4. Laboratory notebook
  5. Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni