- "There was all that hate for the School of the Cat."
- —Lambert, Witcher from the School of the Wolf[src]
- "They worked hard to deserve that hate, basically turned hired assassins."
- —Geralt of Rivia[src]
|“||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.||”|
— pg(s). 57, The World of the Witcher
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.
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 humans as well as monsters. Geralt of Rivia states repeatedly in novels that witchers don't accept money for killing people, as they were made to combat monsters. One of the possible reasons for that was the mutation process, which tended to create an abnormal number of psychotic witchers. Regardless of the reasons, they are known to have betrayed the Wolf School and led to the massacre during the tournament.
Curiously, it appears the Cats were the only school to accept women as witcher candidates. There are also speculations that the school was founded by member of elven culture group Aen Seidhe but the truth is that founders were originally abortively-mutated, fallen witchers who had been banished from Kaer Morhen.
Students of the Cat School Edit
In the books:
In the comics:
In the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt:
- Aiden (mentioned by Lambert)
- Axel (mentioned in a letter to Gaetan)
- Cedric (mentioned in the letter)
- Jad Karadin
- Joël (author of the letter to Gaetan)
- Schrödinger (mentioned in the letter)
- Lexandre (mentioned in Blood and Wine)
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.
- The above letter mentioning Witcher, Schrödinger, is an Easter Egg referencing the "Schrödinger's Cat" quantum mechanical thought experiment.