The two issues were released in May and June 2011 by Egmont, and were written by Michał Gałek, illustrated by Arkadiusz Klimek and colored by Łukasz Poller. It is not related to the previous comic book series by Maciej Parowski and Bogusław Polch. However, the following Dark Horse Comics series is set in the same video game-based continuity as Reasons of State.
If you registered a copy of The Witcher 2 game on GOG.com, you can download a free English version of the comics. An interactive version of the comic is also available for iOS devices.
Introduction from GOG version:
- It is the year 1262. After saving Ciri from the Brokilon dryads, Geralt ventures north. At the same time a war breaks out with Nilfgaard a war that would end with the battle of Sodden Hill, which would supposedly claim the life of Yennefer of Vengerberg. The realms of the extreme North remained neutral, and the land is relatively peaceful. The Principality of Malleore, where this story is set, lies on the banks of the Braa river in the foothills of the Dragon Mountains (the general location was featured in “The Bounds of Reason” short story). Presently Malleore is a part of Caingorn, the realm of King Niedamir.
- The small, heavily fortified castle of House Creigiau is located on the bank of the Crea, one of the Braa’s inlets. The mountainous region was ideal for shepherding, so the Barons of Creigiau spent centuries trading in wool. However, around 1251, the castellan Lazare convinced his Baron to switch to logging instead. This industry fuels the busy shipyards of neighboring Kovir. Esterad Thyssen, the king of Kovir, and his wife Zuleyka are the followers of the “Good Book” and its author, the prophet Lebioda. It is likely that trade relations with Kovir brought the cult to Creigiau. As it is often the case, the peasants did not abandon their worship of older, pagan deities, like the locally revered leshy.
- Geralt of Rivia
- Baron Bryton de Creigiau
- Castellan Lazare
- Anton de Creigiau the Younger, the exiled brother of the baron
- Hurgan Bolt
- Lady Sérlait de Creigiau, the baron's wife
- Marcas, son of Lazare
- Anton the Bearded, the current baron's father (mentioned only)
- Eanna (mentioned only)
Publication information Edit
Interactive comic Edit
The Witcher 2 Interactive Comic Book is a free application available for the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It features the Reasons of State comic with added animations, sounds and interactive elements.
- Updated: Apr 25, 2012
- Version: 1.0.2
- Size: 137 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: CD Projekt RED S.A.
- Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- ↑ Internal timeline seems to be based on TW1 timeline (where the Battle of Brenna takes a place in 1265) rather than the novels (where the battle takes place in 1268). In the proper timeline, the comic book's story should be placed in 1264, before the action of the Something More short-story.
- Article on Komiksomania.pl
- Racja stanu (dt. Staatsräson) - German fan translation
- Благо народа - Russian translation, part 1, part 2 (online edition, jpg)
- English fan translation on the Official Forum (uncompleted)