The Witch hunters of Novigrad, nearby Oxenfurt and the surrounding Velen region are members of an armed organization dedicated to persecuting magic users, both amateur and professional. Having been members (most of them) of the Order of the Flaming Rose, their operations are officially sanctioned by the Church of the Eternal Fire. In The Witcher 3, they act with the full support of King Radovid V.
Regular members of this group are equipped with Novigradian steel swords, classic but still pretty good. Some also use witch hunter swords. At a distance they use army crossbows making it a lot harder to escape them, as their bolts run faster than any man. And as they are dedicated to the persecution of "black magic users", they are in possession of dimeritium bombs and shackles. The shackles especially make killing them worthwhile, because they can frequently be looted from their corpse and are pretty valuable while relatively light. Dimeritium is a valuable metal after all.
Notable hunters Edit
A Sword for Witches entry Edit
- Portrayal of witch hunters in the game seems to be inspired by Matthew Hopkins, the notorious English witch hunter from the time of English Civil War.
- Early in the progress, organization was called Inquisition and even concept art from Marek Madej, who is senior concept artist at CD Projekt RED, is labelled "Inkwizycja" (Polish for inquisition) but it was changed, likely because of Dragon Age: Inquisition.
- The line "We haven't a leader. We haven't forts or land" is a clear reference to the Order of the Flaming Rose. They have a leader, Grand Master, fort, Barienmurg in Roggeven, and lands as well.