The world of The Witcher, set totally on a continent merely known as The Continent, is stuffed with magic and monsters — however it didn’t start that manner. It’s accredited to a long-ago occasion, a cataclysm, generally known as the Conjunction of the Spheres.
This idea will get talked about quite a bit within the sequence, significantly within the ultimate episodes of season 2. The ramifications of the Conjunction are current in each nook of the world, and would be the foundation for the present’s spin-off, The Witcher: Blood Origin. But it surely’s not often defined in-depth within the Netflix present, so right here’s what it is advisable to know in regards to the Conjunction of the Spheres for The Witcher season 2.
What’s the Conjunction of the Spheres?
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The occasion is one thing solely vaguely understood by characters on the planet of The Witcher. However the widespread perception is that it was when all worlds (different spheres of existence) collided. and with them monsters and different beings slipped into the world. It’s additionally how magic — or “chaos” — got here to exist, giving people the ability to develop into mages.
The Witcher: Blood Origin reveals us the occasion extra totally. Through the ultimate battle for management of the Elven empire, the sorceress Zacaré (Lizzie Annis) merges Syndril’s (Zach Wyatt) energy with that of the evil mage Balor (Lenny Henry) to shatter the monolith and cease Balor’s chaos magic. Sadly, the shattering of the monolith launched shattered house and time itself, triggering the Conjunction. As Blood Origin’s narration places it: “The delicate veils between worlds had been ripped aside. Planes of existence started to cross; skies warred with skies. Evening fed upon day. A number of worlds crossed via to one another, scattering species like seeds as they merged.”
With out the Conjunction, The Witcher might have been a way more mundane world. The gradual reveal that the Witcher is a fantasy story in regards to the ramifications of interdimensional journey is a pleasant one.
It’s this inflow of monsters that finally results in the creation of the witchers, and is actually the catalyst for a lot of the story. (With out it, the place would we get our repair of good-looking monster slayers?) Every of those unfamiliar beings has been trapped in a world not their very own. Some, akin to unicorns, may even transfer between dimensions at will.
However whereas the Conjunction’s existence is one thing everybody agrees on, the occasions surrounding it are nonetheless filled with mysteries. Nobody is aware of whether or not people arrived on The Continent from one other a part of the world, or in the event that they have been introduced into the world by the Conjunction of the Spheres.
The ultimate Witcher novel, The Girl of the Lake, suggests people fled a world they’d already ruined; given their damaging nature, it’s not exhausting to think about. The elves, or Aen Seidhe, additionally appear to have come via with the Conjunction, and their civilization predates the oldest human constructions and cities. The dwarves and gnomes of The Continent appear to predate each them and people.
Why the Conjunction of Spheres is necessary
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The “elven world” from tons of of years earlier is extra than simply the idea for The Witcher spin-off within the works, Blood Origin. Whereas some entities slipped into the universe of The Continent, some ventured to others. Some elves, the Aen Elle, left their world for one the place they may very well be impartial and unconquered. The Aen Elle see themselves because the true final bastion of their tradition, untouched by human cruelty. They might transfer themselves between worlds freely earlier than the cosmic shift of the Conjunction, however afterwards they have been left remoted in a single place.
However they nonetheless have some energy. It’s from these elves and their world that the Wild Hunt originates, showing on The Continent as wraiths and spectres, kidnapping people to serve them whereas looking for a technique to as soon as extra enable their individuals to maneuver en masse between universes.
Traces of the Conjunction exist on the planet of the Netflix present within the type of monoliths, impenetrable constructions of black stone that are mentioned to be conduits for the vitality that opened their world to others. The wizard Istredd has made them the main focus of his research, going as far as to serve beneath Nilfgaard to entry them, however even he appears to barely perceive the complete extent of their that means.
Istredd’s quest for information brings some solutions in The Witcher’s second season, which is able to discover extra of how the monoliths perform and what it would imply for the destiny of The Continent. Above all else, it focuses on Ciri’s connection to them and how much energy she might have inside her.