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Okay. About a year ago I picked up The Witcher and The Witcher 2 on a whim. They were on sale on steam and I figured, 'why not?'
What I was not expecting was to get completely hooked on them. Yes, the first game had a steep learning curve (and a few questionable gameplay decisions - i.e., having to do research on one of the basic monster types to figure out where the fucking brain is), and it seems like every fantasy world nowadays is going for the 'crapsack world' that it's becoming a trope. But for whatever reason the world of The Witcher fascinated me. Maybe it's the very different kinds of legends that it draws on, or the characters in the story. Dunno. But mostly it was the idea that you couldn't just wade in to any fight and expect to win. You had to prepare beforehand. Pick the right weapon, the right magic Sign, the right blade oil to do the most damage. And even then, you had to fight smart - create an opening and exploit it, then get the hell out of dodge before you got squashed flat.
When I picked up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it was definitely everything that I had enjoyed about the first two games cranked up to eleven and streamlined to be even more fluid and engaging. And then plonked the protaganist - grizzled wiseass monster slayer Geralt of Rivia - into a huge map without invisible walls to hem him in. The Witcher 3 picked up more than a few Game of the Year awards and I absolutely feel that they were deserved just based on that alone.
But CD Projekt Red has said that this would be Geralt's last game. He's hanging up his steel and silver swords. Does that mean that there'll be no more games based in this world penned by Andrzej Sapkowski?
Well, no. I don't think it should.
If you haven't played The Witcher 3 and still mean to, it might be best if you stopped here, because Spoilers, Ahoy. Also, what the hell are you waiting for?
The main plot of The Witcher 3 was finding Geralt's Unexpected Child, Cirilla Fiona Ellen Rhiannon. But most just call her 'Ciri'.
Ciri is what we call a Destiny Sponge. She's the natural daughter of the Emperor of the most powerful nation in the Witcher's world. And because of her Elder Blood (meaning she can trace her lineage back to Lara Dorren, an Elven sorceress who fell in love with a human mage - and we ALL know what happens then, don't we Mister Tolkien?) she's inherited some considerable magic chops, too. Chops enough to stop the White Frost, a force that slowly turns world after world into the planet Hoth. And if that all wasn't enough, Ciri was also trained as a Witcher by Geralt and his own mentor Vesemir and is thusly a fucking badass with a sword.
All of this means that everyone and their uncle has designs on her and her abilities. Much to her chagrin.
Now, yes, I know that Ciri's fate at the end of the Witcher 3 depends on player choice. Either she dies stopping the White Frost, becomes Emperess of Nilfgaard, or becomes a Witcher. But let's be honest, everyone wants the ending where she becomes a Witcher.
And those of you about to write in the comments section "duh she shud totes be empress" YOU'RE LYING!!!!</i>
So, why have I told you all this? Because I would love to see Ciri as the main player character in The Witcher 4.
Well, aside from her aforementioned Destiny Sponge attributes and general badassery, there's all sorts of reasons why she should get her own title because of things that happened in the end of The Witcher 3.
So, CD Projekt Red, pay attention:
At the end of the Witcher 3, in the Ciri-becomes-a-Witcher ending (also known as the REAL ending) several things have happened: the world's just been saved from the White Frost, though most people don't know it. All they know is that there's been a second Conjunction of Spheres - teh first one having been the 'disaster' that let magic and monsters into their world in the first place - which means new, or at the very least MORE monsters in the world. And damn few Witchers to hunt them, as they've slowly been dying off - and at the very least, the School of the Wolf hasn't trained any new Witchers in decades, apart from Ciri herself because of the shocking mortality rate of their training regimen and mutations.
So, here's my speculation: Into this clusterfuck is plopped Ciri, the Witcher. The majority of her Power being exhausted (though slowly returning) after expending so much of it to stop the White Frost. Her biological father, the Emperor of Nilfgaard may or may not believe she's dead, and the second Conjunction means there's a great demand for people who can kill monsters, lift curses, and generally stand between the innocent and the supernatural. But because of the small number of Witchers (and the general distrust and hatred for them - and really anything that isn't human. Because fantasy racism, yay) most of the general populace turn to either Witch Hunters of the Church of the Eternal Fire, or the army.
And what happens when you bring in soldiers who don't know any better than 'kill it', or Witch Hunters who actually idealize ignorance? Things get fucked up. That's why you call a professional.
So what would be the point of the game? The driving force behind it? Well, Ciri's Elder Blood hasn't gone away. Perhaps it could be someone or something new brought by the Second Conjuction that wants the line of Lara Dorren severed. Or maybe one of the existing powers in the Witcher's world that wants to control Ciri and her powers. Why not both?
Along the way, Ciri could use the coin she brings in to start rebuilding the ancient Witcher's fortress of Kaer Morhen (because yay for base-building). Start recruiting new Witchers (though in a much different way, since most of the secrets of the Witcher mutations have been lost - to say nothing of the fact that almost all the remaining Witchers have no desire to subject anyone to the torturous Trial of the Grasses), and slowly start to build trust for them, or secure political allies for her new order of monster hunters - maybe even reconciling with her biological father in the process. (Not fucking likely, but we do like having choices in our RPGs, right?)
So... yeah. I don't know about any of you, but that'd be a game I play. Would you?