12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Conjunction - The Source Of Monsters On 'The Witcher'

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What caused The Witcher's infamous Conjunction of the Spheres? Well, um, nobody knows! The great Andrzej Sapkowski decided we didn't really need this knowledge, for whatever reason. That doesn't mean there aren't a ton of interesting things to talk about when it comes to the Conjunction, though. After all, the Conjunction is how humans and monsters first made their way to the Continent. That much is common knowledge at this point.

But did you know the Continent was plunged into a dark age following the Conjunction? Or that the Conjunction of the Spheres involved numerous worlds from across the multiverse? Or that it occurred around 1,500 years before Geralt and Ciri began galavanting around the Continent together? If you'd like to consider yourself a little bit more of a Witcher fan, go ahead and read all about the Conjunction of the Spheres down below.


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    The Continent Experienced A Generations-Long Dark Age After The Cataclysm

    The Continent Experienced A Generations-Long Dark Age After The Cataclysm
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    Humans may have been the first people to harness chaos magic, but that didn't happen overnight. It took a good amount of time for humanity to figure out this source of mystical energy, and in the meantime, the Continent was being overrun by vampires, ghouls, and every other manner of monster The Witcher series is known for. Though the Continent was now home to humans, elves, gnomes, and dwarves, none of them had the capability or know-how to fight various beasts they'd never seen before.

    This led to a dark age that lasted for generation after generation. The elves were sapped of their dominant, peaceful run of the Continent as the world outside their doors had become infinitely more dangerous in the snap of a finger. Human mages figured out chaos, and the elves would never again be the prevailing rulers of the land.

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    Ciri Has The Power To Bring About A Second Conjunction

    Ciri Has The Power To Bring About A Second Conjunction
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    Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon. The Lion Cub of Cintra. The Child Surprise. The Lady of Space and Time. If Geralt of Rivia is The Witcher's heart, then Ciri is its soul. When Sapkowski's novels end, it is Ciri left traveling through time and space at her own leisure. Such an explanation sells Ciri short, though. Ciri is a descendant of Lara Dorren, meaning she is a "child of the Elder Blood." Her untapped magical potential is incredible and unlike anything else seen on the Continent. Based upon her shattering of the monolith at Cintra, Ciri has the magical ability to bring realities crashing down upon each other.

    All of the new monsters that are seen in Season 2 of the Netflix show are because she accidentally has brought them there. The Wild Hunt wishes to get their hands on Ciri so they can open the now-closed Gate of the Worlds and raid worlds as they used to do in generations past. Before the initial Conjunction of the Spheres, the Wild Hunt would travel as they pleased. Without Ciri, they cannot travel en masse through the Gate of the Worlds as they'd like to do. They're not nice people.

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    It Occurred Around 1,500 Years Before The Events In The Books

    It Occurred Around 1,500 Years Before The Events In The Books
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    The canonical timeline from Sapkowski's books is more than a little bit wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey, but it's all we've got. For example, Ciri's age seems to change depending on how old Sapkowski wants her to be at any given time. Granted, while writing, the author probably didn't know his fledgling fantasy series would become a worldwide phenomenon that would be poured over by fans for years to come. 

    With that in mind, the Conjunction of the Spheres took place around 1,500 years before the events of the Witcher saga. This makes the lack of knowledge surrounding the event make more sense. After all, what do you know about the historical events of 500 CE? And it's not like the technology of Sapkowski's world has caught up to our modern day, eh? If you're looking for knowledge on the Continent, have fun hunting down rare books! 

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    No Races Agree On What Caused The Conjunction Or What Happened After It

    No Races Agree On What Caused The Conjunction Or What Happened After It
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    Not a lot is known about the Conjunction of the Spheres. For example, why did it happen? What caused every reality in the multiverse to come crashing down on one another? Why aren't all of the so-called "Spheres" continuously colliding with each other? Did someone or something put a stop to the Conjunction or did it merely end on its own?

    If the elves see themselves as created by a divine hand (which they do), what do they have to say about the Conjunction of the Spheres? Did their creator cause the Conjunction to happen? Is their creator not all-powerful? Perhaps the Netflix series or one of the other aspects of the Witcher adaptation universe they're creating will provide some answers on the mysterious Conjunction sometime in the future.

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    The Current Humans, Known As Nordlings, Were Not The Humans That Arrived On The Continent During The Conjunction

    The Current Humans, Known As Nordlings, Were Not The Humans That Arrived On The Continent During The Conjunction
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    The two races of humans that came to the Continent during the Conjunction of the Spheres were the Dauk and the Wozgor. The humans that populate the Continent during the events of the Netflix show are the Nordlings. So, what gives? Well, around five hundred years before the events of the Witcher saga that focuses on Geralt and Ciri, the Landing of the Exiles took place. Where did these Nordlings come from and why? Um... that is never really mentioned. You'd think human historians would've written that down, but here we are. Perhaps some things are best left to mystery.

    Anyway, the Nordlings began procreating rapidly and spread throughout the Continent faster than the elves could keep up with. So, when elves curse the Conjunction of the Spheres for bringing humanity to the Continent, perhaps they would do well to remember that the Nordlings they despise so much apparently came by boat?

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    Humans Gained Control Because They Were The First Race To Channel The Chaos Created By The Conjunction

    Humans Gained Control Because They Were The First Race To Channel The Chaos Created By The Conjunction
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    If humans weren't the first race to come to the Continent, how did they manage to take control of nearly the entirety of it? It's a sensible question. After all, the Elder Races (elves, dwarves, and gnomes) spent centuries on the Continent with no humans around at all. Surely, they'd create their own civilizations and spread throughout the land, yes? Well, remember the Conjunction of the Spheres didn't merely bring humans to the Continent, but various monstrosities as well. All that chaos released a bunch of energy out into the world, just waiting to be harnessed.

    Wouldn't you know it, the humans were the first race to get a handle on creating magic from chaos energy, and bing, bang, boom... they became the most powerful people the Continent had ever seen. It didn't hurt that humans had a much shorter lifespan than the Elder Races, which led to them doing things more rapidly than their Continental counterparts. When you measure time in decades instead of centuries, time moves much faster.