Andrzej Sapkowski created a fantasy world that has enthralled millions across the globe with his stories about Geralt of Rivia - but have you ever stopped to wonder where all his Witcher monster inspirations came from? After all, it's not like the man came up with each and every fiendish beastie off the top of his head. Stories of all sorts and stripes take inspiration from the works that came before, and Sapkowski is no different.
When filling his mythical Continent with magical monsters, he used names and characteristics from the folklore of old. Leshies, basilisks, kikimora, and many more were all inspired by legends and myths of years gone by. Some of the Witcher monsters bear little resemblance to their namesakes, while others are obvious homages to famous things that go bump in the night. If you feel like having a little bit of a history lesson, scroll on down and learn a bit more about the horrors Geralt has to run down with his silver sword from time to time.