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Why The Water of Brokilon Didn’t Affect Ciri In The Witcher?

In the Witcher 1 season, Ciri witcher drank the waters of Brokilon, but it did not affect her. Here’s why, as well as what occurs in the novels.

The first season of The Witcher introduced the viewers to the main characters as well as some of the series’ supernatural artifacts and locations, like the Water of Brokilon, which, to everyone’s horror, had little impact on Ciri – but why? The Witcher is a collection of novels and short stories written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski that has branched out into other platforms, most prominently video games. In Poland, the books have already been adapted into a film and a television series. The first English-language adaptation premiered on Netflix in December 2019 and was such a significant hit that it was renewed for a second season before the first one ended.

Why The Water of Brokilon Didn't Affect Ciri In The Witcher
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In the film entitled The Witcher, the source material was new and based on three characters whose plots were set in various locations and times, but their journeys converged to the end of the season. There are Geralt of Rivia (Cavill), the title witcher, the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg (Chalotra Anya), and the princess Cintra, Ciri witcher. These are the protagonists (Freya Allan).

The Witcher’s world is extensive and rich. Still, one season was not sufficient in answering all mysteries and suspicions, and the audience wonders if any answers can be given by the source material.

The Brokilon Water

Why The Water of Brokilon Didn't Affect Ciri In The Witcher
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It is a mood-altering, mutagenic drug which is used in the series in determining whether or not an outsider has bad wishes – if they do, they will be killed by the water, they will live and remain in the forest until they are pure of heart. Dryads govern Brokilon, and any external drinker had the water to ensure the welfare of forest inhabitants. Queen Eithné told Ciri witcher and Dara that the water “dissipates and helps them forgive over time the pain they suffered.”

The next day, Ciri witcher woke up to see Dara, who told her everything would be all right. Ciri did not use the waters to make any difference, so Eithné took her to Shan-Kayan, a massive tree in which Ciri drank some material and saw a large, luminescent tree in the center of the wilderness.

Waters of forgetfulness

Why The Water of Brokilon Didn't Affect Ciri In The Witcher
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The water of Brokilon, also referred to as Waters of forgetfulness, will transform human girls into dryads in the source material. The results on witchers are different. Due to their own mutations, they cause extreme hallucinations and delusions. However, Ciri witcher and the Netflix series did not affect her by the water. Eithné then asked her if she wished to remain in the forest or fulfill her destiny.

Drinking water at the same time allows Geralt to know why she looks so popular, namely Cirilla, the daughter of Pavetta and the granddaughter of Cintra, and the promised “child of destiny” of Geralt in accordance with the Law of Surprise Calanthe.

Why The Water of Brokilon Didn't Affect Ciri In The Witcher
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At the edge of Brokilone, Ciri witcher and Geralt wake up after Eithne’s birth. Both of these are returning to Brugge to offer the refusal of Eithne to give King Venzlaz some portion of the forest. The two find a party of Verdan mercenaries, sent by King Ervyll, who assassinated a group of traders and planned to use the incident to wage war on dryads. Geralt is fighting them while hiding Ciri, who is aided by a dry party, and the druid Mouse Sack (with guidance from a sleeper tale that Geralt told them earlier), who was sent to take Ciri home from Cintra.

As they move towards Cintra, Mousesack confides that Ciri’s organized marriage to Prince Kistrin has been canceled by Kalanthe, and the dishonorable acts of Ervyll’s mercenaries further strengthen the wisdom of her decision. Both Ciri witcher and Mousesack advise Geralt, who is expected under Law of Surprise, to take Ciri with him, but Geralt rejects, bidding Mousesack depart when Ciri witcher is asleep. Ciri wakes up and calls Geralt to insist on his fate but he refuses her and leaves.

Here, in the original Polish edition of the books, it’s uncertain why Ciri witcher was unaffected by the water.

Why The Water of Brokilon Didn't Affect Ciri In The Witcher
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Still, it’s inferred in the English translation that it’s because of Ciri’s deep confidence in fate. This isn’t the only improvement in the English versions of The Witcher novels, with Jaskier’s name being changed to Dandelion being one of the most popular.

With the Brokilon Forest behind her and Season 2 of The Witcher following Ciri’s training at Kaer Morhen now that she has actually met Geralt, it’s impossible that the upcoming episodes will explain why the Water of Brokilon has no impact on her. While it isn’t something that would have a significant impact on her story, it is just another mystery that The Witcher has left behind, leaving fans to speculate and come up with their own theories.

What do you think of this short story about Ciri witcher? Do let us know in the comments section below, and we will keep you updated if anything new comes up.

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