The Witcher: Blood Origin took viewers back 1,200 years to the moment that changed the Continent forever. But the Conjunction of the Spheres wasn’t the only major event to take place during that era. The prequel mini-series introduced the first prototype witcher, the origins of the Wild Hunt, Chaos magic, and the start of a new bloodline. All of these Blood Origin reveals and more will have huge ramifications for the main Witcher series. With so much going on, though, you might have needed a time-traveling mage to explain everything to you. But we can do it, too. Here’s everything we learned from Blood Origin and what it means for The Witcher.
The Conjunction of the Spheres in The Witcher Universe Brings Men and Monsters to the Continent
In The Witcher: Blood Origin, we learn that the cataclysm which brought both humans and monsters to the Continent was not a natural event. But how did the Conjunction of the Spheres come to be? It happened when the mage Syndril connected both himself and the Chief Sage Balor—imbued with chaos magic—to the main dwarf monolith in Xin’trea. It was the only way Syndril could stop Balor and close the portals between worlds.
Syndril’s plan worked, but the resulting energy blast “shattered” space and time itself. That caused the “fragile veils” between those worlds to open for a moment. The violent cosmic event caused planes of existence, and even night and day, to attack each other. The Conjunction of the Spheres ended with a reseeding of The Witcher‘s Continent, as confused humans and terrifying creatures from other dimensions arrived.
The Witcher: Blood Origin Introduces the First Prototype Witcher
One monster already called the Continent home before the Conjunction of the Spheres. Balor controlled a giant flying leviathan from another world. The beast could instantly turn elves into bloody mists. With no one strong enough to stop it, Fjall Stoneheart underwent a painful transformation led by the mages Snydril and Zacaré. They used magic and the heart of another monster (which followed them from another world to the Continent) to combine Fjall with the creature’s energy and power. The transformation nearly killed him.
Fjall came out of the procedure fundamentally changed, becoming more monster than elf. His senses increased, as did his strength and rage. Ultimately his body grew pale and oversized, his eyes discolored. Through Fjall, Blood Origin introduced us to the first prototype witcher. Without the more refined process developed by later mages (almost certainly using Zacaré’s information) for humans like Geralt of Rivia, though, Fjall was a risk to everyone and everything. He couldn’t control himself and began attacking allies and friends. Éile’s song helped him regain control briefly, but she still had to kill him. Fjall’s strange new bloodline did not die with him, though.
The Connection Between Ithlinne’s Blood Origin Prophecy and Ciri’s Bloodline in The Witcher
According to her mother, all of young Ithlinne’s prophecies come true. That proved to be the case in The Witcher: Blood Origin. But Ithlinne’s most important prophecy is still 1,200 years in the making. Éile ended the show pregnant with Fjall’s child, a baby conceived after his transformation. When Ithlinne touched Éile’s belly, she foresaw the most important figure in the history of the Continent, a powerful descendant with magical monster blood. Here’s what Ithlinne said in her fugue state:
The time of the spheres is upon us. Aen Seidhe (elves of the Continent) lost across the skies. Cast adrift in time. Ever searching for love…lost. And left behind. The Lark’s seed shall carry forth the first note of a song that ends all times…
Minnie Driver’s Seanchaí finished that prophecy. She told Jaskier, “And one of her blood shall sing the last.”
Blood Origin reveals that The Witcher‘s Ciri is the descendant of Éile and Fjall. The prophecy about the end of all times speaks of her. She doesn’t just have Elder (elf) blood. Ciri also carries the magical blood of the first witcher. (That explains why it appears her blood could make it possible to create new witchers.) Blood Origin is about the origin of Ciri’s unique blood, and her story is the story of all witchers. Why she will end all times remains to be seen in The Witcher‘s main universe. Itlinne’s most important prophecy still has much to reveal. But we’re sure it will come true. They always do.
The Witcher: Blood Origin Reveals the Origins of The Witcher‘s Wild Hunt
Ciri and witchers aren’t the only ones whose stories date back to the Conjunction of the Spheres. That’s also when the Wild Hunt, that dark group of seven riders from another world seeking Ciri and her powers, also began their journey. Blood Origin reveals that the leader of the Wild Hunt was the elf known as Captain Eredin. Balor banished him and six of his men to a desolate world. There Eredin found a skull mask and began his transformation into the Wild Hunt. Ciri has the power to move between worlds, and they have long been stuck far from theirs. No wonder they seek Ciri, who they called the “starry-eyed child of Chaos.” For 1,200 years, their lives have been nothing but chaos.
The Celestial Voice and the Power of Chaos
Chief Sage Balor sacrificed his apprentice to gain chaos magic. He was the first to bring that power to the Continent. Like The Witcher‘s Yennefer more than a millennium later, chaos magic gave Balor the power to wield fire on Blood Origin. But what exactly was that being who gave it to him? Blood Origin didn’t reveal exactly what that voice was, but it did appear as an ephemeral blue mist, which looked exactly like the chaos magic that entered Balor’s body.
The Celestial Voice, which fed off death and suffering, might have been Chaos itself. And we haven’t seen the last of it.
Avallac’h Unlocks the Secrets of Time Travel in The Witcher: Blood Origin
The apprentice mage Avallac’h (who appeared as Minnie Driver to Jaskier) unlocked the secrets of time travel from The Book of Monoliths. It allowed him to go to the future to look after Ciri, as seen in The Witcher: Blood Origin‘s mid-credits scene. Avallac’h has been “there” since the start of The Witcher, just out of our sight. But the mage may now properly step into The Witcher‘s main storyline. Time travel is also how he was able to tell Jaskier about the story of the Seven, which Avallac’h hopes will give elves hope during these dark days.
Of course, Blood Origin also showed how elves did to dwarves what humans did to them. On a Continent where new powers bring pain to the old ones—and where the crossing of worlds brings pain to every dimension—-maybe the only hope any race has is for Ciri to end the world as everyone knows it.