Everyone who knows what the hell witchers are and who the hell Geralt of Rivia is, everyone knows that witchers wear their swords strapped to the backs and draw them over the shoulder.
Now, there are threads on various gaming boards disputing this to death, but those threads annoy me since 99,9% of posters assume there was nothing before the games and so it’s a matter of art design just to look cool/different/whatever.
Tell ya what. The art department deviated from the books in the sense that they made Geralt haul along both the steel and the silver swords on full display (you sure you want all and sundry to know you have a silver sword? Okay we’re not in Karenta anymore, Garrett, so silver is not _that_ expensive, but still! Never mind the relative fragility of silver, albeit the core is steel… in short, in the books Geralt kept the silver one safely wrapped away, and for all the good reasons). Other than that, it’s not art design. It’s pan Sapek’s imagination.
Imagination that most of the time has good basis in what we call reality.
What we have to work with, in book canon, is that it’s a witcher-only thing, that way of wearing the sword, and it’s weird enough. Witchers are superhuman enough (if a witcher and a Nietzschean walk into a bar, how do you tell them apart? The answers depend on the version of Andromeda canon you stick to…) – and yet!..
Here’s a screenshot I stole from the net; it’s dark and kinda so-so, but it shows the process of drawing the sword:
As you can see, it looks damn awkward. And it’s a game. So the erm ergonomics can be a bit different for a living person.
For my artwork, I need to figure out the optimum scabbard/swordbelt design, the drawing angle and the sword length to make it all plausible.
This leads up to the question.
Were there any fighting styles in the history of this planet that made use of drawing the sword like this? I bet there were, pan Sapek couldn’t have just concocted this all out of thin air.