That reminds me:
It actually cracks me up every time. Okay, I guess in 2015 more people would think of a white-haired guy who’s good at swordfighting as “Geralt of Rivia” rather than “Elric of Melniboné” (thank you CD Projekt RED; now do poor ole Mike a favour and licence Elric out for your next series? LOL). But.
What’s really up with white hair? Okay Drizzt do’Urden has it because he’s a drow. Then there was the (male) PC from the original Divine Divinity by Larian Studios, which came out in around 2002 (i.e. after all the books, be it MM or pan Sapek, were written, but way before TW the game was out): and he has white hair, too. Without any backstories, though. Maybe the female PC has, too, but I play a male wizard because he’s got a nice voiceover and the nicest-looking model (no stupid “thief masks”, and his clothing isn’t stupid skimpy).
There’s also the whole anti-franchise vibe in that thread. Y’all know I’m a darn picky reader (and I have good foundations because I studied lit classics, like, a lot and in-depth; I may have forgotten plot details of those works, but I still have the literary analysis technique up and running), but there are some lovely novels in the Forgotten Realms series (mostly Paul S. Kemp’s stuff); I’m an almost complete stranger to Dragonlance, but I’m reading Soulforge now, and it’s damn.good.period.
And when I say “good”, it’s a very meaningful “good” because as I bragged a few lines above, I read as a literary critic. My “good” combines writing style, character development plausibility, social relevance yadda yadda yadda.
So, just goes to show that I am not a fan of stereotyping the hell out of everything.
And yet. Speaking of the suspicious-things-in-common. Yes the White Wolf thing (but c’mon, why the hell Elric is dubbed the White _Wolf_ is a bit beyond me – he’s more of a Fox, if anything; while it surely works for Geralt simply because his witcher medallion is a Wolf one, so people put two and two together… hence nickname). Yes the Conjunction of the Spheres thing (a Million thereof in MM’s cosmology; an unnamed number in that of pan Sapek’s – but hey, looking for another name for this makes no sense IMO).
But I have never seen it spelled out anywhere that the dead giveaway of Geralt being a deconstructed Elric (an anti-Elric of sorts, just as Elric was an anti-Conan) are the witcher potions.
The original Sapkowski stories about Geralt were all deconstructed fairy tales. Deconstructed, like, big time.
If you remember, Elric is damn dependent first on his herbs (and only goes off them because something else helps him sustain the ahem quality of life), to the point of them being essential for his mere survival.
A witcher is dependent on his elixirs (actually, dangerous poisons that a non-mutated organism cannot process) as well, but only in combat against monsters. And yet, it’s a matter of survival, too.
See the connection?
Then. Elric is a “moral mutant” when compared to his fellow Melniboneans: he’s got some of that morality, unlike them (apparently it’s a random “naturally occurring” thing in his case, that having a metaphorical heart). And Geralt, being a witcher, is a physical mutant, and it’s not a natural mutation, but one induced. Then again, the popular belief (probably based on the original design of the witchers, and they were designed by some mage hundreds of years ago) is that the witchers’ mutations kill their ability to feel emotions – which is not true in case of Geralt (he’s one huge walking emotion actually, and even though he doesn’t really “whine”, it’s still more than evident in too many ways because he cannot freakin’ control his feelings – he’s never been taught how to, y’know). So… full circle.