by Netflix The Witcher: Origin of Blood does not exist in the original books by Andrzej Sapkowski. Creator and showrunner Declan de Barra created a prequel series to help address a few loose threads in the witcher series. One of them is the monoliths seen all over the continent in the original series. As fans learn how monoliths were used to open gateways, Meldof also reveals in The Witcher: Origin of Blood how dwarves are part of its history.

[SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for The Witcher: Blood Origin]

Monoliths Never Have a Clear History in ‘The Witcher’

Prior to the prequel series, the Monoliths remained a dark mystery in the Netflix series. They are giant black stones seen outside of Cintra and buried throughout the continent. Fans first saw them when Ciri used her scream and shattered one of the oldest monoliths they had recorded into pieces.

In the witcher Season 2 sees Geralt investigate the cracks in the earth and its connection to hybrid monsters. He asks for Istredd’s help to learn more about the monoliths. His research led him to theorize that monoliths are not points of impact but conduits of energy. Fans then looked in the witcher Season 2 finale how Ciri, controlled by Voleth Meir, summoned a monolith and opened a gateway.

The prequel series goes even further into the monoliths before the Conjunction of the Spheres. The origins of the monoliths are still not 100% clear. But fans know that Syndril plays a key role in unlocking his powers in The Witcher: Origin of Blood. He was able to discover that with certain techniques, they open doors to new worlds. But The Witcher: Origin of Blood has Meldof reveal that the Monoliths are originally tied to the history of the dwarves.

Monoliths were part of the history of the dwarves before the reign of the elves in “The Witcher: Blood Origin”

Until now, most fans know about Monoliths, is that Syndril has dedicated his life to using them to venture into new worlds. His dream was to find a world with viable resources to survive. He created the book of monoliths cataloging his work. But his work was taken advantage of by the leader Sage Balor and used for evil. Balor uses the monoliths to open a door to another world where he encounters a celestial female voice.

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In The Witcher: Origin of Blood Episode 3, Meldof, a Dwarf, tells Callan a specific detail about the Monoliths. She recounts how the dwarves endured immense suffering at the hands of the elves for centuries. Part of their history involves the monoliths. “Do you know why I call these tower monoliths c*ck? Because our elders buried them to bring fertile wealth to the land,” says Meldof. “They are sacred. And, again, the elves defile them. No wonder famine is rife.

The prequel series helps establish that the dwarves were once the rulers of the continent before the arrival of Solryth. The Witcher: Origin of Blood explains that Solryth was an elven warrior who came to earth, took over the dwarven land, and built Xin’trea on its ruins.

Declan De Barra Explains Creating The Monoliths Backstory For ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’

De Barra had to explore the origins of monoliths as they are never fully explained in the witcher. Monoliths were first used as sacred stones for fertility and became massive weapons of destruction. According to Collider, the showrunner was also tied to an elf’s ambition to use them to find a viable world.

“I love the idea that it has become very clear that they [Monoliths] were sacred and used as fertility for the land, and they were very important for wars, of course. So [the orcs took over], but this very clever one, I don’t know what you would call him, wise scholar, who had these crazy ideas that nobody believed in, thought he could use them and co-opt them, co-opt technology from another culture and use it to open portals out of the worlds,” De Barra explained. “The story kind of wrote itself once it kind of figured out that they were originally dwarfs, and they were originally used for fertility on the earth almost like on Easter Island. »


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Contrary to the witcher series, the prequel highlights that elves aren’t the only minority. While the elves are hunted in the original series, the dwarves got the bad ending long before the conjunction.

“What I love about them is that they’re midgets, which are…kind of overlooked, they’re the guys who are always the butt of the fantasy joke, but they have this wonderful system,” says De Barra. The tragic story of Meldof in The Witcher: Origin of Blood adds to the overall feeling.

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