One of my favorite things about the witcher on Netflix is that the show never slows down to explain anything. There’s too much going on to hold the viewers’ hand, so you just have to figure things out as you go. (Or hope your favorite pop culture site does it for you.) This includes where the places actually are. The locations of kingdoms, cities, and dungeons are only discussed in general terms. Nilfgaard is in the south, while Aedirn is one of the northern kingdoms. However, the actual distance between the locations is almost impossible to discern. But if you’re like me and only know the franchise through the show, now you can find out exactly where everything is, how many people live there, and what kind of land it sits on. Students from the University of Warsaw have created a very detailed scale map of the witcher‘s Continent.
Ciri wasn’t just away from her Cintra home in season two of the witcher. She was as far away as possible. Kaer Morhen is on the opposite side of the continent from his home kingdom. A harsh reality that I did not fully appreciate before seeing this map made by students from the University of Warsaw. (What we first learned at IGN.)
But this highly detailed map does more than show you how far away places are. In addition to borders and distances, the map also shows population density and topography. Unless a mage lets you log in somewhere, traveling most places in this world requires a long and tedious journey.
This accurate map also serves as an ominous reminder of what awaits Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri in the witcher season three. This world may be huge, but there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. Not when every realm is looking for you.
Of course, given what we saw of another world in the season two finale, the mainland might still be the safest place for Ciri. Well, at least until The Wild Hunt arrives.