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The Law of Surprise is a custom in The Witcher's world that will be revealed to have played a major role in the events leading up to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

A tradition as ancient as the world itself, it demands that a man saved by another is expected to offer to their saviour a boon whose nature is still unknown, both to the saved and to the benefactor. In most cases, it is a child, concieved or born whilst the father was away.

This law has led to many boys being taken by Witchers away from their families to be trained since the fathers were rescued from monsters while travelling by one of the famed monster-slayers.

Ciri was one such child and she became Geralt's apprentice years before the events of the game and long before the role she was about to play in the future was revealed.



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