The further the series of fantasy RPGs progressed, the more the various plot inconsistencies associated with Geralt were striking.
Geralt is far from being a perfect protagonist, which is why fans love him so much. He sometimes behaves irrationally and makes mistakes, as is typical for ordinary people, despite the fact that he is already about 100 years old. Nevertheless, the creators of The Witcher 3 are too loose with the character, which is why Geralt sometimes contradicts himself, if the plot requires it.
As a result, plot inconsistencies appear, and Geralt performs atypical actions for himself. Of course, this does not happen often, and they are striking only after a few playthroughs (which indicates the high quality of the story in the third game), but they are. And sometimes they are necessary in order to make the gameplay fun, and without them the third “Witcher” would not have become one of the best RPGs of our generation.
Two swords behind the back
These are, rather, quibbles from book fans than serious inconsistencies, but if you read Geralt’s adventures, you probably noticed that the hero’s carrying capacity in games is slightly exaggerated. In RPGs, he carries both swords behind his back, like a medieval Batman.
In the books, Geralt always carries only one sword with him, and leaves the second with Roach. As a rule, it is the silver sword that hangs idle, since among the witchers it is considered a luxury item.
Geralt becomes rich
Towards the end of the Blood and Wine DLC, Geralt becomes the owner of a winery in Toussaint, receiving the title of baron, which he does not even give up. And, depending on the choice of the players, Geralt expects several conflicting outcomes.
For example, Geralt may refuse Triss’s offer to go to Kovir with her for a quiet life together, but he will still keep the winery for himself. And in another ending, he will convince Ciri to give up the title of empress and become a witch, while he himself lives a quiet and calm life. It seems as if Geralt was hit by a midlife crisis, and the hero himself cannot understand what he wants.
Monsters roam everywhere
In games (and in books), it looks very strange that everyone constantly talks about the fact that witchers are a relic of the past, because monsters in this world are practically extinct. However, in The Witcher 3 and in the two prequels, this is completely different.
Monsters roam here at every corner, and Geralt cannot walk hundreds of meters without meeting some peasant who asks the hero to help deal with drowned people or ghosts. In such circumstances, Geralt should have become a well-to-do man long ago, because his profession is in fact in great demand.
Witch Hunters Ignore The Witcher
Novigrad is already greatly weakened by internal strife, and just one popular revolt is enough to turn the city into ruins. And the fault is the witch hunters and their fierce hatred for everything connected with magic. Interestingly, witchers also actively use magic and (technically) are not human.
And this means that the witch hunters had to either prohibit Geralt from entering the city, or even burn him at the stake. But in the game, they treat Geralt very calmly, ignoring their own charter. And this can be explained either by the incredible luck of Geralt, or by the inattention of the writers.
Geralt and his addiction to gwent
Another element of the gameplay that destroys the internal logic of the plot a little is Geralt’s love for the collectible card game. If in his place any other parent who urgently needs to find his daughter, he would hardly be wasting time learning the rules of the game, which has more nuances than poker.
And since Geralt is the protagonist of an RPG controlled by players, he clearly does not feel the importance of his main mission and happily chops into gwent. Thus, this mini-game contradicts the main story quest and even spoils part of the story, because Ciri in the gwent is one of the playable cards.
Saving Ciri postponed until later
Since we are talking about Ciri, it must be recalled that Geralt is constantly distracted from her search, not only by a single gwent. The main character, being a witcher, completes his witcher side-quests, which, although interestingly furnished, still do not help him advance towards the main goal.
It is difficult to look for logic in the fact that Geralt takes on life-threatening side missions, when the fate of the whole world and his adopted daughter is at stake. Even if we close our eyes to the witch’s orders (after all, Geralt needs money), we will be left with a dubious collection of armor and swords, which, under any conditions, will not be more important than saving his daughter.
Geralt and his title of knight
Judging by Geralt’s behavior in previous games, he dislikes court events and hates various court duties. Therefore, he cannot bear the knights and everything connected with them; even as Foltest’s temporary bodyguard, he sincerely hated this status (by the way, how did Geralt agree to this at all?).
And then the Blood and Wine supplement came out, in which Geralt calmly takes part in the tournament. Moreover, he enjoys all the advantages of his title of knight. But why hadn’t he done this in his previous adventures? After all, Geralt’s knightly title would clearly have come in handy for him in many key plot points.
The volatility of Geralt’s skills
It’s time to remember about Geralt’s fighting skills. To advance the story, they regularly jump in all directions. In some scenes, he exterminates giants and dragons, and after a while a cutscene starts in which the witcher cannot cope with / a bunch of bandits.
Moreover, players can customize Geralt, turning him into a battle mage who conducts all battles at a respectful distance from enemies, but in the same cutscenes, Geralt will still wield exclusively swords. That is why his gwent rating raises questions.
None of Geralt’s friends helped him with the additions
Geralt loves to pretend to be a harsh loner, but in fact, he has much more friends than ordinary witchers. Some of these friends hold high positions, while others are so powerful that they can destroy entire armies. And this is not to mention the wise comrades of Geralt, with whom even kings consult.
So why did none of them help Geralt when he was thrown behind bars by Gunther O’Dim? After all, Geralt could easily get out of this situation with the help of Yennefer or Triss. However, they both reacted to Geralt’s stigma with only a grin, preferring not to interfere with his troubles.
Ciri became empress, but the nobles still threaten Geralt
Not only do all of Geralt’s gameplay works go for nothing (not counting the final cutscenes and rare items), but also his contribution to the upbringing of Ciri seems to go unnoticed. Recall that in one of the main endings, Ciri becomes the empress of this fantasy world.
But they apparently forgot to inform Princess Toussaint about this, because she, losing patience and not fearing the consequences, threatens to throw Geralt into prison or cut off his head. Apparently, Geralt just likes to be talked to as a witcher, and not as the father of the most influential ruler of all lands.