It’s a feature, not a bug.

I’ve been playing ‘Witcher 3’ in between sessions of writing/editing. Great game, and very well-polished. Like any game, there are bugs, but one in particular gave me a chuckle.

It’s on one of the islands of Skellige. There’s a spot where the same two pirates kept spawning and attacking me. It’s right at the cliff’s edge, so it’s not like they’re stepping out of a building or a cave. And it’s easily reproducible; cross a spot on the path near the cliff’s edge, make sure you’re not looking in that direction, and POOF. Two Level 14 pirates. Who, by the way, never drop anything.

A quick Google search reveals that I’m not the first to notice this. Not surprising, since the game’s been out for a while. Really, it’s a pretty benign bug. But you know what? Maybe it’s not a bug at all. Maybe somewhere, someone who’s read the books and is more familiar with the Witcher mythos than I am knows EXACTLY who these two are, and this Knower of the Facts could tell me their story. Like, maybe the pirates crossed some witch in the past, and they were cursed to appear at that spot over and over again, only to be killed by a passing Witcher or guard or whatever, over and over, until the end of time.

No wonder they kept attacking. I’d be pissed, too.


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