Blood Origin, the upcoming Witcher prequel series is set 1200 years before Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer, but there will be plenty of connections to the main story. We have previously revealed information like the appearance of Eredin, the Jaskier cameo, Ithlinne‘s mother and now there is also the key location that’s at the heart of The Witcher in many ways: Cintra.
In Blood Origin, Cintra will go back in time and take its original Elven spelling in Elder Speech: Xin’trea. That spelling is originally revealed in Blood of Elves when Geralt is reading Ciri’s letter about all her activities and everything she is learning at the Temple of Melitele under Nenneke’s strict care.
But back to Blood Origin itself, we also learned that Fjall (Laurence O’Fuarain) and his clan, the Dog Clan are the protectors of the Xin’trean royal family, while Eile (Sophia Brown) and her Raven Clan are the protectors of the Pryshian royal family.
We aren’t quite sure about the modern equivalent of Pryshia as it doesn’t quite sound like any of the present-day kingdoms or regions. Only Lyria and Rivia sound remotely similar to this word.
As far as who belongs to which royal family, we only know of two royal figures in Blood Origin so far: Princess Merwyn played by Mirren Mack (Sex Education) and Prince Alvitir played by Mark Rowley (The Last Kingdom). They could either be siblings in the same royal family or they could each be from a different one.
The Witcher: Blood Origin has wrapped filming in November 2021 and considering a 6-8 month post-production period, is likely on track for a mid-2022 release.