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Nightmare of the Wolf: 10 epic images from The Witcher prequel

“Do you know what’s involved in making a witcher?”

#10: Monsters beware — We’re going to see an awful lot of The Witcher this year, and Netflix recently offered another look at its upcoming animated prequel.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf turns back the clock to follow Vesemir, Geralt’s mentor, before his fabulous facial hair turned gray.

#9: One scene in the trailer appears to show Vesemir undergoing the Trial of the Grasses — the excruciating alchemical process by which witchers are made.

That places Nightmare of the Wolf well before Geralt starting witchering himself, so don’t expect to see too much of the White Wolf this time.

#8: What you can expect to see is Vesemir going toe to toe with plenty of classic Witcher monsters.

#7: You’ll also see a lot more of the witchers’ signature magic signs than the live-action series shows.

#6: It turns out not having to film real actors means the animators can go much further with witchers’ superhuman powers.

Studio Mir, which previously worked on The Legend of Korra and Voltron: Legendary Defender is also handling Nightmare of the Wolf.

#5: In Witcher tradition, Vesemir will have a complicated relationship with a sorceress in Nightmare of the Wolf. This time it’s Tetra, who’s described in the trailer as his “chaperone.”

#4: Vesemir and Tetra are on the hunt for a monster that’s been butchering townsfolk (just another day for a witcher).

#3: The movie will also focus on the mistrust normal humans have for witchers, and may even delve into a conspiracy against them.

#2: Whatever’s going on, these blood-stained School of the Wolf medallions don’t seem like a good sign.

#1: But, this being The Witcher, there’s always time for a nice bath, even when tensions are rising.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf premieres on Netflix August 23.

Season 2 of Netflix’s The Witcher series is set for December, and a live-action prequel series called Blood Origin is also in the works.