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(Contains: sexual themes)
Christine does not approve of your sexist game mechanics!

This one is for the boyfriend, who is a big fan of the character. (and rather sulky he gets bounced.) Another cameo absolutely no one requested or suggested! :D

A brief explanation: Geralt of Rivia is from the video games/novels/Polish TV series 'The Witcher'. He is a magic-potion-enhanced (cat-like eyes, super reflexes...) mutant sorcerer&swordsman trained from a young age to slaughter nasty beasties. Witchers travel the land, a rather grim and f*cked up fantasy setting, hiring themselves out to local lords having trouble with marsh ogres or cursed princesses, stuff like that. The novels rather hilariously describe how feared/reviled they are - when Geralt enters a town, "dogs howl, cats hide and small children start crying."
He is an angsty aaaangsty character la Drizz't, always musing on his outcast nature and whether the monsters are truly the ones he's paid to kill.
His world has, among other nonhuman races, the classic fantasy Elves - forest-dwelling arrow-happy xenophobes - but also is occasionally visited by the Wild Hunt, a dimension-hopping spectral horde of properly weird and powerful Fair Folk, and one of his main story arcs is trying to find his on-again-off-again love-of-his-life Yennefer, a wonderfully neurotic and extremely powerful sorceress, when she is abducted by the Fae.

The card thing has to do with a gameplay aspect in the first video game - Geralt gets to have a LOT of Optional Sexual Encounters, despite having regular girlfriends (he is amnesiac when it comes to Yennefer for a long time). Like, it is well ridiculous. In-story this is actually fairly reasonable and justified - all the potions Geralt ingested while training and growing up render him both immune to most human diseases and sterile. HOW CONVENIENT for all those medieval wenches, dryads, renegade princesses, courtesans, sexy female scholars...., who can show their gratitude for Geralt having saved their town/killed their abusive pimp/written them a poem/brought them flowers. And because all video game developpers and players are male these nubile young ladies are really very very grateful. Or just friendly. Or curious about human mating rituals. Or horny succubi. Or... Anyway - the gimmick is, the player gets a souvenir of each time he scores by obtaining a rather nicely-painted, Art Nouveau-esque card depicting the sexy lady he has just banged. The "gotta collect 'em all!!" trophy-like aspect strikes me as ridiculous and offensive and hilarious all at once.
(You gotta hope he didn't strike up a conversation with Ash Ketchum while they were waiting outside...)

Hie thee to Wikipedia or TVTropes for more info.


Don't expect many video game characters in the comic, however, this was an exception. (and there were novels to begin with, so hey.)


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(Interview#06 'cos I'm counting Spike)


This is a work of fanart and solely intended for shits and giggles. Not mine, not making money from it.

Christine (c) Leroux and Webber
Sarah and Jareth (c) Lucas, Froud, Henson; Connelly&Bowie
Geralt of Rivia the Witcher (c) Andrzej Sapkowski, CDProjekt

Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder
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PsixiTheRaven Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
(Starclan, I just commented on the last one about how I was going over myself wishing the vampire was Regis from Witcher. Next page I know, Geralt shows up. XD)
I've never played the game, actually.
I've only ever read the books, so I pretty much love the Witcher saga. I usually hate reading anything in Polish (look, the fact I'm polish and currently living in this color-forsaken country doesn't mean I'm fond of it's language. Which is hard as bloody hell, even for me.), but the books I can read as easily as in English are Prtchett's, Agatha Christie's and the mentioned above Sapkowski's Witcher. 
But, anyway, yay for Geralt!
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hunterXIII Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student
I know several girl gamers; just throwing that out there.. :/
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
I think it's safe to say ''The Witcher'' was not made with them in mind as prime target market, ne?
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hunterXIII Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student
Maybe not this game. Didn't mean to come off as a dick. I just got done arguing over a similar topic yesterday. Guess I'm still fuming a wee bit :I
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
And I am sure you were arguing against the persistent sexism and disregard for female gamers in the industry, and appreciate that my original comment was made with tongue firmly in cheek. :aww:
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hunterXIII Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student
Something like that. Still. I friggin' love these comics
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LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Will they ever find the one? XD
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nataruma Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
The sex cards are important to trade and commerce >.> I dunno I thought it was a pretty funny and totally illogical idea. "Here have a sexy card that I posed for with some artist while I was naked and in a compromising position". But at the same time I enjoyed collecting 'em! Probably cause I'm a packrat gamer and it was just another thing to collect! No, it's probably cause I'm a perv. Yep.
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Crazykitty2222 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the sign on their door!
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ArsGratiaAmoris Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Souvenier nekkid cards....are THOSE what Erik was gonna give Sarah a few pages back?!?!
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