First of all, I apologise for anyone expecting a new chapter.
There isn't, sadly. Which is why I wanted to announce to you all that I have officially posted all of my current plans on my new story, The Fatal Ballad of Death Himself. You'll find the information on the Author's Note. So please, head over there and get caught up on what I have to say (expect some ranting involved, so apologies for the naughty words that come out of my keyboard) and what news I have brought for you all.
With that out of the way, I'll be answering some of your reviews and try to keep up to date with what I can share.
Pt1oef: Okay, I forgot one question that was completely left unanswered and for that, I apologize! In regards to the medicine to heal scars, I do not know since I'm not a doctor. But if I had to gander, it'll be like this: If the scars were from before GS world came in, then no since Witcher potions (and human medicines at the time) would've paled compared to that GS health potions. Likewise, Witcher humans would have a better understanding of their own sciences than that of the GS world. But back to the topic, if it was before, then no. But if it was after, then yes since the GS potions are of magical origins. And even then, there is the slight chance that their maybe some people who can heal scars with their powers (namely, the clerics and their blessed powers).
With that of the way, I finally got that off my shoulders for neglecting. Phew!
kukuhimanpr: yeah, it was actually the first choice when I planted a female witcher. It was too much of an opportunity to miss. It maybe "somewhat" non-canon, but I just throw my chances out like that. Still, these guys will be the main mudercats of the series. As to how far their bloodlust is, that's another story.
Evowizard1: As always, it's nice to see your reviews again. So first up, the Cats. Yeah, they're definitely the trouble-makers. Gaetan especially, since he's one of the few Cat witchers to be present in the series to have done some horrible things (the other two being Brehen and Jad Karadin). However, I do understand the very bleak reputation they hold (and the tarnishment they ruined for many witchers due to being pariahs), but I will eventually have them redeem themselves somehow. When that'll happened, that is to be forseen.
The reason why I put Gaetan into the story is just how ambiguous his side of the story was. Did the town deserved to die? Or was it an overkill that should've been put down. Most comments I've seen defend him for his actions or treat him like he's the victim. Of course, I spared him eventually, but I had a differing perspective on the whole thing. What he did was inexcusable, through and through. Innocence died and some of them didn't deserve to be cut down due to the actions of the ealdorman and his associates. But I judge him the same way one judges a sword. If you pointed at the enemy, you're safe. If it points at you, you're dead. I'm not sure if that's the best analogy but that's how I view the whole situation. They got a sword, took it at the wrong handle, and now they're dead because they stabbed themselves with it.
Alternatively, it's the question of putting down Evil for good. Will killing him make much of a difference? Maybe. Geralt could've saved more people if he did. And the same could be said for Cats. Practically scumbags in witcher clothing. But Gaetan? He is a special case, in a way. Most of Honorton weren't exactly evil, but hiring him to kill a Leshen, only to rip him off and then tried to stab him in the back (literally with a pitchfork) when things went south was a REALLY dumb decision on their part. Plus, the treatment of anything magic like Witchers is just awful. Humans of this world are just stupid and horrible (about 90% of them, at least). So sparing him was my choice, even if it meant hurting Millie in the long run. But killing him wouldn't make the world less rotten. Only delaying it. But perhaps there'll be a time where the world will be much brighter.
That, and I've always enjoyed the scene of Geralt sitting on the bench, contemplating, and getting the gold and sword you get as a reward. Definitely worth it.
Oh, and that thing with Lizard Priest and Sphinx, that was NOT what I intended to go (LOL)!
And I can totally agree about Spearman. As much as I want to make him a punching bag, I gotta give credit where credit's due. He's still a competent warrior of his caliber if the silver tag is anything to go by, but he's somewhat outclassed by someone that's superhuman like Letho (imo at least), besides being beaten to the punch (no pun intended). Still, I've always liked the interactions with Letho and Witch (in the consumate professional/drinking buddies sense). If this was Geralt, she would've been having the funny walk for a long time. Still, I intend to distance the idea as far away as possible. Gotta throw the dog a bone, y'know?
Finally, it's the matter of the Gods. So yeah, they are finally revealed, and I've always wanted to bring Gaunter into the spotlight. The thing is, I never really saw either of the characters from the Witcher world as "Gods". To the humans, maybe (although, in Gaunter's case, he would be the equivalent to the "Devil"), but since the Witcher world is grounded in realism (once the magic goes away), the word "gods" sound pretty weird to my eyes. I'd probably would refer them as the "big players" since they are setting up the gambits in the Game of the Gods.
Although the distinction between gods of the games like Illusion and Truth and the gods that exist in the GS "world" like Earth Mother is rather "blurred". Based on the wiki informations I've gathered, "gods" such as Truth and Illusion would technically be considered protogenoi (or primordial gods), which makes them far more powerful than, say, Earth Mother. Still, with Gaunter and Lady at the table, they'll probably benefit more for Illusion and Earth Mother than they do for Truth. There's a reason why Gaunter is called "Reflection" in my story (and why he's called the "Man of Glass" and "Master Mirror"): he reflects the souls of those he meets and deals with. Truth just had the misfortune of being prick. Making him an easy target for Gaunter (and for me as well since rarely do I ever see malevolent gods get their commeuppance in any form of media. And damn is it satisfying).
Anyways, that's enough of my ramblings you'll hear from me. Again, always great to read your reviews.
human dragon: I have indeed. Hearts of Stone is a really great story with a lot of hidden references. And here's a trivia you should know: Gaunter O'Dimm's name is actually a reference to two characters from Stephen King's works: Leland Gaunt(er) from Needful Things and Walter O'Dim(m) (one of many aliases of Stephen King's most evil character, Randall Flagg). Awesome, right?
Anyways, folks, that's all for me. As I have said from the top, all of the news is in my new story. There isn't any good, though. But it is certainly worth explaining. Until then, I'll return to this story, eventually.
Hope you're staying safe in this comfy apocalypse! Peace out!