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Borch

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Borch Three Jackdaws
Borch.jpg
Borch (Andrzej Chyra) in The Hexer TV series
Details
Alias(es)
Spoiler!
  Villentretenmerth
Profession
Knight
Gender
Male
Location
Caingorn
Physical Description
Hair color
Chestnut
Appearance(s)

Short stories:

Borch's coat of arms

Borch Three Jackdaws was a knight, always accompanied by two Zerrikanian women, Téa and Véa, to whom he referred as his "weapons". He never carried conventional weapons of any kind, saying that he could not, but never elaborating on the matter.

The witcher Geralt met him after slaying a Basilisk. He invited Geralt back to a nearby inn, using the opportunity to question the witcher on his personal philosophy and was pleased to learn Geralt didn't hunt dragons, because, as Geralt explained, they don't threaten humans; rather, it is humans who hunt them.

Borch wasn't keen on killing Myrgtabrakke, the dragon of Barefield, and later adopted her baby, for in reality, Borch was a huge golden dragon by the name of Villentretenmerth with the ability to change shape.

While Geralt and Yennefer were still unaware that the dragon was actually Borch, Yennefer asked Geralt to kill it so that she might try to concoct a medicine from the carcass that could cure her infertility. Geralt refused and this did not sit well with the sorceress at all.

In the Movie and TV series[edit | edit source]

In The Hexer movie and TV series, Borch was portrayed by Andrzej Chyra.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

  • 04: "Smok" (The Dragon)

In the Granica możliwości comic[edit | edit source]

The story is also told in graphic form in Granica możliwości.

In The Witcher computer game[edit | edit source]

He is indirectly mentioned in the game. During Shani's party in Chapter II, Dandelion mentions that Geralt once had a vampire friend, Regis. To which Geralt derisively replies: "...and a dragon friend, too?", a humorous reference to Geralt's friendship with Borch.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This coat of arms is a real Polish coat of arms used by noble Polish and Lithuanian families (more on the subject can be found here).
  • The name Borch Trzy Kawki is most likely based on the name of Polish Great Crown Chancellor who lived in XVIII century. His full name was Jan Andrzej Józef Borch and his coat of arms was Three Jackdaws.
  • In "The Bounds of Reason" short story, Borch tells that his draconic name "Villentrentenmerth" means "Three Black Birds", thus giving a reason to the "Three Jackdaws" added to his human name.
  • In the subtitles of The Witcher 2 his name is spelled "Borkh".
Spoiler warning: Significant plot details follow.
  • In The Witcher 2 we discover that Saskia, the Virgin of Aedirn, is in fact Borch's (possibly, adopted) daughter. Her dragon name is Saesenthessis. She however, is not a golden dragon and her shapeshifting capabilities are limited.
Significant plot details end here.