Born to a Skelliger raider and raised as a bastard-born shiphand, Erland was one of the first children to be successfully mutated by the Alzur, Cosimo Malaspina, and the other mages. With his brothers and sisters, he suffered through the Witcher trials and was among the first group of witchers to ply their trade on the Continent.
As the Order of Witchers began to decline, Erland and a group of his closest allies formed their own school under the banner of the Gryphon, eventually settling at Kaer Seren in modern-day Kovir and Poviss.
Despite the world's hatred and fear of mutants, Erland always strived to uphold the knightly values that the first witchers were taught. It was these values that led Erland and a group of his closest allies to split off from the Order of Witchers as it began its decline. Erland ensured that the school he founded taught not only monster hunting skills but also chivalry.
- In the note that introduced Erland, he was incorrectly stated to be mutated at Kaer Morhen. This did not match the established timeline according to which Kaer Morhen was built only 200 years before the Saga, entire century after the first generation of witchers started to roam the Continent. Moreover, in Season of Storms Ortolan strongly suggests that the first witchers were linked to Rissberg rather than Kaer Morhen. Following feedback from fans, R. Talsorian Twitter profile promised incoming corrections.