Fairy Tales and Stories (Polish Bajki i klechdy) is a book by Vicovaro scholar Flourens Delannoy, who lived around 200 years after the Nilfgaard Wars, in the Nilfgaardian Empire. It is a collection of folk tales describing monsters, sorcerers and witchers from a simple man's point of view, after many events from the times of Geralt of Rivia became legends. Note that the book changes titles later on: originally in Baptism of Fire it's called Tales and Legends.
And the witcher walked through fire and water, never looking back. But he took neither hobnailed boots nor a staff. He took only his witcher's sword. He obeyed not the words of the soothsayer. And rightly so, for she was wicked.
'I wish for neither riches nor fame, neither power nor influence,' rejoined the witcher girl. 'I wish for a horse, as black and swift as a nightly gale. I wish for a sword, as bright and keen as a moonbeam. I wish to overstride the world on my black horse through the black night. I wish to smite the forces of Evil and Darkness with my luminous blade. This I would have.'
'I shall give you a horse, blacker than the night and fleeter than a nightly gale,' vowed the fortune-teller. 'I shall give you a sword, brighter and keener than a moonbeam. But you demand much, witcher girl, thus you must pay me dearly.'
'With what? For I have nothing.'
The witcher girl smiled.
- Fairytales and Stories
by Flourens Delannoy
- "Then the fairy said to the witcher: "I will tell you what to do: put on a pair of iron shoes, pick up an iron staff. Walk in the iron shoes to the end of the world, pat the ground before you with the staff, and sprinkle it with tears. Walk through fire and water, do not stop, do not look back. And when your shoes wear out, and when the iron staff shatters, when the wind and the heat dry your eyes so that you cannot shed another tear, then you will have reached the world's end, and you will have found what you seek what you love. Perhaps."
- And so the witcher walked through fire and water without looking back. But he took neither the iron shoes nor the staff. He took only his witcher's sword. He did not heed the words of the fairy. And that's a good thing, because she was an evil fairy."
- Glossary: Mages
- Antiquary in the Outskirts' inn
- Antiquary on Merchant Street in the Temple Quarter
- Old shelf in Adam's hut in Chapter IV
- Wardrobe in the house opposite Celina's in Chapter IV