Avallac'h in The Elven Catacombs of The Duen Hen Salt Mines aka Avallac'h's Velen Hideout
Avallac'h in his Velen Hideout | Pictures from Witcher 3 - I just felt like uploading pictures of Avallac'h today. This page serves no other purpose.
This is not me answering a question from anyone, but rather, this time, I am asking the question to YOU.
How does a destitute, homeless hermit who wears rags and owns nothing, get classified as a rich, wealthy man who looks down on poor people?
I've seen streamers complain that Avallac'h was a pampered arrogant wealthy guy, bitching and moaning of his wealth...
...and yet, there is no evidence he is wealthy, not in either the game or the novels, and they overlook, that this tiny, cluttered room in the image above, is his bedroom, that dirty mat is his bed, and this is where he both lives and sleeps...
...which matches what we were told in the novels... that he lived in a cave, had no bed, and slept on a pile of old ragged furs.
One streamer even stopped playing the game to have an full hour long rant on why Avallac'h is a perfect example of why he hates Elves, citing that Elves were all pampered and wealthy and looked down on Humans because of their wealth.... he compared Avallac'h to wealthy business men who had it out for the poor working guys and made the claim that the only reason Avallac'h hated humans was because Avallac'h was super rich and thought he was better than everyone who didn't have money...
No were in either the games or the novels, are we given any evidence that Avallac'h is either wealthy or that he hates Humans. Quite the contrary, we are given lots of evidence that Avallac'h is struggling to get by, in the game we see him wearing clothes that are torn, ripped, many times repaired, patched, tattered, and dirty...
...and in the novels, the very first description of Avallac'h, the one given to us by Geralt, described Avallac'h's clothes as old, worn out, torn, and heavily soiled. Geralt, who himself dresses practically in rags because he is so poor, snubs his nose up at Avallac'h and talks in deep disgust over how utterly filthy this Elf's clothes are and goes on to tell us that the cave the Elf lives in is a mess, the floor is littered with piles of feces, states he *(Geralt)* has trouble finding a place to step without stepping in feces, and tells us that the Elf apparently sleeps on the floor on a pile of old rags and furs in the corner.
Later we see a scene of Eredin teasing Avallac'h telling Avallac'h to go take a bath, while also saying Avallac'h lives in a dungheap.
Still later, Ciri tells us that Avallac'h as The Fisher King, lives on a tiny row boat, sleeps on an old fox fur coat, and hasn't bathed or changed his clothes in years, is a hermit, and that his clothes are worn to rags and falling apart.
Even later Geralt tells us that the ancient now mute Fisher King, now living on the rowboat, is a hermit, and is near starved to death.
At no point in the novels do we ever see Avallac'h living in a building, owning any material worldly possessions, or wearing anything other then rags.
And the game, does not contradict this fact. In the game we see that Avallac'h has 2 "houses", one in Velen and one in Skellige. Both are "caves", which are actually the rubled ruin remains of ancient Elf houses, that collapsed centuries ago, and the erosion of time has buried them under dirt, plants, and trees.
Both Dune Heun *(The Velen Hideout)* and Pali Gap *(The Skellige Laboratory)* are dangerous ruins, made of collapsed walls and ceilings, with rubbel littering the floors, and crumbling pillars, statues, graves, sarcofagi, tombstones, and walls scattered about in ruins. In both caves, we see small spaces, where the ruble was pushed aside to create "rooms" between the ruble, and bookshelves, alchemy equipment, tattered rugs, and broken tables are arranged to make the space livable.
We see the roof leaking, water dripping down on the floors, and a straw bedroll laid out beside a makeshift campfire. This is Avallac'h's bed. The only room that can even remotely pass itself off as livable, is the bedroom where his 5 wives sleep. They have a huge 4-poster bed and a bathtub, and broken lattice room dividers put up to make makeshift walls. Thick layers of dust and cobwebs cover everything.
Aside from the mountainous piles of books crammed into every free space, available, Avallac'h doesn't own a thing.
BOTH of Avallac'h's cave hovels, with all of their "rooms", will fully fit inside **JUST GERALT'S BEDROOM** in Kaer Morhen... if you want to bitch about someone living a pampered life in a big house, fucking look at the castle Geralt' lives in.
...it baffles me, the trend in streamers, playing this game, while bitching every time Avallac'h is on screen, how much they hate him because of his wealth, while saying he looks down on poor people.
Where do they get that from? At what point is he ever looking down on poor people or having any wealth himself?
All that said... these people making this claim, are ALSO stating that Avallac'h's vast wealth is the REASON HE HATES HUMANS...
Not only does he have no wealth to begin with... he also does not hate Humans!
He hates Cregennon of Lod... A human.... ONE human... because his wife Lara Dorren cuckolded him with Creganon of Lod.
That is NOT Avallac'h hating ALL Humans, that is Avallac'h hating the ONE Human whom his wife cheated on him with.
Avallac'h considers himself "a friend to Humans", and is seen by other Elves as a traitor because he spends time with Humans, helps Humans, rescues Humans, and protects Humans, even from Elves.
The **WHOLE REASON** Avallac'h is living in caves, wearing rags, and is a hermit is **BECAUSE** he was cast out of Elf society because the other Elves branded him as a "Human lover".
The accusations that Avallac'h is either wealthy or that he hates Humans is just plain bizarre.
Indeed, whenever I see a streamer do these, rather commonplace, rants about how wealthy they think Avallac'h is... is just opens a window into that person's own prejudices against anyone with money.
Here's a thought...
You know it says more about YOU and YOUR hatred for others based on social standing, then it does Avallac'h and HIS opinions of others based on social standing, if you look at anything he does or says and translate it as him hating humans, being wealthy, or disliking poor people.
YOU thinking how much you hate everyone wealthier then yourself while you play the game DOES NOT mean the character hates others the same way YOU DO... it simply means that YOU are too blinded by hatred for anyone wealthy to see past your own hatred to see the character as the author wrote them.
Think about it.
What does that say about **YOU**?
It's like how...
Open your eyes, see the truth.
ONLY SOMEONE WHO SEES THEMSELVES AS POOR AND BLAMES THEIR LACK OF WEALTH ON ANYONE WHO HAS WEALTH ... sees everyone around them as being wealthy and out to get them or poor and oppressed by wealthy... and the ONLY reason YOU think Avallac'h is wealthy and looking down on the poor, is because YOU YOURSELF are poor and looking down on the wealthy, blaming them for being too lazy to get a job.
These people are no different then the ones who call Avallac'h a pervert, when there is no basis to call him that.
Only a pervert, could look at an asexual, celibate, 2,000 year old virgin, and think that that an asexual, celibate, 2,000 year old virgin, must be a pervert, because he's raising his 12 year old step-grandbaby.
ONLY SOMEONE WHO IS A SEXUALLY DEVIATED PERVERT THEMSELVES... sees everyone around them as being sexually deviated perverts.
I'm fascinated by how easy it is to tell a person's prejudices, vices, and lack of morals, by how they view fictional characters.
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The Witcher 3:
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Completionist Run: The Avallac'h Playthrough
(Watch It Live HERE)
This current mod-making playthrough, is prep for a future fully-lore-friendly playthrough....
The ultimate goal of my mod making playthrough, is to make every character as lore-friendly as possible to how they were described in the novels.
Most specifically though we are transforming as much of the game as possible to match Chapter 5 of the novel Lady of the Lake, when Ciri lived with Avallac'h the first time, on The Lake of Avalon.
This current playthrough is largely a lot of test runs of hundreds of mods. It is being played open world with quests rarely happening, to allow us to run tests of various mods as I build them.
Due to the fact that the game engine, scripts, and other files is often open and being edited while I'm playing the game, this current playthrough is very unstable with bugs and glitches happening daily and game crashes happening, sometimes as often as every few minutes.
You are witnessing a live overhaul and full rewrite of the game, that when finished will be used in a complete (more normal style) playthrough of the game.
However do not expect to see the lore-friendly playthrough any time soon.
I began building this overhaul mod May 13, 2018 and have worked on it daily for 4 to 12 hours a day, all of it streamed here on Twitch, and...
...while we've now altered over 2,000 script files, more than 7,000 textures, several hundred meshes, 400+ xml files, dozens of ini files, and have now begun work on changing 3D models...
...this project is far from finished and could see as much as another 3 years of daily work before completion.
UPDATE: October 5, 2020... it is now nearing 3 years since starting, and there are now more than 20,000 files edited in this project, and no end is yet in sight.