Letho of Gulet Respect Thread

Letho of Gulet, the Kingslayer

"But I won't kill you. I'll cut off your hands. Cut all off your hands. One man after the other. Till the end of your days, those stumps will remind you of the mistake you made."

This is the largest collection of Letho's feats and accolades. Respect the Kingslayer.

WARNING: The following Respect Thread containes spoilers for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Consider yourself warned.

WARNING: The following Respect Thread takes into account all Letho's feats and accolades, regardless of the choices made by a player during both games.

Special thanks to @lubub55, for allowing me to finish what he had started.

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General information:

Letho is a witcher, a superhuman monster slayer for hire. As a child, he endured insanely hard training involving physical training, swordfight, alchemy and knowledge about monsters. He was also subjected to mutations which granted him:

  • superhuman physical capabilities,
  • hightend senses,
  • enhanced reflex,
  • immunity to sickness,
  • increased resistance to poisons
  • accelerated healing factor
  • extended lifespan

At 25th of July, 1270, in Angren, Letho was attacked by a slyzard and whould've died if not for the intervention of Geralt of Rivia, a witcher from the School of the Wolf. Wanting to repay his debt Letho, along with Serrit and Auckes (his fellow witchers from the School of the Viper), joined Geralt in his pursuit of the Wild Hunt, a spectral cavalcade of wraiths who have taken his lover Yennefer. Eventualy the witchers were able to catch up with the Hunt at the Hanged Man's Tree and they engaged them in combat. Despite their valiant efforts and skills with a sword, the witchers would be eventually overwhelmed by sheer numbers of the opponnents. Geralt decided to cut a deal with Eredin, the king of the Wild Hunt, offering himself in exchange for Yennefer. Eredin agreed without hesitation.

To honor Geralt's sacrifice, Letho decided to take care of amnesiac Yennefer, despite the fact that she proved to be a constant source of trouble for him and his fellow witchers. One day the group was caught by secret police of the Nilfgardiaan Empire. Soon after Letho was brought before the Emperor Emhyr var Emreis himself. The Emperor offerd him a mission in the Northern Kingdoms: to kill as many northern monarchs as he could and laid the blame on the Logde of Sorceresses, secret organisation of powerful and influential sorceresses. In exchange Emhyr promised to rebuild the School of the Viper. Letho agreed and together with his fellow witchers traveled to Kovir, where he offered his services to Sile de Tansarvile, one of the key members of the Lodge.

After performing few witcher jobs for Sile, the sorceress felt comfortable enough around Letho to ask him to assassinate King Demavend of Aedirn. Letho, who was already planning assasination of king Esterad Tyssen of Kovir, couldn't beleive his luck. He agreed and together with Sile planned the assassination. Not long after king Demavend lost his head. After escaping from Aedirn Letho made contact with Iorveth, the infamous leader of the Scoia'tael partisants, offering to add several more heads to that of Demavend. Iorveth accepted the offer and (without Sile's knowledge) helped Letho in organising the assassination of king Foltest of Temeria. Knowing that Foltest will attempt to free his bastard children from the monastery in La Vallett's castle, Letho infiltrated the monastery pretending to be a monk, waiting for the king to eventualy show up. He was shocked to see his old friend, Geralt of Rivia, entering the children's chamber along with the king. Geralt however, who was still suffering from amnesia, was unable to recognise Letho. Letho used that to swiftly cut Foltest's throat and escape, unintentionaly framing Geralt in the regicide.

Soon after Geralt begun to pursuit Letho, being able to drive a wadge between him and Iorveth and forcing Letho to escape. In the ruins of elven bath near the village of Flotsam they engaged in a duel which Letho won, letting Geralt live "for old times sake". Despite multiple complications Letho was ultimately successfull. With Demavend and Foltest dead and the blame laid on the sorceresses, the North descended into chaos.

Some say that Letho was killed by Geralt in the ruins of Loc Muinne. Other claims that he survived and has been recently seen in the land of Velen. His fate remains unknown...

Witcher training:

Strength:

Decapitates King Demavend with a knife.

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Stalemates and (arguably) even gains the upper hand against Geralt of Rivia in a bladelock. For Geralt's strength feats, check out Geralt of Rivia Respect Thread by lubub55.

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Letho's character sheet from The Witcher Role-Playing Game, credits him with a strength superior to Geralt's (BODY stat). Wheter it takes into the account the unspecified strength upgrade Geralt received in Blood and Wine expansion pack is unclear (though it should considering the release date of The Witcher Role-Playing Game).

Source: The Witcher Role-Playing Game
Source: The Witcher Role-Playing Game

Body (BODY): For things that require great strength, like wrestling and strength feats, or physical endurance, such as resisting disease or fatigue.

With one hand, effortlessly submerges Geralt in water and tosses him through a brick wall.

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Pierces armor of the Wild Hunt warrior and trades blows with them.

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Speed/Reflexes:

Letho's reflexes is described as "lightning" fast.

"Displaying immense self-control and lightning reflexes — not to mention a talent for acting — he murdered the king before the witcher's very eyes."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Letho's Journal Entry

Contradictory to his apperance, Letho can move with the speed and the grace of a cat.

"Musucular hands, a thick neck, broad chest and a thick brow are reminiscent of an ape, but that huge, bald man with a wrestler's build moves swiftly and gracefully like a cat."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Artbook

Dodges arrow at close range.

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Puts the body of the previously killed soldier between himself and the mage casting the spell.

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Blitzes a unit of Scoia'tael, elven querilla fighters. Elves in Witcherverse are fast enough to appear as a blur to Ciri who, by witcher Coen's own admission, is very fast herself. The sole survivor of the fight describes it as a massacre.

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Iorveth warns Geralt about Letho's speed.

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Speedblitzes Cedric, an ex-Scoia'tael member and an experienced warrior, and then subdues Triss Merigold (a casual arrow timer) before she can cast a spell.

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Durability/Endurance:

Survives a strike of a slyzard's tail. Geralt considers this to be a miracle.

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Survives a jump from the castle's window, completely unharmed.

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"Surviving the fall unharmed, the assassin fled with the aid of some Scoia'tael."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of King, Letho's Journal Entry

Despite being hit with an arrow saturated in Zanquebarian venom (one of the few poisons capable of affecting a witcher's body) Letho continues to fight.

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Survives rain of fire summoned by Triss Merigold by covering himself beneath a body of one of the Wild Hunt's soldier and appears unharmed. It's unclear though how much of this he owes to his own durability.

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Letho's character sheet from The Witcher Role-Playing Game credits him with endurance superior to Geralt's (BODY stat).

Source: The Witcher Role-Playing Game
Source: The Witcher Role-Playing Game

Body (BODY): For things that require great strength, like wrestling and strength feats, or physical endurance, such as resisting disease or fatigue.

Skills:

Letho is described as a mighty warrior.

"Letho of Gulet – a witcher, a mighty warrior also known as The Kingslayer."

--- The Witcher Battle Arena, Letho of Gulet - hero presentation

Letho has never been defeated in combat prior to his fight with Geralt of Rivia.

"Like all witchers, Letho has undergone extensive combat training. He's a highly skilled swordsman and a formidable user of witcher Signs. His physique imposing and brutish, leading his opponents to severly underestimate his intelligence, a mistake they make only once. The only opponent, known to have bested him in a fight, is the White Wolf, Geralt of Rivia."

--- The Witcher Battle Arena

Letho is considered to be Geralt's equal.

"Letho is our heros' equal both in terms of his abilities and his equipment."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Artbook

Letho's character sheet from The Witcher Role-Playing Game credits him with swordsmanship equal to Geralt's (Swordsmanship skill).

The Witcher Role-Playing Game
The Witcher Role-Playing Game

Letho, along with Geralt, Serrit and Auckes fought the Wild Hunt to a standstill. Warriors of the Wild Hunt are elite fighters (even the lowest warriors of the Hunt are considered more skilled than the most elite soldiers of either Nilfgaardian Empire or the Northern Realms), with superhuman physicals and equiped with high quality weapons and armors. For additional information regarding the Wild Hunt, check out The Wild Hunt Respect Thread by Xerolot.

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As was already mentioned in "Speed" section, Letho slaughtered a group of Scoia'tael, elven guerilla fighters. Elves in Witcherverse can live houndreds of years and thus gather great amount of combat experience. They're also fast enough to appear as a blur to Ciri who, by witcher Coen's own admission, is very fast herself. The sole survivor of the fight describes it as a massacre.

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Letho engages and defeat Geralt of Rivia in combat. It should be noted however that Letho had knowledge about Geralt's fighting style (he even makes a comment about it during the fight) and ultimately achieved victory by overpowering Geralt with magic.

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Letho was a match for Geralt.

"Finally the witcher's desire was fulfilled. Geralt and the kingslayer stood face to face and their swords clashed. Our hero had hoped to punish Foltest's killer, but he met his match."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, "Assassins of Kings" Quest Journal Entry

Letho, along with Serrit and Auckes, slaughtered another unit of Scoia'tael. The sole survivor of the fight considers Letho to be the most terrible warrior he has ever seen. The soldiers who found him describes the scene as a bloodbath.

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Letho made a short work of a troll.

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Letho broke Triss Merigold out of the Nilfgardiaan camp, protected by a bunch of Nilfgardiaan soldiers. Their leader, Renuald aep Mattsen, described them as "the Empire's true power". Their forces consisted of knights, shield bearers, archers and even a mage.

"Triss Merigold ran to Geralt, having been freed from the Nilfgaardians' hands by Letho."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, "Assassins of Kings" Quest Journal Entry

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In their second duel Letho gives Geralt an excellent fight, even managing to land a hit.

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At the time of their second duel, Letho and Geralt were considered to be the two finest swordsmen of the time, putting them above likes of Vesemir.

"The tale of the kingslayers had to conclude with a duel to the death between the two finest swordsmen alive at that time. And only one of them could survive."

--- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, "Assassins of Kings" Quest Journal Entry.

Letho clears Reardon Manor from wraiths.

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Despite being hit with an arrow saturated with Zanquebarian venom (one of the few poisons capable of affecting a witcher's body), Letho powers through the poison and kills six out of nine bounty hunters (in ten seconds) before succumbing to the poison.

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Letho, along with Geralt and Lambert, fights a unit of the Wild Hunt warriors. As was mentioned before, even the lowest warriors of the Hunt are considered more skilled than the most elite soldiers of either Nilfgaardian Empire or the Northern Realms.

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Signs:

Witcher signs are form of magic wilded by witchers. While considered primitive by actual mages, they are extremely useful in combat as casting a sign requires only concentration and a hand gesture rather than incantations.

Aard - A telekinetic blast capable of knocking opponents back, stunning them, disarming them, punching through walls et. cet.

  • Letho uses Aard frequently in combat.
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  • Letho overpowers Geralt with Aard.
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Igni - A gust of flames which Letho can shoot from his hands.

  • Letho uses Igni frequently in combat.
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Quenn - A magical shield which protects Letho from harm.

  • Letho uses Quenn frequently in combat.
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  • Letho shields himself from frost explosion capable of freezing an entire ship
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Yrden - A magical trap which stops/slows down things near it.

  • Geralt uses Yrden to trap a tentacle of keyran.
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Axii - Witcherverse equivalent for Jedi Mind Trick. A form of mind control. Makes targets susceptible to suggestion. Does not work on exceptionally strong willed opponents.

Lambert, another witcher once used Axii to convince a bandit to shoot his friend... and then comit suicide.

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While Letho was never depicted using either Yrden or Axii, there are frequently used (or mentioned to be used) by other witchers. Therefore it's reasonable to assume he can use them as well.

Equipment:

Witcher medalion - Shaped like a snake. It shakes when in the presence of monsters or magic.

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Witcher steel sword - Letho's main weapon is his witcher steel sword. Forged by dwarves, witcher swords are extremely light and sharp, capable of cutting through armors of the Wild Hunt warriors. As seen in the picture below, Letho's sword is very long and thus provides significant reach. Used for fighting humans and non-magical creatures.

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Witcher silver sword - Witcher's best friend. Allows to harm (and kill) magical creatures,

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Dual daggers - Letho carries two long daggers and has demonstrated proficiency in using them.

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Throwing knives - Letho carries a set of throwing knives, however he was never depicted using them.

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Bombs - Letho has been depicted using three sets of bombs:

Thanks for reading! If you think I missed some content, be sure to let me know. Also, since it's my first Respect Thread, I would appreciate every tips for a future you can give me. Good luck on the Path!

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