Gaunter O’Dimm is the perfect villain originating from a game worthy of its numerous accolades: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. With complex, memorable characters and an in-depth storyline, as well as immersive atmospheres in a magically infused world. As Geralt of Rivia, players get to battle fantastical beasts and journey through realms. The main game itself is memorable, but its subsequent expansion packs are nothing to scoff about either. In particular, their Hearts of Stone DLC spawned a new host of unforgettable characters, such as its primary villain: Gaunter O’Dimm.
O’Dimm is certainly an enigmatic and mysterious being that exudes power. Geralt’s first encounter with O’Dimm shows to the players that he is not someone to be crossed. Perhaps what is most interesting about O’Dimm and sets him apart from other video game villains, is his extreme cunning and utilisation of clever wordplay to entrap his victims. Although he could overpower his opponents, O’Dimm instead opts for a battle of wits. This makes him ten times more dangerous than your average brutish antagonists.
So, stick around as we explore why Gaunter O’Dimm is the perfect villain!
The First Encounter
“Dues need be repaid, and he will come for you. All to reclaim, no smile to console you.” These are the ominous words players -as Geralt- hear sung by a group of children on his way to the crossroads at Yantra. A sinister lullaby foreshadowing Geralt’s encounter with O’Dimm and the trials he must face to be rid of him. To the player, it would seem Geralt is already indebted to O’Dimm after the man saved him from being executed, but that is not the case. For we’ve already met O’Dimm in the first couple of minutes of the main game. I didn’t even realise it until I replayed the whole thing again.
In his search for Yennefer, Geralt comes across O’Dimm in White Orchard’s inn, posing as a mirror merchant. At first glance, the conversation seems unimportant. But looking back, even then the true nature of O’Dimm was hinted at when he gave Geralt the next clue to find Yennefer. In a way, Geralt was already indebted to O’Dimm and he didn’t even know it; O’Dimm leaves with a promise that they’d be needing each other in the future. Fast forward to the DLC and O’Dimm is cashing in on this and more, enlisting Geralt’s help in dealing with Olgierd. The latter has attempted to weasel out of handing over his soul to O’Dimm, refusing to do so until his three impossible wishes.
By recruiting an unwilling Geralt, O’Dimm has two souls in his bag. It seemed to O’Dimm that he would get von Everec’s soul regardless. As for Geralt’s, if he succeeded then all is well, but fail and O’Dimm would receive another soul. It’s a win-win situation overall.
A Master Of Disguise
I don’t think you’d be able to tell if you’re a first-time player, but O’Dimm shadows Geralt wherever he goes. He does so subtly and in different guises, keeping a close eye on Geralt’s progress. This fits his title as the ‘Man of Glass’ or ‘Master Mirror’, as he expertly reflects and projects the presumptions of those around him. If you’re expecting to see an insignificant vagrant or a powerful noble, then that’s what you’ll get.
O’Dimm might look unassuming and plain compared to the ruggedly handsome Geralt, but look a bit closer and you’ll find that all is not as it seems. When he speaks, O’Dimm is suave with his honeyed words. His dark eyes promise reward and death at the same time and is clearly felt through computer and TV screens. His ability to magnify or diminish his presence certainly adds a notch to the proverbial belt on why Gaunter O’Dimm is the perfect villain.
How Do You Defeat The Devil?
Though it was never explicitly said in the game that O’Dimm was the Witcher series’ version of the devil, players of the DLC have since made comparisons to the devil of Christianity. Well, his penchant to meet prospective clients at crossroads and his ability to stop time might be clues.
O’Dimm could never resist the chance of outsmarting his victims, as seen by his fondness for wordplay and cryptic messages. Anyone who has the misfortune of crossing O’Dimm’s path should be very careful of what they ask for. And that’s what it really comes down to at the end of the DLC: the ultimate battle of wits. During the last quest, Geralt will be given the chance to challenge O’Dimm or let him have Olgierd’s soul.
If you’ve a bleeding heart and choose the latter, then be prepared! Gaunter O’Dimm is the perfect villain as he allows his clients the chance to save themselves by solving a riddle. Yet they’re not easy ones. O’Dimm only gives a certain time frame, all while Geralt must traverse a hellish realm filled with visions of his loved ones dying and other temptations. Truly, a psychological horror if I’ve ever seen one. Lose, and Geralt’s as good as dead.
But win, and you’ll be the second man to ever defeat Master Mirror, sending him back to where he came from. Here, you’ll get a glimpse of his true, demonic form, vowing to return.
A Lasting Influence
Even after the end of the Hearts of Stone DLC, his influence can still be felt right into the following DLC: Blood and Wine. Midway through Geralt’s adventures in Toussaint, he must either kill or lift the curse from the wight in order to obtain its saliva. Once the curse is removed, the wight is revealed to be an old woman named Marlena. Geralt speaks to his majordomo about Marlena’s backstory and how she was cursed to find someone who was willing to eat with her despite her ugly appearance. As he converses with B.B. (the majordomo), Gaunter O’Dimm’s theme song starts playing in the background.
It’s a pretty damning clue that O’Dimm was involved in turning Marlena into a wight. O’Dimm’s reach extends as far as Toussaint, and his shadowing Geralt continues, showing that he’ll never be rid of him. Is there any more reason to doubt why Gaunter O’Dimm is the perfect villain?
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