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goreae

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And technically magic doesn't exist. Since when do facts matter in pieces of fiction? :p
Well magic is a bad example because that's a lore thing. Magic does exist in that particular piece of fiction. The existence of magic in that world is a fact. The ability to dtaw one's sword effectively from ones back is not a fact unless you're mister fantastic.
 
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Even if you where mr/ms fantastic it would still be better to draw a sword from the side.
That's also an aspect of that Lindy Beige channel. He's aware that fantacy has some wriggle room for suspending disbelief. But fantasy that incorporates some level of consistent logic is usually more satisfying.
Even magic can have rules it follows. For example magic can bend the laws of physics but not entirely break them, or you can break them but you need to be powerful or it has a great consequence for the world.
Magic that just seems like an "I win" button is usually lame.

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Even if you where mr/ms fantastic it would still be better to draw a sword from the side.
That's also an aspect of that Lindy Beige channel. He's aware that fantacy has some wriggle room for suspending disbelief. But fantasy that incorporates some level of consistent logic is usually more satisfying.
Even magic can have rules it follows. For example magic can bend the laws of physics but not entirely break them, or you can break them but you need to be powerful or it has a great consequence for the world.
Magic that just seems like an "I win" button is usually lame.

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Maybe true, but I can't say the fact that their swords were on their backs really took anything away from the story and gameplay of the Witcher series. Personally, I think the bringing up of the whole swords on the back thing is just pedantry for the sake of being pedantic. Or maybe it's just me failing to care at all. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
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though if you were mr fantastic, carrying your sword on your back may be more convenient than carrying it to the side, if you don't care as much about efficiency. Your elastic body could help bide time while you get to your sword and it just seems easier having it on your back.
 
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Technically you can draw a sword from your back, it just has to be really short (pretty much a knife :p), but having some experience with swords has taught me that drawing from the side would be so much more efficient.
 
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Technically you can draw a sword from your back, it just has to be really short (pretty much a knife :p), but having some experience with swords has taught me that drawing from the side would be so much more efficient.
I believe he also brings up both points (or was that another video where he did that). However he also immediately destroys said points :p
 

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I just said there aren't advantages and the short sword I know would be impractical xD
And....you probably missed the point :p
He wasn't just talking about during a fight but also carrying the weapon without it being needed right now, for example when you are traveling. In that case it might be nicer to have it on your back.

Just, keep in mind though that I am currently kind of playing devils advocate as I also dislike characters that have a sword on their back since I saw that video.
 

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I think the main thing with the over the shoulder draw is because Witchers have two swords, steel and silver. It'd be impractical to carry both swords at the hip, so they wear them across the back. Ciri, while only having one sword and not being a witcher, was nonetheless trained by them and presumably adopted some of the mannerisms and approaches.