The series opens with a scene where Geralt encounters the Kikimora in a swamp and a fight ensues. 'In Slavic mythology, a Kikimore is a monster who kidnaps and kills little children. In The Witcher books by Sapkowski, it has a 'spider shape and it lives in swamps,' explains Tomasz Baginski. After several talks and designs by the art department and VFX, the final version of the show’s Kikimora is a monstrous creature, 'somewhere between a child and a very vicious spider,' details Ivan Poharnok, prosthetic make-up artist.