The Witcher Season 2 is surely the talk of the week, at least as far as Netflix is concerned. Ciri's powers were at the center of season 2. In particular, much of the drama in the middle of the season stems from Ciri's destruction of a monolith early in season 1. However, given the big gap between seasons 1 and 2, many fans might find it hard to remember instances from the very first episodes. So, what are the monoliths, and what is their importance?
Whether or not you remember the monoliths as concepts in The Witcher, you might remember the characters fast traveling to different dimensions. The monoliths are the portals that enable this.
When he first takes over Ciri's care, Geralt knows little about her powers but understands that she's hiding something from him. When Eskel becomes infected by a monster, resulting in his death, the witchers are initially baffled. Normally, witchers are not supposed to fall prey to such afflictions due to their mutations.
Geralt and Vesemir find the answer when they examine Eskel's corpse. The black ash they discover comes from a monolith that Ciri destroyed through her scream. Only someone as powerful as Ciri could make something like this happen, as the monoliths are usually very hard to destroy. Moreover, it's vital that they remain in place, as they keep monsters and curses from attacking humans.
By accidentally destroying the monolith, Ciri caused devastation in the world of the Witchers, by unleashing the cursed Leshy, a monster who could infect them despite their mutations. Later on, when the Deathless Mother takes over Ciri's body, she exploits her power to destroy another monolith, causing basilisks to attack Kaer Morhen.
The second season of the fantasy tv series created more questions than answers. Hopefully, the third season will offer some more insights on them and what they can do.