The Scoia'tael are non-human guerillas also known as the Squirrels, likely due to their habit of attaching squirrel puffs to their caps or other parts of clothing, but other theories suggest it is because they live in the woods and subsist on nuts. They are introduced in the series in the Blood of Elves novel.
They fought against all Άνθρωποι in the Βόρεια Βασίλεια, because of racism and discrimination of non-humans. Most of the Squirrels were Ξωτικά, but some of them were halflings and Νάνους. Scoia'tael were divided into commandos (considered to be a gnomish term) comprised of several or a dozen fighters.
|“||The Scoia'tael - commonly known as the squirrels - are non-human guerrillas. Predominantly elves, their ranks also include halflings and dwarves, and they are so named due to their habit of attaching squirrel tails to their caps or clothing. Allied with Nilfgaard, motivated by the racism of men, they fight all humans in the Northern Kingdoms.||”|
— pg. 5, Οι Καιροί της Περιφρόνησης (UK edition)
Bigger commandos were rare and formed only during battles or for special tasks (e.g. during the Επίθεση στην Thanedd). The best known formation was the Vrihedd Brigade, commanded by Isengrim Faoiltiarna, which used silver lightning bolts as its symbol. Scoia'tael were allied with Nilfgaard and used by Emperor Emhyr var Emreis for diversion, as well as support for the Nilfgaardian army. In exchange for their support, Emperor Emhyr var Emreis gave the elves Dol Blathanna as their own, independent state, and made Enid an Gleanna its queen.
Στο παιχνίδι The Witcher
"The Scoia'tael are a group of elven and dwarven rebels fighting against the discrimination of nonhumans. They are divided into commando groups, or independent squads. Their protest against racism quickly turned violence. Scoia'tael rob merchant caravans, plunder and burn villages, and kill. Instead of finding a peaceful solution, humans send troops to fight them. Scoia'tael means 'squirrel' in elven and the name probably comes from the rebels' habit of attaching squirrel puffs to their clothing.
According to the author of "The Aftermath of the War", the Scoia'tael are inspired by Nilfgaard and other powers. The leaders of the rebellion send their people to certain death because they are blind or manipulated. The author also claims that wars between humans and non-humans will never cease because there is too much hostility between the races. In his opinion, the elves are doomed to extinction."
- Zoltan Chivay is in the Outskirts in order to meet a Scoia'tael friend of his by the name of Hoog. It is possible that Haren Brogg sold him out to the guards, though.
- A Guard Officer in the Trade Quarter boasts about how lucrative it is to turn in Scoia'tael supporters: "Capture? One need only identify a non-human collaborator."
Στο παιχνίδι για υπολογιστή The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
The book "The Feudal Society and Its Enemies" provides a journal entry on dwarves.
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- Scoia'tael is a name used by the rebels fighting for nonhuman freedom. In the common tongue it means "squirrels". As some would have it, it is because of squirrel tails that adorn the rebels' caps, or from the forest board they had to survive on. Scoia'tael formed units over a score strong, consisting mainly of elves, yet sometimes dwarves and halflings joined too. During the last war against Nilfgaard, the Scoia'tael fought on the side of the Empire, making diversions and great damage beyond our lines. Despite the provisions of the Peace of Cintra, many did not disarm and continued to fight, especially when it turned out that Nilfgaard sacrificed them in the name of peace and gave the units' leaders to the Nordlings to be executed.