forgive the newbish questions here as i have only played a few hours of the witcher 2 and really liked what i played and really liked that hard fantasy world.
but this wild hunt story? would i need to have played witcher 1 then since according to this quote chain, its a story thread from the first game?
The Wild Hunt is more or less explained in the second game, but along with many of the other plot/character elements, is actually something that carries on from the novels. If you haven't read them, a lot of what's happening can be rather confusing.. To make that even more fun, most of the novels have never been translated into English.
On the flip side though, it means there's a lot of mystery and intrigue to what's going on and you can piece together what happened in the past based on what you learn in the two games, which I imagine is why they went with an "oh no, I have amnesia!" plot.