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Apparently I have a sign called "Aard", which does something when I press Q while it's active. Aard is hardly a descriptive word, however, and when I press C to bring up my character screen there's nothing there that has anything to do with it.

How can I read a description of this sign in-game?

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In the launcher menu there is a link to the manual. The signs are explained in it. –  DrFish May 19 '11 at 7:02

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The manual has answers to this; I don't know if it's mentioned in game at all.

The Aard Sign - A telekinetic wave that can throw back, knock down or stun an opponent. This Sign can also be used to destroy obstacles, for examplle crumbling walls.

The Yrden Sign - a magical trap placed on the ground, which will wound and immobilize opponents. The Sign's basic level allows you to place a single Yrden Sign on the ground. After upgradin it, you'll be able to place up to three Yrden Signs at a time. These will work in unison, creating an impassable barrier.

The Igni Sign - a gush of flames that wound opponents. When upgraded, the Sign has a chance of incinerating opponents and has a larger area of effect.

The Quen Sign - a protective shield that lasts for 30 seconds at the Sign's basic level. It is a Sign that Geralt uses on himself - the Quen absorbs all damage directed at you, and the upgraded version reflects 50% of the damage at the enemy. While the Quen is in effect, Geralt cannot regenerate vigor.

The Axii Sign - a charm placed on an opponent. If the charm attempt is successful, the enemy will become your ally for a short while, fighting at your side.

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So, I just got a popup that explained what the sign meant when I used it the first time. YMMV in-game. –  Raven Dreamer May 19 '11 at 3:53

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