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In the prologue I hear a good many enemy soldiers shout this refrain as they charge at me. I presume when they say 'plough' they don't mean it in the agrarian sense, but I think I'm missing some cultural context here because I don't quite understand how Geralt is 'the lily'.

What exactly do my enemies mean when they scream 'plough the lily'?

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Lily refers to Temeria in this case. At the beginning of the Witcher 2 you're fighting for Temeria. The emblem for Temeria are silver lilies on black background:

Ploughing does refer to what you're suspecting, "plough the lily" means pretty much "fuck Temeria".

The Witcher Wiki also explains this particular phrase in the trivia section:

The term "Lilies" is used as a collective noun, likely meant to be derogatory, referring to the people from Temeria. A common phrase used by non-Temerian NPC enemies in The Witcher 2 is, "Plough the lilies!" The term most likely originates from the silver lilies in Temeria's emblem.

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  • After reading about the lilies on the emblem, I would translate "plough the lily" as "kill the lily(person behind the emblem)", but I like your definition better. May 28, 2015 at 21:16
  • Yeah, "plough" as in "plough down". May 28, 2015 at 22:13
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    @DoubleDouble That verb is used often enough in all the Witcher games that I'm very certain my interpetation is accurate May 28, 2015 at 22:16

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