In the final part of the secondary quest “Funeral Pyres” Geralt confronts the fisstech-dealing Priest of the Eternal Fire and refuses to be bribed by him. The Priest, with his two bodyguards, unwisely attacks Geralt and ultimately regrets doing so.
Playing on Death March difficulty, at the start of the game you can easily be killed by small groups of bandits who might attack you, as happens to me here on my way through Velen.
Geralt’s first encounter with Ronvid of the Small Marsh happens just outside Crow’s Perch after speaking with The Baron. Ronvid has pledged to Maid Bilberry that he will cut down one hundred knights in her honour.
There’s something not quite right about the relationship between the local couple Yoana and Fergus Graem, a pair of Armourers at Crow’s Perch.
Examining Ciri’s room at Crow’s Perch Geralt finds a spinning top, a book about curses, and a new Stash location. He then goes to talk to Gretka, the young girl Ciri found in the woods during “Ciri’s Story: The King of the Wolves”.
Geralt begins his search for The Baron’s missing wife and daughter by examining their rooms, and he of course loots everything he can on the way… Using his Witcher Senses he finds a number of clues. A Talisman hidden under the floorboard provides a lead to The Pellar.
Geralt meets with Phillip Strenger, aka The Bloody Baron, who tells him he knows why he’s come to Crow’s Perch. The Baron confirms that he recently saw Ciri, which begins the flashback quest “Ciri’s Story: The King of the Wolves”, which you play as Ciri.
After a short battle with some bandits, I go to the Character screen to use the single skill point available. It’s time to activate the general skill, Gourmet, which is very useful if you’re playing on Death March difficulty.
Geralt discovers the bloody remains of his contact in Velen – Hendrik – at his house in Heatherton. After examining the body a key is found, which leads to the basement in Hendrik’s house.
A Priest of the Eternal Fire asks Geralt to cremate three piles of dead bodies for him. This will count among Geralt’s “good merits” the Priest tells him.