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.
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.
A short secondary quest called Dirty Funds sees Geralt tracking down some treasure at a bandit camp in northern White Orchard. The camp is on a hill east of White Orchard Cemetery and houses a leader who carries a shield – one of the first shielded opponents that you’ll find in the game.
Geralt investigates a bandit camp in White Orchard and is immediately attacked by its inhabitants. Then, before he has a chance to catch his breath, he is attacked by two waves of wolves and wargs.
Geralt visits Amavet Fortress Ruins on his way to meet Dune Vildenvert and finds the Serpentine Steel Sword diagram. Afterwards he walks the battlefield with Dune, and his dog Hussar, to look for his missing brother Bastien.
Clearing out a small homestead of bandits near Tesham Mutna, Geralt finds a note leading to a small secondary quest called The Inconstant Gardener.
An undiscovered location in Toussaint turns out to be a small bandit camp, and they end up regretting they ever attacked me.
Clearing out the bandit camp called “Devil’s Pit”, dressed in my new Viper Witcher armour. The armour is an enhanced version of the gear Geralt begins the game with.
Eliminating a small bandit camp at Kilkerinn Ruins. Geralt is this time sporting his Grandmaster Feline Witcher Gear.
A great quote from Geralt while exploring Holy Lake in Toussaint. Is something wrong with his face?