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.
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.
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.
At the Inn at the Crossroads a small group of local thugs try starting some trouble, but Geralt plays it cool and they back off. You can fight them, but it doesn’t make your task any easier.
After five days of riding Geralt finally makes it to Velen. He starts out at Hanged Man’s Tree, makes his way through what’s left of the village of Mulbrydale, rescues some starving children from some wild dogs, and carries on to the Inn at the Crossroads where he’s supposed to make contact with a Nilfgaardian agent who’ll help him.
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.
A small side quest at Count Romilly’s Castle Ruins, leads to the completion of another side quest, called “A Dark Legacy”. This quest is only available if you buy the figurine during the auction during the quest “Open Sesame!”
Fighting a level 37 Leshen at Arnskrone Castle Ruins. The best thing about this place are the creepy forest sound effects, including the “American Werewolf” tribute werewolf howl.