It’s time for the fight with the Royal Griffin in White Orchard, with – of course – Vesemir’s help. You set the bait and wait for it to arrive.
White Orchard is the best place to get the Power Overwhelming achievement, which requires that you have all five of the Place of Power bonuses active at the same time.
The Quartermaster at the Nilfgaardian Garrison crafts the Viper Silver Sword for me, which will come in handy when I fight the Griffin in White Orchard.
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 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.
An Abandoned Site just south of Tomira’s house is overrun by Ghouls. Clearing them out allows the population to return and a merchant sets up in the village.
On Death’s Bed is an optional secondary quest where you can give a Swallow potion to Tomira the herbalist, so that she can administer it to her injured friend Lena. If you do give her the potion you will find out later in the game whether it worked or not.
The second part of the quest Contract: Devil by the Well. Geralt first brews some Swallow potions and some Specter Oil, then burns the remains and the bracelet to force the Noonwraith to appear and fight him.
Devil by the Well is the first monster contract in the game and in it Geralt is tasked with getting rid of a Noonwraith haunting a local well. As the name suggests, Noonwraiths tend to appear when the sun is high in the sky, which is why the ghost isn’t there when I first visit in the morning.
Tracking down the arsonist who burned down Willis’s workshop in White Orchard. There are a number of ways of completing this quest, but using Axii on the suspect is probably the best solution.