Crime and Punishment is one of the secondary quests available in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
While sailing around the northern cliffs of Ard Skellig, Geralt found a man named Yorg chained to a rock on a spit of land jutting out the mountains near east of the Ancient Crypt and north under the mountains from Fort Etnir and Rogne. He was being attacked by three harpies while chained to a rock so the witcher slew the harpies and asked him why he was chained there. The prisoner begged for mercy and told the witcher that he was framed for the murder of a man he didn't like named Gretter. If the witcher refused to believe him and left, the quest will fail. If Geralt believed him, he'll thank the witcher, offering to get him back if they ever meet again. After he is freed, the quest will complete and he'll rest there until he is fine (10).
Geralt can then come back to the forest just outside of Rogne to find a group of skelligers gathered around the grave of Gretter saying how he was a good man and that Yorg was a vile criminal that should have been punished more. Yorg's sister will then call out that his brother was good and run off. Geralt can chase after her and she can explain how Yorg was chained to the rock because he killed their fat and stinky uncle, Gretter, after flying into a rage after his sister told him that their uncle did bad things to her. The witcher can explain to her how that's just how Skellige laws dictate that Yorg needed to be punished as a murderer even if it was to save another. She blames herself for Yorg's death for she only lied to Yorg about his uncle doing anything to her just because she didn't like him and stank. Geralt can then choose to either tell her that she's learned her lesson or tell her how he's freed Yorg and is bound to come back. If the witcher told her that he freed him, she'll thank Geralt and swear to never lie again. If Geralt told her that she's learned her lesson about telling stories about others, the conversation will end there with 5 more.
Journal Entry Edit
- On a small beach on the shores of Undvik Geralt came across a man chained to the rocks, the tide threatening to engulf him. The man begged for mercy, swearing he had been framed for murder and unjustly punished.
If Geralt talked to Yorg's Sister:
- In the village near the site of the man's punishment a group was preparing to bury the person the chained man had supposedly killed. Geralt's attention was drawn by a sobbing girl. He talked to her and learned the child blamed herself for her brother's death. When pressed for the reason why, she explained that her false accusations had caused her brother to fly into a rage and kill her uncle. In Skellige, there was only one punishment for killing a family member in cold blood: a slow death by the sea's embrace...
If Geralt didn't believe Yorg and left him:
- Geralt did not believe the chained man's testimony and left him chained to the rocks, to meet his end at the mercy of the waves and the beasts of the sea.
If Geralt believed Yorg and freed him:
- Geralt was convinced by the accused man's testimony and freed him from his chains.
- Help the prisoner.
- The quest may have been inspired from the legend of Prometheus on being chained to a rock for a bird to attack him every day as punishment.
- The name of the quest may have also been inspired from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's book, Crime and Punishment, where murder is also done in pursuit of a higher purpose.