Crookback Bog is home to a variety of beasts of the Northern Kingdoms, yet an orphanage for orphaned and unwanted children lies in the middle of the swamp despite the hazards, as does the grotto of a friendly godling named Johnny. The Crones of Crookback Bog comprise a triad of mysterious entities that is worshipped by the local residents. The inhabitants of the village of Downwarren, in particular, give great credence to the Crones, as do certain inhabitants of Velen residing further afield of the Bog.
The orphanage situated at the heart of the swamp is overseen by Gran. There is a Pagan chapel where Gran can ritually communicate with the Crones by the Tapestry. Drowners are a common sight in Crookback Bog, as in most aquatic areas, and water hags may also be encountered on occasion. On the mountainside beside Crookback Bog, harpies and a wyvern can be found.
During one of the Crookback Bog missions, The Whispering Hillock, Geralt is sent to lift the curse of the Ancient oak tree. There Geralt needs to first confront a Werewolf if the player chooses to enter the cavern of the ancient oak by the northern side. Inside the cavern player will fight against few archasaes. The main beast to destroy or spare is The Ghost in the tree.
Relation to story EditGeralt is informed by Keira Metz to go to Crookback bog to find more clues about Ciri. Once Geralt finds the Orphans of Crookback Bog he needs to speak to Gran. Gran is not willing to help Geralt and this starts a series of Quests in the Crookback bog.
Once Geralt has learned that the Gran of the orphans is Anna, the wife of Bloody Baron he informs the Baron of Crow's Perch that Anna is located in the Crookback bog. This starts a new quest in the Crookback bog called "Return to Crookback bog ". Depending on player's choices in the quest "Whispering hillock", the progress of this mission will be affected by those choices:
If the player spared the Ghost in the tree, Geralt will arrive to Downwarren which is slaughtered down by the wraiths, Baron and Geralt will head to the Orphanage and find Witch Hunters of Eternal Fire with Bloody Baron's child Tamara. They will short after find that Anna is cursed with a powerful curse by the Crones. A Fiend will attack the Orphanage. After killing the Fiend, Geralt will gain more information on how to lift the curse and returns to the orphanage. Johnny had informed Geralt that the Crones have something to do with Anna's curse in the basement of the chapel. Geralt and one of the witch hunters (if player chooses not to go alone) will decide which one of the dolls belongs to Anna. Once the right doll is taken Anna's curse will be lifted. Unfortunately, by lifting the curse Anna dies shortly after saying goodbyes to her husband and child. Bloody baron will later hang himself to the tree in the Crow's Perch's courtyard. NOTE: If the player chooses a wrong doll, Anna will burn alive and this leads to a bittersweet ending where Tamara rages at Geralt and Bloody Baron will hang himself.
If the player destroyed the Ghost in the tree, Geralt will arrive to Downwarren which is filled with Bloody Baron's men asking the directions to the swamps. Geralt and Baron will head to the Orphanage and find Witch Hunters of Eternal Fire with Bloody Baron's child Tamara. They will short after find that Anna has some sort of condition of folly. A Fiend will attack the Orphanage. After killing the Fiend, Tamara asks Geralt if he can lift the curse off her mother but Geralt responses that she has lost her mentality, it's not a curse. Bloody Baron says that he will bring Anna to a hermit, a wise man who will help Anna. Tamara wants to go with Bloody Baron to protect her mother but needs to stay in Velen to help the Church of the Eternal fire.
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- Knight of Temerian king Geddes, Martin of Oakdale, governed the area from tower in 7th century.
- In the book called She Who Knows that can be found in Yennefer's bedroom is explained more specifically the story of Crones.
- ↑ Map description of Ruined Tower