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Defender of the Faith is a secondary quest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt where Geralt encounters an old lady requiring help in fixing three shrines. He can encounter this woman between Blackbough and Crow's Perch. Accepting her plea, Geralt fixes the shrine.

However he must fix two more shrines. Once Geralt fixes the second shrine, he must now turn to the last shrine. Upon arrival, Geralt encounters the vandals destroying the shrine. Letting them do what they pleases fails the quest but completes it by beating them.

Journal entry Edit

Geralt has a "live and let live" policy regarding the gods and their worshipers: if they don't bother him, he returns the favor. Sadly, not everyone follows this sage precept. A distraught woman in Velen informed him someone had been destroying the shrines that dot that region's roadsides. She begged him to repair the damage and, if possible, punish those responsible. Though he did not share the woman's devotion or outrage at this sacrilege, he decided to help all the same.
While following the trail of damaged holy sites Geralt encountered a group of young men who, he learned, were students at Oxenfurt Academy. Influenced by some radical philosopher, they had taken up arms in the battle against religion.
If Geralt stops the vandals:
As is often the case with students, what began as a measured discussion of worldviews ended in a brawl.
If Geralt doesn't interfere:
The witcher engaged them in a philosophical discussion which threatened to come to blows, but luckily merely ended with an exchange of profanities and insults.

Objectives Edit

  • Fix all the damaged shrines. 2/3. There is no way you can fix the third shrine, because it is not broken and still standing.
  • Defeat the vandals

Trivia Edit

  • If you don't stop vandals, you'll spare their lives, but the quest would fail.
  • Regardless of the order of what shrine Geralt fixes, the students would appear at the last shrine Geralt visits.
  • If you don't draw your sword, the students won't draw their swords as well, so it becomes a fistfight, not a bloody massacre, though the result is the same - they all end up dead or unconscious.
  • A number of references may exist in this quest to philosophical and religious figures and works
    • The title of the quest "Defender of the Faith" may be a reference to Phillip Roth's short story titled Defender of the Faith, or to a title given to monarchs.
    • When first meeting the vandals, the use of "Overman" may reference Friedrich Nietzche's concept of it, especially when "Friedrich of Oxenfurt" is mentioned.
    • "God is dead" is a work by Nietzche.
    • "Religion is the Opium of the masses" is attributed to Karl Marx
    • When Geralt opposes the students, the one Geralt is talking to reacts by saying "Repression, attack the system's lackey" which seems to be a reference to the peasants in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" talking about constitutional politics, and complaining of being "repressed" and the "violence inherent in the system", which as a reference is in theme with the parodistic display of the students and their other anachronistic references.

Gallery Edit

Video Walkthrough Edit

The Witcher 3- Defender of the Faith - Quest Walkthrough05:17

The Witcher 3- Defender of the Faith - Quest Walkthrough

Credit to InFlameBoy

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