The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Edit
Geralt is tasked with assisting the ealdorman by the Crones. The witcher brings the sacrificial dagger given to him by Gran, to the ealdorman. The dagger signifies to the ealdorman that Geralt is acting on the Crones' behalf, and thus tells the witcher about the problem plaguing the village. He sends Geralt to investigate the Whispering Hillock, on account of the deaths which have occurred there. After Geralt completes his task, he meets the ealdorman at the Hillock, who takes the dagger and cuts off his own ear as an offering to the Crones. He explains his actions, much to Geralt's bewilderment, that this offering is fair pay for the service rendered by the Crones, and that he is simply adhering to the local customs.