While exploring the Velen countryside near Lindenvale , or taking on the "The Fall of the House of Reardon" contract, Geralt stumbles across a farmstead which is littered with booby traps. After hearing a sound coming from the barn, Geralt decides to investigate - only to find Letho.
Suddenly, men approach the farmstead - clearly no ordinary lost peasants. Letho explains that only one man, a supposed friend, knew where he was, Louis.
After taking care of the mercenaries with Geralt's help, the pair ride to a small camp where Louis is located. After a short dialogue, Louis and his men are given a traitor's punishment, death, but only after discovering where his paymasters were located.
Geralt and Letho ride back to Lindenvale to see whether Louis spoke the truth. Located in a barn, several men awaited. Letho makes a ruckus outside to draw their attention and bring them out, instructing Geralt not to interfere. Letho is shot with a crossbow bolt and, after butchering 6 men, falls.
The player has now two choices: 1) to stay out of the conflict, or 2) intervene.
1) If Geralt chooses to diffuse the situation by insisting he doesn't want trouble, the men will want to claim the bounty placed on Letho and subsequently decide to take his head - an idea Geralt isn't fond of. After some careful persuasion, Geralt manages to convince them to take Letho's medallion instead, as proof.
2) If Geralt chooses to intervene, a fight will ensue and the attackers will be killed.
Afterwards, Geralt investigates the supposed corpse of Letho, only to discover that a unique poison had been applied, making him appear dead. This was part of a plan to stop bounty-hunters from chasing him to the ends of the earth once and for all. If Geralt chose not to intervene, Letho's reaction will be more positive, whereas if Geralt chose to fight, Letho will react negatively, since Geralt has destroyed his plan.
Geralt decides to invite Letho to stay at Kaer Morhen, and after some initial doubts, decides that he'll stop by after taking care of some business. Regardless of the choice before, Geralt can choose to invite him to Kaer Morhen.
Journal entry Edit
- "While traversing the inhospitable lands of Velen, Geralt came across an abandoned farming estate. Upon entering the estate's farmhouse, he discovered that, though seemingly uninhabited, it was crammed full of deadly traps. Someone clearly did not want any uninvited guests snooping around the place. Geralt decided to find out who - and why."
- What does one expect to find inside an abandoned country manor? Dusty crockery. Moth-eaten doilies. A moldy trophy buck, perhaps, if its inhabitants trod on the wild side. Certainly not the most wanted man north or south of the Yaruga. Yet that, dear reader, is exactly who Geralt found when he entered such a manor in Lindenvale. The assassin of kings himself, Geralt's old acquaintance, his sometime friend and sometime enemy: Letho. He was hiding there from bounty hunters out for his scalp. Geralt, now fully able to remember how Letho and two of his colleagues once saved Yennefer's life, could not refuse him help.
- What Letho did next proved he was both clever and fearless. In order to get rid of the bounty hunters breathing down his neck once and for all, he took a crossbow bolt to the chest and faked his own death.
If Geralt kills Letho's pursuers:
- This caught Geralt by surprise, and sadly the witcher doesn't always handle surprises with much tact or subtlety. Instead, he usually does what he did this time, namely murder all and sundry within sword's reach. There were thus no witnessess to spread the false news of Letho's death, and the wanted man was right back where he started.
If Geralt doesn't intervene:
- This caught Geralt by surprise, but he improvised splendidly. Convinced Letho was dead, Vester and his men rode off to spread the news far and wide. Letho could now simply lie low for a spell and wait for the world to forget about him...
If Geralt suggests Letho go to Kaer Morhen:
- Geralt proposed that his old acquaintance seek shelter at Kaer Morhen. Letho hesitated, but in the end accepted the offer.
- In order to trigger this event, a The Witcher 2 save where Letho is alive must be imported (it must be an autosave AFTER having decided to let Letho live, otherwise he is dead by default), or Geralt must say he is alive when questioned. However, the chances of this quest working are lower if a save file is imported or a NG+ is started; therefore, it's strongly advised to simulate a worldstate to guarantee Letho's encounter.