Hard Times is a secondary quest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Summary EditThis quest can be started on the road south of the Miners' Camp and north-northwest of the village of Blandare on Ard Skellig. Geralt comes across a ruined cart on the road guarded by a cyclops. After dealing with it, he investigates the trail of blood leading away from the scene using his witcher senses.
Eventually he comes across a woman's corpse and finds on it a letter addressed to one Yanne. Geralt finds out that Yanne is in fact the blacksmith based in Kaer Trolde, and the now-deceased woman was his sister Singa on her way there. Geralt thus decides to deliver the letter to its intended recipient.
- Investigate the broken cart using your Witcher Senses.
- Use your Witcher Senses to follow the tracks leading away from the broken cart.
- Read the letter you found on the dead woman's body.
- Deliver the letter to the smith at Kaer Trolde.
Journal entry Edit
Perhaps there was a time, under the pax of a just ruler or before the Conjunction brought so many hideous beasts to our world, when traveling was a perfectly safe endeavor. If so, that time is now long past. The Skelligers whose demolished wagon Geralt stumbled across in the middle of the Ard Skellig forest learned this the hard way. The poor souls had stood no chance against the cyclops who butchered them.
Geralt searches nearly every corpse he comes across, and while I personally find this habit a bit morbid, I must admit he digs up some very interesting things in the pockets of the dead. This time, for example, he found a letter that he promptly delivered to its addressee - the smith at Kaer Trolde. It was from the smith's departed sister. Though it cast the man into deep mourning, he appreciated Geralt's deed.