He believed that the new times and customs require the knights change of attitude towards life and entrepreneurship should become a sixth chivalric virtue. He alone resigned from being a knight for the grain trade with base in Mill that he inherited from mother and which made him a sizable fortune. Palmerin de Launfal maliciously even nicknamed him "Sir de la Stingy".
He first met Dettlaff van der Eretein as a customer of young Bootblack in Beauclair, where they quickly became friends. One day he went with him to see the old mill. During the inspection of the building Dettlaff killed Count piercing his heart, and then quartered his body and throwing the pieces into the river. He put florens from different provinces of Nilfgaard. Out of desperation after the murder of a friend Dettlaff cut off his hand, which made murder and threw it into the river.
The remains of Count noticed were by innkeeper at "The Cockatrice" and called the guards who fished him, loaded onto a cart and taken to the mansion Corvo Bianco converted temporarily into the morgue. Geralt with Milton investigated the shallows and networks, where the body was found and noticed a monogrammed handkerchief by which the corpse was identified.