Journal entry Edit
- Novigrad was once famed as a place of tolerance and the rule of law. That is why it attracted mages from all over the world, those persecuted by Radovid and Emhyr alike. The Free City did not live up to their hopes, however, and rather than being a safe haven it became their slaughterhouse.
- Triss Merigold, with whom you, dear reader, are already well acquainted, decided to evacuate all mages still alive to a place far removed from the front lines - Kovir. This was no simple task, and so the sorceress asked the witcher for help. Geralt agreed out of concern for the persecuted mages' fate - and Triss' fate most of all...
- When it seemed the mages were finally safe and would set sail for Kovir's snow-covered shores, witch hunters swarmed over the docks and attacked their ship. Like setters who track down hares in even the deepest burrows, they had picked up Triss' trail despite her painstaking efforts to cover it. Luckily, Geralt stood in defense of the mages - as did, surprisingly, Dijkstra, for whom "love thy neighbor" had never been a guiding principle, nor the fate of the mages a matter of particular importance.
If Geralt tells Triss he loves her:
- With the witch hunters dispatched, the time had come to say goodbye. Geralt sensed his heart accelerate as he realized he might never see Triss again. The thought was unbearable, so before it could overwhelm him, instead of bidding her farewell, he asked her to stay. Though the circumstances on the blood-spattered docks were decidedly unromantic, in that instant all the feelings between Geralt and Triss came rushing back in full force.
If Geralt lets Triss go:
- With the witch hunters taken care of, the time had come to say goodbye. Though much had bound Geralt and Triss in the past, on this black day, on the blood-slicked planks of the Novigrad harbor, their paths parted. Witcher and sorceress would, true enough, meet again on several occasions, but only ever as friends. Their flight from the Eternal Fire had been the last flicker of the fires of their mutual affection.
When Geralt enters, Triss is being hassled by the homeowners who sheltered her, demanding she give them her necklace as pay, since the risk for sheltering a mage has increased dramatically. Geralt can either choose to step in, or do nothing. Afterwards Triss explains to Geralt that she's in a bind: she has to evacuate the mages as soon as possible, but two of them haven't reported in and she is worried they have been turned in. Triss must either risk everybody to try and save the two, or leave them to a certain death. Geralt can make the choice here by advising Triss on the matter. If he chooses not to save Berthold and Anisse, then Geralt and Triss head straight for the Kingfisher.
Mages and the like have gathered here, ready to go to the port through the sewers. Sigi Dijkstra is there as well, not to flee Novigrad, but to help the mages on their way, and at the same time to assure he'll have some friends and allies amongst them once they reach safety.
Geralt and Triss must then clear a safe path through the sewers so the others can follow their trail and reach the ship. After killing several drowners along the way, Geralt comes to a wall that can be opened using Aard, revealing an ancient library. Geralt and Triss then kill more drowners and several swarms of rats before finding corpses. Investigating these leads Geralt to conclude that a katakan is lurking nearby. After eliminating it, Geralt and Triss make their way to the end of the sewers.
On the docks, Djikstra starts a conversation, only to be interrupted by several witch hunters who must be defeated. Triss starts to say farewell and Geralt is left with a choice. If he says farewell to Triss, then she boards the ship and leave with the mages. Djikstra then offers to tell about his romance with a sorceress. If Geralt asks Triss to stay and tells Triss he loves her, she comes back as Djikstra is talking. Geralt and Triss then escape to a lighthouse for a private moment together.
- Read the mysterious perfumed letter
- Meet Triss
- Kill the Eternal Fire guardsmen
- Follow Triss
- The following objectives only apply if Geralt searches for Berthold and Anisse:
- Follow Triss to Berthold and Anisse's hideout
- Kill the witch hunters
- Follow Triss
- Enter the mage's hideout and follow Triss
- Enter the sewers
- Find a path through the sewers
- Find a way across the rats' feeding ground
- Meet Dijkstra at the port
- Kill the witch hunters
- If Geralt decides to go find Anisse and Berthold, the innkeep Olivier dies.
- An extra 25 can be earned by killing the katakan in one of the side tunnels.
- If Geralt does not choose to romance Triss, allowing her to leave Novigrad, and has not already completed the quests "The Nobleman Statuette" and "The Soldier Statuette", he must wait until they meet again after The Battle of Kaer Morhen, back at the Chameleon, to complete them.