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"At least you now know I don't easily lose my head."
—Ataman Olgierd von Everec to witcher Geralt
Olgierd von Everec is a Redanian noble and officer, known for his fighting skills and tendency to take risks. He is ataman of the so-called Redanian Free Company, members of which are widely known as the Wild Ones, and a major character featured in the Hearts of Stone Expansion for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Hearts of Stone Edit

Olgierd is the last member of a Redanian noble family known as the von Everecs, and the "ataman" (leader) of the Redanian Free Company, known as the "Wild Ones". He first appears after Geralt takes on a contract posted by Olgierd's man to kill a monster in the sewers in return for a substantial fee as well as anything he would like from the manor. Geralt accepts the contract, and underneath the Oxenfurt sewers, discovers Shani trying to revive a dead Redanian soldier. They are surprised to see one another, and after a moment of reminiscence, Geralt relents and allows Shani to tag along so that she can extract a venom sample from the monster. Geralt, with Shani's help, succeeds, but is unfortunately taken prisoner by a band of Ofieri soldiers, having unknowingly slain their cursed prince. Fortunately for Geralt, Gaunter O'Dimm, an acquaintance who pointed him in the direction of Yennefer, offers him a choice: he can serve him for a time in return for his freedom, or hang in Ofier.

With time short, he accepts O'Dimm's offer, and shortly afterwards a storm shipwrecks the Ofieri ship and he is forced to do battle with the survivors. He returns to von Everec's manor to see it in flames, and one of his men drunkenly greets him as Geralt looks upon the destruction. As this takes place, one of von Everec's men is about to be beheaded, and Geralt can choose to intervene or let the man be executed.

If Geralt intervenes, von Everec comes out of the burning manor and says that he will duel the witcher for the man's life (See below for tactics on the fight). After Geralt beheads von Everec, he laughs and declares him the winner, and Gaunter O'Dimm appears after the conflict. If the man is executed, the manor lord's daughter will run von Everec through with a sword to avenge her father's death. In either instance, von Everec's immortality is revealed to Geralt. O'Dimm makes his appearance shortly thereafter. O'Dimm explains to Olgierd that he is forced to implement the terms of the agreement and introduces Geralt as his champion. Geralt is tasked with hearing out Olgierd's three wishes as per the terms of the agreement. Olgierd, suspicious of O'Dimm and his motives, states his first and second wish and leaves the details of the third unclear until Geralt fulfils the first two wishes. He asks for three things: Maximilian Borsodi's house, his brother to have the time of his life, and the violet rose he gave his wife before his departure.

After the completion of each task Olgierd explains the reasons for the tasks. The House of Maximilian Borsordi he wanted in revenge against the Borsodi family as they had purchased his family's debt and proceeded to sell all of their belongings at their auction house, the "house" in question was the container used to house Max Borsodi's will which contained a clause which would bankrupt the Borsodi family. The second task given by Olgierd to show his brother the "time of his life" was intentionally impossible for Geralt to complete as Vlodimir von Everec had been dead for some time, however Gaunter O'Dimm had given Geralt a vial of blood belonging to Olgierd which he used to summon Vlodimir's ghost and allowed Geralt to fulfil the second wish by allowing Vlodimir's ghost to possess Geralt for one day.

The third task proved most difficult as the von Everec family estate was guarded by a demonic creature known as the Caretaker and his wife Iris who had the rose had died but lingered in the portraits throughout the manor as a powerful wraith. The rose in question had long since withered. After calming the spirit and summoning her, Geralt discovered her grief was so powerful that she had created a realm within a painting and had to travel through it to fully awaken her. In the painted world Geralt had to contend with all her fears attached to memories of her time with Olgierd which showed how over time Olgierd developed a heart of stone becoming more distant and uncaring towards his wife. However, after defeating Iris' fears and awakening her fully Geralt was able to obtain the violet rose itself or a painting of Iris holding the rose as proof that Olgierd's third wish had been fulfilled.

Geralt later meets with Professor Premethine Shakeslock, whom Shani had learned had corresponded with Olgierd many times. As Geralt learned from the blind professor, Olgierd had paid him a sack of gold to find out who O'Dimm is and how to get rid of him. As Shakeslock relays what Olgierd told him, when the von Everecs were rendered destitute, Olgierd wanted to elope, but Iris refused to cut her family ties. Everything changed when a wandering witch referred him to Master Mirror. With a meeting at the crossroads, a wish and a pact signed in blood, Olgierd was to choose between Iris and Vlodimir to regain his fortune; he chose his brother, who died the next day.

Following the completion of his three wishes, Olgierd is summoned by Geralt to the Temple of Lilvani, where O'Dimm appears to collect his due. Though Olgierd reiterated the final term of the contract require that they stand upon the moon, O'Dimm revealed that the temple floor was really a mosaic of a crescent moon, which fulfilled the terms of the contract by having them "standing on the moon" through a loophole.

If Geralt doesn't intervene, O'Dimm will claim Olgierd's soul, causing him to wither and die.

If Geralt intervenes, he wagers both his soul and Olgierd's to one of O'Dimm's games; if the witcher won, he release them both and he gets their souls if he loses. After answering O'Dimm's riddle and banishing the evil entity, Olgierd's emotions are restored and he becomes mortal again. He immediately feels regret for his past actions and mistakes. He gives Geralt his family sword, and promises to start a new life free from O'Dimm's control.

Fighting Tactics Edit

If you choose to intervene to save the man's life and therefore fight von Everec you are in for a horrendous fight. Not only is he incredibly fast, he has long range semi-teleporting dash moves very similar to Ciri. Other than when he is in a specific stunned state (which is explained below) he will effortlessly dodge any attack Sign you fire at him, dash-strike you while you're attempting to fire your crossbow or throw a bomb, block an unlimited number of strikes against his front, is seemingly immune to Counters to knock him off balance if you perfectly block one of his attacks and his standard attack combos are both elaborate and fast and can kill you in seconds. On top of this as well are long-range heavy dash attacks when his sword glows red, and they can do a lot of damage if they hit. You can get him into a stunned state if you hit him right before he hits you with one of these heavy dash attacks where he'll be knocked backwards, coughing and covered in red energy for a couple of seconds, but getting the timing right for this is extremely difficult. There is only one truly reliable method of fighting him. With Quen active at all times if possible you need to do a constant dodge-and-hit, dodge-and-hit, Dodging behind him and using a single Fast attack into his back. He will block several of these regardless, but you will get hits in. If he does hit you and break your Quen immediately back off and recast it, then dash right back in with the same dodge-hit pattern. You should slowly but surely wear him down.

There is another far more reliable (and probably the intended) method than the above to defeat him. If you can block his heavy dash attack, which is fairly easy to do once you discern his pattern, it stuns him for a significant amount of time and you can always get a few hits in. All you need to do is keep Quen active in case you mess up and get hit, and you can slowly but surely get his health down.

Journal entry Edit

To this day, I do not know what caused Geralt to inquire after the contract posted by Olgierd von Everec. That famed witcher curiosity? An ominously light coin pouch? Or perhaps it was some other, more nefarious force… Whatever the impulse, Geralt decided to visit the locally-infamous nobleman and pursue the bounty on the sewer monster.
From their very first encounter, Geralt knew Olgierd was a unique character. He led an informal band who worshipped the ground he walked on, though he clearly was of a different sort than they: educated, a lover of art and an adherent to a certain noble code. Yet Geralt also perceived something indefinable within the man, something years later he would call "a void crying out to be filled."
Geralt later returned to the estate where he had first met Olgierd and his band – and found the place in flames. He soon learned the property did not in fact belong to Olgierd, but had merely been commandeered by the ataman and his men, who then went a touch overboard in their carousing. Olgierd did not begrudge them their pyrotechnic overexuberance, but the murder of the manor’s lord he considered one cruelty too far and ordered the wrongdoer beheaded. Geralt entered the stage in the middle of this execution. In the tumult that followed, he made a most startling discovery: Olgierd von Everec was immortal.
And immortality was but the start of the surprising revelations about Olgierd. Master Mirror revealed the two had signed a contract: in exchange for regaining his lost status and wealth, Olgierd had promised Mirror something very personal (what, exactly, Geralt did not yet know). This contract had a strange clause: before it could be considered complete and Master Mirror could collect his due, he had to fulfill three of Olgierd’s wishes. He could not do this personally, however, but needed instead to make use of a proxy. His choice for this role? Geralt, who in this way was drawn into a personal settlement between a powerful, immortal nobleman and the mysterious Gaunter O’Dimm.
Upon hearing Geralt would be the one to carry out his requests, Olgierd wasted no time and issued him his first challenges: to bring him the house of Maximilian Borsodi, and to show his brother Vlodimir the time of his life…
Granting Olgierd’s wishes had proven difficult but rewarding, for Geralt now knew a great deal more about the unusual nobleman – and the story that unfolded could have jerked tears from a cyclops.
Once upon a time, Olgierd fell hopelessly in love with Iris, a beautiful young lady from a well-off family. Her parents accepted his proposal of marriage and all seemed set for a happy ending when a storm of misfortune suddenly broke over the von Everec family. A chain of bad decisions and a few years of bad harvests had left the once-wealthy family deeply in debt. Then the Borsodis purchased this debt and, with their brutal enforcement of its terms, drove the von Everecs into utter bankruptcy. After this, Iris’ parents changed their mind about their daughter’s future husband, revoking their approval of Olgierd and betrothing Iris to an Ofieri prince who had come to study in Oxenfurt. Out of desperation, Olgierd turned to Master Mirror – and soon won back his coin, influence and, most importantly, his betrothed. All seemed well until he discovered his wishes’ unwanted side effect: his heart was slowly hardening into stone.
Now the witcher was on the verge of bringing the pact between Olgierd and Master Mirror to completion. Did this mean everything would soon be as it once was? Geralt was not so sure. One question kept nagging him: what was that “something very personal” Gaunter O’Dimm intended to collect from Olgierd?
If Geralt choose to side with Olgierd:
Once Geralt realized Master Mirror was playing for the highest of stakes – Olgierd von Everec's soul – he decided he could not sit idly by. Instead he found a way to cheat the demonic being and win Olgierd back his soul. Free from his pact and his heart restored, Olgierd thanked Geralt and gave him his sword – a souvenir which had been in his family for generations – then walked off into the sunset.
If Geralt leaves Olgierd to his fate:
Geralt did not have to wait long to find out what lay at the heart of the contract between Olgierd von Everec and Gaunter O'Dimm. In exchange for regaining his family fortune, clearing his name and marrying Iris, Olgierd had agreed to give Master Mirror his soul. Geralt could now only watch as O'Dimm collected his due. Thus ended the sad tale of Olgierd von Everec, a man who lived as if there was no tomorrow, feasted as if he had never known joy and loved a love so strong he was willing to surrender his own soul for it.
Geralt did not have to wait long to find out what lay at the heart of the contract between Olgierd von Everec and Gaunter O'Dimm. In exchange for regaining his family fortune, clearing his name and marrying Iris, Olgierd had agreed to give Master Mirror his soul. Geralt knew of a way to stop this, but for some reason did nothing and instead watched as O'Dimm collected his due. Thus ended the sad tale of Olgierd von Everec, a man who lived as if there was no tomorrow, feasted as if he had never known joy and loved a love so strong he was willing to surrender his own soul for it.
Significant plot details end here.

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