This quest can only be obtained by the following factors:
- completing the quest A Deadly Plot
- choosing to bribe Dijkstra with information about the Nilfgaardian Emperor Emhyr, rather than sway him by force, during the main storyline quest Blindingly Obvious
Completing this quest will affect the circumstances of the game's ending.
Dijkstra tells the witcher to meet him by a warehouse portside of Novigrad.
Note that the secondary quest Warehouse of Woe will start just beside the warehouse if it hasn't been completed before. If so, you should complete this quest before continuing with Reason of State, since Warehouse of Woe will fail if you leave the area.
Once you enter, you will hear Dijkstra, Roche, and Thaler conversing just above you. Joining the conversation, Dijkstra will reveal his plan on how to lure Radovid out without using Philippa Eilhart; the witcher may accept or decline the plan during dialogue. If he accepts, they plan to lure him to the bridge leading to Temple Isle. As the discussions finish, the screen will pan to an owl eavesdropping on the conversation.
When the witcher exits the warehouse he is greeted by Philippa, who states that their plan would never work, as Radovid is insane, not stupid, and wouldn't fall for just words. She in turn gives the witcher a ring, to which she claims Radovid would then believe Geralt and maybe even trust him completely when shown to the king.
When the witcher goes to Radovid to lure him, Radovid is reluctant to believe it as many others have tried to give him false information about Philippa Eilhart's whereabouts, which he had dealt with, brutally. When Geralt presents the ring, he is surprised, but only for a moment and mobilizes his men to the bridge, taking the witcher with him.
Once arrived, Radovid orders his men to secure the bridge so that no one gets in or out. He then orders Geralt killed while he is without his swords. Fortunately Roche's ambush saves him and Geralt must join the fight to defeat the Redanian soldiers and witch hunters on the bridge.
Geralt, Roche and the Blue Stripes corner Radovid at the end of the bridge, but before they can get to him, Philippa appears out of a nearby house. She blinds Radovid with a powder and stabs him in the back with a dagger, then quickly morphs into an owl and vanishes. Geralt, Roche and the Blue Stripes make a quick getaway before any more Redanian forces arrive.
As the mission is completed, Roche, Ves, Thaler and Geralt gather in the theater to celebrate. When Geralt asks whether Roche will continue fighting against Nilfgaard, Thaler reveals that the conspiracy has been in peace talks with Nilfgaard, and they have agreed to assassinate Radovid in exchange for the withdrawal of Nilfgaard's forces from the Northern Kingsdoms apart from Aedirn and Lyria, in addition to making Temeria a vassal state to Nilfgaard.
Dijkstra, however, has other plans. He says he cannot allow the peace agreement with Nilfgaard to happen, because he wants the Northern Kingdoms to be independent at all costs. With Radovid dead, he plans to become Chancellor of Redania and continue the fight against Nilfgaard
Of course, Dijkstra anticipated that Roche, Ves and Thaler won't just accept this blatant powergrab, and he has his men surround them. He offers Geralt the chance to walk away freely from this, leaving the other conspirators to their fate.
If Geralt walks away, Roche, Ves and Thaler will be killed and Dijkstra will come to power as Chancellor of Redania.
If Geralt chooses to fight, he and the other conspirators will kill Dijkstra's men and then Dijkstra himself, leaving them free to arrange the peace agreement with Nilfgaard.
Journal Entry Edit
- Momentuous decisions altering the fate of entire nations are often made under unusual circumstances. For example, when Geralt was asked to take part in the assassination of King Radovid, he was standing in a bathhouse in Novigrad, half-naked and staring at a sweat-soaked Dijkstra. If he agreed to join in, he was to attend a meeting in a warehouse by the docks. There the co-conspirators would hash out the details of their plan to kill the most powerful ruler in the North.
- Their bold pan succeeded: the Redanian king was assassinated on the bridge leading to Temple Isle. Radovid's was not the last blood to be spilled as a result of this conspiracy, however. With no more common goal to bind them, the co-conspirators turned on each other.
- If Geralt kills Dijkstra:
- Though Geralt has always prized his neutrality, he did not intend to sit idly and watch Dijkstra's thugs butcher his friends. And so the Redanian spy's long-awaited moment of triumph transformed into his final defeat at the witcher's hands.
- If Geralt does not intervene:
- Meet Djikstra, Roche and Thaler in the portside warehouse.
- Lure Radovid from his ship
- Kill Radovid
- Follow Roche
- Defeat Djikstra an his men. (If you choose to help Roche)