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There Can Be Only One is a secondary quest in the Blood and Wine expansion.

Summary Edit

This quest can be started by picking up the notice titled "Test Yourself with the Trials of the Virtues!" from the notice board at the Gran'place, or by listening to a conversation between Bors and Percival at the Tourney Grounds.

Head to the small lake called Lac Célavy northwest of Beauclair. On the north side of the island you will find a set of five stones, one each for the five chivalric virtues of Toussaint. At the smaller lake within the first, you will find a bearded Hermit and that Geralt can walk on water. On the side of the lake lie a set of stones that describe five chivalric virtues.

If Geralt has demonstrated each of the virtues you will be invited to fight The Hermit for the sword beneath the lake's surface. Upon winning the fight the hermit heads beneath the water and then the Lady of the Lake appears. The sword Geralt receives, called Aerondight, is a Relic silver sword which deals increased damage with each blow it lands in a fight.

Proving valor Edit

Proving honor Edit

Proving compassion Edit

Proving generosity Edit

Proving wisdom Edit

Stone Inscriptions Edit

  • No man can be called good who does not share his prosperity with others. Generosity is required for dignity in life and peace in death.
  • Valor does not make one good, yet how many good men have you met in your life's journey who were cowards? Those who posses valor do not hesitate to stand against the majority, no matter what the consequences.
  • There are many traits that bear witness to a man's true nature.Compassion is what separates men from beasts. Whoever feels sympathy for his fellow man will never turn a blind eye to misfortune. He will always stand in defense of the wronged.
  • Honor cannot be purchased. Honor also cannot be sold, for it's value is greater than all the treasure in the world. Yet one can lose it, and whoever does so shall have sullied his name for all eternity. A truly honorable man always stands behind his actions, faces every challenge and refuses to lie.
  • Wisdom is a virtue which one should strive to cultivate throughout one's life, for it is impossible to be so wise one cannot become even wiser. The wise know this... As we journey through life, we should seek to make wise choices. Remember, wise choices are not those which make our lives easier or simpler. Often, they make them more complicated. But always, they make us better.

Journal entry Edit

If Geralt overhears two knights:
Geralt overheard a conversation between two knights. One of them had recently undergone a mysterious trial. This had played out on the shores of Lac Célavy.
If Geralt finds a notice on a notice board:
Upon a notice board in Toussaint, Geralt found a call to all who wished to submit to a Test of Virtue. The notice's mysterious author summoned any who dared to an isle upon Lac Célavy, where they would have a chance to prove their worthiness of character. He who successfully completed the test would receive a reward. Though Geralt had never thought of himself as particularly virtuous, he found the summons intriguing and decided to go to the appointed spot to learn what the trials entailed.
On the lakeshore Geralt encountered a hermit who promised the witcher a wondrous blade. To receive it, Geralt had to prove he lived by the five chivalric virtues.
Many consider themselves courageous, yet when confronting true danger prove consummate cowards. Naturally, this applies in no way to Geralt, who faced mortal danger and vanquished it post haste, thus successfully passing the Trial of Valor.
Mercy is not something folk expect of witchers. As it is, they were created to hunt and kill monsters, and the mutations they undergo as children customarily strip them of all emotions. Yet Geralt had always been somewhat different, so when push came to shove he passed the Trial of Compassion, for he had always striven simply to be a decent man in spite of all.
Paradoxically, it is sometimes easier to demonstrate valor or honor than it is to show generosity. For the fact is many are courageous and honorable simply to advance their own cause. Geralt, like all witchers, worked for coin, but always knew well when a situation required him to show generosity. No surprise, then, that he successfully passed the trial meant to test this virtue.
The trial of valor hardly proved easy, but Geralt emerged from it victorious, defeating quite an extraordinary foe. He thus proved he was no stranger to the chivalric virtues.
The witchers' codex does not require its adherents to demonstrate honor, but Geralt was an honorable man in and of himself. As a result, he completed the trial for this virtue with flying colors.
Not a soul expects witchers to show compassion for the simple reason that their profession offers few opportunities where they even might demonstrate mercy, let alone should. Geralt nonetheless managed to demonstrate that he could show compassion when warranted, and thus also was in possession of this virtue.
Generosity is a hard virtue to demonstrate for the simple reason that it generally requires to demonstrator to bear a cost. Many show themselves capable of being valiant or honorable when it benefits them, yet when circumstances call on them to dig deep into their coin pouches, the purse strings turn out to be knotted tight. Luckily, Geralt was not of this ilk and proved himself a generous man, thanks to which he also successfully completed the trial for this virtue.
Among the virtues, wisdom is arguably hardest to prove, for many consider themselves wise, yet the world is full of fools. Geralt never thought of himself as excessively wise, and perhaps this is why he managed to prove this virtue was no stranger to him.
Geralt proved that he live [sic] by the Five Chivalric Virtues.
In a duel that played out upon the lake's surface, Geralt defeated the mysterious hermit. To his great surprise, the hermit then proved to be no man, revealing himself to have been the Lady of the Lake in disguise. Geralt had met the Lady some time past along his Path. The Lady of the Lake bestowed upon him the legendary blade called Aerondight.

Walkthrough Edit

  • Investigate the isle on Lac Célavy.
  • Talk to the hermit.
  • [Optional] Read the inscriptions on the stones. (50 Tw3 icon xp)
  • Wait for a chance to prove your valor.
  • Wait for a chance to prove you are a man of honor.
  • Wait for a chance to prove you are capable of compassion.
  • Wait for a chance to prove your generosity.
  • Wait for a chance to prove your wisdom.
  • Return to the hermit and have him judge your deeds.
  • Tell the hermit you're ready to fight him.
  • Fight the hermit.

Notes Edit

Not affected by 5+ level in terms of gaining exp.

If you completed the 5 virtues the way they are to be obtain and finished the main quest line you can still take the There can be only one side quest and once you meet the hermit for the first time he will talk about how successful you were at completing the five virtues and will immediately go straight to fighting him for the sword

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