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Whatsoever a Man Soweth… is the final main story quest in the Hearts of Stone expansion. In this mission, Geralt of Rivia must decide whether or not to save Olgierd von Everec from Gaunter O'Dimm. The choice he makes results in the apparent death of one or the banishing of other.

Summary Edit

Meet at the Alchemy Inn Edit

After Geralt retrieves the violet rose, he goes to meet Olgierd at the Alchemy Inn. When he arrives, he finds Gaunter O'Dimm instead. As a drunk stands between Geralt and the merchant, O'Dimm stops time and Geralt speaks with him. O'Dimm tells Geralt that in order to fulfill the remainder of their contract, Geralt has to bring Olgierd to meet with him at the Temple of Lilvani. O'Dimm leaves, but not before killing the drunk for interrupting their meeting, and once time starts again, Geralt speaks to one of Olgierd's comrades, whom Geralt tells to inform Olgierd to meet at the temple. The man tells Geralt that Shani wants to see him.

Final Goodbyes Edit

If Geralt chooses to meet with Shani, he finds her preparing to leave for the front lines to help as a medic for the soldiers. Geralt asks her if she found anything about Olgierd, she says she found someone who might know about him, a Professor Premethine Shakeslock.

When they reach the Academy, Shani will convince the guards to allow her inside, and she will help Geralt get into the building. Once Geralt breaks into the residence, the support beams begin to rot. He finds the blind professor in a protective circle. At first, Shakeslock thinks Geralt was sent by O'Dimm, but relaxes after Geralt tells him he is a witcher.

He asks him about Olgierd and Shakeslock says Olgierd sought him out to find out about O'Dimm and how to banish the being. Geralt learns that Olgierd wanted to marry Iris, but he needed to be high status to be accepted by her family, so he made a deal with O'Dimm. O'Dimm agreed to the deal, but at the price of Vlodimir's life, after which his heart went cold and his marriage fell apart.

He tells Geralt that to defeat O'Dimm, one must challenge O'Dimm to a game of wits, with one's soul at stake. After he tells Geralt, the beams begin to collapse. The professor slips on a bottle and breaks his neck. After the meeting, Geralt can meet Shani for one last goodbye and they leave as friends.

In the Temple of Lilvani Edit

Geralt meets Olgierd at the temple, where he delivers the violet rose, fulfilling the third wish. O'Dimm appears in the moon light and informs Olgierd that he has fulfilled their contract by granting three wishes and meeting on the moon (revealing a moon portrait on the ground beneath them). If Geralt did not meet Shakeslock, O'Dimm claims the Olgierd's soul, but if Geralt did meet Shakeslock, he has a chance to stop O'Dimm and challenge the fiend for both their souls.

Contract Fulfilled Edit

Should Geralt allow Master Mirror to take Olgierd's soul (whether or not Geralt met with Shakeslock), he will allow Geralt to ask for a boon (though Geralt can reject the offer):

  • Geralt can ask him to find Ciri, though O'Dimm will say it is beyond even his power. He will give Geralt advice on how to save Ciri from an unnamed danger:
  1. Making Ciri laugh when she feels defeated.
  2. To allow Ciri to vent her frustration when she is betrayed.
  3. When she wants to grieve a friend, that Geralt should grieve with her.
  4. When Ciri is scared, Geralt should encourage her, but not act in her stead.
  5. That Geralt never makes Ciri feel like he sold her out.
  • The option above will only be available if Ciri has not yet been rescued from the Isle of Mists.

Once the two finish their business, O'Dimm departs.

O'Dimm's challenge Edit

Should Geralt make a wish asking O'Dimm to spare Olgierd von Everec using his own soul as a stake, O'Dimm will teleport Geralt into a miniature world and explain the rules of the challenge. After the cut-scene in which O'Dimm recites the riddle which he wants Geralt to find the solution of in the miniature world, players will resume control and the clock starts ticking once Geralt passes through the temple threshold.

The bar representing Geralt's remaining time to complete the challenge will deplete over time (initially at a very slow but perceptible rate) and when Geralt investigates various points of interest in the miniature world. Most of the points of interest in the world are decoys designed to waste time and increase O'Dimm's enjoyment of Geralt's predicament. O'Dimm has also deployed spectres in this world resembling blackened versions of monsters Geralt has fought before. These monsters can be ignored but they give XP when killed and shouldn't be difficult to defeat provided Geralt's level is comparable to the quest recommendation. Monsters will adopt the Foglet, Hym and Gargoyle templates.

Walkthrough Edit

  • Head down the path away from the temple.
  • When the path forks, ignore the point of interest on the left-hand side and follow the fork on the right.
  • Kill the Foglet spectres.
  • When the path splits into three sections, take the middle fork.
  • Continue up the path (players should see the house in the distance) and investigate the point of interest on the left-hand side.
  • Claim the Viper venomous silver sword in the stone and move on.
  • Defeat the Hym spectre which appears on the path soon after the sword is claimed.
  • Head towards the house on the hill.
  • Defeat the two gargolye spectres in front of the house.
  • There should be time to loot the items in the entrance hall.
  • Head towards the mirror. Players must make certain they have at least 1/2 of their total HP before heading towards it.
  • O'Dimm will taunt Geralt as time grows short. Rather than run around trying to find a mirror which won't be smashed by O'Dimm, heed the warning given by the Black Dog (provided Iris gave the rose) and look for a source of water. Geralt will give a similar hint to players if they've run around and smashed too many mirrors in this area.
  • The fountain in the middle of the courtyard has a point of interest which can be examined.
  • Move up to the water source and use Aard.

Journal entry Edit

Having completed all of Olgierd von Everec's wishes, Geralt went to the Alchemy Inn, where he was to meet with the ataman's representative...
With Shani's help, Geralt was able to enter the Academy grounds and speak to a certain Professor Shakeslock, who had earlier helped Olgierd in his attempts to break the pact with Master Mirror. The professor revealed that O'Dimm can be cheated – one need simply propose a wager, and, as an inveterate gambler, he might just agree to take you up on it.
Professor Shakeslock also gave Geralt an idea how to save Olgierd...
Geralt took Professor Shakeslock's advice and proposed a wager to Master Mirror. Mirror agreed, but only if it was played out on his terms. He transported Geralt to a strange, dark world and made him solve a riddle. Geralt, who has always had a keen mind for such puzzles, soon found the solution and defeated Gaunter O'Dimm. Was this the last our world will ever see of him? No man can say...
If Geralt chooses to save Olgierd:
What mattered most at the moment, however, was that Olgierd von Everec was safe, and the pact which had bound him had been dissolved.
If --Geralt chooses to leave Olgierd's fate to Gaunter O'Dimm:

Walkthrough Edit

  • Meet Olgierd's man at the Alchemy Inn
  • Meet Olgierd at the Temple of Lilvani
  • (Optional) Talk to Shani at her home
  • (Optional) Follow Shani to the Academy
  • (Optional) Enter the Academy grounds
  • (Optional) Enter Professor Shakeslock's house
  • Find the solution to Master Mirror's riddle