Fedorekd plays The Witcher 3 - Arrival at Velen

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Update 6 - The Reunion

It's been a while since the last update. I've been very bogged down with coursework in the past week so didn't get to play much in that time.



Between now and where I left off, I spent some time finishing off all the side activities in the White Orchard area, from destroying ghoul nests and clearing bandit camps to finding even more hidden treasure and sources of power. I mentioned this previously, but the side activities do seem very well done in this game, and it appears that some have a small impact on the world which is awesome. They all fit into the world rather naturally rather than feeling tacked on.

On the road I came across a merchant, clearly upset. He told me that his corpse had galloped off with all of his cargo into the swamp, before being devoured by the monsters within. He asked me to retrieve what remained of the cargo, specifically a small box that he had had with him.



When I found the wreckage in the swamp, something was off. There was a man’s corpse there, and the cart had been hit by several arrows. I also found the dead horse, looking very much uneaten. I took the box and headed to confront the “merchant”. When I accused him of lying, he jumped on his horse and rode off, but it didn’t take too long to catch him.



Finally, he admitted to being a Temerian soldier. He had attacked the cart as it was delivering medical supplies to the Nilfgaardians, and he wanted them for his own men. Despite his pleading, I turned him in and received a reward from the Nilfgaardians.

After finishing off some other minor tasks, I returned to the inn where Vesemir was waiting for me. I told him about Yennefer and Vizima, but he seemed concerned about some of the more recent arrivals to the inn. A young woman started arguing with Elsa about her decision to take down the Temerian shield, and when Vesemir intervened, the other visitors drew their weapons on the two Witchers.



We killed the bandits, and left when we saw the horrified faces of the civilians in the bar. To our surprise, Yennefer was waiting outside for us, with a Nilfgaardian escort. She told me that the Emperor himself was waiting for me, that he wanted to make an offer. It was here that Vesemir and I parted ways; he was to head back to Kaer Morhen. After saying our goodbyes, Yennefer, the soldiers, and I rode off to Vizima.



On the road, we were attacked by the Wild Hunt, the same things seen in Geralt’s dream at the beginning of the game. Yennefer and I managed to escape, but all the soldiers were killed.

At Vizima, Geralt was bathed and his beard shaved. A Nilfgaardian general, the one whose soldiers were killed by the Wild Hunt, came in and questioned me about the attack. I told him exactly what happened, but he didn’t seem to believe me. He left me to finish preparing for my audience with the Emperor.



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Update 7 - Arrival at Velen



I got dressed and the chamberlain taught me how to bow, although when Geralt performed the act it looked more like a dab. The guy led me to the Emperor so that I could show off my moves.



Emreis was clearly not impressed, and moved on to tell me that his daughter, Cirilla, was being chased by the Wild Hunt, and that he wanted me to find her. I never realised that Ciri was the Emperor's daughter although I did know she was Geralt's sort-of adopted daughter or something. I'm not sure if the identity of her true father was something that we knew in previous games but the update to her biography seems to suggest that Geralt wasn't happy about it.



After I finished my conversation with the Emperor, his chamberlain led me to speak with Yennefer. We discussed the situation in more detail, including Ciri's possible locations. The first place I was to search was Velen, while Yennefer would head to Skellige, and so once again Geralt and Yennefer said their goodbyes.



After a five days of travel, Geralt arrived in Velen. I was to find an Imperial agent named Henrik, who apparently had information on Ciri. I passed through the village of Mulbrydale, making sure to check the noticeboard. On my way out, I came across a priest of something called the Eternal Flame. All he asked me to do was burn the bodies of the fallen on the battlefield to stop them from being eaten by necrophages, which seemed reasonable enough.



At the first corpse pile I was attacked by a new enemy called a rotfiend. It wasn't too difficult to kill, although it exploded unexpectedly when I killed it and I lost quite a bit of health. At the final location I found a lone survivor, named Titus, fighting off a pack of ghouls. It turned out that the priest had been killing people and throwing their corpses onto piles, and had hired me to destroy the evidence.



I confronted the priest about what I had learned. He tried to bribe me, but I wasn't going to take it. In response, he and his guards attacked. After swinging his mace around a bit, the priest died in one hit, which was kind of amusing.



A side note: there are times when Geralt really reminds me of Xavier: Renegade Angel. His voice, the manner in which he offers his help to people, the times when he talks to himself all make me think of Xavier for some reason.


 
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