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.