Update 17 - The Big Four
Before getting into trouble with Whoreson, Dandelion had been planning a heist of someone called Sigi Reuven, another crime lord. I met him at the bathhouse, where it was revealed Sigi was actually Sigismund Dijkstra, a man with whom Geralt had dealt before. He was accompanied by the King of Beggars and the fourth crime lord, Cleaver. There was little time to talk, however, as a bunch of assassins entered the place, and so we had to fight them off naked.
After the fight, I was given three possible locations to find Whoreson in - his mansion, casino, and arena. My first stop was the casino. I think I fucked up here, because I was given three Gwent players to play against. I won against the first guy, but I didn’t really want to play another two games so I simply asked the second guy if Junior was around, which triggered all the guards to attack me. I’m not sure if that would have happened anyway but oh well. Junior wasn’t there but I found one of his debtors, a halfling named Rico, tied and beaten. He told me Junior made a deal with the Redanians, information that Dijkstra might be interested in hearing.
On my way to the arena I was attacked by some bandits. One of them was carrying them a certificate allowing them to fight in it, and so I used that to get in. The first guy I fought, I spared, which turned out to be a great decision as he helped me in the fights afterwards, and was probably the most useful AI companion I’d had in the game so far. Once I’d finished fighting, Whoreson Junior himself came to congratulate - and kill - me, but luckily Cleaver’s men were invading the place at just the right time to allow for my escape. Unfortunately, my new friend died helping me fight off Whoreson’s men. RIP Gustav Roene, you were a good friend. On my way out I found a secret stash, containing a letter about Junior’s deal with Radovid to kill the other crime lords.
I relayed this information to Dijkstra, who sent me to talk to Vernon Roche, who was hiding in a partisan camp near Oxenfurt. Roche was an old friend of Geralt’s, apparently, and was willing to help, allowing me to go with him to meet a Redanian contact in Oxenfurt, who turned out to be none other than Radovid himself. He seemed like a nutter, but was helpful in that he told me where Junior was hiding. I went to the Oxenfurt mansion and found Junior, surrounded by several women’s corpses. After some roughing up, Junior came clean as to what his dealings with Ciri were…
There was another Ciri segment. She and Dandelion had made a deal with Junior, and their end of the bargain involved bringing him Sigi Reuven’s treasure. When they failed to uphold their deal, Junior kidnapped their doppler friend, Dudu, and so my job as Ciri was to rescue him. I ended up having to fight Junior, where I found out that Ciri had this cool ability to charge up an attack on multiple enemies. I defeated Junior and helped Dudu escape, but Dandelion was captured and imprisoned. Back as Geralt, I left Junior to face his fate now that the other crime lords knew of his treachery. On my way out, I was intercepted by Radovid’s men, who brought me aboard Radovid’s ship for an audience. He’d helped me, and now it was time for me to return the favour.