Suggested level: 22

Group: Witcher Contracts

Location: Velen

You have the right to start this quest by finding the "Contract: absent Soldiers" notification posted ~ above the Oreton notification Board or by visiting the Byways village.

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A Nilfgaardian patrol had gone lacking near the town of Byways. Geralt took an attention in the matter, because that the neighborhood Nilfgaardian commander doubt a monster was involved and Geralt knew imperial soldiers were always upfront and also honest once it came to pay.

... Or, if the village was discovered first:

While traveling throughout Velen, Geralt happened across a town which seemed to have actually been abandoned. The ghouls lurking amidst the huts gave him a bad feeling about its previous inhabitants" fate, for this reason the witcher determined to death the monsters and also investigate what had actually happened.

Related clues of interest

Oreton notification BoardVelen / Novigrad

Milan NoranVelen / Novigrad

BywaysVelen / Novigrad

Ekimmara"s LairVelen / Novigrad

SarastiVelen / Novigrad

Quest stages that Contract: The mystery of the Byways Murders

1. Speak to the command of the Nilfgaardian patrol.

Go and talk to the command of the Nilfgaardian patrol - Milan Noran. You deserve to haggle v him - 260+ crowns.

2. Discover out what taken place in Byways. / resolve the ghouls prowling the village.

Head to the Byways village. It"s overrun by ghouls (23), death them all.

3. Find the making it through villagers.

When you get rid of the monsters, two survivors, Bytomir and another peasant, will certainly come the end of among the huts after a while. Geralt will ask them around what happened here and an alert that they are hiding something.

You"ll have a selection of how to reaction to the reality that they"re hiding something from you.

It"s mine job. - This alternative will be easily accessible if you"ve talked to the Nilfgaardian commander before.I"m nosy. Very. - This choice will always be available and appears to be the best because after picking it and killing the beast, the villagers will involved the conclusion that they must pay you because that it.So it is in it. - friend won"t go on around it, and also you have the right to only go earlier to the Nilfgaardian commander to inform him of the fate of his soldiers.

4. Discover the town using your Witcher Senses.

If you determined to discover out what"s walk on in the village. Climate you have to examine the body of two soldiers.

5. Monitor the odor of blood using your Witcher Senses.

Follow the scent to the locked hut situated in the northwestern paart the the village. Then one of the villagers, Bytomir, will pertained to you and shot to convince you not to go inside. Eventually you will sway him come tell friend what is inside and give girlfriend the key.

Geralt uncovered that neighborhood villagers had made decision to make a couple of extra crowns through digging in an ancient elven mine. Because the old underground complex hid its same share of uncomfortable surprises, that wasn"t long before they ran right into trouble.

The self-taught treasure hunters had actually awakened a particularly nasty type of vampire well-known as an ekimmara, and also this furious beast had attacked the Nilfgaardian patrol as it passed with Byways. Geralt determined to eradicate the beast and tracked it to the ruins exterior the village.

6. Explore the tunnels under Byways making use of your Witcher Senses.

Go into the house and examine a item of fur you"ll discover there, and also then Geralt will involved the conclusion that he has actually to address ekimmara. Or merely remove the planks covering the cavern entrance, go inside and search the cave.

7. Find and kill the ekimmara. / take a trophy indigenous the ekimmara.

When you go into the biggest cave, you will face Sarasti. Death the beast and take the Ekimmara trophy (5% Bonus experience from monsters). In the corpse you will aso uncover the relic steel knife - Bloed Aedd.

8. Talk to Bytomir.

Go back to the villagers and also tell them you killed the monster. If friend haven"t told them before that someone is payment you to perform a contract, then they will certainly pay girlfriend 210 crowns, 25XP.

The villagers were thankful to the witcher for his assist in slaying the ekimmara, so lot so they also agreed to pay Geralt a reward.

Otherwise they will assume that if someone hired you, they carry out not have actually to provide you anything.

When the ekimmara had actually been defeated, the villagers of Byways did not prove an extremely grateful. With lengthy years of witchering experience under his belt, Geralt did not find this very surprising.

9. Speak to the command of the Nilfgaardian patrol. / Report back to the Nilfgaardian patrol commander.

Return come Milan and inform him around the fate that his soldiers. The amount of money girlfriend will obtain from him will depend on even if it is you have actually talked come him before and also whether you have haggled.

If you"ve speak to the Nilfgaardian command before:

The Nilfgaardian soldiers proved themselves honorable men and also paid the witcher without a murmur, handing him not just what he was owed for killing the ekimmara, but additionally a reward because that having uncovered the fact of what had happened come their lacking patrol.

If you uncovered the village first:

Geralt told the Nilfgaardian command what had actually happened to the missing patrol and also received his reward. The commander lugged no dishonor to his uniform and paid in full, without haggling or backpedalling.

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