|Important Items in this Area|
|Geralt of Rivia Card|
|Gwent Players in this Area|
|Thaler - Geralt of Rivia Card|
Speaking of Radovid… you might as well go see about Dijkstra’s plot against the king. Taking this step won’t commit you to anything, so there’s no harm in it… besides, it would be premature to turn this quest down before you know more about what Dijkstra is planning. And there’s a sweet Gwent card in it for you! What more motivation could you need?
Plot at the Passiflora
Travel to the Passiflora and talk to Marquise Serenity, who is in the room to the north-west, instead of her usual spot. She’ll lead you to the meeting spot, making it clear that if she’s not one of the conspirators, she’s at least aware of the conspiracy. Go through the secret door near where she was standing and up some stairs to find Dijkstra, who will introduce you to one of his co-conspirators. Seems like former intelligence officers tend to stick together, and Radovid’s angered all of them… save one glaring omission from the first Witcher game… Anyways, ask what’s expected of you and you’ll be sent off to find a wayward associate of theirs.
Fast-travel to the “Border Post” signpost and head north across a bridge to find Gregor. Talk to him and he’ll tell you why he’s in on the conspiracy before he tells you about the “cobbler” you’re looking for, whose cart was found nearby… it mostly just serves to reinforce the idea that Radovid is bad, and give you more motivation to see the assassination through.
Anyways, once you have the information you need head through the Border Post, cross the bridge to the south-east to return to central Velen, then continue south-east along the road. Ignore the first fork (to the south-west) and continue following the road south-east, then east a short distance until you reach another fork, at which point take the south-eastern path. Along this road you should find the cobbler’s cart - the big shoe on top should identify it well enough.
Trolls and Thaler
Kill some Wolves (level five) and a Warg (level eight) then activate your Witcher Senses to spot some “signs of a scuffle” on a road, then head south-west, following a trail of shoes (rather than their prints for a change). Along the way you’ll find a Troll, who is fussing over a pile of shoes. Ask the Troll - Rogg - about the shoes and he’ll point you in the right direction. Head to the “Monster Den” north-west of the “Hanged Man’s Tree” signpost. While formerly home to some Nekkers, it is now the home to Trolls.
Venture into the cave’s large cavern, where you’ll find your cobbler, as well as the other two Trolls, Ogg and Pogg. If you threaten the Trolls, you’ll provoke them, and have to fight three Rock Trolls (level sixteen). Otherwise, navigate the conversation and you can tell them that you just need to borrow the cobbler for a little while.
Either way, make off with the cobbler and the two of you will talk on your way back to his cart. When you reach the cart there will be more chatter; ask Thaler more about his cobbler act as you please and the quest will end.
|For rescuing Thaler||25 XP|
Completing the quests “Eye For an Eye” , “Redania’s Most Wanted” and “A Deadly Plot” will allow us to start the quest “Reason of State” later in the game, which has great impact on the long-term politics of the north. On their own, however, they change nothing, so there’s no harm in completing them, no matter how bright or bleak you want the future of the north to be.
Gwent: Playing Thaler
Before you run off, talk to Thaler again, where you’ll find the option to play Gwent with him. He’s got a mediocre Scoia’tael deck, count on him to use his “Francesca Findabair, the Beautiful” card to boost the Strength of his Ranged Unit Cards, but otherwise, he’s mostly got mid-strength unit cards and a few weak cards with the “Muster” ability. When you win you’ll walk away with the coveted “Geralt of Rivia” card, a 15 Strength Close Combat Unit Hero Card. This will start and complete the quest “Gwent: Playing Thaler” as well as update the quest “Gwent: Old Pals” . Like Vernon, Thaler tells you to play Lambert.
|For defeating Thaler at Gwent||25 XP / Geralt of Rivia Card|