Let's start out by helping Triss... because she's everybody's favorite sorceress. Return to Dandelion's tavern and head upstairs to the second level where you'll find Triss in the first room to the left. She'll scold you, you'll have to make a timed decision that doesn't matter, then get down to business.
You'll be told the bad news about their attempts to reconvene the lodge and you'll get a scene about Keira Metz, whatever happened to her. If you let her go to Radovid, the quest "A Final Kindness" will begin. Learn what you can about Phillipa to find out that the sorceress was under your nose the whole time (their words), but Zoltan's bad gambling habit complicated things for you. Triss will explain a means by which you might locate Phillipa, after which you'll get the opportunity to go deal with the blind Sorceress now, or meet up with her later. If you didn't either kill Keira or send her to Kaer Morhen earlier there will also be a third option; "Let's get Keira first." , which you should do immediately to get it out of the way. If you sent her to Kaer Morhen or killed her, skip to the header "The Angry Owl", instead.
A Final Kindness
Head to Hierarch square, where Triss will make a perfectly reasonable suggestion. Head over to where Keira is to see that she suffered just like Geralt predicted she would if she went to Radovid. A few bug bites was probably tolerable by comparison. Talk to the guards nearby and use Axii on them, or pick one of the other options to start a fight. Kill the guards (level twenty-eight) and Triss will take her fallen comrade's body.
|For performing a final kindness||160 XP|
An Angry Owl
Travel to the Passiflora and Triss will do her magic, allowing you to see an image showing you Phillipa's location. If you're romancing her, you'll see more, then you'll get to question Triss about your future together. Respond how you will (don't you dare crush that poor girl's dreams!) then head to Dijkstra's bathhouse.
Enter the bathhouse to find out that Phillipa is causing a scene... to put it mildly. After some words with Dijkstra, Triss will agree to remain behind and guard the front entrance while you chase after Phillipa. An unequal division of labor if ever there was one. Oh well. Enter the business end of the bathhouse and dispatch Dijkstra's possessed henchmen (level twenty-six), then head into the large, private bath to the north-east and climb down a ladder to reach the cellar.
Venture south-west and kill two more of Dijkstra's goons (level twenty-six) which Phillipa has possessed, then go through a gate and into the sewers to meet Bart, who was also manipulated by Phillipa. Fortunately, his stupidity proves to be a boon to you, as he can be tricked into letting you pass by saying "I want to help her."... or you can just kill him (level twenty-seven).
Go east through the sewers, following the route you took while searching for evidence during the quest "Count Reuven's Treasure" . When you come to an open chamber you'll find Phillipa above you, and she doesn't intend to go down without a fight. She'll summon a Fire Elemental (level twenty-six) to keep you occupied - remember to blast it with Aard to remove its fire aura, then cut it down. Once done, you'll need to head up some stairs, leap a gap and head west towards Phillipa. Move quickly, as she's going to try to blast you with spells as you go... not that she abstained during your fight with the Fire Elemental.
Reach Phillipa and you'll end up talking to Dijkstra shortly. Pick the following dialogue options:
- "I need her."
- "Tell you what the emperor's after if you let us go."
- "Heard it from Emhyr himself."
- "Let her talk."
|For finding Phillipa||500 XP|