|Important Items in this Area|
|Count Beledal's Map|
|The White Wolf, By Count Beledal|
Count Beledal’s Perservation Occupation
You can start this quest by picking up the notice "Wanted: The White Wolf" from a notice board, after which you need merely track the quest and head to the quest marker, which is northwest of the Tourney Grounds, and north and slightly east of the island/lake recursion where the hermit guards Aerondight. You’ll know you’re close when you find the Chuchote Cave signpost, which will prove convenient during future trips up north.
On the side of the road to the northeast of the signpost you’ll find a Wine Merchant - part of the quest Vintner’s Contract: Chuchote Cave, which you can get to later. Instead, find Count Beledall north of the road, where he’s attended by two watchful guards. Chat with them and he’ll praise you, after which his faithful guards will fret over his safety. Count Beledall will hear none of it, however, and will move on to to the subject of why he needs a Witcher. He claims to be an admirer of nature, and enjoys spending his time "preserving" wildlife with his strange contraption - a parestisomach - which appears to be a primitive… camera? Either way, his guards, while doubtless sturdy and competent enough, are a bit over-protective, and he’d like a stroll through nature accompanied by a skilled protector who can find the fauna he seeks… and who won’t be overly tempted to kill them at the slightest provocation. Be sure to haggle with him for coin and ask for as many Crowns as possible - he wasn’t lying when he was talking about his willingness to spend money.
Once terms are agreed upon you’ll be given Count Beledal’s Map, which marks the location of some of the beasts the noble wishes to see. Be sure to take a gander at it, as it’ll mark your own in-game map with the relevant search areas. Make your way southwest to the nearest one (just north of the island/lake recursion) and keep an eye on your charge. He’s got a health bar and it’s your job to protect him, which you can largely manage by not running too far afield and keeping an eye on his marker on your minimap to ensure he’s not getting too far away from you. Ideally, there shouldn’t be much fighting to worry about at all, so long as you keep an eye on Count Beledal and the local wildlife, and ensure you lead the former at a safe distance from the latter.
Partially Poached Panther
When you reach the edge of the first, eastern-most search area, it’ll be replaced by three, smaller search areas. If you go poking about the northern-most one you’ll probably encounter a Bear (level thirty-seven) which will turn hostile if you get too close… although you can avoid a confrontation by casting Axii then running away. All you’ll find in the southern-most search area are some deer, so head to the western-most search area where Geralt will detect Panthers in the area - the creatures Count Beledal wishes to locate.
Near the center of this search area you’ll find a Panther caught in a trap. Being a big softie, Count Beledal asks you to free the Panther, and Geralt wisely muses about using the Axii sign to prevent the injured animal from attacking once freed. Follow Geralt’s advice, pelt the cat with Axii, then free the Panther and watch as they run off.
Searching for Centipedes
One curiousity down, two more to go. Venture west to the southern-most of the two large search areas, and when you near the center of it, it’ll turn into four smaller search areas. Head to the center of one of them (presumably the southern-most one) and use your Witcher Senses to pick up the sounds of a centipede burrowing underground. Keep your Witcher Senses active and follow the noise and red circles indicating the centipede until it leads you north to its lair, which just so happens to also be a Monster Nest on your map.
Don’t get too close, however, as Geralt will explain the centipede’s penchant for sensing critters moving on the surface, and they’re not above attacking man-sized prey, as you’ve already discovered. Despite this, Count Beledal wants to see the beasties, so you’ll have to scout out a safe vantage point for him. Head to the southern-most of the three search areas, keeping your distance from the Monster Nest and climbing a hill overlooking the nests below. Once at the edge of the hill, use your Witcher Senses to find a point of interest you can examine, which will cause Geralt to summon Count Beledal to the location.
Unfortunately, the noble still isn’t pleased, as some mounds of dirt are, admittedly, not terribly exciting. You now have two options: toss a bomb down on the nests below (we used Grapeshot), or you can climb down the hill and blast the nests with Aard. In the latter case, the nests will be preserved for you to destroy later, just be sure to get some distance after casting Aard to avoid the centipedes that angrily surface.
After Count Beledal gets what he wants out of the centipedes he’ll ask you for one final boon. The next native Toussaint critters he wants you to pester are peacocks, and when Geralt informs him that they’re not likely to display their plumes - mating season being over and all - he’ll ask you to use magic on the birds to achieve this end.
All that training, just so Geralt could use his powers to mess with the minds of some birds. What’s more insulting is that this still pays better than actual Witcher’s work. Oh well. Look at Count Belada’s Map again to locate the peacocks, then trudge southwest to one of the search areas, in which you should locate an Odorous Peacock Feather which, as its name implies, is rank enough to allow Geralt to track the flock.
Activate your Witcher Sense to find a scent trail, then follow it further southwest to find the birds you’re after, stopping to pick up feathers as you go, if you wish. When you find the peacocks, approach until Count Beledal starts talking and gets into position, after which use Axii on three of the peacocks to get them to display their plumes.
All seems well and good, as Count Beledal will "preserve" these animals as he wanted. Afterwards, however, the ground will start to rumble, and Geralt will immediatley identify the cause - the centipedes you agitated earlier have followed you. Or rather, one has. While Count Beledal cowers, dispatch the Centipede (level thirty-seven), a bit of bloodshed the good count doesn’t seem to mind.
Crush the centipede, after which Geralt and Count Beledal will return to the latter’s undoubtedly worried guards. After heaping superlatives upon you, the count will leave to fetch your reward, after which Geralt will chat with the guards. It doesn’t matter how you respond, they’ll tell you about Count Beledal’s daughter, for whose sake he undertakes these expeditions. When the count returns you’ll be rewarded, and he’ll invite you to an exhibition of the works you helped him create. Respond with "Sure, why not.", as there’s some more experience in it for you if you go… and a chance to prove you possess the knightly virtue of Compassion, should you have missed your chance with the Shaelmaar earlier.
|Reward: For helping Count Beledal "preserve" nature|
|150 XP / 240 Crowns|
Might as well finish this quest off. Fast travel to Francollarts and wait until noon the next day (it should have been near sun-down by the time you returned with Count Beledal), then head northeast to reach the exhibition, which is just south of the notice board.
Talk to Count Beledal and listen to a woman - who looks a lot like Sasha - talk about the works. Shortly, Geralt will interject and speak privately with Geralt, being so kind as to present him with a painting, The White Wolf, By Count Beledal. Another treat for Corvo Bianco. When you get the chance, be sure to ask him "Your daughter, how’s she doing?" to prove you possess the virtue of Compassion. After you’re done talking, this quest will end.
Note: Freeing the Panther from the trap, then asking about Count Beleda’s daughter during his expedition will prove you possess the virtue of COMPASSION.