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Follow Avallac’h through Novigrad to arrive at the house Sarah haunted (and perhaps still haunts). Make your into the cellar and continue east, through the hole in the wall you (may have) blasted with Aard back when you first came here. If not, do so now and head through the portal.
When you arrive in another world, follow Avallac’h through the desolate landscape as he gives you an environmentalist lecture. When you reach a portal he’ll tell you that it’ll take a few moments for it to open, which of course means that you’re going to have to fend off waves of enemies while you wait. Kill the Sandcrabs (level twenty-five) that assail you and, when the portal opens, head on through to escape the endless waves of crustaceans.
Poisonous Plant World
You’re now in a new world, and separated from Avallac’h. Head west and drop down some broken stairs, then turn south to spot the next portal in the distance. Continue south-east around the pillar near which you arrived, climb a ledge to the east and look down another ledge to the east to spot some suffocating fog, which is always accompanied by red grass. Drop down the ledge into the gas and run south until you find another ledge you can climb up onto. This gas will be your primary threat here, so just remember; red grass = gas, high ground = fresh air.
Continue south across some gas-free high ground, then drop down a ledge and run south through some more gas-filled low ground to reach another ledge where you can breathe freely. Walk south, then west to find a Place of Power where you can claim your ability point. Turn north and drop down a ledge, then descend a ramp until it ends. Drop down into the gassy red grass and run a short distance to the north-west to reach some high ground, then make your way counter-clockwise along the lowest ledge of this island of high-ground until you reach the western edge of said island. From here look out to the south-west and run through the choking gas to reach another oasis of high ground and the fresh air that attends it. Be wary as you make this run, however, as the gas will drain your breath meter faster here than it did earlier. If you take damage, just wait when you’re safe or consume some food to heal.
Next head to the southern end of the island to see a long run ahead of you, past a sea of red to the south the next pair of ledges can be found. Get a running start and spring over there, climb two ledges, then turn south-east and climb a third. Climb a hill to the south-east and look over to the south to find… more poison to cross. Wonderful. You should also spot a ledge in the distance beyond. When you’re ready, drop down and run through the rib cage of a long-dead giant beast and scale a ledge to the south. Fortunately the poison is weaker here than it was earlier, so you should have plenty of time. Turn east and head over to a small ledge over-looking more poison to spot the portal. One more run to the east should get you out of this wretched place.
You’ll now appear underwater, the portal being south of where you appear. There are a few things to loot down here, and you can surface for air, so take your time, loot around, then swim leisurely to the next portal.
We’ve been to desert world, poison world, water world, now it’s time for… ice world! Head north down a ledge and turn west to enter an icy tunnel. Follow the tunnel until you find a sheet of ice blocking you way-hit it with Igni to melt a passage through. The next part is fun. Fun here is being used as a sarcastic synonym for "annoying". When you’re exposed to the weather, your health will deplete. Rapidly. You’ll have to find shelter along the way as you look for the next portal. Unlike the poisonous plant world, you’re looking for sheltered alcoves from which you can escape the weather, instead of ledges to climb, and there’s no grace period-the longer you’re exposed, the more damage you’ll take, but you will take damage. Save when you reach shelter, and wait for your health to regenerate (which should happen quickly once your out of the blizzard).
Your first shelter is to the north-west, just follow the wall to find a cubby not entirely covered by snow and protected from the wind. A "X" is marked onto a rock nearby. Follow the rocks to the north to find your second shelter-a brave, stand-along rock which will protect you from the wind. Turn east to see your next destination-some stairs with rocks sheltering them. Sprint east to reach the relative safety of the walls and make your way to the eastern edge of said structure. Pan your camera to the north to see more walls to the north you can hide behind. Head north-east and huddle behind the walls, then look east to find a slope running north.
Slide down the slope to the north and you’ll get to watch a scene where Geralt comments on the signs of life he spots. Turn south-west from where you appear after the cutscene and enter a house. Head upstairs and light a campfire, which will quickly heal Geralt. Search a sack by some corpses to find some "Travler’s Notes" which detail life in the blizzard.
Leave the house and run down a slop to the north Continue until you find protection deep in the shelter formed by a "U"-shaped building. To the west is a doorway with another "X" marked next to it. Must be on the right track. Head into the house and drop down to the lower level, where you’ll have to fight off two Hounds of the Wild Hunt (level twenty-seven). Do so, then light a fire to the south. When you’re ready, head to the doorway and prepare for another desperate sprint.
Our goal is to make it north, but it’s far to far too make it in one go. Run north but keep your camera turned west to find a house you can duck into and recover. When you’re ready leave the shelter and head north again, keeping your eye to the west where you’ll see a house with a projecting, triangular roof buried in the snow. Run over to it and go through a windwo to escape the weather. Loot, head downstairs, light a fire, and loot some more to find "Anna’s Notes" on the ground near some skeletons.
Head north and go through a doorway, and back into the blizzard. You’ll find a house you can shelter in directy to the north (you can see the doorway from the door of the previous house). There’s also a house across (south-west of) from the northern house you run to, but the porch railings might slow you down, so don’t bother with it…
Continue north one more time and keep going until you reach a wall with some stairs leading north-east. Once you approach these walls you’ll be protected from the blizzard, so don’t bother looking for shelter along the way. Head up the stairs and into the tower nearby. Pick up "Ervyl’s Diary" near the doorway to the north-east, then continue out in the wall beyond. Look out a breach in the wall to the north-east, where you should see a tower with a doorway built into a structure under it. That, finally, is our destination.
You can either spring right to the tower by heading north-east across the snowy fields, or you can head due north to find a clearing where a number of braziers are. If they’re lit, you’ll recover health near them, and be safe from the effects of the blizzard. Some Hounds of the Wild Hunt (level twenty-seven) will show up to complicate matters. Kill them, and continue up some stairs to the east to reach the tower.
Once you’re in the shelter provided by the doorway under the tower, head down some stairs to reunite with Avallac’h. Catch up with him and discuss Ge’els, then head off through another portal.
|For reuniting with Avallac'h||500 XP|
Follow Avallac’h north through a palace and into a garden where you’ll find Ge’els occupied by a bit of leisure. None of the parties involved are terrible polite with each other, but it doesn’t prevent business from carrying on. Return home and make use of Corinne’s services again to reveal the truth to Ge’els, who will then offer his aid against Eredin. This completes the quests "Final Preparations" and "Through Time and Space" and begins the quest "Battle Preparations" . Guess the "final" preparations weren’t so final, after all.
|For meeting with Ge'els||1,000 XP|
|For securing support against Eredin||1,000 XP|
Battle Preparations (Level 28)
Repair your equipment, sell off any junk you might be holding, then make your way to Avallac’h, who is on a ship north-west of the "Novigrad Docks" signpost. As you approach you’ll spot Yennefer chatting with Phillipa and Margarita, after which she’ll talk to you. When the conversation ends board the ship and enter the cabin to talk to Phillipa and Margarita, if you wish. You can also talk to Triss on the deck and give her back the earring you found at Kaer Morhen, for what little good that does. When you’re ready to go, talk to Avallac’h and tell him so.
As you sail, you’ll spot an unsettling sight off the coast of Skellige. Seems Emhyr’s hunger for expansion can’t be sated, no matter how much he gobbles up. Talk to your allies and Avallac’h will elaborate about the Sunstone. Two goals will become clear; make it onto Emhyr’s ship and rescue Fringilla, and find Ermion, who in turn can help you with the Sunstone. Completing these objectives forms the substance of the quests "Veni Vidi Vigo" and "The Sunstone" , respectively. The former quest is far simpler, so let’s get it out of the way, first.