Contract: The Mystery of the Byways Murders

Location Oreton, Lake Wyndamer, Byways
Creature or Person Hunted Sarasti
Suggested Level 22 ( 57 in New Game+)

Contract: The Mystery of the Byways Murders is a Contract in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. You can pick up this contract from the Notice Board in Oreton.

"...Self-taught treasure hunters had awakened a particularly nasty kind of vampire known as an Ekimmara, and this enraged beast had attacked the Nilfgaardian patrol as it passed through Byways. Geralt decided to eradicate the beast and tracked it to the ruins outside the village." - Contract description

Contract: The Mystery of the Byways Murders Objectives

  1. Talk to the commander of the Nilfgaardian patrol.
  2. Find out what happened in Byways.
  3. Deal with the ghouls prowling the village.
  4. Find the surviving villagers.
  5. Explore the village using your Witcher Senses.
  6. Follow the scent of blood using your Witcher Senses.
  7. Explore the tunnels under Byways using your Witcher Senses.
  8. Kill the Ekimmara.
  9. Collect an Akimmara trophy.
  10. Talk to Bytomir.
  11. Report back to the Nilfgaardian patrol commander.


  • Note: You can investigate the village and report back your findings to the Nilfgaardian commander without defeating Sarasti.



  • 300 XP
  • Vampire Saliva, Ekimmara Trophy, Crowns
  • Milan Noran haggle ( 295 gold max confirmed)
  • Steel sword "Bloed Aedd" and "Fearless Vampire Slayer" Achievement ( If Sarasti is defeated)


Locations: Oreton, Lake Wyndamer, Byways
Characters: Commander Milan Noran, Bytomir
Enemies: Ghouls, Sarasti ( Ekimmara)

Notes & Trivia

  • When speaking to the villagers after killing the ghouls have Geralt say " I'm nosy, Very". When the boss battle is over the villagers won't stiff you but rather pay Geralt his much-deserved coin.  Which then piles on with what Milan Noran originally offered to pay you, making for a sweet payday. 

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